All posts by Frances Marion Platt

New Nelly’s offers authentic Dominican food in New Paltz

New Nelly’s offers authentic Dominican food in New Paltz

It may come as a surprise to some Anglo folks who are used to thinking of Latin American food as “too spicy” that this slow-simmering style is the essence of Dominican cuisine. And you can get the real thing in New Paltz these days: at New Nelly’s II, which last year took over the little shop at 235 Main Street that formerly housed Amazin’ Melts, directly across from Ulster Savings Bank.

Upstate Films founders Steve and DeDe Leiber step down after 48 years

Upstate Films founders Steve and DeDe Leiber step down after 48 years

The theater has been closed since the pandemic came crashing down last spring, with no plans to reopen for the foreseeable future, leaving a big hole in many a mid-Hudson film buff’s heart. That makes it an auspicious time for a changing of the guard. Steve and DeDe Leiber – who founded Upstate Films as a not-for-profit in 1972 with a third partner, Susan Goldman, and have been running the operation in a very hands-on way ever since – have decided to retire and pass the torch to a new director whose identity they say they are not yet ready to announce.

Town of Gardiner Supervisor Marybeth Majestic on 2021

Town of Gardiner Supervisor Marybeth Majestic on 2021

The onset of the coronavirus pandemic caught Gardiner in the midst of an ambitious multiyear initiative to bring the zoning code, comprehensive plan and other planning documents into better alignment, and to hone their language to be more reflective of development and land-use issues that confront rural municipalities. Despite the necessity of conducting meetings virtually, work on those fronts has not abated. And Town Supervisor Marybeth Majestic says that recent experience has reinforced her belief that volunteerism and hands-on citizenship are key to the success of the process as it continues post-Covid.