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The new Mexican Kitchen in New Paltz offers fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine

The new Mexican Kitchen in New Paltz offers fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine

“We’re trying to give people the real, authentic Mexican experience here,” says chef owner Adam Monteverde about his newly opened Mexican Kitchen on North Front Street in New Paltz. “Everything is made in house using only fresh, local ingredients and we’re really letting the flavors speak for themselves.” The Woodstock native and Culinary Institute grad...
John Fazio Farms BBQ & Farm Market in Modena serves up fresh meats and flavorful BBQ

John Fazio Farms BBQ & Farm Market in Modena serves up fresh meats and flavorful BBQ

Eating rabbit is a novel experience for many people. Rabbit meat is not generally found in your grocer’s meat case or on your mainstream restaurant menu, and when it is, diners may be reluctant to try it. But according to John Fazio, “Rabbit is a lean and healthy meat to eat. It’s easy to digest,...
A day’s work: Deanna Bellacicco Breault - the creator of Bella’s Home-Baked Goods

A day’s work: Deanna Bellacicco Breault – the creator of Bella’s Home-Baked Goods

Growing up in Highland in a large extended family of Italian heritage, it wasn’t home-baked chocolate chip cookies Deanna Bellacicco came home from school to. “I was brought up with my mother and grandmother making anise biscotti,” she says. Little did she know then that the traditional Italian cookie would transcend those fond childhood memories...
Denny Dillon reopens her Stone Ridge gallery the Drawing Room

Denny Dillon reopens her Stone Ridge gallery the Drawing Room

When Lorne Michaels and most of the original cast of Saturday Night Live bailed in 1980, one of the bright spots in the lean year that followed was Denny Dillon. Her yenta character Pinky Waxman, tag-teaming with Gilbert Gottfried, is credited with bringing the phrase “Who knew?” into the popular lexicon. By then she was...
End Cut restaurant now open on Church Street in New Paltz

End Cut restaurant now open on Church Street in New Paltz

For New Paltz restaurateur Jordan Schor, “Food is an emotional thing, an experience of memory. Earlier I was making poached pears, and it’s how my house smelled growing up. It was a really intense experience. I almost had to stop what I was doing for a moment.” And that powerful sensory experience, laden with pleasurable...
Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground opens in Gardiner

Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground opens in Gardiner

A ribbon-cutting grand opening ceremony — conducted using an appropriately all natural “ribbon” of plant materials — marked the official launch last Wednesday, June 3 of the new Samuel F. Pryor III Shawangunk Gateway Campground on Route 299 in Gardiner. The first public campground built in the state in more than 30 years, it’s been a...
Community 9/11 memorial park planned for Fire Station 2 in New Paltz

Community 9/11 memorial park planned for Fire Station 2 in New Paltz

New Paltz is getting closer to having a 9/11 memorial park. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road, where there is currently a “Tree of Remembrance” planted to honor 9/11 victims. That tree was planted by New Paltz resident Butch Dener and his friend, the late...
A Day's Work: Nan Bress Ferri -- co-owner and curator of the Steiff "teddy bear museum" and gift shop located inside The Den of Marbletown in Stone Ridge

A Day’s Work: Nan Bress Ferri — co-owner and curator of the Steiff “teddy bear museum” and gift shop located inside The Den of Marbletown in Stone Ridge

If you’re an avid viewer of Antiques Roadshow, you probably already know that Steiff is a toy manufacturer famous for its teddy bears. But you’re among only two percent of Americans who know that, according to Nan Bress Ferri, co-owner and curator of the Steiff “teddy bear museum” and gift shop located inside The Den...
Committee nears consensus on Carmine Liberta Bridge design

Committee nears consensus on Carmine Liberta Bridge design

Most homeowners know that remodeling can be tricky. Paint colors and lighting fixtures can evoke passions that people didn’t know they had. Consensus can be elusive. Now, imagine making design decisions for a public landmark. That’s the task facing the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement committee right now. But despite any potential hang-ups, the bridge replacement...
Gardiner Library is at the forefront with new technology for the hard of hearing

Gardiner Library is at the forefront with new technology for the hard of hearing

Unlike eyeglasses and contact lenses that easily resolve most vision problems, a hearing aid is not such an easy fix for hearing difficulties. In many cases, a hearing aid alone is simply not enough. In amplifying sound, it amplifies background noises, too, which can make for a jumble of distorted sound from which the hearing...
Expansion of existing Trailways station gets thumbs-up

Expansion of existing Trailways station gets thumbs-up

The people of New Paltz have spoken: In a public meeting at the Community Center last Thursday, representatives of the Ulster County Transportation Council presented several different options for replacing the existing Adirondack Trailways Bus Terminal in an Intermodal Feasibility Plan that has been under development since the last such meeting in November 2013. At...
Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

As anyone can attest who has attended a meeting of any of New Paltz’s municipal boards and commissions recently, such gatherings typically offer an excuse for disgruntled residents to vent their unhappiness over one issue or another. It’s rare to find one where the audience seems almost unanimous in its approval of the proceedings. But...