Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

Red Barn Produce in Highland bridges the gap between local farms and end users

For the farmer, growing our food is one thing and getting it to us is another. That’s especially true for the smaller farms, who don’t consistently produce the volume necessary to supply a big distribution broker. But that’s...
New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

New Paltz village shop owners and residents react to a new law banning the use of plastic bags

The Village of New Paltz has passed a ban on single-use plastic bags — the kind typically used in supermarkets and other retail shops — set to go into effect this coming April. The law’s passage has garnered...
Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Postal workers union protests planned closure of Newburgh sorting facility

Nearly two dozen members of the American Postal Workers Local 3722 — Mid-Hudson Area participated in a National Day of Action Rally at the New Paltz Post Office on Friday, November 14. The event was one of 150...
Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Geri Owens finishes her fifth marathon run at age 80

Though she didn’t start running until she was in her 40s — a career that led up to her finishing her third New York City Marathon at the age of 80 on November 2  — Geri Owens was...
New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

New Paltz BOE seeks direction from the community on how to proceed with aging infrastructure

Now that the New Paltz Central School District has seen another defeat of a school bond proposal — its second in four years — what’s next? “Time is not on our side,” said New Paltz Board of Education...
Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Michele Tomasicchio puts her heart into creating Made With Love all natural skin care products

Most of us are well accustomed to reading the labels on the packaging of the foods we eat. But how many of us pay attention to the labels on the skin care products we use? Our skin is...
Election results in the Town of Rosendale

Election results in the Town of Rosendale

While Democrats nationally hunkered down for a rough slog on Election Night, Rosendale Democrats had reason to celebrate: For the first time in a long while, they managed to recapture a majority on the Town Board. Their candidate...
One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

One Book/One New Paltz 2014 dissects Philip Roth’s “Nemesis”

When the One Book/One New Paltz Committee starts meeting each February to try to weed down a hundred-or-so recommended titles into a more manageable shortlist of prospects for the next communitywide reading festival, it’s way too early for...
Fifth annual Zombiefest returns to Rosendale

Fifth annual Zombiefest returns to Rosendale

With an expression of innocent trust on her face, a towheaded toddler in a raspberry-pink tulle skirt gazes up at the alarming-looking man who is extending his hand to her. Clad in blood-spattered hospital scrubs, his face gangrenous...
Halloween happenings in New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale and Highland

Halloween happenings in New Paltz, Gardiner, Rosendale and Highland

The crisp fall air is upon us and with it, Halloween. On October 24-26 and November 1-2 Haunted Huguenot Street tours will depart from the DuBois Fort Visitor Center hourly beginning at 4 p.m., with the final tour...
Flash mob promotes Diwali Festival of Lights at Elting Library

Flash mob promotes Diwali Festival of Lights at Elting Library

Unsuspecting New Paltz residents and visitors got a surprise last Sunday when a Bollywood flashdance broke out at Water Street Market. Most of the dancers were students from SUNY New Paltz, who participated in the event to promote...
Sawyer Savings moves Highland branch to new location on Route 9W

Sawyer Savings moves Highland branch to new location on Route 9W

Sawyer Savings held a ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, October 8 at its new location in Highland at 3515 Route 9W. The branch is located on the former site of Casa Mia restaurant. On hand to welcome the bank to...
New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz Village board considers major parking amendments

New Paltz village trustees are considering a major amendment to the law governing parking in the village. At the October 8 Village Board meeting, trustees Ariana Basco and Sally Rhoads proposed an amendment which would, in Rhoads’s words,...
Alfandre Architecture receives New Building Project of the Year Award

Alfandre Architecture receives New Building Project of the Year Award

Alfandre Architecture has been awarded the Best New Building Project of the Year Award by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce for its new building located at 231 Main Street in New Paltz. The building is a...
Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Modular offices for mold-sickened New Paltz town employees headed for Clearwater Road

Town of New Paltz municipal employees should be able to relocate their offices from the hopelessly mold-contaminated Town Hall to rented modular units before the snow flies, it was announced at a special Town Board meeting on Thursday,...
Introducing our regional alternative currency, the Hudson Valley Current

Introducing our regional alternative currency, the Hudson Valley Current

“The purpose of the Current is to flow.” That, in a nutshell, encapsulates the economic philosophy of Chris Hewitt, publisher of the Rosendale-based Country Wisdom News. But it isn’t the waters of the Hudson River that he’s talking...
New Ulster County dog park opens in New Paltz

New Ulster County dog park opens in New Paltz

A grand opening was held by “For Paws of Ulster” on Saturday, September 27 for the new Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz. The official ribbon cutting accompanied by officials had already happened earlier in the week,...
Gardiner regains a farmers’ market

Gardiner regains a farmers’ market

The Gardiner Green Market will set up its tents every Friday through October 24 at the entrance to the rail-trail on Route 44/55. There’s plenty of parking nearby. Though the hours are still officially 4 to 7 p.m.,...
Grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz

Grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park in New Paltz

A grand opening celebration of the For Paws of Ulster County Dog Park will be held this Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dog park is located at the Field of Dreams (the rear of the property),...
Gardiner will hold a Senior Expo offering advice, information and resources

Gardiner will hold a Senior Expo offering advice, information and resources

The Senior Expo slated for Tuesday, September 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Gardiner Town Hall is, of course, intended for the older residents among us, but it’s also for their caregivers, friends and family as well...
Taste of New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Taste of New Paltz (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Thousands of visitors converged at the Ulster County Fairgrounds in New Paltz last Sunday for the 24th annual Taste of New Paltz. The event, hosted by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce,...
Get on the bus to the New York City Climate March on September 21

Get on the bus to the New York City Climate March on September 21

At least five buses from the New Paltz area will be heading to New York City on Sunday, September 21 for what some are calling “the biggest environmental march in history.” Two years ago, Dan Guenther journeyed to...
Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

Black mold sickens New Paltz Town Hall employees

The recent discovery of a sickness-inducing black mold at the New Paltz Town Hall has quickened supervisor Susan Zimet’s search for town government facilities. The still-unidentified mold — results of an air-quality test are still pending — has...
Local historians publish “Around Highland,” a new addition to the “Postcard History Series”

Local historians publish “Around Highland,” a new addition to the “Postcard History Series”

The vintage postcard that looks so quaint now to our 21st-century eyes was once a form of communication every bit as game-changing in its time as tweets and text-messaging were when they first arrived on the scene. At...
Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Zephyr Teachout speaks at SUNY New Paltz anti-fracking rally

Gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout and her running mate for lieutenant governor Tim Wu made a stop on their “Whistleblower Tour” this past Friday to speak at a rally against fracking at SUNY New Paltz. Teachout, a professor of...
Water Street’s Sustainable, Organic and Local market wraps up on Sept. 2

Water Street’s Sustainable, Organic and Local market wraps up on Sept. 2

Though they may not yet feel confident that’s it’s always going to be held in the same place — currently in the parking lot directly across Main Street from the Wells Fargo Bank — Paltzonians are getting used...
Labor, community organizations and citizens protest Wilmore IDA tax breaks

Labor, community organizations and citizens protest Wilmore IDA tax breaks

Labor and community organizations held a rally on a closed-off North Front Street in New Paltz last Wednesday, August 20. The approximately 35 protesters held signs announcing “Strong Communities Work” and “Living Wage Jobs Not Tax Cuts for...
Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

Dan Winfield cops swimming medal at Masters’ World Championships in Montreal

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting Dan Winfield, the 69-year-old swimmer/runner/biker, husband/father/grandfather community-minded man, then you would know what I mean when I say that “Age is just a number.” Winfield is New Paltz’s own Paul...
New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

New 21-story elevator opens at Walkway Over the Hudson

More than 1.3 million people have visited the Walkway Over the Hudson since it opened in October of 2009. Last year alone it attracted more than 700,00 visitors. But until now, those visitors (as many as half of...
The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

The Treehouse’s Cindy Capraro launches new clothing line, Root By Cindy

Those who frequent The Treehouse craft gallery in New Paltz know Cindy Capraro as the alterations expert there. She maintains a sewing studio in the back of the shop while business partner Kathy Preston showcases fine handcrafts in...
New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

New Highland Teacher Association contract causing controversy over coaching positions

The recently ratified Highland Teacher Association (HTA) contract has caused some controversy over wording that gives preference to HTA members in coaching and advisor positions. During the public comment portion of the recent Highland Central School District Board...
Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

Putt-putt golf returns to Highland under new ownership

What once was Yummies is now Lakeside Licks Ice Cream & Mini Golf. Route 299’s miniature golf standby has a new name, new owners and many more ice cream flavors. New owner John Marsh has cleaned up and...
Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Dr. Taylor Stoermer relinquishes management responsibility at Historic Huguenot Street

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) has again changed its management structure. Seven months after appointing Dr. Taylor Stoermer as its day-to-day director for strategy, development and historic preservation, the New Paltz Huguenot historical organization announced that effective last week...
Highland Farmers’ Market easily accessible on Route 299 every Wednesday

Highland Farmers’ Market easily accessible on Route 299 every Wednesday

The location for the weekly Highland Farmers’ Market at 199 Route 299 (just across from the State Police barracks), is easily accessible, situated right on a well-traveled stretch of highway that serves people driving to and from New...
Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

Susan Zimet drops out of Assembly race

New Paltz Town Supervisor Susan Zimet announced on Monday that she has given up her Democratic primary challenge to Assemblyman Kevin Cahill after the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) rejected about a quarter of the signatures...
New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

New Paltz High School Class of 1954 celebrates 60th reunion

Approximately 20 members of the New Paltz High School Class of 1954 met last week at Pasquale’s Pizza in Gardiner for their 60th reunion. Big smiles and friendly banter didn’t stop flowing. For Wayne Wilson and his classmates,...
Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

Rondout Rep students to perform “The Comedy of Errors” and “The Tempest” at Water Street Market

It isn’t truly summer without outdoor Shakespeare performances — and when admission is free, that’s even better. When Stephanie Marrinan was pursuing her bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in the ’90s, SUNY New Paltz presented wonderful Shakespeare under...
New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

New Paltz volunteer firefighters save fallen Clydesdale

While others were enjoying Fourth of July barbecues and firework displays, New Paltz Fire Department volunteers spent more than five-and-a-half hours in the grueling heat attempting to rescue a fallen horse. A call came in at approximately 1:30...
County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

County-funded fence at dog park in New Paltz will allow an end-of-summer opening

Dogs in Ulster County and the humans who love them got a double dose of good news on Thursday, July 10. Ulster County Executive Mike Hein spoke at the Field of Dreams on Libertyville Road in New Paltz...
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Rehabilitation of Highland and New Paltz school facilities is riding on October 28

Rehabilitation of Highland and New Paltz school facilities is riding on October 28

Tuesday, October 28 will be an important day for both the Highland and the New Paltz school districts. Each will bring a capital project proposal up for vote on that date: Highland is asking voters to approve a $17.5 million project and New Paltz is asking for $52.9 million. Both districts have old, decrepit buildings...
Paul Brown: Collectible and suitable for framing

Paul Brown: Collectible and suitable for framing

When I walked into Starbucks last week to meet a friend, I was delighted to see a woman poring over the first annual edition of the Explore New Paltz map published by the founder and former owner of PDQ Printing, Craig Shankles. Delighted because I had recently interviewed Craig about his publication and was planning...
Rosendalers eye political hopefuls at Meet-the-Candidates Night

Rosendalers eye political hopefuls at Meet-the-Candidates Night

At a Meet-the-Candidates Night event at the Rosendale Recreation Center last Thursday evening, sponsored by the Women’s Club of Rosendale, about 100 local residents turned out to hear a succession of three-minute “elevator speeches” about the candidacies of contenders for the posts of representatives for the 19th US Congressional District and New York State’s 103rd...
Glynwood welcomes first three participants to its farm business incubator program

Glynwood welcomes first three participants to its farm business incubator program

Glynwood held an open house last Friday, October 10 to introduce the first three participants chosen for its new Hudson Valley Farm Business Incubator program. The three-year intensive was created in collaboration with the Open Space Institute to provide support for agricultural entrepreneurs who already have several years of farming experience but who need help...
A tour of New Paltz Middle School reveals a failing facility

A tour of New Paltz Middle School reveals a failing facility

Voters in New Paltz on Tuesday, October 28 will be asked to support the New Paltz Central School District’s $52.9 million proposed capital improvement project to address the aged infrastructure and insufficiencies at its four school facilities. The vote will be held in the high school gymnasium from noon to 9 p.m. New Paltz Times...
Gardiner officials invite public input on Riverside Trust property tax assessment challenge

Gardiner officials invite public input on Riverside Trust property tax assessment challenge

If a certain well-known local landowner gets his way in court regarding the assessed value of his property, New Paltz Central School District taxpayers in general and Gardiner residents in particular will be paying through the nose to pick up the slack in property taxes for all posterity: That’s the takeaway message that Gardiner Town...
Highland to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 18

Highland to celebrate Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 18

Highland’s Oktoberfest returns for its second year this Saturday, October 18. From 3 to 9 p.m. visitors can walk up and down the Hamlet’s Vineyard Avenue, tasting traditional German foods and drinking Deutsche beer. The goal, says Town of Lloyd events commission chair Kate Jonietz, is for people to have fun and “take time to...
Mark Sherman: Door dilemmas

Mark Sherman: Door dilemmas

“Be an opener of doors” – Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)   We hear all the time about how civility is going down the tubes, but I wonder. Of course, if someone were to stop me in the street or call me because they were doing a survey on the topic, I’d tell them where they...
A tour of the school facilities in Highland reveals work to be done (with photo gallery)

A tour of the school facilities in Highland reveals work to be done (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Voters in Highland on Tuesday, October 28 will choose whether or not to support the Highland Central School District’s $17.5 million proposed capital improvement project. The vote will be held at the high school in the band room from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. State aid will pay for 66...
Williams Lake Project donates $10K to Rosendale Pool

Williams Lake Project donates $10K to Rosendale Pool

The Williams Lake Project (WLP) wrapped up its public summer swim fundraiser in partnership with the Town of Rosendale with a final Labor Day swim on September 4. More than 3,500 swimmers came to enjoy the Williams Lake beach front throughout the nine three-day weekends, including Rosendale and Ulster County residents, tourists, camp groups, sports...
Salsa contest a hit despite chilly rain at Reformed Church Apple Festival

Salsa contest a hit despite chilly rain at Reformed Church Apple Festival

Huddling under tents to get out of the rain, a diminished crowd flocked to Saturday’s Apple Festival at the New Paltz Reformed Church. As the downpour waxed and waned, people made their way between tents, tasting treats and looking at crafts. Between the church’s Doric columns, bands played Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young covers. This...
‘80s graffiti queen Lady Pink joins roster of artists for the Gardiner Open Studio

‘80s graffiti queen Lady Pink joins roster of artists for the Gardiner Open Studio

Organized by painter/gallerists Ken Aspin and Donna Weil of the D. M. Weil Gallery at 208 Bruynswick Road, the semiannual Gardiner Open Studio Tour — or GOST, pronounced like “ghost” — is marking its first anniversary over Columbus Day weekend. Eighteen artists based in Gardiner or adjacent areas of New Paltz, Wallkill or Pine Bush...