Community mobilizes as funding for Greater New Paltz Community Partnership coordinator position runs out

Community mobilizes as funding for Greater New Paltz Community Partnership coordinator position runs out

Over the past five years, with Phoenix Kawamoto at the helm thanks to a Drug-Free Communities grant from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Greater New Paltz Community Partnership (GNPCP) has attained a high profile...
New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use

New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use

New Paltz High School now has two gender-neutral bathrooms available for student use. It was a non-controversial decision that was intended to be put into place as an administrative action, but due to an oversight it was not...
Highland and New Paltz schools to celebrate commencement and moving up

Highland and New Paltz schools to celebrate commencement and moving up

It’s that time of year again for students; bittersweet endings and exciting new beginnings. Highland and New Paltz schools will celebrate commencement for graduating seniors next week, with eighth graders in both districts participating in moving-up ceremonies.  ...
Unison Arts Center contemplates a name change to express its revitalized mission

Unison Arts Center contemplates a name change to express its revitalized mission

Changing the name to “New Paltz Cultural Arts Center” may be the first step Unison Arts Center takes toward its reinvention. Now in its 40th year, Unison is experiencing growing pains not unlike those shared by many organizations...
Sojourner Truth Park in New Paltz gets a facelift

Sojourner Truth Park in New Paltz gets a facelift

Craig Chapman remembers when the plot of empty land in New Paltz which would eventually be called Sojourner Truth Park was just that, empty land. The area got a sign and some other improvements — such as unpaved...
Moriello Pool in New Paltz will not open until after the start of summer

Moriello Pool in New Paltz will not open until after the start of summer

Moriello Pool won’t be open until after the start of summer, according to New Paltz Town Supervisor Neil Bettez, and not the “unofficial” start, either: the problems with the liner can’t be fixed until at least June 24,...
New Paltz Village Board asks comptroller to monitor possible investment of NYS retirement funds in Pilgrim Pipeline

New Paltz Village Board asks comptroller to monitor possible investment of NYS retirement funds in Pilgrim Pipeline

Municipalities along the 170-mile proposed route of the Pilgrim Pipeline, proposed to carry hydrofracked Bakken crude oil from Albany to Linden, New Jersey, have been scrambling to find alternative tactics for opposing the project ever since attempts to...
Poison ivy thrives in the shadow of human activity in New Paltz

Poison ivy thrives in the shadow of human activity in New Paltz

Not long after he was elected mayor of New Paltz a year ago, Tim Rogers made an off-handed comment that he’d like to see a poison ivy festival in New Paltz. It’s the kind of idea that tends...
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will officiate Mass at St. Joseph church on June 4

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will officiate Mass at St. Joseph church on June 4

St. Joseph Church in New Paltz will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the church with a special liturgy on Saturday, June 4 at 5 p.m. Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will preside...
Livestock barn of traditional design to be built at Brook Farm in New Paltz

Livestock barn of traditional design to be built at Brook Farm in New Paltz

The New Paltz Historic Preservation Commission held a public hearing on Wednesday, May 18 to offer residents the opportunity to comment on the application for a Certificate of Appropriateness submitted to them on March 16 by Neal Tomann,...
Bacchus’ Wayne Bradford to refurbish, relocate Ellenville landmark

Bacchus’ Wayne Bradford to refurbish, relocate Ellenville landmark

If the New Paltz Village Planning Board confers its blessings, within about two years, downtown New Paltz is going to have its very own classic 1950 diner, serving classic diner food. “It was made when I was born,”...
Temporary two-lane bridge construction is underway in New Paltz

Temporary two-lane bridge construction is underway in New Paltz

Preparation work for the new Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz began on May 3 with the construction phase of a temporary bridge just north of the current bridge. To date, trees have been removed, electric poles and...
New tasting tour offers a taste of the bubbly in New Paltz, Gardiner and Highland

New tasting tour offers a taste of the bubbly in New Paltz, Gardiner and Highland

There’s a revolution going on in the Hudson Valley. Production of handcrafted artisanal beverages is booming, and our region is increasingly the nexus. But rather than thinking in terms of competition, local beverage producers are collaborating, reaching out...
Residents and applicants share their views about the new NBR zoning in New Paltz

Residents and applicants share their views about the new NBR zoning in New Paltz

Public comment at New Paltz Village Planning Board meetings has been a relatively quiet affair since it was instituted in September; more often than not, no one chooses to speak at all. Not so at the May 3...
New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

New Paltz Mock Trial Team wins countywide championship

The prosecution says exigent circumstances in the drug bust justified a warrantless search. The presence of nearby children in possible danger and a forecast of rain that could dissolve drug evidence tossed outdoors created a situation that necessitated...
Growing concern: Zoning relief sought in New Paltz agricultural district

Growing concern: Zoning relief sought in New Paltz agricultural district

Farmers may be celebrated in certain corners of New Paltz, but perhaps not so much in Town Hall. It’s not that town employees are pulling up the welcome mat, but the zoning code and related planning processes can...
Meet Phillies Bridge Farm’s new farm manager Heather Wodehouse

Meet Phillies Bridge Farm’s new farm manager Heather Wodehouse

Trying to decide what to do with that nice fat tax refund that you got this year? How about joining a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program? New Paltz is blessed to have four of them in the immediate area,...
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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Hannah Fox & Kristen Masson-Diedhiou launch weekly Akimbo Theatre Class at Roost Studios in New Paltz

Hannah Fox & Kristen Masson-Diedhiou launch weekly Akimbo Theatre Class at Roost Studios in New Paltz

People talk a lot about how valuable an experience it is for kids to participate in team sports at school, to learn life lessons like how to work with others toward a common goal, to win and lose gracefully, to pick oneself up after a loss and start again. But what about kids who aren’t...
New Paltz teachers paint Main Street red as a sign of frustration over lack of contract

New Paltz teachers paint Main Street red as a sign of frustration over lack of contract

Unionized school teachers in the New Paltz district were joined by congressional candidate Zephyr Teachout as they ramped up their efforts to reach a contract agreement with a public march along Main Street in late afternoon on May 18. A stream of teachers and supporters in bright red T-shirts marched along the sidewalks from the...
Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s Houses on the Land tour to reveal historic buildings to the public for the first time ever

Wallkill Valley Land Trust’s Houses on the Land tour to reveal historic buildings to the public for the first time ever

Organized tours of historic buildings are standard fundraising events for many a not-for-profit organization, but most of the time these are repeat visits to the same circuit of already-designated historic sites, open to the public the rest of the year if you want to do it at your own convenience. The Wallkill Valley Land Trust...
Moriello Pool opening delayed in New Paltz

Moriello Pool opening delayed in New Paltz

Moriello Pool in New Paltz will not be open for Memorial Day weekend on May 28-30 due to ongoing repairs being done on the pool. According to pool director Bill Russell, as soon as work is complete, the pool is scheduled to open to the public weekends through June 19 and on a daily basis...
No EIS required for Mohonk Preserve’s Foothills Project

No EIS required for Mohonk Preserve’s Foothills Project

AFTER EIGHT MONTHS of hearings that provided hundreds of pages and countless hours of testimony, New Paltz Town Planning Board members voted Monday night to make a negative declaration of environmental signifi cance regarding the two applications which comprise the so-called Foothills Project. What that means is that there will not be an environmental impact...
Conflict of interest charges are alleged against Dave Clouser and his involvement with the Foothills project

Conflict of interest charges are alleged against Dave Clouser and his involvement with the Foothills project

Some residents who have been asking New Paltz Town Planning Board members for more study regarding the Foothills project are now wondering if the entire process hasn’t been tainted from day one. That’s because town engineer David Clouser recused himself from the application last September because he was selling his practice to Barton & Loguidice...
Rosendale sets 2016 fee schedule for new Town Pool

Rosendale sets 2016 fee schedule for new Town Pool

As the completion of the new Town Pool at the Rosendale Recreation Center draws nearer to reality, municipal officials have been grappling with the burning question of what it will cost to spend a day — or a couple of months — enjoying it. At its last two meetings, the Town Board has weighed the...
Gardiner hires Transfer Station attendant, backburners Recycling/Reuse Program

Gardiner hires Transfer Station attendant, backburners Recycling/Reuse Program

In the wake of the furor over the 60-day moratorium placed on the Reuse and Recycling Center at the Gardiner Transfer Station, effective March 28, and the subsequent resignation of recycling coordinator Wendy Toman, the Town Board decided on May 10 to hire a new part-time transfer station attendant. Based on a discussion in executive...
New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

New Paltz Amphitheater Project at Lenape Elementary School

“There’s such an emphasis on the arts in our community, but we don’t have a performing space for children — or adults — that can seat a large number of people,” says Jenn Voorhis, president of the Duzine/Lenape PTA. “Our athletic teams are well taken care of, but we don’t have a place where our...
Local New Paltz leaders collaborate on Downtown Revitalization

Local New Paltz leaders collaborate on Downtown Revitalization

Governor Andrew Cuomo has released the latest in his competition-based municipal aid packages, and it’s gotten some heads turning in New Paltz. The so-called Downtown Revitalization Initiative, or DRI, will award $10 million to one and only one applicant in each of the state’s ten regional economic development councils (REDC). That structure differs from the...
New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz voters pass school budget and bus proposition

New Paltz Central School District voters supported the proposed $57 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 1,148 casting a ballot in favor and 327 opposed in Tuesday’s election. Voters also approved passage of a $480,000 bus proposition to purchase four large buses and one car for the district. The bus proposition passed with...
Highland school budget vote fails

Highland school budget vote fails

When all the ballots in Highland were counted Tuesday night, 728 voters supported the proposed $41,656,096 million budget for the 2016-17 school year with 568 voters opposed. But because the budget only won approval by a 56 percent margin, that did not satisfy the 60 percent voter approval rate required this year and the budget...