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New Paltz boys’ basketball team wins first MHAL title in 20 years

New Paltz boys’ basketball team wins first MHAL title in 20 years

And it took 20 years, but the Huguenots finally won their second MHAL title — this after being in their third straight Final Four and losing in the Final two years in a row — beating Millbrook 64-43 on February 28, with Patrick Murphy — seemingly fully recovered from ankle issues that held him to just eight games played this season — leading the way with 17 points and 12 rebounds, with Justin DeMaria with 15 and Jackson Soper 14.

Women’s Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fest fundraiser at SUNY Ulster

Women’s Studio Workshop Chili Bowl Fest fundraiser at SUNY Ulster

The Women’s Studio Workshop will host its 23rd annual Chili Bowl Fest fundraiser this Saturday, February 29 in the dining hall at the SUNY Ulster campus, 491 Cottekill Road in Stone Ridge. Early bird attendees, who get first crack at the one-of-a-kind, handmade ceramic bowls the chili is served in, pay a $10 admission fee with later arrivals at the event getting in free from 4-7 p.m.

New Paltz Times notes

New Paltz Times notes

From the Feb. 27 edition: Historic Preservation Commission and Elting Memorial Library to sponsor a juried art show; Historical society to present illustrated talk with Paul O’Neill; Welcome lady golfers; and more.

Circus helps raise funds for New Paltz playground

Circus helps raise funds for New Paltz playground

Words cannot capture the feeling in one’s gut as an acrobat steps climbs onto a board that teeters atop a stack of blocks and cylinders that wiggle in all directions, nor can they fully convey the joy of watching a dog leap over his tumbling master or ride a scooter like a biped. Circuses are designed to invoke emotions and stimulate all the senses, down to the hair raising on the back of the neck and the tongue salivating for cotton candy. None of the children admitted free to this circus have ever attended one in New Paltz before, but given the welcome it received, organizers seem hopeful that it won’t be that long a wait to see one again.

Circus performance benefits New Paltz playground fund

Circus performance benefits New Paltz playground fund

The circus is coming to New Paltz – not just any circus, but the Cole All-Star Circus, founded in 1938: a mom-and-pop version of Cirque de Soleil, with acrobatic performances, jugglers, trapeze artists, fire-eaters and more. They are a fundraising organization dedicated to entertaining entire families while at the same time raising money for charitable causes. In the case of New Paltz, this would be for the new Hasbrouck Park Playground fund.