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Susan Slotnick: Where is the love?

Susan Slotnick: Where is the love?

In 1978 I was riding with my girlfriend down Route 9 on the way back from Marshall’s in Poughkeepsie. We were chatting enthusiastically about the bargains accrued when a white policeman pulled us over. “Why are you stopping me?” I asked. His reply, “You were so busy talking to your boyfriend here. You weren’t paying...
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...
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,...