Toni Benevento is a new Parks & Recreation Committee member in Gardiner. She’s relatively new to the community and has a background working for state and national parks in Utah.
Daniel Getman and Janice Pickering have gifted 9 Paradies Lane in New Paltz to Unison, allowing Unison to have a second campus that is dedicated to following the Unison tradition of art offerings and also addressing current and vital issues of social and environmental change through the arts.
Widely known in Ulster County and beyond as the prime pioneer of the Repair Café movement in the Hudson Valley, Wackman, age 69, died suddenly on Friday at his home in Kingston of an apparent heart attack.
Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan has announced an additional round of child-care funds to support school-aged, full-day programs in Ulster County. Project Resilience, with the assistance of United Way, allocated $72,000 in funding to the Center for Creative Education, The Boys & Girls Club and the YMCA, directly supporting scholarships to 218 youths throughout the winter. The scholarships include access to the internet and computers and support for remote learning.
A virtual public meeting will be held for the Dietz Stadium and Andretta Pool improvements project on Tuesday, January 19 at noon. The project involves a multi-phased, comprehensive restoration of the sports complex, parking lot and surrounding drive. Upgrades are intended to make the facility a regional sports attraction and economic benefit.
The Woodstock Library board voted on December 17 to have a dialogue with the community during the next few months. The intention of these dialogues is to hear from new voices and to understand why people voted either yes or no on the bond.
The ‘‘Our towns’’ column is compiled each month by Carol Johnson of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection. The entries have been copied from the January issues of the New Paltz Independent. To get a closer look at these newspapers of the past, visit the staff of the Haviland-Heidgerd Historical Collection at the Elting Memorial Library at 93 Main Street in New Paltz, or call 255-5030.
Native to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Criswell first came to live in the Hudson Valley in the late 1980s, when he was studying theater and anthropology at Bard College, pursuing a fascination with “ritual theater.” He credits his liberal-arts education at Bard with providing him a toolbox for “problem-solving and figuring out how to make things happen.
Local boxing legend Tracy Harris Patterson has been named to the Alabama Boxing Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021 in the Pro Boxer category. Patterson was adopted by former world heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson and moved to New Paltz, where he trained as a boxer and became a two-time world champion himself.