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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,...
Marena Mitchell: Red planet

Marena Mitchell: Red planet

I’m a semi-firm believer in astrology and I’d say the people in my life are a 50/50 split between believers and non-believers. I’m totally sold on the personal aspect — the descriptions of personalities and the way chart readings can be used to help us understand how we act and react with others, etc. As...
Paul Brown: Do you see what I see?

Paul Brown: Do you see what I see?

I remember being fascinated by my first exposure to visual illusions in a college textbook, but I also recall the slight sense of unease I experienced when the pictures helped to illustrate just how subjective our perceptions are and the implications of this subjectivity. When you realize that not everyone sees the same visual image...
Hugh Reynolds: Zimet got stung

Hugh Reynolds: Zimet got stung

By now everybody knows irrepressible challenger Sue Zimet plans to continue her primary quest against assemblyman Kevin Cahill, despite suffering a near two-to-one thrashing by the incumbent at last week’s unofficial Democratic nominating convention in Kingston. For the record, Cahill collected 10,252 weighted votes (64%) to Zimet’s 5800 (36%). Rejection by her peers did not...