New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

More than 1.3 million people have visited the Walkway Over the Hudson since it opened in October of 2009. Last year alone it attracted more than 700,00 visitors. But until now, those visitors (as many as half of...
The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

Those who frequent The Treehouse craft gallery in New Paltz know Cindy Capraro as the alterations expert there. She maintains a sewing studio in the back of the shop while business partner Kathy Preston showcases fine handcrafts in...
New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

The recently ratified Highland Teacher Association (HTA) contract has caused some controversy over wording that gives preference to HTA members in coaching and advisor positions. During the public comment portion of the recent Highland Central School District Board...
Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

What once was Yummies is now Lakeside Licks Ice Cream & Mini Golf. Route 299’s miniature golf standby has a new name, new owners and many more ice cream flavors. New owner John Marsh has cleaned up and...
Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has again changed its management structure. Seven months after appointing Dr. Taylor Stoermer as its day-to-day director for strategy, development and historic preservation, the New Paltz Huguenot historical organization announced that effective last week...
Highland Farmers’ Market easily accessible on Route 299 every Wednesday

Highland Farmers’ Market easily accessible on Route 299 every Wednesday

The location for the weekly Highland Farmers’ Market at 199 Route 299 (just across from the State Police barracks), is easily accessible, situated right on a well-traveled stretch of highway that serves people driving to and from New...
Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announced on Monday that she has given up her Democratic primary challenge to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill after the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) rejected about a quarter of the signatures...
New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

Approximately 20 members of the New Paltz High School Class of 1954 met last week at Pasquale’s Pizza in Gardiner for their 60th reunion. Big smiles and friendly banter didn’t stop flowing. For Wayne Wilson and his classmates,...
Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

It isn’t truly summer without outdoor Shakespeare performances — and when admission is free, that’s even better. When Stephanie Marrinan was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in the ’90s, SUNY New Paltz presented wonderful Shakespeare under...
New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

While others were enjoying Fourth of July barbecues and firework displays, New Paltz Fire Department volunteers spent more than five-and-a-half hours in the grueling heat attempting to rescue a fallen horse. A call came in at approximately 1:30...
County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

Dogs in Ulster County and the humans who love them got a double dose of good news on Thursday, July 10. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein spoke at the Field of Dreams on Libertyville Road in New Paltz...
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Lloyd Town Board approves Hudson Valley Wine Village FEIS

Lloyd Town Board approves Hudson Valley Wine Village FEIS

Developers for the Hudson Valley Wine Village project in the Town of Lloyd can check off one more box on their “to do” list toward getting construction started on the proposed $273 million multi-use development. At the recent Lloyd Town Board meeting on July 16, council members unanimously passed a resolution to approve the Final...
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...
90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

90 Miles Off Broadway Summer Children’s Musical Theater to feature “The Prince and the Sphinx”

In a basement rehearsal space at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on a recent Friday afternoon, a handful of young actors-in-training are blocking their scene, working on how to best coordinate their stage movements to express the lyrics in the song they’re learning. The youngsters are part of the 90 Miles Off Broadway Summer...
New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

New Paltz Main Street sees updated storefronts

For a few storefronts in New Paltz, change has come. ShopRite Plaza will see the opening of Just-A-Buck dollar store this August, Twistee Cone is Frosty Rock Creamery reborn under a new name and new ownership, and Dunkin’ Donuts has a slick new makeover. Here’s a little more information about all the changes.   Twistee...
Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

Rosendale Street Festival returns July 19-20 with 74 bands on tap

If you will be passing through Rosendale this weekend, July 19 and 20, either plan on taking a long detour around downtown — or, better yet, plan to stay and have a blast! Main Street (Route 213) between Route 32 and the Keator Avenue bridge across the Rondout Creek will be closed off to automobile...
The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

The Gardiner 5K Classic and barbecue will be held on July 17

For the 12th straight year, the Gardiner 5K Classic run/walk will grace the hamlet, this year, like the previous eight, with proceeds going to the Gardiner Fire Department and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail. The race is Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 p.m. and it will begin and end at Majestic Park. The kid’s fun...
Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

Hudson Valley Chalk Festival to return in New Paltz

When it returns on July 18-20, expect the Hudson Valley Chalk Festival 2014 to be better than ever, organizers said. Based in New Paltz’s Water Street Market, Chalk Fest will feature 21 top chalk artists — along with more than 14 local artists. “It’s pretty big. We have a lot more artists coming this year,”...
Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Unison sculpture outside; Hannah Eshel inside

Photos by Rich Corozine   Unison Arts center is throwing a two-fer out on Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz: the 16th annual sculpture exhibition outside in the wood surrounding the center and inside the work of 88-year-old sculptor (she also has work outside) and painter Hannah Eshel. So it’s interesting just to roam around...
Fireworks in Highland bring the holiday to a spectacular close

Fireworks in Highland bring the holiday to a spectacular close

Accompanied by song lyrics that ran the gamut from the “purple mountain majesties” of America, the Beautiful to Katy Perry’s “Baby, you’re a firework,” Highland put on a spectacular show of fireworks Saturday, July 5 at the hamlet’s Town Field. There was great variety in the sequence of the show, with huge boomers and rings...
New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

New Paltz celebrates Independence Day

As the sun went down on the Ulster County Fairgrounds, families sat in the parking lot, tailgating in the back of SUVs and trucks, pulling cold drinks from big coolers. Their eyes were fixed at the sky. Above them was a clear, cloudless night, with Mars a pale red dot above the bright half-moon. Inside...
A Fair Day in High Falls returns July 12

A Fair Day in High Falls returns July 12

When talking about annual community celebrations that have an impressive multiyear track record, it’s customary for boosters to identify them as the fifth, tenth, 25th or whatever of their kind. But for the big outdoor wingding that gets pretty much everybody in the hamlet of High Falls out on the streets for one day each...