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...
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...
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...
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...
Jason West: National hero to local activist

Jason West: National hero to local activist

It was quite a run for the young Jason West. Splitting the three-way vote, the 26-year-old political activist won the New Paltz mayoral election of 2003 and took office with two other Green Party members — Rebecca Rotzler...
Rebuilt Rosendale Town Pool opens at last

Rebuilt Rosendale Town Pool opens at last

Thursday, July 7 was an oppressively hot and muggy day, but Rosendalers and honored guests were all smiles as the long-awaited, brand-new Town Pool at the Rosendale Recreation Center was finally opened to the public. “This is a...
Photographer Carl Cox opens new studio on Main Street in Rosendale

Photographer Carl Cox opens new studio on Main Street in Rosendale

It took three decades, but Carl Cox has finally found his way home — to a successful career doing what he feels most passionate about, and to a community where he feels like he’s “part of something.” That...
The Shade Tree Commission works to maximize the tree canopy in New Paltz

The Shade Tree Commission works to maximize the tree canopy in New Paltz

When a number of trees were removed on the property at 10 South Chestnut Street in New Paltz, it was members of the village’s Shade Tree Commission that pushed for replacements to be planted. The most prominent tree...
Thirteen-year-old Malcolm Condon asks restaurateurs to reduce straw use

Thirteen-year-old Malcolm Condon asks restaurateurs to reduce straw use

Malcolm Condon may not know which straw broke the camel’s back, but he is quite clear which ones pose a threat to animals in the oceans: all of them. Taking matters into his own hands, he’s been pounding...
Workers remove remaining pieces of trolley track in anticipation of July repaving project for Route 299 in New Paltz

Workers remove remaining pieces of trolley track in anticipation of July repaving project for Route 299 in New Paltz

In preparing for the long-overdue repaving of state roads in New Paltz, workers removed some remaining pieces of trolley track last week. New paving technology involves grinding up and reusing the old asphalt, and those rusted rails would...
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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Maria Rice is the new president of New Paltz Rotary; top Women in Rotary awards announced

Maria Rice is the new president of New Paltz Rotary; top Women in Rotary awards announced

New Paltz knows Maria Rice as school district superintendant of schools. But come July 1, she’ll have another role in town, as this year’s president of the Rotary Club of New Paltz. Rice has been a member of Rotary International for more than 20 years, with the past eleven of those in the New Paltz...
Developers of Zero Place unveil a new look for zero-net-energy mixed-use building

Developers of Zero Place unveil a new look for zero-net-energy mixed-use building

In response to feedback from neighbors and others, the developers of Zero Place unveiled a new look for the zero-net-energy mixed-used building at the June 21 meeting of the Village of New Paltz’s Planning Board. The new versions show a slightly shorter building and use variations of color, window style, roof line and street trees...
New Paltz fireworks rescheduled

New Paltz fireworks rescheduled

Due to the weather forecast, the fireworks scheduled for this evening (Friday, July 1) at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz, have been rescheduled for next Friday, July 8 at dusk. The gates will open at 5 p.m.
Update on the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement project in New Paltz

Update on the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement project in New Paltz

Work continues to take place — on budget and on schedule — for the new Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz. Construction of abutments on both sides of the Wallkill has been completed, cable and electric poles and lines have been relocated, sidewalks on the current bridge are now closed and the Carmine Liberta plaque...
Susan Slotnick: Guns and stuff

Susan Slotnick: Guns and stuff

Does the worst mass shooting, determined by numbers killed, make this one different, really? The other shootings — 23 mass shootings since Obama became president — are all equal, perpetrated by madmen. It’s not a numbers game, it’s just one more prong on the fork of America’s descent into madness. We are insane, allowing deranged...
Faso, Teachout win primaries; will face off in fall for 19th Congressional District seat

Faso, Teachout win primaries; will face off in fall for 19th Congressional District seat

Racking up an almost an 5-1 margin over her underfunded and obscure primary opponent, Democrat Zephyr Teachout of Dutchess County will face former assembly Republican leader John Faso of Columbia County in the November elections for congress in the 19th Congressional District. Teachout, who took returns at the Senate Garage in Kingston on Tuesday, ran...
Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School provide  a "green classroom" for learning

Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School provide a “green classroom” for learning

Part sanctuary and part outdoor lab, the Courtyard Gardens at New Paltz High School are made up of 15 themed gardens connected within the larger space, each a vignette of self-contained beauty and each with its own focus. The medicinal garden has healing plants, and the culinary garden edible herbs. The butterfly garden and bird...
Fundraising campaign underway to cast bronze statue for Ulster County Poorhouse memorial

Fundraising campaign underway to cast bronze statue for Ulster County Poorhouse memorial

“It’s been a long time coming,” says New Paltz town historian Susan Stessin-Cohn of a project dear to her heart that is nearing fruition: a permanent memorial at the Ulster County Fairgrounds complex preserving the memory of the 2,300 or so indigent people who lived at the Ulster County Poorhouse and were buried nearby. A...
Gov. Cuomo rides into New Paltz; promotes breast cancer screening law

Gov. Cuomo rides into New Paltz; promotes breast cancer screening law

Andrew Cuomo arrived at the New Paltz office of the Department of Environmental Conservation about 3:00 Monday afternoon, riding on a motorcycle with longtime girlfriend Sandra Lee seated behind him. Surrounded by a motorcade of police — half a dozen of which were also on motorcycles — the governor was completing a ride up from...
Wildfire that scorched 16 acres at Minnewaska is now 100 percent contained

Wildfire that scorched 16 acres at Minnewaska is now 100 percent contained

This past Monday afternoon’s rain showers didn’t come soon enough to prevent a wildfire that consumed 16.2 acres of dry brush within the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, but they were still a welcome relief to firefighters from four counties who had been battling the blaze in already-hot weather since Saturday. A spokeswoman for the Office...
Firefighters battle another wildfire at Minnewaska; Rt. 44/55 closed

Firefighters battle another wildfire at Minnewaska; Rt. 44/55 closed

  A fire is burning in the Minnewaska State Park Preserve, according to Carl Chipman, Town of Rochester supervisor. The fire, located at the Minnewaska Park above the first lookout on Route 44/55, involves an estimated 20 to 25 acres and is approximately 50-60% contained. “There aren’t any homes or other structures threatened by the fire in...
New Paltz Town Board considers passing a moratorium for development in the gateway area near the Thruway

New Paltz Town Board considers passing a moratorium for development in the gateway area near the Thruway

At their Thursday meeting, New Paltz Town Board members received a report on the possibility of passing a moratorium on development in the gateway area near the Thruway. The information was presented by members of an ad-hoc committee created just to study the issue after it was suggested by a number of residents concerned that...