Facing almost 40 pages of questions from concerned New Paltzians, developer Wilmorite will now have to create a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for their proposed student housing complex Park Point.
Park Point would occupy the vacant parcel at 141 Route 32 South, directly adjacent to the SUNY New Paltz campus, and it would feature about 720 bedrooms for rent.
Mike Moriello, the lawyer for Park Point, said the developer was working on answers to what amounts to “an awful lot” of questions.
However, work on some of the studies has already begun and the developer has a vested interest in getting that information gathered as quickly as possible, according to Planning Board Chairman Mike Calimano.
“They come back with the draft and say, “Here, we’ve answered all your questions,” Calimano said. At that point, the Planning Board has to review that information and decide if the DEIS is complete and actually answers those questions.
At that point, the DEIS will need to face the gauntlet of a public hearing. However, it’s not likely that that will happen until late spring, the chairman said.
-- Mike Townshend
Mahoney’s West is cited for serving minors
The New Paltz Police Department conducted a multi-agency investigation designed to address complaints of underage drinking at Mahoney’s West Tavern and Restaurant located at 127 Main Street in the Village of New Paltz on Monday, March 14. The participating agencies were the New Paltz police and investigators with the New York State Liquor Authority.
There had been several complaints that alleged Mahoney’s West was in violation of its liquor license. The investigation showed that there were multiple subjects under the age of 21 who were being served alcohol. It was also determined that there were other violations committed under the New York State Liquor Authority Law. That investigation is continuing.
New Paltz police arrested a female bartender at Mahoney’s West on March 15 and charged her with three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, a misdemeanor. She was released and will return to court in New Paltz March 29.
Free income tax assistance available through School of Business
The SUNY New Paltz School of Business will offer free tax help to individuals with a gross income below $49,000 on the New Paltz campus as part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Certified student volunteers received training from the IRS to help prepare basic tax returns and are offering this service in van den Berg Hall, Room 115A.
During the Spring semester of 2010, 23 business student volunteers processed over 100 tax returns. Students were able to apply what they had learned in their tax and accounting classes, as well as practice their communication skills by interacting with the clients.
The VITA program has been offered every spring for approximately 20 years.
In addition to free tax return preparation assistance, students are also providing free electronic filing (e-filing).
Campus walk-in hours will be held until April 15 on the following days: Mondays from noon to 8 p.m., Tuesdays from noon to 6 p.m., Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m., Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 6 p.m.
Please be sure to bring the following with you: Proof of ID and Social Security cards, all informational statements such as W-2’s and 1099’s, last year’s tax return (if available) and your bank routing and account numbers for direct deposit.
Please note that tax help will not be available when school is not in session from March 21-25.
Financing education through income taxes forum
The Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO), in collaboration with the SUNY New Paltz School of Education and the New Paltz Central School District Board Legislative Action Committee, is sponsoring a forum on “Financing Education through Income Taxes?” with Assemblyman Kevin Cahill on Thursday, March 24 in the high school auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m.
The Equity in Education Act proposes the elimination of real property taxes for the purposes of funding education. “By doing away with the school real property tax and changing to a more progressive statewide income tax, we will be able to fund our schools equitably, fairly and more affordably for all New Yorkers,” said Assemblyman Cahill.
“There are pros and cons to shifting the tax burden of funding education from the local real property tax to a statewide income tax,” said Gerald Benjamin of CRREO. “This forum will include the perspectives of experts who have studied the issue of school funding and have come to varying conclusions about the efficacy of the Equity in Education Act’s model.”
The panel includes: Frank Mauro -- Executive Director, Fiscal Policy Institute; Martin Reid -- Deputy Director of Government Relations, NYS School Boards Association; and Benjamin, Director -- CRREO Director and Associate Vice President for Regional Engagement at SUNY New Paltz.
The high school is located at 130 South Putt Corners Road. Babysitting will be provided on site in Room 174 by the Duzine-Lenape PTA. For more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 257-2901.
Dance, dance, dance
The fourth annual Dancing With the Teachers performance at New Paltz High School will be held this Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m. The dance groups include at least one teacher and students from the New Paltz district. Madeline’s Dancers will make a special appearance. Tickets are $5 at the door and the sale of baked goods and drinks help support the New Paltz High School softball and baseball teams.
Taste of the Gardiner Winter Greenmarket
The expanded Gardiner Winter Greenmarket will be held this Saturday, March 19 in the Gardiner Library Community Room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This market will feature an abundance of hearty and pastured winter meats. Brookside Farm will have an array of pork products and stewing chickens, as well as their eggs. They will have a full freezer of their black Angus beef at the April market. For beef lovers, Veritas Farm will bring a variety of products to this market.
Veritas will have root vegetables, pea shoots and limited greens so that you can spice up your winter salads with something that is actually green. Dancing Meadow Farm’s Dave and Anne Rogers will also have sun dried sungold tomatoes. Peg Lotvin, longtime, but former, Gardiner librarian and farmer, has very active chickens laying huge eggs right now. Acorn Hill in Walker Valley, will have their goat cheeses, goat chocolate and different cuts of goat meat.
Magic Baking’s Larissa Dmitriu will bring her healthy breads and feta/mushroom pastries, as well as a variety of poppy seed creations and other sweets.
Some of the other vendors include Grey Mouse with relishes and beet chips, carrot and string bean chips, as well as roasted corn kernel treats.
Gardiner beekeeper Keith Roosa always has his honey at the market. Many of his hives are on the just-preserved Kiernan farm in Gardiner. Maple syrup will be sold and Judy Eliot will sell her jams and jellies, all made with local produce.
The April Winter Market will take place on the third Saturday in April and seedlings will be for sale from many of the greenmarket farmers. Organizers are searching for new vendors for an expanded summer market. If interested, e-mail email@example.com.
Come to the Cabaret
90 Miles Off Broadway will present two performances of its “Cabaret & Dessert Night” on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. Local singers will perform “songs they’ve always wanted to sing. Desserts will be served during the show. There will also be games, prizes and even a sneak preview from the cast of 90 Miles’ upcoming Spring production of Grey Gardens.
The Friday performance will be held in the social hall at the New Paltz Reformed Church on Huguenot Street. The Saturday performance will take place at the New Paltz Community Center and is geared toward a more mature crowd, as it is expected to be “just a wee bit naughty” in its content.
Tickets will be available in advance at Bright Beginnings, the Reformed Church office and the New Paltz Community Center. They may also be purchased at the door on the night of performance. The ticket price includes the show and dessert. Tickets are $10 for the March 18 performance and $12 on March 19. For tickets/information, call Kim at 256-9657.
Young classical musicians concert and discussion
The Gardiner Library’s Winter Concert Series presents a local young classical musicians concert and discussion on Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m.
Virtuosi-In-Progress and College-Youth Symphony Competition finalists of 2010, Roxolyana Shepko (violin), Mei Shu Cui (violin) and Andrei Shatalov (french horn), will perform classical pieces by composers Bach, Monti, Mozart, Telemann, Massenet and Bruch accompanied by pianist Valentina Shatalova.
Other performers include Zoya Shepko (cello) and Alexandra Hamilton (viola). All ages are welcome to this free event. At the conclusion of the performance, the musicians invite the audience to ask questions. Refreshments will be served.
The concert will take place in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
New way to pay for meals
The New Paltz Central School District is offering the myLunchMoney.com service to all parents and students. With this new service, parents can closely monitor their child’s lunch balance and menu options including a seven-day history of their purchases. Participation is free and you don’t need to use this service to pay for your child’s lunches. (However, parents will be charged a small transaction fee of $1.95 for each payment made. All fees will be displayed at the time of payment.) If parents wish, they can use this service simply to monitor their children’s lunch choices. Parents can say goodbye to sending cash and checks to the school cafeteria by creating a secure online account through which they are able to manage their student’s life easily and conveniently.
In addition to adding a variety of parent tools to myLunchMoney.com, they have also added a new service called ‘Smart Pay’ -- designed for busy parents that want to make sure their child always has money, but may not always have the time to constantly check their account balance.
For additional information, call 256-4020.
Family movie night at the Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library’s family movie night series continues with a showing of James and the Giant Peach on Friday, March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Inspired by Roald Dahl’s beloved book, producer Tim Burton and director Henry Selick combine live action, animation and special effects to create a new and different world.
The movie will be shown in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. Free popcorn is available; bring a stuffed animal and a blanket, if you’d like. For further information, contact the library at 255-1255 or www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Gardiner Library lights vandalized
Vandals have again struck the exterior lights at the Gardiner Library. The exact time of the vandalism is unknown, but it very likely occurred during the first week of March. Staff noticed that two lights were out in the parking lot, but assumed that the bulbs had blown. When the bulbs were being changed, it was noted that the plastic sleeve in the lighting ballards had been punctured and the bulbs were shattered. The two lights did not have the shields fabricated to block light from the neighbors. The library asks that anyone can report anything unusual, including unusual activity at the library that may be associated with the vandalism.
Woodland Pond to celebrate one-year anniversary of its health center
Woodland Pond at New Paltz will be celebrating its one-year anniversary of the opening of its health center on Tuesday, March 22. Woodland Pond, the first continuing care retirement community in the mid-Hudson Valley, provides an all-inclusive resort-type lifestyle for independent living and a continuum of care for senior adults. The public is invited to attend the celebration and enjoy a tour of the health center and the entire community. The reception will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. and will include entertainment and refreshments. Presentations and a ribbon cutting at 4:15 p.m. will be conducted by dignitaries of HealthAlliance of Hudson Valley and representatives from the local, county and state municipalities.
The Woodland Pond Health Center is located at 200 Woodland Pond Circle, just off North Putt Corners Road. For additional information, please contact Aldo Troiani, health center administrator, at 256-5702 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flexibility and core strength workshop
Dr. David Ness, sports chiropractor and Dorothy Hamburg, exercise physiologist, level 2 Triathlon Coach will be presenting a free flexibility and core strengthening workshop at their 3 Cherry Hill Road office on Thursday, March 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will explain how the core works and how flexibility affects performance. As well, there will be hands-on self testing of each person’s core strength and flexibility. Space is limited to 20 people. To register, e-mail: email@example.com, visit Ness on Facebook or call 255-1200.
Celebration of aging event
The Ulster County Office for the Aging is seeking Ulster County residents, 100 years of age or older, to be honored at the county’s annual Celebration of Aging.
The Celebration of Aging, to be held on Friday, May 6 at noon at Hillside Manor in Kingston, includes a luncheon and awards ceremony. It is free to all honorees and $18 per person for all other guests.
“The Office for the Aging Advisory Council puts together a wonderful event each year to honor our county’s oldest citizens,” said Anne Cardinale, Director of the Ulster County Office for the Aging. “Ulster County Executive Mike Hein will be on hand to thank the centenarians for their contributions to our community and present them with beautiful certificates.”
Please call Office for the Aging staff person Ellen Scheerer at 340-3582 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name, contact information and date of birth of prospective honorees by April 15.
For women only
“Women Helping Women,” an evening of music, dancing and laughter to benefit the Battered Women’s Shelter of Kingston, will be held on Friday, March 25 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the VFW Hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. Attendees are asked to bring a finger food to share -- those with last names beginning with A–M are asked to bring an appetizer and N–Z, a dessert. The cost is $20. Tickets are available from Gardiner Day members, by calling 706-0625 or at the door. The event is sponsored by the Gardiner Day Committee.