Dr. Heinz Meng: An appreciation

Dr. Heinz Meng: An appreciation

Some of life’s most magical moments come about when one is brought into close contact with the natural world. One such happened for me a long time ago, in a classroom at SUNY-New Paltz, when I was invited...
Date set for Stop & Shop-to-Tops transition

Date set for Stop & Shop-to-Tops transition

The transition from Stop & Shop to Tops Market will take place towards the end of this month, and should only result in one full day of closure. That’s according to Stop & Shop’s assistant manager Steven Bongiardina,...
Village of New Paltz mulls closing part of Huguenot Street to auto traffic

Village of New Paltz mulls closing part of Huguenot Street to auto traffic

For years now, Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has been advocating traffic restriction measures along the part of that thoroughfare where the oldest and most fragile dwellings of New Paltz’s earliest European settlers once dwelt, citing cumulative damage caused...
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Ulster County Fair returns to the fairgrounds in New Paltz August 2-7

Ulster County Fair returns to the fairgrounds in New Paltz August 2-7

It’s 129 years and counting for the venerable Ulster County Fair, which kicks off its annual visit to the Ulster County Fairgrounds on Tuesday, August 2 continuing daily through Sunday, August 7. County fairs have long seemed a throwback to a more innocent time, but this year more than ever, perhaps, it will be a...
New Paltz Village Planning Board members discuss new Environmental Policy Board

New Paltz Village Planning Board members discuss new Environmental Policy Board

New Paltz Village Planning Board members spent a portion of their July 19 meeting figuring out how to relate to the village’s newly-minted Environmental Policy Board (EPB), the successor to the old Environmental Policy Commission (EPC). The designation of “board” enables its members to provide comment on Planning Board applications, and exactly how to do...
Hudson Valley International Film Festival to showcase film by Highland High School grad

Hudson Valley International Film Festival to showcase film by Highland High School grad

When the Hudson Valley International Film Festival opens at the Town of Monroe Arts and Civic Center on August 26, the films will include one made by a 2016 graduate of Highland High School. Julianne Shaver’s “An Eye Into the Future” — a documentary short about genetic disorders — was produced for a school project...
Swan song for Unison Arts Center in New Paltz?

Swan song for Unison Arts Center in New Paltz?

Unison Arts Center has been at the heart of the New Paltz cultural scene since 1976. Through highs and lows the organization has always managed somehow to rebound and keep going. But this may not be one of those times: Unison has arrived at an impasse, lacking a sufficient number of people willing to form...
New Paltz voters will decide if highway superintendent's term should be extended

New Paltz voters will decide if highway superintendent’s term should be extended

Ten years after the question was last posed, New Paltz town voters will again have the opportunity to extend the term of office of the highway superintendent from two years to four. The last time such a referendum was proposed, in 2006, the town clerk and supervisor terms were also put on the ballot; only...
Accent on New Paltz: The Village of New Paltz puts out a welcome mat

Accent on New Paltz: The Village of New Paltz puts out a welcome mat

Since 1987, the idea of creating a neighborhood mixed-use residential/business district has been a topic of study and discussion among elected and appointed officials and members of the New Paltz community. Finally, in 2015 such a district became a reality when the Village of New Paltz created the Neighborhood Business Residential (NBR) District for an...
Sowing seeds of community: The joint New Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation committee

Sowing seeds of community: The joint New Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation committee

The joint new Paltz town-village Transportation Implementation Committee (TIC) could use more volunteers, but only the really patient need apply. After 13 years of working together on transportation issues in New Paltz, longtime members are only now starting to see some of the changes they have been working for come to pass. Gail Gallerie is...
Bad Seed Cider Company in Highland serves up craft beer-influenced hard ciders at their laid-back tap room

Bad Seed Cider Company in Highland serves up craft beer-influenced hard ciders at their laid-back tap room

Its packaging in 12-ounce cans is the first clue that Bad Seed Hard Cider may want to go home with beer drinkers rather than wine enthusiasts. While it does come in bottles, too, that black aluminum can with its edgy logo does a pretty good job of broadcasting what the beverage is all about. “We...
Gardiner Town Hall’s Justice Court sports new entryway

Gardiner Town Hall’s Justice Court sports new entryway

Though it seems like just yesterday that a former schoolhouse was renovated and expanded to serve as Gardiner’s Town Hall, maintenance was not made a high priority, and the building soon found itself in need of some improvements. The front steps leading to the main entrance to the Justice Court were crumbling, and water had...
Plains Road residents in New Paltz try, fail to negotiate access terms

Plains Road residents in New Paltz try, fail to negotiate access terms

If you live on Plains Road in New Paltz and received a letter asking you for access to your home for the design and construction of water district 5, sending it back signed but otherwise unaltered was the only acceptable response. The letter, from engineer David Clouser, was sent seeking permission to enter homes —...
New Paltz village, town officials sued over water district 5

New Paltz village, town officials sued over water district 5

Residents of Plains Road in New Paltz have filed a lawsuit to stop the creation of town water district 5 over their objections. The new water district is intended to replace private wells so homeowners don’t run the risk of theirs running dry when the village supplies its users during several upcoming shutdowns of the...
Ecumenical vigil on Main Street in New Paltz honors victims of violence

Ecumenical vigil on Main Street in New Paltz honors victims of violence

“Prayer alone is not enough” is a statement that pastors aren’t used to hearing from their church leaders. But that was the message of a missive sent out to individual churches from the Episcopal Dioceses after the attack at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. “Admittedly, I was a bit taken aback by this sentence,” said Reverend...