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Improvements proposed for heavily-trafficked stretch of rail trail in New Paltz

Improvements proposed for heavily-trafficked stretch of rail trail in New Paltz

The plan calls for this section of the rail-trail to be widened to approximately twelve feet, with crushed stone as the main surface material, raised crosswalks at every intersection, signage and wayfinding maps. The plan also proposes a shade structure, stone benches, amphitheater seating, a wooden fence, stools and tables, and landscaping around the area of the trail that border.

Pandemic exacerbates challenges of homelessness

Pandemic exacerbates challenges of homelessness

“They’re an incredible organization that provides food, shelter, job training, housing assistance, day care, parenting classes, medical assistance — but they need help,” said Colleen Geraghty of New Paltz, who has done outreach for both the Family Inn homeless shelter and Family’s domestic violence shelter for the past 31 years. “There are so many people living below the poverty line and almost no affordable housing in Kingston. Look how much it costs to rent an apartment in New Paltz. You have four or five people splitting the cost for one apartment! People cannot afford rent on minimum-wage jobs. And then if you lose a job? Or a partner?”

New Paltz Bagel Café has remained open, even when dough was low

New Paltz Bagel Café has remained open, even when dough was low

If you pull up early enough in the morning outside the New Paltz Bagel Café in the Tops Plaza, you’ll see two oldtimers unpack their folding chairs from their cars, grab their coffee and fresh hot bagels, and sit outside the movie theater. Even though the booths are currently closed at the bagel shop, the culture of community and the friendships that it has helped foster are not.

Vehicle crashes into Gunk Haus in Highland causing fire

Vehicle crashes into Gunk Haus in Highland causing fire

Less than 48 hours before it was slated to open its outdoor seating area overlooking fields of apple orchards and the Shawangunk mountain range, an allegedly drunk driver smashed into the the Gunk Haus Restaurant in Highland last night, causing a fire that caused extensive damage to the German restaurant. 

Lucchesi takes the reins

Lucchesi takes the reins

According to newly anointed New Paltz Police chief Rob Lucchesi, the department is seeing a decrease in DUIs and calls and arrests that might typically occur due to alcohol-related activity in and around the bar scene, which has been shut down since mid-March. On the flip side, the police have been seeing a noticeable increase in petty larceny in supermarkets and grocery stores, as well as car break-ins and person-to-person thefts, but a decrease in residential robberies.