Walking Out of the Darkness

Hoping to comfort those personally affected by mental illness, SUNY New Paltz held its eighth annual Out of the Darkness walk — a fundraising event in support of suicide prevention and awareness. Continue reading “Walking Out of the Darkness”


More Than Your Average Bookstore

New Paltz is a town built on its history. From being home to Huguenot Street, one of the oldest streets in the United States, to being mere miles away from the Mohonk Mountain House, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the longest standing bookstores in the Hudson Valley resides within the village’s confines as well.

A chipper, light blue house at 3 Church St. is home to Barner Books. Continue reading “More Than Your Average Bookstore”

Notable Women Offer Career Advice

Preparing for life after graduation is inevitable. SUNY New Paltz students are lucky enough to get some perspective from alumnae who have already been in their shoes.

SUNY New Paltz alumnae and other distinguished women came to shed some light on students and soon-to-be graduates at the College’s third annual Women’s Leadership Summit this Wednesday. Continue reading “Notable Women Offer Career Advice”

Proposed Building Strikes Controversy

Zero Place, a proposed mixed-use, net-zero energy usage building has faced scrutiny from neighbors in the Village of New Paltz.

The building is to be located on the corner of Mulberry St. and North Chestnut St. within the Neighborhood Business Residential (NBR) zoning district of New Paltz. Residents of New Paltz, particularly those living or working in the historic district and surrounding streets such as Henry W. Dubois Drive, have raised concerns about this potential new project, Village Planning Board Chairman Michael Zierler said. Continue reading “Proposed Building Strikes Controversy”

Local Muralist on Wheels

By age 8, Hudson Valley-based artist Eugene Stetz had already been through all 50 states.

As a traveling muralist, he has celebrated the dead in Mexico City, painting colorful sugar skulls and skeletons. He has painted murals in towns as far east as Kingston, New York and as west as Oakland, California with so many others in between. Continue reading “Local Muralist on Wheels”

Queen of the Cosmos: Local Jewelry Artist Handcrafts the Stars

Deep within the Shawangunk Mountains, there is a special place where herkimer crystals grow out of the ground, sparkling, waiting to be found.

This place is something of a secret and unbeknownst to many; but not to Val Walis, a fourth-year visual arts student who has her own jewelry business: Orion Jewelry Design. According to her Facebook page, all creations are handmade “in hopes of enhancing energy flow of the wearer or room.”

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An Autumn Extravaganza: New Paltz Fall Fest Brings Food, Art, Jewelry

The fall season is a time of giving, sharing and of course, the seasonal harvest. And that’s exactly what Students for Sustainable Agriculture’s (Sus-Ag) Fall Fest is all about.

This past Friday, Oct. 28, Sus-Ag put together their third annual harvest celebration, featuring on-campus clubs and organizations as well as New Paltz and Hudson Valley-based farms and vendors. Continue reading “An Autumn Extravaganza: New Paltz Fall Fest Brings Food, Art, Jewelry”

Melodies For Maya: Local Artists and Students Come Together For a Cause

Natalie Merchant and other acclaimed Hudson Valley artists and musicians sang beside students in the memory of the late Maya Gold and her eponymous foundation.

Last October, after 15-year-old New Paltz High School student Maya Gold took her own life, her family created the Maya Gold Foundation. According to the foundation’s website, their mission is to “empower youth to access their inner wisdom and realize their dreams.”

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Fall Foliage Fun: Local New Paltz Farm Hosts Fall Harvest Fest

What better time to celebrate the season of autumn and its harvest than during peak foliage?

That’s why Phillie’s Bridge Farm Project (PBFP) hosted a Fall Foliage and Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 16, located at 45 Phillie’s Bridge Farm Road in New Paltz.

Nearing the end of the fall harvest warranted a time for PBFP to celebrate and sell their farm-fresh produce, to cook up some colorful treats for themselves and the community and in turn allow people to gain more awareness of the farm and what it has to offer. Continue reading “Fall Foliage Fun: Local New Paltz Farm Hosts Fall Harvest Fest”