Opinion
Something is rotten

Something is rotten

As I met one evening last week with a group of neighbors negatively impacted by the water drilling and exploration project being conducted at a quarry at 101 Plains Road, I felt compassion at the situation in which they find themselves. I could see the fear, worry and anxiety in their faces as they sat...
Paul Brown: Ebola and UCIDA have something in common

Paul Brown: Ebola and UCIDA have something in common

They both can bleed you dry. The Ebola virus first appeared in 1976 when a more benign infection mutated into the deadly form of the virus that the medical community is faced with today. Ebola attacks the vital organs and causes internal and external bleeding, resulting in death in more than 50% of cases. The...
A day’s work: Kelly Antonelli

A day’s work: Kelly Antonelli

Kelly Antonelli is good at providing options. Viable ones. She’s been doing it for close to 30 years at various positions within Ulster County’s umbrella social services programs, both public and private. Ever since becoming a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) after receiving her master’s degree (MSW — master of social work) from SUNY Albany,...
A Day's Work: Matt Gallucci

A Day’s Work: Matt Gallucci

On the face of it, Matt Gallucci has one of the village’s least desirable jobs — he’s the New Paltz parking enforcement officer. You know, the meter man, the guy who writes tickets if you’ve overstayed your welcome (or time) at any particular meter in his jurisdiction; the guy you may want to argue with...
Paul Brown: Visiting virtual New Paltz

Paul Brown: Visiting virtual New Paltz

For those interested in our town’s local culture (something that I admit to being fascinated with), (and, yes, I am aware that I ended with a preposition!), visiting with those who like to communicate with one another on the Internet can be quite informative. Several Facebook group pages make up our cyber neighborhood, and some...
Paul Brown: Taxation by publication

Paul Brown: Taxation by publication

Here’s an idea. When you receive your next tax bill from the town, tell the tax collector that you think the assessment is too high and make a counter offer. What’s to lose? If the tax collector doesn’t agree, ask the town to consider the fact that your offer, meager as it is, is certainly...
Susan Slotnick: My secret regimen for staying in shape

Susan Slotnick: My secret regimen for staying in shape

“Whistle while you work!” – Snow White   For the past 19 years, I have resided for two weeks during each of those years at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs where I practice a form of mindfulness espoused by Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, which appeals because it is simple. She doesn’t recommend meditation, mantras,...
A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

A Day’s Work: Dan Whitley

Dan Whitley was a 19-year-old kid when he got the calling. He was a college student at Guilford College in North Carolina studying for a BA in religion when he knew that God had called him to become a pastor. Many years and a few lifetimes later Whitley sits in his study at the Clintondale...
Mark Sherman: I’m not so bad

Mark Sherman: I’m not so bad

“Getting organized is unquestionably good for both mind and body — reducing risks for falls, helping eliminate germs and making it easier to find things like medicine and exercise gear.” – Tara Parker-Pope, “A Clutter Too Deep for Mere Bins and Shelves,” New York Times, Jan. 1, 2008 The fact that I am starting this...
Accent on New Paltz: Ohioville sojourn

Accent on New Paltz: Ohioville sojourn

As our summer residents and visitors exit the Thruway and turn left onto Route 299, drive down through the village and across the river to enjoy all that west of the Wallkill has to offer, we might remind them that there are also plenty of fun things to do east of the Wallkill. Consider the...
They’re everywhere

They’re everywhere

My wife and I went to a wedding this past weekend at a beautiful resort in western Massachusetts. We had parked our car and were walking toward the main entrance of the place when a guy, driving too fast, came around a curve and parked just ahead of us. We kept walking, and he was...
Biting the hand

Biting the hand

No, this title is not a reference to the unsportsmanlike and dangerous behavior of the soccer player who recently attempted to sink his teeth into the shoulder of an opponent during a World Cup match but a reference to behavior that in my view represents a betrayal of trust to those who care about philanthropy,...