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Students to provide holiday cheer at Breakfast

Adopt-A-Family...................................... 3 Member Spotlight - Soul Dog...................... 4 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4 Small Business Partner of the Month ............. 5 Upcoming Events and Ribbon Cuttings .............. 6 Charlie North Tribute............................ 7-10 New Members.......................................11 Ribbon Cutting Photos .............................12 Member News.......................................13 The Chamber Foundation .........................14

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et in the holiday spirit and revel in the sounds of the season at the December Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, December 17 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. With performances by the Poughkeepsie High School Choir, Roy C. Ketcham High School Choir, FDR High School Concert Choir and the Arlington High School Brass Choir, as well as the annual Hudson Valley Fresh chocolate milk toast, even the most miserly among us will be filled with Christmas cheer. In addition to enjoying the festivities, all attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate to the Hudson Valley Young Professional’s Holiday Gift Drive. All donations will benefit local kids and teens served by Grace Smith House. While all toys are graciously accepted, items for teens – books, DVDs, headphones, cosmetics, fragrance sets, sports equipment, etc. – are

especially encouraged. Look for the marked Guardian Self Storage boxes upon entry at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Foam and Wash Car Wash has partnered with the HVYPs on this effort.

The Poughkeepsie Journal proudly sponsors the December Contact Breakfast. Not-for-profit members from Dutchess ARC and Good Reasons will also be in attendance. Breakfast tickets cost

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$20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.

If there are cancellations or delays for Dutchess County schools, all morning committee meetings are cancelled with the exception of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings. Information will be posted to the Chamber’s website and Facebook page by 6:30 a.m. The status of afternoon meetings, ribbon cuttings and events will be posted as well.

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A busy year as Chair comes to end Officers Ori Brachfeld, Chair ...............................................Dash Lock & Key Service Joseph Bonura, Jr., 1st Vice Chair ...........................................The Grandview John Davies, 2nd Vice Chair ....................................................Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, Treasurer .....................................................................KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Secretary ................................................ Red Cap Cleaners Jill Sammon, Past Chair ................... Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ...... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................... IBM Jennifer Dunn ...................State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ........................................................TEG Federal Credit Union 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 Danielle Marxer ................................................................Chazen Companies Patrick Moore...................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Scott Pawenski ............................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping ................................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman............................................................................. IES, Inc. Vincent Ricotta ........................................ Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Barry Rothfeld ...............................................................Poughkeepsie Journal Cathy Secor...................................................................................... TD Bank Jeffrey Senft................................................S & O Construction Services, Inc. Mike Spinelli..........................................................................The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren .................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl............................................................ Cuddy & Feder, LLP 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 Charles S. North ................................................................ President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr. ....................................................... President & CEO Elect Audra B. Gerty ............................................Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar .................................................. Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson ............................................... Director of Member Services Pam Balga .........................................................................Director of Finance Geoff Brault .........................................................Director of Media Content Loren Hoffman ............................................. Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban ..............................................Vice President of Communications Dee Richter............................................................... Director of Membership Angela Signor ..........................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ......................................................... Vice President of Events Howard Lynne ................................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon .............................................................. Executive Director 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 .................................................Director of Step Up Program Tim Meyer ......................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Karen Williams..................................................................Work Now Mentor Career Action Center Staff Katrina Gobins.............................................Director of Career Action Center Samantha Mitchell ............................................Career Action Center Mentor Youth One Stop Staff Jesse Crisalli ....................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Kadiyah Lodge ................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Jessica Vitolano ...............................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Ashley Wright............................................ Youth One Stop Services Specialist

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cannot believe I’m opening this column with the words “this is my last letter to the Chamber membership as your Chairman.” This year flew by at a rate that seems much quicker than normal. But then again, I guess it’s true that time flies when you’re having fun. Looking back, I’ve noticed a whole lot of changes at the Chamber, none larger than the announcement of the upcoming retirement of Charlie North, our President and CEO, and our subsequent choosing of a new leader who will take this Chamber to the next level. But aside from the obvious, our programs continued to grow, change and

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR:

Ori Brachfeld achieve new levels of success, which I’m extremely proud of. In the first full year of the Youth One Stop program the number of people they are now serving is astounding, and they’re doing it efficiently and effectively! Equally impressive was the launch of our collaboration with the Poughkeepsie City School District to install

the Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School. This partnership will, I believe, serve as a model for other chambers nationwide in how to prepare our youth for entry into the workforce. These are exciting times for the Chamber and the Hudson Valley, I am so very thankful for the opportunity and privilege to serve the business community in my capacity as chairman. I have been truly blessed to have a front row seat for all of the great things we’ve been able to accomplish. Farewell, but not goodbye. I’ll see you at the next Chamber event.

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he 10th annual Forty Under 40 awards will be presented on April 21, 2015. Nominations are now being accepted. Do you know an outstanding person under the age of 40 who is making a positive impact in the community? If so, nominate them for a Shaker Award, an honor presented annually to the rising stars in the region. Nominees should be committed to making the Hudson Valley a better place to live and work. Successful candidates might be a young business leader, a trailblazer with a new idea, someone who shows an outstanding dedication to volunteerism, or just a person who, in their own way, makes a dif-

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ference day in and day out. To see how to submit a nomination, please visit www.dcrcoc. org/40Under40. Nominators will be asked to include background on their nominees’ professional

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Adopt-A-Family and help spread joy this season

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he Adopt-A-Family Program at the Workforce Development Center of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce relies on business leaders and local families to bring Santa Claus to local children who would do without this holiday season. Families are selected from our Work Now, Responsible Parent Initiative, Youth Employment & Education Services, Step Up, the Youth One Stop programs, as well as the Career Action Center. In order to be selected the individual enrolled in the program must be a

“shining star” and be active in all aspects of their programs. For our youth, it means they must be attending school, going to tutoring and passing their classes. For the adults it means they must be working on their goals, which for most of them is finding a job. Most of the adults selected for this program are working. Some have completed a training program and received a certificate and are working entry level jobs and on a career path to change their situation. The staff at the Chamber takes this program very seriously and recognizes that the companies and the families that adopt their participants work hard and are willing

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hamber Connections helps members get to know each other and develop professional relationships that can lead to business and potential referrals. The next Chamber Connections event will be Thursday, December 11 from 4-6 p.m., at Smoky Rock BBQ - 6367 Mill St., Rhinebeck. There is no cost to attend, hors d’oeuvres are complimentary and a cash bar will be available.

Chamber Connections is a speed-networking event that allows members to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards and your best elevator pitch. To reserve your spot, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 today, as this event is industry exclusive and strictly limited to 40 participants.

Holiday Gift Drive The HVYPs are collecting unwrapped gifts benefiting the Grace Smith House! Items for teens especially encouraged! For more info & drop-off locations, visit hvyp.org In partnership with Foam & Wash Car Wash

to help a family in need yet at the same time have the expectation that the family is working to help themselves. The families that we select not only need the help but they are also actively working to improve their situation. Last year at this time I met a little girl here at the Chamber. Her mom was in our Work Now program. Her mentor helped her get a job and she was working but she still needed a little extra help that holiday season. I asked the little one what she hoped that Santa would bring and she said, “I would like a baby doll and a tea set, please!” I will admit that I wanted to go to the store and immediately buy her a doll and a tea set and wrap it up for Christmas, but I didn’t. I wrote up the family pro-

file and gave it to one of our wonderful businesses. I knew that her wish would be fulfilled, and it was! Working on the Adopt-AFamily Program is my favorite thing to do at the Chamber. Each year I witness people giving from their hearts to families that I work with all year to push forward to their goals. I see the families that receive the gifts become so humbled and grateful for the support. I think that their gratitude is not limited to the receiving of gifts but includes the realization that they are not alone, that there are people “out there” that care. If you wish to participate in the Adopt-A-Family Program at the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce you will receive a profile of your family including

their names, ages and a Christmas wish. You will know exactly who you are giving to! For more information please contact Jesse Crissali at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1092 or you can email jesse@dcrcoc.org or louise@ dcrcoc.org.

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From the incoming President: An ode to Charlie North Back in 1982 when you arrived in Dutchess County, Little did the community know, Charles S. North would bring such great bounty. Arriving here in a career in banking, you quickly moved up in your ranking. From banker to Poughkeepsie Chamber in ’92, It didn’t take long for the community to band around you. It’s hard to describe the energy you brought, But these words come to mind: dynamic, electric and well-thought. Depending on who you ask, some would even say you’re funny, A short stent back to banking would prove your love for the Chamber and community wasn’t all about the money. The organization without you became broke while entering a new millennium, It was changing times, but you knew if you built it – they would come. More than ever our community needed a great leader, Someone who knew there was no time to take a breather. Months went by and you didn’t draw a salary, You paid bills from your home equity - all to benefit our beloved Hudson Valley. Ribbon cuttings, breakfasts, expos, forums, festivals, foundation, mentoring, transitions, consolidation, young professionals, committees, boards and campaigns galore, our community kept begging for more. You earned respect and many awards, but to you it was onwards and upwards. It never was about accolades; you did it to make sure businesses stayed. You promoted the Chamber, saying “it isn’t better than any of the rest,” You often stated, “this Chamber is simply different, and not the best” But when you sold it – members were always impressed. You grew membership and quenched their thirst, becoming Mr. Think Local First. Though a Dutchess transplant you have proven yourself quite the wordsmith, To us, you will always be a driving force to be reckoned with. Your humor… is something we will all sure miss, Just like the time you gave the County Executive a big…fat…kiss, Or when you wore leather chaps at our Gala with a Twist. Joanne, Alex and Joe, we don’t have to tell you, he’s a combo of Larry, Curly AND Moe. And so yes, it is that time… as written in your recent poem, It’s hard for ALL of us, but we know it’s time for you to go. You will be back in one form or another, A few months up here…and the rest souther. You can’t stay away for too long, for it’s Dutchess where your heart is…and belongs. But there is something we need to share with you before you leave, I speak for the community when I say a sincere thank you for all you have achieved. Especially businesses small and large, Over the years the honor has been…all…ours!

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT While Soul Dog is a gluten free oasis for those that require that type of diet, most customers do not even realize that they are eating gluten free. “What makes us different from many restaurants is that

our kitchen is a dedicated gluten free space. That includes the ovens and deep fryers,” Wysocki says. They do bring in regular wheat hot dog and hamburger buns from an outside producer to serve to folks that prefer them. Chef Wysocki believes in producing food the “old fashioned” way. Her concept at Soul Dog is serving slow food in a fast food setting. This is in line with the restaurant trend of recent years of getting back to consuming local, in-season foods. Well known for its vast array of unique hot dog toppings Soul Dog offers everything from the traditional sauerkraut to mac ‘n’ cheese to a distinctive spicy peanut sauce. Visit them today at 107 Main Street or check them out online at www.souldog.biz.

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EVENTS Tuesday, December 2 HVYP: CEO Chat with Dr. Nicole Williams 5 - 7 p.m. Marist College Historic Cornell Boathouse 3399 North Road Poughkeepsie

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Get a head start on keeping active this holiday season by joining this great 10-week fitness program. Sponsored by: Gold’s Gym Presented by: Health and Wellness Club

Aspire to sit on boards - but don’t know where to start? This Education Series event will help interested YPs get the information they need. Sponsored by: M&T Bank and Hudson Valley Renegades

Thursday, December 4 Charlie North’s Retirement Party

Thursday, December 11 Chamber Connections

5:30 - 8 p.m. The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie The Chamber and its Foundation will be celebrating Charles S. North with a reception benefiting The Chamber Foundation, Inc. More information and sponsors at ChamberFDN.org

Tuesday, December 9 Tuesday, December 2 HVYP Education Series: Health and Wellness: Powering The Journey Fit and Lean For 2015 To Board Service 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Gold’s Gym (Poughkeepsie)

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5 - 7 p.m. Darby O’Gills Restaurant

4 - 6 p.m. Smoky Rock BBQ 6367 Mill Street, Rhinebeck A speed networking event

Wednesday, December 17 Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast featuring holiday performances from local high schools. Sponsored by: Poughkeepsie Journal

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RIBBON CUTTINGS Tuesday, December 9 Bugaboo Creek Steak House 12 p.m. 1955 South Road, Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the return of the talking ‘Buffalo Bill’ and the newly renovated dining room! Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, December 11 Twins Barbecue 12 p.m. 1289 Route 9, Suite 1 Wappingers Falls Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served.

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4 p.m. 696 Dutchess Turnpike Suite C Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the second location! Refreshments will be served.

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4 p.m. 46 Vassar Road Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served.

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The Chamber’s monthly Business After Hours networking event in December is being replaced by the December 4 Charlie North retirement party. For complete information, and to purchase tickets, please visit dcrcoc.org/NorthOn4th

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Charles S. North is named President of the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce. His accomplishments included: • Doubling number of members • Instituting programs to enhance business growth • Adding member activities • Partnering with state and national business development organizations • Launching one of the first chamber websites

In recognition of its regional impact and growing membership, the Chamber becomes the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

2011 Consolidation with the Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce

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The Chamber’s Workforce Development Center begins its Youth One Stop program

The Workforce Development Center is created, linking businesses to the public workforce system. Staff works to increase business access to qualified workers and ensure that income-eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities and retention.

The Chamber opens its Beacon office

2014 The Chamber creates a Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School, forging a landmark partnership between the business community and local school district.

2000 Charlie returned as President and CEO of Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of Commerce, increasing membership and making the Chamber financially sound

Charles S. North announces his retirement, effective December 31. Frank M. Castella, Jr., is elected by the Board of Directors to become President and CEO on January 1, 2015.

2002 The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is created under Charlie’s leadership. This nonprofit educational organization becomes a community pillar – one that now presents more than $60,000 in scholarship money each year to local students and runs Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership – two programs designed to foster the growth of the next generation of leaders in Dutchess County

DID YOU KNOW? • Under Charlie’s leadership, the annual Balloon Festival has become one of the signature events in Dutchess County

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• Charlie created the nowsignature Think Local First campaign, which focuses on keeping tax revenues here in Dutchess County

The Chamber helped bring the Empire State Games to the Mid-Hudson Valley

2007 The Chamber celebrates its 100th anniversary

Charlie will be celebrated at a party on December 4 and honored at the annual Gala on February 7!

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2645 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 224-4311 Email: dsalvatore@pcconstruction.com Web: www.pcconstruction.com Contact: Daniel Salvatore General contractor and construction management firm.

CONTRACTORS PLUMBING/HEATING Mr. Rooter Plumbing PO Box 1740 Pleasant Valley, NY 12569

1097 Route 55 Lagrangeville, NY 12540 (845) 406-4350 Email: chris@titaniumpg.com Web: www.warlockathletics.com Contact: Chris Quimby Warlock Athletics, home of Warlock CrossFit, is the premier fitness and athlete training facility in the Hudson River Valley. Beginner and advanced CrossFit classes, yoga, personal training and much more.

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SEE COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ONLINE! HARDWARE & PAINT STORES Davies Hardware, Inc. 806 Main Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 452-6740 Fax: (845) 452-8975 Email: jen@davieshardware.com Web: www.davieshardware.com Contact: Jennifer Davies Resale of commercial and residential hardware supplies.

INSURANCE AGENCIES & BROKERS

care services including maintenance, construction, snow removal, and irrigation.

commercial, and industrial clients with crawling, flying, biting, and wood-destroying pests.

MASSAGE THERAPISTS

PET SUPPLIES & SERVICES

Terra Firma Massage

Good Reasons

60 West Center Street Beacon, NY 12508 (914) 227-5027 Email: Angelique@ TerraFirmaMassage.com Web: TerraFirmaMassage.com Contact: Angelique Devlin Offers both studio and out-call integrative massage.

3 Fields Lane North Salem, NY 10560 (914) 227-4771 Email: info@goodreasons.com Web: www.goodreasons.com Contact: Vicki Sylvester Nonprofit company producing allnatural dog treats with a mission of employing people with autism and disabilities.

State Farm Insurance Jari Santiago

MUSIC STORES & SERVICES

44 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 345-9866 Fax: (845) 206-4309 Email: Jari.Santiago-Quinones. DYMQ@statefarm.com Web: www.mydutchessagent.com Contact: Jari Santiago Insurance for auto, home, health, life, and financial security.

Paul Effman Music (Poughkeepsie)

State Farm Insurance Diane DiSomma Agency 3 Spackenkill Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 462-4500 Fax: (845) 462-4100 Email: diane.v.disomma. dymo@statefarm.com Contact: Diane DiSomma Auto, homeowner, life, and health insurance, investment products, vehicle loans, credit cards, Certificates of Deposit, savings accounts, money market accounts, mortgages, and IRAs.

LANDSCAPING SERVICES Red Cedar Landscapers, Inc. 28 Bill Horton Way Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 297-4247 Fax: (845) 297-4928 Email: info@redcedarinc.com Web: www.redcedarinc.com Contact: Steve Relyea Full service provider of landscaping and tree

696 Dutchess Turnpike, Suite C Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 452-5087 Email: lou@pemusic.com Web: www.pemusic.com Contact: Lou Varuzzo Provides instrumental music instruction, rental instruments and new instruments for purchase by schools and the general public. Visit online store at www.Hysonmusic.com.

ORGANIZATIONS - PROFESSIONAL

RESTAURANTS Golden Buddha Thai 985 Main Street Fishkill, NY 12524 (845) 765-1055 Email: goldenbuddhathai@ hotmail.com Web: goldenbuddhathai.com Contact: Jitlada Korsangwichai A unique Thai culinary and cultural experience conveniently located on Main Street, just a minute away form Route 9. Enjoy the tastes and spirit of the Kingdom of Thailand. Now under new ownership.

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PEST CONTROL SERVICES

SHOES SALES & REPAIR

Fishkill Plaza 738 Route 9 263 New Hackensack Road, Fishkill, NY 12524 Suite 2-1 (845) 202-7000 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 Email: roe1020@optonline.net (845) 849-3500 Web: www.grandcentrogrill.com Email: fjdr9363@gmail.com Contact: John Dellicarpini Web: www.bnihudsonvalley.com American cuisine in a multi-level Contact: Frank J. DeRaffele dining room and bar/lounge The premier business referral area. Lunch and dinner served; organization. take-out available.

Waverly Pest Control, LLC C & F Shoe Repair P.O. Box 1231 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 297-6700 Fax: (845) 297-0390 Email: bugstar35@aol.com Web: www.waverlypc.com Contact: Michael Robinson Full service pest control company serving residential,

1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 104 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 471-7298 Email: cfshoerepair@gmail.com Contact: Refugio Contreras Shoe repair, leather repair, and handbag repair. We also carry products for shoe care.


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RIBBON CUTTINGS American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley

Your Presence Salon

Congratulations to American Red Cross of the Mid-Hudson Valley on a great celebration to open their new offices. We were joined by the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Congratulations to Your Presence Salon in the Town of Poughkeepsie for a great first-anniversary ribbon cutting. Check them out at 1820 Route 376.

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Wallace & Wallace

We officially unveiled the new renovations at Cosimoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brick Oven, located at 120 Delafield Street in Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to Wallace & Wallace LLP on a great ribbon cutting celebration for their new offices, located at 85 Civic Center Plaza, Suite LL3 in Poughkeepsie.

Lehigh Lawns & Landscaping

Marigold Home - Rhinebeck

Congratulations to Lehigh Lawns and Landscaping, Inc. located at 10 Sprout Creek Court in Wappingers Falls, on a great ribbon cutting celebration for their new building.

Congratuations to Marigold Home Interiors on the opening of their second location in Rhinebeck!


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Gold’s Gym Dutchess County has named Michelle Martinetti as marketing manager. Martinetti joins GGDC from The Storm King School, where she served as director of annual giving. In her new post, Martinetti will oversee dayto-day marketing functions including the creation of collateral,

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Save the Date! April 9, 2015. 5:30pm - 8:30pm Celebrating Animals Who Inspire Art! With Special Recognition to The Dutchess County SPCA. Event benefits the Outreach, Scholarship & Arts for Healing Programs of Mill Street Loft.

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Bugaboo Creek Steak House is offering a 3 course meal for only $15! Start your meal off right with a fresh salad or cup of soup, followed by one of Bugaboo’s signature entrêe items. Finally, finish your meal with either apple crisp or chocolate lava cake. Bugaboo’s famous Caribou Chicken and braised short ribs are back for this special fall promotion. It will only be available for a limited time, so visit the Lodge today!

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Dutchess School of Driving is collecting gifts for children at Vassar Brothers Medical Center this holiday season. Please donate what you can. They will be collecting unopened unwrapped toys and gifts for children through December. Gifts can be dropped off at Dutchess School of Driving, 657 Route 82, Hopewell Junction.

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“Managing Online Risk: Apps, Mobile, and Social Media Security“, authored by Deborah Gonzalez, is a definitive resource that provides an overview of the risk mitigation strategies, solutions and best practices to address liability and security concerns arising from corporate online and digital activity. The book, based on content aggregation, seeks out and integrates the most recent and best information available. Chapter 3, “Reputation and Identity” includes an interview with Follr CEO Stephen Fells.

The Chazen Companies, a leading provider of engineering, land surveying, environmental and safety consulting, planning, and landscape architecture services has been named one of 2014’s “Best Places to Work” by The Albany Business Review. This is the second time Chazen has won the award. The award recognizes Chazen’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions and institutional culture. Chazen is one of 30 companies to receive this highly sought designation that is based on employee evaluations. Employees from 136 companies participated in the web-based survey assessing employee’s perspectives about their workplace. The Business Review will hold a celebration luncheon on December 5th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy. Chazen won this award in 2011 in the 26-50 employee category. This year Chazen’s growth landed the award in the highly competitive

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coordinating press materials and photography, promoting events at both gym locations and serving as a liaison to GGDC’s public relations firm.

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THE CHAMBER FOUNDATION, INC

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his month, as the community honors Charlie North, The Chamber Foundation extends its appreciation and admiration for the man who has given so much and embodied the mission of our organization. With a focus on youth and education, The Chamber Foundation was formed in 2002 under

Nicholas Shannon Executive Director

Charlie’s guidance, and has prided itself on awarding scholarships to deserving students throughout the area. In 2011, The Chamber Foundation broadened its scope taking on two major leadership programs: Youth Leadership and Leadership Dutchess. Over the years, the Foundation has added additional programming including the ATHENA Awards as well as additional youth development initiatives all with one thing in mind – to strengthen leadership and

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build a future of bright, energized individuals. Charlie is The Chamber Foundation’s biggest cheerleader. There is nothing he would not do to promote and enhance the work of the Foundation, from dressing up in chaps at the Twisted Gala to hopping in a golf cart to personally thank each of the golfers at the annual Nussbickel Memorial Golf Tournament. Charlie even started a scholarship fund in his name, The Charles S. North Scholarship Fund, encouraging the pursuit of music in education – a personal passion of his. Charlie’s commitment to the leadership programming was unwavering as well. No matter what his schedule, he always made time to visit and participate, bringing his leadership experiences to the classroom setting for participants to experience and learn from. Yes, The Chamber Foundation has been supported by many donors, board members, volunteers and committee members, all helping to push the Foundation forward. But it is our leader, Charlie North, who helped bring us all together and strive for the same goal. His efforts were tireless, and as we celebrate his accomplishments, we thank Charlie for building a future of strong, vibrant leaders to carry on the legacy that he leaves behind. Thank you, Charlie, for all you have done for both The Chamber Foundation and our community.

The 2015 Chamber Foundation Campaign Please consider making a gift to The 2015 Chamber Foundation Campaign. Your support of the Campaign will allow The Chamber Foundation to continue to expand its signature leadership programming and youth development initiatives, including the newly formed Student Mentorship Program. Dollars raised will also fund our remarkable scholarship program that awarded over $60,000 this past spring to deserving students and continuing education students throughout the Hudson Valley. Your support will help to ensure that we can continue to provide hope for future generations of students. All donations are fully tax deductible. Thank you for investing in our future.

Donate today at ChamberFDN.org

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000 for all reservations or visit ChamberFDN.org

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4 Charlie North’s Retirement Party 5:30 - 8 p.m. The Grandview Pay tribute to Charlie with a reception benefiting The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 18 The Chamber Foundation Bowling Tournament 1 - 4 p.m. Mardi Bob Lanes Poughkeepsie

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

OFFICERS Bill Francis, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Vice-Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M & T Bank Stacey Langenthal, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bank of Millbrook Anthony Morando, Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DIRECTORS Amy Dittmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center John E. Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Health Quest Peter Maher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mid-Hudson Subaru Carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Lisa Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Greer Rychcik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hyde Park Central School District Charles “Chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS Duval Hanchard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Student Kristen Huss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Renegades FOUNDATION STAFF Charles S. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director


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Carolyn Everson of Facebook provided a dynamic keynote at the ATHENA Leadership Luncheon at Dutchess Community College. Thank you to all the sponsors, committee members and attendees that made this afternoon so special.

  



   

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