How SUNY Matters: Economic Impacts of the State University of New York was released recently by SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. According to this report, SUNY and its associated economic activity supported 173,000 jobs across the state in 2008-09. SUNY’s economic impact on New York State was near $20 billion in 2008-09 and trending upward.
This report, commissioned by Chancellor Zimpher, was conducted jointly by the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany and the University of Buffalo Regional Institute.
The SUNY-wide report amplifies the Economic Impact Statement (EIS) released by SUNY New Paltz in December 2010. The New Paltz report indicated that the college contributes $338 million to the Hudson Valley economy annually and generates 3,331 jobs in the region. Additionally, the college is the third largest employer in Ulster County with 1,738 employees and a $67.5 million payroll, of which 92% is paid in the Hudson Valley and 99% stays in New York State. In addition, the college employs almost 1,800 student workers. New Paltz employees contribute about 140,000 volunteer hours annually to organizations, agencies and causes in the region. Although not included in the analysis, employers in the New Paltz region highlight the economic value of current students as a part-time labor force that benefits their companies.
More detailed information about the New Paltz EIS is available at www.newpaltz.edu/makinganimpact.
For more information on the How SUNY Matters report visit www.suny.edu.
Gardiner Republican Caucus to take place on June 20
The Gardiner Republican Caucus will be held on Monday, June 20, 7 p.m., at the Gardiner Town Hall. Republican candidates will be nominated for town offices to be voted for at the Nov. 8 elections. Only enrolled Republicans of the Town of Gardiner may vote at the caucus.
Republican Caucus to be held June 14 in Lloyd
The Town of Lloyd Republican Party will hold a caucus to nominate Republican candidates for town offices on Tuesday, June 14, 7 p.m., at the St. Augustine School, 35 Phillips Avenue in Highland. Any registered Republican who resides in the Town of Lloyd is eligible to participate.
Pre-kindergarten screening to be held at Duzine
The New Paltz Central School District has announced that free screening for the 2011-2012 pre-kindergarten program will be held at the Duzine Elementary School on June 16-17.
To qualify, your child must be four years old by December 1, 2011. Children will be selected based on academic need. Please call 256-4350 and ask for Chris or Valerie to make an appointment.
Gardiner Library announces spring book sale
The Gardiner Library will be hosting a book sale June 10-12 in the Gardiner Library Community Room at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. A preview sale will be held this Friday, June 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. Admission on Friday evening will be $10 at the door. Saturday, June 11, sale hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The hours on Sunday, June 12 will be noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free on Saturday and Sunday. Most books will be $1 or less.
The Gardiner Library has decided to do things a little differently this year by hosting two smaller sales as opposed to one large sale. The sales are also moving indoors. A second book sale will be held in September.
For more information, please visit www.gardinerlibrary.org or call 255-1255.
Rally at State Sen. John Bonacic’s district office
On Monday, June 13 at 4 p.m., there will be rally in front of State Senator John Bonacic’s office in Middletown (201 Dolson Avenue, 344-3311). Let him know you support Senate bill (S.5592) calling for a one-year moratorium to wait until June 2012 before issuing new permits for hydraulic fracturing. Please e-mail email@example.com if you would like to carpool. This is a big step toward saving the water, air and soil from becoming polluted.
YMCA Camp Wiltmeet to hold open house
YMCA Camp Wiltmeet will hold an open house on Monday, June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Lenape Elementary School in New Paltz. Meet the staff, see the campus and ask questions. Call 338-3810, ext. 123 for information and to RSVP.
Shop till you drop craft fair fundraising event
The Southern Ulster County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Chamber fundraiser on Thursday, June 16 at Mariner’s Harbor in Highland from 5 to 9 p.m. Handmade jewelry, handbags, gourmet food items, novelty items, entertainment, a raffle and much more will be featured at the event. For additional information, call 691-6070 or e-mail Events@SouthernUlsterChamber.org.
New Paltz BOE seeks volunteers to serve on the audit committee
The New Paltz Central School District Board of Education seeks one volunteer with expertise in finance to serve for a two-year term on the audit committee, which assists the Board of Education in carrying out fiscal oversight responsibilities.
Interested parties are invited to send a letter and resumé indicating interest in being considered for the audit committee to: Elena Maskell, District Clerk, New Paltz Central School District, 196 Main Street, New Paltz, NY 12561 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art at Gadaleto’s
“Water Water Everywhere” by Sonja Zampko is now showing at Gadaleto’s Restaurant in New Paltz. This watercolor show will be on display until June 26.
Sons of Italy to hold clothing drive
Ertuscan Lodge 2238 Order of New Paltz Sons of Italy will hold a clothing drive on Saturday, June 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hard Roll Deli parking lot on Route 299 in Highland. Sheets, blankets, clothing, drapery, pocket books, belts and shoes will be accepted.
Movie night at Elting Library
A free viewing of the film “I am” will be shown at Elting Library in New Paltz on Friday, June 17 at 8:15 p.m. The movie poses two practical and provocative questions: What’s wrong with our world and what can we do to make it better? The event is hosted by New Paltz Neighbors for Peace. For additional information, e-mail email@example.com.
Register for the Visual and Performing Arts Institute
The Highland Visual and Performing Arts Institute is currently accepting registration for its one-week day camp running the week of July 11-15. Registration is open through June 19 and is available for children ages kindergarten through tenth grade. For more information, please visit www.hvpai.com or call 691-9313.
Penny social at the Highland Grange
The Highland Grange will hold a penny social this Saturday, June 11. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and calling starts at 7 p.m. Food will be available. The Highland Grange is located at 620 Old New Paltz Road. Call 691-7072 for information.
Mohonk garden tour and luncheon
Enjoy the beauty of Mohonk’s gardens while gaining insight into how they are created and maintained as Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County’s Master Gardener Program hosts its annual Mohonk garden walk and luncheon on Thursday, June 30 at Mohonk Mountain House. Garden enthusiasts will embark in groups of approximately 25 people on a two-hour walking tour of Mohonk’s formal flower gardens, annual and perennial beds and greenhouse. The tours are guided by an Ulster County Master Gardener or a member of Mohonk’s landscape and garden staff.
Tours begin between 10 and 10:30 a.m., followed by a buffet-style lunch served at noon in the West dining room that will feature guest speaker Ken Greene. Greene operates the Hudson Valley Seed Library.
The fee is $60 per person, which includes the luncheon. Pre-registration is required no later than Friday, June 24. For a printable registration form, visit www.cceulster.org and click on Event Registration Forms. For more information, contact Dona Crawford at 340-3990, ext. 335.
Table Carousel fundraiser on June 20
Table Carousel, a major fundraiser for the New Paltz Garden Club, will be held on Monday, June 20 at St. Joseph’s Church on 34 South Chestnut in New Paltz from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the New Paltz School District for a $1,000 scholarship, given to a graduating high school student who is pursuing a higher education in the field of horticulture or environmental science degree. The event will feature tables with creative centerpieces and sumptuous desserts. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Bonnie Finkenaur at 255-6436.
Chamber to hold luncheon and award presentation
The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its June business luncheon and Foundation scholarship award presentation on Wednesday, June 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at The Terrace Restaurant, SUNY New Paltz.
Join Beth King of the SUNY New Paltz Career Development Center for a frank discussion of the key role played by experiential learning in the educational process and the importance of the relationship between academic and experiential learning in the modern economy. The presentation will also touch upon the advantages of an education for today’s job seekers and those interested in career advancement and attaining leadership roles.
This luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz 2011 Educational Scholarship and Special Merit awards. The Foundation’s 2011 $1,000 Educational Scholarship winners are Sarah Armour of Gardiner and Suvadip Choudhury of Fishkill. A Special Merit Award of $500 will also be presented to Brittany Alessi of New Paltz.
Admission is complimentary to New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Corporate Partners, $20 for Chamber members and $25 for non-members; reservations are required. Call 255-0243 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make a reservation or for further information.
Summer fun at Water Street Market
Water Street Market will once again host its third annual Courtyard Summer Series -- events which support sustainability while providing thought-provoking ideas and creating a cohesive community. “We strive to support locally owned businesses and the environment, while fostering collaboration and acting as a catalyst for local charities,” said Theresa Fall, community event coordinator at Water Street Market. “Our courtyard setting has often been compared to an Italian piazza, a place where locals come to co-mingle, eat, celebrate and collaborate. Throughout the summer we make this happen each week at our free weekly events.”
Water Street Cinema will begin on June 13 and it features outdoor movies in the courtyard at dusk each Monday during the summer. Beginning July 3, a Sunday night documentary series focusing on sustainability will be shown throughout the month. Saturday night feature films will also be offered during the summer.
“Live at Water Street” will take place on Thursdays in the courtyard and will feature local musicians such as Rhett Miller, The Trapps, Fairweather Friends, The Virginia Wolves, The Sweet Clementines and many more.
Children’s story hour will be offered each week on Monday mornings throughout the summer for preschool-age children beginning June 27.
On select Sundays, Paws of Distinction will host a local shelter or rescue group to educate the public on the importance of adopting shelter dogs and hopefully to place animals with loving homes. The business also offers a “Yappy Hour” to raise money for a good cause. Paws of Distinction provides snacks and drinks for the people and snacks, drinks, and toys for the dogs. They ask that people contribute $3 to participate in the food, fun and festivities and all the money raised goes to whatever shelter or rescue group is attending their adoption Sunday that week.
Visit waterstreetmarket.com for more details and movie and music line-ups.
Free showing of “War Dance”
The New Paltz chapter of Amnesty International will hold a viewing and discussion of the film “War Dance” at Elting Library in New Paltz on June 15 from 8 to 10 p.m. “War Dance” is a documentary film that follows students from war-torn northern Uganda to the National Music Festival in the nation’s capital, Kampala. This event is free and open to public. For more information about this event, contact Ilgu Ozler at email@example.com or visit www.amnestyusa.org\.