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Nunzio DeSantis, founder and principal architect of Nunzio Marc DeSantis Architects, left; Siddhartha Pahwa, chief executive officer, Yo1 Luxury Nature Cure; Ashish Verma, vice president of operations, luxury division, Dream Hotel Group; Steve Dubrovsky, developer, Chapin Estate; Sant Singh Chatwal, chairman, Dream Hotel Group; Jay Stein, chief executive officer, Dream Hotel Group; Roberta Byron-Lockwood, president & CEO, Sullivan Catskills Visitors Association; Dan Sturm, Bethel Town supervisor; Aileen M. Gunther, New York State Assembly member; Nancy Buck, Sullivan County treasurer; Adam Cassidy, vice president, development & acquisitions, Dream Hotel Group; Rabinder Pal Singh, chief financial officer, Dream Hotel Group.

New hotel breaks ground at Chapin Estate

BETHEL, NY — The investors of The Chatwal Lodge held a ground-breaking ceremony on December 5. The lodge, developed by the Dream Hotel Group will be established on 26 acres located within the Chapin Estate gated community along the shores of the Toronto Reservoir.

Photos by Jonathan Charles Fox

In the midst of Tommy Gelb’s menorah collection stands a very traditional Hanukkah candelabrum just like my grandmother’s.

Here comes Hanukkah, however you may spell it

Bethel, NY — Well, that was fast. I’m still eating Thanksgiving leftovers and putting away the last of the pots and pans required to make my world-famous “mock apple pie” ( The pie started out as a joke (It’s made entirely from Ritz crackers), but has become a holiday tradition among my friends.

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Seen at the annual reception of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan are Linda C. Hartley, co-chair, Nonprofit Leadership Summit Nonprofit Innovation Awards committee, left, first prize Innovation Award winners Amanda Langseder of Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC), Damola Akinyemi of Ayo Fitness for the CRMC Warrior Kids program, and Elizabeth Rowley, president and CEO, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

Nonprofit Innovation Awards announced

BETHEL, NY — Linda C. Hartley, co-principal of H2Growth Strategies, announced the five Nonprofit Innovation Award winners at the annual reception for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan.

TRR photo by Fritz Mayer

The Bethel electric vehicle was on display as residents and officials of the towns of Bethel and Tusten gathered in recognition of the towns’ reaching Bronze Certification in the state’s Climate Smart Communities program. 

Bethel and Tusten certified green

NARROWSBURG, NY — Kelly Turturro, director of Region Three of the New York Department of Environmental Conservation travelled to the deck on Main Street in Narrowsburg on September 26 to congratulate the towns of Bethel and Tusten on reaching Bronze Certification in the state’s Climate Smart Communities program.

Photo by Jiyang Chen

The Aletheia Piano Trio: violinist Francesca dePasquale, cellist Juliette Herlin and pianist Fei-Fei Dong

Aletheia Piano Trio concludes Shandelee season

BETHEL, NY — Shandelee Music Festival (SMF) concludes its 25th anniversary season with the Aletheia Piano Trio in a P.L.A.Y the Classics concert at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts on Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m. The concert will feature the music of Mozart, Faure and Shostakovich, and will be followed by a specialty dessert reception.

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A load of spirits like the one pictured here will be auctioned off to benefit Dottie Roycroft and her family. Roycroft has been battling cancer.  

Benefit for cancer fighter

BETHEL, NY — There will be a fundraiser for the benefit of Dottie Roycroft at Hector’s Inn in Bethel on Saturday, September 22, at 7 p.m. Roycroft has been battling cancer since September 2017, and she has chronicled the process on a Facebook page called “My Cancer Journey” (



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