School board election and budget vote to take place on May 17
The winners are already known -- but who stays for three years and who stays for one will be determined by Highland Central School District voters on Tuesday, May 17. Kim Sweeney, Al Barone and Maria Peterson will run for three seats on the Highland School Board: two three-year-term positions and one one-year spot, the continuation of a term forfeited by Mike Serini in 2010. The voting for the BOE candidates and the budget takes place in the library at Highland High School from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
On May 17, Patrick Rausch, Brian Cournoyer, Michael Hekking and Stephen Bagley will enter the arena to compete for two empty New Paltz Board of Education seats. Whoever turns out to be the two winners will serve terms lasting until 2014. At the polls, voters will also get to decide if they want to support the $50.26 million budget or a separate initiative to buy $210,000 worth of buses. Voters can queue to vote starting at noon on May 17 in the New Paltz High School’s gymnasium. On their ballot, voters will see the four candidates names, the budget question and the bus question. Polls are due to close at 9 p.m.
To learn more about the candidates, visit Ulster Publishing’s web edition at www.hudsonvalleytimes.com.
Still undecided about who to vote for? The New Paltz High School PTSA is hosting a “Meet The Candidates” Night on Thursday, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the high school cafeteria. The forum will be moderated by a representative from the Mid-Hudson Region League of Women Voters.
New Paltz man charged with robbery
Joseph T. Thurston Jr., 31, of New Paltz, was arrested by New Paltz police on Monday and charged with robbery in the third degree. According to police, officers responded to a call for a robbery in progress at the Bank of America in the New Paltz Plazas. Bank staff reported that a male had entered the bank and demanded that a specific amount of money be transferred to his account, and he threatened violence if the transfer was not done. After the transfer was conducted, the subject fled the bank on foot.
Based on further investigation, New Paltz police were able to locate and identify Thurston shortly after the crime occurred. Thurston was taken into custody and arraigned by New Paltz Town Justice Jonathan Katz. He was remanded to the Ulster County Jail without bail.
Donald Christian will be considered as presidential finalist
The Presidential Search Committee has invited SUNY Interim President Donald Christian to interview with the New Paltz campus as a presidential finalist. Christian will be the fifth presidential finalist chosen by the Search Committee to move to this stage in the process, which began last summer.
Christian’s on-campus interview with various campus constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, administrators, community leaders, Foundation Board and alumni representatives and members of the College Council, was held on Monday and Tuesday.
The Search Committee will now meet to review the campus feedback and forward its findings to the College Council. The College Council will then discuss the qualifications of the additional candidate and decide whether to forward his name as a finalist to Chancellor Nancy Zimpher, who will make a recommendation to the SUNY Board of Trustees for its consideration during a future board meeting. The SUNY Board of Trustees makes the final appointment of a new president.
Food drive to benefit Family of New Paltz
This Sunday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the sixth-grade class of the Jewish Congregation of New Paltz will hold a food drive at ShopRite in New Paltz. Local food pantries are experiencing severe food shortages. All non-perishable food items, toiletries and monetary donations will go to the Family of New Paltz Food Pantry. For information, contact Rachel Pekarsky at 532-8756.
Annual 4-H Golf Classic set to tee off
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will hold its 13th annual 4-H Golf Classic on Thursday, May 19 at Apple Greens Golf Course in Clintondale. It’ll be a day for golf and food while helping to raise money for one of the oldest youth organizations in the United States.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The four-person scramble with a shotgun start will begin at 9 a.m. The $100 entry fee includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, continental breakfast, snacks on the course and an awards luncheon following the tournament. There will be a “Hole in One” competition featuring a new 2011 Chrysler 200 provided by Begnal Motors in Kingston and other prizes.
For more information about the tournament, including tee sponsorship information, please call Betty Burgher at 399-2809.
Garden party to support Love in Bloom scholarships
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.
Friends of the Gardiner Library to hold plant sale
The Friends of the Gardiner Library will hold its annual plant sale this Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Gardiner Town Hall on Route 44/55. There will be a large variety of flowers, herbs and vegetables, all at a reasonable price to help you get your garden started. Planters and hanging baskets will also be available.
Book lovers, save the date
There will be a spring book sale in the parking lot behind the Elting Memorial Library building in New Paltz on May 14 (rain date is May 15). Thousands of books will be available, including books on art, cooking, crafts and technology, gardening, history and biography. Books will be sorted by categories -- hard covers will be $2 and special books will be priced as marked. Because the library’s shed is overflowing with books, donations are currently on hold until after the sale. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farmer’s Salute Dinner
It is time for Meet Me In Marlborough’s fifth annual Farmer’s Salute Dinner held at The Ship Lantern Inn in Milton on Wednesday, May 18 at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of good food, wine, entertainment and a silent auction. Celebrate the beginning of the agricultural season and recognize the stewards of the land whom have contributed to Marlboro and Milton’s 300-year agricultural heritage. This year the dinner will be in dedication to MMiM founding member Maria Conte-Mikkelsen of Willow Tree Farm and in memory of Joseph Caradonna of Caradonna Farms. This year’s Farmer Salute honorees are Charles Weed Sr., Joseph Porpiglia Sr. and John Nicklin.
For additional information, e-mail email@example.com or call 616-7824. Please RSVP by Saturday, May 14.
Dancing in the streets
The Town of Lloyd will hold its annual spring block party this Friday, May 13 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Hamlet of Highland on Vineyard Avenue. The event will feature music, food and fun. Learn to swing dance with DJ Evan McDonald.
Sweeping up Highland
The Town of Lloyd will hold its fourth annual clean sweep this Saturday, May 14, 8:30 a.m., at Town Hall. Volunteers will start off their morning with a continental breakfast and then hit the streets to “clean sweep” the town. Business owners are encouraged to help out by cleaning up the area surrounding their businesses. All are invited to participate.
The Highland Rotary will host a shredding event for Town of Lloyd residents as a part of clean sweep from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the town field parking lot. HB Data Security will have their state-of-the-art mobile shred truck on site to securely shred your documents as you watch.
To register as a volunteer or for more information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 691-2144.
Good times, good kids, big prizes
The New Paltz High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is sponsoring the Good Times–Good Kids raffle, with more than 30 prizes donated by local merchants.
Raffle tickets will be sold at the high school on Tuesday, May 17, the night of the school budget vote and school board elections, as well as the high school’s annual spring concert and art show, from noon to 7 p.m. The cost is $1 per ticket, six tickets for $5 or 12 tickets for $10. Tickets may also be purchased at the high school main office. For more information, contact Donna Mannix at 255-2421.
Eat to Ride! Ride to Eat!
Thirty local restaurants (and counting) are taking part in New Paltz’s fourth annual Ride To Eat! Eat To Ride! program, designed to encourage the use of bicycles as practical transportation.
The program is the center point of the New Paltz Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee’s celebration of May as National Bicycle Month. Participating restaurants are offering 10% discounts from May 16 through 22 to patrons who arrive by bike. During the entire month of May, The Bicycle Rack and Bicycle Depot are offering commuter gear at a 10% discount as well.
The Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee also endorses the May 18 Kingston Ride of Silence. This free, slow-paced ride starts and ends at Dietz Stadium, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Join bicycle riders from around the world to raise awareness that bicyclists are here, to ask that we all share the road and to honor those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roads. For more information about the local ride, call Bill Miller at 657-9764 or go to http://cycleclubkingston.com/events/silence.pdf. For more information on the International Ride of Silence, go to www.rideofsilence.org
The annual New Paltz United Teachers Dodgeball Classic will be held on Monday, May 16, 6:30 p.m., in the gymnasium at New Paltz High School. Teams from each of the district’s schools will compete for the much-coveted “golden wrench.” Tickets are $3 in advance and $4 at the door. They are available at the main office of each of the school buildings. All proceeds go to benefit the New Paltz United Teachers Scholarship Fund.
Work by Marilyn Perry on display at Ulster Savings
Ulster Savings Bank will hold an opening reception for artist Marilyn Perry this Friday, May 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. at its Gardiner branch. The exhibit will be on display through June 23.
With art skills honed through European art history studies at Stanford University, the University of North Carolina and the University of London, Perry spent more than ten years in Italy as a writer and lecturer on Italian Renaissance art. She then moved to New York City, where she served as president of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and chairman of the board of the World Monuments Fund. Her exhibit at Ulster Savings will feature water-based and encaustic paintings. Light refreshments will be served.
Car show in Rosendale
The seventh annual Rosendale Car Show, sponsored by the Rosendale Street Rods Car Club to benefit the Rosendale Youth Program, will be held this Sunday, May 15 at the Rosendale Recreation Center. Vehicle registration begins at 8 a.m. The show vehicle cut-off year is 1985. Pre–registration is $8 and $10 the day of the show. Awards will be given at 3 p.m. The show includes food and merchandise vendors, DJ Brian, a raffle, door prizes and free admission and parking for spectators. The Rosendale Police Department will conduct a free car seat safety check. For show questions, contact John at 687–9479 or Kathy at 658-8982.
Work by Thomas Locker on display at the Mark Gruber Gallery
“Thomas Locker -- New Work” opens at the Mark Gruber Gallery this Saturday, May 14 and runs through July 5. An artist’s reception will be held this Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and cheese will be served. Not only does Locker strive to give us the unrestrained sublime in nature, he is also intrigued by the Claudian landscape. The Mark Gruber Gallery is located in the New Paltz Plaza. For more information, call 255-1241.
Roast beef dinner at the Elks Lodge
A roast beef dinner will be served at the New Paltz Elks Lodge on Route 32 South this Saturday, May 14 with seating from 5 to 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and $5 for children 5-10. To make a reservation, call 255-1633 or 883-7992. Proceeds will benefit Elk charities.
The application deadline for the Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz Educational Scholarship is Friday, May 14. Two $1000 educational scholarships will be awarded in 2011, recognizing individuals who have had a positive impact in their community, school or workplace. Applicants must demonstrate solid prior academic performance showing their ability to be successful in a post-secondary degree program and must plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution or course of learning. The applicant must be a member in good standing or a direct relative -- child, spouse or grandchild -- of a member in good standing of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce; members include any owner or employee of a Chamber member business.
The application is available for download at www.newpaltzchamber.org, or interested applicants may request an application by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at 255-0243, or visiting the Foundation office at 257 Main Street in New Paltz. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Professional Development Committee and scholarship decisions will be made in early June.
Voce to perform
at the Community Center
The New Paltz Community Center will host a performance of Voce, the Ulster County female quartet, this Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the May second Saturday series. The series is produced by the Arts Community to benefit its “Home for the Arts” fund. For tickets, visit the Community Center Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and noon; reservations can also be made by calling 255-3631.
Join garden columnist Lee Reich for his annual garden sale of rare and easy-to-grow fruiting and ornamental plants and other garden-related items. The event takes place at Lee’s garden at 387 Springtown Road in New Paltz on Sunday, May 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 255-0417 or e-mail email@example.com.