Letters to the Editor
The show must go on

The show must go on

With the news of the latest budget cuts to the fall drama and other extra-curricular activities, I’ve returned to write on the subject of the first article I wrote for the The Herald over a decade ago: the future of the performing arts at New Paltz High School. The multitude of extra-curricular activities I did...
Reaching out

Reaching out

With sadness and a heavy heart I am writing on behalf of my family to say that the recent fire on Feb. 17 occurred at the house of my parents, Ahmad and Shirlee Haffar at 20 Holland Lane. Fortunately, there was no one at the house at the time of the fire and no one...
The new kids in town

The new kids in town

New Paltz Defense Against Fracking is the new environmental kid in town. We are a citizens-initiated group of concerned New Yorkers who are asking the New Paltz Town Council to pass a Community Rights Ordinance (CRO) to prohibit fracking and all related activities. We thank all who could come out to the Feb. 6 informational...
Putting the rumors to rest

Putting the rumors to rest

Recently, there have been a lot of rumors spreading between Highland and New Paltz that Highland schools are bankrupt and will be consolidating with New Paltz. While it is true that Highland, like most school districts in the state, is facing major fiscal challenges if it tries to meet the 2% property tax cap level,...
Thanks to the mountain house

Thanks to the mountain house

Well, I certainly saw a lot of happy and familiar faces up on the mountain during Mohonk Mountain House’s much-appreciated and well-attended community week. Our granddaughters had a ball trying out all of their intricate moves up on the ice in the skating pavilion. Our family lunch was bountiful and delicious, and each of the...
Bookmark on a community

Bookmark on a community

The thing I love about New Paltz is that there are lots of street musicians living in town. The air is often filled with melodies and rhythms. I find this to be either magnificent or really annoying depending on the musician and whether he’s picked up an instrument sometime within the last six months. Last...
Taking precautions

Taking precautions

An open letter to DEC commissioner Joe Martens: The Town of New Paltz appreciates the hard work that you and your staff have invested in reviewing the potential impact of permitting hydrofracking in New York State. We also recognize that due to the failure of the New York State legislature to responsibly fund the DEC,...
Thankful that change is possible

Thankful that change is possible

I do not have any special rush of feelings or memories as I attend to whatever Thanksgiving events come my way. I am grateful moment-by-moment and that perspective strengthens day-by-day. I am grateful for all the people who have learned to be deeply happy. They spread happiness in the same way that grouches spread grouchiness...

Let’s talk

We would like to invite you to participate in a community conversation on Nov. 30, 7 p.m., at New Paltz High School. This is the beginning of a conversation on how the school district can best maintain our school buildings in a time of declining resources. The aim of these community conversations is to seek...
Duffers for Devin golf outing

Duffers for Devin golf outing

Though not starting out well — raining, well actually pouring at 5:45 a.m. — by tee-off at 12:30 p.m. the sun was out, the skies were blue with fluffy clouds and temperatures that were very comfortable. The Oct. 2 Duffers Fore Devin Golf Outing was a huge success, thanks in part to the many sponsors,...
Feeling the love

Feeling the love

Leading up to our benefit concert on Oct. 16 at Hasbrouck Park, New Paltz Flood Aid for Farmers, Families and First Responders had collected over $30,000 from our Oct. 2 kickoff event and in sponsorships, donations and pre-concert ticket sales. Due to a continued tremendous outpouring of support — on the day of the concert...
A colorful community

A colorful community

The New Paltz Garden Club would like to thank 24 local businesses for their floral and decorative contributions. Civic Beautification Awards have been presented to them. We feel they have helped to make New Paltz a more colorful and welcoming community. Please visit our new web site at http:/www.newpaltzgardenclub.org and learn all about our organization...