A tenant/landlord roundtable discussion will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 7 p.m., at the Jewish Community Center on 30 North Chestnut Street in New Paltz. The event is being hosted by the New Paltz Village Tenant/Landlord Relations Council. Guest speakers include: Kathy Moniz, Village of New Paltz Building Inspector; a representative from the Dispute Resolution Center; Victoria Kossover, a lawyer practicing in the Village of New Paltz; a representative from the New Paltz Property Owners Association; and a representative from the Office of the Aging.
The event is open to the public.
Spaghetti dinner in Gardiner
The Gardiner Day Committee will host its annual spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Feb. 26 at the Gardiner Firehouse on Route 44-55 in Gardiner. The dinner will feature pasta, meatballs, salad, bread, beverage and dessert. Seating is limited. Tickets are pre-sold and are available from any Gardiner Day member, the Gardiner Town Hall, Majestic Hardware and Ulster and Walden Savings Banks in Gardiner. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65+) and $5 for children (2-10). A bring-your-own-bottle policy will be in effect. For more information or tickets, please call Linda Majetich Hansen at 706-0625.
Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association receives grant
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association (WVRTA) is one of eight not-for-profit park and trail groups selected to receive a Capacity Building Grant from the statewide advocacy organization, Parks & Trails New York. The awards are designed to help groups increase organizational visibility, generate community support, grow membership and attract additional volunteers.
The Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association received $1500 for consultant services to conduct an organizational assessment and develop a work plan to strengthen leadership and improve the organization’s capacity to take responsibility for a greatly expanded trail.
According to WVRTA President Ruth Elwell, “Over the last year, it has become increasingly clear that our small, all-volunteer organization may not be up to the responsibilities facing us without some major changes. The northern extension of the trail through Rosendale and Ulster will require a huge effort. Not only will the length of the Rail Trail double, but as the only organization with an ongoing, day-to-day relationship with the entire trail, we’ll be interfacing and coordinating with two more municipalities. We’re at a point where we have to be proactive and begin a major process of organizational development. The grant from Parks and Trails New York will provide the tools we need to identify our most pressing needs and guidance for beginning to address them realistically and effectively, to grow and become more professional while remaining an accessible grassroots organization.”
Awards were also granted to:
Friends of Fahnestock and Hudson Highlands State Parks, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties; Friends of Edgewood-Oak Brush Plains Preserve, Suffolk County; John Burroughs Association, Ulster County; Tanglewood Nature Center and Museum, Chemung County; Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, Dutchess County; Concerned Long Island Mountain Bicyclists (CLIMB) – Queens, Nassau, Suffolk Counties; and Friends of Taconic State Park, Columbia County.
More information on the grant program and Parks & Trails New York can be found at www.ptny.org or by calling 518-434-1583 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 518-434-1583 end_of_the_skype_highlighting. For more information about WVRTA, visit www.gorailtrail.org.
Defensive driving class
Woodland Pond is offering a New York Defensive Driving Class on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to residents, staff and members of the community. Upon successful completion of the course, insurance is reduced 10% for three years and four points are reduced from your driving record. The cost of the six-hour session is $38, payable on the day of the class. Reservations are required. Please call Michele Vumbico at 256-5912. Woodland Pond is located at 100 Woodland Pond Circle, off of North Putt Corners Road in New Paltz.
Chicken dinner in New Paltz
A chicken dinner will be held this Saturday, Feb. 19, 5-7 p.m., at the New Paltz Elks Lodge on Route 32 South. The suggested donation is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 5-10. To make a reservation, please call 255-1633 or Barbara at 883-7992.
Family movie night at Gardiner Library
The Gardiner Library’s family movie night series continues this Friday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. with Chicken Run -- a story about a group of chickens as they try to escape their chicken farm. It is directed by Nick Park, famous for the Wallace and Gromit movies. The movie will be shown in the library community room, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike. 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.
Chamber offers educational scholarship
The Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz is now accepting applications for two $1,000 educational scholarships to be awarded in 2011, recognizing individuals who have had a positive impact in their community, school, or workplace. Completed applications must be received by the Foundation by May 13, 2011; the applications will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Professional Development Committee and scholarship decisions will be made in early June. The application is available for download at www.newpaltzchamber.org, or interested applicants may request an application packet by e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at 255-0243, or visiting the Foundation office at 257 Main Street in New Paltz.
Free runners workshop
Dr. David Ness, sports chiropractor, and Dorothy Hamburg, exercise physiologist and level 2 triathlon coach, will be presenting a free runners workshop at their 3 Cherry Hill Road office on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. The workshop will cover common training mistakes, strengthening, stretching, shoes and biomechanics. There will also be a posture and shoe evaluation. This workshop is open to all levels of runners and triathletes, from beginners to advanced. Space is limited to 20 people. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit Ness on Facebook, or call 255-1200.
The monthly, free-of-charge Reiki session at the New Paltz Community Center will be offered on Feb. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A pickleball clinic will be held at Duzine Elementary School on Feb. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. The cost is $5 for New Paltz residents and $7 for non-residents. The clinic is open to adults and youth seven years of age and up.
Lacrosse clinics will be offered on March 5 and 12 from 2 to 4 p.m at Duzine Elementary School. They will be conducted by New Paltz varsity lacrosse coach Ron Constable and will cost $5 for New Paltz residents and $7 for non-residents. Registration forms are available at www.townofnewpaltz.org. For further information, call 255-2512.
Student and parent assemblies on the dangers of social networking
Ulster County District Attorney Holley Carnright is scheduled to speak to New Paltz middle and high school students on March 2. “We are very fortunate that District Attorney Carnright is committed to the safety of our children and that he has offered to come and provide high school and middle school students the opportunity to learn the pitfalls and dangers when navigating the ever popular social networking sites that have become an integral part of the lives of many of our children,” said New Paltz Superintendent Maria Rice.
Parents will have the opportunity to attend a similar assembly at the high school on March 14 at 6:30 p.m., when Carnright will provide information that parents need to know when monitoring the activities of children who are engaged in this type of communication with their peers. “The prevalence of bullying and sexual exploitation are a few of the areas that we hear about in the news and in some cases this news has hit close to home,” said Rice. “We want to be proactive and prepare ourselves and our children to live in a world where technological advances have opened up wonderful opportunities, as well as new threats to our safety and well being.”
Can you stay out of jail
Looking for some fun and something different? Join the Knights of Columbus and Columbiettes for a fun night at the Gray Bar Hotel on Saturday, Feb. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Church Hall in New Paltz. There will be casino games, family games, music by Jail Bird DJ, dancing and light refreshments. The entrance fee is $5 and you will receive $200 worth of play money at the entrance. Grand prizes will be awarded at the end of the night. For reservations, call Joe Zaccaria at 255-5095 or Betty DuBois at 883-6127.
Pancake breakfast to benefit the Carozza family
The First Presbyterian Church of Marlboro will hold a pancake breakfast this Sunday, Feb. 20 (the snow date is Feb. 27) from 8 a.m. to noon. The menu will include pancakes, French toast, sausage, eggs, toast, juice, coffee, tea and milk. Donations will benefit the Carozza family; Andrea Carozza died unexpectedly on Jan. 26. For more information, call the church at 236-4130 or Paul Quimby at 236-7151.
Nursery school to hold open house
Huguenot Street Cooperative Nursery School will hold an open house on Thursday, Feb. 17 (snow date Feb. 18), 7 p.m., at the school located at 92 Huguenot Street in New Paltz. During the open house, participants will have the opportunity to learn about the school, meet the teachers and sign up for classroom observations for the 2011-2012 school year. Registration via lottery will be held on Friday, March 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the school. For additional information, call 255-7235.
Souper Bowl of Caring
While America turned their attention to the match-up between the Packers and the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV, more than a quarter-of-a-million young people worked to transform Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving through the Souper Bowl of Caring.
For the weeks surrounding the big game, Souper Bowl of Caring youth collected donations through congregations and schools and donated 100% of their collection to a local charity of their choice. Many also volunteered at their selected charity the day before the big game.
“For over two decades, young people have been inspiring the country to leverage the energy of the Super Bowl to help people in need through Souper Bowl of Caring, raising more than $71 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities,” said Tracy Bender, President and CEO of Souper Bowl of Caring. “Together, we all can make a difference through this effort. I hope everyone will find a way to give and serve.”
Locally, First Presbyterian Church of Marlboro Sunday school students collected $83 and 78 cans of soup from the congregation. This will be donated to the First Presbyterian Church’s Food Pantry.
SUNY students to embark on mission trip
In May, ten SUNY New Paltz students, along with a Catholic priest and the Catholic campus minister at SUNY, will travel to the Dominican Republic for a ten-day mission trip. Each year, student members of Catholic Campus Ministry travel to the central mountain region of the Dominican Republic to do home repair, as well as build chapels. The chapels serve as a place of worship, education and as community centers. They also bring school supplies to the local elementary school.
This year, the students will also be promoting child sponsorship. Many of the children in the area do not attend school. The goal of child sponsorship is to break the cycle of poverty by helping the children to afford to go to school and to purchase school supplies.
On Friday, March 4, the SUNY students will be holding a fund-raising auction to benefit the mission trip. The auction will be held at St. Joseph’s Church Hall in New Paltz. Doors open for a preview at 7 p.m. and the auction will begin at 8 p.m. The items being auctioned off are sports memorabilia, designer jewelry, fine art and collectibles. Dining and entertainment packages will also be raffled off during the event. Hors d’oeuvres, wine and cheese, coffee and desserts will be served. Tickets are $10 per person or $15 per couple.
To reserve tickets, please call Hank Grimsland at 255-8536 or St. Joseph’s Parish Center at 255-5635. You can also reserve tickets by e-mailing email@example.com.