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BUSINESS INSIDER Board Welcomes Diverse New Members


Mid-Hudson Economy A Mixed Bag...

Merger of Three Local CPA Firms Enhances Services


But the Future Looks Bright

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The Mid-Hudson Valley has a number of assets that benefit the regional economy, including proximity to New York City, extensive infrastructure and an educated population. The seven counties immediately north of New York City (Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Sullivan) make up New York’s Mid-Hudson region.


By Thomas DiNapoli

I released an economic profile of the MidHudson Valley showing the strengths and challenges that should be considered to help the region prosper in the years ahead. I recently discussed the report’s findings with

Making it in OC Awards & Recognition Notable People New Chamber Members

TREND/ INNOVATE From left, Orange County Clerk Annie Rabbitt, Chamber President Lynn Allen Cione and NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Continued on page 7

NETWORK IT Lots of Chamber and member events coming up this fall. Check out Page 15 for all the details.

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INORANGE Events Calendar Committee Meetings

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President, Inspire

Melissa McCoy

Chief Advancement Officer, Abilities First, Inc.

Joann Menendez

Vice President of Marketing Walden Savings Bank

OFF ICE RS Ralph Martucci, Chairman of the Board

Charlie MIlich

Director of Business Development, M&R Energy Resources Corp.

Mike Turturro, Chair-Elect

Partner, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, CPAs

Josh Sommers, First Vice Chairman

President, Focus Media, Inc.

Linda Muller, Second Vice Chairman

President & CEO, Cornerstone Family Healthcare

President, The RAL Supply Group

Deborah Patterson

Economic Development Director, Orange & Rockland Utilities

Chris Pennings

Vice President, Knapp Consultants

Vanessa Primus

Certified Advisor, NYS Small Business Development Corp.

Antonio Vinciguerra

Sharon B. Warantz, Secretary President, Jellybean Promotions

Frank Giordano, III, Treasurer

Partner, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC

Vice President, TD Bank

Dr. Kristine Young

President, SUNY Orange

Tom Sullivan, Immediate Past Chairman

CHAMBER COUNSEL Glen L. Heller, Drake, Loeb, PLLC, Attorneys at Law

Eric Maldonado, At Large


Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc., Funeral Homes

Partner,Verizon Wireless Zone

Board Welcomes Diverse New Members Six prominent local individuals, representing a diverse cross-section of the business community, have been elected to the Orange County Chamber Board of Directors. They are: Debra Bogdanski (General Manager, Frontier Communications), Grace Caporale Coddington (Partner, Harness Advisors), Jennifer Coleman (Marketing Professional, The Chazen Companies), Erik Collier (Collier Construction), Michael Gilfeather (President/CEO, Orange Bank and Trust Company) and Mark Kalish (Senior Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.) “These individuals have a tremendous amount of experience in their respective industries and organizations and they will bring new enthusiasm and energy to the Chamber’s Board of Directors,” said President Lynn Allen Cione. “I’m really looking forward to working with each of them.”

Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen

Jean Sexton, At Large

Branch Manager, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

John J. McDermott, III, To Rest Is To Rust Representative

President, 17K Property Group

Lynn Allen Cione, President

Orange County Chamber of Commerce


CEO, The Ruby Group

Thomas C. DeBenedictus F. Edward Devitt Katharine Fitzgerald Thomas F. Gibney Patricia Gilchrest

Michael Gilfeather

Jennifer Coleman

Mark Kalish

Grace Caporale Coddington

Erik Collier

Debra Bogdanski

Stewart P. Glenn Robert Heiferman Louis Heimbach Donna Johnson-Klonsky Woody Levitan

Debra Bogdanski

General Manager, Frontier Communications

Anthony Martine

Renee Bulla

Carole S. McDermott

Vice President, Client Services Momentum Advertising and Design

Grace Caporale Coddington Partner, Harness Advisors

Marsh H. Merrill Ralph L. Mills Dr. Kunwar Nagpal

Jennifer Coleman

Peter Polhamus

Marketing Professional, The Chazen Companies

Dreena Pross

Erik Collier

Robert W. Scherreik

Managing Member, Collier Construction, LLC

Bob DeFelice

A. Alan Seidman James P. Smith, Jr.

General Manager, Fox Radio

William F. Vacca

Gianna Franco

Regional Account Executive, Time Warner Cable

Jill M. Varricchio

Michael Gilfeather

President, Orange Bank & Trust Company

Ed Harrison

General Manager, Stewart International Airport

Johann Huleatt

Outreach Director, Community Products, LLC

Mark Kalish

Senior Financial Advisor, Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc.


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BUSINESS INSIDER Merger Of Three Local CPA Firms Enhances, Strengthens Services The Certified Public Accounting firms of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, Sedore & Company and Rouis & Company have merged their practices effective July 1, 2016. Sedore & Company and Rouis & Company will be a division of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP, doing business in Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan counties. This merger enhances the existing strengths and talents of all the firms and allows us to expand the level of services that we are able to provide. It will help serve all of our clients in the best possible way in an increasingly complex environment with the continually changing accounting standards, tax rules and regulations. Our clients will be able to expect increased access and availability, depth of knowledge and enhanced expertise, the ability to utilize the

best technologies available and overall, more remarkable service. “We are delighted and enthused that the partners have seen and supported the strategic value of this merger,” said Thomas Weddell, Managing Partner. “We believe that the combined firms’ value to our clients will be unsurpassed as we move forward to help and support our clients. We will be remarkably better together.” “Every Partner and every C.P.A. firm believes its most important mission is to provide the best and most comprehensive services for its clients,” said Jim Letterio, a Partner at Sedore. “We at Sedore & Company are no exception. This merger of three well-established Hudson Valley practices will create a larger, more diverse firm, with the resources to provide remarkable service for all of our clients, now and well into the future. We are proud to move forward with Tom and his team!”


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Pictured following the announcement of the merger are, from left: Tom Weddell (Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell), Jim Letterio (Sedore & Company), Linda Hannigan (VDDW) and Jonathan Rouis (Rouis & Company).

Partner Jonathan Rouis added, “For more than three decades, businesses in Sullivan County and throughout the Hudson Valley have trusted Rouis & Company to provide steadfast counsel and exceptional services for every aspect of their operations. Just as we have helped to grow our clients’ businesses, we are excited to grow and merge with Sedore & Company and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell. This is an exciting time for Sullivan County, and we look forward to bringing an even wider array of services and an unrivaled customer service experience to our clients as they continue to grow and thrive.” The combined firms will comprise approximately 100 employees, with locations throughout Dutchess, Orange and Sullivan counties. Each firm has enjoyed an excellent reputation within the community and their teams have held themselves to the highest standards and level of integrity. The merger adds to the existing strengths of all the firms in such areas as accounting and auditing, tax services, consulting and special projects, accounting support services, human resources, and computer consulting in the industry niches of construction, governmental, hospitality, manufacturing, non-profit, real estate, veterinary, wholesale, retail and distribution markets. VDDW has offices at 11 Racquet Road, Newburgh, and 2622 South Avenue, Wappingers Falls. Sedore &

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Company has offices at 2678 South Road, Poughkeepsie, 1068 Main Street, Fishkill, and 7 West Broome Street, Port Jervis. Rouis & Company has an office at 51 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro. This article was provided by Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell.

Orange Pulse Cornerstone Family Healthcare Rolls Out New Mobile Medical Van By April N. Gozza

D iamond Partner Crystal Run Healthcare

Cornerstone Family Healthcare debuted its new state-of-the-art, two-exam-room mobile health vehicle to residents at HONOR, Orange County’s transitional housing shelter in Middletown on August 10. Cornerstone’s mobile health program supplies a wide range of healthcare treatment options remotely ranging from acute and chronic illness care to physical examinations, immunizations and laboratory testing. This modernized vehicle will give Cornerstone’s outreach department the ability to treat more of the area’s homeless population and the general population with limited access to care. The two exam rooms will allow for an increased care team, allowing for increased patients.

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Cutting the ribbon to launch Cornerstone Family Healthcare’s new mobile van are: Dave Jolly, Cornerstone’s Chief Operating Officer; Orange County Executive Steve Neuhaus; and Edina Vukic, Executive Director, Primary Care and Vice President, Sales and Community Engagement, Affinity Health Plan.

The use of mobile technology for delivering healthcare services to special populations is a rapidly growing field which attracts a lot of enthusiasm from service organizations that provide for individuals that otherwise do not have access to care at an all-too-familiar bricks and mortar site.

As the healthcare system in NYS and across the nation continues its efforts toward reform, policy-makers are looking to foster innovation and efficiency in healthcare delivery. Mobile health has the potential to respond to some of the challenges facing health systems by increasing access to healthcare and health information, including hard-to-reach groups like the homeless. The goal is to increase efficiency and lower the cost of healthcare services, while promoting patient engagement into primary care services. As a community health center, Cornerstone is uniquely positioned to address certain public health challenges, and the new mobile health unit is just one of several key investments made over the last year in innovative solutions that will fill some significant healthcare gaps. Cornerstone is also planning to launch mobile dentistry services in the coming year. The mobile van is made possible by Affinity Health Plan. Affinity shares Cornerstone’s mission to provide access to affordable, high quality, cost effective primary care to members.

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The new mobile van will be in service at the following Orange County locations: Emergency Housing Shelter at Honor, 38 Seward Avenue Middletown; Tuesday and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Newburgh Ministries, 9 Johnston Street, Newburgh; Thursday, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Ecclesia House, 91 Ann Street, Newburgh; first Wednesday of the month, 1:00–4:00 p.m. Hudson House, 245 Broadway, Newburgh; second Wednesday of the month, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. YAP, 44 Grand Street, Newburgh; second Wednesday of the month, 2:00–5:00 p.m. United Methodist Church, 245 Liberty Street, Newburgh; third Wednesday of the month, 3:00– 6:00 p.m. Hudson Valley Inn, 5180 Route 9W, Newburgh; fourth Wednesday of the month, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

April N. Gozza is Senior Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs for Cornerstone Family Healthcare. For more information on Cornerstone’s mobile health programs visit

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BUSINESS INSIDER Health Insurance Note from Orange Benefits Partners Now is the time to start thinking about changing your health insurance plan. If you are considering changing plans or interested in learning more about our programs, contact Orange Benefits Partners (OBP). We can sign you up for Small Group or Individual Medical, Dental and Vision. We also offer voluntary products such as Group Life, Long Term Care, Long Term Disability and Short Term Disability. Individual Open Enrollment with an effective date of January 1, 2017, is the opportunity for individuals to enroll in or change their current health plan. This is the only open enrollment for individuals and all paperwork must be submitted prior to December 15, 2016. For more information and/or applications, contact Christine Florio at 845-7257390 or before December 1, 2016. Note that these programs under Open Enrollment will be for a January 1, 2017 effective date.

Ribbon Cutting Sisters Hillary (left) and Claire Lindsay (right) celebrate the ribbon cutting of The Green Onion, 8 Greycourt Avenue in Chester. Joining in the celebration is their aunt. The Green Onion is a community center located in the Black Dirt region of Orange County, with a local market, events and education. Get more info at

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Transportation and warehousing, although neither particularly large nor high-paying currently, is a fast-growing industry for the region, particularly in Orange County, which has easy access to several major highways. Looking ahead, the Mid-Hudson Valley region has a number of strengths, including its proximity to New York City, extensive infrastructure and an educated population. These factors give it a strong base from which to grow, and new projects continue to take advantage of these strengths. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (left) talks with NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Mid-Hudson Economy A Mixed Bag

However, the region has a number of challenges that will have to be addressed in the process. Many of its water and wastewater systems are aging, and energy issues remain important topics of debate, as do increasing pressures on transportation systems. If you have questions, contact Gabe Deyo or Tracey Hitchen-Boyd in my Division of Local Government and School Accountability at (518) 474-4037. Or visit Thomas P. DiNapoli is New York State Comptroller.

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business and community leaders that attended chamber events in Dutchess and Orange counties. Specifically, my report found: The Mid-Hudson region is relatively prosperous with county median incomes and property values both well above the state and national averages. The costs of living and doing business there are also above average. The population is becoming more ethnically diverse and the proportion of senior citizens is growing. Current unemployment is below 5 percent in most of the counties in the region, with a significant number of residents commuting to New York City. Health care and government are the largest major employment sectors, followed by hotels and restaurants, and retail trade establishments. Recent economic development efforts have focused on attracting biotechnology and other high-tech manufacturing, and on activities that take advantage of the region’s extensive road systems and generally well-developed infrastructure. The region’s near-term challenges include funding for upgrading and expanding existing assets while achieving the desired balance between economic growth and quality

of life. Stakeholders, ranging from local residents and businesses to governments and major corporations, are actively engaged in helping to shape the region’s future. Just over 2.3 million people call the Mid-Hudson region home. The percentage of the population over 65 has been growing in all counties, as has the Hispanic and Latino population, while the percentage that is white non-Hispanic has been declining. The largest private employers in 2014 included a mix of hospitals and other healthcare providers, big box and major grocery retailers. Region-wide, annual unemployment rates have been dropping in recent years, moving from 7.6% in 2012 to 4.7% in 2015. Preliminary data show that unemployment was down even further, to 3.8% by May 2016. While manufacturing is still a major industrial sector in the region, it has seen a steady decline both in total workforce and number of employers over the past decade. Just over 45,000 people worked in the sector in 2014, down 31% from 2000. Construction jobs, which are numerous and relatively well-paid, had already rebounded by 2014. The professional, scientific and technical sector and the smaller finance and insurance sector pay some of the highest average in the region.

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Making it in OC P I N E A P P L E D AY S PA , P i n e B u s h Pineapple Day Spa is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The spa’s award-winning team of professionals provide cutting edge spa and salon treatments with a full service hair salon featuring AVEDA®, skincare by Dermalogica®, massage therapy, makeup featuring bareMinerals®,nail care featuring Shellac®, and more 845-744-3039 / W A L D E N S AV I N G S B A N K , Circleville The Circleville branch of Walden Savings Bank recently celebrated 10 years of providing financial products and services, along with exemplary customer service. As part of the celebration, the bank presented mini-grants to five non-profits in the Circleville area.

845-361-2525 / / A D A P T I V E E N V I R O N M E N TA L C O N S U LT I N G G R O U P, N e w Windsor An industrial hygiene firm based in Las Vegas, this is their 10th full-service testing, reporting and consulting office. They perform water damage assessment, mold inspection and reporting, regulatory asbestos testing, lead-based paint analysis, formaldehyde testing and VOC testing. 845-859-9047 / / H O R I Z O N FA M I LY M E D I C A L G R O U P, G o s h e n Horizon Family Medical Group has been chosen by the Centers for Medicare &

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M OUNT SAI NT MARY COLLEG E , Newburgh Parkhurst Dining is Mount Saint Mary College’s new food service partner. As part of a constant effort to improve operations, the Mount put out a bid for dining service providers in the spring of 2016. Parkhurst began serving the college in August. 845-561-0800 / ORANGE REGIONAL MEDICAL G R O U P, M i d d l e t o w n A new Rheumatology Department has been established at Orange Regional Medical Group. The department provides diagnosis and treatment of rheumatic diseases such as osteoarthritis, psoriatic and rheumatoid arthritis, gout, lupus, scleroderma, myositis and vasculitis. 845-333-7575 / RIVERSIDE BANK , Poughkeepsie Riverside Bank, a division of Salisbury Bank and Trust Company, recently completed their 2nd shred season, holding three Community Shred Days in the Newburgh, Poughkeepsie and Fishkill branches. A total of 18,000 pounds of paper was shredded and recycled. 845-790-6365

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NOTABLE PEOPLE Jeannie Lynch-O’Connor 845-463-3011 / Jeannie Lynch-O’Connor has joined Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union as Director of Consumer Lending. She has more than 25 years of experience.


Awards recognition Ulster Savings Bank’s Charitable Foundation recently awarded $30,000 to 15 area students through the foundation’s scholarship program. The foundation also recognized 11 local educators with a total of nearly $10,000 through its Learning Initiatives for Educators (LIFE) grant program. Orange Regional Medical Center recently achieved Magnet recognition of its nursing professionalism, teamwork and superiority in patient care. Only six percent of US health care organizations have achieved Magnet recognition, which is awarded by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. BBG&G Advertising recently held their second annual Heroes Bike Run and divided the proceeds between two local not-for-profits: the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor and Paws of War.

Linda Dauer & Darlene Benzenberg 845-341-4728 Linda Dauer, most recently the Finance Director for the West Point Association of Graduates, will be SUNY Orange’s next Vice President for Administration and Finance. She has more than 30 years of experience. Darlene Benzenberg is SUNY Orange’s new Registrar. She has 15+ years of experience. Dr. David A. Kennett & Tracey Niemotko 845-569-3222 / Dr. David A. Kennett has been selected as Interim President for a two-year term at Mount Saint Mary College. Dr. Kennett was most recently the Elizabeth Stillman Williams Professor of Economics at Vassar College. Tracey Niemotko, Professor of Accounting and Chair of Mount Saint Mary College’s School of Business, was recently elected to the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Board of Directors as a Chapter Representative. The Chazen Companies 315-440-9750 Chazen Companies has opened a new branch office in Central New York and hired engineer Eric Haslam to manage the new facility located in downtown Syracuse. Haslam is also Director of Engineering Services. Chazen has also opened a new office in Nashville, TN and selected long-time engineering manager Peter Romano to lead the expansion. Tom Johnson has joined Chazen as Transportation Services Manager, based in Chazen’s Troy office. Brit Basinger is Chazen’s new Director of Landscape Architecture Services. Sylvia Murphy has joined Chazen as Director of Marketing and Business Development.

The Greater Hudson Valley Health System, comprised of Catskill Regional Medical Center, Orange Regional Medical Center, Catskill Regional Medical Group and Orange Regional Medical Group, recently received a total of 15 healthcare marketing awards as part of the 33rd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards. ORMC has also been recognized by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum and College of Healthcare Information Management Executives with a “Most Wired” award. The Orange Regional Foundation Golf Classic recently raised $250,000, which will benefit the new Physician Office Building and Cancer Center. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union has earned CEO Cancer Gold Standard™ re-accreditation for maintaining a strong commitment to the health of its employees and satisfying the latest, comprehensive requirements of the Gold Standard, an employee wellness accreditation program that addresses cancer in the workplace. SUNY Orange’s Radiologic Technology program recently gained accreditation from the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology. Also, the SUNY Orange Foundation has committed $88,600 to enhance a series of academic experiences and services for students at the college, including support for students to participate in academic and leadership conferences, the creation of two faculty academies, and expansion of admissions outreach initiatives. For the third straight year, St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital has been included on the list of Health Care’s Most Wired® hospitals, ranking among the nation’s best in using information technology to improve patient care. The survey was recently released by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum. United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency has earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Also, the United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region was selected to be the coordinating and convening organization for the City of Newburgh’s poverty reduction initiative, funded through New York State’s $1,000,000 Empire State Poverty Reduction Initiative. Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange and Sullivan raised more than $45,000 at its 10th anniversary golf outing fundraiser. Also, Catholic Charities was the beneficiary of iHeartMedia’s second annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive, where more than 8,600 pounds of non-perishable food items were donated at five local Stop & Shop locations. Catholic Charities also received 65 backpacks filled with school supplies from the parishioners of St. Stephen’s Church in Warwick. Independent Living, Inc. was one of six organizations selected across New York State by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to receive $1.75 million in funding over five years to support a new Recovery Community and Outreach Center for the Hudson Valley region. The new centers, funded by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, will provide health, wellness and other support for individuals and families who are recovering from a substance use disorder or are seeking recovery services. Jeffersonville Bancorp, Inc. recently announced second quarter net income of $1,315,000 or $0.31 per share compared to $1,283,000 or $0.30 per share for the same quarter in 2015. Jeffersonville Bancorp is a one-bank holding company, which owns all the capital stock of Jeff Bank. The Mental Health Association in Orange County recently received a $1,650 donation from Damola Akinyemi, Hercules Fitness Challenge promoter. More than 1,700 people attended the Challenge. Keller Williams Hudson Valley United, with offices in Middletown and Rock Hill, experienced rapid growth with more than 32 associates joining in the first half of 2016, representing a 45% increase year-to-date. Closed units are up 98.4% and volume has risen by 112%.



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Safe Harbors of the Hudson has received a $5,000 grant from the TD Bank Charitable Foundation. The funds will support Safe Harbors’ cultural and educational programs. Mount Saint Mary College’s “Teach the Change” initiative recently received a $10,000 grant from the TD Charitable Foundation, the giving arm of TD Bank.

NOTABLE PEOPLE Kirstyn Melick 845-567-9000 / Kirstyn Melick, CPA in the Client Service Department in the Newburgh office of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, has been chosen a 2016 Rising Star. Jill Sussman, Andrea Ackerman and Nancy Owen 845-569-3222 /


Mount Saint Mary College Nursing Professors Jill Sussman, Andrea Ackermann and Nancy Owen recently presented “Classroom Mental Health Simulation-Based Experience” at the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning Conference in Texas. Linda A. LaRocco 845-342-4774 www.middletown The family health practice of Linda A. LaRocco in Pine Bush has joined Middletown Medical. LaRocco is a board-certified Nurse Practitioner who has been serving the local community since 2008. Madeleine Banulski 845-294-2733 www.horizonfamily Madeleine Banulski, an Advance Practice Nurse, has joined Horizon Family Medical Group, with 38 offices throughout Orange County. She will be located in the office of Dr. Andrew Hirsch, 30 Hatfield Lane, Suite 101, Goshen.

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Call or visit us today and speak to Rachelle or Pamela to learn more about our full line of services. MEMBER

Julie Stainton 845-565-1162 www.myindependent Julie Stainton is the new Community Relations and Marketing Manager for Independent Living, Inc., a crossdisability advocacy and service organization. She has 20 years of experience in business development, marketing and public relations.

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NOTABLE PEOPLE Elizabeth Rowley, Steven Van Pouke & Scott M. Lask 845-333-2333 The Orange Regional Medical Center Foundation has announced the appointment of the following board members: Elizabeth Rowley, President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan; Steven Van Pouke, Vice President of Engineering, BFY Brans of Monroe; and Scott M. Lask, President and Owner, The Scott Lask Wealth Management Group LLC of Monroe. Orange Regional Medical Group 845-333-2361 www.orangeregional Six new physicians have joined Orange Regional Medical Group: Dr. Anila Khaliq, Dr. Lucy Cheng, Dr. Bella Fradis, Dr. Jowairiyya Ahmad, Dr. Thomas Holsaeter and Dr. Cherry Song.

WELCOME NEW CHAMBER MEMBERS A C E M entor P rogram of H udson Valley N ew York , I nc . (845) 346-0010 - Middletown, NY A daptive E nvironmental C onsulting of N ew York , I nc . (845) 859-9047 - New Windsor, NY A lly H ealth (518) 369-4098 - Pearl River, NY A rmy W est P oint S ports P roperties (845) 446-2500 - West Point, NY

S tagecoach I nn (845) 294-5526 - Goshen, NY T he G reen O nion (201) 788-6803 - Chester, NY W est P oint C hapter , A ssociation of the U nited S tates A rmy (845) 893-0404 - Suffern, NY W ill S ells B M W s (845) 782-4269 - Harriman, NY

C ounty H ome C are (888) 545-8810 - Middletown, NY D aily Voice , L L C (914) 368-9753 - Armonk, NY

Catherine Hunter 845-457-7700 www.waldensavings Catherine Hunter has been appointed Branch Manager for Walden Savings Bank’s Circleville location. Hunter joins the bank with more than 37 years of experience. Gary Schuster and Marcia Jacobowitz 845-778-2121 Gary Schuster and Marcia Jacobowitz have been named partners at the law firm of Jacobowitz and Gubits, LLP. Schuster has been with the firm for 12 years and Jacobowitz for six years.

E mbroid M e of M iddletown , N Y (848) 697-5455 - Slate Hill, NY E x press E mployment P rofessionals (845) 507-0812 - Bardonia, NY F oresters F inancial S ervices , I nc . (845) 561-3489 - Newburgh, NY L u x ury L andscape L ighting , L L C (914) 261-6351 - Walden, NY M y AT M G uys , I nc . (845) 234-9331 N Y D aily N ews (917) 796-4733 - New York, NY


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Member Note The correct member information for S&S Safety is as follows: Debra Brush 28 Robert Street Middletown NY 10940 845-381-1026


Getting Your Message Across: A Case For Creativity

T he E ra of I nformation O verload

With so much information regularly traveling to nearly everyone across the globe at a moment’s notice, simply sharing a great idea, product or service doesn’t cut it. Everyone is sharing something. To increase the effectiveness of your message, it needs to become a work of art that blends the advantages of technology and creativity to stand out. But how? Put O n a G reat P erformance

Your website is a performance, a 24/7 show directly reflecting your quality

and capabilities. In this section, we will discuss a few modern examples of how to put on the best show possible, so people don’t only stick around, but they give you a standing ovation. A nimation

Animation brings things to life. It gives your visitors a sense that the website is responding to them, welcoming them, listening to them and ultimately giving them control. Modern web techniques allow animation of various elements to affect any aspect of a webpage. A great example of this is www.

I nfographics

Infographics are one of the most helpful ways to parry information overload and increase recall. Understanding the psychology behind “why” they work is applicable to all web content. Balancing text with imagery is a part of what separates good design from bad. A good example of this is http://neomam. com/interactive/13reasons/. B ackground V ideo

A picture is worth a thousand words; and video, at least a thousand times that. As internet browsers on desktop have evolved to support background video, it has also become best practice to use them. Using background video, along with foreground messaging, allows you to promote a call to action, while conveying a very specific emotion. Paralla x

Parallax has been a buzzword for quite some time now. If you are unfamiliar with it, here’s the simple definition: it allows multiple image layers to move at different speeds based on scrolling and/or mouse

by Charlie Graham

Charlie Graham is Founder of Volum8 Creative, Inc. Charlie can be reached at 845-202-2206 or position. Parallax is a great addition to storytelling, allowing a visitor to be immersed in an interactive story, such as Or it can be used to present products in new and unique ways. Learning to not overdo it with Parallax is extremely important. T ell Your S tory

All of the tools described above are nothing more than flashy items without a good story. Story is what makes content work. It takes a good bit of creativity to write, craft and portray a story in its best light. It takes even more work to use technology to tell a story that visitors will never forget. When it all comes together, the results can leave one speechless.

What A Night! It was a picture-perfect evening for the annual Young Professionals’ End of Summer Mixer at Billy Joe’s Ribworks on the Hudson. Pilots from the New York Air Show were our special guests, our friends at Walden Savings Bank sponsored this fabulous event, and scads of school supplies were collected for the YWCA Children’s Center at Family Court. What a night!

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Save the Date! Be our guest

1st Annual Open House at Open Vistas 48 Industrial Place • Middletown, New York 10940

Thursday, November 3, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm res, d’oeuv s* *Hors ink soft dr r* & e in a w zz guit ent *Live ja rts Departm A e s* he Fin *Tour t t Open Vista a

Hosted by

CRVI Crystal Run Village Foundation

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Saturday, November 19 because

Shopping Locally is the Name of the Game! Details to be announced soon.


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O range & S ullivan C ounty E mployment A ction N etwork G ala D inner Otterkill Country Club, Campbell Hall, 845-452-5589 or Y P A dopt- a - highway cleanup 7:30 a.m., meet at Chamber S eminar 8:00-10:00 a.m., Chamber Business Center, Montgomery Topic: “Retirement Planning Options for Myself and My Employees” Speakers: Alissa Provanzana, Garry Michel & Bob Pysk, Walden Investment Services


3 rd A nnual W itch H at Party to benefit H ospice of O range & S ullivan C ounties 7:00-10:00 p.m., Mountainville Manor, Mountainville event/witch-hat-party


A bilities F irst S ignature E vent Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie, 845-485-9803, ext. 223;


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O range C ounty A rts C ouncil Awards C eremony 5:30-9:00 p.m., Motorcyclepedia Museum, Newburgh, 845-469-9168


P illars of the C ommunity Awards G ala 6:00-11:00 p.m., Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor Presented by Cornerstone Family Healthcare 845-220-3152; www. M embership B reakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m., West Hills Country Club, Middletown Speaker: Ed Harrison, General Manager, Stewart Airport Sponsor: Advance Testing Company Y P M i x er 5:30-7:30 p.m., Hosted by OCC Young Professionals


C ommunity F oundation of O range & S ullivan A nnual R eception & S ilent A uction 5:30-8:30 p.m.., Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor; 845-769-9393


J olly T rolly H oliday S hopping T rip 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. A ccess : S upports for L iving 2 0 16 G ala & V ision of H ope Award D inner 5:30 p.m., Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor gala2016

M embers on M onday L uncheon 12:00-1:30 p.m., Chamber Business Center, Montgomery Topic: “Legal Services” Sponsors: Jacobowitz & Gubits and Dispute Resolution Center




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M embers on M onday L uncheon 12:00-1:30 p.m., Chamber Business Center, Montgomery Topic: “”Non-Profits” Sponsor: Walden Savings Bank


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P R / M arketing C ommittee 8:00 am (Montgomery Room) A mbassadors 7:45 am (Meals on Wheels, Newburgh)



G overnment A ffairs C ommittee 8:00 am (Larkin Room)

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Consultants Committee 7:45 am (Larkin Room)

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Young Professionals 8:00 am (Gallery Room)

M inority and W omen B usiness C ommittee 8:30 am (Montgomery Room)

A mbassadors 7:45 am (TBD) P R / M arketing C ommittee 8:00 am (Montgomery Room)

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We Open Early and Close Late Not every health scare requires a trip to the Emergency Room - if it is not a medical emergency, come see us at Urgent Care at Cornerstone Family Healthcare. The wait is shorter and the cost is less!

M ember O rientation 8:00-9:30 a.m., Chamber Business Center


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The St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is a life-changing event that requires a team approach for long-term success. The team at The St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, including Wayne Weiss, MD, Medical Director, Ramon Rivera, MD, and Jaime Cepeda, MD, works with each individual patient to ensure that the proper pre– and post-procedure support is provided. The SLCH Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery offers sleeve gastrectomy and lap-band procedures. Our team of expert surgeons will help you choose the right procedure for you. To learn more please visit or call 1-855-EAT-RITE.

Wayne Weiss MD, FACS, Board Certified Surgeon

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October/November 2016

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