While life in the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic has come to a grinding halt, and every imaginable event has been canceled, closed or postponed until further notice, the one thing that remains constant and steady and available is the outdoors. Spring has not been canceled.
While many local restaurants are still open for delivery, others have decided to close. Meanwhile, professionals of all kinds are seeking online community.
Two members of the faculty at SUNY New Paltz, in the music and special education departments, have tested positive for coronavirus.
For Brianne Quigley, becoming the first female sergeant for the NPPD is a source of pride. “I worked hard for this,” she said. “Nothing was given to me. And I just love that my daughter says that she wants to be a police officer ‘like my Mommy.’”
It was standing-room-only for a conversation at SUNY New Paltz this past Wednesday with journalistic peers Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr., chairman of The New York Times, and James Ottaway, Jr., formerly the chairman of Ottaway Newspapers and the retired director of Dow Jones, Inc. The crowd overflowed Lecture Center 100 into the hallways and lobby, where others interested in the talk “Trust, Truth and the Future of Journalism” could watch the discussion live on large screens.
The circus is coming to New Paltz – not just any circus, but the Cole All-Star Circus, founded in 1938: a mom-and-pop version of Cirque de Soleil, with acrobatic performances, jugglers, trapeze artists, fire-eaters and more. They are a fundraising organization dedicated to entertaining entire families while at the same time raising money for charitable causes. In the case of New Paltz, this would be for the new Hasbrouck Park Playground fund.
About this time last week, the village of New Paltz issued its “do not drink” advisory for municipal water. Just over four days later it was lifted after remediation efforts yielded “no detectable signs of petroleum compound” in the drinking water. Here’s an updated look at what happened and what to expect going forward.
Tests on Wednesday following remediation efforts found no measurable levels of petroleum in the village water supply. More testing and flushing of the system will be done before the “do not drink” advisory will be lifted.
All of New Paltz is wondering: What’s in the water? While residents and businesses make due with bottled water, state officials are seeking the answer. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has stepped in to test the Village of New Paltz’s reservoirs and implement remedial measures in case there has been a spill or contaminants in the drinking water supply for approximately 14,000 residents.
The walls located outside of the Student Support Center at the New Paltz Middle School have come alive with a new mural that is rife with vibrant colors and local imagery.