Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Village of New Paltz Election Day is coming up soon, on Tuesday, May 5. Last week, the New Paltz Times brought you profiles in their own words of the four candidates running for mayor (to read the interviews,...
New Paltz Town Board member Dan Torres files harassment complaint against deputy supervisor Jeff Logan

New Paltz Town Board member Dan Torres files harassment complaint against deputy supervisor Jeff Logan

An exchange prior to a New Paltz Town Board meeting last month led one member to file charges of harassment against another this week, according to a court document. Dan Torres signed a complaint alleging threats to his...
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks relocates to New Paltz

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks relocates to New Paltz

“We have an awful lot of fun with buying, selling and appraising guitars,” says Bill Imperial, owner of the recently relocated Imperial Guitar & Soundworks at 2A Cherry Hill Road in New Paltz. “Doing the research on vintage...
Four run for mayor of New Paltz

Four run for mayor of New Paltz

On Tuesday, May 5, residents of the Village of New Paltz will once again cast their votes to decide who will be their next mayor and fill the two seats on the Board of Trustees whose terms are...
B-Side Grill offers classic American comfort food with a twist for every appetite

B-Side Grill offers classic American comfort food with a twist for every appetite

Remember how in the days of vinyl we’d buy a “45” for the hit song and then end up liking the B-side of the record better? There’s a little bit of that going on behind the naming of...
Wilmorite court ruling questions viability of PILOTs under 2% tax cap

Wilmorite court ruling questions viability of PILOTs under 2% tax cap

The decision handed down on March 17 by judge Michael H. Melkonian in the New York State Supreme Court of Ulster County dismissing Wilmorite, Inc.’s Article 78 petition against the Town of New Paltz Planning Board has evoked...
Steve Kraus: Co-owner of Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

Steve Kraus: Co-owner of Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

Steve Kraus, co-owner of Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Restaurant on Main Street, grew up in Freeport, NY — a waterfront community on the South Shore of Long Island known for its boating and fishing industry — but it...
Neighbors share their concerns about Trailview Place development in Highland

Neighbors share their concerns about Trailview Place development in Highland

The town of Lloyd has a plan for the hamlet of Highland: that’s where most of the people should live, so that’s where most of the commercial and residential development should be. Increasing density in that core area...
Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Voters OK $52.9M school bond in New Paltz

Sometimes a second chance pays off – as it did Tuesday night for the New Paltz Central School District. Voters approved the $52.9 million capital improvement bond 1,913 to 1,518. Turnout for the election was high – 3,431...
Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

Highland High School to stage “Mary Poppins” on March 20-21

The Highland High School (HHS) Harlequins will stage “Mary Poppins” for their spring production this year. And if the run-through at a recent technical rehearsal was any indication of what to expect at the performances this Friday and...
New Paltz High School readies new production of Broadway musical "Big Fish"

New Paltz High School readies new production of Broadway musical “Big Fish”

When it comes to Broadway shows, Big Fish might’ve been the one that got away. Though it was tuneful, colorful and imaginative and garnered mostly positive reviews when it opened in the fall of 2013, it only had...
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Students protest SUNY police award for national campus drug bust record.

Students protest SUNY police award for national campus drug bust record.

Uncharitably dismissed by some as “toy cops,” college campus security officers may get somewhat more respect than Rodney Dangerfield, but not by much. So it was an unusual moment in the limelight for the SUNY New Paltz Police last week when officials from the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) of New York State came to campus...
Highland voters pass bond issue proposal for new library by 62.5 percent majority

Highland voters pass bond issue proposal for new library by 62.5 percent majority

Voters in the Highland Central School District approved the Highland Public Library’s $4.8 million bond issue proposal at the polls on Tuesday by a 62.5 percent majority. A total of 1,097 voters cast a ballot, with 687 votes for the project and 410 against. “We’re just so grateful that the community supported the new library,” said Highland...
NYS Grape Grower of the Year award given to Michael Migliore

NYS Grape Grower of the Year award given to Michael Migliore

Whitecliff  Vineyard, in Gardiner, broke new ground for the region’s wine industry last week when co-owner Michael Migliore was singled out to receive the New York State Wine and Grape Foundation’s 2015 Grower of the Year award. This is particularly significant because the bulk of the state’s acreage of  wine grapes is in the Finger...
New York Vape Club to open in New Paltz on April 1

New York Vape Club to open in New Paltz on April 1

Dylan Zimmermann, 21, walks the bare floor of his empty storefront in the Cherry Hill Plaza in New Paltz. A smile lights up his face whenever he thinks about the possibilities. This shop, this idea is his own. Zimmermann is the owner of the New York Vape Club, an e-cigarette retailer and vaping lounge. Already...
Developer seeks to knock down 87 Motel in New Paltz

Developer seeks to knock down 87 Motel in New Paltz

For some people, 87 Motel in New Paltz is a landmark. To others, it’s an eyesore. Jay Thiese, with Hidden Ridge Development LLC, has submitted plans with the Town of New Paltz to demolish the structure. Plans call for both of the motel’s two buildings and the swimming pool to be demolished. The parking lot...
Mary Ann Tozzi loses her job as New Paltz crossing guard

Mary Ann Tozzi loses her job as New Paltz crossing guard

In 2011, many New Paltz residents were calling for a crossing guard near the New Paltz Middle School, and local government officials were all claiming that their hands were tied and that they were unable to provide one. Into that maelstrom stepped Mary Ann Tozzi, who simply showed up one day after school and began stopping...
Public hearing held for Highland Library’s $4.8 million bond, vote is March 17

Public hearing held for Highland Library’s $4.8 million bond, vote is March 17

The Highland Public Library Board of Trustees held a public hearing in St. Augustine’s community room on Monday, March 9 in preparation for the vote on Tuesday, March 17, when residents residing within the Highland Central School District taxpayer base will be asked to approve a $4.8 million bond to pay for construction of a...
Local school districts rally for education finance reforms

Local school districts rally for education finance reforms

It was a call for action from eight school districts in Ulster County. Their school superintendents, board members and administrators met at a forum in New Paltz last Friday, March 6. Each took the podium in turn at the Ulster BOCES conference center to discuss the impacts of the loss of state aid on their students...
Rock the Ridge 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge at Mohonk Preserve May 2

Rock the Ridge 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge at Mohonk Preserve May 2

It’s not as daunting as it may seem,” says Ken Posner, co-director of Rock The Ridge, a 50-mile, 24-hour endurance challenge set to take place on Saturday, May 2 at Mohonk Preserve. “I did my first 50-miler about 12 years ago, and I didn’t know if I could do it. It was exciting to discover...
New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director, Kathy Combs

New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce welcomes new executive director, Kathy Combs

The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce offers its 402 members a host of benefits, from the networking mixers and promotional opportunities they’re best known for providing to the lesser known advantages of membership that include educational business workshops, group health and dental insurance plans and access to a labor and employment law hotline. The...
New Paltz Village Board settles mayor’s salary lawsuit, tweaks parking proposals

New Paltz Village Board settles mayor’s salary lawsuit, tweaks parking proposals

The most significant occurrence at the New Paltz Village Board’s February 25 meeting came at the very end, when nearly all the attendees had gone home rather than wait through a long executive session. But when the board members emerged — sans mayor Jason West, who had recused himself — it was to announce that...
Local highway departments weather winter

Local highway departments weather winter

There’s nothing quite so frustrating as having a snow plow come by and bury one’s sidewalk and driveway apron after spending a good long time clearing it with a shovel or snow blower. Unless, of course, one is the offending snow plow operator. The challenges facing the municipal highway employees who keep the roads clear...