Presidential search extends at New Paltz
Kenneth J. Abt, Chair of the New Paltz Presidential Search Committee and New Paltz College Council, has announced that the search for a new president to lead New Paltz would be extended. The renewed search will continue until additional candidates are identified, vetted and forwarded as finalists for consideration by the Search Committee and Council to SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Abt added that because only one finalist candidate remains under consideration, Chancellor Zimpher has asked the council to continue the search and bring forward additional top quality candidates for her consideration.
“The SUNY Board of Trustees has made it very clear that my highest priority as Chancellor is to ensure continued excellence from our campus presidents,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “SUNY New Paltz is an outstanding institution and deserves the very best leadership possible. The candidates that have been forwarded to me have been of the highest quality, but it is essential that the next president is appointed based on his or her distinction and fit with this campus.”
According to Abt, “We will move forward with our search as designated by the Chancellor. I want to publicly thank the Search Committee and College Council for their input and thoughtful contributions in order to move this critical process forward.”
Chancellor Zimpher added, “New Paltz is in the very capable hands of Interim President Don Christian, and I am confident that he will continue to lead this fine institution throughout the extended search period with the same professionalism. On behalf of the SUNY Board of Trustees and the entire SUNY system, I greatly appreciate Interim President Christian’s support and leadership at New Paltz during this time of transition.”
Interim President Christian was appointed by the SUNY Board of Trustees in June, 2010 to serve until July, 2011 -- or until a successor is appointed by the Board.
New Paltz burglary suspect arrested in State of
DNA evidence collected at a May 2009 crime scene in a Village of New Paltz residence led to the arrest of Wilson Davis, 22, now living in Vashon, Washington.
When New Paltz Police investigated the crime, they learned two men broke into the home via a fire escape and that one threatened the victims with a handgun before assaulting them. The crime scene was processed by members of the New Paltz Police Department and evidence was collected for analysis.
Through DNA evidence, Wilson was indicted by an Ulster County grand jury last December on a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Detectives recently learned he was living with relatives in Washington. He was arrested there and New Paltz detectives picked him up at the Kings County Jail in Seattle this past Thursday. He was brought back to New Paltz, arraigned and remanded to the Ulster County Jail to await further court proceedings. New Paltz Police were assisted in the investigation by U.S. Federal Marshall’s Office, Seattle Police, the New York State Police Crime Laboratory and the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.
Elting Library to announce teen photo contest winners
Forty-four items were entered in Elting Memorial Library’s first ever teen photo contest. All entries are now on exhibit at the library and will remain on display through the end of April. A reception is planned for Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. During the reception, the winners of five prizes will be announced. Photographers G. Steve Jordan, Lauren Thomas and J. Gilbert Plantinga are judging the entries. Refreshments will be served during the reception.
Gardiner aquifer overlay meeting on April 12
On Tuesday, April 12 at 8 p.m, the public is invited to an informational meeting regarding the “Gardiner Aquifer Overlay,” a proposed amendment to current Gardiner zoning laws. The meeting will be held at the Gardiner Town Hall. Hydrologist Russell Urban-Mead will give a presentation that introduces and provides a background for the draft laws. Draft laws and maps can be found at www.townofgardiner.org.
Tax day tea party event in Gardiner
A Tax Day Tea Party will be held on Friday, April 15 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail crossing of Route 44/55 in Gardiner. The event is being hosted by GardinersRight.org. The third annual tax day event is part of a nationwide Tea Party movement and is the seventh in a series of similar events held in Gardiner, as well as simultaneously in hundreds of towns and cities across the country. The Gardiner Tax Day Tea Party is a grassroots effort organized locally and the theme of the “tea party” rally is “Silent No More.” The purpose is to give American patriots an opportunity to express their first amendment rights to free speech, peaceable assembly and petition the government. Visit www.gardinersright.org for directions and more details about the local event.
Community kick off
The SUNY Sustainable Living Collective would like to invite the community to see No Impact Man on Friday, April 15 at 8:15 p.m. at the Elting Memorial Library at 93 Main Street. This movie follows a family as they attempt to live a greener life. During the last week of this month -- starting April 25 and daily through May 1 -- the Collective is sponsoring programs to expand our capability to lessen our carbon footprint. For more information, visit npsustainability.blogspot.com.
Summer camp returns to New Paltz
New Paltz summer day camp 2011 will be sponsored by the Town of New Paltz and facilitated by the YMCA. The program will offer four, two-week sessions at Lenape Elementary School beginning June 27 and running to Aug. 19.
The cost of each two-week session is $190 for New Paltz residents and $220 for non-residents. Included in each session is Moriello Pool time -- three visits per week -- and one day trip. The daily hours of the camp will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with before care offered from 7:30 to 9 a.m. and after care from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will be an additional charge for before and after care.
Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to and from the program; the town will assume the responsibility of transporting campers to and from Moriello Pool. The YMCA has started to pre-register campers at www.ymcaulster.com.
Huguenot Street Nursery School 5K run/walk
The Huguenot Street Nursery School Community 5K Run/Walk will take place on Thursday, May 5, 6 p.m., at the Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School located at 92 Huguenot Street in New Paltz. Immediately following the 5K race there will be a noncompetitive “fun run” for children of all ages. Each child will receive a prize.
There will be many activities for kids and the band Spiral Up Kids will be performing. Car seat demonstrations will be sponsored by the New Paltz Police Department and refreshments will be provided to all race participants. Prizes will be awarded to top-placing finishers.
The entry fee is $15 if you pre-register and $20 on race day. Registration forms are available at The Bicycle Depot, P&G’s Restaurant, throughout the New Paltz area and at www.huguenotnurseryschool.com. Please call 255-4104 for more information. All race proceed will benefit the Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School.
Earth Day celebration at Ulster Savings in Gardiner
The public is invited to attend a celebration of Earth Day at Ulster Savings Bank in Gardiner on Saturday, April 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and the first 50 attendees will receive Douglas Fir tree saplings. Children will be able to enjoy a special arts-and-crafts table and pets are welcome to attend the celebration as well. Local vendors will have a number of items for sale, including starter plants, jewelry and much more. Radio station WRWD will be on hand for a live radio remote from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 255-4262.
Day of the beaver
New Paltz will celebrate International Day of the Beaver this Friday, April 8. “Coexisting with Beavers” will be hosted by the SUNY New Paltz Biology Club and the Village of New Paltz Environmental Conservation Commission this Friday, 2 p.m., in Lecture Center 102 at SUNY New Paltz. Owen Brown Ph.D., president of Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife, and BWW biologist Sharon Brown will show “Coexisting with Beavers,” a half-hour-long video with close-ups and action footage of beavers and other pond residents. They will present displays and information about the environmental benefits of beavers and environmentally friendly, cost-effective alternatives to trapping. Following the program there will be free pizza, an opportunity to ask questions and a hike to a beaver pond in the Mill Brook Preserve.
Unframed Artists Gallery opens for its fifth season
Art springs eternal as “Genetics of Seeds” begins the Unframed Artists Gallery’s fifth season this Saturday, April 9 with an opening reception for the group show from 4 to 7 p.m. The show is the brainchild of Trina Greene, noted New Paltz artist, who says she got the germ of the idea from...computers?
“The idea of seeds as being their own little computer chips in the vernacular of today is intriguing to me,” Greene says. “Also, there is the very real spiritual connection of having to wait upon the unknown and hoped for...manifestation to occur.”
Greene says this show has sparked the attention of artists from across the Hudson River, as well as those who have long been showing at Unframed Artists.
The show runs until June 4. The Unframed Artists Gallery is located at 173 Huguenot Street in New Paltz. Regular gallery hours are Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. and by chance. For more information, visit unframedartistsgallery.com or call 255-5482.
Chili dinner at the Methodist Church
The trustees of the New Paltz United Methodist Church will be sponsoring a chili dinner this 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.
Bridge Music back for a third year
The acclaimed Bridge Music Listening Stations have returned to the Mid-Hudson Bridge for a third year. After receiving world-wide attention, composer Joseph Bertolozzi’s unique and vibrant addition to the cultural scene in the Hudson Valley have reappeared at the tower landings of the bridge. The ten-piece composition at the Listening Stations represent more than five years of effort by Bertolozzi. Bridge Music is free and open to the public on the pedestrian sidewalk of the bridge from dawn to dusk through Oct. 31. Bridge Music can also be heard on 95.3FM year-round over park radios installed at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie and Johnson-Iorio Park in Highland. For more information on Joseph Bertolozzi and Bridge Music, go to http://josephbertolozzi.com/bridge-music-2/.
Make your own fruit trees
Gardener Lee Reich will be holding a grafting workshop at his New Paltz garden on April 17 from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Learn the how, why and when of grafting. Watch Reich demonstrate two easy kinds of grafts and then make your own apple or pear tree to take home. Space is limited, so pre-registration is necessary. The cost is $55 per person. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 255-0417.
Literary soiree at Woodland Pond
A literary soiree -- celebrating spring, renewal and beauty -- will be held at Woodland Pond on Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Woodland Pond Poetry Group with Wild Plums and Town/Gown Connect will present public readings and performances of classic and new writing. Woodland Pond is located at North Putt Corners Road in New Paltz.
Paintings by Johanna Schwarzbeck are on display at Suruchi
A spring art opening for “The Lotus Blooms Now,” paintings by Johanna Schwarzbeck, will take place this Sunday, April 10 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Suruchi, located at 5 Church Street in New Paltz. This series of paintings depicts the lotus flower in various states of maturity. The use of glitter and stones adds a sense of style and luminescence to these pieces, each of which is painted on canvas with high-quality polymer acrylic paint and varnished with a UV protective coating for lasting color endurance. Complimentary appetizers will be offered. For additional information, call 255-2772.
The Etruscan Lodge No. 2238, Order Sons of Italy in America, will be holding a pasta dinner this Sunday, April 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. to benefit scholarship awards at local high schools. The dinner will be held at the American Legion of Highland. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children 6–10 and free for children under six. Take-out orders will be available. There will be a 50/50 raffle.
Shakespeare in Spring
The Gardiner Library will be hosting “Shakespeare in Spring,” a Shakespeare read aloud this Sunday, April 10 at 4 p.m. Participants will choose a play in advance, gather at the library and divvy up the parts to perform a cold reading with refreshments between acts. This is a wonderful opportunity for Bard lovers, those who have never read the Bard but have always wanted to, anyone who enjoys reading aloud or those who just want to come and listen to an amateur reading. To join the group and get further information, visit www.meetup.com/Shakespeare-in-Spring.
The reading will take place in the community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
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.
Founder’s Day at the Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library
The Sarah Hull Hallock Free Library in Milton has announced that award-winning author Leila Philip will speak at this year’s Founder’s Day program to be held on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in the community room. Philip is the author of A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family. Founder’s Day at the library honors its namesake Sarah Hull Hallock by inviting the public to come share experiences with a local author and to celebrate the historic library. Philip will read from her book and also discuss ways of tracing and writing family histories. This event is free and open to the public. Please call 795-2200 for more information.
New Paltz-Gardiner Seniors to meet
The New Paltz-Gardiner Senior meetings for April will be held on April 13th and 27th, 1:30 p.m., at the VFW Hall on Route 208 in New Paltz. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Sheila Fishman will sing and play the guitar for the group on April 13 and Ulster County Executive Mike Hein will be the speaker on April 27. A trip to the Westchester Broadway Theater is planned for June 7 to watch a performance by a trapeze artist from “Le Cirque.” For trip details, call Bella at 256-9726.
Presbyterians to hold community Easter craft workshop
Children aged three through twelve are invited to visit the First Presbyterian Church of Marlboro this Saturday, April 9 for a fun-filled community Easter craft workshop. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A light lunch will be served. The cost of the workshop is the donation of a non-perishable food item to support the local food pantry. For additional information and to RSVP, call 236-4130.
Work by Lois Schnakenberg is on display at Ulster Savings in Gardiner
A collection of paintings from local artist Lois Schnakenberg is currently on display at Ulster Savings Bank in Gardiner. An artist’s reception will be held this Friday, April 8 from noon to 2 p.m. The exhibit will be available for viewing at the branch through Thursday, May 12. For more information, call 255-4262, ext. 4401.
Art at Gadaleto’s
“Enter the Joyous Garden” by Mavis Harris will be on display until April 24 at Gadaleto’s Restaurant in New Paltz.
Slotnick is named “Greatest Person of the Day” New Paltz Times columnist Susan Slotnick was recently honored in the Huffington Post’s impact section. She was chosen to be the “Greatest Person of the Day” in a month-long celebration of women who are making an impact for the good of humanity.
Slotnick has worked as a teacher, choreographer, painter, columnist and inspirational speaker since graduating SUNY New Paltz with a degree in arts education in the early 1970’s. In the 1980’s, she began working with her touring company Figuresinflight. Along with her daughter Rebekah, Slotnick choreographed a dance drama which toured extensively in New York schools. The performance was aimed to prevent bullying.
Since then, Slotnick has used the art of dance to uplift various populations, including homeless people and AIDS sufferers. Most recently, she has devoted her talents to teaching dance and choreographing performances for incarcerated youth and adults. Slotnick says the program has been the highlight of her career. And since many of the prisoners have said that dropping out of high school was the “deepest regret of their lives,” she has recently been on a mission to educate high school students by showing them a film about the Woodbourne Correctional program and telling the prisoner’s stories.
As she travels around, she’ll bring with her a documentary film that has been made about her work -- “A Reflection of Our Lives Through Dance.” The film features many of the prisoners’ stories and clips from the prisoners’ performances. There will be a one-time-only showing at the Rosendale Theater on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m.
Slotnick is available to show the film and speak at schools and community groups. She can be reached at Plie3@aol.com.
The dangers of genetically modified foods
A meeting to begin to plan strategies for raising awareness of the dangers of genetically modified foods and to make our region GMO (genetically modified organism) free will be held this Thursday, April 7, 7 p.m., at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz.
“Few realize that about 80% of processed foods contain GMOs,” according to Barbara Upton of Clear Stream Media. “Nor does the public realize that genetically modified foods have been accepted as safe by our FDA based solely on studies provided by the bio-technology industry.”
A brief overview of the dangers of genetically modified food created by the Institute of Responsible Technology will be presented. If you would like to bring a snack to share, please make it fresh fruit or organic. For more information, e-mail ClearStreamMedia@gmail.com.
Indoor farm market and CSA information table
The New Paltz Winter Market will take place this Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Deyo Hall on Broadhead Avenue. In addition to the usual vendors, there will be a CSA information table to provide information about the various local CSA farms and the shares of fresh produce they offer. Local food items available at the market include microgreens, goat cheese, meat, eggs, root crops, bakery items, quiches, soups, maple syrup, heirloom seeds and more. Sopressata from Full Moon Farm, and kale and swiss chard seedlings from Four Winds Farm are some new market offerings. Market vendors include Meadow View Farm, Acorn Hill Farm, Hudson Valley Seed Library, Wild Hive Farm, Oliverea Schoolhouse Maple, Conuco Farm and Kiernan Farm. The market is sponsored by Winter Sun Farms, a local company dedicated to freezing local produce for winter consumption.
MMiM membership drive
Meet Me in Marlborough’s eighth annual membership drive is currently in progress. MMiM invites all businesses to become a member in 2011 in a joint effort to promote the Town of Marlborough’s businesses, farms and organizations -- locally and regionally. This year’s activities and goals include putting together cooperative advertising in publications for increased exposure for members wanting to advertise, but have a limited budget. For more information, e-mail email@example.com or call 616-7824.
Chamber to hold mixer at Tuthillhouse at the Mill
The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its April after-hours mixer on Thursday April 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Tuthillhouse at the Mill in Gardiner. This event is complimentary to Chamber members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required. Call 255-0243 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation or for more information.