Young Performers’ Edition of the Wizard of Oz to be performed at the New Paltz Middle School

Young Performers’ Edition of the Wizard of Oz to be performed at the New Paltz Middle School

As Dorothy Gale learned in The Wizard of Oz, there truly is “no place like home.” But sometimes, when it comes to seeking out something fun for the family to do, we overlook what we can find right...
Frida’s Bakery & Café offers artisanal baked goods and creative casual dining

Frida’s Bakery & Café offers artisanal baked goods and creative casual dining

It’s always a good sign when a café makes its own bread and pastries. At the recently opened Frida’s Bakery & Café in Milton, those duties are divided between “Dave-the-Baker” Meltzer, who comes in by midnight every evening...
OSI acquires Watchtower’s “Hillside” property for bridge-to-Ridge trail corridor

OSI acquires Watchtower’s “Hillside” property for bridge-to-Ridge trail corridor

A “huge conservation win” that will enable creation of “a recreational trail that will be among the most scenic in North America”: That’s the ambitious vision of Kim Elliman, president and CEO of the Open Space Institute (OSI)...
Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Environmental Policy Commission’s post-bag ban wish list includes greener Village Hall, municipal garbage pickup, Wallkill River pollution watch

Whither the Village of New Paltz’s Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), now that its battle to ban the distribution of non-biodegradable plastic bags by downtown businesses has been won? “We still have work to do to land the ship...
Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

Sally Rhoads, Amy Cohen launch mayoral campaigns in New Paltz

The deadline for filing petitions to run in the Village of New Paltz elections on May 5 is coming up fast, at the end of March. The four-year terms of mayor Jason West and two incumbent Village Board...
Poll: Can a successful supervisor hold a second job?

Poll: Can a successful supervisor hold a second job?

Recently, New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet accepted a full-time job as the executive director of Hunger Action Network of New York State in Albany. She plans to continue on as supervisor, which is also considered a full-time...
"Secrets of the Shawangunks" lecture series returns every Thursday in February

“Secrets of the Shawangunks” lecture series returns every Thursday in February

For the past 15 or so years, the Shawangunk Ridge Biodiversity Partnership has offered a winter lecture series, “Secrets of the Shawangunks.” Held every Thursday evening in February from 7-8:30 p.m. in the SUNY New Paltz Lecture Center,...
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Mark Sherman: Am I not what I appear to be?

Mark Sherman: Am I not what I appear to be?

“I’m not what I appear to be.” – The Beatles, “I’m a Loser” (1964)   It does get harder to get new ideas when you’ve been writing a humor column for more than 30 years, so I do what everyone does: I check in on the Internet to see if it brings anything to mind....
The history behind the Gardiner Library

The history behind the Gardiner Library

Unlike neighboring New Paltz, which opened its first library in 1817, and unlike nearby Highland, celebrating its library’s 100th anniversary this year, Gardiner did not have a library to call its own until the 1970s. (Like those places, however, when they did finally get a library, it was through the initial efforts of a few...
The Highland Downtown Business Association

The Highland Downtown Business Association

The Highland Downtown Business Association serves as an advocate and a resource for local business. The group is comprised of business and property owners in the hamlet of Highland who meet on a monthly basis to brainstorm about ways to promote businesses in the area and how best to encourage the visitors who come to...
New Paltz School District will put up same $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, January 27

New Paltz School District will put up same $52.9 million bond for a vote on Tuesday, January 27

The same $52.9 million capital improvement bond proposal rejected by voters last October will be put up without revision for a re-vote on Tuesday, January 27. The board’s decision has been controversial with local residents, as demonstrated by the eloquent and passionate letters to the editor of this newspaper in recent weeks. Those for the...
New Paltz Town Board member Jean Gallucci resigns

New Paltz Town Board member Jean Gallucci resigns

New Paltz Town Board member Jean Gallucci announced on Tuesday that she has stepped down from her position on the Town Board due to a work commitment. In her resignation letter Gallucci states, “My full-time place of employment has assumed new management. As chief fiscal officer, I am an integral part of the executive and...
Seventh annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge to take place at Water Street Market in New Paltz on January 24

Seventh annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge to take place at Water Street Market in New Paltz on January 24

The courtyard at Water Street Market on Main Street in New Paltz will host the seventh annual Local Ingredient Chili Challenge fundraiser this Saturday, January 24 from noon to 3 p.m. Those visiting the marketplace can sample two-ounce portions of chili sold for $1 per serving, with all proceeds benefitting St. Joseph’s non-denominational Food Pantry....
New Paltz Town Board, plant site opponents trade barbs at contentious meeting

New Paltz Town Board, plant site opponents trade barbs at contentious meeting

Municipal officials in many places are sometimes moved to joke ruefully about town meetings being stormed by citizens waving torches and pitchforks, like the enraged peasantry in the movie Frankenstein. The tempestuous January 15 New Paltz Town Board meeting came closer to that imagery than any in recent memory, with purple prose, heated exchanges, claims...
Paul Brown: Listen, do you want to know a secret?

Paul Brown: Listen, do you want to know a secret?

While sorting through the Town of New Paltz invoices for 2013, I came across one from David Clouser & Associates in the amount of $1,085.30 for ‘professional engineering’ services (No. 102696, dated October 2). As I read the description of the services provided on July 22, 2013, the familiar 1962 Beatles song title sprang to...
The history behind the Highland Public Library

The history behind the Highland Public Library

Many small town libraries that were started in the first few decades of the 20th century were initiated by local women as community reading rooms. And that was the case with the Highland Public Library, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015. According to information provided by its current director, Julie Kelsall-Dempsey, the Highland Library...
New Paltz Alumni Association offers free benefits, fun events, scholarships

New Paltz Alumni Association offers free benefits, fun events, scholarships

The New Paltz Alumni Association (NPAA), whose board of directors convened for its quarterly meeting last week, has recently found itself with a bit of an image problem. Potential supporters seem to be confusing the not-for-profit group, in existence since 1951, with the folks at SUNY New Paltz who call up alumni on the phone...
New signs erected for Highland, Town of Lloyd and Walkway Over the Hudson

New signs erected for Highland, Town of Lloyd and Walkway Over the Hudson

The Town of Lloyd Economic Development Committee (EDC) has announced the installation of “Welcome to Highland — Home to the Walkway Over the Hudson” signage at the northern and southern town lines on Route 9W. The signs were designed and crafted by Ken Watson of Watson’s Signs of Highland. Installation was accomplished with the assistance...
Christmas tree bonfire is enjoyed at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Christmas tree bonfire is enjoyed at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The third annual Christmas tree bonfire at Hasbrouck Park in New Paltz was held last Saturday, January 10. Fire chief Kevin Maguire and members of the New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department tended the fire. Smoke poured up Plattekill Avenue as a large crowd gathered in a circle and cheered on...