From a young age, New Paltz High School graduates Giovanna Varuzza and Erva Khan had always aspired to become doctors. As fate would have it, these two recently anointed physicians were accepted to the same medical school, placed in the same dorm room and are now preparing to scrub up and enter into their respective medical fields – not only in the midst of from a young age a pandemic, but in its current epicenter, New York City.
These are tough times, and Badgley said she felt that the story captured what they’ve been going through. “It took me a long time to realize that the picture I was looking at was actually on the front cover of the magazine! I couldn’t wrap my mind around it.” And then it was time to go back to work.
After having been a part of the New Paltz landscape for more than nine decades, Agway has closed its doors, marking the end of an era heavily defined by agriculture and independent businesses.
While every imaginable event has been canceled, closed or postponed until further notice, the one thing that remains constant and steady and available is the great outdoors. There are endless opportunities here.
This time last week, Ed Lundergan and Carol Giannone Lundergan of New Paltz, who had been battling COVID-19 since mid-March, were ready to participate in a program to donate their blood to help other patients fight off the virus. Both had been feeling well for over a week. They just needed to be tested once again to confirm that they were negative. That test happened Friday, April 10. Over the weekend, Carole felt some fatigue, as well as some coughing and congestion, but thought she was still on the road to recovery. Three days later, they learned they were still positive.
After the last few weeks of braving potentially viral and enclosed grocery stores, a trip to the local farmstand can be refreshing.
People throughout the Hudson Valley are dusting off their sewing machines, digging into their piles of fabric, trading patterns and watching videos all in an effort to make protective masks in high demand during the pandemic.
In these pandemic times, local police and rescue agencies have had to adapt and adjust the way they approach the public, both physically and philosophically.
What began as a fun way to keep busy, provide some comfort to friends and make a little extra money for rent, has turned into a full-scale baking operation in a one-level house in Gardiner. “I’ve always dreamed of owning a bakery,” said Tanya Santos, a local mother of three, whom, like many of us, has been cooped up at home during the COVID-19 pandemic with her family trying to think of ways to stay busy and upbeat. “We were thinking of things we could do and Kaela (her eldest daughter) had rent looming, so I put a post on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in having some freshly baked cinnamon buns delivered to them and the response was unbelievable!”
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.