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New Paltz’s Plaza Diner marks 50th anniversary

New Paltz’s Plaza Diner marks 50th anniversary

An event took place in New Paltz 50 years ago that didn’t grab headlines, but created a lasting legacy: Harris Dariotis, a 26-year-old immigrant from Greece, and his friend George Demosthenous had a foundation built in a mall parking lot and assembled a prefab diner, manufactured in three sections in New Jersey, on the site. They signed the lease in March 1969 and opened the Plaza Diner to the public in November.

Canal Press founder Bob Freeston retires

Canal Press founder Bob Freeston retires

Over his 43 years in business, owner Bob Freeston has always had a reputation for being supportive of local artists and not-for-profit endeavors. If there was a way to make your printing dreams come true at a price you could scrape together, Bob was the guy to make it happen. While the presses ran, you could hang out at the shop, talk politics and philosophy and how the world might be made a better place.

HBO auto wreck shoot in Rosendale canceled

HBO auto wreck shoot in Rosendale canceled

Rosendalers bracing for possible traffic nightmares on the first morning of this weekend’s Rosendale Street Festival due to closure of part of Binnewater Road for filming can breathe a sigh of relief. The shoot, originally scheduled to take place at night from July 17 to 19, has been canceled.