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Joint Business After Hours .......................... 3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Jazz Festival .........................................................5 Work Local First Job Fair......................................5 New Members ...................................... 6-7 Member News ...................................... 8-9 Ribbon Cuttings .................................12-13 Upcoming Events.................................... 13 Chamber Foundation............................... 14 Community Spotlight ............................... 15

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ewly appointed Chairman and CEO of MTA, Joseph Lhota, will be the speaker at the Contact Breakfast on August 15 at the Poughkeespie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. He will provide Chamber members with insight into the operations of the MTA. Lhota served as Deputy Mayor for operations under Rudolph Guliani and also served as budget director, handling NYC’s $36 billion operating budget. Lhota also acted as commissioner for New York City’s Department of Finance. Before being appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to be CEO of the MTA, Lhota was Executive Vice President of Administration for Madison Square Garden. He previously served on the board of the MTA from 1999-2001. Lhota’s goal at the MTA is to fully understand the organization, especially the finances and listen closely to employees, customers and community leaders in order to make positive changes for the

future. There has been a close focus on budget, safety, decreasing the number of fare-evasionand cleanliness with regards to the MTA buses and subways during his tenure. TD Bank is proud to sponLhota sor the August Contact Breakfast. TD Bank is one of the ten largest banks in the U.S.

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to the Chamber events page and click on the August 22 link or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery has received much acclaim for their home-grown and bottled wines. The Winery is open seven days a week for guided tours and wine tastings. For more information, or to book a tour, go to www. millbrookwine.com. TEG Federal Credit Union started in 1969 by a group of teachers from the Wappingers Central School District. Since then TEG has blossomed into a banking system

members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

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Millbrook Winery hosts networking event

ome enjoy beautiful views and great company at the August 22 Business After Hours to take place from 5-7 p.m. at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery located at 23 Wing Road in Millbrook. The event will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by J&J’s Gourmet. Millbrook wines will also be served. This is a great chance to network with Chamber members and their guests. Business After Hours is free to attend but it is asked that registration is done in advance. To reserve your spot, visit www.dcrcoc.org, go

and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services. TD Bank prides itself on its award-winning customer service and hassle-free products. TD Bank is considered by many “America’s most convenient bank.” Not-forprofit members Trinity Players, Inc., Spectrum Services Foundation and Premier Cares Foundation will also be in attendance. To reserve your place, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000 or visit www.dcrcoc. org. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber

that exceeds its customers’ expectations and provides personalized banking and financial solutions. LCS Facility Group aims to be the leading authority on facility and property maintenance. They focus on quality customer care and revitalizing the community. LCS Facility Group has a strong desire to make a difference. FOX Radio is a local radio station that features a variety of music. The radio is community orientated and is a great way to advertise a business or upcoming event and also a great station to tune into and

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enjoy quality entertainment. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC is the number one volume GM certified dealership in the Hudson Valley. They strive to provide great customer service and a quality carbuying experience. Kirchhoff Consigli Construction Management is a company with a commitment to sustainability and safety. The company is an industry leader and visionary that has strong community involvement. Before the Business After Hours, the Chamber’s Business Education Committee will be presenting a workshop on social media. For more information about that event, turn to page four.

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Officers Frank Castella, Jr., Chair ........................ Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Jill Sammon, 1st Vice Chair .............Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Joseph Bonura, Jr., 2nd Vice Chair...................................... The Grandview John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary ....................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Gaye Mallet, Past Chair .............................................Adams Fairacre Farms Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ....................... Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Renee Bulla ........................................................... Momentum Advertising Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Ori Brachfeld .......................................................Dash Lock & Key Service Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Carol Gordon .................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Alexandra Laubacker ......................................................................IES, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. ............................................Sedore Hudson Valley CPAs Theodore Luty, Jr. ........................................................... Dorsey Metrology Paul S. Mancarella ..................................................................De’S Jewelers Doug McHoul ................................................McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Robert Ranieri ........................................................... Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Nicholas Shannon .........................Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Nancy Amy ..................................................... Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership Whitney Haddard ......................................Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban ..............................Director of Communications & Marketing Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Angela Signor .......................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ............................................................... Director of Events Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Karolyn Osborne.................................. Director, The Chamber Foundation Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Susan Grecke .................................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................ Youth Employment Services Mentor

Before summer ends, turn up the heat on your business. In August and early September the Chamber is hosting many great events sure to improve your bottom line. Start by hitting your networking out of the park - all the way into Orange County, with the joint Business After Hours at Dutchess Stadium on August 8. This Chamber tradition is always a big hit with members, and immediately following the After Hours, all attendees are invited to attend that evening’s Renegades game free of charge. Sounds like a home run to me. Get back on track at our August Contact Breakfast. The Chamber has invited Joseph Lhota, the Chairman and CEO of the MTA, as our guest speaker. Lhota leads an organization that has a significant presence in our region and a big impact on local business. Getting to hear from him directly

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is something I’m sure you’ll find beneficial. This is definitely a train you won’t want to miss! Do you whine at the prospect of joining or posting on Facebook? Think you just don’t have the time to keep up with it all? Well, being visible on social media is more important than ever, so don’t forget to bring your laptops or iPads and pour on out to the Millbrook Winery on August 22 for a pre-Business After Hours seminar on common Facebook mistakes and a dialogue about best practices. Surely some new

ideas for building your businesses brand will begin to ferment. When you shop, when you dine, and when you roll your office chair over the finish line – Think Local First! Do you think your job sitting in an air-conditioned office all day is a challenge? Are you “that person” who would never trade in your hard hat for an office chair? Well sit on this, the Third Annual Office Chair Challenge Fueled by Hudson Valley Office Furniture is back September 12 at All Sport Health and Fitness in Fishkill, and your office can compete in an obstacle course putting your desk chair to the ultimate challenge. Proceeds will benefit the Hudson Valley Young Professionals Chamber Foundation scholarship. While it might be summer vacation for some, as you can see, in the business community, things are in full swing. I hope to see you out and about at some events soon!

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What a great time aboard the Spirit of hudson on June 27! thanks to Billy Bob’s BBQ for the tremendous catering and tD Bank, Marshall and Sterling, QuES&t, EmbroidMe, IES and Michaels & associates for sponsoring.

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 www.dcrcoc.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 29 • Number 8 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Web site, www.dutchesscountyregionalchamber.org, is developed and hosted by Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (IES). PK-0000148699

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take me out to the networking ... then stay for a ballgame great business connections at the same time. To make your reservation for this special complimentary Business After Hours, visit www.dcrcoc.org, go to Chamber events and click on the link

for August 8, or call 845-4541700 ext. 1000. This event is proudly sponsored by Orange County Trust Company, Verizon FiOs, Rhinebeck Bank and the United Way of Dutchess – Orange Region. The Orange Trust County Company is a bank with a reputation of conservative business and practices dedication to the community. It is rated in the top 6 percent of the strongest banks in the U.S. by Weiss Ratings. Verizon FiOs

creates advanced broadband and wireless solutions and has a strong focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability. Rhinebeck Bank is one of the oldest savings banks in New York State. They are large enough to meet the diverse needs of their

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How to do business with government bers, and will begin at 9 a.m. at the to the Chamber’s website at www. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and dcrcoc.org or call Whitney at 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Conference Center. Chamber President and CEO Charlie North will speak, as well as Dutchess County Economic Development Corp., President and CEO Catherine Maloney. Vanessa Primus, from the New York State Small Business Development Center, and representatives from New York State. The event is generously sponsored by Intergrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. To reserve your spot, please go Doing Business With County Government Sponsored by:

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro speaks with business owners.

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usiness owners and their representatives can learn more about doing business with state government and public authorities like the MTA and Port Authority in a special presentation being given in August. Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, in a partnership with the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center and the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, present the second in a series of events titled “Doing Business with Government” on Wednesday, August 15 immediately following the monthly Contact Breakfast. The event is complimentary for Chamber members and non-mem-

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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will come together with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce to co-host a Business After Hours networking event on August 8 from 5-7 p.m. at Dutchess Stadium. This event will provide a great chance to network with businesses from both sides of the Hudson River and to increase local-to-local commerce. The event will also feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. A Hudson Valley Renegades game will take place immediately following the event and all Chamber guests are welcome to enjoy the action free of charge. Do not miss this chance to enjoy a ballgame and make some

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o not miss the Pre-Business After Hours on August 22. This event will help professionals figure out how to use social media to promote their business. The Pre-Business After Hours is to take place from 4-5 p.m. at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery. This event is a clinic on how to effectively use Facebook as a professional. Geoff Brault,

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nless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that this fall is election season, and that could mean big changes in the Hudson River Valley. With so many races for key offices being contested, there’s a lot to learn about and keep track of as you make your decisions about who to vote for. Hopefully we at the Chamber can make it a little easier for you. At the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, we pride ourselves on being an advocate for our members and the business community at large when it comes to matters of government. We want to make sure your concerns are heard, and that you can speak to those representing you directly. To this end, we’re looking forward to hosting forums with the candidates at our upcoming Contact Breakfasts and other events so you can hear firsthand how different platforms may affect you and your business. If you’re a Chamber member and have a thought regarding something in the political arena, I recommend you channel it through our Legislative Action Commit-

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tee. With monthly meetings to debate issues and determine the best policy outcomes for the business community, speaking to this group is a great way to let your voice be heard. Legislative Action Committee members also participate in frequent closed-door luncheons with elected officials, ensuring they’re always engaged with the process. For more information about the committee or to raise a concern, contact our Volunteer Government Liaison Howard Lynne at howard@ dcrcoc.org. Whatever your political leanings may be, this is an important year to be involved in the process. Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent, make sure you’re well informed about the issues and the candidates, and that you get out there and vote in November!

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Director of Media Content at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will address common mistakes of Facebook users and what works when it comes to using the social networking site to promote yourself and a business. It’s a great way to learn how to avoid common errors that people make when using social media. The event is complimentary,

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and those planning to attend should bring their tablet or laptop and have specific questions concerning social media and its uses. The Busines Education committee members will also be on hand to assist attendees. Please register in advance by visiting www.dcrcoc.org, go to the Chamber events page and click on the August 22 link or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000.

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he Hudson Valley will once again be alive with sounds of jazz music on August 1819 when TRANSART & Cultural Services, Inc. celebrates the 12th Annual Jazz in the Valley Festival at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. This scenic location provides the perfect atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy some sensational jazz music. This year’s festival will continue the past tradition of fea-

turing musicians ranging from global sensations to emerging artists, and will feature jazz music in all of its forms. Some of the featured artists include, The Cooker, We Four, Lou Donaldson, Luther François, Roy Ayers, Swiss Movement Revisited, Helen Sung Trio and Zon Del Barrio. Dutchess County is a great place for both visitors and residents to experience jazz. Not

only will there be great music, but a beautiful view of the Hud-

son River as well. The area is also great for sight-seeing with its many historic locations nearby. The Dutchess Regional County Chamber of Commerce is proud to sponsor

this event and looks forward to joining forces with TRANSART and Jazz in the Valley to create an enjoyable jazz weekend. Metro-North Railroad is a promotional partner. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 845384-6350. Chamber members can receive discounted tickets for the event. Use the code “CHAMBER” when purchasing your tickets.

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If you’re an employer looking to fill positions with qualified candidates, register to be an exhibitor at the fourth annual Work Local First Job Fair. The Job Fair will be held on September 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Poughkeepsie. This event will take place immediately following the September monthly Contact Breakfast. The job fair is complimentary for exhibitors and is a great way to meet potential employees. In previous years it drew hundreds of eligible applicants searching for employment opportunities. The event will also feature seminars for job seekers addressing a variety of employment topics. All exhibitors will receive one four-foot table, chairs, and a table skirt. Exhibitors should plan to bring their own extension cords if electric-

ity is needed, as well as their own signage. Those attending should also plan to have their tables staffed for the duration of the event. There is a limited amount of space, so register early to save your spot. To obtain a registration form, go to the Chamber Events page at www.dcrcoc.org and click on the calendar link for September 21. Those interested should send completed forms to Carmela Spreer, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, or fax to 845-454-1702 to Carmela’s

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3 Twin Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-9210 Email: queenchoco1@yahoo.com Web: www.queenchoco.com Contact: Camille M. CappilloChapman, President Est. March 2011; Chocolate products, truffles, caramels and also a candy store.

25 Clove Hollow Road Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-206-6525/Fax: 845-724-4699 Email: novakb@aol.com Web: www.echocottagesltd.com Contact: Bob Novak Est. 2012; Affordable alternative to elder care. Free-standing cottages for placement on your property instead of alternative assisted living.

attorneys & legal serviCes William Crane, Esq.

11 Market Street, Room 204 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-454-5150/Fax: 845-454-6612 Contact: William Crane Est. 12/9/1998

Lee David Klein

11 Market Street, Suite 204 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-454-9200/Fax: 845-454-6612 Email: lklein@lklein-law.com Contact: Lee David Klein Est. 2007; Law Office - Litigation

Raymond P. Rache, Esq. PLLC

11 Rachet Road, Suite 2 Newburgh, NY 12550 845-926-3026 Email: raymondrache@RPRLaw.net Contact: Raymond P. Rache Est. 2000; Civil litigation trust and estates.

Beauty salons, serviCes & supplies An’tyrice Salon & Spa

381 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-559-0033 Web: www.antyrice.com Contact: Angelline Smalls, Owner Est. April 2009; Full service salon and spa specializing in multicultural clientele including hair extentions, weaves, fusion and linketts. Also off-site bridal parties and make-up.

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Caterers Arbor Ridge Catering & Banquet Hall

17 Route 376 and 52 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-227-7700 -Inn/ Fax: 845-227-8812 Email: info@arborridgecaterers.com Web: www.arborridgecaterers.com Contact: Kevin Buragas, Banquet Manager Est. 11/8/2008; Full service catering hall that welcomes all styles of events including weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, sweet 16s, retirement parties, seminars and corporate fundraisers.

Clothing & retailers Julia Lawrence Independent CAbi Fashion Consultant

126 Duncan Avenue Cornwall on Hudson, NY 12520 914-213-5086 Email: julialawrence118@mac.com Web: www.julialawrence. cabionline.com Contact: Julia Lawrence, Independent CAbi Fashion Consultant Est. August 2011; Boutique style line of women’s clothes, sold exclusively through home shows and parties.

Sole’s with Soul

6 Catharine Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-7685 soleswithsoulfashion@gmail.com www.SolesWithSoulFashion.com Contact: Nicole Darden Est. 4/28/2012; Women’s shoes, handbags, accessories and girls night out events.

CoMMunity Based serviCe organizations FLIP - Friends of Little Italy 21 Beechwood Park Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-486-1378 Email: francpalaia1@gmail.com Contact: Franc Palaia, Board Member - Arts Coordinator Est. 2009; Community organization to promote and celebrate the Little Italy neighborhood with events, performances, public art and kids events.

danCers & danCe CoMpanies/ studios/instruCtion Joy of Dance Studio

733 Freedom Plains Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-227-2706 Email: julieMB@prodigy.net Web: www.ballroomjoe.com Contact: Julie Martyn, Owner Est. 2012; From your wedding dance to line dance with salsa, ballroom and swing in between! Flash mob specialty - partners not required for lessons.

eMployMent agenCies & serviCes Civil Service Employees Association

207 Beechwood Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 914-204-2680/Fax: 845-486-3090 Email: csea814@aol.com Contact: Lizabeth Pirainu Est. 1972; Representation of employees.

energy Consultants Blue Rock Energy

432 North Franklin Street, Suite 20 Syracuse, NY 13204 845-705-7991/Fax: 315-701-1812 Email: kphillips@bluerockenergy.com Web: www.bluerockenergy.com Contact: Ken Phillips, Energy Consultant Est. 2003; A premier provider of electricity and natural gas products, serving commercial and industrial customers across the deregulated markets of the Northeast.

Lime Energy

PO Box 1540 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 855-236-4832 Email: cenhud@lime-energy.com Web: www.lime-energy.com Contact: Stephen J. Schwartz Est. 1980; National leader in planning and delivering energyefficient and renewable energy solutions. Central Hudson Gas & Electric selected Lime to exclusively manage and implement the commercial lighting program.

engineering and/or surveying serviCes

hotels & Motels Inn at Arbor Ridge

17 Route 376 and 52 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-227-7700/Fax: 845-227-8812 Email: michelle@innatarborridge.com Web: www.innatarborridge.com Contact: Michael Ayala, General Manager 60 room inn with outdoor patio including two dining rooms with full bar service. On-site parking and bus accommodation.

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2001 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Email: anthony@ beachberryyogurthut.com Web: www.beachberryyogurthut.com Contact: Anthony Ratcliff Self-serve frozen yogurt and ice cream with 30+ toppings. All payby-weight.

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Chevreaux de la Grange

15 Freedom Road Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 845-452-2911 Web: www.chevreauxdelagrange.com An all natural Hudson Valley farm featuring Goat’s Milk Soap and other fine products.

finanCial serviCes Edward Jones (Farrell)

695 Dutchess Turnpike Route 44, Suite 101 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-454-6056/Fax: 888-588-6734 Email: paul.farrell@edwardjones.com Web: www.edwardjones.com Contact: J. Paul Farrell, Financial Advisor Est. 1922; Financial services.

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Combined Worksite Solutions

914-475-2370 Email: marisa.gee@combined.com Web: www.combinedworksiteNY.com Contact: Marisa Gee, Account Executive Est. 1992

landsCaping serviCes Samarotto Design Group

5 Hollow Lane Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 800-797-0598 Email: ginasamarotto@ samarottodesigns.com Web: www.samarottodesigns.com Est. 2011; Award-winning, distinctive landscape design and installation. Providing stunning solutions for all of your outdoor living spaces. Sponsor: Dee Richter

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Pestech Exterminating, Inc. PO Box 391 Liberty, NY 12754 845-292-2847/Fax: 845-292-4181 Email: bruce@pestech.com Web: www.pestech.com Contact: Bruce Davidson, CEO Est. 1994; Pestech Protected: Preventive pest solutions to keep your home or business pest-free!

Coco Loco Cafe, Inc.

274 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-452-5626 Email: cocoloco274@gmail.com Contact: Jeannine Guerra, Manager Est. 4/10/2012; Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specializing in Pupusas, empanadas and other Central American dishes.

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News... Family Services Inc. has announced the appointment of Richard Mitchell, Esq. and Peter Lumb to the Agency’s Board of Directors. Mitchell has provided extensive community leadership in numerous organizations including having served in various capacities on the boards of the American Heart Association, the Area Fund of Dutchess County, the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, United Way of Dutchess County, and Vassar Brothers Hospital Foundation, among others. Mitchell is a Managing Partner in the law firm of Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde. Lumb has served in numerous leadership positions in Dutchess County organizations, including Mill Street Loft, the Vassar-Warner Home and Foundation, Cunneen-Hackett Cultural Center, the Salt Point Cemetery Association Dutchess County Arts Council and the Dutchess Arts Fund. Lumb attended the Harvard Business School, is retired from a career in local business endeavors.

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The local CPA and consulting firm of Day Seckler recently announced that Michele Foder, accountant, obtained her QuickBooks ProAdvisor certification. Candidates of the QuickBooks ProAdvisor program take several available courses and successfully pass each part of a four-section exam. As a certified ProAdvisor, Foder is recognized by QuickBooks for her proficiency in helping clients and businesses customize QuickBooks for their unique needs and help them get the most out of the software. Riverside Bank announces the appointment of two new officers to its commercial lending team. Anthony Casillo was appointed Vice

President /Commercial Loan Officer and Cathy Ann Nicholson was appointed Assistant Treasurer/ Loan Administration Manager. Casillo comes to Riverside Bank with over 18 years of lending experience, with the past 8 years in commercial lending. His most recent position was at Hometown Bank as a Commercial Loan Officer. Casillo will be located at the bank’s Newburgh branch at 52 Route 17K and be responsible for commercial lending in the Orange and Ulster County markets. Nicholson comes to Riverside Bank with over 20 years of commercial lending experience, most recently as a Mortgage Officer with the Community Preservation Corporation. Nicholson will be located at the Poughkeepsie Corporate Headquarters on 11 Garden Street and will be responsible for managing the Commercial Lending Administration Department of the bank. TEG Federal Credit Union has named Thomas I. Gay as its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Gay replaces Ronald A. Flaherty, who was promoted to President & CEO in January of 2012. Gay has over 21 years of experience in positions of increasing responsibility in finance and accounting. He has been with TEG since 1991, most recently serving as the Controller. Prior to that he served as the accountant. In his new position, Gay will be responsible for directing and administering the organization’s overall financial plans, business policies and accounting practices. “I am excited to take on this new challenge as the credit union continues to grow and prosper,” said Gay. “TEG is a great credit union with a strong community base and I welcome the opportunity to help guide the strategic direction and ongoing success of this company.” The Dutchess County SPCA announces the grand opening of the new DCSPCA Thrift Shoppe, the thrift shop for people. The store is located in Hidden Plaza at 600 Violet Avenue Suite I in Hyde Park. From clothing and household items to jewelry, collectibles, and more, the DCSPCA Thrift Shoppe is loaded with great deals. The Thrift Shoppe will help to support

the life-saving work of the DCSPCA, a private not-for-profit, which is the lead agency for animal rescue and adoption in Dutchess County. The DCSPCA Thrift Shoppe is be open six days a week. The Dutchess County SPCA is currently accepting donations for the thrift store. Please contact Sue Stives at 845.454.5346 ext. 103 for additional information and to make arrangements for donations. Prudential Serls Prime Properties was named to the Prudential Real Estate network’s 2012 Gibraltar Circle as one of the top 50 companies within the network. “The Gibraltar Circle award is our network’s highest honor for brokers and their affiliated companies,” said Earl Lee, president, Prudential Real Estate. “Honorees represent the best of our network and the real estate industry. They are leaders in their markets, respected for operational excellence and recognized for superior client satisfaction.” Prudential Serls Prime Properties joined the Prudential Real Estate network in 1992. Prudential Serls Prime Properties is part of the Prudential Tri-State network of brokers, a powerhouse of real estate firms in the New York, Connecticut and New Jersey markets. For more information, log on to prudentialserls.com. Shero Designs, a web design and development firm in the City of Poughkeepsie, is offering the opportunity to build your business a new website or to improve your existing website and online brand for free. Whether you are a restaurant, coffee shop, non-profit, car dealership or online retailer, you need to make sure your website stands out and that people can find it when searching on Google. Shero Designs has built websites for charities and a plethora of small and large local businesses. Because they care and Think Local First, they’re giving one lucky business owner the chance to win their experienced, professional services, for nothing! To enter for your chance to win, visit sherodesigns. com. HVFCU Financial Services, a division of the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, announced

Run or walk as an individual or in a team at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region General Montgomery Day 8K Race

Superior Sounds is sponsoring a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society August 19 from noon-6 p.m. at the Overlook Golf & Recreation Center in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $20 for ages 13+ and $10 for ages 5-12. There will be raffle drawings for any prizes donated by local business and a 50/50 cash drawing at the end of the raffle. The event ticket will give the ticket holder two options of a round of mini golf, entry to paintball, batting cage tokens, a bucket of driving range golf balls, or 6 laps on the track. Vendor Exhibitor Space is $50 for a 10x10 spot, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. For more information, please email Marquis Evans at info@superiorsoundsdj.com

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The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $2,500 grant to the Mill Street Loft in support of “Habilidad”, one of the Loft’s many Youth Outreach Programs serving lowincome families in the cities of Poughkeepsie and Beacon. With a growing Latino/Hispanic population in Poughkeepsie and Beacon, “Habilidad” was created in 2004 as a bilingual arts-centric program designed to foster self-esteem, leadership, communication, decision-making and other important skills for Spanish-speaking youth. Currently held as an afterschool program at Mill Street Loft, the program plans to expand into Scenic Hudson’s River Center, the Loft’s new facility in Beacon.

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Mental Health America of Dutchess County will hold its 14th annual signature fund-raiser, “Swing Away Stress”, at Christos, Wilbur Boulevard, Poughkeepsie on Friday, September 28 from 6-9:30 p.m. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, a sit-down dinner, lighthearted silent/live auction competition, and dancing to the “Harvest Band”. The cost to attend is $100 per person ($50 is taxdeductible). Deadline to register is Sept. 10. Call Kathleen Valentino at 473-2500 x 1305, or e-mail her at kvalentino@mhadc.com for further information, or to register.

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Taconic Cuts Barber and Beauty, located at 1606 Route 82 Lagrangeville (845-226-8645) is celebrating 10 years of being in business in August. They wish to send out a big Thank You to their valued customers who have made this possible. They will continue to provide old fashioned service at old time prices, as this has worked so far.

set for 8 a.m. Sept. 8 at Veterans Memorial Park in the Village of Montgomery. The annual event is open to runners and walkers of all ages and is part of the 2012 Hudson Valley Grand Prix. Participants can compete for team or individual awards. Registration is $20 by Aug. 31, or $25 after. For race and registration information, and to register online go to www.uwdor.org. Funds raised at the event enable United Way to bring the community together in collaboration to solve major quality of life issues in the three key areas of Education, Income and Health and to provide opportunities for all to live successfully.

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the appointment of Kimberly Bie as a Financial Consultant based in its Highland office. As an HVFCU Financial Services Consultant, Kimberly is experienced in investment management, retirement planning, tax advantaged college savings programs, and estate planning. She is also certified by the New York State Insurance Department as an approved long-term care and life insurance professional. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union is a community-chartered credit union providing personal and commercial financial services to more than 254,000 members. HVFCU offers savings and loan programs to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship, volunteer or attend school in Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Putnam Counties. For more information, visit hvfcu.org.

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ost business owners have come to the realization that mobility with regards to your network infrastructure is priceless when you have a workforce that is dispersed across a large area, working remotely or trying to deal with clients and their needs on a 24x7 basis. You have to be concerned with the infrastructure that supports your business from a wired and wireless standpoint and if you are conscious of some key details, your Wide Area Network can offer you big returns on investment so you can keep up with your competition and your customers. When you look at your wide area network set up for your business or look to your network provider, keep these items in mind: • Mobility – If the solution you have in place or are considering setting up doesn’t allow for your mobile work force to connect and access applications or data just as quickly as those sitting in your branch office, you may need to look for other options to reap the benefits. • Cloud & Virtualization – Using the cloud and virtualized servers/workstations is becoming

increasingly popular for business owners, your solution should be able to allow access to these types of set ups with proper security against hacking into sensitive data areas. • Disaster Recovery – If you are using your WAN set up to help with the consolidation and back up of your sensitive data, you need to look further out from your current set up as you don’t want to get caught changing your WAN set up if you should change your storage provider. Always keeping an eye towards the future for your local and wide area network will always keep you one step ahead of the curve and your competition. This article was provided by Jaime Butler, Business Development Specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. For more information about IES, please visit them online at www.ies-ny. com or call 845-226-9983.

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he Childcare Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. is offering a $200 child care give away. This giveaway is open to any household that has a child currently enrolled in a child care program that is regulated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and that operates in Dutchess or Putnam County. Expecting parents in need of child care can also enter to win. This contest is free and easy to enter. A household can enter online, at childcaredutchess.org, by mail to “Child Care Giveaway”, Child Care Council of Dutchess

and Putnam, 70 Overocker Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; via fax, to (845) 473-4161; or dropped off at the Council’s office on Overocker Road in Poughkeepsie. The completed entry forms must be received by September 14 to be eligible for the

drawing. The Childcare Council of Dutchess and Putnam, Inc. is a non-profit organization that aims to provide affordable and quality childcare as well as provide information and support to families. For more information, call 845473-4141.

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The Chamber and Eagle Riverview Management (1 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie) are proud to support Abilities First’s Leaf A Legacy program.

Think Local First Consumer Expo

There was a wonderful turnout at the inaugural Think Local First Consumer Expo Satruday, July 7 at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. Thanks to all the vendors that came out, shoppers who stopped by, and MetLife for sponsoring.

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Hyatt House, 100 Westage Business Center Drive, Fishkill Guest Speaker: John Thoman, Abilities First’s Executive Director Sponsored by: M&T Bank, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP and ServiceMaster Clean

Joint Business After Hours with Orange County Chamber of Commerce August 8, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Dutchess Stadium, 1500 Rt. 9D, Wappingers Falls Sponsored by: Orange County Trust Company, Verizon FiOs, Rhinebeck Bank, United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region and Fox Oldies 98.9 FM (WGNY-FM)

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie Guest Speaker: Joseph Lhota, MTA Chairman and CEO Sponsored by: TD Bank

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Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, 23 Wing Road, Millbrook Facebook seminar. Members attending should bring their laptops, ipads, etc…

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HVYP Office Chair Challenge Fueled by HV Office Furniture September 12, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. All Sport Fishkill

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Tell us a little about the volunteer efforts you’ve become involved in since graduating from the LD program in 2011 and why?

session, I now serve on the Board of Advisors with the Marist Liberty Partnership Program.

One of the direct benefits of participating in LD was that it provided me with first-hand interaction with many non-profit organizations in Dutchess County. In fact, one of my favorite sessions involved our visit to the Family Partnership Center, where we were exposed to a number of charitable groups. As a direct result of this

How have the skills you’ve learned by going through the LD program impacted your personal & professional life? Before reflecting on the knowledge and skills I developed through the program, I have to emphasize the great relationships I made, many of which continue through my involvement with the Leadership Dutchess Committee.

BoARd oF dIRECToRS OFFICERS

Trista Parker, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Health Quest, Inc. Bill Francis, 1st Vice Chair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M & T Bank Lisa Morris, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Nevill Smythe, Past Chair Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP

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Stacey Langenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Provident Bank Tina Ludwig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Valley Group, Inc. Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru Carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Rita McPeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Anthony Morando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Charles “Chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Thomas Weddell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc.

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Charles S. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President Karolyn Osborne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director, The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

The program exposed me to several impressive individuals, with different educational and professional backgrounds, in a forum in which we all came together and worked towards a common goal.

If you could go back and take part in one of the 10 sessions offered in the program again, which would it be and why? The “Communications” session held at Central Hudson. Among other speaking tasks, this session required us to break up into teams, assess an urgent crisis, and present the facts and background of the situation, as well as an immediate plan to resolve the situation. Something I always tell younger people and students training to be professionals, is that they should never miss an opportunity to speak in front of others, especially when it forces you to step outside your comfort zone. No matter what field you work in, the ability to communicate with others, in both small and large groups settings is essential to being successful.

Would you recommend this program to your family, friends & colleagues? If so, why? Yes – I would absolutely recommend this program to others. It is a unique opportunity to sharpen your leadership skills through education and experience, while also networking with other professionals, and broadening your interaction with charitable organizations in our community.

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Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum & Library Sponsored by KeyBank and Health Quest $25 per person • 5 – 7 p.m.

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Athena Leadership Luncheon

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel $40 per person / two (2) tickets for $75 11:45 a.m. – 2 p.m.

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Leadership Dutchess Session #1 Team Building Sharpe Reservation Sponsored by EmbroidMe

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Youth Leadership Teambuilding Retreat Sharpe Reservation Camp Hidden Valley Sponsored by The Gap

SAVE THE DATE DECEMBER 2, 2012

ATHENA Awards Brunch Grandview, Poughkeepsie 12 – 2:30 p.m. $75 per person

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eadership Dutchess is dedicated to building a network of community leaders who will utilize their diverse talents, skills and unique perspectives to address community-wide challenges, identify viable alternatives, and help solve problems facing the Hudson Valley, both today and in the future. Along with business development and education, the program is designed to help businesspeople become more active in the community. Each program year, participates are required to spend a day together and devote a certain amount of volunteer hours in order to give back to our region. This annual day of service is designed to foster team building,

leadership skills, and effective collaboration amongst participants. Are you a community based service organization looking for assistance with painting and renovations to improve the safety, usefulness and appearance of facilities? Or perhaps adaptive reuse of space or energy efficiency improvements and/or enhance outdoor recreational spaces, such as for youth, seniors, etc.? If so, we encourage you to submit an application for Leadership Dutchess Class of 2013 Day of Service. Applications can be found by visiting the Foundation website at chamberfdn.org or call Karolyn Osborne at 845.454.1700 ext. 1026.

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he Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society has made great strides toward their goal of restoring the Mount Beacon Railway. Newly appointed president Mike Colarusso aims to continue the momentum that former president Anne Lynch left him with, and focus on an assessment of fundraising feasibility. The society recently completed a detailed market analysis and business feasibility study thanks to a grant from the Dyson Foundation.

The study, conducted by ConsultEcon, Inc., had very significant findings. It estimated that the incline will have an annual ridership of 192,000 people, create a regional economic impact of $30 million and sustain 480 jobs as a result of tourism spending. The report is great news for the Railway Restoration Society and provides a solid case for the restoration of the railway. Not only has the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society completed an impressive market analysis, but it also secured an estimated reconstruction cost and timeline, finished a restoration concept plan complete with

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ll businesses that take electronic payments could be putting themselves and their customers at risk. Electronic payment security standards and requirements are becoming more and more serious with the growing threat of identity theft. Many data security requirements are not fully understood by business owners and some payment processing companies are simply fining the merchant for not being compliant but do little to assist them in remedying the problem. With all the advancements in technology, identity theft is a fast growing crime. Cyber thieves are constantly adapting and learning new ways to steal data and per-

sonal information. The need for businesses to be compliant with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards is exponential. Many small businesses feel that they are too small to be targeted by cyber thieves and as a result do not take the necessary precautions. However, the majority of data breaches come from these small businesses. In fact, your business could already be breached without you knowing it which is why being PCI DSS compliant is mandatory for any business. Many businesses believe that they are compliant when they are not. If you do not have a compliance certificate and a compliance manual then you are not compliant. Paying

a “compliance fee” to your payment processing company does not mean that you are complying with PCI DSS standards. Payment processing companies are putting more pressure on businesses to becoming compliant and are placing heavy fines on those who are not. Businesses would benefit from ensuring that they are compliant before facing these hefty or fines or worse, being breached by a cyber thief. For help in becoming and staying PCI DSS compliant, a business can reach out to a Qualified Security Assessor or find a Payment Processor who develops and implements anti-fraud systems. Do not wait until your data security is compromised, get compliant today.

architectural, interpretive and design elements, and established an endowment with the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley to ensure financial viability of the railway. The society has also remained focused on educating students and community members with many classroom presentations, as well as continuing research of the historical Mount Beacon property. The society now looks to plan for a capital campaign to raise the estimated $20 million needed to rebuild the incline railway and create a world class nature park. There are many upcoming events to help raise funds and awareness about the project including, The Beacon Sloop Club Corn Festival on August 12, the 12th Annual Hudson River Valley Ramble Hike on Sep. 15, the Incline Railway Fall Fest/Park Quest on Oct. 7 and the Beacon Sloop Club Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 14. For details about the society’s calendar, call 845-765-3262 or, go to www.inclinerailway.org/calendar. htm. To donate to the Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society, visit www.inclinerailway. org/donate.htm.

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