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He doesn't want to lose this, primarily because it can be a home for so many people in a place where he's always felt at home, even when his family took a hit, even when he wasn't sure of his identity. "They can live in this place," he says about his three children ages 10 to soon-to-be-15. He wants them to stay in New Paltz, if they so choose. "This is the future of me and my family, and I think it can be the future for all the families here in New Paltz too."
But before he gets there, he has to finish planning the quinceañera.