Crowds flock to seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival (with photo gallery)

Crowds flock to seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival (with photo gallery)

Photos by Lauren Thomas   Organizers of outdoor festivals usually pray for bright, warm, sunny weather to draw the crowds; but when the thing that you’re celebrating is cupcakes, which wilt quickly in the heat, an overcast sky...
Expansion of existing Trailways station gets thumbs-up

Expansion of existing Trailways station gets thumbs-up

The people of New Paltz have spoken: In a public meeting at the Community Center last Thursday, representatives of the Ulster County Transportation Council presented several different options for replacing the existing Adirondack Trailways Bus Terminal in an...
Seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival this Saturday

Seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival this Saturday

The seventh annual Gardiner Cupcake Festival will be held this Saturday, May 16 from noon to 6 p.m. in the orchard at Wright’s Farm on Route 208 in Gardiner. Admission is free and there’s plenty of parking at...
Unison bounces back

Unison bounces back

Back in November, Unison Arts and Learning Center announced that it was coming to the end of its nearly-four-decade-long tenure at 68 Mountain Rest Road. The not-for-profit’s lease with landlords and founders Stuart and Helene Bigley was set...
Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

Three run unopposed for School Board in New Paltz

New Paltz Central School District voters will see three candidates on the ballot May 19. Brian Cournoyer, the Board of Education president, is running with two newcomers — Alison Easton and Michael O’Donnell. All three are running for...
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The New Paltz Fire Department will hold a recruitment open house on April 25

The New Paltz Fire Department will hold a recruitment open house on April 25

It’s getting harder these days for volunteer fire departments to find new members. So five years ago the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) came up with a plan to boost volunteer membership: RecruitNY events held statewide during the same weekend in April at nearly 500 local firehouses where the communities can...
Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

Asbestos abatement jacks up costs of Mohonk Testimonial Gatehouse renovation

As anyone can attest who has attended a meeting of any of New Paltz’s municipal boards and commissions recently, such gatherings typically offer an excuse for disgruntled residents to vent their unhappiness over one issue or another. It’s rare to find one where the audience seems almost unanimous in its approval of the proceedings. But...
Historic Huguenot Street gears up for the season with new tours

Historic Huguenot Street gears up for the season with new tours

Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) is gearing up for the season ahead with new tours planned for 2015. In addition to the traditional guided tours offered on weekdays, weekend tours this year will combine the best of the traditional tour with elements from last year’s “In-The-Moment” tours. That approach involves guides skilled in improvisation, wearing period...
Gardiner’s main thoroughfare sports festive new banners

Gardiner’s main thoroughfare sports festive new banners

There’s a fresh new look to the hamlet of Gardiner these days. The old-fashioned-style lampposts that line the main thoroughfare, installed along with the sidewalks a few years back, are sporting festive forest-green banners, each announcing “Welcome” and the name of a local business. The project to hang the banners all started with Nicole Lane,...
Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Meet the New Paltz village trustee candidates

Village of New Paltz Election Day is coming up soon, on Tuesday, May 5. Last week, the New Paltz Times brought you profiles in their own words of the four candidates running for mayor (to read the interviews, visit www.newpaltzx.com). In this issue, again in question-and-answer format, we present profiles of the four candidates contending...
Winterkill shocks spring bird sanctuary visitors in New Paltz

Winterkill shocks spring bird sanctuary visitors in New Paltz

The first warm days of spring brought a surprise to anyone who ventured out into the Nyquist-Harcourt Bird Sanctuary on Huguenot Street in New Paltz: dozens and dozens of dead fish, floating on the surface of the pond there. A number of readers reached out to the New Paltz Times to find out what could...
New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

New Paltz teachers, activists rally against high-stakes tests

Tied in with the recently passed $142 billion New York State budget was a slew of changes to public education. In New Paltz, those changes aren’t altogether welcome. Teachers, students, activists and parents gathered at New Paltz Central High School last week for a rally against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms, Common Core and high-stakes...
New Paltz Baseball/Softball Association opening day parade

New Paltz Baseball/Softball Association opening day parade

Photos by Rich Corozine   It all does seem timeless. And not just the game itself — you know the absence of a clock and all that; fair/foul lines that stretch into infinity; the offense has the ball but is playing defense; the purpose of the game is to get home…all the Zen stuff — but...
New Paltz Town Board member Dan Torres files harassment complaint against deputy supervisor Jeff Logan

New Paltz Town Board member Dan Torres files harassment complaint against deputy supervisor Jeff Logan

An exchange prior to a New Paltz Town Board meeting last month led one member to file charges of harassment against another this week, according to a court document. Dan Torres signed a complaint alleging threats to his person were made by fellow council member — and onetime running mate — deputy supervisor Jeff Logan....
Nature at your doorstep by Rich Parisio: Admiral Blackbird

Nature at your doorstep by Rich Parisio: Admiral Blackbird

What is the best way to keep time? I don’t profess to know, but I do know the most natural way: by paying attention to the weather, to the motions of the sun and moon in the sky and to the activities of fellow creatures on this planet. Among these, weather is the most fickle...
Bill Sheeley: Pharmacist and co-owner of Dedrick’s Pharmacy and Gifts

Bill Sheeley: Pharmacist and co-owner of Dedrick’s Pharmacy and Gifts

It was a part-time job at age 12 that led to Bill Sheeley’s future career as a pharmacist and co-owner of Dedrick’s Pharmacy and Gifts in New Paltz. “I was a caddy at Wiltwyck Golf Club for Louis Nekos, who owned Nekos Pharmacy in Kingston, across the street from the old Dedrick’s,” Sheeley explains, referring...
Imperial Guitar & Soundworks relocates to New Paltz

Imperial Guitar & Soundworks relocates to New Paltz

“We have an awful lot of fun with buying, selling and appraising guitars,” says Bill Imperial, owner of the recently relocated Imperial Guitar & Soundworks at 2A Cherry Hill Road in New Paltz. “Doing the research on vintage guitars, finding out, ‘What is it really worth? We had one guy come in with an old...