Petitions for New Paltz School Board candidates are due in the office of the District Clerk by Monday, April 18 at 5 p.m. Candidates must submit petitions which contain a total of at least 47 valid signatures. The terms of board members Patrick Rausch and Steve Greenfield will end on June 30. Nominating petitions for potential candidates can be found at http://www.newpaltz.k12.ny.us/newpaltz/lib/newpaltz/_shared/NominatingPetitionsPacket2011.pdf, or call 256-4031 for further information.
Petitions for Highland School Board candidates are also due in the office of the Highland District Clerk by April 18 at 5 p.m. Candidates must provide a petition containing the signatures of 29 eligible Highland School District voters. The terms of board members Al Barone and Jim Kokoszynski end on June 30; the temporary appointment of board member Maria Peterson ends on May 17, election night. The candidate elected to the one-year term will follow Peterson in completing the final third of a three-year term vacated by Mike Serini in 2010. The two candidates winning three-year terms will be sworn in at the board’s first regularly scheduled meeting in July. For more information, call 235-0842 or e-mail KBerta@highland-k12.org.
Ulster BOCES will be sponsoring a free workshop for prospective school board members as a community service. The event will take place on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ulster BOCES Conference Room at Route 32 North in New Paltz.
Town of New Paltz spring clean-up
The Town of New Paltz Highway Department will be holding its annual spring clean-up April 11 through May 20. Trucks will be picking up brush and leaves only. Brush should be placed with the thickest end facing the road. Leaves must be bagged in biodegradable bags. The schedule is as follows: April 11-22, north of Main Street; April 25–May 6, south of Main Street; and May 9–20, west of Wallkill. Leaves and brush must be out by the start date for each area. Please also be aware that the Highway Department will not be scheduling individually called-in pick-ups, as all town roads will be serviced according to the above outlined schedule.
Village of New Paltz spring clean-up
The Village of New Paltz will hold its annual spring clean-up from April 11-22. Collection for residents who live on streets north of Main Street will begin on April 11 and end on April 15. Waste to be picked up must be out by April 11. Collection for residents who live on streets south of Main Street will begin on April 18 and end on April 22. Waste to be picked up must be out by April 18. Village trucks will pick up bagged yard waste in biodegradable bags ONLY and brush, wood, no more than four tires per household, batteries, small appliances, metal, two mattresses per residence and furniture. Two people must be able to lift all items. Biodegradable bags can be purchased from the Village Hall for $2 per five pack. The Village will NOT pick up any closed paint cans, tar buckets, closed metal or plastic containers containing any liquids, or any household trash/garbage.
Kindergarten reception at Duzine Elementary School
A kindergarten reception will be held on Wednesday, April 13 for parents of those children who will enter kindergarten in the fall. While parents are learning about a child’s transition into school, their children will participate in separate activities including a short bus ride, story time in the library, a building tour, a visit to the playground and a snack in the cafeteria. Families whose last name begins with the letters “A” through “L” should attend the reception from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Another reception will be held later in the day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. for those families whose last name begins with the letters “M” through “Z”. Parents are encouraged to attend this event with their child. Anyone who has not yet registered their child should call Chris or Val at 256-4350 to make an appointment.
Mohonk Consultations to present “Communities in Transition” Mohonk Consultations will present “Communities in Transition: Local Strengths, Local Resilience” at Mohonk Mountain House on April 10 from 3 to 6 p.m. The public forum will explore the issues of peak oil, climate change and how to work together to create a locally based, sustainable and resilient future.
The Transition Town Movement is a rapidly spreading global effort to holistically reorganize entire communities and municipalities and create sustainable and locally based economies in the face of deteriorating oil resources and increasing climate and economic instability. The movement embraces the idea of “engaged optimism” and recognizes that ordinary people have the collective will to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and to build local resilience to address the challenges of our times.
Reservations are required and can be made by calling 256-2726 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The suggested donation is $10 and $5 for seniors and students.
Marvelous movie night
“Marvelous Movie Night,” featuring the entertaining cult classic documentary “Grey Gardens,” will be held on Saturday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., at the New Paltz Community Center. The event is the second in the new Second Saturday Series of performing and visual arts events produced by The Arts Community. The performances benefit the “Home for the Arts” fund. The ultimate goal of this fundraising campaign is to secure a building with dedicated space for classrooms, studios and a theater which will not only allow The Arts Community to expand its theatre arts classes, but will also provide a much-needed home theatre for New Paltz’s 47-year-old not-for-profit community theatre company, 90 Miles Off Broadway.
Free popcorn and soda will be provided. There will also be a free special preview performance by the cast of 90 Miles Off Broadway’s “Grey Gardens -- The Musical”! Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors and will be available at the door. Reservations may be made by calling 255-3631.
Song, prayer and reflection
Four Lenten evenings of song, prayer and reflection -- “Jesus of Nazareth: The Kingdom of God in Troubled Times” -- will be held April 3-6 from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in New Paltz. The people who lived in the first century Palestine struggled with circumstances and tensions very similar to those of our day. Father Michael Marigliano will reflect upon this in light of Jesus’ proclamation of a healed and hopeful world -- the Kingdom of God -- which he invites all of us to. All are invited and welcome and childcare will be available. Please call the parish office at 255-5635 for more information.
American Legion Post 176 to hold a recruiting drive
Sullivan–Shafer Post 176 of the American Legion will be holding a recruiting drive and all honorably discharged or honorably separated, men and women, are eligible to join. The dates of eligibility are April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918; December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946; June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955; February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975; August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984; December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990; August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation of hostilities. Post 176 meets on the second Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., at the New Paltz Community Center. The Post has a ladies auxiliary and are currently looking to recruit new members. It is also in the process of starting the Sons of the Legion. For more information, contact Robert Malarczyk, Post Commander, at 706-4219.
Open your heart, open your home
An informational meeting to learn how to be a foster/adoptive or respite parent will take place on April 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz. Foster families in Ulster County and neighboring areas are needed to provide stable, nurturing homes for youth. The library is located at 93 Main Street. For more information, please contact Lisa Erb at 568-7660 or e-mail email@example.com.
Young artist community concert
The Southern Ulster Optimist Club of New Paltz will sponsor a Young Artist Community Concert this Friday, April 1, 7 p.m., at the New Paltz United Methodist Church. The purpose of these concerts is to give students a place to perform, while allowing the community to enjoy the talent of these gifted young musicians. This concert will feature soloists on various instruments such as piano, violin, bass clarinet, trombone and voice. This free concert is directed by Carol Losee and Valentina Shatalova and is open to the public. Donations to the Optimist Club would be appreciated.
Spring dual against cystic fibrosis
On Saturday, April 30, Catskill Mountain Multisport and Winter Sun Farms are sponsoring the first annual Spring Dual Against Cystic Fibrosis. The duathlon will begin at 9 a.m. at the Reformed Church of New Paltz on Huguenot Street. It consists of a two-mile run, twelve-mile bike ride and two-mile run on a flat course using the rail trail for a portion of the run. Individuals and relay teams and athletes of all levels are welcome. There will be a kids fun duathlon/run following the event. Come out and enjoy this event complete with music, food and vendors with all proceeds benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.cm2promotions.com/spring-dual-against-cf or contact Marcy Rynne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chili dinner at the Methodist Church
The trustees of the New Paltz United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a chili dinner on Saturday, April 9 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Chili with ground beef, 40-alarm chili, chicken salsa chili, white chili, vegetable chili and bulgar chili will be available. Toppings will include cheddar cheese, sour cream, rice and hot sauce. The menu will also include a relish tray, tossed salad and coleslaw with desserts of chocolate, yellow, and white cake and fruit. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for students. Proceeds from the dinner will be used for maintenance and upkeep projects at the church.
Gardiner Planning Board opening
There is an opening on the Gardiner Planning Board. Those interested are asked to send applications to the supervisor at email@example.com or P.O. Box 1, Gardiner, NY 12525. Applications will be accepted through April 1.
Pop Warner football and cheerleading registration now open
Online registration is currently open for all children ages five through 15 who are interested in joining the New Paltz Hurricanes Football and Cheerleading teams during the 2011 season. The New Paltz Hurricanes are a division of Pop Warner Football and Cheerleading, which provides youth athletic programs in 42 different states and six different countries. All boys and girls who are interested in joining football or cheerleading are encouraged to learn more about the New Paltz Hurricanes at www.newpaltzhurricanes.com. The New Paltz Hurricanes open house and field day events will take place on Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 21. Online registration will close for the season on May 31.
Volunteer day at the New Paltz Recycling Center
The New Paltz Recycling Center will hold a volunteer day this Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (rain date is April 9). The center will be opening up storage trailers with reusable materials and needs volunteers to organize materials, put up displays and paint signs. They also need a new look for the “bus” --
New Paltz Reuses, Reduces, Recycles -- as well as gardeners to start composting and getting the gardens ready.
The New Paltz Recycling Center is located at Clearwater Road in New Paltz. For additional information, call 255-8456.
Gardiner Republicans are looking for candidates
The Gardiner Republican Committee will be interviewing anyone interested in running for the Gardiner Town Board or Gardiner Town Supervisor. Anyone interested may contact either Patty Jacobsen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 895-1082; or Jack Habersberger at email@example.com or 255-4042. The Gardiner Republican Committee will be meeting on Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in the Gardiner Town Hall on Route 44-55 in Gardiner.
New Paltz Community Center update
Defy gravity dance and movement and fusion/belly dance will offered at the New Paltz Community Center starting April 5 and April 7 respectively. The walking club will begin on April 19 at 9:30 a.m. For a full listing of classes, visit www.townofnewpaltz.org or call 2255-3631.
Introductory computer class offered at Elting
Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz will offer a class for novices who wish to become comfortable with basic computer skills. The class will be taught by Ami Fixler, a computer science graduate of SUNY/New Paltz and a resident of New Paltz for more than 25 years. This free class will be tailored to the needs of the students and will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on April 5, 12, 19 and 26 (all Tuesdays). As only eight seats are available for this course, please register at the library or call 255-5030 to reserve your seat.
Retired men to meet on April 4
The retired men of the New Paltz community invite all retired men to their monthly breakfast meeting on Monday, April 4, 8 a.m., at the New Paltz Plaza Diner. Shane Eversfield will explain the benefits of mindful exercise as well as the concept of “Total Immersion Swimming” and his approach to teaching swimming. For additional information, call Phil Kissinger at 256-5472.
Rosendale winter farmers market
The Rosendale winter farmers market will be held this Sunday, April 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. inside the Rosendale Community Center. Live Cajun music will be played by Cleoma’s Ghost. Winter market vendors include: Catskill Mountain Chocolate, Jody’s Breads (pies, muffins, cupcakes, breads, cookies, candy), Heartbreak Dawn (hot sauces and spices), Hermann’s Hotel (locally-produced milk, cream, butter, yogurt, cheeses and breads), Long Island Meadery (mead/honey wine), Luigi’s Oils, Inc. (four flavors of infused olive oils), Maynard Farms (apples, pears and cider), Pampered Chef (affordable cooking tools and more), Rykowski Beef (pastured beef, pork, chicken and eggs), Spacey Tracey (wide variety of pickles) and Happy Herbs Soap (herbal incense, oils, lotions and sachets).
Introduction to forest management for landowners
The Gardiner Library will present “An Introduction to Forest Management” with Ryan Trapani this Sunday, April 3 at 4 p.m. A Gardiner native, Trapani is an education forester with the Catskill Forest Association, His discussion will address forest health, wildlife habitat, wood products, maple sugaring, lot management, tree pruning, firewood management, forest tax law, growing fruits and nuts and water quality. He will discuss how private landowners can manage their forested properties sustainably and the variety of benefits they can realize from their properties. The event is free and all are welcome. The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For more information, call the library at 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Love and publishing
Local author and New York Post columnist Tina Traster and her husband, Rick Tannenbaum, will present “Love and Publishing: She Writes, He Produces, Together They Publish” this Saturday, April 2 at 11 a.m. in the Gardiner Library community room. The couple will discuss how with her husband’s help Traster was able to turn her New York Post column “Burb Appeal” into a Kindle e-book and then a print-on-demand paperback. They will talk about how the process was both a career and marital boost for them. The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
It’s time to prune trees and shrubs
Locally and nationally known gardener Lee Reich, will be holding a pruning workshop at his New Paltz garden this Sunday, April 3 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Learn the tools of the trade, how plants respond to pruning and watch Reich demonstrate pruning of apple trees, blueberry bushes, lilac bushes and other plants. There is limited space, so pre-registration is necessary. The cost is $40 per person. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 255-0417.
The legacy of the NiTaino peoples
Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz will present “First Contact: The Continuing Legacy of the NiTaino Peoples” with Boriqueno Behique Joaquin 2 Cacimarex (Raymundo Rodriguez-Jackson). The event will take place at the library this Sunday, April 3 at 5 p.m. in the Steinberg Room.
We have all heard the story of Columbus in 1492, but who were the “Indians” he encountered? What were their lives like, what was their culture? What became of them? The answers may surprise you. Behique will lead a holistic review of the NiTaino peoples, including their mythology, linguistics, sociology, diet and habits. There will also be a discussion of the continuing legacy of the NiTaino, including the foods and words we got from them and where the NiTaino are and what they are doing today.
There will be a question-and-answer session following the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. For additional information, call 255-5030.
Chamber to hold April business luncheon
The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its April business luncheon on Wednesday, April 6 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston. Sponsored by Ulster Savings, this event will feature Barry Henck of Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp., whose presentation will focus on the utility’s new and improved energy-efficient commercial lighting program. The luncheon is complimentary to NPRCoC Corporate Partners, $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call the Chamber at 255-0243 or e-mail email@example.com for more information or to RSVP.
For a limited time only, Central Hudson is offering free money for businesses to upgrade to brighter and more energy-efficient lighting. Qualified businesses face no out-of-pocket costs and the program is easy to implement. It’s all part of New York State’s initiative to reduce the state’s energy consumption 15% by 2015, and an easy way to go green and save money while brightening up the workplace. Qualified entities include businesses, manufacturers, professional offices, schools and colleges, stores, restaurants, not-for-profits and places of worship.
For more information, visit www.newpaltzchamber.org or call the Chamber at 255-0243.
Crafty conversations at Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library will be holding a series of “Crafty Conversations” monthly, beginning Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. This series is geared towards crafters, who are encouraged to bring projects to work on during the discussions, though all are welcome. Halyna Shepko from Shawangunk Ridge Farm will discuss how herbs can be added to your everyday life to uplift your spirits, add color and connect you with the earth. Shepko, a herbal educator, has been making soaps, creams and teas with herbs for over ten years.
Crafty Conversations are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Gardiner Library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. Upcoming talks include “Deft Darns” with Dawn Elliott on April 28 and quilt design and construction by Judy VanHouten on May 26. For further information, call the library at 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.