April 2012 Bottom Line

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International Women’s Day ........................ 3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Young Professionals.................................. 5 Anderson Breakfast...................................7 New Members ...................................... 8-9 Member News .................................. .10-11 Upcoming Events.................................... 12 Chamber Foundation............................... 14 Forty Under 40 ...................................... 15 Discover Tuscany..................................... 16


espite its location in the heart of Ulster County, SUNY New Paltz is a magnet for growth throughout the whole Hudson Valley. There are countless ways for Dutchess County businesses in particular to take advantage of New Paltz’s presence in our region, and at the April Contact Breakfast, college President Donald Christian will deliver a keynote address focusing on just that. Christian was appointed the eighth President at the State University of New York at New Paltz, effective June 16, 2011. He served as Interim President from July 2010 until his appointment as President. Prior to his time in the Office of the President, Christian served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College for the 2009-2010 academic year. As President, Christian is responsible for all aspects of campus academic and administrative operations, including education, research, faculty recruitment and development. Working in collaboration with internal and external constituencies,

the president provides overall leadership and guidance for the College, including the leading of discussions and processes to identify attainable institutional goals. The president represents the ChrIsTIAN campus’ interests within the SUNY system, with local and state-elected officials and with the surrounding communities. KeyBank proudly sponsors the April Contact Breakfast. With smart solutions and superior service, KeyBank partners with you to Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

After Hours at Beekman Country Club


he first Business After Hours of the spring season swings by the Beekman Country Club, located at 11 Country Club Road in Hopewell Junction, on Wednesday, April 25 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while networking with Chamber members and their guests in the Beekman Country Club clubhouse. Admission to Business After Hours is free, however pre-registration is requested. To reserve your place, visit www.dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Solomon Chiropractic and Nutrition, TEG

Federal Credit Union and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell, LLP proudly sponsor the April Business After Hours. Prior to the Business After Hours, from 4-5 p.m, Beekman will offer a free golf clinic on their new driving range and also host a putting contest. Bring your own clubs if you prefer, but clubs will be available on site. The country club is also offering special rates for nine holes of golf during the day before the Business After Hours for Chamber members only, so call now to reserve your tee time. Open to the public, the Beekman

Country Club offers a championshipcaliber test of golf for all enthusiasts, and was recently named one of the top 50 courses in the country for female golfers. In addition to the course, on-site facilities include a pro shop, full-service restaurant, and banquet facilities for all occasions. Visit www. beekmangolf.com for more information or to book your tee time. Solomon Chiropractic and Nutrition has been delivering quality chiropractic and holistic chiropractic care to the Hudson Valley community since 1981, offering its patients a vast array of treatment choices. For

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achieve your financial goals - and they care about the community too, supporting economic development, volunteerism, financial education, and green initiatives. Notfor-profit members Alzheimer’s Association, Leadership Dutchess, Poughkeepsie Public Library District, and Trinity Players will also be in attendance. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit www.dcrcoc.org. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30.

The 3rd annual Headliners Awards, sponsored by Hudson Valley Fresh, will be handed out at the April Contact Breakfast. Be sure you are there to find out who the winners are!

International Women’s Day See page 3

more information, visit www.solomonchiroandnutrition.com. TEG Federal Credit Union’s mission is to exceed expectations and build beneficial and lasting relationships with its members and the community by providing personalized banking and financial solutions that make it easier to succeed through integrity, professionalism, cooperation and service excellence. Find out more at www.tegfcu.com. Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell, a certified public accounting firm, is organized into five principal divisions to best serve their clients. They can assist with accounting and auditing, tax services, consulting and special projects ser-

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Message from the Chair: Frank Castella, Jr.

T 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 Jan Dewey .................................................................. Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Carol Gordon ........................................................Rhinebeck Savings 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 Darlene Bruno ....................................................... Administrative Assistant Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership 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

here are always familiar faces at the Chamber, and often times just as many unfamiliar faces. If you are a regular attendee at events, you will likely recognize a good portion of the people in the room -- you may even know most of their names. Put yourself in the shoes of a new member attending an event for the first time, a young professional, someone new to the area or maybe just a person with a reserved personality. Attending a Chamber event isn’t always comfortable for everyone and it can be extremely intimidating for newbies. At the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, we pride ourselves in making our events different; not only business-friendly, but people-friendly too. Our Chamber staff does its very best to receive new members, guests, first-time attendees and, of course, our valued general membership. However, it isn’t always easy. With almost 2,000

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faces you don’t recognize and help show them around. By doing this, they will feel welcome at our events, they will continue to return for more, become an active component in the Chamber and it will make for a stronger, better, Chamber community. After all, a good first experience can mean a great lasting impression.

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members of the Chamber, and an employee-multiplying factor, the Chamber staff meets hundreds of new people each and every day. As you can imagine it isn’t easy to remember all names, but you can almost bet they will remember your face. We at the Chamber understand it isn’t always easy for people to attend our events and fit right in, so we do our best to reach out and make attendees feel at ease. It also may not be physically possible for the Chamber staff to personally greet each person at events, so the key belongs to our Chamber Ambassador Committee. These member volunteers offer welcome guidance through the process of being a new member, and they always greet you with a smile. If you’re a tenured member, we can always use your help to improve the image of the Chamber, and an integral part of that image is how people feel at our events. Reach out to the new





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Women gather, walk in solidarity


undreds of women (and a few men) gathered on International Women’s Day to celebrate and help educate people about the plight of women in other countries. The keynote speaker was Dr. Carol Ann Malizia and the youth speaker was Shafari Pinak, a Highland High School senior. Following entertainment and speeches, the women walked across the Walkway Over the Hudson. We look forward to seeing you next year on March 8.

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or International Women’s Day 2012, 500 custom made purple scarves were commissioned by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Alliance from Women’s Work, a fair trade retail store located in Poughkeepsie. Made in Ecuador by Estela Sa-

ransig and her family, the scarves were specially made for International Women’s Day. In addition to their beauty, the scarves have the added value of being produced using fair trade principles. On a day which celebrated women’s achievements, the act of

buying fair trade scarves not only spoke well of those who participated in the walk and acknowledged the talents of the artisans, but also had a direct financial effect on the lives of the weavers in Ecuador. This one purchase of scarves provided the equivalent of one year’s salary for each artisan.


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by Charles S. North


ince we never had a winter, I’ve been thinking a lot about spring. Spring might be my favorite season in the Hudson Valley – it’s the perfect time to dust off the golf clubs, get out in the garden, dine al fresco, take a stroll over the Walkway, and just generally enjoy the great outdoors. Sometimes as business owners in Dutchess County, we forget that one of our greatest economic resources is the sheer beauty of our hometown. People want to come here, are lining up to eat in our restaurants and shop in our boutiques, and at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, we want to help our members take full advantage. So many of our upcoming events are focused on doing just that. Right here in the Hudson Valley, we grow some of the finest, freshest food in the country, and thanks in part to the Culinary Institute of America we grow some of the finest chefs too! When you put those two elements together, you get the Breakfast of Champions, returning to the MidHudson Civic Center on the

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morning of June 20. All of the best restaurants in the region will be offering up samples of their signature dishes, so make sure to wake up early and bring your appetite. Not long after the Breakfast of Champions it’s time for the Balloon Festival. I truly feel that nothing helps people get a better Dutchess County experience than our annual Balloon Festival, where patrons can experience not only some of the wonderful landmarks we have to offer, but also learn about some great local businesses, restaurants, and more while spending time with friends and family. Look for more information on these and other events coming soon. I’m so happy that spring has sprung! Hopefully you are too, and I can’t wait to see you out and about thinking local first right alongside me.

Chamber member Advance Testing is sponsoring this billboard to be seen around Dutchess County during the month of April thanks to Highway Displays. This is the fourth consecutive month Advance Testing and Highway Displays have provided billboards to promote not-for-profit organizations in Dutchess County. April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Anderson Public Policy Breakfast will be held on April 13. See page 7 for more details.

New to networking? This is for you


ou’ve done the networking. You’ve made your contacts. You are even on LinkedIn. Now what? The first thing you should do is attend the Chamber’s special Network with a Purpose Part 2 event on Wednesday, April 25 at the Beekman Country Club, 11 Country Road in Hopewell Junction. It runs from 4-5

p.m., and is immediately followed by the monthly Business After Hours, where you can put your new networking skills to the test. Come hear communications and leadership expert Skip Weisman give you tips for networking, show you right and wrong ways to handle yourself in a business environment, and answer

any questions you might have. For more information about Skip Weisman and his expert solutions, go to www.workplacecommunicationexpert.com This event is complimentary for members to attend. Reserve your spot by going to the Chamber’s website at www.dcrcoc.org or calling 845-454-1700 x1000.



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Young Professionals work OverTime


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Mark Earth Day with green event tions & Technologies, Inc.; Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp; and Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy, LLC proudly sponsor the Living Green Symposium. For more information, contact Audra at 845-454-1700 ext. 1007 or audra@dcrcoc.org. To register, visit www.dcrcoc.org. Living Green Symposium Sponsored by:

Chazen Companies; and Perry Hartswick, IBM. Immediately following the informative discussion, numerous Hudson Valley business leaders will speak about current green initiatives at the workplaces and how going green has had a positive impact on their bottom line. Presenters include: Margery Groten, Scenic Hudson; Garret Dyal, Adams Fairacre Farms; Jeffrey Reel, Omega Institute; and Michael Weddell, CPA, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP. Quality Environmental Solu-

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n recognition of Earth Day, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Living Green Committee, in partnership with the Legislative Action Committee, is hosting the Second Annual Living Green Symposium: Smart Water Management on Tuesday, April 24 at 8 a.m. at the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) on the grounds of the Hudson Highlands State Park. The symposium is complimentary to attend and open to the public, however there is a limit of 75 guests. After a continental breakfast catered by Simply Gourmet, the conference kicks off with a roundtable panel discussion focusing on water management regulations and benefits, engineering considerations, and best practices. Participants on the dais include: Barbara Kendall, Kendall Stormwater Services; Emily Vail, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Jeff Econum, The

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very two months, the Hudson Valley Young Professionals (HVYP) meet at an interesting location in Dutchess County to put in some OverTime – networking with fellow members in a relaxed atmosphere after work. Over 100 Young Professionals routinely gather for the free-of-charge OverTime events, which feature complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Attendees are also able to enter to win door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. Mark your calendars; the next OverTime gathering is set for Thursday, April 12 from 5-7 p.m. inside the Toll Brothers clubhouse on Teaberry Lane, Fishkill. HVYPs will be able to tour the entire Toll Brothers resort-style living facility and speak with company representatives during the event. Each Toll Brothers home offers a combination of quality materials and superior design, where every detail is meticulously crafted, and every enhancement you select is seamlessly added to create a customized home that is



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Organization can help local NFPs


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networking. Project management is defined as the application of skills and techniques to execute projects effectively and efficiently. It is a strategic competency for organizations, enabling them to tie project results to business goals — and thus, better compete in their markets. Certified Project Managers are in high-demand. The Project Management Professional certification (PMP) is one of PMI’s most sought after certifications and represents an understanding of nine key business areas. Specifically, the PMI Hudson

Valley Chapter objectives are to: • Encourage and facilitate education, certification, and professionalism in project management • Disseminate information within the Hudson Valley regarding developments in project management • Promote formal project management principles and techniques within local businesses, universities and professional associations • Support and enhance the project management profession by developing quality programs based on local project manager needs • Create and deliver an edu-

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT cational program that strengthens local project manager skills and supports the Project Management Institute Certification Program. Get involved with the Hudson Valley Chapter of PMI by volunteering. The first step is to come to one of its monthly meetings (you do not need to be a member to

attend) or visit its website - www. pmihvc.org. Year after year, the Hudson Valley Chapter of PMI works to create new programs and improve existing ones for the benefit of its members and the community. For them to continue this progress, it is very important that they persist in having individuals donate their skills and valuable time. If you are interested in learning new skills, earning credit towards certification, meeting new people, or just giving back to the community, volunteer to get involved in the chapter.

New members encouraged to learn more about Chamber


he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce invites all members who have joined in the past six months to attend a complimentary catered luncheon on Wednesday, April 11 at 11:30 a.m. inside the Chamber’s office located at 1 Civic Center Plaza,

Suite 400 in Poughkeepsie. Joining an organization as multi-faceted as the Chamber can provide endless new opportunities for your business, but only if you’re aware of what’s available to use to your advantage. Luncheon attendees will meet and greet Chamber staff and fellow new members

while getting an overview of everything that the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce can offer you and your business. This includes information you need to know about important events to attend, how to schedule your ribbon cutting, the best way to leverage the Chamber for pub-

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Redesigning your infrastructure

Distance doesn’t matter. IT needs to enable the way business needs to be conducted. Employees need and want to be able to collaborate and share data from anywhere to anywhere, so be prepared with the proper equipment or systems in place to make that happen. Business never stops. You can’t afford to not be able to conduct business at any time so it’s

important to make sure your redesign includes the ability to have your business up and running if disaster or data loss occurs. Centralized applications and data. If your workforce is spread out across states, counties or multiple offices in one region, having all of the tools that help them get the job done easily accessible and easier to manage for your IT staff will keep your business running more efficiently. 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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SBA Days on cash options

The next SBA Days event is scheduled for Thursday, April 19 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s offices in Poughkeepsie. Lunch will be provided. Tom McHale, from the New York Business Development Corp., will be the featured speaker. His presentation is entitled, “The new 504: Cash out for working capital.” SBA Days is held each month in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration based in Albany. The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and


Public Policy Breakfast on tap

he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Anderson Center for Autism present the annual Anderson Center Public Policy Breakfast, to be held on Friday, April 13 at 7:30 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. The keynote address will be given by Anderson Center for Autism Executive Director and CEO Neil Pollack, speaking on “Celebrating 35 Years of Service to the Autism Community.” The Anderson Center for Autism is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the highest quality programs possible for children and adults with autism and re-

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324 North Plank Road Newburgh, NY 12550 845-564-3065/Fax: 845-564-9839 Email: kparmistead@amiservicesinc.com Web: www.ami-servicesinc.com Contact: Robert Armistead, Owner HVAC Specialists. Preventive/full maintenance. Building automation systems, Energy efficiencies. Retrofits, Boilers, Chillers and Cooling Towers and green building professionals. Leed-AP.

FArming & AgricuLture Hahn Farm

1697 Salt Point Turnpike Salt Point, NY 12578 845-266-5042 Email: hahnfarm1@aol.com Web: www.hahnfarm.com Contact: Karen Hahn, Owner Tom Hahn, Owner Est. 1798; Diversified farm featuring our own all natural beef, poultry, pork, lamb and seasonal vegetables. Also hay, corn, fall festival and christmas trees.

Fire sAFety & equipment Arco Protection Systems, Inc. 1593 Route 376 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-463-6900/Fax: 845-463-6910 Email: craig.arco@arco-systems.com Web: www.arco-systems.com Contact: Craig Arco, President Est. 1994; Fire protection company providing installation and service of fire alarm, fire sprinkler and gaseous suppression, all with in-house union staff.








Heritage Home Theater Systems

PO Box 786 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-298-9070 Email: rcc@heritagehometheater.com Web: www.heritagehometheater.com Contact: Richard Parker, President Est. June 1996; Custom design and installation of home theater systems, multi room audio and computer networks.

Perl Psychological Services

1732 Main Street (Rt. 44), Suite 1 Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 845-635-8224/Fax: 845-635-1109 Email: drjoeperl@aol.com Contact: Joseph Perl, Ph.D Est. March 2009; Private practice clinical psychologist-specialtiestreatment of alcohol/substance abuse, depression, anxiety, couples counseling, relicensing evaluations, attorney evaluations for DWI, other criminal chargesprimarily adults.

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3 Clifton Court Patterson, NY 845-878-3539 Email: jimpasquarella@comcast.net Contact: James Pasquarella, Provide IT program/project management support.

mAnuFActurers Bixby & Co.

133 Route 94 South Warwick, NY 10990 845-346-6591 Email: kate@bixbyco.com Web: www.bixbyco.com Contact: Kate McAleer, Owner Est. 5/31/2011; Founded by Kate McAleer, Bixby & Co. manufacturers the Bixby Bar.

243 Main Street Suite 250 New Paltz, NY 12561 845-419-5103/Fax: 845-419-5131 Email: spujdak@researchworks.org Web: www.researchworks.org Contact: Susan Pujdak Est. 2003; We provide program evaluation, data management services, human services to the public sector.

resorts Kaattskill Mountain Club Resort & Spa

PO Box 257 Hunter, NY 12442 518-263-5580 x3021/Fax: 518263-5588 Email: cdantzig@huntermtn.com Web: www.kaatskillmtnclub.com Contact: Cara L. Dantzig, Director of Sales



restAurAnts Billy Bob’s BBQ

35 Fairmont Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-471-7870/Fax: 845-486-9190 Email: billkistnerjr@gmail.com Web: www.billybobsbbq.biz Contact: Bill Kistner, President Est. 3/31/2011; Full service barbecue restaurant and bar. Eat-in, takeout. Daily specials. Live music.



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video stores Joe Gamer LLC

1097 Route 55 Lagrangeville, NY 12540 845-471-0471 Email: stjoph@hotmail.com Contact: Ilyse Costello, Co-Owner Est. February 2012; Sale of video games and related items, video game play area.


26 IBM Road Suite 102 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-849-2113 Email: strengthforlife09@gmail.com Web: www.strengthforlifeny.com Contact: Edward Schaeffer, Owner, Kate M. Chromey, Owner Est. 2007; Personal training and massage therapy.

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MEMBER NEWSLINE News... Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) Middletown Branch Manager Jean Sexton has been recognized by the Middletown Recreation Commission for her dedication and commitment to the City of Middletown. Sexton, a life-long Orange County resident, has been with HVFCU since 2000, and the manager of their Middletown Branch since its opening in May of 2007. She has donated her time and talents to such local nonprofits as the Middletown Cares Coalition, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pathstone, and Literacy Orange, in addition to participating at various events that support youth, health, and financial wellness across the greater Middletown community. “We’re very proud of Jean’s accomplishments,” said her supervisor, Area Retail Manager John Carola. “Jean embodies one of HVFCU’s strongest hallmarksservice to our community. We’re pleased the Recreation Commission chose to honor her this year at their Annual Dinner Meeting.”

Poughkeepsie resident Susanne O’Neil has been hired to serve as Walkway Over the Hudson’s new Volunteer and Special Project Coordinator. O’Neil will manage all volunteer activities as well as design and seek funding for outreach projects for the Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit organization. One of her priorities will be to recruit, train, and manage Walkway’s nearly 100 volunteers and Ambassadors, who serve as tour guides, greeters, and support Park staff. “Susanne brings a fantastic set of skills and a great deal of related experience to Walkway Over the Hudson. We will put her many talents to good use,” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “On top of her

professional experience, she’s a board member and a race director for the Mid-Hudson Road Runners Club and serves on the Dutchess County Youth Bureau’s Board of Directors.”

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) is proud to announce that its staff of ten Mortgage Loan Officers, including Nancy Lilly-Hamilton, Rob Dominguez, Chris Rosenbergen, Matt Ohrvall, Maryann Fuller and Tom Henry recently completed the Certified Mortgage Planning Specialist (CMPS) certification from the CMPS Institute. These five loan officers serve HVFCU’s Dutchess County members through full-service branches in Poughkeepsie, Hyde Park, Pleasant Valley, Beacon, Wappingers Falls, Fishkill, and Hopewell Junction. CMPS professionals have demonstrated financial knowledge and expertise regarding the tax and financial planning implications of various mortgage and real estate investment strategies. The certification is unique; giving the Loan Officers the knowledge to better advise members on their mortgage, real estate equity, and life planning needs and goals. Recognized for its preeminence within the industry, the CMPS curriculum represents the core knowledge expected of residential mortgage advisors, regardless of the diversity of specializations within the industry.

Jacobowitz & Gubits is pleased to announce that G. Brian Morgan has been named co-chair of the Legislative Committee, New York State Bar Association Municipal Law Section. Morgan recently rejoined the firm as senior counsel with practice in municipal law, land use, development law and related areas. His extensive background in municipal law also includes positions as chief counsel to the City of Poughkeepsie and as attorney for numerous towns and municipalities in the Hudson Valley. He also worked with the Dutchess County District Attorney. Morgan is also past president of the Dutchess County Bar Asso-


ciation and serves on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation. He has served as vice-chairman on the Board of Directors of the Dutchess County Arts Council. In 2011, Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress named Morgan a Pattern for Progress Fellow, based on his professional achievements in support of the decontamination and redevelopment of urban waterfronts along the Hudson River.

The Mount Beacon Incline Railway Restoration Society has selected Michael Colarusso as its President and Chief Executive Officer. Colarusso, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served as the Society’s Chief Operating Officer for the last two years, replaces Anne Lynch, who is staying on as vice president. Lynch called the change another step forward for the organization. “Mike was absolutely the right choice for us as we move ahead,” she said. “He’s been instrumental to our recent successes and I know that he’ll bring us even closer to our goal.” Colarusso noted the Society’s significant progress during Lynch’s four-year tenure. “Anne has taken us to new levels. Under her leadership, we tripled our membership and revenue, established an operating endowment, completed market and economic feasibility studies, identified potential contractors and service providers for the reconstruction, and developed a great restoration concept that will serve us extremely well going forward. Thanks to her, we have an excellent sense of what the railway will cost and the public benefit it will provide. I have some big shoes to fill, and I’m grateful that Anne remains part of our leadership team. We work extremely well together.” The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, environmental, planning, and landscape architecture services, announced that Danielle Marxer has joined the firm as the new Director of Business Development and Marketing. Marxer has 10 years of experience in the marketing field. In this new role, she will be re-

sponsible for implementing and managing Chazen’s business development efforts in the Hudson Valley. Prior to joining Chazen, Marxer served as Director of Business Development for The Lutheran Care Center Foundation, as well as their Director of Admissions, Marketing and Resident Relations. Marxer has a B.S. degree from Utica College of Syracuse University and an A.S. from Dutchess Community College. Throughout her career, she has served on or has been affiliated with a multitude of organizations, including the American Red Cross, Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie, Abilities First, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce (Women’s Leadership Alliance), and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Sports Museum of Dutchess County is accepting nominations to its Hall of Fame. Candidates, either living or deceased, must have been active contributors in the area of sports or recreation within Dutchess County. Criteria for acceptance will be efforts in enhancing a sport through organizing, coaching, sponsoring, etc. Accomplishments achieved during active participation in a sport or activity for which one is compensated is not eligible for consideration. To nominate an individual, send a written resume, including name address and all pertinent information postmarked by May 29 to Hall of Fame Committee, c/o Bill Doxsey, 147 Bower Rd., Poughkeepsie N Y 12603. United Way of the DutchessOrange Region recently honored the 2012 Marion S. Murphy and Spirit of Caring Award winners and announced to-date results for the ongoing Annual Workplace Campaign at its Annual Celebration of Service dinner event. Recipients of the 2012 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Awards are veteran community volunteers David Weaving of Hopewell Junction and Marilyn D’Ambrosio of Newburgh. Weaving currently serves as a United Way board member and Dutchess County Chair of the Hudson Valley CASH

Coalition. D’Ambrosio currently serves as a Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties volunteer and on its Auxiliary board. Both have extensive community service in their backgrounds. KeyBank, Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie and Southeast Container in Town of Wappinger received Spirit of Caring awards recognizing their commitment to improve the quality of life of the people in their community through supporting volunteers and demonstrating extraordinary corporate citizenship.

Pencil it in… On Thursday, April 26, select Hudson Valley restaurants will participate in Dining Out for Life, an annual fundraiser for local HIV/AIDS organizations. ARCS organizes the event in the Hudson Valley to benefit its programs and services for more than 3,000 people affected by HIV/ AIDS each year. Restaurants will be donating up to 25% of that day’s proceeds to ARCS. To date, 26 restaurants in Dutchess, Putnam, Ulster and Westchester counties are signed up for the event, reflecting a wide range of cuisines and price points. A number of other restaurants are expected to join the list, which is available on line at www.diningoutforlife.com/hudsonvalley. Community-minded businesses like Mid-Hudson Subaru, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Valley Table Magazine, Radio Woodstock WDST 100.1 FM, and Seasoned Culinary Classes have lined up as sponsors. This is the second year that ARCS has organized the event here in the Hudson Valley. “It’s one night a year where the more you eat and drink, the better you feel,” said ARCS’ Public Relations Director, J. Dewey. “Volunteer Ambassadors will be stationed in each location to collect additional donations from generous diners.”

Join Mid Hudson Animal Aid at their “Wines for Whiskers” social fundraiser event on April 29 at Cosimo’s Trattoria & Bar, 120 Delafield Street in Poughkeepsie. The event will be held from 2-6

On Thursday, May 3, at 5:30 p.m., The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse will hold their annual event, “There’s No Excuse for Child Abuse” Gala and Auction at the Grandview in Poughkeespie. The physicians and staff of the Mid Hudson Medical Group will be honored for their ongoing support of The Center’s mission, to end child abuse in Dutchess County. A silent auction and a live auction will be held to raise funds to support The Center’s programs. This year’s Master of Ceremonies is Dutchess County Executive Marcus J. Molinaro. Tickets are available at $150 per person and can be ordered by calling Valerie

Dutchess County Electrical Contractors Association (DCECA) presents KnowShow 2012, a conference and trade show for electrical contractors, on Saturday, April 21 from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Fishkill. Presenters include Frank Farina, president of State Wide Inspection Services (SWIS) and Joseph Villani, a expert in National Electrical Code (NEC) interpretation. The focus of this year’s KnowShow is generators, transfer switches, and related services, including New York code compliance. Attendees will also learn about electric car charging, PC-home automation, and new, state-of-the-art tools for specialized electrical work. For information on the seminar or about becoming an exhibitor, contact DCECA President William Kimmel at redracer469@gmail.com. The admission to the Know Show is $125 for Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Orange, and Columbia County Electrical Contractor Association members, New York Building Officials Association members, and National Electrical Contractors Association (NEC) members and employees. Nonmember admission is $135. Admission at the door is $140. Admission includes all seminars and demonstrations, trade show featuring approximately 40 exhibitors, door prizes and drawings, continental breakfast and hot buffet lunch. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.dceca. com and mailed to DCECA c/o Bill Turner, 3320 Rt 55, Pawling, NY 12564.

Kudos… ANCOR, an association of over 800 organizations serving people with disabilities, selected New Horizons’ Lynda DiPressi DSP-C as their 2012 National DSP of the Year. She will be honored in Washington DC at their annual conference May 6-8. Having earned a DSP credential through a two-year training program of-

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fered by the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP), Lynda works at New Horizons Resources, Inc.’s Gerry Road Group Home. The ANCOR selection committee for this award appreciated the skills documented in her portfolio highlighting the following criteria of the award: Achievements, Relationships, Advocacy, Sacrifices, Creativity, and Leadership. Lynda also serves on NYS/ OPWDD Commissioner’s Taskforce on System-wide Organizational Culture Change. Joseph Macbeth, executive director of NADSP, in his support of Lynda wrote: “I serve on a statewide committee with Lynda….It is refreshing to finally see a direct support professional take a leading role…becoming a change agent for our values….”


he Exchange Club of Southern Dutchess is presenting its 44th annual Meritorious Award Breakfast on Tuesday, May 8, at 7:30 a.m., at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. This year, the club is honoring Chris Silva, who has been Executive Director of the Bardavon 1869 Opera House since 1994. Through his efforts, Chris has significantly enhanced the value of arts and entertainment in the Hudson Valley. In addition to serving as Executor Director of the Bardavon, as well as UPAC, Chris is a consultant to many other organizations which are involved in developing and enhancing arts and entertainment throughout our community. The Exchange Club is the

La Puerta Azul in Salt Point recently hosted the third annual “Hunting for a Cure,” local cancer non-profit fundraiser. One of its staff members started this three years ago, and all donations received are sent to the Saint Francis Cancer Center. La Puerta Azul donated the space and the food, and a total of $17,500 was raised.

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Call For Appointment Monday - Friday

Rambler’s Rest April 13, 4:30 p.m. 2578 Route 55 Poughquag

Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County

Rainbow Car Wash 10 Ross Circle, Poughkeepsie, NY


April 14, 11:00 a.m., open house until 3:00 p.m. 1910 South Road Poughkeepsie (Former Circuit City Building)


PartyTime Rentals

April 18th, 4:30 p.m 2575 Route 55 Poughquag

largest community service organization in Dutchess County and focuses on prevention of child abuse, educational opportunities for the disabled, fundraising to allow physicians to travel to third-world countries, an annual senior citizen’s Christmas dinner; and its annual Heroes Dinner, to recognize individual members of the police, fire and EMT who are honored for acts of bravery. Tickets for the May 8 breakfast are $30 per person and may be acquired by contacting Patrick Moore at pfmatty@aol.com; Barbara Malley at bmalley@riversidebankhv. com or Scott Pawenski at poughPaykeepsie@embroidme.com. ment for tickets should be forwarded to Patrick F. Moore, PO Box 236, Wappingers Falls, NY 12590.



Family Services’ Crime Victims Assistance Program is holding its second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes at Marist College on Saturday, April 21 at 11:30 a.m. Registration opens at 10:30. Funds raised go to support the Crime Victims Assistance/ Rape Crisis Program. For more information go to www.familyservicesny.org and click on “Walk a Mile in HER Shoes April 2012” under “Happenings” on the homepage or visit the Facebook page “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Dutchess County”. There is also the organization’s website at www. walkamileinhershoes.org.

Bell at 845-454-0595.To learn more about the many programs run by the Center, go to www.preventchildabusedutchess.org.


p.m., and will include appetizers and wine as you mingle with friends – or make new friends! A raffle will also be held. The first 50 people to register will receive a souvenir wine glass. The price is $70 advanced registration or $75 at the door. To register, email nicemusiclady@yahoo.com. Checks should be made out to Mid Hudson Animal Aid at 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, NY 12508. Proceeds from this event will benefit Mid Hudson Animal Aid, a nonprofit free range, no-kill cat sanctuary located in Beacon. It provides abandoned and abused cats with a safe, healthy environment pending adoption. For more information about this event, please email MHAA at info@midhudsonanimalaid.org, call (845) 831-4321 or visit the shelter’s website at www.midhudsonanimalaid.org


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APRIL 2012

Getting to know the Chamber


he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is not your typical chamber. Members don’t just pay their dues and receive a plaque and window sticker, rather when you’re a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, you get the backing of a dynamic organization that exists solely to help you and your business succeed. But with an organization as large and multi-faceted as the Chamber, it can be difficult to be sure you’re taking advantage of

everything to which you’re entitled. To help members new and old alike, the Chamber is pleased to present “Getting To Know The Chamber” on Thursday, April 19 from 5-7 p.m. at All Sport Health and Fitness, 17 Old Main Street, Fishkill. Attendees will hear presentations from all the different departments at the Chamber touching on all that’s available to members – everything from ribbon cuttings to promotion. Getting To Know The Chamber is complimentary to attend and open to the community at large.

To make your reservation to attend, visit www.dcrcoc.org. For more information, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000. LCS Facility Group proudly sponsors this event. Getting To Know The Chamber Sponsored by:



April 4, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cosimo’s Trattoria & Bar 120 Delafield Street, Poughkeepsie Enjoy a fabulous three course meal paired with beer and wine. All proceeds will benefit the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship Fund.

New Member Luncheon

April 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. DCRCOC Office 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Meet the chamber staff along with other new members of the chamber while enjoying lunch. Call Darlene at 454-1700 x1000 or email Darlene@dcrcoc.org Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank

Chamber Connections A speed networking event

April 12, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Daddy O’s Restaurant & Grill 3 Turner Street, Hopewell Junction Sponsored by: Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Category exclusive, call 454-1700 ext. 1009 to reserve your spot, or email christine@dcrcoc.org

Learning Technology seminar is free for Chamber members, with non-members welcome to attend for a $10 fee. The seminars are sponsored by

IBM.Toreserveyourplace,visitwww. dcrcoc.org today. For more information, contact Stephanie at Stephanie@ dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 to make a reservation.

Ready... set... networking at Daddy O’s f your business could benefit from a jolt of new energy, attend Chamber Connections from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at Daddy O’s Restaurant, 3 Turner Street, Hopewell Junction. At Chamber Connections, a room full of 40 business people from all different backgrounds will engage in speed networking, each receiving two minutes to pitch their business to all fellow attendees. By the end of the evening, you’re


Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner

IT seminars will focus on business applications hat would you do if all of your business’s saved data were lost or you were unable to access your physical office for days at a time? In this day and age, technology is a vital part of a business’s function, and knowing the latest applications is necessary to your business’ success, especially in times of crisis. To help local business owners increase their technical knowledge, the Chamber’s IT Committee is proud to present Businesses Learning Technology IT Seminars on Tuesday, May 1 and Tuesday, May 8 at 9 a.m., at IBM, Poughkeepsie. These two IT seminars will illustrate the importance of applying necessary technology in a business, with the first presentation demonstrating the benefits and uses of remote access, and the second discussing the importance of data backup and disaster recovery. Attendance at any Businesses


sure to have made a valuable new connection. This event is limited to just one networker from each category of business, and due to space concerns, is open only to those Chamber members who did not attend the previous Chamber Connections event in January. To make your complimentary reservation, contact Director of Membership Christine Desmoni at 845-454-1700 ext. 1009 or by

e-mail at christine@dcrcoc.org. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans proudly sponsors Chamber Connections. Chamber Connections Sponsored by:

Anderson Center Public Policy Breakfast

April 13, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center Sponsored by: Rose & Kiernan; QuES&T; McCabe & Mack; Integrated Enterprise Solutions; Kirchoff-Consigli Construction

Contact Breakfast

April 18, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast featuring guest speaker: Donald P. Christian, President, State University of New York at New Paltz. Additionally the Headliner Awards will be

presented, sponsored by Hudson Valley Fresh! Contact Breakfast ponsored by KeyBank.

SBA Days

April 19, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. DCRCOC Office 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: KeyBank Guest Speaker: Tom McHale Complimentary lunch provided

2nd Annual Living Green Conference “Smart Water Management”

April 24, 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries Center for Environmental Innovation and Education (CEIE) 199 Dennings Avenue, Beacon Sponsored by: Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc., Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., and Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy

Networking with a Purpose Workshop - Part 2

April 25, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Beekman Country Club 11 Country Club Road Hopewell Junction Communications and leadership expert Skip Weisman will discuss different levels of referrals, and how to use them for the maximum effectiveness. Limited space is available. Register online or call Darlene at 454-1700 ext. 1000

Business After Hours

April 25, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Beekman Country Club 11 Country Club Road Hopewell Junction Sponsored by: Solomon Chiropractic & Nutrition; TEG Federal Credit Union; and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell

Small Business Seminars

April 26, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Featuring Renee Bulla from Momentum Advertising, presenting “Marketing Plans” Sponsored by: McCabe & Mack DCRCOC Office 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie

APRIL 2012



Annual Shop-To-Stop Child Abuse coming soon S&O marks


ince 1973, The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse has been working locally to reduce and hopefully eventually eradicate all instances of child abuse in Dutchess County. Each year, The Center serves more than 13,000 abused and at-risk children while also providing support and education services to over 3,000 adults while standing as the only agency in Dutchess County to provide sexual-abuse prevention training. Everything they do serves their dual mission to both help abused children and educate adults to prevent future abuse. On Saturday, April 28, The Center is hosting the Second Annual Shop-To-Stop Child Abuse



from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 110 Grand Avenue, Poughkeepsie. This benefit sale features gently used baby, children, teen and maternity clothing, as well as toys, games and baby gear, and is an amazing

Small Business Seminar focus is marketing plans


he Chamber’s Business Education Committee is presenting the second in a three-part series on marketing Thursday morning, April 26, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber offices in Poughkeepsie. This month’s Small Business Seminar will focus on marketing plans and be presented by Renee Bulla of Momentum Advertising and Design. Business owners interested in more information about operating and promoting their companies BUllA are encouraged to attend. Bulla supervises and manages all client relationships at Momentum Advertising & Design. She has over a decade of advertising agency experience; with the last eight as a member of the Momentum executive team. She is actively involved in obtaining and analyzing the market research and media analysis that is used to produce each client’s strategic marketing plan. She is a regular speaker for the SCORE Business Institute where she conducts a business seminar and workshop

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opportunity to stock up on necessities at heavily discounted prices. Most clothing items will be sold for just $1, and 100 percent of the proceeds will directly benefit The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. For parents in need, free babysitting services will be provided while attending the ShopTo-Stop Child Abuse. Donations of items are currently being accepted. For a complete list of items of need and dropoff locations throughout Dutchess County, as well as complete information about the Shop-To-Stop Child Abuse, visit www.shop-

tostopchildabuse.com. Though The Center receives support from a variety of public and private sources, they do rely on individual, personal donations as well as attendance and patronage at several events throughout the year. To learn more about The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, visit www.preventchildabusedutchess.org.

MEMBERSHIP REFERRALS RefeR a new membeR today!

Call Christine at 845-454-1700 x 1009 or email christine@dcrcoc.org

25 years

Special congratulations are in order to S&O Construction Services, Inc., for celebrating its 25th anniversary during 2012. The mechanical contracting business was incorporated in 1987 by Jeffrey B. Senft, its president. During the last quarter-century, S&O Construction has performed all phases of HVAC and plumbing primarily in the public sector for towns, municipalities, New York State and the federal government. S&O bids for work as both a prime- and sub-contractor. Typical projects include prisons, psychiatric centers, water and sewer plants, schools and hospitals. Some of its most notable jobs include work for the FDR Library, New York State Capitol, Arlington Central School District and West Point. S&O also gives back to the community, contributes to many worthy organizations, and is a longtime Chamber member. For more on S&O Construction, please give Jeffrey Senft a call at 845-635-2916.


Tropical Smoothie Cafe on media and marketing. The Small Business Seminars are generously sponsored by McCabe and Mack LLP, one of the leading law firms in the Hudson Valley, offering a comprehensive range of legal services. Its clients include banks, insurance companies, developers, manufacturers, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and service companies as well as many small businesses. Individual clients and their personal concerns is a primary focus of its practice. The event is complimentary, and open to members and non-members. Breakfast will be served. Please make sure you register by going to the Chamber website at www.dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 x1000.

Tropical Smoothie Cafe (2507 South Road, Suite 102, Poughkeepsie) cuts a ribbon in celebration of their opening.


APRIL 2012

Come Fly With Us…


rior to graduation, each Leadership Dutchess class participates in a “Leader-

ship Challenge,” which began in 2007 in conjunction with several Hudson Valley leadership programs. The goal is for the class to raise money by using creative and unique fundraising techniques that employ all of the lessons learned throughout their amazing 10-month journey. This year’s Leadership Challenge, “Come Fly With Us,” is a prize contest in which t icket-purchasing participants are eligible to win 12 exclusive prizes including, a trip

WWW.CHAMBERFDN.ORG for two for a five-day, six-night stay at the incredible Casa La Lanchita on the island of Vieques, located just 6 miles off the southeast corner of Puerto Rico. This bit of paradise offers breathtaking panoramic views, pristine beauty and white sandy beaches. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased at various Chamber events or online at www.chamberfdn.org. Only a limited amount of tickets

will be sold. The cost of a ticket is just $40, and it will also gain you entry into the May 31 “Bon Voyage” party event at the Dutchess Manor where the grand prize winner will be announced. Nosh on delectable hors d’oeuvres and sip on beer, wine or champagne

while networking with some of Dutchess County’s finest. Proceeds from this event will benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the Leadership Dutchess Scholarship Program and Rebuilding Together Dutchess County.



“Bon Voyage” Cocktail Party

Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner

Dutchess Manor, Beacon

Benefits the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship Fund 5:30 pm Cosimo’s Poughkeepsie


Annual Day of Golf Benefits the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Fund Links at Unionvale Shotgun Start 1:00 pm Scramble Format

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Golf Mentoring Day Vassar Golf Course, Poughkeepsie

Aluminaries Carol L’Heureux, Leadership Dutchess Class 2004 Mahopac National Bank

Submitted by Tina Walz, M&T Bank Leadership Dutchess Class 2003

Tell us a little about Carol L’Heureux I’ve been in banking for 25 years and have worked in many various departments. I was a Branch Manager for many years until I took on a new opportunity with Mahopac National Bank as the Branch Administrator. I have been in this role for four years. I feel this has truly been my most accomplished position. I have the opportunity to work with the best managers developing them in their role. I also have the opportunity to get to know the business clients and the communities we serve.

How did your involvement in LD help you in your personal and professional life? Leadership Dutchess taught me how to have more confidence in a leader-

ship role where I can lead by example and always know that I would never ask anyone to do anything I would not do myself. It has also allowed me to not be hesitate to open doors and take changes with my career and people I care about.

Are you or have you been on any boards since you graduated? Although I am not currently serving on any boards, I was a board member for a local Rotary club and have been an long time advocate for many charitable organizations and took a lead role for organizing various charity events that we have at the bank.

What was your favorite experience from Leadership Dutchess? My favorite experience was all of the wonderful people I have met and continue to be friends with a few of my classmates. We will always hold a special bond and remember our experiences that we shared.

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Special thanks to our sponsors: Adams Fairacre Farms Billy Joe’s Ribworks COBESO, Inc. (Complete Benefit Solutions) Dash, Lock & Key Fortress Financial Hudson Valley Marketplace Mad Mike and Friends Marshall & Sterling Insurance The Valley Group, Inc. Thank you to everyone who came out to support this annual event. Proceeds will benefit the Leadership Dutchess non-profit scholarship fund and The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

Applications for Leadership Dutchess will be available soon. Visit chamberfdn.org for more information or call 454-1700 ext. 1026

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Twisted Gala

Youth Leadership Moving Up Dinner Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

A reverse drawing for a chance to win a Harley Davidson Motorcyle Tent at the Grandview, Poughkeepise

For more information about The Chamber Foundation’s upcoming events visit www.chamberfdn.org

Board of direCTorS OFFICERS

Nevill Smythe, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley Trista Parker, 1st Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Health Quest Bill Francis, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Lisa Morris, Secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union


Stephen E. Diamond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP Stacey Langenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Rhinebeck Savings Bank Tina Ludwig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Valley Group, Inc. Rita McPeck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Anna Marie Paolercio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess BOCES Charles “Chip” Simon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Tina Walz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manufactures and Traders Trust Company Thomas Weddell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell


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


APRIL 2012


Saluting our 2012 Forty Under 40 honorees

THANK YOU Main Event Sponsors: Health Quest • Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP N & S Supply • Rhinebeck Savings Bank Mover and Shaker Sponsors: Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. • Cuddy & Feder, LLP Hudson Valley Renegades • Marshall & Sterling Insurance McCabe & Mack LLP • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. • St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Honoree Reception Sponsors: EmbroidMe • M & T Bank • Poughkeepsie Journal • H.G. Page & Sons, Inc. • Villa Borghese Centerpiece Sponsors: LinguaLinx, Inc. • Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center Poughkeepsie Nissan • Riverside Bank Media Sponsors: 92.1 LITE-FM • WRWD Country 107.3 Special Thanks to: Allan E. Levine Photography • Ballantine Communications & Staging Design By MGC • De’S Jewelers • Mid-Hudson Civic Center Sabellico Greenhouses & Florist • Signet Staging, Inc. Photos courtesy of Allan E. levine Photography



APRIL 2012

Dutchess County SPCA, Inc. Being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce comes with many benefits, and one of them is discounts on other members’ products and services. Simply carry your SmartCard, show it at these businesses and receive the discount mentioned. That’s it! What a great way to save money, meet other Chamber businesses and ‘Think Local!’ Don’t have your SmartCard or need a new one? Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1009 and let us know.

636 Violet Avenue Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-454-5346 10% off the cost of vaccinations for your pet For a complete listing of SmartCard members and their discounts, visit: www.dcrcoc.org, click on the Members tab and then Member Discounts.

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY 12601

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Discover Tuscany! Informative meeting at Cosimo’s

embers of the Chamber, as well as the Dutchess County community, are invited to Discover Tuscany this fall. Hunt Travel Agency, in association with Collette Vacations, is organizing this exciting trip set for November 7-16, 2012. Highlights include stops in Rome, Assisi, the Basilica of St. Francis, Montecantini Terme, Sienna, San Gimignono, a winery tour, Florence and a Tuscan Feast. Details of the trip will be presented at an informational meeting

to be held on Tuesday, April 17 at 6:30 p.m. at Cosimo’s Restaurant, 120 Delafield Street in Poughkeepsie. Come get into the Italian spirit with complimentary hors d’oeuvres

and a cash bar while hearing about this exciting opportunity. Double- and triple-occupancy rates are available, as well as a special $100 discount for sending in your deposit by April 25. This unique opportunity will give you a chance to experience the wonderful Italian countryside with guided tours – a great way to view all the sites. Many meals will be provided, and you will have the opportunity to wine and dine with fellow Chamber members or go off on your own. The complete itinerary is avail-

able by going to the Chamber’s website at www.dcrcoc.org. For more information about the trip, call Irene Hunt at Hunt Travel Agency

at 845-462-1447. And make sure you call the Chamber to reserve your free spot at the April 17 presentation at Cosimo’s.

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