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Message From The Chair ........................... 2 International Women’s Day ........................ 3 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4 Small Business Partner of the Month ............. 5 Upcoming Events ..................................... 6 Member Spotlight - Marshall & Sterling.......... 7 New Members......................................8-9 Chamber Member Anniversaries .................10 Member News.......................................11 Ribbon Cutting Photos .........................12-13 The Chamber Foundation .........................14

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ebruary is Heart Month; a time to focus on heart disease, its consequences, and steps that can be taken to prevent it. In recognition, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to present Dr. Kari Reiber, Dutchess County’s Commissioner of Health, to discuss risk factors for heart disease and share some insight into health from a pathologist’s viewpoint at the February Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, February 18 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. Dr. Reiber was raised in Europe and earned her medical degree in 1982 from the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. She went on to complete residency training in surgery and forensic pathology

in the United States. She enlisted in the United States Navy in 1990 and served three years as a medical examiner for the Armed Forces in Washington DC. She then served as a deputy medical examiner in New York City for 10 years. Reiber was appointed chief medical examiner in Dutchess County in September 2003 and then Commissioner of Health for a period of two years following Dr. Caldwell’s retirement in June 2013. The Heart Center, a Health Quest affiliate proudly sponsors the February Contact Breakfast. The Heart Center provides comprehensive cardiac and vascular services. That means area residents are sure to find world class expertise and a complete range of technology to

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attendance. Please bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Workforce Development Center. Breakfast tickets cost $25 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $30 at the door. Non-members can attend for $35. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.

manage your cardiovascular condition right here in the Hudson Valley. And they offer complete cardiac rehabilitation services to get you back on your feet and into your life following surgery or medical intervention. Learn more at hvheartcenter.com Not-for-profit members from the American Heart Association and Mill Street Loft will also be in

In the event of inclement weather, visit the Chamber’s website and Facebook page by 6:30 a.m. for updates regarding events and committee meetings. The status of afternoon meetings, ribbon cuttings and events will be posted accordingly.

Preview Adams’ Lawn & Garden show at Business After Hours in Wappingers Falls (160 Old Post Road) and all attendees will get a sneak preview of the annual Spring Lawn and Garden Showcase. As always, complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served and a cash

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bar will be provided by Leo’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria. There is no charge to attend Business After Hours, however pre-registration is requested. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Ulster Savings proudly sponsors this event. Ulster Savings Bank is a very healthy bank with a high net worth, strong capital and high-quality assets. In 2015, Ulster Savings remains a locally focused and operated

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Are you as active as you could be? Officers Joseph Bonura, Jr., Chair ........................................................The Grandview 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 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 Michael Mullaney............................................. Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC Scott Pawenski .............................................................................EmbroidMe Stuart 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 Myriah Anderson ............................................... Director of Member Services Pamela J. Balga..................................................................Director of Finance Geoff Brault .......................................................Director of Communications Loren Hoffman ............................................. Community Relations Specialist Dee Richter............................................................... Director of Membership 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 Serge Howell, Jr........................................................................... YES Mentor Margaret S. Inge..................................................Workforce Training Director Elizabeth Kwant ................................................ Supervisor of Adult Programs Tim Meyer ........................................................................Work Now Mentor Karen Williams..................................................................Work Now Mentor Career Action Center Staff Katrina Gobins.............................................Director of Career Action Center Dylan Miyoshi ..................................................Career Action Center Mentor Youth One Stop Staff Jesse Crisalli ....................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Diane DeDominicis .................................................. Youth One Stop Mentor Rosemary Grabowska ................................ Youth One Stop Services Specialist Kadiyah Lodge ................................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Jessica Vitolano ...............................................Youth One Stop Case Manager Ashley Wright............................................ 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f you’re reading this, there’s a good chance that you’re a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. That’s great. We’re glad to have you, and as President and CEO Frank Castella Jr. said in his State of the Chamber address, our organization is only as strong as our membership is deep. But are you as active a member as you could be? Hopefully you’re attending some of our events, because if not, I worry that you’re not getting the full value out of your Chamber experience. Membership is what you make of it. You have to get involved, and that means being at our monthly breakfasts, networking events and educational seminars. By

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR:

Joseph Bonura, Jr.

just simply showing up, I promise you’ll make beneficial connections that will benefit you personally and professionally. I hope you’re also willing to consider giving back by being part of a committee. The Chamber has groups designed for women in business, for young professionals, for those committed to health and wellness, people that are concerned with legislative issues and

so much more that there has to be one that suits your interests. Giving back on a committee is a great way to help grow your Chamber and make a real difference in our community at the same time. Lastly, I hope you’re serving as a good ambassador for all that the Chamber does in the community. I ask each and every member to spread the good word about this organization to non-members, and to send referrals to the Chamber’s professional staff by visiting dcrcoc. org/referrals. It’s up to all of us to broaden the Chamber’s reach. Thanks again for being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Hopefully I’ll see you at an event soon.

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he U.S. Army once boasted that they do more before 9 a.m. than most people do all day. Adopt that mantra as your own and attend Early Bird Connections on Tuesday, February 3 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Full Circle Veterinary Hospital (1609 Route 9, Wappingers Falls). Brandi Nichole Massage and Wellness proudly sponsors this event.

Early Bird Connections is a speed-networking event that allows you to interact with other Chamber members and deliver a two-minute promotional pitch to all those in attendance. The goal of the event is to develop meaningful business relationships and discuss your business. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results.

This event is complimentary and industry-exclusive. Attendance is industry-exclusive so sign up early. Reserve your spot today by calling the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000

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International Women’s Day to be celebrated on March 7

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he Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will celebrate International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 7 with its annual march across the Walkway Over the Hudson. Catharine Bond Hill, the President of Vassar College will deliver the keynote address. The morning will also feature Minister Luader Smith, founder of House of Hope. The first to attend will receive a special handcrafted gift from Woman for Woman, a group of Cambodian women challenged with physical disabilities. In a country without social services, the purchase of these gifts by the WLA will support their program

for a full year. Everyone is welcome to join us, so spread the word! This is a wonderful opportunity for young women, families and students to learn about women’s issues and for

all of us to share in the solidarity of spirit with women around the world. International Women’s Day 2015 is generously sponsored by Health Quest, KeyBank, and Mid-

Regional Hudson Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. The event will begin on the Poughkeepsie side of the bridge at 9 a.m. Shuttle buses will be pro-

vided for participants who wish to park on the Highland side of the river. Parking on the Poughkeepsie side of the river is limited. Mark your calendars to enjoy the first hints of spring and share in this uplifting morning! For more information and to make your reservations, please visit dcrcoc.org or call Loren at 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Preregistration is encouraged though there is no cost to participate. For more on the Women’s Leadership Alliance visit wlahv.org.

Workforce’s Adopt-A-Family makes holidays happier for local kids

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he 2014 Adopt-A-Family Program was wonderfully successful thanks to the overwhelming generosity of local businesses and families. In total, 20 businesses and 13 families “adopted” 31 local families and provided gifts for many children who

would have otherwise not had a visit from Santa this year. The Workforce Development Center would like to thank the wonderful individuals, businesses and families who worked to make Christmas brighter for these households this past year. Their

efforts to collect funds, shop for gifts, wrap and deliver the gifts is truly appreciated and created lasting happy memories for our deserving families. Thank you from us and from each of the 81 children you made Christmas morning magical for!

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The Walz Family – Tina Walz

Millbrook Book Club – Katie Dietrich

Career Counseling Services – Mark Villanti

The Dvozenja Family – Marilyn Dvozenja

The Miller Family – Pat & Toby Miller

Insite Engineering – Scott Blakely

Mancarella Chiropractic – Cathy Sgro

The Tompkins Family – Joanna Tompkins

The Blakely Family – Scott Blakely

Gold’s Gym – Gigi Sinagra

Key Bank – Brenda Parrilla

The Kaplan Family – Lori Kaplan

The Cleary Family – Devan Cleary

Inner Balance Studio – Gabrielle Semel

Community Center – Tanya Fearon & Liz Smith

The Santoianna Family – Fiona Santoianna

The Cupelli Family – Donna Cupelli

McCabe & Mack LLP – Kimberly Hunt Lee

TD Bank – Mary Schoonmaker

The Staff at DCRCOC – Jesse Crisalli

The Rohmann Family – MaryAnne Rohmann

Radio Woodstock – Chris Desmoni

Corbally Gartland & Rappleyea LLP – Kathy Wiehe

DCRCOC Ambassador Committee – Brigid Gisolfi

The Callot Family – Jan Callot

Rhinebeck Bank – Christina Myers

Cornell Cooperative Extension – Carolyn Klocker

YES & YOS Program Participants – Kadiyah Lodge & Ashley Wright

The Imm Family – Marilyn Imm The Southlands Foundation – Sophia Donohue

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Message from the

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’m committed to making sure the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is active in advocating on behalf of our members when it comes to legislation that will affect the business community. Here are some successes we’re celebrating and things we’re working on in 2015. First, Governor Cuomo has recently amended the Wage Theft Reporting Act so that employers are no longer required to notify each employee of their salary in writing every 12 months. We lobbied hard for this law, one that created needless paperwork for New York businesses, to be altered, and we and our partners were ultimately successful. We continue to fight for repeal of the Item Pricing Law and Scaffold Law, two anti-business policies creating needless red tape. In the case of the Scaffold Law; it places an unjust liability on our construction companies. This month, members of the Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee will be traveling to Albany on Scaffold Law Reform Day to make sure

our voices are heard. Simply put, your Chamber recognizes that New York is a difficult state in which to do business. According to Forbes Magazine, it costs more to do business here than it does in 45 other states. We’ve got the highest income tax rates in the nation, the fourth highest worker’s compensation insurance rates, and the sixth worst property taxes. I pledge to you that as long as I’m President of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, we will work every day to ease this burden. If you have any personal concerns or helpful ideas, please don’t hesitate to bring them to my attention. I welcome you to call 845454-1700 ext. 1000 at any time or e-mail me at Frank@ dcrcoc.org. Together, I know we can make doing business better and more efficient.

Sincerely,

Frank Castella, Jr. President & CEO

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e are a nation of people who always want to be connected no matter where we are and because of that, we have seen the introduction of turning your vehicle into a roving WiFi hot spot so you’ll never miss a minute of connectivity. More and more automotive manufacturers are installing onboard high-speed cellular modems and other equipment to offer consumers access to the internet and in some cases, to allow over-theair software updates to the vehicles onboard computer. Using Bluetooth capability doesn’t allow for the streaming of video, but that’s certainly possible with WiFi. Auto manufacturers agree that not everyone needs this type of service, but for families or professionals who

maybe spending a lot of time on the road; this could be a life saver. GM is currently providing customers with the option of data plans who are or aren’t OnStar customers through AT&T with low cost plan options. If customers are already using AT&T for other devices such as their smart phones, they have the option of adding a GM vehicle with WiFi to the wireless carrier’s Mobile Share Plan starting at $10 a month. Sprint is working with Chrysler to offer a pay per day option, weekly options or monthly options that don’t require any sort of subscription and comes with unlimited data. Ford doesn’t offer built-in WiFi, but through their MyFord Touch system, you can connect to other WiFi hotspots if you’re near one or you

have the option to plug a mobile broadband modem into the car’s USB port; effectively creating a mobile hotspot in your vehicle using a data allotment you’re already paying for with the mobile broadband modem and avoid a separate charge just for the car. Believe it or not, if you aren’t in the market for one of the newer, already equipped vehicles out there, you can buy an aftermarket addon for your current vehicle as well. Manufacturers are expecting the number of WiFi vehicle users to grow from about 3 million vehicles globally in 2014 to more than 10 million by 2021. This article was provided by Jaime Butler, Business Development Specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. For more information about IES, please visit them online at www.iesny.com or call 845-226-9983.

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 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 • Poughkeepsie Journal Radio Woodstock 100.1 • Townsquare Media COMMUNITY PARTNER: Associa New York • Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services Iseman, Cunningham, Riester & Hyde, LLP

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EVENTS Tuesday, February 3

Early Bird Connections 7:30 - 9 a.m. Full Circle Veterinary Hospital 1609 Route 9 Wappingers Falls This is an early morning speednetworking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all participants. It’s fast, it’s fun and, most importantly, it produces results. Sponsored by: Brandi Nichole Massage and Wellness

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Sunday, February 22

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5:30 - 11 p.m. The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie Gala honoring Charles S. North, Hudson Valley Renegades, N&S Supply and Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home. Formal (black tie) attire requested. Visit www.dcrcoc.org/gala for sponsors and complete event information

Wednesday, February 18

Contact Breakfast 7:30 - 9 a.m. The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast featuring Dr. Kari Reiber, Dutchess County Commissioner of Health. Sponsored by: The Heart Center, a Health Quest affiliate

1 - 4 p.m. Mardi-Bob Lanes 55 Taft Avenue, Poughkeepsie Annual bowling tournament that will benefit The Youth Leadership Program and The Chamber Foundation Scholarship Program. Music, prizes, food and fun! A sellout event last year, reserve early! Sponsored by: Adelphi University, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota, Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board, EmbroidMe, The Law Office of D. Jen Brown, Superior Sounds and Youth One Stop

Tuesday, February 24

WLA: Planning for the Future Today

Than You Think.” Shari Hubner, Esq., of Van DeWater and Van DeWater will be the speaker. She will provide helpful hints, tips and common pitfalls about legal documents, long-term care issues, and financial and retirement planning. Sponsored by: Van DeWater and Van DeWater, Attorneys At Law

Thursday, February 26

Business Education Seminar 7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room 1 Civic Center Plaza, 4th Floor Poughkeepsie Featuring a presentation on networking by Frank DeRaffele. Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis and Diamond, LLP

Thursday, February 26

Business After Hours

5:30-7 p.m. Vassar-Warner Home 52 S. Hamilton Street Poughkeepsie The Women’s Leadership Alliance presents, “Planning for the Future Today: Retirement Will Come Sooner

5 - 7 p.m. Adams Fairacre Farms 160 Old Post Road Wappingers Falls

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Tuesday, March 3

ChamberConnections 4 - 6 p.m. Location to be announced Speed networking event. Complimentary hors d’ouevers will be served and there will be a cash bar. Sponsored by: M&T Bank

Saturday, March 7

WLA: International Women’s Day 9 - 11:30 a.m. Walkway Over the Hudson Poughkeepsie Entrance “Salute to International Women’s Day”. Join the WLA to celebrate women and inspire change. International Women’s Day is both a celebration of women around the world, and an opportunity to educate people about the plight of women in other countries. For more information, and to register, please visit wlahv.org

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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased and honored to host the United States Air Force Rhythm and Blues Jazz Ensemble on Thursday, March 19 beginning at 7 p.m. This concert will be held at Beacon High School. It is a complimentary event thanks to our sponsors, Access: Supports for Living and Associa New York, however tickets are required. To get your ticket for yourself or a group, please contact the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Heritage Brass features the diverse talents of professional Airman-musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. From W. A. Mozart to

Glenn Millerand patriotic favorites to pop music, Heritage Brass offers a musical experience enjoyed by all audiences. This newly formed large ensemble exploits the richness, depth and thrill of sound available only from a choir of brass and percussion players. For additional information about this free concert, please visit the band’s website: heritageofamericaband.af.mil Activated in 1941, The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps among all the US military service branches. These worldclass musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout

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management counseling services. While Marshall & Sterling Insurance has spread throughout the country, it keeps its ties to the Hudson Valley community. Marshall & Sterling is employeeowned, meaning that it looks to hire people from the specific community is located in and gives them a vested stake in the company’s success. Employees also give back by volunteering and attending fundraisers to benefit the area. Although this company has broadened its reach across the country, Marshall & Sterling is still dedicated to providing Hudson Valley customers with top of the line insurance coverage and outstanding customer service, all while giving back to the community.

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150 years of Marshall & Sterling hat began as a Poughkeepsie-based sleigh and carriage manufacturer’s idea to sell insurance and real estate has become into a nationwide success. Founded 150 years ago by Joseph H. Marshall, Marshall & Sterling Insurance has transformed and ultimately thrived, becoming one the largest independent insurance agencies in the country. With 409 employees and 25 offices in the U.S. and U.S. Virgin Islands, Marshall & Sterling has established itself as a leader in their field. Marshall & Sterling Insurance prides itself on their expertise in insurance coverage as well as providing quality customer service. Marshall & Sterling specialize in auto, home, life, health and business insurance and also provides

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Clark Patterson Lee 103 Executive Drive Suite 202 New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 567-6700 Email: tmoot@clarkpatterson.com Web: www.clarkpatterson.com Contact: Timothy Moot Full service firm of design professionals.

ATTORNEYS & LEGAL SERVICES Bond, Schoeneck & King LLC One Lincoln Center Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 218-8379 Fax: (315) 218-8100 Email: kleach@bsk.com Web: www.bsk.com Contact: Kathleen Leach A full-service law firm counseling individuals, companies, nonprofits, and public sector entities in a wide spectrum of practice areas. With 230 lawyers and 11 offices, we represent clients in agribusiness and natural resources; commercial lending and transactions; real estate development and construction; defense and hightech; energy and chemicals; health care and long-term care; manufacturing and electronics; municipalities and school districts; higher education; and exempt and nonprofit organizations. Nine offices in New York, one in Naples, FL; and one in Overland Park, KA.

BED & BREAKFASTS Old Drovers Inn 196 East Duncan Hill Road Dover Plains, NY 12522 (845) 832-9311 Fax: (845) 832-9314 Email: jeff.muncey@ olddroversinn.com Web: www.olddroversinn.com Contact: Jeff Muncey Bed and Breakfast specializing in hotel-level service and the warmest hospitality. A topto-bottom renovation during 2013-14 gave the Inn new central air-conditioning, new

furnishings, appointments and decor. Each of the six guest rooms have cable TV and high-speed broadband ports, Frette linens and towels, pillowtop mattresses, and a private bathroom. We emphasize personal comfort, the lost art of lounging around, and excellent food.

CHURCHES & SYNAGOGUES Redeemed Christian Fellowship Church of God of Prophecy 100 Cannon Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 452-1512 Email: janrn2011@gmail.com Contact: Janet Morgan Pentecostal church fellowship offering Sunday school, children’s church, Bible study, and prayer meetings weekly.

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS New York Council of Nonprofits, Inc.

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SEE COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY ONLINE! Greystone Programs, Inc. Web: www. 36 Violet Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 452-5772 Fax: (845) 452-9338 Email: mhathaway@ greystoneprograms.org Web: www.greystoneprograms.org Contact: Michelle Hathaway Poughkeepsie based nonprofit agency that provides exceptional services and lifeenriching opportunities for children, adults, and families living with Autism and other developmental disabilities in five Hudson Valley counties.

CONSULTANTS

P.O. Box 71 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 896-0726 Email: richard@loveholdslife.org Web: www.loveholdslife.org Contact: Richard Senato Children’s cancer foundation.

DAY/CHILD CARE SERVICES Community Family Development, Inc. 269 Mill Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 471-5301 Fax: (845) 471-6992 Email: rachel@cfdcenter.org Web: www.cfdcenter.org Contact: Irene Belen-Jones Individual and family services.

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2424 Route 52 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 549-4672 Email: SECONHELP@gmail.com Web: www.seconny.com Contact: Keri Peterson SECONNY helps with all stages of the Special Education evaluation process, from getting the evaluation for school aged children, ages 5-21 or early intervention, ages 3-5, to developing strategies and creating the Individual Education Plan (IEP).

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205 South Avenue, Suite 101 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-5062 Fax: (845) 454-6032 Email: agrifel@nycon.org Web: www.nycon.org Contact: Audrey Grifel CONTRACTORS - ELECTRICAL Membership association for NYS charities, NYCON provides Veith Electric non-profits with training, technical assistance and various 100 Parker Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 cost saving programs. (845) 485-2900 Fax: (845) 485-5506 Family Promise of the Email: donveith@veithelectric.com Mid-Hudson Valley Web: www.veithelectric.com 860 Wolcott Avenue Contact: Don Veith Beacon, NY 12508 Residential and commercial (845) 838-3764 electrical work as well as Email: larry@familypromisemhv.org generator sales, service and Web: www.familypromisemhv.org maintenance. Contact: Larry Cohen

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hudsonvalleydancedepot.com Contact: Joe Donato Dance, fitness, music, and martial arts lessons, workshops, parties, and other events.

DANCERS & DANCE COMPANIES/ STUDIOS/INSTRUCTION Hudson Valley Dance Depot 1151 Route 55, Suite 201 Lagrangeville, NY 12540 (845) 204-9833 Email: joe@ballroomjoe.com

(845) 632-6722 Email: shawkins@lime-energy. com Web: www.lime-energy.com Contact: Stacey Hawkins A national leader in planning and delivering energy-efficient and renewable energy solutions. Central Hudson Gas & Electric selected Lime to exclusively manage and implement the commercial lighting program.

Viridian Energy (Len Kozloski) 468 Enterprise Road Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 222-7878 Fax: (845) 222-7878 Email: lkozloski62@gmail.com Web: www.viridian.com/lenk Contact: Len Kozloski Educating and offering smart, affordable energy solutions to consumers.

1520 Route 55 Lagrangeville, NY 12540 (845) 605-1270 ENTERTAINMENT AND/OR Email: RosaDeli2014@aol.com AMUSEMENT Web: www.rosa-deli.com Contact: Marie Passaro Quality gourmet Italian & K1 Speed American food with dine-in and 2001 South Road #A101 take-out for breakfast and lunch. Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Specializes in custom catering. (845) 297-5409/ Fax: Email: andrew.palos@k1speed. com Cafe Primavera Web: www.k1speed.com/ 31 Market Street poughkeepsie-location.html Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Contact: Andrew Palos (845) 485-5740 When it comes to go-kart racing Contact: Greg Letterii in Poughkeepsie, there is no An affordable breakfast, lunch, better option than K1 Speed. and catering destination.

Cataldo’s Route 9 Deli 1839 South Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 298-1000 Email: eric@castaldodev.com Web: www.route9deli.com Contact: Eric Castaldo Full service deli serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Includes a salad bar, soup station, and a steam table with fresh meals to-go.

ENERGY CONSULTANTS Lime Energy (Stacey Hawkins) 123 Rombout Avenue Second Floor Beacon, NY 12508

Paintbrushes & Party 702 Freedom Plains Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) GO-PAINT Email: info@ paintbrushesandparty.com Web: www. paintbrushesandparty.com Contact: Deanna Moriarty Laugh, Bond with Friends and Family, Make New Friends and Discover Your Inner Artist!


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766 Vassar Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 226-0832 Fax: (845)226-5174 Email: kwon@ masterkwonmartialarts.com Web: www. masterkwonmartialarts.com Contact: Ou-Nam Kwon Martial Arts School for ages 3 to adult. Master Kwon teaches Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Kumyedo.

28 Taylor Avenue First Floor Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 202-3340 Fax: (877) 316-4486 Email: bianca@rsvpbyb.com Web: www.rsvpbyb.com Contact: Bianca Hendricks Full service wedding and event planning.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS Earth to Table 146 Gretna Woods Road Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 (845) 635-9388 Email: earthtotableJB@gmail. com Contact: Joseph Baldwin Nonprofit in support of the farm to table movement.

HEATING OIL & GAS COMPANIES G.M. Taylor Oil & Propane 28 Tinkertown Road Dover Plains, NY 12522 (800) 553-2234 Fax: (845) 877-3474 Email: tlynch@gmtayloroil.com Web: www.gmtayloroil.com Contact: Tom Lynch Sellers of fuel and propane in Dutchess, Columbia and Putnam counties. Installers of heating and air conditioning systems. Offers plumbing, water systems and home generator service.

KITCHEN DESIGN & CABINETRY Kraemerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kitchen Factory 8 West Plaza Way Suite 3 Hyde Park, NY 12538 (845) 229-1002 Fax: (845) 229-1003 Email: liza@ kraemerskitchenfactory.com Web: www. kraemerskitchenfactory.com Contact: Liza Kraemer Kitchen design, cabinetry dealer, remodeler.

PET SUPPLIES & SERVICES The Golden Dog Grooming, Inc. 1090 Route 376 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 226-2220 Fax: (845) 849-3536 Email: jean12590@aol.com Web: www. goldendoggrooming.com Contact: Jean Balducci Offers a gentle and loving touch. Groomers have a combined experience of 20+ years experience and work with each cat or dog to ensure their experience is possitive and loving. Whether your dog is happy, skittish, scared or stressed, we provide a relaxed environment to keep them comfortable and calm. We will not crate unless requested. We will give your pet the individualized attention he or she deserves.

RESTAURANTS Antonellaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Restaurant (Wappingers Falls) 1830 South Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 297-9190 Fax: (845) 297-8873 Email: dllcrp@yahoo.com Web: www. antonellasrestaurant.com Contact: Angelo Dellicarpini Full service restaurant serving traditional Italian fare.

1458 Route 9D Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 440-0020 Fax: (845) 440-0031 Email: samanmunaweera@ yahoo.com Web: www.redpepperdiner.com Contact: Saman Munaweera Healthy, lean, authentic international cuisine. Freshly made to order Asian, American, and Meditteranian food.

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Anniversaries

DCRCOC Member

* Membership renewals received December 15, 2014 - January 22, 2015

One Year Business Service Organizations

Millbrook Town of Washington Business Association Inc. Commercial Real Estate

Freedom Properties Community Based Service Organizations

Hudson Valley Honor Flight Elderly Companion Care

Helping Other People Everywhere, LLC Long Term Care

LGC Medicaid Consultant, LLC Restaurants

Farming & Agriculture

Community Based Service Organizations

Migliorelli Farms

Catharine Street Community Center

Food Service

Hill & Markes Wholesale Distributors Restaurants

Table Talk Diner Outback Steakhouse

Dutchess BOCES Pretak & Pagones Insurance Agency, Inc.

NYCOMCO/HV Public Safety Lighting

25 Years

Radio Stations

10 Years

Arthur DeDominicis, CPA

45 Years

Banks & Banking Associations

Community Based Service Organizations

Wireless Communications

Health Care Services

Hudson Valley Endoscopy Center

Accountants & Bookkeeping Services

Putnam County Savings Bank

Town Square Media

Fresh Air Fund

Cable/TV

Furniture Rental

Time Warner Cable

Sherman Furniture

Telecommunications Equipment & Services

30 Years

75 Years

CornerStone Telephone Company

Contractors - Mechanical

Heating Oil & Gas Companies

J.F. Bahrenburg, Inc.

Love/Effron Fuel Oil Company

15 Years

35 Years

Bakers & Bakeries

Accountants & Bookkeeping Services

La Deliziosa, Inc.

D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP

Five Years

James Kullander Dutchess School of Driving, Inc.

Education

Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Inc.

Country Curtains

Gino’s Pizzeria Red Oaks Mill

Education

20 Years

United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region

Insurance Agencies & Brokers

Manufacturers

J.C. Millbank Construction Co., Inc.

Poughkeepsie Town Government

Arts Mid-Hudson, Inc.

Theaters

Window Treatments

Gino’s Pizza & Restaurant

Contractors - General

Government

Community Based Service Organizations

Dorsey Metrology

Colleges

Dutchess Community College T H A N K YO U F O R YO U R S U P P O RT !

105 Years Manufacturers

James L. Taylor Manufacturing Co., Inc.


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MEMBER NEWSLINE The Mid-Hudson region is the home of a major contingent of comic book inkers, artists, writers and creators and Arts Mid-Hudson will mount a show to highlight the work of nine of these creative people from Feb. 13 through March 7 in the organization’s gallery at 696 Dutchess Turnpike, Poughkeepsie. “Komic Kreators of the MidHudson Valley” will feature the work of Joe Sinnott, long-time inker of The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday comic strip; Ramona Fradon, best known for her work on Brenda Starr; Joe Staton, current Dick Tracy artist; Charles Barnett III, an inker who has worked on Thor, The Avengers and other comics; Terry Austin, inker of “XMen: Days of Future Past” upon which the 2014 movie is based; Eliot R Brown, penciler for the Avengers and Captain America among other Marvel titles; Fred Hembeck, cartoonist best known for his parodies of characters from major American comic book publishers; Herb Tempe, inker for Hulk and Wolverine; and, Liza Donnelley, New Yorker cartoonist and author. The show will open with a preview party from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb.13 for which attendees are encouraged to wear costumes. Tickets are $15 or 2 tickets for $25 for the preview party. Comic artists will be on hand to autograph work at the preview and at the grand opening on Feb.14. The show’s hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and admission will be free.

CIA Security is a local and family owned business located in Fishkill and has been servicing Dutchess County for 35 years.

They pride themselves by being the only UL listed and inspected monitoring response center left in Dutchess County, down from an all-time high of six. In the last several years, more and more people are interested in being able to control their security, lighting and appliances via computer or an app on their iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone or Tablet. With the tap of a finger, you can operate your security system, access control, generate reports, view live video, control your thermostats, adjust lighting and lock your doors anytime, anywhere. Tailored to your specific needs, event information can be sent via email or text messaging right to your Smartphone. If you have any questions or would like to visit CIA Security at 2 Summit Court, please call 845896-9500.

Grand Master Ounam Kwon, owner of KWON’S Martial Arts, has been teaching Martial Arts and participating in community events in Hopewell Junction for the past 12 years. He has now expanded his school by relocating his Martial Arts school to Poughkeepsie on Route 9 (across from the South Hills Mall). KWON’s Martial Arts offers classes to children age three all the way to adult. Grand Master Kwon teaches classes in Tae Kwon Do, Hapkido and Kumyedo. KWON’s Martial Arts has an After school Program where they will pick up your child from their school and transport them safely to KWON’S Martial Arts. KWON’S Martial Arts also offers a Home School Program on Tuesday and Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. where all the family members are welcome to participate. They will be hosting a Spring Break Camp the week of March 30th and a Summer Camp for nine weeks starting on June 29 and ending on August 28.

Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue was recently awarded $1,500 in funding support from the Com-

munity Response Fund through the Community Foundation of Dutchess County. This grant money will be used to upgrade office equipment to better organize therapeutic programs and records. The Community Foundation of Dutchess County is an affiliate of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, but initially grew out of The Area Fund, which began in 1969. Guided by a local board of community leaders, monies raised for Dutchess County stay in Dutchess County. The board’s goals are to grow philanthropy in Dutchess County, raise money, establish new endowed funds and make grants to enrich the quality of life for Dutchess County residents. In order to receive this grant, Lucky Orphans Horse Rescue had to go through an application process and provide detailed information about the non-profit and how the funds would be utilized.

After three years of baking from home and renting an old bakery in Wappingers Falls, The Cakery at On-A-Stick Bakery, owned by Laura and Ashley Russell, have opened their first store in Fishkill. The new bakery is located at 1004 Main Street in the plaza between Toro and Tanjore restaurants. The Cakery at On-A-Stick Bakery specializes in custom cakes, cookie arrangements, cupcakes, cakepops, fruit bouquets and much, much more! Visit them online at www. onastickbakery.com.

The Hudson Valley Community Center (HVCC), situated west of Vassar College on South Grand Avenue in Poughkeepsie, is bringing back its popular swim program DIVE IN. The drop-in program allows children ages four and under to, with the company of a parent or caregiver, enjoy swimming in the HVCC’s heated indoor pool for just $5.00 per child. The parent or caregiver swims free. DIVE IN is available from 10:00 am to 11:30 am each Thursday from January through April.

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Of the unique program, Lu Ann Kaldor of the HVCC says, “Most other indoor pools are private, super expensive or booked with competitive swim teams. This is the best deal in town.” The HVCC has offered a variety of affordable aquatics programs to the entire community since the 1960’s. Its 20-yeard long, 57,000 gallon swimming pool is chlorinated at levels mandated by the Dutchess County Department of Health and is heated at temperatures of 82 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information, visit www.hvcommunitycenter.com or call 845.471.0430.

Abilities First, the Hudson Valley’s premier provider of programs and services for people with disabilities, has named Melissa McCoy as its Chief Advancement Officer. “We are pleased to have Melissa joining our executive leadership team at a time when our organization is experiencing significant growth. She will direct communication about our mission to the community, as well as, why, and how we are expanding,” said Jeffery Fox, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Abilities First. “Melissa will lead the organization’s marketing, com-

munity relations, and fund development strategies, with a focus on increasing regional awareness of our organization, its mission, and engagement with businesses and communities throughout the Hudson Valley”.

Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley is proud to announce the launch of Fierro, a 24hour, seven-day-a-week lineup of Regional Mexican music programming to replace the True Oldies format on WEOK 1390 AM and WALL 1340 AM. Fierro is designed for the Spanish-language-dominant, core Male 25-44. Until this point, this demographic has been significantly underserved in the market. The format is highlighted by established Regional Mexican artists including Intocable, Duelo, and Presado, as well as newcomers such as Luis Coronel. “The Hispanic population of the Hudson Valley is growing quickly and is underserved by local media,” said Jason Finkelberg, Market Manager, of Townsquare Media of the Hudson Valley. “Fierro will fill a significant void and become and important part of the community.”

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Monday, February 9

Charles S. North Employment Assistance & Training Station

European Wax Center

3 p.m. Hudson River Housing 104 Little Market Street Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the kick-off of the Charles S. North Employment Assistance and Training Station (Charlie’s EATS) of Hudson River Housing! Refreshments will be served.

4 p.m. European Wax Center 1895 South Road Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served.


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RIBBON CUTTINGS American Heart Association’s BetterU Challenge

Town of Poughkeepsie Police K-9 Facility

The Chamber was proud to help our friends at the American Heart Association - New York State kick-off the BetterU Challenge at Gold’s Gym in Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to the Town of Poughkeepsie New York Police Department for opening its new K-9 Training Facility.

Stringendo

Hudson Valley FoodSmith

Congratulations to Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley on their new location in the New Hackensack Reformed Church!

Congratulations to Hudson Valley FoodSmith on its official grand opening ribbon cutting. Check them out for a great breakfast or lunch on Main Street in Wappingers Falls.

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Changepoint Church

Congratulations to TH Remodeling & Renovations Inc in New Windsor on their grand opening!

Congratulations to Changepoint Church on Mill Street in the City of Poughkeepsie for a great Grand Opening ribbon cutting. Check out what they’ve done with the place!


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Iseman, Cunningham, Riester and Hyde

Congratulations to the Dutchess One-Stop Career Center, now open at 191 Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

Congratulations to Josh Mackey and Iseman, Cunningham, Riester and Hyde on the opening of their new office in Millbrook!

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Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse

Congratulations to Theresa Mulkins on the opening of Cruise Planners!

Congratulations to the newly renovated Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse! And weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re glad to see Buffalo Bill back in action.

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Twins Barbecue

The Chamber celebrated the Grand Opening of The Mill Restaurant & Bar, located at 46 Vassar Road in Poughkeepsie. The Mill is dedicated to farm-fresh, local, sustainable food and drinks.

Congratulations to Twins Barbecue! Check them out at 1289 Route 9, Wappingers Falls.


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he Chamber Foundation plays an important role in our community, serving youth in high school to adults hoping to better themselves personally and professionally. Our leadership, scholarship and youth development initiatives are second to none when it comes to building confidence, enhancing skills and providing financial assistance. As is the case for the numerous nonprofits through the region, the work of The Chamber Foundation is never-ending. How do we make it happen? How do we achieve positive results and success? The answer lies in the

Nicholas Shannon Executive Director

extensive network of volunteers that not only give of their time, but also give their passion and heart. With nearly 100 volunteers throughout the year, each plays an important role in advancing The Chamber Foundation’s mission. In fact many of the volunteers have benefitted from The Chamber

Mentors and students take a moment to pose for the camera at the recent Chamber Foundation Student Mentorship Program kick off held at Vassar College.

Foundation and, as a result, found a passion for the organization. From mentorship to program development, event planning to fundraising – every aspect of The Chamber Foundation involves volunteers. Most notable is The Chamber Foundation’s Youth Leadership Program that “staffs” 18 individuals to help mentor the over 90 enrolled students. These volunteers attend every Youth Leadership session and also meet outside of the program to help review and prepare for the following month’s session. In short, we can not do it alone and The Chamber Foundation would not be where it is today - growing and thriving without the hard work of these dedicated individuals. We do not take their work for granted and thank each of them for bringing out the best in all that we do and for letting The Chamber Foundation shine. Want to find out how you can get involved? Call me, Nicholas Shannon, at 845-505-7416 – or email me at nick@chamberfdn.org.

Now Accepting Leadership Applications: Deadline, June 5 Youth Leadership A two-year program, Youth Leadership focuses on giving high school students unique, out-ofthe-classroom leadership experiences. Ideal students should be sophomores and juniors. Sessions are held once a month in the eve-

ning at Marist College and feature professional speakers and hands on experiences. Students will emerge from this dynamic program more confident and well-rounded with improved leadership skills and a better understanding of themselves and their community.

Leadership Dutchess Celebrating over 25 years of

educating and motivating aspiring citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community, Leadership Dutchess is designed to foster the development of a group of adult professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period. Adults of any age and background are welcome to apply. Apply today at ChamberFDN.org.

Thursday, May 14

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Live Auction starts at 7:30 p.m. Hosted by: Arnoff Moving & Storage

Enjoy food & drink from local vEndors • win prizEs hiddEn in storagE vaults Presented by the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2015 • All proceeds benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc.

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Tuesday, May 26

The Powelton Club 29 Old Balmville Road, Newburgh REGISTRATION: 10:30 a.m. • SHOTGUN START: 12 Noon

Wednesday, August 5

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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 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. ASSOCIATE BOARD MEMBERS Duval Hanchard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Student Kristen Huss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Renegades FOUNDATION STAFF Frank Castella, Jr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director Nancy DeWitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Associate


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Health and Wellness Club introduces wellness challenge

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he Health & Wellness Committee is pleased to announce the launch of The Wellness Challenge, its next major initiative to improve the health of our community members. This is a 10-week program combining easy lifestyle, nutrition and activity changes that anyone can make to improve his or her overall sense of wellbeing. Individuals that participate in the Wellness Challenge may even lose up to ten pounds in ten weeks! Participants will be grouped in teams of ten, and led by a volunteer

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Team Captain.â&#x20AC;? Groups of family members, friends and co-workers are encouraged to band together, assign a captain and participate in the program. Team Captains will attend an orientation workshop, and then help motivate and inspire their team to stay with the Wellness Challenge. All participants will record simple metrics at the start and end of the program, as well as track daily meals, activity, and sleep habits, etc. and then make a weekly

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he Chamberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leadership Alliance is proud to offer a presentation titled, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Planning for the Future Today: Retirement Will Come Sooner Than You Think.â&#x20AC;? The speaker will be Shari Hubner, Esq., of Van DeWater and Van DeWater. She will provide helpful hints, tips and common pitfalls about legal documents, long-term care issues, and financial and retireHUBNER, ESQ. ment planning. Shari will review documents needed and share practical experiences to plan appropriately for the future, and discuss systems to have in place to reduce stress and lessen the burdens faced in a transitional time. The WLAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2015 non-profit organization recipient will be chosen (with your help) at this event. Every year the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leader-

report to their Team Captain. Participants will receive sample grocery shopping lists, recipes, and daily and weekly tracking forms. There will be planned seminars and activities during the program and fun surprises at the conclusion of

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the program. The orientation for all program participants and Team Captains will be Tuesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. with the Wellness Challenge starting on Sunday, March 1. The cost to participate is $25 per person, which will become part of a Team Award at the end of the program for success-

fully staying with the program and making all weekly reports. Anyone interested in participating in the program can go to www. dcrcoc.org for more information and to enroll. Interested in being a Team Captain in your workplace? Call Audra Gerty at (845) 454-1700 x 1007 for more information.

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ship Alliance chooses a local nonprofit organization whose mission supports, educates or celebrates womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s issues. The 2014 WLA nonprofit has been House of Hope, dedicated to serving the needs of women who have been victims of domestic violence in Dutchess County. Other past recipients include Abilities First, Grace Smith House and Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse. The presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 24 from 5:30-7 p.m., in the parlor at Vassar-Warner Home, 52 S. Hamilton Street in Poughkeepsie. This is a complimentary event generously sponsored by Van DeWater and Van DeWater, Attorneys At Law. To register please visit www. dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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