Vine Van Gogh sip-and-paint Valentine’s Day dinner event in New Paltz

Vine Van Gogh sip-and-paint Valentine’s Day dinner event in New Paltz

The phenomenon of “sip-and-paint” parties has been around for more than a decade now, with franchises popping up all over the country. Although social gatherings at which neophyte artists paint something that they can take home while drinking...
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....
WinterFest returns Highland Rail Trail with chili cook-off, family-friendly winter fun

WinterFest returns Highland Rail Trail with chili cook-off, family-friendly winter fun

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail depot at 101 New Paltz Road in Highland will be the scene for the 19th annual WinterFest on Saturday, February 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission costs $2 with kids under...
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...
Wildberry Lodge plans poised for completion

Wildberry Lodge plans poised for completion

Wildberry Lodge, the indoor water park and hotel proposed to be built adjacent to the Thruway in New Paltz, has not been in the news of late. Part of the reason for that is something that’s been the...
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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Lloyd Town Board reorganizes

Lloyd Town Board reorganizes

The Lloyd Town Board held its reorganizational meeting on January 6 at 5 p.m., an hour later than the workshop meetings typically scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month. The time of those workshops was one of the areas where the new board’s fault lines showed, as now there are two Democrats sitting to...
Fantasy is the family business at Dragon Realm in New Paltz

Fantasy is the family business at Dragon Realm in New Paltz

“It simply isn’t an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons,” wrote J.R.R. Tolkien. But talk to Danny Chisena of Dragon Realm at 81 Main Street in the Village of New Paltz, and he’ll tell you, “What’s a dragon world without rock ‘n’ roll!” And that pretty much tells you what to expect when...
SUNY minimum wage increase will boost incomes of 524 New Paltz student workers

SUNY minimum wage increase will boost incomes of 524 New Paltz student workers

At a rally in New York City on January 4, governor Andrew Cuomo announced the first step of his 2016 agenda to make New York the first state in the nation to enact a $15 minimum wage for all workers: directing the State University of New York to raise the minimum wage for its employees....
Concerns over Studley Barn condition prompts closer look by the Open Space Institute

Concerns over Studley Barn condition prompts closer look by the Open Space Institute

Visitors to and residents of New Paltz may be familiar with the red barn on Butterville Road, also known as Studley barn, which adds a decidedly rural element to the picturesque scenery west of the Wallkill River. The building was slated to be repurposed as part of the Open Space Institute’s (OSI) River-to-Ridge Trail, but...
The New Highland Pet Resort, Inc. a one-stop shop for pet owners

The New Highland Pet Resort, Inc. a one-stop shop for pet owners

“My goal is to be that one-stop shop where you can do anything or get anything you need for your pets,” says Renee Rizzi, owner of the new Highland Pet Resort, Inc. at 133 Bailey’s Gap Road in Highland. The 7,300-square-foot facility on ten acres of land — formerly an apple orchard — offers pet...
Highland’s Hudson Ale Works eyes spring taproom opening

Highland’s Hudson Ale Works eyes spring taproom opening

Move over, Shawangunk Wine Trail: Room is needed in the near future for a Mid-Hudson Beer Trail, as one craft brewery after another springs up in our midst, blooming from the big dreams and hard work of young homebrew hobbyists. And beer-lovers — long consigned to the redneck fringes of perceived sophistication, but now finding...
New Paltz Chamber of Commerce will offer new cross-country ski race at Minnewaska State Park

New Paltz Chamber of Commerce will offer new cross-country ski race at Minnewaska State Park

A little more than a year ago, a group of Hudson Valley cross-country ski enthusiasts filed a Certificate of Incorporation as the Shawangunk Nordic Ski Association, their intended purpose to promote and support cross-country skiing in the Shawangunk Mountains and beyond. Now the group has aligned their efforts with the New Paltz Regional Chamber of...
New Paltz Town Board begins year with changes

New Paltz Town Board begins year with changes

The 194th Town Board of New Paltz was called to order Monday night by supervisor Neil Bettez for its reorganizational meeting, a sometimes tedious affair during which standard policies and business practices are tweaked or reaffirmed. It’s also a time for the new administration to switch things up in terms of appointed positions and liaison...
Christmas tree bonfire in New Paltz on January 9

Christmas tree bonfire in New Paltz on January 9

The fourth annual Christmas tree bonfire will take place on Saturday, January 9, 3 p.m., at Hasbrouck Park in the Village of New Paltz. The New Paltz Volunteer Fire Department will tend to the fire, and a monetary contribution to the fire department is suggested. There are three ways you can add your tree to...
Paul Brown: It’s beginning to look a lot like better government in New Paltz

Paul Brown: It’s beginning to look a lot like better government in New Paltz

Beginning with the Village of New Paltz election this past spring, followed by the town’s election this fall, New Paltz voters chose a number of new board members, thus signaling their dissatisfaction and frustration with dysfunctional government and with politicians who spend more time feuding amongst themselves than working on the business of people. In...
New Paltz and Highland school superintendents discuss their respective districts

New Paltz and Highland school superintendents discuss their respective districts

From the outside looking in, it seems like 2015 was a transitional year for both the New Paltz and the Highland school districts. After all the drama of putting capital projects up for a vote in 2014 and succeeding in both cases  — Highland in October of that year and New Paltz voters approving their...
Rosendale Town Supervisor Jeanne Walsh looks forward to 2016

Rosendale Town Supervisor Jeanne Walsh looks forward to 2016

Like many towns nowadays, Rosendale has been struggling in recent years with the logistical and fiscal challenges of upgrading aging infrastructure. But town supervisor Jeanne Walsh has developed a knack for securing grant funding to cover most of the costs of such projects, and the community has pitched in with plenty of volunteer fundraising efforts....