New Paltz

Senior-ize or Sell - Informative Seminar

For most people their home is one of their most valuable assets. Therefore, it is a good idea to carefully consider options regarding this asset when reaching retirement age and beyond.  Many people prefer to "age in place", while others are ready to downsize and each scenario raises many questions.

Gerry Murphy of M Gerard Country Home and Margaret "Peggy" Bellar, licensed real estate salesperson, of Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties will explore "senior-izing" your home and tips on preparing for selling your home in an informative seminar to be held at M Gerard Country Home store on Saturday, April 26th from 11AM until Noon. Also joining them will be professionals to answer legal and tax questions.


"Operation Spring Cleaning" nets dozens of drug arrests in Ulster County

Above: Images from a photo gallery of arrests made during the recent URGENT investigation "Operation Spring Cleaning," posted on the Ulster County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page

Over three dozen arrests were announced with great fanfare on Wednesday by the Ulster County Sheriff's Office, the result of a seven-month-long undercover investigation into drug sales by the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT) dubbed "Operation Spring Cleaning." 

The Sheriff's Office and other URGENT members held a press conference at the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center in Kingston at noon to discuss the arrests. Police believe many of the drugs targeted in the sweep were coming into Ulster County from the New York City area, said Ulster County Lieutenant Ed Brewster, according to the Daily Freeman, which sent several reporters to cover the event live with online video clips.  Read more

Jeremy Mage Trio: Freedom Songs

May 17, 2014 - 8:00pm

The Jeremy Mage Trio featuring Tamar-kali, Jason Charles Walker and New Paltz native Jeremy Mage will bring "Freedom Songs" to Unison on Saturday, May 17 at 8pm.  "Freedom Songs" was originally produced for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Jeremy Mage is a Grammy-winning mult-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and composer. He tours globally, makes records and composes music for film and television. He apprenticed with a wide range of masters, including Alan Ginsberg and Steve Gorn.

Afro punk diva Tamar-kali and the multi-faceted Jason Charles Walker will appear with Jeremy.

Tickets are $22 in advance ($18 for Unison members) and $26 at the door ($22 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Family Fun at Unison: Animal Experinces with Nicole Chillemi

May 17, 2014 - 2:00pm

Unison welcomes Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator Nicole Chillemi and her amazing coterie of animals on Saturday, May 17th at 2pm for some family fun. Expect to see foxes, a wallaby, tortoises, lizards, and maybe a kinkajou.

Nicole Chillemi has a Bachelor's degree in Veterinary Technology and currently trains animals for movies, commercials and TV shows.

Tickets are $12 in advance; $8 for Unison members and $5 for children under 12. Door prices are $14, $10 and $7 for children under 12.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Paltz, New York.


Give us your best shot: The 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest

Above: “Two Boys and a Dog in East Meredith” by Cindy Dunne, the second-place winner of last year's Catskills Outdoor Guide photo contest.

Update: The contest is now closed. Winners will be announced on May 27, when the 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide hits the streets. Thanks for all the great shots. To see all the entries this year, click here. -- Julia Reischel

As part of our 2014 Catskills Outdoor Guide, we're hosting a 2014 edition of our "Catskills Outdoor Experience" photo contest, once again sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room in Big Indian.  Read more

Go fish: Opening day for trout in the Catskills

Above: Delaware River July 2013, by Jody Bryant, an entry in our Catskills Outdoor Guide Photo Contest. (The deadline to enter is Thursday, April 3.)  

Today is the first day of fishing trout fishing season in New York State, one of the first true signs of a Catskills spring. On cue, the Times Herald-Record recorded anglers taking their first casts of the season at Junction Pool in Roscoe this morning.

Looking to get your fishing permit? Head to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's new online license website, where you can buy and print your license from your computer.   Read more

Second Sunday Salon Series: String Duets with Helena Baillie & Marka Gustavsson

May 4, 2014 - 2:00pm

Spend Mother's Day in the presence of two great musicians, Helena Baillie & Marka Gustavsson, who will serenade audiences with the work of Mozart, Bartok, Alessandro Rollo and Lazlo Weiner, on violin and viola, as part of the Second Sunday Salon Series at Unison Arts Center.

Tickets are $20 in advance ($15 for Unison members) and $25 at the door ($20 for members). Students are half price with a valid ID.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 845-255-1559.

Unison Arts Center is located at 68 Mountain Rest Road in New Patlz, New York.

(845) 255-1559

Gallery opening: John D. Wolfe-"Crossroads"

May 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

"Crossroads," the artwork of John D. Wolfe, will be featured at the Unison Gallery on Sunday, May 4th, 2014 with an opening reception from 4-6pm.  The exhibit will be on display through May 21, 2014.

John Wolfe's work has been exhibited in galleries, universities and museums throughout the United States. HIs work has also been featured in Harper's Magazine, The New York Times, War Literature and the Arts and Fiction International.

The reception is free and open to the public.

(845) 255-1559

Tried and true: Catskills restaurants with staying power

Above: The Java Lounge, an upstairs café at Joshua's, overlooks Tinker Street in Woodsock. Photo courtsey of Joshua's.  

It’s an exciting time for the Catskills restaurant scene. In the past few years, the area has launched many new restaurants. (For a smattering, see our related story in the Catskills Food Guide.)

But the flip side is that restaurants tend to come and go, especially in the far-flung rural corners of the region. Nothing puts the kibosh on an evening out as surely as showing up at that cute little bistro you’ve heard so much about only to find that it’s closed, or has changed its hours, or the owners decided to take off for Palm Beach until spring.

Here, then, are a few well-loved mainstays of the local dining scene. If you’re in search of reliable hours, battle-tested entrees and service that runs like a well-oiled machine, look no further.  Read more

Erik and Fernando find their Dream Home!

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Erik and Fernando find their Dream Home!  So happy to welcome them to the beautiful Catskill Mountains and our community.  Nothing is better than a happy client.
There are so many affordable (and wonderful) opportunities for first-time homeowners here.  I would love to show you around.
Peggy Bellar, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Keller Williams Upstate New York Properties
917.558.0447  Cell (call or text for more info)
845.586.6220 Office


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