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New Thai restaurant opens in the Village of New Paltz: Bangkok Café

New Thai restaurant opens in the Village of New Paltz: Bangkok Café

The new Bangkok Café at 119 Main Street, opened earlier this month by Nawin Chainam, will benefit from experience gleaned at his other Thai restaurant in Poughkeepsie: Lemongrass Thai at 25 Lagrange Avenue. And just to keep things straight, there is no connection between that Lemongrass Thai restaurant and New Paltz’s Lemongrass Thai restaurant located...
Steve Kraus: Co-owner of Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

Steve Kraus: Co-owner of Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

Steve Kraus, co-owner of Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Restaurant on Main Street, grew up in Freeport, NY — a waterfront community on the South Shore of Long Island known for its boating and fishing industry — but it took moving to New Paltz for him to get his first job in the fishing business. “It’s...
Former chief distiller at Tuthilltown Spirits opens a craft spirits consultancy business in Rosendale

Former chief distiller at Tuthilltown Spirits opens a craft spirits consultancy business in Rosendale

Even when he was chief distiller at Tuthilltown Spirits, Joel Elder’s focus was always on the agricultural end of things. “I wouldn’t have been a distiller if it wasn’t for my background in agriculture,” he says. “And I don’t mean I wouldn’t have found that occupation, I mean that I wouldn’t have done it.” While...
Indigo Arts Academy planned for former Anna Devine Elementary School in Rifton

Indigo Arts Academy planned for former Anna Devine Elementary School in Rifton

Faced with steadily decreasing enrollment and an increasingly irate taxpayer base, the Kingston City School District decided three years ago to consolidate its student populations and close several primary schools, effective the end of the 2012/13 school year. One of these was the Anna Devine Elementary School, located in the district’s southernmost reaches on Old...
The Culinarians’ Home in New Paltz has nothing to do with cuisine…or does it?

The Culinarians’ Home in New Paltz has nothing to do with cuisine…or does it?

“When I tell people I live at the Culinarians’ Home, they always ask me if I’m a chef,” says Alice Richard. The question, as it turns out, is not completely unrelated to the truth. The place that Alice lives in — the Culinarians’ Home on Old Tschirky Road in New Paltz — was once a...
Gardiner’s Village Market and Eatery is becoming a dining destination – with live music

Gardiner’s Village Market and Eatery is becoming a dining destination – with live music

Even when he isn’t wearing his Gardiner town supervisor hat, Carl Zatz is the kind of guy who relishes being in the thick of things — and his new business venture is where he’s putting that to the proof. “It’s a perfect storm, to be part of downtown Gardiner and in the hamlet,” he says...
Traffic across Wallkill River will continue during Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement

Traffic across Wallkill River will continue during Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement

Vowing that “not one single bolt of the Carmine Liberta Bridge [in New Paltz] will be removed until an alternate bridge is up and running,” Ulster County Executive Mike Hein welcomed audience members last Wednesday to the kick-off meeting of the Bridge Replacement Technical Advisory Committee, convened to “maximize community input as this process moves...
Highland voters pass bond issue proposal for new library by 62.5 percent majority

Highland voters pass bond issue proposal for new library by 62.5 percent majority

Voters in the Highland Central School District approved the Highland Public Library’s $4.8 million bond issue proposal at the polls on Tuesday by a 62.5 percent majority. A total of 1,097 voters cast a ballot, with 687 votes for the project and 410 against. “We’re just so grateful that the community supported the new library,” said Highland...
NYS Grape Grower of the Year award given to Michael Migliore

NYS Grape Grower of the Year award given to Michael Migliore

Whitecliff  Vineyard, in Gardiner, broke new ground for the region’s wine industry last week when co-owner Michael Migliore was singled out to receive the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation’s 2015 Grower of the Year award. This is particularly significant because the bulk of the state’s acreage of  wine grapes is in the Finger...
New York Vape Club to open in New Paltz on April 1

New York Vape Club to open in New Paltz on April 1

Dylan Zimmermann, 21, walks the bare floor of his empty storefront in the Cherry Hill Plaza in New Paltz. A smile lights up his face whenever he thinks about the possibilities. This shop, this idea is his own. Zimmermann is the owner of the New York Vape Club, an e-cigarette retailer and vaping lounge. Already...
Developer seeks to knock down 87 Motel in New Paltz

Developer seeks to knock down 87 Motel in New Paltz

For some people, 87 Motel in New Paltz is a landmark. To others, it’s an eyesore. Jay Thiese, with Hidden Ridge Development LLC, has submitted plans with the Town of New Paltz to demolish the structure. Plans call for both of the motel’s two buildings and the swimming pool to be demolished. The parking lot...
Mary Ann Tozzi loses her job as New Paltz crossing guard

Mary Ann Tozzi loses her job as New Paltz crossing guard

In 2011, many New Paltz residents were calling for a crossing guard near the New Paltz Middle School, and local government officials were all claiming that their hands were tied and that they were unable to provide one. Into that maelstrom stepped Mary Ann Tozzi, who simply showed up one day after school and began stopping...