Bottom Line - August 2015

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Breakfast to shed light on region’s economy

Networking, fundraiser set at Dutchess Stadium

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n Wednesday, August 5, Dutchess Stadium will be hopping with activity, starting with a Chamber Business After Hours networking event before the Hudson Valley Renegades play and ending after the game with the Home Run Helicopter Drop, a fundraiser for The Chamber Foundation. The Business After Hours to be held from 5-7 p.m. jointly with the Beacon Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. All attendees will receive tickets to the Renegades’ game. Business After Hours sponsors include Orange County Trust Company and Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies, Inc. To RSVP for this event, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit www.dcrcoc.org. After the game between the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Tri-City ValleyCats, a helicopter

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will hover over the stadium and drop individually numbered balls. The ball that falls on or closest to the target area will win the grand prize of $2,000. Ball purchasers will also be eligible for other prizes throughout the evening. Baseballs are on sale for $10 each. There is no limit to the number of baseballs that can be purchased, but they must be bought before August 5. Winners do not have to be present to win. A ticket to the game in addition to a ball may be bought for $15. Buy

tickets and baseballs by visiting gadesgroups.com and entering the password balldrop2015. “We’re happy to bring back this successful fundraiser originally created by the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2014,” said Nicholas Shannon, the Foundation’s executive director. “The enthusiasm and strong partnerships motivated the Foundation to do the event again. We’re hoping to raise significant funds to continue the good work of the Chamber Foundation, including its leadership programming and youth development initiatives.” For details about the Chamber Foundation’s work, visit www. chamberfdn.org.

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f you’re interested in how the County Manager and spent his earHudson Valley’s economy has lier years in New York City working evolved over the past several in Mayor Ed Koch’s administration years, make a point to attend the and as director of the City Council’s Chamber’s August Contact Break- Office of Oversight and Investigafast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Ho- tion. Drapkin also serves on the tel. Hudson Valley Pattern for Prog- executive committee of the Mid ress President Hudson Regional Economic Develand CEO Jonopment Council. athan DrapAdmission to the breakfast is kin will show $25 for members in advance or $30 how things at the door. Nonmembers are welhave changed come to attend for $35. Call 845in the val454-1700 ext. 1000 to RSVP or visit ley since 2007 www.dcrcoc.org. Drapkin from a wide Breakfast attendees are asked to array of ecoremember the Chamber’s Ambasnomic perspectives ranging from sador Committee’s ongoing collecthe real estate market to gas prices tion of canned and dry goods to aid and the impact of changing Dutchess Outreach. Please bring demographics. donations to the marked boxes near Hudson Valley Pattern for the registration tables at the PoughProgress is a regional public policy, keepsie Grand. research and planning nonprofit August’s Contact Breakfast serving the Hudson Valley’s nine is sponsored by TD Bank. One counties. Its mission is improving of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. the quality of life with thousands through regional of branches and Contact Breakfast sponsored by strategies while ATMs from Maine encouraging a susto Florida, TD tained, strategic Bank strives to be and balanced apconvenient for cusproach to growth. tomers with early At the August morning, later evecontact breakfast, ning and weekend it will provide data and information hours and dog biscuits for customuseful to planning for business, non- ers’ four-legged friends. The bank profits and local government. offers personal, small business and As executive director of the commercial banking services to Gerry Foundation in Sullivan meet a variety of financial needs. County from 2000 to 2006, Drap- Visit www.tdbank.com online for kin guided the creation of Bethel more about TD Bank and what Woods Center for the Arts. He it has to offer you, or visit a local also previously served as Sullivan branch to discuss it in person.


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Officers Joseph Bonura Jr., Chair ........................................Bonura Hospitality Group John Davies, 1st Vice Chair......................................................Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, 2nd Vice Chair ............................................................KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Treasurer ............................................... Red Cap Cleaners Jeffrey Senft, Secretary................................S & O Construction Services, Inc. Ori Brachfeld, Past Chair .......................................Dash Lock & Key Service Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ...... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Jan Dewey .....................................................................Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ...................State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Bill Francis ....................................................Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Lauren Gillett....................................................................Chazen Companies Paul Hochenberg ... MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi .................................................. Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................... McCabe & Mack LLP Vincent R. Lander...... Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. William Lessner ............................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio Jr. ...................................................Sedore & Company, CPAs Patrick Moore...................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Michael Mullaney............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Scott Pawenski .............................................................................EmbroidMe Stewart Petrovits.................................................Blacktop Maintenance Corp. David Ping .................................................................................Health Quest Vincent Ricotta ........................................ Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Mary Schoonmaker .......................................................................... TD Bank Mike Spinelli..........................................................................The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl............................................................ Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tina Walz................................................................................... M & T Bank Tom Weddell................ Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager .............................................................. Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members James Lentz ...........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union Daniel Lepore........................................................................ LCS Companies Chamber Staff Frank Castella Jr. ................................................................. President & CEO Audra B. Gerty.............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Rich Kleban .................................................... Senior Vice President & COO Pamela J. Balga..................................................................Director of Finance Ashley Harvey ............................................... Community Relations Specialist Carrie Nealy ....................................................... Director of Member Services Dugan Radwin ......................................................Director of Media Content Angela Signor ..........................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ......................................................... Vice President of Events The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director Nancy DeWitt...................................................................................Associate Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin ....................... Vice President of Workforce Development Stephanie Seymour .................................... Director of Workforce Operations Maryann McKenzie ............................................... Director of Youth Services Elizabeth Kwant ................................................ Supervisor of Adult Programs Jesse Crisalli ................................................................ Director of Work Now Diane DeDominicis .................................... Director of Employment Services Loren Hoffman ..................................................................RPI Case Manager Margaret S. Inge..................................................Workforce Training Director Karen Williams..................................................................Work Now Mentor Career Action Center Staff Katrina Gobins.............................................Director of Career Action Center Kadiyah Lodge ..............................Assistant Director of Career Action Center Youth One Stop Staff Jessica Vitolano.................................................. Youth One Stop Coordinator Rosemary Grabowska ................................ Youth One Stop Services Specialist Dylan Miyoshi ................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Ashley Wright..................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager

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ummer may be a slower time for some folks, but not the Chamber. A full calendar of events is coming up in August, and now is the perfect opportunity to get out there and do some networking in order to build business relationships in advance of the busy fall season. The Early Bird Connections on August 4 at Fiber Flame Studios in Rhinebeck will kick off an exciting and informative month of Chamber activities. Early Bird Connections is an industry-exclusive speed-networking event in which participants deliver strategic two-minute pitches to all other attendees. It’s a great opportunity that delivers results. On August 5, there will be a joint Business After Hours with the Beacon and Orange County Chambers of Commerce at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill. This is a fantastic way to meet businesspeople from

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a wider regional area. It’s also a great introduction to the Chamber Foundation’s Home Run Helicopter Drop, a fundraiser set to follow the Renegades’ game that night. After the Renegades’ game, baseballs will be dropped from a helicopter, and the one that hits or comes closest to the target will win $2,000. All proceeds will benefit the Chamber Foundation’s important leadership and youth development programs. On August 11, The Women’s Leadership Alliance will tour the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck. Members can get to know each

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Curvy Consignments plus is a place where curvy, plus-size women can consign their items, shop for new clothing, accessories, jewelry and bags and have fun while doing it! The Chamber’s Small Business partner of the Month offers small businesses with 12 employees or fewer direct advertising to members and the community through print, electronic and radio media. if you are interested in this program, contact Carrie at 845-454-1700 ext. 1012.

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 33 Henry Street • Beacon, NY 12508 845-454-1700 • Fax: 845-454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 32 • Number 8 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Online at www.dcrcoc.org, developed by Design Intervention Studio

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other better while learning more about Omega and its efforts to create a more environmentally friendly world with greater leadership opportunities for women. During the Dutchess County Fair in Rhinebeck from August 25-30, Chamber members will be in booths at the Distinctly Dutchess tent at the Consumer Expo, promoting members’ products in booths targeting the fair’s huge audience. The month will end with another Business After Hours on August 26 at Millbrook Vineyards and Winery, where beautiful scenery and great local wines will make for a fun and relaxing evening of networking. I wish you a happy rest of your summer, and hope to see you out at some of these events, making the most of the benefits Chamber membership offers!

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Enjoy beautiful country views while networking at vineyard

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ooking for a peaceful and inspiring environment to relax and network with other professionals? The August Business After Hours from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, August 26, is a perfect opportunity. Set at the scenic Millbrook Vineyards & Winery at 26 Wing Road in Millbrook, this event offers an opportunity to forge business connections while sampling locally produced wine and enjoying the view of the rolling countryside. The event features complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. It is open to both Chamber members and nonmembers. To participate, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org to

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register online. Sponsors of the August Business After Hours include the Bank of Millbrook, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP and Meyer Contracting Corp. About the sponsors: Operating since 1891, the Bank of Millbrook is committed to providing customers with the best banking service possible. This includes modern technologies, convenience and accessibil-

ity, as well as exceptional customer service. Stop in to learn how the bank can help you or visit bankofmillbrook.com DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota is part of the DCH Auto Group, which has a stellar reputation for selling top-quality new and pre-owned cars and providing top-notch customer service. It is deeply invested in the success of its employees and committed to giving back to the communities in which its dealerships operate and

employees and customers live. Stop by 1349 Route 9, Wappingers Falls or visit dchwappingerstoyota.com. Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde LLP are a seasoned team of transactional and trial lawyers committed to providing effective, efficient legal representation. They combine the broad perspective of generalists with skill in particular fields. Visit icrh.com for more information. Meyer Contracting Corporation has served businesses and

families in the Mid-Hudson Valley for more than 20 years. Founded in 1986, the company quickly gained a reputation for reliability and quality work as well as its dedication to service. Visit meyercontracting.com to learn more. The nonprofit participating in August Business After Hours is Greystone Programs, Inc. Based in Poughkeepsie, Greystone Programs is a privately-run nonprofit organization that provides essential services and life-enriching opportunities to more than 500 children, adults and families with autism and other developmental disabilities in the Hudson Valley. Learn more about Greystone at greystoneprograms.org

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he 15th annual Jazz in the Valley festival will be held Sunday, August 16, showcasing a variety of jazz performers on two stages at Waryas Park on the waterfront in Poughkeepsie. This is the festival’s fourth year in Dutchess County. It offers fun for all ages and includes a global food court and marketplace. Originally promoted as an afternoon of music and art, the concert grew into an annual festival, showcasing music performed by world-class musicians and introducing younger artists outside the mainstream. This year the music will begin with a free jazz concert on the lawn at City Hall the night before.

The gates open at 11 a.m. Sunday, with music beginning at noon and continuing throughout the afternoon. The main stage has only ticketed seating, but the pavilion stage is free and open to the public. “I appreciate the opportunity of being Artistic Director for Jazz in the Valley,” said saxophonist Javon Jackson, who has served in that role since 2013. “Poughkeepsie is an amazing area, and Waryas Park is a great setting for this unique American art form known as Jazz.” The event is presented by TRANSART, a Hudson Valley-based nonprofit educational organization. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is among the

event’s sponsors. In addition to organizing the jazz festival, TRANSART also conducts “Behind the Beat: Intro to Jazz,” a series of workshops held in local public schools designed to introduce young people from the region’s underserved areas to jazz music. Behind the Beat consists of assemblies, master classes and a weekly traditional drumming workshop. The jazz instruction workshops are targeted at the population of at-risk youth from the city school districts in New York state. General admission tickets are $50 if purchased by August 15, and $60 at the gate, with a special student price of $20 on the day of the show (student ID required). Advance tickets can be purchased at www.jazzinthevalleyny.org. Chamber members can get a discount by entering the discount code “CHAMBER.”

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t’s August, and that means the start of the Chamber’s Expo season. Between the Chamber’s Consumer Expo in the Distinctly Dutchess tent at the Dutchess County Fair later this month and the Business Expo coming up in October at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Chamber staff members will be hard at work preparing for these events to benefit our members. The expos are key to helping promote members’ products and services. By providing venues where potential customers can learn what Chamber members have to offer, the Chamber provides a strong foundation of support for regional businesses. These are exciting opportunities to get acquainted with all our members and the services they provide. We’re expecting the Consumer Expo at the Fair and the Business Expo to draw thousands of visitors from surrounding areas, bringing more people than ever in contact with our top-notch Hudson Valley businesses and inspiring them to come back.

Candidate events set We also have plans to bring individuals running for elected office before our membership, where they will discuss issues important to the business community. This advocacy effort, which will take the form of candidate forums during September and October, is another important benefit of Chamber membership and one we take very seriously. Advocacy can take many shapes — whether it’s working with local governmental officials on policies that help local businesses or spreading the word to the greater community about all the phenomenal products being produced right here in the Hudson Valley. So visit us at the expos, participate in our candidate forums and remember it’s all part of the Chamber’s core strategy of encouraging everyone to Think Local First!

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT founders led the company’s growth with new branches across the northeast. The company’s Poughkeepsie branch on Mill Street, with 12 years of business, has undergone an extensive reconstruction facelift to modernize the location’s nearly 100-year-old building into a Premier Kohler Showroom, displaying the latest top-quality and

innovative plumbing fixtures. It features a full-service counter with an extensive inventory and experienced staff to meet the needs of trade professionals, businesses and the public for its plumbing, heating or air-conditioning needs. In recent years, operational improvements such as wireless radio frequency bar-coding inventory controls and daily inter-branch transfers were made to improve the service and products available to customers at all branches. “Security Plumbing & Heating Supply continues to invest in facilities, associate training, new technologies and new products to bring the best possible plumbing, heating, and air conditioning solutions to the trade customer and consumers alike,” said Gabrielle Dingee of Security Plumbing and Heating Supply. To learn more, visit www.sec supply.com or call 845-471-7050 or stop by the Security Plumbing and Heating Supply Store showroom at 341 Mill St., Poughkeepsie.

A Special Thank You To Our 2015 Corporate Sponsors LEADERS:

PARTNERS: Bonura Hospitality Group • COBESO, Inc. • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Hudson Valley Audio Visual • Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. • M&T Bank Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. SUPPORTERS: EmbroidMe • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • Hudson Valley Renegades LCS Companies • Marshall & Sterling Insurance • Meyer Contracting • N&S Supply Orange County Trust Company • Rhinebeck Bank • Riverside Bank – A Division of Salisbury Bank Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP • TD Bank • TEG Federal Credit Union Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home • Ulster Savings Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs MEDIA PARTNERS: Fox Radio • HVNN.com • iHeartMedia • Media 276 • Poughkeepsie Journal Radio Woodstock 100.1 • Townsquare Media COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Associa New York • Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP


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18B E. Market St., Rhinebeck, from 7:30-9 a.m., Tuesday, August 4. In the words of Fiber Flame owners Shea Lord-Farmer and Christina Brady, visitors to their studio should, “Walk in. Be inspired. Create.” This early-morning speed-networking event will provide Chamber members with a chance to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all participants. Attendance is industry-ex-

clusive. In to order maximize the number of Chamber members from as many business categories as possible, the Chamber reserves the right to reschedule anyone registered for two or more consecutive networking events.

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the Orange County and Beacon chambers. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. All attendees receive tickets to that evening’s Renegades’ game. Sponsored by Orange County Trust Company and Quality Environmental Solutions and Technologies, Inc.

Wednesday, august 5

Home Run Early Bird Connections Helicopter Drop

Tuesday, august 4

7 p.m. Dutchess Stadium 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls

7:30 - 9 a.m. Fiber Flame Studio 18B East Market St. Rhinebeck

This is an early morning speednetworking event. Attendance is industry-exclusive, so sign up early. Sponsored by Hodgkins Agency

Wednesday, august 5

Joint Business After Hours

5 - 7 p.m. Dutchess Stadium 1500 Route 9D, Wappingers Falls Joint Business After Hours with

A fundraiser for The Chamber Foundation. Individually numbered baseballs will be dropped from a helicopter hovering over Dutchess Stadium after a baseball game between the Hudson Valley Renegades and the Tri-City ValleyCats. The owner of the ball that lands closest to the target area will win $2,000. Ball purchasers will also be eligible to win other prizes throughout the evening. Balls are $10 each, and an unlimited number may be purchased; a ball and a Renegades ticket are $15. Visit gadesgroups.com and enter password balldrop2015 before Aug. 5.

Sponsored by Clancy Relocation & Logistics, Cobeso Inc., Cosimo’s Brick Oven, Curvy Consignments Plus, Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC, Hudson Valley Renegades, Independent Helicopters, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, J.A.M. Associates, Inc., Key Construction Services LLC, LCS Companies, Legion Fireworks, Love/ Effron Fuel Oil Company, Meyer Contracting Corporation, N&S Supply, Peak Construction, People’s United Bank, Phelps Memorial Hospital Center, Stormville Oil Company, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni and Weddell and Youth One Stop.

Tuesday, august 11

WLA: A Day at Omega

Thursday, august 13

HVYP OverTime Networking

5 - 7 p.m. Queen City Bistro 206 Main St., Poughkeepsie

Hudson Valley Young Professionals networking event. Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar will be available. To register, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000 or visit hvyp.org Sponsored by Hudson Valley Renegades

Wednesday, august 19

Contact Breakfast

7:30 - 9 a.m. Noon - 4 p.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Omega Institute for Holistic Studies 40 Civic Center Plaza 150 Lake Drive, Rhinebeck Poughkeepsie A tour of the campus including the Omega Center for Sustainable Living. There will be a buffet lunch, a talk by Carla Goldstein, chief external affairs officer and co-founder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, and a closing meditation. Cost is $25, and maximum capacity is 40. Sponsored by the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

Monthly contact breakfast with speaker Jonathan Drapkin of Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, who will speak on how things have changed between 2007 and today on a wide range of economic topics such as the real estate market, gas prices and the impact of changing demographics. Sponsored by TD Bank

august 25-30

Consumer Expo at the Dutchess County Fair

10 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Dutchess County Fairgrounds Rhinebeck The expo will be held in partnership with the Dutchess County Fair in the Distinctly Dutchess tent. Visit dcrcoc. org/ConsumerExpo for sponsors, exhibitors and more information. Sponsored by MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, K1 Speed and the Poughkeepsie Journal

Wednesday, august 26

Business After Hours 5 - 7 p.m. Millbrook Vineyards & Winery 26 Wing Road, Millbrook

The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by Bank of Millbrook, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP and Meyer Contracting Corp.

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RIBBON CUTTINGS Friday, July 31

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Views from the 2015 25th anniversary Hudson Valley Balloon Festival, held at the poughkeepsie waterfront, Migliorelli Farm and Dutchess County airport. To see more photos, visit www.dcrcoc.org/ photo-galleries/balloon-festival2015-photo-gallery. a record 20,000 to 25,000 people attended the weekend launches. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone else who helped make this event a success.

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attorneys & legal serviCes Allison’s Bail Bonds

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149 East Indies Road Pine Plains, NY 12567 Phone: 845-235-0375 Email: curioustonguecreations@ gmail.com Web: wwwcurioustongue creations.com Contact: Rob Rose Gluten-free cookies, cupcakes, brownies and popovers.

banks & banking assoCiations Lakeland Bank

250 Oak Ridge Road Oak Ridge, NJ 7438 Phone: 973-697-2000 Email: jrath@lakelandbank.com Web: www.lakelandbank.com Contact: Jana Murray Lakeland Bank, headquartered in Oak Ridge, offers an extensive array of consumer and commercial products and services, including online and mobile banking, localized commercial lending teams, and an expected residential mortgage lending platform.

beer ManufaCturing An SBA preferred lender, KeyBank provides investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment products and services to individuals and companies throughout the Hudson Valley. For more information visit www.key.com or call Vice President/SBA Specialist Fred Swint at 845-483-3031.

Bad Seed Cider Company

43 Baileys Gap Road Highland, NY 12528 Phone: 845-389-3087 Email: devin897@yahoo.com Web: www.badseedhardcider.com Contact: Devin Britton

Produces and sells craft hard ciders made from apples grown on its family-run farm.

Cleaning & Janitorial serviCes Clean ‘N Tidy

190 Beechwood Ave. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Phone: 845-790-3820 Fax: 845-790-2203 Email: tklug12601@gmail.com Web: www.cleanntidyhome.com Contact: Sarah Klug Residential and commercial cleaning.

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nonprofits Legal Services of the Hudson Valley

331 Main St., Suite 200 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Phone: 845-471-0058 Fax: 845-471-0244 Email: LSpence@lshv.org Web: www.lshv.org Contact: Loretta Spence A nonprofit law firm offering free civil legal services to lowincome individuals and families across a wide range of practice areas.

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restaurants Yolo Bistro

260 North Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Phone: 845-345-9230 Email: dgonzalez@ aadentalmail.com Web: yolobistrony.com Contact: Nitaya Rousseau Bistro serving new American Cuisine in a chic atmosphere. Creative dishes that meet the standards of meat lovers and vegetarians alike.

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he Living Green sub-committee of the Chamber’s Business Education Committee will host a virtual tour of a solar installation and a discussion of Solarize NY, a new effort to make going solar easier and more affordable through communitydriven initiatives and group discounts, at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 20, at the Chamber’s Beacon office at 33 Henry St.

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“Solarizing seminar, The Dutchess County is Good Business,” will feature Brian Nowitzki of Hudson Solar providing the virtual tour and a panel of RUPCO representatives with members of the Solarize Beacon + team to explain how small-to-medium-sized businesses can participate and provide an overview of a typical installation. Solarize Hudson Valley is the regional implementation of the statewide program. The goal is to dramatically increase the number of business and residential solar installations. Communities with motivated governments, civic groups and citizens apply to be “Solarize Hubs” in mini-campaigns lasting

four to five months. The Beacon Solarize Hub launched on July 11 and will end in mid-November. The program offers a limited-time, group discount in addition to existing federal and state tax breaks and NYSERDA incentives. The larger the pool of participants, the lower the price for all. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Call 845-4541700 ext. 1000 to reserve a spot. The business seminar sponsor, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, is a diverse legal firm of experienced attorneys who specialize in personal injury, elder and estate planning, family law, criminal defense and business

law. The firm’s qualified members practice in state and federal courts throughout New York. As one of the largest law firms in Dutchess County, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond provides unique legal resources to each client. They understand individual legal concerns and take on the job of helping clients find unique legal solutions through research and preparation.

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MEMBER NewsLiNe Vacant to Vibrant campaign to launch with 3 events

On August 8, “Grease” will be shown with music by The Greyhounds. The music starts at 7 p.m., followed by the film at sundown. The final showing will be under a tent on October 3.

Ulster Savings grants aid 3 local organizations

The Millbrook Business Association announced several new members in July, including LED Resources, Inc., Living Millbrook Magazine, Millbrook Car Service, Millbrook Electric Inc., Ralph V. Ellis Insurance and The Cooper-Finn Gallery. Visit www.millbrookbusi nessassociation.com for details.

The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $5,980 grant to the People’s Place to support a re-design of its website, a $5,000 grant to the Hurley Library for its Children’s Room and a $2,500 grant to Sparrow’s Nest of the Hudson Valley in support of its summer program. The new website will allow People’s Place to make enhancements, including an interactive calendar with Facebook connectivity, events schedule, online volunteer application acceptance and online donation capabilities. The Hurley Library project is part of a larger renovation to a building purchased in 2013. The Children’s Room will provide space for the library’s youth-oriented books and programs, including preschool story hour, summer reading program, after-school programs and special events. The Sparrow’s Nest summer program from June to early September provides meals to mothers with cancer and their families. Since 2012, Sparrow’s Nest has cooked and delivered almost 3,000 meals. It anticipates serving 40 families during the summer. For more about the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, call MaryRose Warcholak at 845-3386322 ext. 3626.

See free movies under the Walkway

Martinelli Custom Publishing receives award

A series of free, family-friendly movie nights with live music preshows are scheduled beneath the Walkway over the Hudson at Upper Landing Park. There will be food and beverages available for purchase, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Rain cancels.

Martinelli Custom Publishing, a custom publishing and content marketing company in Poughkeepsie, has been awarded the 2015 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the category of “Custom Published Magazines, Journals & Tabloids” for the 2014 issue of New York By Rail.

Hudson River Housing’s Middle Main Initiative will launch its Vacant to Vibrant Campaign with three events on August 6. The campaign will aim to spur investment in vacant commercial spaces. At noon, there will be a lunch and panel discussion at 317 Main St., Poughkeepsie, about reasons to invest in the city. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a tour through the historical commercial corridor known as Middle Main including visits to anchor businesses and vacant storefronts. At 3 p.m., there will be a briefing at the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory and a preview of inaugural commercial tenants. RSVP with Emma at 845454-5176 ext. 119 or eflynn@ hudsonriverhousing.org

Business Association announces new members

Besides the digital version at NewYorkByRail.com,175,000 complimentary print copies are distributed in train stations across New York and in the back pocket of all seats on Amtrak trains traveling throughout the state. The 2015 issue of New York By Rail released last month reflects the work of a new team under Publisher Thomas Martinelli, including Editor Traci L. Suppa and Art Director Laurie Szostak. Established in 2003, Martinelli Custom Publishing also publishes PremierHealth Magazine for Premier Medical Group of the Hudson Valley; HV Mfg Magazine for the Council of Industry based in Newburgh; FootSteps Magazine for Sims & Associates Podiatry; and Central Upstate Mfg Magazine for the Manufacturers Association of Central New York.

Union’s residential real estate and consumer lending (processing and underwriting) programs. Robin Thomas has been named director of internal audit. She has more than 15 years of Fortune 500 experience managing core functions including operations, compliance, credit and risk management. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union is a full-service, nonprofit financial cooperative. For more information, visit hvfcu.org.

Abilities First gets $30,000 grant from M&T Bank

Hudson Valley trial attorneys John J. Basso and his son, Raphael J. Basso, of the Poughkeepsie firm Basso Law, have both been named outstanding attorneys in the upstate New York region by Super Lawyers for 2015. This is the seventh consecutive year of this honor for John Basso. In his first year of practice, Raphael Basso has been named as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers for having attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. To learn more, visit BassoLaw. com, or call 1-877-BassoLaw.

Dr. Jeffery Fox, CEO of Abilities First, Inc., recently announced a $30,000 leadership gift from M&T Bank to the Future Steps Education Campaign, which supports a new school under renovation in LaGrange. The $1.2 million project is funded by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Division of Budget. When complete, the school, set to be occupied in the 20152016 school year, will include nine classrooms with instructional technology, physical education space, clinical space for therapies and a fully accessible playground. Fundraising for classrooms and the adaptive playground continues at www.futurestepseducation.org. For details on how to help the Future Steps Education Campaign, contact Melissa McCoy at 845-485-9803 ext. 223 or email melissamccoy@abilitiesfirstny.org.

Credit Union names two new directors

Business owners selected to lead coaching academy

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union recently announced the addition of two new directors. Tom Leach has been named director of loan operations. He has 25 years of experience in the mortgage industry and previously served as vice president of mortgage lending at Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union in San Antonio, Texas. In his new position, he will manage Hudson Valley Federal Credit

Susan Lauer and Laurie Cohn, principals of Aspire Consulting, have been chosen from more than 500 affiliates of Resource Associates Corporation, to lead the RAC Coaching Academy as of summer 2015. The coaching academy provides rigorous training and development for affiliates of this international network of coaches culminating with certification as a “Certified Business Coach.”

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Junior League project benefits young moms The Junior League of Poughkeepsie recently completed a project to benefit the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie’s Young Mothers Program. The facility houses young women in foster care who are either pregnant or new mothers in need of residential and support services. Founded in 1919, the Junior League of Poughkeepsie is a women’s organization committed to volunteerism, developing women’s potential and improving communities. Those interested in joining can contact jlpoughkeepsie@gmail.com or visit www.jlpoughkeepsie.org.

Central Hudson encourages customer eBill enrollment Central Hudson encourages customers to enroll in its electronic billing program, eBills. It has committed to providing meals to 55,000 people through the Food bank of the Hudson Valley when eBills enrollment reaches 55,000 customers by the end of the year.

Attorney recertified as civil trial advocate The National Board of Trial Advocacy recently announced that Paul J. Goldstein of the law firm Goldstein & Goldstein LLP achieved recertification as a civil trial advocate. Goldstein has been a member in good standing of the National Board of Trial Advocacy for more than 20 years. National Board of Trial Advocacy board-certified attorneys must demonstrate substantial trial experience, submit judicial and peer references, attend continuing legal education courses and provide proof of good standing. For more on Goldstein, visit www.goldsteinlawfirm.com.


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Hollywood Pool Builders, Inc.

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Cloud 9 Hotel Ice Cream Parlors

Rita’s Italian Ice Poughkeepsie Labor Unions

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Kitchens by Design of America, Inc. Property Managers

Burton Gold Fallkill Properties

Five Years Farming & Agriculture

Migliorelli Farm Printing Services

Fort Orange Press Restaurants

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20 Years Organizations - Professional

Dutchess County Association of Realtors

Real Estate Appraisals & Inspections

R. P. Hubbell and Company Restaurants

Alex’s Restaurant Schools - Public

Poughkeepsie City School District

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ooking for a fun way to meet that week. other professional women The maximum capacity for the and get inspired in the pro- event is 40, and the cost is $25 to cess? The Women’s Leadership Al- participate. Sign up today by callliance’s August activity might be ing 845-454-1000 ext. 1000. your perfect solution. The event is sponsored by the The WLA will host a tour from Omega Institute for Holistic Studnoon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, August ies. Started in 1977, the Omega 11, at the Omega Institute of Ho- Institute for Holistic Studies offers listic Studies at 150 Lake Drive in a wide array of diverse and innovative educational experiences that Rhinebeck. The tour will include a visit to inspire an integrated approach to the Omega Center for Sustainable personal and social change. Each Living, an environmental educa- year, more than 23,000 people attion center and natural water rec- tend workshops and educational lamation facility built to meet programs by hundreds of teachers, the highest standards available in artists, healers and thinkers at the forefront of their sustainable archiSponsored by: fields. Visit www. tecture. It is the to eomega.org first green buildlearn more. ing in America The Women’s to achieve both Leadership AlliLEED Platinum and Living Building Challenge ance is a committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of certification. The tour will also include a Commerce that aims to serve as a buffet lunch in the dining hall central meeting place for women and talk in the hilltop sanctuary and women’s organizations in the by Carla Goldstein, Omega’s chief Hudson Valley. Whether you’re external affairs officer and co- an organization serving women’s founder of the Omega Women’s issues, an entrepreneur in search Leadership Center. The Omega of meaningful networking opporWomen’s Leadership Center aims tunities or a homemaker enjoying to promote women’s leadership by one of our special events, the alliinspiring and training women to ance wants to be your link to the lead from their own values. It aims local women’s community. To learn more about the Womto create a power and leadership paradigm shift, fostering a balance en’s Leadership Alliance, visit www. between masculine and feminine dcrcoc.org/WOMEN/womensprinciples and advancing an inte- leadership-alliance-committee. grated approach to personal growth and leadership. The WLA event will close with a meditation by a specialist who will be in residence at Omega


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Dutchess tourism information Center

Congratulations to Kwon’s Martial Arts at 766 Vassar Road in Poughkeepsie on its grand opening.

Congratulations to Dutchess Tourism on its new information center at Dutchess County Airport.

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Congratulations to American Wellness Care at 1061 Route 82 in Hopewell Junction on its 30th anniversary.

The Chamber helped kick off the Greek Festival at 140 South Grand Ave. in Poughkeepsie, which ran June 18-21.

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Dutchess tourism new offices

Congratulations to MidHudson Regional Hospital on the unveiling of the Lenich Garden.

Congratulations to Dutchess Tourism on its new offices at 3 Neptune Road in the Town of Poughkeepsie. Stop by and check out all the great things to do in Dutchess County.


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The Chamber celebrated the addition of new classes at Tutoring Up-Grades at 3 Neptune Road, Suite M8, in Poughkeepsie.

The Chamber joined Wappingers Central School District to celebrate the unveiling of its newly constructed transportation facility at 17 Walton Road in Wappingers Falls.

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The Chamber helped SplashDown Beach celebrate the opening of its new Arctic Mammoth attraction.

The Chamber joined Leslie Tracey-Delauney in celebrating Heartland Payment Systems’ one-year anniversary in the Hudson Valley.

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Congratulations to Brew Sky Coffee House on Route 55 in LaGrangeville on its grand opening.

Congratulations to Eckler’s Automotive/Foreign Car Specialists on its 20th Anniversary and name change.


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workforce Development youth program cultivates key skills By theresa Giovanniello and Louise McLoughlin

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ow in its ninth year, the Youth Budgeting and Computer Training Program has come a long way from its early years. At its inception, the program was run by a contracted agency out of California, which hired teachers from various states to fly into our area and instruct the youth over a weekend. Since that time, the training program has continued to evolve. In 2013, the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services (DCFS) took the program to another level. We began partnering with other local agencies to take advantage of local expertise and build bridges for our youth in our own community. The

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Dutchess BOCES and Bridgeway Federal Credit Union designed similar programs, which taught our youth budgeting and computer skills. There are many benefits to engaging these local partners, the most significant being those for our youth. By interfacing with these agencies, the youth learn about resources they may access in their own neighborhoods to guide them along their paths to education, employment and success. “Having the computer made it easier for me to finish school projects,” said Courtney Hall, 17, a graduate of last year’s program. “I still have it, and I used it to fill out applications and get a better job. My little sister uses it for school all the time, too.”

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s the long summer days suddenly get shorter, it’s a reminder for many that the new school year is fast approaching. While some may dread the summer coming to an end, I am filled with excitement at the thought of meeting a new group of juniors and seniors from Poughkeepsie High School who will join the Career Action Center men- Imani Daley toring program. This past school year, a great collaboration was born between the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Poughkeepsie City School District to bring in a program to provide job readiness skills to students with a mentoring twist. The first year was a great success! We were able to provide students with the tools and skills needed to gain employment, explore their career interests by participating in an internship

with local businesses and search for college and scholarship opportunities. Imani Daley, an incoming senior, recently completed an internship with Planned Parenthood. She wants to be an obstetriciangynecologist. She is now working at the Pines at Poughkeepsie and will soon work at MidHudson Regional Hospital as part of the Teen Learn and Earn Program, one of 10 programs funded by the County of Dutchess’ Summer Youth Employment Program administered by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. “I like the program because we get to do different activities, and it lets me get experience in the medical field,” Daley said of her internship. “I think the program is helpful because it helps you prepare for jobs,” Daley said of the Career Action Center. Katrina Gobins is the director of the Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School.

Graduates of the Youth Budgeting and Computer Training Program pose with their certificates of completion. This year, a total of 22 Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and foster children attended and completed the program. They learned how to care for a computer and printer, safely navigate the Internet and social media, use Google Docs, create spreadsheets for budgeting, design PowerPoint slideshows, prepare a resume and search for colleges and employment. All instruction was hands-on with students working on their own laptops provided through the program. The session culminated in a

celebration, which included a visit and inspiring talk by County Executive Marcus Molinaro as well as certificates of completion for the participants. “It’s great to finally have a laptop of my own!” said Maryah Ashley, 16, who completed the program this year. “I can do my homework or go on the Internet when I want and need to.” Special thanks also to DCFS Commissioner, Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Dutchess BOCES Executive Director Liz Hayter, Dutchess BOCES Staff Specialist Michael Batira,

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President and CFO Audra Gerty and to all the trainers and volunteers from DCFS, the Chamber, Dutchess BOCES and Bridgeway Federal Credit Union for working with our youth and helping us build a foundation for the future! Theresa Giovanniello is the deputy commissioner at Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services. Louise McLoughlin is the vice president of Workforce Development at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Teens get help learning as they work By Jesse Crisalli and Jessica vitolano

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he Teen Learn and Earn program gives local business leaders the opportunity to be a positive influence on and mentor a young person. The program allows youth in Dutchess County to gain valuable employment experience working with local businesses and organizations. Teen Learn and Earn is one of 10 programs funded by the County of Dutchess’ Summer Youth Employment Program administered by the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board and implemented by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. The program is a winwin for the youth and businesses because there is no cost to the businesses; youth are Chamber employees for the duration of the program while being a source of summer help.

The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has worked to employ more than 20 youth at various businesses and nonprofits including Beacon Town Hall, Abilities First, Dragon’s Den, MidHudson Regional Hospital and many more. Youth work Monday through Thursday about 20 hours per week. Every Friday, the youth participate in job skills and leadership trainings to help ensure their success on the job. Staff match teens with businesses or agencies corresponding to their career interests, and Chamber staff work closely with supervisors to ensure success for both participants and employers. Site visits are also conducted to ensure youth and employer experiences are positive and to assess youth progress and performance. “It’s good to gain experience in the workforce, and getting paid to do it is even better,” said Marlasia

Ashley, 18, a recent Poughkeepsie High School graduate who is working at her first job to support her young daughter. The youth gain much more than a paycheck. “Summer Youth Employment provides invaluable experience to young people and continually emphasizes the importance of formal and informal education as connected to career goals and choices,” said Laraine Kautz, executive director of the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board. The Teen Learn and Earn program boosts self-esteem and selfconfidence. Participants develop an understanding of their skill sets and, by the end of the program, possess valuable, employable skills. Jesse Crisalli is the director of the Work Now Program at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Jessica Vitolano is the Youth One Stop coordinator at the Chamber.


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he Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program is seeking individuals interested in volunteering their time mentoring high school youth at each of our monthly sessions September through May. Many of our mentors have commented on the positive impact they felt they made in this rewarding and mutually beneficial experience. A two-year program, Youth Leadership focuses on giving high school students — typically sophomores and juniors — unique, out-of-the-classroom leadership experiences. Sophomores focus on a Junior Achievement program, forming their own student-based company. Juniors focus on post-high school planning, including resume building, interview skills, college/continuing education planning and more. With more than 80 students

Youth Leadership students enjoy s’mores after a day of team building. Pictured with students is Youth Leadership Program Mentor Loren Hoffman. in the program, mentors play a vital role in giving participants individual attention and encouragement. Mentors are placed with a set number of students for the duration of the program, guiding and evaluating student performance and keeping an open line of communication with each of their participants. Though experience in the above-mentioned topics is helpful, mentors do not need to have knowledge of the subjects covered; on-site instruction will be given. Sessions will be held at Marist College from 6–8:30 p.m.

on dates to be provided before the start of the program. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please contact me at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026 or at nick@chamberfdn.org by August 14. With your help, our Youth Leadership students will emerge more confident and well-rounded with improved leadership skills and a better understanding of themselves and their communities — and you will feel the reward of helping shape our next generation of leaders!

Officers Tina Walz, chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank stacey Langenthal, Vice-chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Amy Dittmar, secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp . stephen e. Diamond, Of counsel . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DirecTOrs Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John e. Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Quest Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Barbara e. Ostrander . . . . . . . . . . . .Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Dr. Greer rychcik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyde Park Central School District charles “chip” simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc . skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc . David Wise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP AssOciATe BOArD MeMBers Kristen Huss . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Renegades ryan Judge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Millbrook Central School District fOunDATiOn sTAff frank castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President nicholas shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director nancy DeWitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate

Foundation raises money at Fest

The Chamber Foundation Inc. sold temporary tattoos, cookies and baseballs for the Home Run Helicopter Drop coming up on

August 5 at Dutchess Stadium during the Balloon Festival. Funds raised will benefit the Foundation’s youth and leadership programs.

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