Art festival starts August 7 at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale

Art festival starts August 7 at Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale

Once upon a time, in the days of the Rosendale cement boom, there was a busy rail depot across from what was then a general store and is now that fabulous nexus of the paper arts, Women’s Studio...
Village of New Paltz to purchase 64.5-acre parcel to complete core of Mill Brook Preserve

Village of New Paltz to purchase 64.5-acre parcel to complete core of Mill Brook Preserve

Culminating more than a decade of study, planning and negotiation following the “Beavergate” trapping controversy of the early 20-aughts, preservation of a continuous wildlife corridor running all the way from Woodland Pond’s forever-wild acreage to the Duzine School’s...
Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Rosendale Street Festival returns to Main Street (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Rosendale Street Festival has been around for so many years now (with a multiyear hiatus at one point) that people have pretty much stopped counting. It takes a lot of donated time,...
New Paltz to hire former councilwoman Jean Gallucci for comptroller position

New Paltz to hire former councilwoman Jean Gallucci for comptroller position

Following a two-hour-long executive session at the end of the July 16 meeting of the New Paltz Town Board, board members emerged to make the big surprise announcement of the evening: Upon receipt of official notification from Ulster...
Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

Fundraising is underway for a 9/11 memorial in New Paltz

New Paltz is getting closer to having a 9/11 memorial park. It will be located on the grounds outside Fire Station Two on North Putt Corners Road, where there is currently a “Tree of Remembrance” planted to honor...
Rosendale gets festive for Pool Fund with new Mermaid Parade

Rosendale gets festive for Pool Fund with new Mermaid Parade

It was another rained-out early summer weekend, but that didn’t faze the festival-mad folks of Rosendale last Sunday, when they launched yet another soon-to-be-annual community celebration: the Rosendale Mermaid Parade.     According to a local with decades of experience...
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Rosendale Theatre unveils new stage, drop-down screen

Rosendale Theatre unveils new stage, drop-down screen

Cited by many Rosendalers as the “anchor” for the economic revitalization of the town’s Main Street in recent years, the Rosendale Theatre last week hit another major milestone in its ongoing renovation — and one that should significantly increase the space’s versatility as a community resource: the inauguration of a sturdy new stage. “This is...
New Paltz Village Board member Don Kerr urges reconsideration of Wallkill River drinking water option

New Paltz Village Board member Don Kerr urges reconsideration of Wallkill River drinking water option

The New Paltz Village Board’s June 24 meeting was the first for newly elected trustee Don Kerr, and he immediately made good on his campaign promise to be the “water guy” by pushing to have the option of using the Wallkill River as an alternate drinking water source during Catskill Aqueduct shutdowns put back on...
Republicans pick slate for Lloyd town races

Republicans pick slate for Lloyd town races

Candidates may be lining up to run in a presidential election that’s still over a year away, but locally, parties are just gearing up the campaign machinery for this November. Lloyd Republicans held their caucus on Monday in St. Augustine’s Church school and picked who they wanted to represent the party in town races for...
Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Highland High School graduates 138 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   The Highland High School football field was the setting last Thursday, June 25 for the 138 members of the graduating class of 2015 to claim their diplomas. Principal Peter Harris, a 1991 Highland High School graduate, welcomed the senior class and their families and friends, asking the parents of graduates...
New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

New Paltz High School graduates 194 students (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   As parents, friends and grandparents wait politely listening to speeches, the mood at New Paltz’s high school football field is muted, joyful and reflective. Outdoors, emerald leaves flutter beneath a gorgeous azure sky; the air has a clean smell — like the moment before a big rain. In a big...
A Day’s Work: Travel agent Colleen Gillette

A Day’s Work: Travel agent Colleen Gillette

Colleen Gillette entered the travel business in 1979 at a time of dramatic change in the industry, shortly after the federal government deregulated the airlines. But that was only the beginning of the significant shifts in the way travel bookings would be handled in the nearly four decades to follow. Technology and social media would...
New Palz Garden Club awards annual scholarship at its “Table Carousel” event

New Palz Garden Club awards annual scholarship at its “Table Carousel” event

The New Paltz Garden Club held a “Table Carousel” event last Monday, June 15 at the Ulster County BOCES Conference Center. Nearly 100 members of the club that helps keep New Paltz beautiful attended the fundraiser held every 18 months or so in alternating spring and fall affairs. Funds raised at the event go toward...
Historic Huguenot Street marks Cider Week with Cider Market & Tasting

Historic Huguenot Street marks Cider Week with Cider Market & Tasting

It wasn’t the greatest of weekends for outdoor events, but intermittent rain last Saturday didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the hard cider fanciers who converged on the Cider Market and Tasting hosted by Historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz. Under the shelter of a white canopy, dozens of eager tasters clustered around the tables featuring...
Carmine Liberta Bridge Committee gains consensus, takes summer recess

Carmine Liberta Bridge Committee gains consensus, takes summer recess

When it comes to the new-and-improved Carmine Liberta Bridge in New Paltz, check another item off the list. Lighting for the bridge’s cantilevered sidewalk will, most likely, be luxrail-style LED handrail lighting, according to the Carmine Liberta Bridge replacement committee. Lighting above the bridge will be minimalistic — not stylistic — and affordable, they added...
“The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015” is open at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

“The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015” is open at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz

Photos by Lauren Thomas   For people who think visually, the old bromide that “One picture is worth a thousand words” is a given. But the verbal and visual arts are by no means exclusive lenses through which our world can be viewed and described. “The Stories We Tell: Hudson Valley Artists 2015,” which opened...
Eugene Stetz paints mural from forklift at corner of Routes 299 and 208 in New Paltz

Eugene Stetz paints mural from forklift at corner of Routes 299 and 208 in New Paltz

While walking or driving through downtown New Paltz this past week, particularly at night, you may have noticed High Falls artist Eugene Stetz, 26, on a lift or ladder painting the beginnings of what is going to be a giant mural on the side of the building directly across from Bacchus Restaurant at 48 Main...
Jeff Logan harassment charge to be dismissed

Jeff Logan harassment charge to be dismissed

New Paltz deputy town supervisor Jeff Logan is unlikely to suffer any penalty for allegedly whispering a profanity-laced tirade into the ear of fellow Town Board member Dan Torres in March. He appeared before justice Kevin V. Hunt of the Shawangunk Justice Court on Monday night, where Hunt adjourned the matter in contemplation of dismissal....