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Shooting suspect pleads guilty to Easter-morning murder at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz

Shooting suspect pleads guilty to Easter-morning murder at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz

Basheem D. Bennett, 21 of Poughkeepsie, pleaded guilty last week — two days before his trial was scheduled to begin — to the killing of Ryan Gray on April 20 at Murphy’s Restaurant & Pub in New Paltz. He is scheduled to be sentenced on January 23, 2015 for second-degree murder, which carries a sentence...
Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Nearly two dozen members of the American Postal Workers Local 3722 — Mid-Hudson Area participated in a National Day of Action Rally at the New Paltz Post Office on Friday, November 14. The event was one of 150 rallies in 48 states held to protest planned postal service cuts and sorting facility closures. The reduction...
Rotary Club of New Paltz will celebrate 50 years with president Toni Hokanson at the helm

Rotary Club of New Paltz will celebrate 50 years with president Toni Hokanson at the helm

“We’re all there to do service,” says Toni Hokanson, president of the Rotary Club of New Paltz, whose 32 members are among 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide. Rotary International was founded in 1905 by a group of businessmen in Chicago for purposes of fellowship and networking, but it wasn’t long before the emphasis was placed on...
Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Though she didn’t start running until she was in her 40s — a career that led up to her finishing her third New York City Marathon at the age of 80 on November 2  — Geri Owens was always blessed with the need for speed. Back in fourth or fifth grade, she reminisces, “In the...
Relocation plan alarms Unison Arts and Learning Center boosters

Relocation plan alarms Unison Arts and Learning Center boosters

Dozens of concerned supporters of the Unison Arts and Learning Center, a keystone of the New Paltz cultural scene since 1975, gathered Sunday night for a meeting of the not-for-profit organization’s board of directors. The turnout was in response to an announcement e-mailed to members earlier in the week that Unison would vacate its original...
Carol Johnson: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

Carol Johnson: What the newspapers said 100 years ago

The ‘‘Our town’’ column is compiled each month for the New Paltz Times by Carol Johnson, coordinator of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the November 1914 issues of the New Paltz Independent. If you would like to get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit Carol Johnson...
Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Most of us are well accustomed to reading the labels on the packaging of the foods we eat. But how many of us pay attention to the labels on the skin care products we use? Our skin is the largest organ of our bodies, directly absorbing what we put on it; depending on which study...
“Booze and Books” at newly revamped Tuthill House at the Mill restaurant

“Booze and Books” at newly revamped Tuthill House at the Mill restaurant

Without a great deal of public fanfare, the Erenzo family of Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner has taken over operations of the restaurant adjacent to their distillery. Housed in a rustically atmospheric gristmill that dates to 1788, Tuthill House at the Mill opened in 2010 under the stewardship of longtime restaurateurs, Toby and Joe Gabriello, who...
New Paltz Golf Course inaugurates new FootGolf course on November 8

New Paltz Golf Course inaugurates new FootGolf course on November 8

The New Paltz Golf Course, located off historic Huguenot Street, is the first accredited FootGolf course in all of New York State. FootGolf is a relatively new sport that is being played across the country and in Europe. According to Larry Furey, the longtime owner and golf pro at the New Paltz Golf Course, this...
One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

When the One Book/One New Paltz Committee starts meeting each February to try to weed down a hundred-or-so recommended titles into a more manageable shortlist of prospects for the next communitywide reading festival, it’s way too early for its members to predict what the zeitgeist is likely to resemble the following November. So decisions are...
Day of Remembrance at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery

Day of Remembrance at the New Paltz Rural Cemetery

The New Paltz Rural Cemetery will sponsor its third annual Day of Remembrance (also known as the Day of the Dead), this Sunday, November 2 at 3 p.m. There will be refreshments, music and flowers to be used to decorate the sites of your beloved family and friends. All are invited. On this day throughout...
Highland celebrates Halloween in the Hamlet

Highland celebrates Halloween in the Hamlet

A mild October evening drew hundreds of people to the Town of Lloyd’s Halloween in the Hamlet event on Saturday, October 25. Witches and werewolves, mermaids and spacemen (along with their parents) filled Highland’s village square after marching in a parade led by the 20th Century Limited Drum and Bugle Corps. Members of the all-ages...