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Unison Arts Center honors its volunteers, members, board members and arts partners

Unison Arts Center honors its volunteers, members, board members and arts partners

“Sometimes I think, ‘we’re kind of everybody’s best kept little secret’,” said Christine Crawfis, executive director of Unison Arts Center in New Paltz. But last Saturday, March 15, the gallery at Unison was filled with dozens of people who are well aware of the rich and varied arts programs at Unison: the occasion was a...
A Highland woman puts her house up for sale in a contest

A Highland woman puts her house up for sale in a contest

After a couple of years of financial and personal health calamities, Highland’s Marissa Valentin has decided to try a new approach to relieve herself and her three children of their debt — $100,000 worth on the health front alone. She had a massive coronary 18 months ago and no insurance, since she was a small...
Christians celebrate Fat Tuesday in New Paltz

Christians celebrate Fat Tuesday in New Paltz

Pancake Day, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Paczki Day — no matter what name it goes by, the day before Ash Wednesday usually involves people eating well and getting together for a big party. Such was the case at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in New Paltz last week. Franciscans from St. Joseph’s Roman...
90 Miles celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

90 Miles celebrates 50th anniversary in 2014

One of New Paltz’s most well-known theater groups, 90 Miles Off Broadway, entered its 50th anniversary year in 2014. And they’re ready to celebrate, according to Kim Lupinacci, the group’s president. If 90 Miles is hoping for anything, it’s to exist for another 50 years and to finally have a theater to call its own,...
Meme Hanley joins Orange County Land Trust

Meme Hanley joins Orange County Land Trust

Meme Hanley of Gardiner has recently joined the staff of Orange County Land Trust as director of development. In her new position, Hanley will be responsible for all aspects of fundraising to support the operations and land protection programs at the nonprofit land trust. Hanley brings with her ten years’ experience in fundraising for land...
Kids flock to Santa at P&G’s in New Paltz

Kids flock to Santa at P&G’s in New Paltz

As Friday-night bar patrons slowly filtered into P&G’s Restaurant, children and parents congregated to one brightly lit corner. Sitting there on a bench was the man of the hour: Santa Claus. Old Saint Nick posed for pictures with the kids as part of an annual charity event sponsored by the New Paltz Rotary Club. According...
Mountain Laurel Waldorf School hosts annual Winter Faire (with photo gallery)

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School hosts annual Winter Faire (with photo gallery)

  Photos by Lauren Thomas With the sounds of flute, harp and mandolin in the air, revelers gathered at the Mountain Laurel Waldorf School. Tables full of homemade yarns, pottery, crafts and delicious foods were there to greet them for the annual Winter Faire. Indoors, parents and kids watched as the Star Penny Puppeteers put...
Rebecca Mackey promoted to interim director of Historic Huguenot Street

Rebecca Mackey promoted to interim director of Historic Huguenot Street

With Rebecca Mackey at the helm as interim director, Historic Huguenot Street has entered a time of transition following the departure of executive director Tracy Doolittle McNally this fall. McNally started as the director in late 2011, replacing Eric Roth, and she decided to leave Historic Huguenot back in September. Mackey — who had been...
New Paltz bus station Intermodal Feasibility Study workshop

New Paltz bus station Intermodal Feasibility Study workshop

Ulster County planning officials and consultants got more than they’d bargained for when they conducted a public workshop in the Student Union Building at SUNY-New Paltz on Thursday, Nov. 21 seeking answers to the question, “Does New Paltz need a new bus station?” About 50 local residents turned out, the majority of them identifying themselves...
Ultra-runner Ken Posner to speak at Rock and Snow in New Paltz on Nov. 23

Ultra-runner Ken Posner to speak at Rock and Snow in New Paltz on Nov. 23

Meet ultra-runner Ken Posner on Saturday, Nov. 23, 8 p.m., at Rock and Snow in New Paltz. Posner recently set a new fastest-known time for the Long Path, which is a 355-mile hiking trail developed and maintained by the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference. It starts at the base of the George Washington Bridge, goes...
Bra-decorating contest raises funds for breast cancer research

Bra-decorating contest raises funds for breast cancer research

The Jenkinstown Day Spa took Breast Cancer Awareness Month to a whole new artistic level with a bra-decorating contest. Lauren Rooney, owner of the day spa, which is in its ninth year, said that she got the idea from “reading an article while on vacation in North Carolina. I thought it was such a cool...
New Paltz App brings info to the people

New Paltz App brings info to the people

Barrie Dener found herself with a lot of time on her hands when her doctor prescribed bed rest after a medical procedure. Instead of relaxing and watching movies, the 50-year-old software consultant decided to spend her time wisely. “At first it sounded like a good idea. I thought, ‘Bed rest? Awesome! A vacation.’ By the...