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ost would agree that, by this point, we are far past regarding the difficult real estate market as a simple aberration. Years of some of the worst collective anxiety and hardship since the Great Depression have changed our relationship with our space. With the conflict far from over, both residentially and commercially—nearly 10% of Ulster County homes are still in foreclosure, and the list goes on—the places where we live and work are, in many ways, far more dear than they have ever been before. Though the market may not call as high a price per square foot, the increased level of investment we now devote to our space demands a clarity and awareness about its significance. Continued on p. 12



If These Buildings Could Talk... In our history-rich region, businesses must juggle the assets of the past with the realities of modern-day commerce.


The Bottom Line Dr. Timothy Killeen named SUNY Vice Chancellor; N.Y. Senate proposes job creation program; foreclosure relief.


Member Profiles La Luna Farm, Freefall Expresss, Tuthillhouse at the Mill Raleigh Green, Inc.







One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz offers nearly 100 undergraduate degrees, 50 masters degrees, 2 post master’s degree programs and one joint doctoral program. Through its mission of education and civic engagement, New Paltz stands out as an active contributor to the schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and economic vitality of the region and serves as a vibrant intellectual and creative public forum for Hudson Valley residents.




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n this issue of Regional Report we focus quite a bit upon location, which brings to mind what a vital role our location has played in the success of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. We have been physically housed in various places throughout our more than 100 year history, but one thing about our location has always remained the same: New Paltz, at Exit 18 on the New York State Thruway, is the Gateway to the Hudson Valley. This Chamber’s roots are deep and firm here, from our beginnings as a board of trade to today’s thriving Chamber serving hundreds of businesses and thousands of employees throughout the Valley, and it is precisely because our base of operations is founded within this gateway that we are uniquely positioned to serve the entire region. The strength of our members’ business relationships is not dependant upon county or municipal boundaries; customers, visitors and investors want to do business in the Hudson Valley and it is our job to make sure our members are in the forefront of that market, even when the Hudson Valley as a concept is nebulous to potential clients. This Chamber is truly a regional Chamber; the scope of the membership we serve is both geographically and demographically diverse, and we are so proud to provide a platform for our region’s businesses to thrive, grow and prosper, helping to protect the exceptional diversity of character that has done so much to draw tourists, investors and entrepreneurs

to Ulster, Dutchess, Orange, and Columbia Counties via exit 18, the Gateway to the Hudson Valley. This issue of Regional Report also brings you an engaging “if these walls could talk” feature on the business and social history of our local buildings. We’ll also bring you Member Updates—news of note from your Chamber peers—along with a calendar of upcoming Chamber events, a directory of new members, our gratitude to renewing members, and an introduction in our Membership Matters column of our new Director of Membership, Nancy Dodge. Our Member Profiles section keeps with this quarter’s theme by profiling businesses whose mission is driven by location, or whose location is driven by mission. Thank you so much for reading. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me regarding any questions, ideas or challenges. We are a resource, so please use us as such. I speak for the entire Chamber staff when I tell you we are genuinely here to serve you. Sincerely,

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UPCOMING EVENTS Tuesday, July 10

Tuesday, August 21

After-Hours Mixer @ The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz

After-Hours Mixer @ Gadaletto’s Seafood Market, New Paltz

Hot summer networking and world-class art combine as you enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres, nurture your business contacts, and check out The Dorsky, one of the largest museums in the SUNY system, with more than 9,000-square-feet of exhibition space distributed over six galleries. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email

You won’t be sent fishing for contacts at our exciting, second August After-Hours Mixer! Gadaleto’s offers the widest selection of wild caught and sustainably farmed seafood in the Hudson Valley, as well as a full-service family-style restaurant serving delicious fresh seafood. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Gadaleto’s Seafood Market, 246 Main St., New Paltz Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email

Friday, July 27

Tuesday, September 11

Summer Business Card Exchange @ Peaslee Design, New Paltz

After-Hours Mixer @ C2G Environmental Consultants & Green State Services, New Paltz

Custom woodworker Clark Peaslee’s motto is, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.” Join us for this very special early morning business card exchange and grow your business network at Peaslee Design’s studio, where those well-designed and well-made masterpieces are built. Time: 7:30 - 9:00 a.m. Place: Peaslee Design, 82 Rocky Hill Road, New Paltz Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email Thursday, August 9

After-Hours Mixer @ Toad Holly Pub, Tillson

Toad Holly Pub offers fresh and delicious American Eclectic Cuisine that will satisfy your taste buds, presented with style and quality service. Spend a sultry August night with your Chamber peers and enjoy tasty treats and Toad Holly Pub’s generous hospitality, in this beautifully constructed Tudor-style restaurant. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Toad Holly Pub, 713 Route 32 N., Tillson Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations Required. Call 845-255-0243 or email 4

Help say goodbye to summer, enjoy delicious food and check out C2G Environmental Consultants and Green State Services. C2G is a multi-discipline environmental consulting firm offering a full range of services to a wide variety of clients in both the private and public sectors. Green State Services is your one-stop shop for workplace safety, specializing in spill control products. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: C2G Environmental Consultants and Green State Services, 82 S. Putt Corners Road, New Paltz Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members; $15 non-members Reservations required. Call 845-255-0243 or email to reserve or to request an invitation. Sunday, September 16

22nd Annual Taste of New Paltz

The New Paltz region is renowned for its agricultural bounty and cuisine. Each year, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce puts the best of the Hudson Valley on display with Taste of New Paltz, a flavorful opportunity to sample generously portioned samples of mouth-watering fare

from the region’s finest farms and wineries, restaurants, and caterers all in a single day. The Taste also offers a variety of fun activities for the whole family with eclectic shopping in the Antiques Expo and Craft Expo, the Artistic Taste and the Country Store; demonstrations and information in the Wellness & Recreation Expo and Business Expo; and free entertainment & activities in the Kids Expo. Live music performances by some of the area’s most popular local bands and a collection of classic cars and vintage motorhomes round out a full day at this Hudson Valley festival of food and fun. Time: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Place: Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Rd., New Paltz Cost: Admission is $5 in advance, $7 on the day of the Taste. Children under 12 admitted free. $2 and $3 “tastes” are offered at each of the food and beverage venues. Vendor applications are available. Visit to download your application. Call 845-255-0243 or email to learn more. Saturday, September 22

Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz E-Waste Recycling Event

Easily recycle your old computers and electronics. Bring your monitors, printers, keyboards, VCRs, batteries, cell phones, terminals, cables, fax machines, radios, modems, cathode ray tubes (CRTs), telephones, TVs, CPUs, copiers, typewriters and stereo equipment to the Foundation’s first e-waste recycling event. Vehicles unloaded for you. All donations benefit the Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz Scholarship Fund. Time: TBA Place: Shop Rite Supermarket Lower Parking Lot Cost: This is a free event, but donations are appreciated; suggested donation of $5 per carload for households, $20 for businesses. For more information, call the Foundation at 845-255-0243 or email




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Event preview Wine, Cheese, and the Hudson Valley’s Finest A special after-hours mixer will be held at the Samuel Dosrky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz on July 10 amidst two art exhibitions currently showing at the Dorksy: the museum’s annual Hudson Valley artists’ show, “Dear Mother Nature,” and a retrospective of Woodstock painter Eugene Ludins.


the bottom line Legislation and News That Affects Your Business U.S. Senate proposes legislation to help farmers hurt by last year’s storms; the N.Y. State


Senate mounts an aggressive attempt at a job-creation bill to aid economic recovery.


membership matters We welcome Nancy Dodge as our new Director of Membership and say goodbye to Member Relations Associate Susan Colchamiro.


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Chamber Staff Michael A. Smith President Christine Crawfis Director of Marketing & Communications Nancy Dodge Director of Membership Janet Nurre Communications & Programs Administrator

American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) Chamber Alliance of New York State (CANYS) Mid-Hudson Pattern for Progress Southern Ulster Alliance Hudson Valley Regional Coalition (One Valley—One Voice) Who We Are The New Paltz Regional Chamber, organized in 1900, is an active and trusted voice in the regional business and residential community that forges strong relationships between businesses and residents and promotes growth, prosperity, a sense of local pride, and a high quality of life in the Hudson Valley region. The Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz aids and augments the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce’s current slate of successful educational programs. The foundation envisions a comprehensive program of educational activities and scholarships, all geared toward educating and supporting the community.

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2012 CORPORATE PARTNERS LEADING PARTNER Complete Benefit Solutions (COBESO) ASSOCIATE PARTNERS Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Ulster Savings SUPPORTING PARTNERS HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley Health Quest Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union KIC Chemicals Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC Luminary Publishing M&T Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs










t’s an old saw of business practice that you must consistently adapt in order to stay current—and remain successful. Advancements in an almost unlimited range of technology are available, but increasing your technological arsenal is one part of the evolution of a business. While consumers are more tech-savvy than ever, able to access information anywhere, at any time, depending too heavily on the mechanization that technology can provide leaves consumers yearning for that oneto-one, “old-fashioned” kind of attention. Creating an effective blend of old and new requires a thoughtful inventiveness, and many Mid-Hudson Valley businesses are prospering by meeting that challenge.








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More Than Just Hindsight Business owners tell us the advice they wish they had received when they were starting out and what they wish they knew then that they know now.




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36 HOURS IN NEW PALTZ Where to eat, stay, shop, and play

The Bottom Line New York’s aging infrastructure; Belleayre Mountain Ski Center management shuffle; economic recovery may be losing steam.

Member Profiles PDQ Business Printers, Associated Abbey Carpet and Floor, Main Street Bistro Alfandre Architecture, PC.

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Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation at New Paltz Board OF DIRECTORS Chair Sue Van Voorhis M&T Bank Secretary Theresa Thompson Main Street Bistro Treasurer Michael A. Smith New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Past Chair Kathy Ferrusi Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Board member Joanne Fredenberg Board member Marsha Jones New York Life Board member Cathy Sifre Board member Ernie VanDeMark Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.

The New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce is a distinguished member of:


EMERITUS MEMBERS Robert Leduc Mohonk Mountain House Rick Lewis Riverside Bank Susan VanVoorhis M&T Bank



Board of Directors Tom Edwards Fox & Hound Wine and Spirits Lydia Fitzgerald Charmed Places Planning and Locations Richard Heyl de Ortiz Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children Glen F. Kubista Glen F. Kubista & Associates Walter Marquez Water Street Market Brian MacGregor The Valley Group, Inc. Dr. David Ness Performance Sports and Wellness Craig Shankles PDQ Business Printers Glenn Sutherland Catskill Hudson Bank Susan VanDeBogart St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Center for Rehabilitation

750 Project Founding Members Water Street Market C2G Environmental Consultants Catskill Hudson Bank Jackson Lewis LLP Luminary Publishing Mohonk Mountain House Rocking Horse Ranch Fox & Hound Wine and Spirits McGillicuddy’s Restaurant & Tap House Ulster Savings Bank Hurd’s Family Farm Apple Hill Farm Wright’s Farm Minard Farms Tantillo’s Farm Market


Board Officers CHAIR Chris Drouin Beyond Wealth Management 1 ST VICE CHAIR Frank Curcio Bank of America/Merrill Lynch 2 ND VICE CHAIR Mindi Haynes Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, CPAs SECRETARY Constance Harkin Ulster Savings TREASURER Kay Hoiby Free Fall Express, Inc. LEGAL COUNSEL James Yastion Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC PAST CHAIR Ernie VanDeMark Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp.






Regional Report is published quarterly by the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. Information in this publication was carefully compiled to ensure maximum accuracy. However, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce cannot guarantee the correctness of all information provided herein. Readers noting inaccurate information should contact the Chamber with corrections and updates. @2012 New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without the written permission is strictly prohibited. Publishing services provided by Luminary Publishing.




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photo by Martin Weiner 1 Joyce Minard Retirement Bash Committee members Tom Edwards of Fox and Hound Wine


& Spirits, Frank Curcio of Merrill Lynch, Janet Nurre and Michael Smith of New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chris Drouin of Beyond Wealth Management, Christine Crawfis of New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce, Robert Leduc of Mohonk Mountain House, Kathy Ferrusi of Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, and Lydia FitzGerald of Charmed Places gather around the Honoree, retired New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce President Joyce Minard (center). 2 Bill Harkin with Connie Harkin of Ulster Savings Bank at the Joyce Minard Retirement Bash, held on May 6, 2012 at Mohonk Mountain House. 3 Community-minded volunteers pitch in to give New Paltz a fresh spring cleaning at the New Paltz Clean Sweep. 4 Athletes take off at the start of the 3rd Annual New Paltz Challenge Half Marathon. More than 200 athletes competed in this year’s race on Father’s Day, June 17, joined by more than 100 athletes in the 5K division. 5 The cocktail reception of the Joyce Minard Retirement Bash, held in the Mohonk Mountain House Skating Pavillion featured the things Joyce loves best about the Hudson Valley: everything. 6 Hillary Kramer of Generation Monthly and Clark Peaslee of Peaslee Design at the Chamber’s June After-Hours Mixer, held at DM Weil Gallery, New Paltz.


WELCOME NEW MEMBERS A. Diachishin and Associates 115 Yankee Folly Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-419-2305 Fax: 845-419-2306 Robert James Land Surveyors

Focus Media Inc. 721 Broadway, Seven21 Media Center, Kingston, NY 12401 845-294-3342 Fax: 845-294-1118 Josh Sommers Advertising/Marketing

Jerry’s Mini Golf & Café 288 State Route 299, Highland, NY 12528 845-691-7080 Mariann Knoth Outdoor Recreation, Restaurants

Rebecca Hyde Editing 231 Hardenburg Rd., Ulster Park, NY 12487 845-214-2740 Rebecca Hyde Publishing/Writer-Articles & Books

Allin PO Box 1193, New Paltz, NY 12561 516-316- 5984 Ana Linneman Real Estate/Investments

Fox Oldies 98.9FM 661 Little Britain Rd., New Windsor, NY 12553 845-561-2131 Fax: 845-561-2138 Bob DeFelice Radio Station

K & E Beverage 255 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-5150 Fax: 845-255-2859 Bill Brosnan Beverages - Beer/Soda

Servpro Kingston/New Paltz 5 Henry St., Beacon, NY 12508 845-831-3600 Fax: 845-831-2626 Dan Ginder Cleaning Service

Asian Fusion New Paltz, Inc 215 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-3333 Ada Xiao Restaurants Austin Ryan Optika 12 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-6780 Fax: 845-255-7091 Michael Frayler Optometrist Belifore & Kagan 21 Chimney Rd.,Woodstock, NY 12498 845-679-4253 Wendy Kagan Publishing/Writer-Articles & Books Cellular Sales of New York 1300 Ulster Ave., B-03, Kingston, NY 12401 845-382-1122 Todd Bailey Wireless Services Everlasting Events PO Box 6, Clintondale, NY 12515 845-332-5258 Robin Stoutenburg Wedding Planning/Facilities

Generation Monthly PO Box 296, Stone Ridge, NY 12484 845-331-7993 HilaryKobrinsky Publications Gentech LTD 3017 US Route 9W, New Windor, NY 12553 845-568-0500 Fax: 845-568-3073 Mary Ellen Sayegh Generators Health Discovery 221 S. Ohioville Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-796-6460 Barbara Neiman Health and Human Services Henry’s at the Farm 220 North Rd., Milton, NY 12547 845-795-1500 Fax: 845-795-1500 Jodi Cummings Restaurants

Farm Family Insurance 155 Main St., Gardner, NY 12525 845-633-8600 Fax: 845-633-8606 Peter Rubin Insurance Services

HolVet - Holistic Veterinarian Services 10 Water St., Suite 423, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-338-3300 Fax: 845-338-9875 Michele Yasson, DVM Veterinarians & Animal Hospitals, Nutrition/Weight Loss

Fighting Spirit Karate Studio 246 Main St., Suite 11A, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-926-5009 Sean Schenker Martial Arts

Jackson Lewis LLP 1 North Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601 914-328-0404 Robert Heiferman Attorneys - Labor


La Luna Farm 111 Guilford Schoolhouse Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-332-4519 Julie Stevenson Horse Boarding/Lessons Law Office of Jonathan E. Koschei PO Box 319, Wallkill, NY 12589 845-895-3030 Fax: 845-895-8440 Robin Koschei Attorneys - General Practice LinguaLinx, Inc 122 Remsen St., Cohoes, NY 12047 518-388-9000 Fax: 518-388-0066 Jay Nish Business Development New Paltz Kayaking Tours Sojourner Truth Park, Plains Rd., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-594-6353 Craig Chapman Kayaks and Canoes Prism Solar Technologies 180 South St., Highland, NY 12528 845-883-4200 Stephan Filler Manufacturers Radio Woodstock/WDST 293 Tinker St.,Woodstock, NY 12498 845-679-7600 Maureen Sheehan Radio Station

The Guesthouse at Woodstock Sanctuary 39 Van Wagner Rd.,Willow, NY 12498 845-679-5955 Doug Abel Bed and Breakfasts Ulster Financial Group, Inc. Ulster Savings Bank, 180 Schwenk Drive, Kingston, NY 12401 886-440-0391 ext. 3309 Fax: 845-336-0551 Kelly Maroney Payroll Services Vaz-Co Reclaiming Services Inc 96 Steves Ln., Gardiner, NY 12525 845-691-6246 Fax: 845-691-9272 Christina Vazquez Environmental Products and Services Weblink International, Inc 3905 Vincennes Rd., Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46268 317-872-3909 Fax: 317-872-3929 Allie Williams Web Site Design and Support Wildlife Busters 18 Gibbons Ln., New Paltz, NY 12561 845-256-1212) Jennifer Munger Pest Control Services World’s Coolest Rain Gauge PO Box 248, New Paltz, NY 12561 845-255-0197 Moira Clune Manufacturers

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IF THESE BUILDINGS COULD TALK… Keeping Up with the Stories of Special Spaces By Greg Schoenfeld

Old, and New

Take, for instance, the majestic brick building on North Chestnut Street in New Paltz that was once known as the Village Hall—now known better as Barnaby’s Steakhouse. Built from locally made bricks by the New Paltz Literary Association in 1863, the building was originally designed as a 500-seat theater. Village Hall was the acting cultural center of New Paltz, offering everything from vaudeville, to the place where local moviegoers enjoyed their first “talkies.” The building also served as the initial site of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, a classroom, an ice-cream shop, and a barbershop, before being transformed into Barnaby’s in 1967. “We feel privileged to be a part of the New Paltz community, and have our restaurant in a building with such a rich part of its history,” says Nick Vanikiotis, whose family bought the building in 2003 and reopened it as Barnaby’s Steakhouse. As any guest can tell you, the


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hilosopher George Santayana, known for his famous quote about the importance of remembering our collective history, might have taken some solace from the fierce pride with which we maintain our connection with the past here in the Mid-Hudson Valley. In a landscape dotted with rich historical locales, the stories that follow the timeline to the present help to shape the personality of our local culture. Still, in businesses of every stripe, there is another challenge: to successfully blend the past’s aesthetic and feel with a contemporary presentation. Throughout our region, businesses and organizations strive to honor that depth of community awareness, while offering their own unique and modern-day approach.

The Abraham Hasbrouck House on Historic Huguenot Street.

Vanikiotis family has taken great pains to keep the expansive, old-world look. Select views of the original brick are exposed beneath the restaurant’s carefully restored lofty ceilings of intricate metalwork, with a décor that both harkens back in time and is uniquely the style of Barnaby’s proud owners. A trip right down Chestnut to Main Street proves that a location’s story need not go deep into history to present a significant past. It has taken Chris Fahrbach’s distinctive style and savvy to make sure his Mixture Prints store carries it’s own recognizable brand. Though the building on the corner of Main may not be centuries old, it has had several iterations in the local consumer consciousness; it was the site of the popular David’s Cookies shop, and others along the way (anyone remember the grilled cheese shop?). Fortunately for Fahrbach, the previous business was My Towne USA, which featured printwork done by none other than Fahrbach himself. When

the opportunity to purchase the store arose, Fahrbach jumped at the chance, making sure residents and tourists alike know his business has been seamless, says Fahrbach. The combination of his established reputation, inviting casual atmosphere, and the stickering and lettering made on-site that adorn Mixture’s many prominent windows, ensure that Fahrbach’s Newburgh-based business has taken root in New Paltz. The Hasbrouck Legacy

Of course, one cannot go far without being presented with the very bedrock of the communities themselves. Stone Ridge’s Main Street Historic District, itself a proud member of the National Register of Historic Places, is lined with 18th- and 19th-century buildings that evoke the tales of generations. Anchoring one end of this acclaimed strech of road is the grand Hasbrouck House, now known as The Inn at Stone Ridge. Originally built in 1757, the


building was a vacation home for the founding New Paltz Hasbrouck family. The structure became an inn more than three decades ago; in 2009, stewardship of this piece of regional history passed to Brian and Marie Murphy. The property that now boasts a top-quality bed and breakfast, popular event location, and acclaimed restaurant, never fails to deliver guests on a journey back in time. Amidst the preserved original stone and 12-inch-thick walls, the Murphys use the inn’s uncommonly cozy aura as a platform for their own distinct brand of hospitality. With even the furniture in the rooms carefully crafted to match the period, the Murphys love every bit of the quaint 15,000 square feet they offer. “We would never change it, because it’s just elegant and beautiful,” exclaims Marie Murphy. “Heating it? Now that’s a challenge,” she jokes. Of course, no New Paltz history would be complete without including the site of the Hasbrouck’s original homes, now part of the living museum simply called Historic Huguenot Street (HHS). Founded in 1894, the organization preserves, researches, and educates about the founding of the New Paltz community, and the arresting structures that keep the past perpetually in present consciousness. Jean and Abraham Hasbrouck were among the original 12 men who received the 1677 patent to what became New Paltz, and it is fitting that HHS’s newest development is the restoration of one of Huguenot Street’s nationally prominent landmark houses, the Abraham Hasbrouck House. The completion of the project will be celebrated with a ribboncutting ceremony this July 21st. HHS Executive Director Tracy McNally asserts that this latest success is indicative of the singular impact of tying past to present that Huguenot Street offers. “No picture, YouTube video, Facebook page, or website can come close to conveying the real-life, moving experience of being present on Huguenot Street in New Paltz,” McNally explains. Even more significant, she continues, is the specific period in which they have chosen to frame the home’s restoration— the 1760s. The home’s then-occupant, Wyntje Deyo, known as the “Widow Hasbrouck,” achieved what few women could at that time—regard and power as the head of the family, both socially and financially. Another present-day inspiration born from observing the past—just what Santayana intended.

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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION In the Mid-Hudson Valley, space has forever been of primary importance: the historic buildings that tell our story, the fields that grow our crops, the mountains that bring millions to join us in looking towards the sky. Our space shapes our identity. Businesses here hang their shingles on a wide assortment of doors; and, in many ways, their location shapes their approach at the same time that they design it to meet the need of themselves and their customers. What that space means to their brands, their mission, and their community is as impactful as the text of their business plan.

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tion. “It is a very complicated issue,” explains Alfandre. “We have 350 years of architecture in the region, incredible valuable historical assets. We want to preserve communities and streetscapes that represent the value of why we live here. Yet there is a need to have continuum of development. What values are we preserving, what do we need to recreate? Does that project enhance the sense of place? It requires a holistic view that informs the design of the specific.” No investigation of exceptional local spaces is complete without a look at the

look as though it had always been a part of the Mountain House, it features true 21stcentury advancements, sporting a green roof, a geothermal heating and cooling system, and 200 windows that invite in the beauty of the Shawangunk Ridge. “The Spa at Mohonk Mountain House exemplifies our ongoing efforts to be ‘the same, only better’,” Smiley proudly explains. From bigger budgets to small business, the goal remains the same—making the space work. Case and point is exemplified in Phil and Justine Leger’s Bridge

“The Mountain House remains a timeless touchstone for guests who are drawn to the resort’s well preserved sense of place and its fascinating history.” —Nina Smiley, Marketing Director, Mohonk Mountain House Intelligent Design New Paltz architect and designer Rick Alfandre of Alfandre Architecture, PC, has spent 20 years commited to the functionality and aesthetics of living and working spaces. Alfandre posits that there is an attention to purpose, as well as a sense of responsibility, required in creating a successful location. “Good design and good architecture are good for business,” says Alfandre, “but you need to be thinking about those buildings evolving, as well—whether it can grow and change.” Alfandre’s work includes many buildings in the local landscape, including The Bakery and the The New Paltz Karate Academy on North Front Street in the Village of New Paltz. Along with Alfandre’s consistent dedication to implementing “green” building techniques, several other considerations come to bear in the planning—particularly regarding the impact of modernization versus preserva-


Mohonk Mountain House. Though the signature getaway is rooted so deeply in the region’s history, keeping it current is a constant process. A thoughtful approach to modernization strikes a balance between the past and the present, suffusing its nostalgic confines with a forward-thinking sense of connection. Along with continually improving upon their amenities, the 143year-old resort makes sure to incorporate modern, ecologically sustainable technology. “The Mountain House remains a timeless touchstone for guests who are drawn to the resort’s well preserved sense of place and its fascinating history,” says Marketing Director Nina Smiley, “and stewardship of the environment is also a core value inspired by this special location.” That commitment is on display in the form of the 30,000-square-foot eco-friendly Spa Wing, built in 2005. Though designed to

Creek Catering headquarters. “ We started the company in the basement of our house 13 years ago, and after 7 years it felt like we were living above the store,” says Justine Leger. Their solution was a unique one: They bought the garage on Jenkinstown Road in New Paltz that had been Jenkinstown Motors, and gut-renovated it to tailor to their own culinary needs. The Legers transformed the dirt-floored garage into a bright, airy workspace, built to accommodate the growth of their business. With production and office space inside, their grill and meat smoker out back, and a giant, garage-door sized screen that creates a breezy indoor-outdoor feel to balance the heat of the kitchen, the Leger’s have the right space to back up their success. “It definitely feels like our place now, and not a garage—we painted the kitchen pink!” jokes Phil Leger.


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Sense of Place The combination of the right time, the right space, and the right purpose can be the driving force behind shaping an organization’s utilization of their location, and how it evolves. The Guesthouse at the Woodstock Sanctuary is a prime example of combining business and mission. The recently opened bed and breakfast, housed in the pre-Civil War farmhouse on the sanctuary’s grounds, was a challenging labor of love for Director Doug Abel and his staff. Abel and fellow founder Jenny Brown began the Sanctuary in 2004 as a place for abused, neglected, and abandoned animals to live out their lives in peace, and as an educational center to inform about the inhumane practices rampant in American agribusiness, and the proceeds from the guesthouse go to support their cause. Creating a comfort-

able place to stay for their visitors, within view of the very animals they protect, informed a painstaking and satisfying process, says Abel—with great results. “So far people seem to love it—I can’t think of too many other places in the world where you can enjoy a breakfast while watching farm animals whose comrades aren’t part of that meal,” Abel proclaims. Passion creating purposeful space is certainly in evidence in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2011, on the SUNY New Paltz campus. The region’s premier public showplace for Hudson Valley art and artists, which celebrated its ten-year anniversary in 2011, was the realization of founding Director Neil Trager’s dedication and philanthropist Samuel Dorsky’s committed generosity. With Trager’s drive and Dorsky’s help, the col-

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Hurds Family Farm was nominated by Hudson Valley Parent magazine Tops in Travel Contest, winning #1 overall and taking the Outdoor Fun division in a landslide due to votes from loyal fans. At the North America Farmers Direct Marketing Association Convention, held in Williamsburg, VA in February, the Farm received the peer-voted Celebrate Excellence Award for a Special Event, for the Rebel Race, a 5K and 15K obstacle course that utilized the property and brought in teams of athletes and individuals to participate. For more information about Hurds Family Farm, visit or call 845-883-7825.

Mark Gruber Gallery presents Disrobed: Group Show through July 7. From the first fertility goddess, to Michelangelo’s Pieta, to DeKooning’s abstracts, the human body has been celebrated, defaced, idealized, eroticized, and revered. In this show, regional artists explore the nude in oils, photographs, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture. Nadine Robbins, Dan McCormick, Franklin Alexander, Eric Angeloch, Sherry Camhy, Herb Chong, Sally Russ, and many others, contemplate the human condition in classical and contemporary interpretations. For more information, including gallery hours, call 845-255-1241 or visit www.

Susan Claudio Star of the Month at SLCH St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has named Susan Claudio as its March Star of the Month. She is being recognized for her passion and care. Susan, a Newburgh resident, has been a SLCH employee since 2005 and has demonstrated kindness and extreme dedication to her job. SLCH employees are nominated for Star of the Month by their co-workers, patients, physicians and/or visitors, based on Stellar Service Standards, which focus on making customers feel comfortable and important, providing timely, compassionate, service and improving communication with patients and staff.

Ulster Savings Bank Reopens in Windham With local business leaders and residents in attendance, Ulster Savings Bank celebrated the re-opening of their 5494 Main Street, Windham branch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 28. The Windham branch suffered extensive damage as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011 and Ulster Savings Bank was able to continue serving their customers through the generous donation of temporary work space at the Windham-Hensonville United Methodist Church in Windham. Windham branch hours will be Monday-Thursday 8:30a.m.-5p.m., Friday 8:30a.m.-6p.m. and Saturday 9a.m.-2p.m. For more information, visit

SUNY New Paltz Grad School Ranked by U.S. News & World Report SUNY New Paltz has been ranked as one of the Best Graduate Schools for Fine Arts by U.S. News & World Report. In the 2013 rankings, New Paltz’s Master of Fine Arts program was ranked 83rd, up 11 places from its previous ranking in 2008. It was one of only four SUNY schools to place in the top 100. The School of Fine & Performing Arts offers nationally accredited programs in art education, art history, art studio, music, and theatre arts. For more information, call the Graduate Office at 845-257-3285 or visit

Community Foundation Garden Party The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley will hold its 2012 Garden Party on Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 3-6p.m., at Bruderhof Communities’ newly established Mount Community in Esopus. This tented and catered affair is a signature event of the Community Foundations. 2012 Honorees are Daniel and Nancy Aronzon and William and Tildy Davenport. Tickets are $140 in advance. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call Christine Kane, Vice President, Dutchess at 845-4523077 ext.15, email or visit www. for more information or reservations.

Daniel Freedman Appointed Dean at SUNY New Paltz Daniel Freedman was appointed dean of the School of Science and Engineering at SUNY New Paltz on April 2. Freedman has served as interim dean since August 2011, and served as chemistry department chair from 2001-2009. He was chosen after a national search to succeed Daniel Jelski, who served as dean for four years. Freedman brings extensive experience to his new role, and has served on multiple internal and external committees. He received his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Minnesota and BS in chemistry from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. For more information, visit admins/freedman.html.

Central Hudson Bills Lower Last Winter Winter heating bills for Central Hudson’s residential, natural gas heating customers were, on average, nearly 28% lower than last year, and residential electric bills were nearly 14% lower, thanks to warmer seasonal temperatures that reduced both consumption and commodity costs for natural gas and electricity. From November through March, supply prices for natural gas were nearly 30% less than last year and 23% less for electricity. To learn more about natural gas and electric service, and Central Hudson’s energy efficiency programs, visit

HOW TO SUBMIT S  ubmit items of general public interest; no commercial sales announcements, rates, prices, etc. Items  must be received no later than the 15th of November, February, May, and August to meet the quarterly deadline for the upcoming issue. The  New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce reserves the right to edit all material. E-mail or fax your information, including company name, address, phone number, contact name, and your news brief (100-word maximum) to the Chamber office at or 845-255-5189.

Hall of Honor Constructed at SLCH The Hall of Honor, a retrospective look at the history of St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital and health care evolution, has been completed. Generously donated by the SLCH Auxiliary, the Hall of Honor is a visual timeline that serves as the focal point of the first floor hallway leading to the café. Employees, patients, and visitors alike can stroll down the hallway taking in the many accomplishments of the hospital and advancements in modern medicine, including the birth of the NICU and the history of the SLCH Auxiliary. For more information, visit or!/stlukescornwallhospital

Magda Reyes Promoted at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP announced that Magda Reyes of Middletown has been promoted to In-Charge Accountant. Reyes joined the firm in June 2010 as a junior accountant. She works in the Audit Department in the Newburgh office. Magda holds a masters from Mount Saint Mary College and an undergraduate degree from SUNY New Paltz. Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, with offices in Newburgh, Wappingers Falls and Tarrytown, provide accounting, auditing, tax, and business consulting services to clients in the greater Hudson Valley, as well as in other areas of New York, New Jersey and several additional states. REGIONAL REPORT SUMMER 2012 15

SUNY New Paltz Appoints Tanhena Pacheco Dunn as Compliance Director SUNY New Paltz has appointed Tanhena Pacheco Dunn, Esq. as its first executive director for compliance and campus climate. Responsibilities include monitoring compliance with laws, regulations, policies, and procedures, as they apply to Title IX provisions on sexual assault, sexual harassment, and hostile workplace issues; affirmative action; and NYS ethics legislation, including policy recommendations, resolving complaints, training, and coordinating interdepartmental compliance efforts. Pacheco Dunn, a certified NYS mediator, has served as the assistant director of human resources at Vassar College and holds her JD from Albany Law School of Union University, and her BA in English from Vassar College.

Hudson Valley RibFest is Coming The Hudson Valley RibFest, organized by Highland Rotary Club, will be held on August 18 and August 19, 2012. The food festival is a family event featuring food and beverages for purchase from independent vendors; the sanctioned Barbecue Contest features over 50 teams competing for cash prizes and the title of “Grand Champion” of the Hudson Valley RibFest. Winners advance to the national finals in Kansas City. Entertainment includes cooking demonstrations, live music, and a children’s area. Admission: $5 for adults, children 12 and under free. $4 advance tickets available at area Hannaford Supermarkets. For more information, visit

Triplets Born at SLCH On April 27, the first triplets were born in the Elaine Kaplan Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Timothy and Beth Doyle are now the proud parents of two boys and one girl, in addition to 3-year-old daughter Jocelyn. SLCH Ob/ Gyn. Dr. Stephen Cestari delivered the three babies via scheduled C. Section. The NICU team, a leader in neonatal medicine, cares for premature infants and newborns carried to term that are affected by infections, birth defects, breathing difficulties and growth restriction. For more information, visit www.

Sean Glander Promted at Vanacore, DeBenedicuts, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Vanacore, DeBenedicuts, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP announced that Sean Glander of Newburgh has been promoted to Senior Accountant. Sean joined the firm in October 2006 as a junior accountant. He works in the Client Service Department in the Newburgh office. Sean is a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College. Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, with offices in Newburgh, Wappingers Falls, and Tarrytown, provide accounting, auditing, tax, and business consulting services to clients in the greater Hudson Valley, as well as in other areas of New York, New Jersey and several additional states. For more information, visit 16

Mohonk Preserve applies for Accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission The Mohonk Preserve is a longtime member of the Land Trust Alliance, and adheres to LTA’s Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical best practices for securing lasting land conservation. As the Preserve approaches its 50th anniversary in 2013, it has applied for accreditation with the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, recognizing land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. For more information, visit

Mohonk Preserve Launches Redesigned Website The Mohonk Preserve is pleased to announce the launch of a newly redesigned website. The address is the same——but a fresh, new look and more robust content helps keep members, supporters, and visitors informed and inspired. The new site features beautiful and dynamic images taken by a dedicated crew of volunteer photographers. Photos will be refreshed, providing seasonal views of the Preserve throughout the year. Other highlights include easier navigation, an improved search function, and expanded video capabilities.

Bridget Orlando Named June Star of the Month at SLCH St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital is proud to announce Bridget Orlando, Security Officer at SLCH since 2010, as June Star of the Month. Bridget’s fast action recently saved the life of a patient. In a moment of quick thinking, Bridget began to perform CPR on an unconscious, unresponsive patient driven to the Emergency Department. Security then alerted the ED staff, who assisted immediately. The patient is now alive and well thanks to Bridget’s assistance.

Community Foundation Partnership in Education Awards Reception The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley hosted its Partnership in Education awards reception on May 30 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, where more than $80,000 in grants and scholarships were awarded to teachers and students, including Fund for Excellence in Education Grants to Dutchess County school teachers; Taconic IPA Science Equipment Teacher Grants to educators from Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties; and scholarships awarded to students. For information about the Community Foundations, grant programs, or to obtain a copy of the Annual Report, call 845-452-3077 in Dutchess and Putnam or 845-338-2535 in Ulster; email cfhv@cfhvny. org or visit

Ulster-Greene ARC Seeks Volunteers Ulster-Greene ARC seeks volunteers willing to serve as guardians for individuals with developmental disabilities and to advocate for the individual with respect to health, well-being, and important life decisions. Guardians benefit from their affiliation with the UGARC Guardianship Committee and may access our

agency’s staff experts. The Guardianship Committee sponsors annual parties, including the Spring Fling Dance, a summer picnic, and a winter holiday party, and provides special occasion gifts. Advocates build a friendship with the person they serve and visit a minimum of eight times per year. For more information, please contact the Director of Quality Management at 845-331-4300, ext. 275.

SUNY New Paltz Seniors Receive Chancellor’s Award Four SUNY New Paltz seniors received the 2012 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence and have been recognized by Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. Jeremy Borrelli (’12), Alexandra Danz (’12), Kristofer Pistillo (’12), and Ayanna Thomas (’12) were among 257 students from SUNY campuses throughout the state honored at a ceremony in Albany on April 4. For more information, visit

Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross Building Legacy Wall In honor of 100 years of service to the community, the Mid-Hudson Valley (MHV) Chapter of the American Red Cross is selling tiles for a legacy wall, which will serve to thank the many unsung heroes and hundreds of dedicated volunteers and staff that serve the community when its needs are greatest, while ensuring that the Red Cross continues to provide help and support throughout the Mid-Hudson Region for years to come. Community members can help make history by donating to the building of “The Legacy Wall.” For more information please contact Darryl Lafferty at 845-471-0200 or

Ulster Savings Bank Teams up with the Mexican Consulate Mobile Unit Ulster Savings Bank joined the Mexican Consulate Mobile Unit in providing products and services to the Hispanic community. The event took place at The Casa Villa Restaurant in Kingston on June 8 and 9. The Mobile Consulate issued passports and consular ID cards to Mexican citizens who reside in the MidHudson Valley. Ulster Savings Bank also offered the opportunity to open free personal or business checking accounts to individuals that obtain or renew their passports or consular ID cards. For more information, please contact Mr. Carlos A. Campuzano, Marketing Coordinator, at 338-6322, ext. 3552.

Central Hudson Commercial Lighting Program Available for Small Businesses Central Hudson’s newly re-introduced commercial lighting program is now available to small businesses, municipalities, and other non-residential customers using less than 100 kW of average electric demand during the past 12 months, including former program participants. Customers may call to learn if their facilities are eligible. Under the previous program, participating small commercial customers saved an average of 23% on their electric bills as a result of lighting replacement. Funding for the program is limited, and availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, visit, or call 855-236-4832.


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ummer in the New Paltz region heralds a plethora of events and breathtaking sights—among them, the NPRCoC’s Summer Mixers! Visit some of the area’s finest and most fascinating locales, while catching up with friends, neighbors, and fellow members. Take advantage of the opportunity to network, keep current on happenings, or just casually kick back, while enjoying some of the Mid-Hudson Valley’s finest fare. AUGUST: Toad Holly Pub chef/owner Mark Howell is tenaciously dedicated to producing truly highquality cuisine, presented with style and quality service. The pub’s quaint Tudor-era style offers just the place for a summer evening. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Toad Holly Pub, 713 New York 32, Tillson; 845-658-2097 Date: Thursday, August 9, 2012 Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members, $15 non-members Gadaleto’s Seafood is a true Valley landmark on New Paltz’ Main Street. The perennial choice for seafood in Hudson Valley magazine’s Best of the Hudson Valley poll, the Gadaleto family serves the region’s freshest fish in both their market and restaurant. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: Gadaleto’s Seafood, 246 Main Street, New Paltz; 845-255-1717 Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members, $15 non-members SEPTEMBER: C2G Environmental Consultants is one of the area’s most complete and dedicated environmental consulting firms. Come join us in their one-of-a-kind South Putt Corners Road warehouse building. Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Place: C2G Environmental Consultants, 83 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz; 845-255-4900 Date: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 Cost: Complimentary to Chamber members, $15 non-members

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Proposed legislation in the United States Senate could offer support to beleaguered specialty crop farmers in New York State. The farm bill—known as the Agriculture Reform, Food, and Jobs Act—is strongly supported by New York Senator Charles Schumer, who believes the bill will bring necessary aid to farms that produce fruit and vegetables, as well as to New York vineyards. Crop sales are a significant part of the local economy, with $52 million in annual sales in Ulster County and $86.3 million in the larger Hudson Valley region. Schumer cites storm and frost damage in recent years that have put pressure on New York farmers, saying that the bill addresses a host of issues that will directly improve farm economics. Among these suggested changes are expanding crop insurance availability, increased research funding for pest control, and assistance for farmers marketing their products overseas. Schumer says he believes that the bill has strong bipartisan support in both the Senate and in the House, and has a good chance of being passed.


The SUNY system and its corollary, the SUNY Research Foundation, will soon be getting new leadership, according to SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. Zimpher has recommended respected research scientist Dr. Timothy Killeen for the dual roles of SUNY Vice Chancellor for Research, and the new President of the Research Foundation. Killeen is currently the assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering. “I am confident his leadership will allow us to maximize the power of SUNY research across New York state,” Zimpher said of Killeen. Killeen has been a successful manager of scientific research funding—expanding the research funding portfolio by over $100 million during his tenure at the National Science Foundation—as well as a prominent advocate for advanced technology economic development. In addition to his two new positions, Killeen will also head the newly formed SUNY Research Council, an advisory board designed to help shape the direction of research as a principal objective throughout the SUNY organization. Mortgage Relief, Not a Moment Too Soon

In a recent “Foreclosure Solutions” seminar held in Kingston by the Rural Ulster Preservation Company (RUPCO), the organization addressed both the stark reality of foreclosure in Ulster County, and new developments that may provide struggling property owners with needed assistance. According to RUPCO Vice President of Housing Services Kathy Germain, the current foreclosure rate in the county stands at an alarming 8.3%, equating to about 2,600 homeowners— which does not include an additional

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SAVOR THE LOCAL FLAVOR 22nd Annual Taste of New Paltz Serves Up the Region’s Most Delicious Event By Greg Schoenfeld


wenty-two years ago, the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce broke ground on what was then a one-of-a-kind concept. The brainchild of retired NPRCoC President Joyce Minard and other founders was part county fair, part smorgasbord, part arts and crafts expo, part community party, and all about celebrating the local culture. When the dust settled at the Rivendell Winery back in 1990, Chamber members and visitors alike knew that a new tradition had been created. “It’s something that brings us all together,” offers Walter Marquez, this year’s Taste of New Paltz cochair and owner of Water Street Market’s Antiques Barn. “The New Paltz Chamber was the first to do an event like this, and I think people know that. They look forward to it every year.” The event has moved to its new home at the Ulster County Fairgrounds since that first success, and other communities in the Hudson Valley and beyond have followed suit in creating their own local food festivals. Yet the spirit—and the flavor!—of the New Paltz area still makes Taste of New Paltz its own singular, sumptuous event. On hand will be the region’s renowned restaurants, wineries, and farm markets,

offering culinary delights to satisfy any palate. The adventurous gourmet, the elite epicurean and the family-oriented traditional diner will all find what they seek among the Taste’s tents. The focus which has fueled the heart of Taste since the beginning—the region’s commitment to sourcing locally—will be firmly on display. Happily, says Marquez, the buzz of this year’s Taste has brought back some of the areas most beloved eateries, like New Paltz landmark P&G’s. While food and wine remain the primary focus of the event, the Taste also features a host of fun activities for the whole family, including: the Kids’ Expo, with face painting, rides, entertainment, and giveaways; the Antiques Expo, with lots of New Paltz memorabilia and photos on display; Artistic Taste and the Craft Expo, showcasing local artists and artisans of every kind; the Wellness and Recreation Expo, displaying health, fitness and recreation information and demonstrations; the Country Store’s packaged delicacies for sampling and purchase; and the Business Expo, highlighting local businesses and services, featuring the event’s “Great Giveaway.” If that isn’t enough, this year’s car show will be bigger than ever,

and Taste attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite ride. Members of the infamous Blue Bird Wanderlodge motor home clubs will also be on hand, with a deluxe Blue Bird motor home on display for visitors to check out. Live music all day rounds out the event. Come and enjoy the Taste, and be a part of this Hudson Valley tradition! If you’ve got the time, all volunteers are welcomed and appreciated—contact the Chamber, and Volunteer Coordinator Patty Lott to sign up. All gate proceeds benefit the NPRCoC, its members, and community programs. 22nd TASTE OF NEW PALTZ Sunday, Sept. 16 from 11 am to 5 pm, rain or shine, at the Ulster County Fairgrounds, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz. $7 admission. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Tastes are $2 and $3. Save by purchasing advance admission passes for $5 or buying the advance ticket package for $20, which includes one admission, 10 food tickets and an official 22nd Annual Taste of New Paltz t-shirt. Contact the Chamber office at 845-255-0243 or stop in at 257 Main Street, New Paltz



By Gregory Schoenfeld

AS THE BEAUTY OF SUMMER COMES ON , residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley are reminded

of the singular location we all share. Yet within the New Paltz regional business community, there are a host of equally unique places where members ply their respective trades. Does the business make the space, or the space make the business? Perhaps it’s both…


La Luna Farm


or Julie Stevenson, successful transitions have shaped her current life and business; from West Coast to East, from city to country, and from the confines of a classroom to the barn and pasture. She and husband Tom made the move from San Francisco, where Tom taught at Stanford and Julie taught elementary school, to Huguenot Street in New Paltz in 1999. Tom traded his extended commute for a breezy bike ride to SUNY New Paltz, where Julie taught as well. For the Stevensons and their two young boys—with their daughter soon to join, in 2002—the move worked perfectly. Another benefit for Julie Stevenson, a lifetime horseback rider, was the easy access to riding and to her horses that the area afforded. When a friend told her about a property for sale on Guilford Schoolhouse Road with 24

breathtaking views and an impressive, Amishbuilt barn, the idea was more than tempting. “At that point, I had several horses of my own and it made sense to have my own farm. For Tom, it was still a good length bike ride to campus, so it worked for both of us.” They bought the property in 2008, and in 2009 opened their La Luna Farm equestrian center. Stevenson’s farm offers lessons for committed riders of all ages and levels, as well as boarding for horse owners. She prides herself on both the quality of the care and grounds they offer, as well as the personal attention they offer their clients—and their residents. “We take great care of our horses and, therefore, we have happy horses who like to be ridden,” Stevenson explains. “We focus on individuals, whether it’s a horse or a person!” Stevenson has combined her love of teach-

ing with her love of horses and, along with the expertise of trainer Paul Mayne, they have achieved well-earned success. When not at shows like Saugerties’ celebrated Horse Shows in the Sun (HITS), Stevenson can be found at La Luna, where teaching, tending, and maintaining the grounds presents more than a full time job—though she wouldn’t have it any other way. “Even given all of the challenges, I love living where I work,” she asserts. La Luna Farm

111 Guilford Schoolhouse Rd.
 New Paltz, New York 12561
 Julie Stevenson


Photo by Laszlo Andacs



Freefall Express dba Blue Sky Ranch


n 1974, when Kay Hoiby joined husband Ken Griep in moving from her native Wisconsin to Schenectady, she couldn’t possibly have known how much of her life would be spent in the New York skies. Griep was already a pilot and a jumping enthusiast, but Hoiby didn’t take her first jump until soon after arriving in the Albany area. Now 38 years later, there isn’t a skydiver that doesn’t know “The Ranch.” The Blue Sky Ranch skydiving school, and the “Skydive the Ranch” school for beginners are household names in diving both locally and nationally. When, in the late 1970s, Griep and Hoiby decided to look for a new drop zone with larger aircraft, higher altitudes, and more people (“More fun!” says Hoiby,) they found it in Stormville, across the river from Gardiner. There they met current Ranch partner Billy Richards, and the seeds of their enterprise were planted. Stormville’s closing moved the growing group of jumpers to the nearby Gardiner Airport. When the airport was put up for sale in 1985, Richards put together a group of people to buy it, including Hoiby and Griep. Led by Richards’ boundless enthusiasm, the group purchased their first two airplanes over the next two years, and the school took flight. By 1994, Hoiby made the leap from her full-time finance office job

in Albany, to the (slightly!) more exciting job of running the skydiving business. Though thrilled about splitting business time between the airport and the sky, rather than in an office, Hoiby has never wanted to teach. “When I’m done working and I’m jumping, I just want to enjoy it,” she explains. As for the community they have come to cherish? It took some time to convince residents that a bunch of loud, wild skydivers could be a benefit. Yet eventually, the infectious camaraderie that exists within the diver community began to saturate the larger one. “I am proud that the Gardiner and New Paltz communities look at us as being an asset that draws tourists to the area, which benefits other businesses,” says Hoiby. “We are definitely a tourist attraction, and in our advertising, we mention how beautiful the area is to keep them here for more than just a few hours.” Freefall Express dba Blue Sky Ranch 45 Sand Hill Road, PO Box 121
 Gardiner, New York 12525
 845-256-1646; 845-255-9538 Fax: 845-255-1328
 Kay Hoiby

1-2-Tree 87 Motel A Day In The Shade About Town ACE Pictures Inc. Alan Goodman Associates Allied Locksmiths Alpine Endeavors Anderson Center for Autism Angels N Earth Aroma Thyme Bistro Autism Society Hudson Valley New York Chapter Autos By Joseph Baker’s Bed & Breakfast Barclay Heights Bed & Breakfast Beyond Wealth Management Bicycle Depot Blue Stone Cottage Brian J. Libby - Safety and Security Associates Bridge Creek Catering Buttermilk Falls Inn & Spa Campus Auxiliary Services, Inc. Catskill Hudson Bank Clarkson’s Appliances Colucci-Shand Realty Linda Majetich Hansen Commercial Associates Realty Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Cornerstone Services, Inc. Daily Freeman DM Weil Gallery Ellenville Regional Hospital Ellinwood & Kraskinski Elting Memorial Library Esopus Strength & Fitness Fall Fittings, Inc. Fillette & Schain Wealth Management Fox Insurance Agency Foxx Pools Frost Valley YMCA Gadaleto’s Seafood Market Gateway Community Industries Gordon Fire Equipment Great Lakes Bar & Restaurant Greenhill Contracting, Inc.


MEMBER RENEWALS Heritagenergy High Falls Mercantile Highland Rotary Club Hudson River Antiques AKA Glasner Design Associates, LLC Hudson Valley Dogwatch Hudson Valley Water Resources, Inc. Idiverp Imperial Jewelers Inn at Orchard Heights J. Phillip Zand JoAnne M. Boehm CPCU Karma Road Organic Café Kimlin Propane Laubach Insurance Agency/Nationwide Insurance Lawrence Trank Lucky C Stables Maglyn’s Dream Maple Lane Apartment Rentals Mark Gruber Gallery McDonald’s McGillicuddy’s Merrill Office Equipment & Supply Mohonk Preserve Mountain Brauhaus Restaurant Naccarato Insurance Neko Sushi & Restaurant New Paltz Agway New Paltz Bagel Café New Paltz Golf Course New Paltz Rotary New Paltz Times New Paltz Travel Center New York Life - Marsha Jones New York State Bridge Authority Nora Scarlett Studio Optimize Web P&Gs Restaurant Plaza Diner Postage Inn Restaurant and Pub, Inc. Prism Solar Technologies Prospect Hill Orchard Quiet Mountain Sanctuary Richard Ostrander Agency Rocking Horse Ranch Russo Fuel Propane Sam’s Club Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art



Tuthillhouse at the Mill


oe and Toby Gabriello’s Tuthillhouse at the Mill restaurant is a special location, indeed. In an area replete with striking historic buildings, there is no better example than Gardiner’s Tuthilltown Gristmill, which now houses the celebrated eatery. Built in 1788, the building is the oldest continuously operated water-powered gristmill in New York State. Though no longer operating as a mill, the Gabriellos can boast that the compelling stone structure is still in working order. Like so many, the Gabriellos are New York City natives who fell in love with the beauty of the region and made it their own. Joe Gabriello’s family not only gave him the benefit of generations’ worth of restaurant knowledge, as frequent visitors to the region, they also infused him with a passion for the area from a very young age—one he shared with his wife. After living in Naples, Florida, running their own restaurant for many years, Joe and Toby Gabriello began to miss the mountains. “We came back to this area because we missed the changing seasons and the beautiful scenery,” explains Toby Gabriello. “We definitely missed the Shawangunk Ridge.” As luck—or destiny—would have it, Joe discovered that the Gristmill was for sale during a visit in 2006. What followed was a painstaking process of thoughtfully creating a state-of-the-art service facility. “One of the

challenges in renovating the structure was maintaining fine balance between modernizing the building while preserving its original character,” says Gabriello. By all accounts, since the grand opening in 2010, the results have been a rousing success. Customers can enjoy a menu featuring local, seasonal vegetables, fish, and grass-fed beef amidst the American Cherry beams and grain shoots from the original Gristmill. That the mill that was once the social center of Gardiner is again a regional fixture— both to guests and within the business community—is a source of great satisfaction to the Gabriellos. “It is a place for locals and visitors to enjoy, not just our food, but a piece of history and the beautiful scenery,” offers Gabriello, and they intend to keep improving. Future plans include perfecting the setting for outdoor events on the bank of the Shawangunk Kill, retrofitting the property to run on hydroelectric power, and opening the adjacent “Miller’s House” as an inn. Tuthillhouse at the Mill 20 Gristmill Lane Gardiner, NY 12525 (845) 255-4151 Toby Gabriello




Raleigh Green Inc.


aleigh Green Inc. inhabits perhaps the most fascinating of locations in business today, one that is becoming increasingly viable: virtual space. After 20 years in New York City, running his own marketing company–complete with midtown office, and all the associated overhead–Raleigh Green decided it was time for a transformation, both personally and professionally. Green brought his education in anthropology and expertise in brand management to the more expansive vistas of the Hudson Valley, and the internet. “Space is where your heart is, not where your bricks are,” says Green. “Besides, in my world, it’s not about me, it’s about the client–I go to the client, and that’s what we talk about.” Green couldn’t be happier about going from bustling streets to his view of Esopus Lake, while escaping the confines of his boardroom to hold meetings in places like the lodge at Hunter Mountain. “In this economy, you want to be as super-flexible as you can,” Green reports. “Businesses should stay fleet on their feet wherever possible.” Just as the advent of modern technology— smartphones, skype, messaging and social media, for example—help keep Green flexible, they also have helped to shape the direction of his business. What his company offers is an ever-broadening approach to creating and managing perception; as avenues

to brand awareness grow, so does Green’s arena of support. “My current company is more integrated and comprehensive in its approach to branding,” he explains. “I see my company grow organically, and expand and adapt to the changing forms of communication technology.” Yet business is not the sole focal point of Raleigh Green’s Hudson Valley life—his newfound freedom affords him the opportunity to contribute to the community in his own way, which helps balance the absence of a daily physical office space. “I compensate by making a disciplined effort to put back into the community,” says Green. “I am often told that I see the community through ‘fresh eyes’ in a very clear and interesting way.” For example, Green is working to bring a New York Citybased project called ArtBridge, which uses unsightly city scaffolding as a canvas for local artists, to Kingston. He has recently gained support from Mayor Shayne Gallo to beautify Broadway’s Greenkill Bridge. Raleigh Green Inc. 557 Broadway, 4C
 Port Ewen, New York 12466
 Raleigh Green

Schain and Company, CPA Seakill Custom Home Builders Shawangunk Wine Trail Smitty’s Body Shop of New Paltz, Inc. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Stewart International Airport / PANYNJ StoneLedge Contracting Stop & Shop Supermarket Studio One Hair Design Susan Ivy Designs The 1850 House Inn & Tavern The Bakery The Gunk Foundation The Kempner Corporation The Valley Group The Village Barber The Would Restaurant Toshiba Business Solutions Town & Country Condominiums Town Tinker Tube Rentals True Value of New Paltz Tuthillhouse at the Mill Ulster B&B Alliance Ulster County Agriculture Society/Ulster County Fair Ulster County Antiques Dealers Association Ulster County BOCES Ulster County Comptroller Ulster-Greene ARC Ultimate Homes, Inc. Ultra-Seal Corporation Unison Arts Center USIA Video Venturi Web Design Viking Industries Inc. Walden Savings Bank Walkway Over the Hudson Wallkill Valley Rail Trail Association Wallkill View Farm Market WAMC Northeast Public Radio Waring Storage Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery Wiltwyck Golf Club Wingate at Ulster Woodstock on the Mill Stream Yanni Restaurant Café Yaun Company, Inc. Members who renewed as of June 15.



LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER In this issue, we introduce Director of Membership Nancy Dodge, and what the dedication of outgoing Member Relations Associate Susan Colchamiro has meant to us.


e’re so proud to use this space to introduce the newest addition to our Chamber staff. We hope you will join us in welcoming Nancy Dodge (née Rafter) as our new Director of Membership. Nancy brings a vast energy, dedication, and freshness of spirit to the position which we know will resonate with our membership, and with the potential member businesses throughout the Valley who will respond best to our Chamber’s hyper-regional, boutique approach to service. Nancy has owned the successful promotional product business Arrow Promotions for 15 years, is the founder of Krystal’s Wish Foundation for SIDS, a local non-profit which gives funds to local hospitals to help families who have lost children, and is past president of the Kingston Lions Club. “My goal as Director of Membership is very simple,” Nancy said. “To be able to maintain a healthy membership, which will have a positive effect on retention of members. This will have the ultimate end result of more money coming into the Chamber to survive. The more financially sound this Chamber is, the more we will be able to assist 28

Nancy Dodge, Director of Membership

with programs and events for our members, which promotes our ultimate goal of growth for their companies.” This transition in our Membership department means Susan Colchamiro will once again be leaving us for the greener pastures of retirement. She will leave her position at the end of June. “It has always been my pleasure to serve the members of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce. As I look back on my experience here, it has

been a rewarding journey. I wish the staff and members of the Chamber much success. This dynamic team is totally dedicated to moving the business community forward and I am so grateful for your support and friendship.” Some of you may know Nancy already; others may not. In either case, please reach out to her to make her feel welcome here, and to let her know what you need and how she can help. She can be reached by calling the Chamber at 845-255-0243, by email at, or stop in to see her during her working hours, 8 am to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Nancy Dodge New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce Andrew Ciccone Ciccone Advertising PR & Design Susan Lyke Cooper KeyBank Darryl Lafferty Mid-Hudson Chapter-American Red Cross Brian MacGregor The Valley Group Mike Marinzulich Zulich Financial Lisa Martinez Mutual of Omaha Matt Rocket Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union John Sorlie Empire State Bank Ekaterini Vlamis MS, Edgewood Consulting & Services


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