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New Paltz planners want McDonald’s to consider linking its parking lot with neighbors

New Paltz planners want McDonald’s to consider linking its parking lot with neighbors

Interconnection of parking areas is a planning objective at the county level, as part of an effort to design developments for people rather than their vehicles. For this particular project, a specific objective is to reduce the number of drivers attempting to make a left onto Route 299 from McDonald’s, but presumably it would also incrementally benefit the broader goal of reducing the need to depend on motor vehicles. Neither McDonald’s or adjacent property owners are very interested in the idea.

New Paltz superintendent presents $63.7m school budget; includes creation of Wellness Center

New Paltz superintendent presents $63.7m school budget; includes creation of Wellness Center

The $300,000 Wellness Center would be used by all high school students during the school day as part of their required physical fitness courses, and potentially after school with appropriate supervision. Intended to offer students additional opportunities for stress relief and other benefits of physical fitness, the Wellness Center would include 42 stations for working out with a separate area for activities such as yoga and stretching.

SUNY-New Paltz approves new names for college buildings

SUNY-New Paltz approves new names for college buildings

The names are being changed because the buildings’ namesakes, the founding families of the town, owned slaves prior to slavery’s abolition in New York State. The new building names pay homage to local geographic features. They will be assigned to the campus buildings to mirror their actual locations – for instance, Lefevre Hall, the eastern-most of the buildings, will become Shawangunk Hall, because the Shawangunk Ridge is the eastern-most of these features.

Eco-challenge teams can make a difference

Eco-challenge teams can make a difference

At the Mescal Hornbeck Community Center on March 14, members of Woodstock Transition and the Woodstock Library held a forum on the Project Drawdown Eco-challenge. This initiative invites people to form teams, decide what actions they want to take, and then, from April 3 to 24, record their actions through a website that will compile results.