Point of view: Why New Paltz needs Zero Place

Point of view: Why New Paltz needs Zero Place

I am David Shepler, the founder of Zero Place and an eight-year resident of the Village of New Paltz. I have two children in the local schools, live a stone’s throw from Zero Place and have a career...
No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

No contest for school board races in New Paltz and Highland

The New Paltz Central School District will ask voters on May 17 to approve a $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year. There will also be a separate $480,000 bus proposition on the ballot that would allow...
One hearing closed on Foothills project; River to Ridge Trail receives scrutiny

One hearing closed on Foothills project; River to Ridge Trail receives scrutiny

New Paltz Town Planning Board members on April 11 wrapped up the months-long public hearing on the site plan for the development of the recently-acquired Foothills portion of the Mohonk Preserve, but left open one regarding the related...
Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

Culinary students from Ulster BOCES win prestigious statewide competition

The next time preparing dinner and getting it all done at the same time seems like a challenge, imagine if you had to make a three-course gourmet meal in an hour without any running water or electricity and...
Bridge replacement in New Paltz on track for December completion

Bridge replacement in New Paltz on track for December completion

Ulster County Executive Mike Hein confirmed to the New Paltz Times last week that after more than a year of planning, which included several meetings and site visits with a local community Bridge Replacement Advisory Committee, site preparation...
New “pop-up” antiques shop in Highland

New “pop-up” antiques shop in Highland

Longtime antiques dealer Charles Glasner and lifelong antiques collector Vivian Yess Wadlin have teamed up to open a “pop-up” antiques and collectibles shop in Highland. The temporary store is open Fridays through Sundays from noon to 7 p.m....
Rise of heroin use in New Paltz tied to prescription drug abuse

Rise of heroin use in New Paltz tied to prescription drug abuse

In some ways, New Paltz might be seen as reflective of the nation as a whole. Classically conservative and liberal values are pitted against each other, the concepts of “progress” and “small town” are compared and contrasted, and...
Mohonk Preserve hosts Bridge 2 Bridge five-mile run, offers free one-month passes to Ulster County residents

Mohonk Preserve hosts Bridge 2 Bridge five-mile run, offers free one-month passes to Ulster County residents

If you rely on a snow base ample enough for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing to provide opportunities for outdoor exercise in wintertime, you may be feeling rather less than perfectly fit at the moment. But as the weather...
New Paltz Village Board considers $20,000 pay raise for mayor; hearing set for April 13

New Paltz Village Board considers $20,000 pay raise for mayor; hearing set for April 13

New Paltz Village Board members have set a hearing on next year’s budget for Wednesday, April 13, 7 p.m., at Village Hall. The budget includes a higher salary for the mayor — $45,000 — and Don Kerr would...
“Dine to Donate” at McGillicuddy’s raises funds for specially adapted homes for disabled vets

“Dine to Donate” at McGillicuddy’s raises funds for specially adapted homes for disabled vets

Just about everyone gives lip service to the sacrifices made by members of America’s armed forces, especially those who have been killed or maimed in wartime. But how many people put their money where their mouth is, by...
The Parish Restaurant and Bar opens at Water Street Market in New Paltz

The Parish Restaurant and Bar opens at Water Street Market in New Paltz

“There’s room for everybody,” says Theresa Fall. And that everybody goes for her fellow restaurateurs in town as well as the balance of tourists and locals in New Paltz. The proprietor of Jar’d Wine Pub at Water Street...
Annual Easter egg hunts in Highland and New Paltz this Saturday

Annual Easter egg hunts in Highland and New Paltz this Saturday

The balmy weather lately has felt more like summer than the prelude to spring. But the calendar doesn’t lie, and here it is, time once again for that annual celebration of new beginnings: the Easter egg hunt. The...
New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

New Paltz High School Drama Club performs Fiddler on the Roof March 17-19

The way licensing rights to stage plays work, a community theater — even a school — is not usually permitted to put on a production of a show while it’s running on the Great White Way, if it’s...
Zero Place application draws large crowd at public hearing

Zero Place application draws large crowd at public hearing

Fueled in part by a very active discussion on social media, the New Paltz Village Planning Board meeting on March 1 was before a room packed with people interested in learning more about Zero Place, the energy-efficient, four-story,...
Liz Glover Wilson launches Sunflower Art Studios to encourage local arts

Liz Glover Wilson launches Sunflower Art Studios to encourage local arts

Liz Glover Wilson is a person who sees the big picture. “This space is my canvas,” she says of the cozy environs of her recently launched Sunflower Art Studios at 120 Main Street in Gardiner, next door to...
Roost Studios and Cooperative Art Gallery seeks founding members to rent downtown loft space in New Paltz

Roost Studios and Cooperative Art Gallery seeks founding members to rent downtown loft space in New Paltz

Sometime in January, artist/educator Marcy Bernstein and attorney/photographer David Wilkes came up the stairs at 69 Main Street in New Paltz, yoga mats under their arms, hoping to take their usual class at Jai Ma Yoga, not realizing...
New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

New Paltz Middle School Drama Club stages “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

The New Paltz Middle School Drama Club is staging The Little Mermaid, Jr. this year, an adaptation for young performers of the 1989 Disney movie and 2007 Broadway musical, The Little Mermaid. There will be two evening performances,...
Interfaith Earth Action coalition in New Paltz to take grassroots action for the environment

Interfaith Earth Action coalition in New Paltz to take grassroots action for the environment

“We want to be a voice for change,” says Jim O’Dowd of Interfaith Earth Action, a coalition of individuals from diverse faith backgrounds recently formed to address local environmental issues through grassroots action. “We express our spirituality and...
Three New Paltz runners complete 100K Bandera Endurance Run

Three New Paltz runners complete 100K Bandera Endurance Run

So how’s that New Year’s resolution coming along — the one about getting more aerobic exercise by setting aside time for running, jogging, walking or biking on a regular basis? No, me neither. And this winter we can’t...
Highland Educational Foundation’s fourth annual SnowBall will raise funds for robotics

Highland Educational Foundation’s fourth annual SnowBall will raise funds for robotics

With continuing state aid cuts adding to the difficulty of financing the basics of education, it’s hard for school districts to even think about funding any extras. So a few years back, concerned parents formed the Highland Educational...
Garvan McCloskey will open his new restaurant, Garvan’s, this month

Garvan McCloskey will open his new restaurant, Garvan’s, this month

When Garvan McCloskey opens his new restaurant “Garvan’s” later this month, “It’s going to be a nice place with super service and a nice Irish welcome,” he says. And that doesn’t mean shamrocks everywhere and crocks of gold....
Economics of shared New Paltz municipal center to be discussed Feb. 24

Economics of shared New Paltz municipal center to be discussed Feb. 24

A public information session on the progress towards building a joint municipal center to house New Paltz town and village governments was held last Thursday, but many of the questions asked weren’t ones that could be immediately answered...
Maya Gold’s parents share insights on her suicide, launch foundation to help youth

Maya Gold’s parents share insights on her suicide, launch foundation to help youth

On October 2, 2015, the New Paltz community was shaken to its foundations by the suicide of a bright, lovely, vibrant, socially engaged 15-year-old girl who seemed, from the outside, to have everything going for her. “It could...
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Accent on New Paltz: Wilmorite’s $73,000 debt a burden on New Paltz taxpayers

Accent on New Paltz: Wilmorite’s $73,000 debt a burden on New Paltz taxpayers

Town records show that the Wilmorite corporation owes $73,113.50 to the Town of New Paltz taxpayers for costs incurred during the review of its application to construct the Park Point rental housing project on lands owned by the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. While reviewing charges submitted to the town by independent consultants, I came across...
New Paltz Youth Program raising funds to purchase van

New Paltz Youth Program raising funds to purchase van

“Our biggest issue over the years has been transportation,” says Jim Tinger, longtime director of the New Paltz Youth Program (NPYP). “We like to take field trips to expose the kids to different activities and events that are not just in New Paltz, to give them an idea of the different cultural centers here in...
Letter: 1,000 acts of kindness

Letter: 1,000 acts of kindness

New Paltz sometimes feels like it has grown into such a large town. But when our son, Jeremy, passed away suddenly on March 9, we found out what a small, close-knit town it really is. We’ve lived here since 1979. Jeremy grew up here, and as a single father, raised his two small children here....
New signs in Highland tap into Walkway’s popularity

New signs in Highland tap into Walkway’s popularity

Officials from the Walkway Over the Hudson joined local dignitaries to unveil the first “discovery zone” sign in the hamlet of Highland on the morning of March 7. The signs are part of an effort called the Greater Walkway Experience, the goal of which is “to encourage Walkway State Park’s 500,000 annual visitors to venture...
New Paltz Church Council kicks off Holy Week with Palm Sunday procession

New Paltz Church Council kicks off Holy Week with Palm Sunday procession

The first day of spring this year was also Palm Sunday, and though the chilly, overcast weather didn’t exactly evoke Israel’s hot desert climate, a procession commemorating Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem paraded down Main Street in New Paltz for the third year in a row. The event was organized by the New Paltz Church...
New Paltz Town Board passes on Pledge proposal; Planning Board member resigns

New Paltz Town Board passes on Pledge proposal; Planning Board member resigns

The New Paltz Town Planning Board recently decided against beginning its meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. And it was in the final moments of Thursday’s New Paltz Town Board meeting, which lasted three-and-a-half hours, that council member Jeff Logan was able to raise the subject of the Pledge. What Logan wanted was for the Pledge’s...
Jeremy Phillips brings Schatzi’s gastropub to New Paltz

Jeremy Phillips brings Schatzi’s gastropub to New Paltz

Paltzonians, rejoice! Another fine new restaurant and tavern has opened downtown, expanding our culinary and beverage choices. With 16 newly installed taps, one of them employing the trendy new nitro pouring technology, Schatzi’s caters especially to lovers of craft beers. And its proprietor, Jeremy Phillips, is a hometown boy who has already established a great...
New Paltz Town Planning Board Pledge of Allegiance decision goes viral

New Paltz Town Planning Board Pledge of Allegiance decision goes viral

Last week’s decision by New Paltz Town Planning Board members not to start reciting the Pledge of Allegiance before meetings was not the last word spoken on the subject. After losing the 4-3 vote, board member Amy Cohen — who first raised the issue last autumn — took her case to the town board and,...
Mark Sherman: Don’t keep me waiting

Mark Sherman: Don’t keep me waiting

Although I’ve always been good with deadlines, I do have a problem with being late when I’m meeting someone. I am not proud of this, since I know how I feel when someone is late to meet me. But, hey, I’m a really busy guy, and even though I’m supposed to be joining someone in...
Poll: Pledge of Allegiance before Planning Board meetings

Poll: Pledge of Allegiance before Planning Board meetings

The New Paltz Planning Board recently decided against beginning its meetings with the Pledge of Allegiance. What do you think?
The best of the best for winter 2015-16 Highland and New Paltz sports

The best of the best for winter 2015-16 Highland and New Paltz sports

It was a winter in which the Highland girls’ basketball team made it to the Section 9 semifinals and had a 1000-point scorer to boot, when New Paltz wrestling crowned three Section champions and Highland crowned one, when the New Paltz boys’ swimming garnered two Section titles (both by the same swimmer), and in which...
Poll: Republican Presidential race

Poll: Republican Presidential race

Who will New Paltz Times readers support: Cruz, Kasich or Trump?