The Hudson Valley Rail Trail Association in Highland is offering a $1,000 reward for information regarding recent vandalism to rail trail property. The vandalism occurred on June 23 and is under investigation by the Town of Lloyd Police. The damage consisted of extensive graffiti that has severely marred the joy of using the trail for everyone and is the reason why such a reward is being offered for the first time. The $1,000 reward is for information that leads to an arrest and conviction of person or persons who performed the vandalism. Please contact the Town of Lloyd Police at 691-6102.
At its regular meeting on June 23, the New Paltz Town Board passed a resolution designating all town-owned or managed properties such as parks, playgrounds, recreational facilities and associated parking lots as tobacco-free zones.
“Congratulations to the Town of New Paltz for joining the growing list of municipalities across New York State who have adopted policies and ordinances in support of tobacco-free parks and playgrounds,” said Ellen Reinhard, Director of Tobacco Free Action Coalition of Ulster County (TFAC). “A tobacco free outdoor policy ensures that our children are not subjected to secondhand smoke and that playgrounds are not littered with toxic cigarette butts. It also helps de-normalize tobacco use, which encourages adults to quit and helps prevent youth from ever starting.”
The resolution will go into effect Aug. 1.
Meal in the field
Phillies Bridge Farm Project in Gardiner will host its inaugural “Meal In The Field” on Saturday, July 30 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., rain or shine. Four courses of locally-sourced food will be prepared by five local chefs and served in one of the farm project’s working fields.
The dishes will highlight what is fresh and happening in the Hudson Valley at that moment and will be prepared by Café Mio (Michael Bernardo), The Village Tearoom (Agnes Devereux), Bridge Creek Catering (Phil Leger), Karma Road (Seth and Jennifer Branitz) and Lagusta’s Luscious (Lagusta Yearwood).
The dishes’ ingredients will be harvested from Phillies Bridge Farm and other area farms. Each dish comes with a tantalizing name such as squash and summer herb soup with goat cheese feta and olive oil bread stick. There will be a mix of vegetarian and omnivore options throughout the evening.
The cost is $55 per person or $100 per couple. Supervised childcare (including a light meal) will be available for a limited number of children ages 4-12 at a cost of $15.
To purchase tickets or for more information, please call 256-9108 or visit philliesbridge.org.
Hazardous and pharmaceutical waste and electronics collection event
The Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency will host a household hazardous waste, pharmaceutical waste and electronics collection event on Saturday, July 23 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) in New Paltz.
The event, which is partially funded by the NYSDEC, was created to bring hazardous waste disposal services into the community and to provide a drop-off location for Ulster County residents. By offering alternatives for the safe disposal of household hazardous waste, Ulster County is taking a proactive role in protecting the environment by preventing these items from ending up in landfills or contaminating water sources and wastewater treatment plants.
Materials being accepted are lead and oil-based paint, fertilizers, pesticides, household cleaners, paint solvents, hobby chemicals, etc. Also being accepted at the event for free are electronics, including computers and their components, VCRs/DVD players, keyboards, printers, monitors/TVs, etc. For a complete list of acceptable items, please visit www.ucrra.org
In addition to household hazardous waste and electronics, residents will also have the opportunity to discard their unused and/or expired medications at this event. When pills or liquid medicines are poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet they remain diluted in the water supply after treatment and these trace amounts are suspected of causing a range of health problems, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Bring any prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, lotions and liquids for disposal. Pet medications are welcome as well. A Deputy Sheriff of Ulster County will be on site to control the collection of these medications, as well as to witness the best means of permanent disposal of medications at the Dutchess County Energy-From-Waste Facility located in Poughkeepsie.
There is no charge for this service, but registration to participate in this event is required. To register or for more information, visit www.ucrra.org or call 336-3336.
On July 18 and 19, SUNY Paltz will be flow testing the fire hydrants throughout campus as required by the New York State Code. As a result of this flow testing, water may become discolored. Area residents should allow their water to run clear during this time period. Any questions can be forwarded to Scott Schulte at 257-3310.
Art at Gadaleto’s
“Downtime” by Eija Lindsey is currently on display until July 31 at Gadaleto’s Restaurant in New Paltz. The exhibit is an exploration of spray paint on plywood. Some pieces are an investigation purely of visual texture, others play with imagery juxtaposed with common phrases and language.
Iza Trapani returns to the Gardiner Library
Local children’s author Iza Trapani returns to the Gardiner Library to do a reading of her books at the Gardiner Green Market this Friday, July 15 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Trapani has been giving readings at the library through the course of her almost 20 years as author/illustrator of children’s books.
Trapani is last in a series of local childrens’ authors to read at the Green Market this summer. Directions and further information about the library, located at 133 Farmer’s Turnpike, can also be found at www.gardinerlibrary.org or by calling 255-1255.
Extended hour at Suruchi Indian Restaurant
Suruchi Indian Restaurant in New Paltz has extended its hours and will now be open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5 to 9 p.m., Fridays from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 2 to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 2 to 9 p.m. Also, work by Johanna Schwarzbeck -- The Lotus Blooms Now -- is on display through August. Suruchi is located off Main Street at 5 Church Street. For more information, Suruchi is on Facebook or at suruchiindian.com.
Optimist Club offers make-your-own-sundae event
The Southern Ulster Optimist Club will hold its annual “Sundaes in the Park” this Sunday, July 17, 1 p.m., at Moriello Park in New Paltz. There will be free make-your-own-sundaes for everyone as long as the ice cream, donated by Stewart’s, lasts. The Southern Ulster Optimist Club is a member of Optimists International, a service organization devoted to providing programs for young people. In New Paltz, it also sponsors a series of student recitals each year at the United Paltz United Methodist Church. For further information, contact Carol Roper at 255-0609.
Music in the garden at Elting Library
Music in the garden will take place at Elting Memorial Library in New Paltz on three Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m.
On July 28, Livio Guardi and Big Joe Fitz will perform with special guests Robert Bard on upright bass and Brian Melick on percussion. They will present an evening of traditional and contemporary Italian music, blues and country.
KJ Denhert -- guitarist, singer and songwriter -- will take to the stage on Aug. 4, with Jennifer Vincent singing and playing bass and cello. They will bring an evening of jazz, Latin and urban-folk to the garden.
Fiddler, singer, composer and songwriter Lisa Gutkin will perform on Aug. 11. She is best known as a member of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics and the downtown-celtic group Whirligig. She’s also been called “one hot fiddler” by Cyndi Lauper.
Book sale at the Rosendale Library
Friends of the Rosendale Library will have used and new book sale on July 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be great Bargains and a free children’s book to all children who attend. The rain date is July 31. For additional information, call 658-9013.
Walk the Harcourt Nature Preserve
A walk and talk with environmental biologist Casey Tompkins will take place on the Harcourt Nature Preserve on Saturday, July 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn about snapping turtles, their behavior, habitat needs and diet. Get answers to questions like, “What do snapping turtles do in the winter?” The Harcourt Nature Preserve is a protected property and a prime habitat for these special turtles. Please register to receive directions and details about the walk by calling 255-2761 or e-mail info@WallkillValleyLT.org.
New Paltz Central School District announces summer office hours
During the summer months, New Paltz Central School District offices will be open to the public from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. The two exceptions include the athletic office, which will be open from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. and the transportation office, which will be open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Regular office hours will resume on August 29, Monday through Friday, with times varying by building and office.
Movie highlighting Huguenot Wars
Historic Huguenot Street (HHS) and Friends are going to Rosendale. This Sunday, July 17 at 7:15 p.m., a special showing of “The Princess of Montpensier” will be on screen at the Rosendale Theatre. What is special is that HHS is co-producing this show with the Rosendale Theatre Collective. HHS will offer a short introduction prior to the film describing its relevance to New Paltz and the history of the Hudson Valley. Members of Huguenot Street will also be entitled to receive the Rosendale Theatre Collective membership ticket discount for this evening only.
“The Princess of Montpensier” is set in France in the 16th century, during the Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants. These Protestants came to be known as Huguenots. The events of this time period set in motion of chain of events that led to the persecution of thousands, the diaspora of Huguenots throughout Europe and the New World and ultimately, to the founding of new communities such as New Paltz.
For this showing only, Friends of Huguenot Street will be admitted for $5. The Rosendale Theatre Collective is located at 408 Main Street in Rosendale. More information about “The Princess of Montpensier” and the theatre can be found at www.rosendaletheatre.org. For more information, visit www.huguenotstreet.org or call 255-1889.