Opinion
Paul Brown: Comptroller’s report…enough to frost your pumpkin

Paul Brown: Comptroller’s report…enough to frost your pumpkin

Ulster County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach has done us all a favor by overseeing the publication of a concise, comprehensive report titled “A Study of the Impact and Best Practices for Industrial Development Agencies.” The October 7, 2014 report highlights the true cost of job creation and retention in our county with regard to the projects...
Paul Brown: Collectible and suitable for framing

Paul Brown: Collectible and suitable for framing

When I walked into Starbucks last week to meet a friend, I was delighted to see a woman poring over the first annual edition of the Explore New Paltz map published by the founder and former owner of PDQ Printing, Craig Shankles. Delighted because I had recently interviewed Craig about his publication and was planning...
Mark Sherman: Door dilemmas

Mark Sherman: Door dilemmas

“Be an opener of doors” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)   We hear all the time about how civility is going down the tubes, but I wonder. Of course, if someone were to stop me in the street or call me because they were doing a survey on the topic, I’d tell them where they...
Wedding vows for modern times

Wedding vows for modern times

Have you been to any weddings lately and listened to the vows? Naturally, as you’d expect, things have changed and they have come a long way from what the bride and groom used to pledge. For example, back in the Pleistocene the groom promised to “love, honor, and cherish,” while the bride vowed to “love,...
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...