After almost ten months of investigation, Clinton D. Roehrs, of Brookside Road in New Paltz, pled guilty to the charge of second-degree vehicular manslaughter on May 6 in the Ulster County Court.
The charge was a result of a fatal car accident that occurred on Brookside Road on July 16, 2010 that left 23-year-old New Paltz resident, Frank P. Perconti dead.
At the time, Roehrs was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident. Roehrs and Perconti were long-time friends, and along with at least one other friend, they had been drinking up the road and were driving home when Roehrs’ truck struck Perconti’s dirt bike, according to the original report.
Since the time of the accident, there has been an ongoing investigation that involved the New Paltz Police Department, the New York State Police, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Ulster County District Attorney’s office, culminating on May 6 with Roehrs’ plea, according to New Paltz police.
Roehrs, who is currently out on bail, is scheduled to be sentenced on July 7, 2011 in front of Ulster County Judge Donald Williams.
“Williams is expected to sentence Roehrs’ to one and one-third years to four years in state prison,” according to a press release sent out by the NPPD.
-- Erin Quinn
SUNY New Paltz to hold 183rd commencement
SUNY New Paltz will hold the May 2011 undergraduate commencement ceremony starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday May 22 on the Old Main Quadrangle. The graduate ceremony will be held on Friday, May 20 at 6 p.m., the same location.
This year’s ceremonies will recognize and celebrate the achievement of more than 1,700 undergraduate candidates and more than 600 graduate candidates. Interim President Donald Christian will preside over the ceremonies.
Noah P. Dorsky, chair of the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, the philanthropic arm of SUNY New Paltz, and son of Samuel Dorsky, the namesake of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the New Paltz campus, will be this year’s commencement speaker.
Christian will award the President’s Medal to retired Dean of Education Robert Michael. This medal is a special honor that recognizes former Dean Michael’s 37 years of commitment and service to SUNY New Paltz’s School of Education, its students and his colleagues and to the enrichment of the teaching profession.
New Paltz will recognize two valedictorians this year. Sallie McPherson, (Rifton) a biology major with minors in Black studies and chemistry, and Ghadi Al Rahhal, (New Paltz) who is also a biology major with minors in philosophy and chemistry. Both valedictorians will give short speeches at the ceremony.
Various household items donated by SUNY New Paltz students will be available free to New Paltz residents this Saturday, May 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, May 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Community Center located behind Town Hall on Route 32 North. Items may include housewares, bedding, small furniture, small appliances and clothing.
Due to the community giveaway, the Reiki class scheduled for May 21 at the Community Center will instead be held at New Paltz Town Hall at 11 a.m. Classes will resume at the Community Center on June 18.
New Paltz Dems are looking for candidates
Corinne Nyquist, chair of the New Paltz Democratic Committee, would like to increase involvement in local government by encouraging all who wish to be considered now or in the future as candidates to contact her or the Search Committee. Positions up for election this year include town supervisor, two town board seats, town highway superintendent, town judge and four county legislative seats. There are also associate vacancies on the Democratic Committee and openings for election inspectors. If interested, call Nyquist at 255-0558 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moriello Pool to open Memorial Day weekend
Moriello Pool is scheduled to open to the public on weekends beginning with the three-day Memorial Day weekend, May 28, 29 and 30. The pool will open to the public on a daily basis on Saturday, June 25. Public swimming hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. on days the pool is open.
Membership rates for the season are: Residents of the Town of New Paltz (proof of residency required), family -- $150, single -- $70, senior -- $50. The rates for non-New Paltz residents are: Family -- $270, single -- $120.
Daily admission rates: Resident, $5; 12 and under, $3; after 5 p.m., $3. Non-New Paltz residents, $9; 12 and under $6 and $5 after 5 p.m.
Swim lessons will be offered again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Information, including registration dates and times and a complete schedule will be available at Moriello Pool by June 5.
Town-wide yard sale
The sixth annual Southern Ulster Town-Wide Yard Sale will take place on Memorial Day weekend -- Saturday, May 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Monday, May 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Residents who are interested in registering for this year’s sale can sign up at their local Town Hall until May 20.
The cost is $3 for individual locations or $15 for a group location. The registration fees are used for advertising the sale. Participating towns and the person to see for registration are: Lloyd -- Wendy at 691-2144, Marlborough -- Tina at 795-2220, New Paltz -- Guy at 255-0604, ext. 1 and Plattekill -- Barbara at 883-7331.
The Department of Public Works will be flow testing hydrants throughout the Village of New Paltz on Wednesday, May 25. Call 255-1980 with questions or concerns.
Organic plant and seedling sale
Evolutionary Organics will hold a plant and seedling sale this Sunday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its farm at 283 Springtown Road in New Paltz. There will be perennial and annual herbs, perennial and annual flowers, and loads of vegetable varieties to choose from. Call 417-1543 with questions or for directions.
Resumé workshop at Elting Library
J.B. Dixon will hold a resumé workshop at Elting Memorial Library on Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m. The library is located at 93 Main Street in New Paltz. Call 255-5030 for more information.
Gardiner Library offers pastels class
The Gardiner Library is offering a series of classes, “Getting Started With Pastels” with instructor Sue De Sanna on Saturdays May 21, 28 and June 4, 18, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $100 for four classes and pre-registration is required
The classes, for beginning and experienced artists, offer the opportunity to explore the medium and the textures artists are most comfortable working with. Students will experience the variety of sticks and papers that are available, then apply composition, value and color principles from thumbnail sketches to a fully realized piece.
DeSanna’s work is on display in the library through May 29. The library is located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For additional information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
A Shakespeare read aloud
Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will come to life in the Gardiner Library this Sunday, May 22 from 4 to 6 p.m. during the latest meeting of “Shakespeare in Spring,” a Shakespeare read aloud. Participants will gather at the library and divvy up the parts to perform a cold reading of this popular comedy. Refreshments will be served between acts. To join the group and get further information, go to http://www.meetup.com/Shakespeare-in-Spring/. The reading will take place in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. For further information, call 255-1255 or visit www.gardinerlibrary.org.
Ribbon cutting at WCW Kitchens this Saturday
WCW Kitchens in New Paltz is scheduled to celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting at its new location in the Cherry Hill Plaza this Saturday, May 21 at 10 a.m. Mayor-elect Jason West and the New Paltz Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance for the event.
Memorial Day service in Lloyd
The First Presbyterian Church of Highland will host the annual Town of Lloyd Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 30 at 8 a.m. preceding the parade, which steps off at 9 a.m.
Led by Interim Pastor Ken Wonderland, the service is held to pay respect to those members of the Armed Forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defending the country in time of war.
St. Augustine festival will be one to remember
The St. Augustine’s annual bazaar will take place on June 23-26. The fun starts on Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m. with an opening night parade and entertainment from Madeline’s dance performers, pony rides, games and more until 9 p.m. Friday night, June 24 will feature lobsters and a firework’s display. On Saturday, June 25, the festivities will begin at 5 p.m. and will include live entertainment under the tent. On Sunday, June 26, pay one price for rides. Tickle your taste buds with a variety of food, including hamburgers, hotdogs, sausage and peppers, chicken, pizza, calzones, clams on the half shell and Italian pastries. Fried dough, beer, coffee, espresso, Italian Ice and more will also be available.
Garden party to support Love in Bloom scholarships at Highland High
Wear your favorite garden hat and come enjoy tea and treats at an old-fashioned tea party to be held in the courtyard at Highland High School on May 23 from 3 to 6 p.m. Admire the blooms while being serenaded by classical music.
The open house is being sponsored by Love in Bloom, an organization dedicated to encouraging young people to make healthy choices. Since its inception last summer, the group has engaged in a variety of community-minded projects, including redesigning the garden, which is located in the school’s courtyard, and raising college scholarship money.
Donations are welcome and will be added to the proceeds of the recent “Bloom into Fashion” event, a benefit student fashion show staged at Highland High School in April.
Love in Bloom was founded by local photographer Vivian Lanzarone and retired Highland High School teacher Patti Steffens after both of their daughters were lost in separate tragic accidents.