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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SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: "Challenging the Attacks on Public Education"

SUNY New Paltz to host panel discussion: “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education”

SUNY New Paltz will host “Challenging the Attacks on Public Education: Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement” on March 3 at 7 p.m. in the Coykendall science auditorium on the New Paltz campus. The program is free and open to the public. While corporate education policymakers claim to be advocates of civil...
Lloyd Historical Society to present documentary film on early flight

Lloyd Historical Society to present documentary film on early flight

Imagine yourself flying in a small open-cockpit plane, nothing between you and the blue sky while you soar over the Hudson River, the fabric of the craft’s skin flapping around you. Viewers will experience that, vicariously, when the Town of Lloyd Historical Preservation Society presents Aerodrome, an award-winning documentary film, on Monday, March 2, 7...
Plans for a “necklace” of interconnected trails creep closer to reality

Plans for a “necklace” of interconnected trails creep closer to reality

“Imagine a scenario some years out where someone could bring their bicycle on the Metro North train to Poughkeepsie and then ride all the way to the Catskills or Ellenville.” So says Chris White, a New Paltz resident and the deputy director of planning for Ulster County, putting into words a long-held dream of many...
Ulster County greenlights repair/replacement of New Paltz’s Carmine Liberta

Ulster County greenlights repair/replacement of New Paltz’s Carmine Liberta

All roads may lead to Rome, proverbially; but in the mid-Hudson, all trails — rail trails especially — seem to lead to New Paltz. And as Ulster County executive Michael Hein’s master tourism plan for a 100-mile “necklace” of bicycle and pedestrian pathways clicks into place piece by piece, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that the...
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 in our own backyard. And this weekend we need look no further to find family entertainment (and...
Paul Brown: What did they know and when did they know it?

Paul Brown: What did they know and when did they know it?

Town of New Paltz Supervisor Susan Zimet has asserted on numerous occasions that ‘there is no plan’ for a sewer plant to be built on two parcels of land adjacent to New Paltz High School, one parcel owned by town councilman Kevin Barry and the second by a Limited Liability Company, of which Tim Copeland...
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 to bake fresh bread for the morning, and on-site pastry chefs, Diana Matias and Jordan Polumbo. “They’re...
A day’s work: Carol West, New Paltz highway department secretary

A day’s work: Carol West, New Paltz highway department secretary

New Paltz Highway department secretary Carol West is the person on the other end of the line when you call to complain about snow plowing, tree trimming or road conditions. So it’s no surprise that when asked what attributes are necessary to do her job, her response is, “patience, a sense of humor and a...
Woodland Pond residents boogie to “Break the Chain” on Valentine’s Day

Woodland Pond residents boogie to “Break the Chain” on Valentine’s Day

In the early afternoon of Valentine’s Day 2015 — or V-Day, as The Vagina Monologues playwright/activist Eve Ensler likes to call it, adding deeper levels of meaning — the snow was coming down more heavily and beginning to stick; the roads were getting slippery. But that didn’t faze women (and their male allies) in the...
Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

Public and town officials weigh in on Susan Zimet’s second job

To some, New Paltz town supervisor Susan Zimet represents a strong woman in local government — someone unafraid to stand up and speak for her beliefs. As an activist, she’s fought hydraulic fracturing in New York State and hounded Albany for tax reform. The town budgets her administration submits routinely come in at or below...
Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Tim Rogers enters Village of New Paltz mayoral contest

Election Day for the Village of New Paltz – which happens in May, not November — is fast approaching, and as of presstime, incumbent mayor Jason West had not yet tipped his hand as to whether he will seek reelection. But the race is heating up fast, as a third contender has now announced his...
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) as he announced in a February 11 press release the land trust’s successful acquisition of the 135-acre...