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Sowing seeds of community: The joint New Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation committee

Sowing seeds of community: The joint New Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation committee

The joint new Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation Committee (TIC) could use more volunteers, but only the really patient need apply. After 13 years of working together on transportation issues in New Paltz, longtime members are only now starting to see some of the changes they have been working for come to pass. Gail Gallerie is...
Jason West: National hero to local activist

Jason West: National hero to local activist

It was quite a run for the young Jason West. Splitting the three-way vote, the 26-year-old political activist won the New Paltz mayoral election of 2003 and took office with two other Green Party members — Rebecca Rotzler and Julia Walsh. It was a shock to the staid old community. But not to the young...
Longtime CIT member Vici Danskin shares some of this group’s history, contributions and dreams

Longtime CIT member Vici Danskin shares some of this group’s history, contributions and dreams

If there’s a reason why New Paltz has nice things, it might be the Community Improvement Team (CIT). This is a group of volunteers who have been trying to get the village core, in particular, to live up to the notion that New Paltz is a tourist community and should thus have some nice packaging...
The Shade Tree Commission works to maximize the tree canopy in New Paltz

The Shade Tree Commission works to maximize the tree canopy in New Paltz

When a number of trees were removed on the property at 10 South Chestnut Street in New Paltz, it was members of the village’s Shade Tree Commission that pushed for replacements to be planted. The most prominent tree that was taken out — the mulberry which was growing along the road right near Bacchus —...
Thirteen-year-old Malcolm Condon asks restaurateurs to reduce straw use

Thirteen-year-old Malcolm Condon asks restaurateurs to reduce straw use

Malcolm Condon may not know which straw broke the camel’s back, but he is quite clear which ones pose a threat to animals in the oceans: all of them. Taking matters into his own hands, he’s been pounding the pavement in New Paltz, asking restaurateurs to take a pledge to reduce how many of them...
Maria Rice is the new president of New Paltz Rotary; top Women in Rotary awards announced

Maria Rice is the new president of New Paltz Rotary; top Women in Rotary awards announced

New Paltz knows Maria Rice as school district superintendant of schools. But come July 1, she’ll have another role in town, as this year’s president of the Rotary Club of New Paltz. Rice has been a member of Rotary International for more than 20 years, with the past eleven of those in the New Paltz...
Tim Hunter of Gardiner sues the Democratic National Committee; alleges bias towards Clinton

Tim Hunter of Gardiner sues the Democratic National Committee; alleges bias towards Clinton

Local activist and musician Tim Hunter, who once sung protest songs at Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino when the latter visited New Paltz, has filed a federal lawsuit against the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and its chairman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Hunter claims that Schultz and the DNC have been biased toward presidential candidate Hillary Clinton,...
Adopted at age three-and-a-half, Tanya Neiman is embarking on a journey back to the place of her birth

Adopted at age three-and-a-half, Tanya Neiman is embarking on a journey back to the place of her birth

Tanya Neiman knows how fortunate she is, having grown up in New Paltz, attending the local private and public schools and benefiting from all culture and experience that this college town can offer. While that’s not a whole lot different than what any other child reared here might experience, her life could have been quite...
Meet Phillies Bridge Farm’s new farm manager Heather Wodehouse

Meet Phillies Bridge Farm’s new farm manager Heather Wodehouse

Trying to decide what to do with that nice fat tax refund that you got this year? How about joining a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program? New Paltz is blessed to have four of them in the immediate area, and now is the time to sign up for the 2016 growing season. Your investment of a...
Eric Morabito will undertake 250-mile journey alone on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Hospital

Eric Morabito will undertake 250-mile journey alone on foot to raise awareness and funds for the Shriners Hospital

Pushing a jogging stroller containing only the basic necessities, Eric Morabito of New Paltz will set out May 19 on a solitary 250-mile walk to benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. A member of the Shriners’ Adonai Lodge #718 in Highland and the Cyprus Shrine in Glenmont, NY, Morabito walks to bring awareness to the...
Longtime Family of New Paltz director Kathy Cartagena to retire in May

Longtime Family of New Paltz director Kathy Cartagena to retire in May

You know that somebody accomplishes a lot in their work when it takes two people to replace them upon retirement. That’s the case with Kathy Cartagena, who is retiring from her position as director of Family of New Paltz after 23 years. A new director and an assistant director have not yet been chosen; interviews...
Day’s Work: Elizabeth Long – Mohonk Preserve’s director of conservation science

Day’s Work: Elizabeth Long – Mohonk Preserve’s director of conservation science

When Elizabeth Long first came to the New Paltz region, it was for the Shawangunks. “My husband and I first came here in 2007 on a climbing trip and just loved it,” she says. “We said to each other then, ‘Wouldn’t this be a great place to live? But there’s no chance we’d ever get...