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Lloyd Town Board honors Joyce Wagner for her years of service with Ulster County Community Action

Lloyd Town Board honors Joyce Wagner for her years of service with Ulster County Community Action

Residents of Highland are fortunate to have one of only three outreach centers of Ulster County Community Action in the hamlet. The anti-poverty agency provides services ranging from Head Start early education intervention to home weatherization to those in need. At the heart of the Highland center for several decades has been Joyce Wagner, its...
New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce forges new links as Kathy Prizzia winds up first year at the helm

New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce forges new links as Kathy Prizzia winds up first year at the helm

Monthly luncheons with guest speakers, like the one at Novella’s on February 11 featuring St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital CEO Joan Cusack-McGuirk, have long been a popular tradition for the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce (NPRCC). That’s not one of the things that Kathy Prizzia wanted to revamp when she stepped in as NPRCC director...
Interfaith Earth Action coalition in New Paltz to take grassroots action for the environment

Interfaith Earth Action coalition in New Paltz to take grassroots action for the environment

“We want to be a voice for change,” says Jim O’Dowd of Interfaith Earth Action, a coalition of individuals from diverse faith backgrounds recently formed to address local environmental issues through grassroots action. “We express our spirituality and core beliefs through community outreach, learning projects and inclusive calls for environmental action in New Paltz and...
Three New Paltz runners complete 100K Bandera Endurance Run

Three New Paltz runners complete 100K Bandera Endurance Run

So how’s that New Year’s resolution coming along — the one about getting more aerobic exercise by setting aside time for running, jogging, walking or biking on a regular basis? No, me neither. And this winter we can’t even blame our sluggish habits on too much ice or snow clogging local trails and roadways. Maybe...
New Paltz Village Historic Preservation Commission presents its annual awards for improving the streetscape

New Paltz Village Historic Preservation Commission presents its annual awards for improving the streetscape

The New Paltz Village Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) bestowed its annual Partners in Preservation awards during the January 27 Village Board meeting. These are given to thank people who have improved the streetscape of the village. Moxie Cup and St. Andrew’s Church were singled out for their appearance, and a third award was given to...
New Paltz power tumblers work to raise money for equipment

New Paltz power tumblers work to raise money for equipment

In a bid to raise awareness and have some fun, a group of high school students have taken their little-known sport to YouTube, and gained some new fans along the way. Now power tumbler Kody Priest, a student at New Paltz High School, is trying to leverage footage of he and his fellow “Waldorks” performing...
Maya Gold’s parents share insights on her suicide, launch foundation to help youth

Maya Gold’s parents share insights on her suicide, launch foundation to help youth

On October 2, 2015, the New Paltz community was shaken to its foundations by the suicide of a bright, lovely, vibrant, socially engaged 15-year-old girl who seemed, from the outside, to have everything going for her. “It could have been us” was the message repeated by family after family as they reached out to young...
Lenape Elementary School’s new principal is Audrey Wood

Lenape Elementary School’s new principal is Audrey Wood

Lenape Elementary School’s new principal, Audrey Wood, says she always knew she wanted to work with young children. At one point, she thought her career might take the form of writing children’s books, but after graduating college as an English major, she gravitated toward teaching. She enjoyed working as a student teacher with high school...
After the excitement: donating the Rockefeller center Christmas tree

After the excitement: donating the Rockefeller center Christmas tree

Drivers heading through Gardiner on Route 44/55 may not even notice the modest Christmas tree perched on the tree stump in front of the Asendorf/Puchalski residence. To the casual observer, it’s simply a holiday decoration that one might see in front of any home. But the small tree mounted on the stump, affectionately nicknamed “Little...
New Paltz Chamber of Commerce honors Carol Ferrante, Doug and Teresa Thompson and George and Rick Sifre (with photo gallery)

New Paltz Chamber of Commerce honors Carol Ferrante, Doug and Teresa Thompson and George and Rick Sifre (with photo gallery)

[portfolio_slideshow id=10798] Photos by Lauren Thomas   Tree local family businesses with strong track records of community service were honored last Sunday evening at the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Business Recognition Awards Dinner, hosted by Mohonk Mountain House. This year’s honorees were the recently deceased Carol Ferrante of Wallkill View Farm Market, on...
Rosendale Youth Center offers free supervised recreation for town youth

Rosendale Youth Center offers free supervised recreation for town youth

For ten-year-old Mackenzie Hubbard, the Rosendale Youth Center on Route 32 is all about “eating popcorn, drawing, sitting in the tall chairs, jump-roping on the playground, being able to hula-hoop inside and being the boss.” That last thought, while it brings a smile, is actually rather revealing in this day and age when kids often...
New Paltz Boy Scout plans local flood-survival guide

New Paltz Boy Scout plans local flood-survival guide

Alec Sciandra turned 15 years old a little over a month ago, but he has clear memories of what happened west of the Wallkill when Tropical Storm Irene blew the area a kiss. “My best friend’s home on Springtown Road was devastated,” he said, “and they were in a motel for like a year. They’re...