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Breakfast of Champions tickets available at COMPLIMENTARY TICKET • ADMIT ONE

dcrcoc.org/boc WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

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Sponsored by: Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Company Health Republic Insurance of New York MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center Occupations System of Care • Sheriff Butch Anderson TEG Federal Credit Union • WineRacks.com Zott Construction • Zounds Hearing of Dutchess County Media Sponsors: 92.1 LITE FM • Fox Oldies Hudson Valley Magazine • Poughkeepsie Journal

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Annual breakfast offers culinary showcase

Message From The Chair ........................... 2 Small Business Partner of the Month ............. 2 Member Spotlight - JTR Transportation ............. 3 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4 Upcoming Events .................................... 6 Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings ......................... 7 Member News......................................8-9 New Members...................................10-11 SBA Days ............................................11

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reakfast of Champions, the annual culinary showcase that brings together the best local restaurants, farms, bakeries, cafes and other food purveyors under one roof to offer a morning sampling of their best products, returns to the Mid-Hudson Civic Center on Wednesday, June 18 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. This event is open to the public and complimentary to attend. Everyone is asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Dutchess Outreach. Parking is complimen-

tary thanks to the City of Poughkeepsie. Local businesses sharing their wares at Breakfast of Champions will show off their best dishes or new creations and many will be offering various discounts and menus to attendees. This event does not only offer a chance to taste breakfast items, but a wide array of products from many great companies. There is no other day where so many delicious foods are offered for no cost! It’s the perfect

time to sample, savor, and network with flavor. For a full list of exhibitors, visit dcrcoc. org/boc. If you think your business could benefit from this event and exposure to thousands of potential local customers, there may still be a chance to become a vendor, however booths are first-come, first-served and filling quickly. Call Carmela for vendor availability at 845-4541700 ext. 1006.

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Ribbon Cutting Photos .............................12 The Chamber Foundation .........................14 Member Spotlight - Center Line Studios............15

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ake in beautiful Hudson River views aboard the River Rose during the annual Floating Business Break, a networking cruise that pushes off the docks on Wednesday, June 25 from 6-9 p.m. with boarding

beginning promptly at 5:30. Departure is from Shadows Marina in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $40 per person and space is strictly limited. RSVP by visiting dcrcoc. org or calling 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

The cruise is an exciting twist on the typical Business After Hours, as the Chamber’s monthly networking event takes to the water with music, dancing and more. Attendees can mingle as they enjoy delicious southern

food catered by Billy Bob’s BBQ as well as a cash bar. Mad Mike and Friends will provide entertainment. For more information about River Rose Cruises, visit RiverRoseCruises.com.

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Use smart phone to stay connected 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 Michael Dinizo..........................................................................M&T Bank 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 Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson............................................. Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Loren Hoffman ..........................................Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban .......................................... Vice President of Communications Dee Richter ............................................................Director of Membership Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations 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 Elizabeth Kwant ............................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................................ Director of Youth Services Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Youth One Stop Staff Matt Bettina................................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Zoaya Fatima.......................................... Youth One Stop Services Specialist Katrina Gobins............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Jesse M. Kimmerle ...................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager Kadiyah Lodge ............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Samantha Mitchell ...................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager

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f you’re like me, you’re always on the go. If I get an hour each day to sit at my computer, that’s an hour more than I’d expect. So that means I’m always on my cell phone – talking, texting and keeping up with the news and local events. And now, thanks to the Chamber’s new mobile app, I can keep up with the best business organization in the area too. To get the Chamber’s app on your phone, simply point your browser to web.dcrcoc.org and follow the on-screen instructions to save the page to your home

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Ori Brachfeld screen. Now wherever you go, you’ll have access to events (and can even register right from your phone!), a local business directory and great discounts being offered by Chamber members. The whole package couldn’t be simpler or more easy to use.

Speaking of those great discounts, if you want to add one to your Chamber business listing, simply log in to the member’s only section and select ‘Add A Coupon’ from the menu on the left. From there, follow the on-screen instructions and you’re done. You can make your offer available to anyone, or just fellow members. It’s another great way to promote your business through the Chamber. Should you encounter any problems logging in or posting your coupon, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 and someone will be happy to assist you.

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Once Upon A Child’s customers want quality children’s clothing and they’re excited that Once Upon A Child can offer discounts up to 70% off of original retail prices. Once Upon A Child strives to offer a fun and convenient way to sell your gently used items. Whether you’re buying or selling, they would love to help you find what you’re looking for. The Chamber’s Small Business Partner of the Month offers small businesses (12 employees or less) direct advertising to members and the community through print, electronic and radio media. If you are interested in this program, please contact Myriah Anderson at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1004.

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 33 Henry Street • Beacon, NY 12508 www.dcrcoc.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 31 • Number 6 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce website, www.dcrcoc.org, is developed by Design Intervention Studio. PK-0000188597


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and special constituencies. More information is available at transartinc.org. Among the acts scheduled to appear are Jayon Jackson, Bobby Watson and Steve Turré. Support for the event is provided with public funds by the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. Additional support is also provided by Hudson River Valley Tours, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Poughkeepsie.

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chair lift. JTR’s vehicles contain numerous amenities including plasma TV screens, restrooms, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, reclining seats, luggage racks and more. Their buses have been noted as “clean and spacious” by satisfied customers. JTR charters are available for day trips or multi-day tours. Charismatic drivers and tour guides lead the excursions and maintain constant combetween munication drivers and riders. JTR Transportation is available to give quotes on your next bus charter by visiting Their seeyouonthebus.com. website also features an E-Club, which anyone can join by simply visiting the site. The E-Club includes special offers and discounts, unadvertised sales, advance notices and birthday coupon discounts.

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Message from the

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’m happy to report that in just over nine short months, the Youth One Stop program run through the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center has met, engaged and enrolled 100 area youth. That means that 100 members of our community between the ages of 14 and 21 who are facing obstacles inhibiting them from completing school, finishing their GED or gaining employment are getting help from professional mentors in achieving their goals. They’re finishing degrees, getting jobs and helping to build a better Hudson River Valley. I’d like to thank the hard work of the Workforce Development Center and Youth One Stop for exceeding expectations and doing so much good for so many. I’d also like to acknowledge our partners at the Workforce Investment Board and Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services for their support. Lastly, kudos to the many community service organizations and local school districts that have embraced this program

as a positive one for their students. With everyone working together toward a common goal, we’ve been able to make a positive impact on many lives. Of course, we’re not stopping now. There’s no limit to the amount of good that the Youth One Stop can do in this community, and I look forward to watching it continue to grow. If you’re an employer who might be able to provide an opportunity for a Youth One Stop participant, check in with us at dcrcoc.org/youthonestop. And as you’re driving around the area this summer, keep an eye out for our special Youth One Stop billboards letting you know how your membership and support of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is helping touch lives and develop youth all across the region.

Sincerely,

Charles S. North President & CEO

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Secrets of selling – eCommerce tips that you need to know

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f you’ve always dreamed of opening an online store, or believe that your business could be taken to new heights of success by opening it up to e-commerce, there are some things you may want to know to make sure you are successful and can handle your competition. 1. Make sure you register a business name that accurately reflects your product niche. Advertising your business both on- and off-line to drive traffic to your site is essential. 2. Choose a good niche. Your niche will succeed if it pertains to your geographic area of residence. 3. Quality design and functionality of your website will encourage traffic. Your site needs quality graphics, data encryption to ensure the safety of customers’ data, and payment processing.

4. Easy to shop = better sales. If it’s hard to navigate or find the products and get checked out, you’ll end up driving your potential customers to your competition. 5. Comparison shop. If you shop online, make sure you make note of things you love, like and don’t like about the sites you frequent so you’ll know how to tailor your site to your potential customers. 6. Keep your site updated. Keeping your product list up to date, having sales or specials will get you more attention from search

engines and potential customers. Patience is a 7. virtue. It’s going to take time and hard work to get you a steady stream of customers, so don’t give up too quickly. You also have the option to work with a web designer/ developer that has experience producing successful e-commerce sites for other local businesses in your area for additional assistance to get the site you need and want. The more prepared and knowledgeable you are about your needs and how you want the site to look, feel and function the better the chances that your site will beat out the e-commerce competition. 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 2014 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. • Zott Construction SUPPORTERS: EmbroidMe • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • Hudson Valley Renegades • LCS Companies Marshall & Sterling Insurance • McQuade Development • Meyer Contracting • N&S Supply Orange County Trust Company • Rhinebeck Bank • Riverside Bank • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. 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: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment • Fox Radio • Poughkeepsie Journal Radio Woodstock 100.1 • Townsquare Media


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As the event was wrapping there was excitement in the air. The youth enjoyed the activity and were still talking about their occupations and salaries and how it was difficult creating and staying within a budget. “I’m glad I did this today, I guess I have some things to think about!� a youth was overheard saying as he walked back into the real world. For more information about the Chamber’s Youth One Stop Program and Workforce Development Center, please visit dcrcoc.org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1024

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The Mad City Money program allows the youth to make mistakes and suffer the consequences of their decisions in a realistic and safe environment. Laraine Kautz, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board, participated in Mad City Money at the Chamber in April. She said, “I had so much fun participating in the Mad City Money program. It’s an exciting program that introduced the youth to budgeting in a realistic fashion. I think it was eye-opening for everyone to contemplate cost of living expenses.�

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Wednesday, May 28 Business After Hours

5 - 7 p.m. Mary Kelly’s 37 Lamplight Street, Beacon Monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: FASTSIGNS of the Hudson Valley and Riverside Bank

Tuesday, June 3 Early Bird Connections 7:30 - 9 a.m. Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome 9 Norton Road, Red Hook Speed-networking event. Sponsored by: Rondout Savings Bank

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boarding on the Hudson at Wednesday, June 11 The River Connection’s private Centennial Breakfast harbor. in Partnership with Thursday, June 12 the DC Historical SBA Days Society

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center The Chamber and the Dutchess County Historical Society present a special breakfast celebrating the 100th birthday of the Society. Keynote presentation by Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism. Sponsored by: MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center

Wednesday, June 11 Kayaking & Paddle Board Experience 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The River Connection 9 West Market Street Hyde Park Join the Chamber’s Health & Wellness Committee to experience kayaking or paddle

7:30 – 9:30 a.m. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Beacon Office, 33 Henry Street Beacon Sponsored by: KeyBank

Tuesday, June 17 U.S. Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble 7 - 9 p.m. Poughkeepsie High School Auditorium 70 Forbus Street The Chamber is pleased and honored to host the US Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble at the Poughkeepsie City School High School Auditorium. Sponsored by: Occupations System of Care

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Wednesday, June 18 Breakfast of Champions

Wednesday, June 25 Floating Business Break

7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Mid-Hudson Civic Center

5:30 - 9 p.m. River Rose departing from Shadows Marina in Poughkeepsie. Boarding begins promptly at 5:30 p.m. Cruise from 6 - 9 p.m.

Breakfast of Champions provides an extraordinary opportunity for local restaurants, farms, bakeries, cafes and other food/drink purveyors to feature their signature dishes, new creations and top products to over 1,500 hungry members of the Hudson Valley community. Sponsored by: Coffee System of the Hudson Valley, Zott Construction, MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, WineRacks.com, Health Republic Insurance of New York, TEG Federal Credit Union, Occupations System of Care, Bankers Conseco Life Insurance Company, Zounds Hearing of Dutchess County and Sheriff Butch Anderson Media sponsor: 92.1 LITE FM, Fox Oldies, Hudson Valley Magazine and Poughkeepsie Journal

The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets cost $40. Sponsored by: EmbroidMe, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc., Meyer Contracting Corporation, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP, TD Bank and Ulster Savings Bank

Thursday, June 26 Business Education Seminar 7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeespie Sponsored by: Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP


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4 p.m. 1539 Main Street Pleasant Valley Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Includes a wine and cheese reception with raffles for attendees including the chance to win a free pair of sunglasses or one of two complete eye exams. Also, two frame stylists will host a trunk show of designer frames.

Thursday, June 5 Gino’s Pizzeria 4:30 p.m. 40 Vassar Road Poughkeepsie

Join us to celebrate the second anniversary of Gino’s second location in Red Oaks Mill! Refreshments will be served.

Friday,June 6 Northside Supplies 4 p.m. 42 McKinley Lane Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the opening of the new showroom! Refreshments will be served.

Saturday,June7 Miller Hardware 11 a.m. 1600 Main Street Pleasant Valley Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served.

Tuesday,June10 Saint John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church 4 p.m. 55 Wilbur Blvd., Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the newly renovated entrance to the educational wing of the church! Refreshments will be served.

Thursday, June 12 Party With Us 4 p.m. 2419 Route 82 Lagrangeville Join us to celebrate the grand opening! Refreshments will be served.

Friday, June 13 Poughkidsie 4 p.m. 25 Van Wagner Road Poughkeepsie Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served.

Friday, June 13 HV Renegades 6:30 p.m. Dutchess Stadium 1500 Route 9D Wappingers Falls Join us to celebrate Opening Day 2014 and the brand new field turf! Refreshments will be served.

Thursday,June19 Once Upon a Child 12 p.m. 1572 Route 9 Wappingers Falls Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served.

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Tuesday,June24 Zounds Hearing of Dutchess County 4 p.m. 1289 Route 9, Suite 2 Wappinger Falls Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Refreshments will be served and free hearing screenings will be provided to anyone interested.

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Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the private school and enjoy their Annual Spring Fair with food, ice cream, pony rides, a petting zoo, raffles and games for the family! Joint with the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce and the Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce.

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MEMBER NEWSLINE Carter Bernhard, a Hyde Park native that was diagnosed with spina bifida 20 weeks into his mothers’ pregnancy, is a little boy with huge spirit. When DBS Remodel saw the opportunity to help him out, they of course jumped at it. They learned of his need for a ramp at his home to increase him and his family’s independence just a few months back through one of their lead project managers, Michael Whalen. When DBS contacted the family, they were more than glad to have DBS be a guest at their home, and welcomed the idea of a ramp for Carter. DBS began preliminary construction on April 26 by digging footings and cutting back the blacktop driveway to make room for end the ramp. Employees are donating their time until the project is finished, as all participants are excited and eager to get this ramp up for Carter! The ramp will help the family tremendously, as every day Scott carries Carter (and his chair) up and down four stairs to get him in and out of the family’s home.

Field Goods now offers weekly deliveries of fresh local produce and have three sizes of fruit and vegetable subscriptions available. Subscriptions cost $20, $25, and $30 per week. Their mission is to open the floodgates for the flow of local food by delivering food of superior taste, freshness, and nutritional value to as many people as we can find and to be a good partner to our farmers. Field Goods is now delivering to Guardian Self Store

Health Quest and Walkway Over the Hudson are in the middle of a six-week program designed to promote health and wellness for the entire community. Open to the public, the Walkway Fitness Challenge calls for enrollees to walk, bike, or run on the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park for 30 minutes on 12 different occasions from up until June 14. Health Quest and Walkway Over the Hudson also collaborated to build an activity log component into Health Quest’s free smartphone app, “Health Quest U.” The activity log button allows participants to enter the contest with their log details and activity, making them eligible for prizes such as a one-year membership to Walkway Over the Hudson, a massage from Women’s View at Northern Dutchess Hospital, clothing gear, and gift certificates to Mike Arteaga’s Health and Fitness Center. In addition to the use of the Health Quest U activity log, participants will also be eligible to win prizes when “selfies” are posted from the midway point of the Walkway on Instagram or Twitter to @My_HealthQuest with hashtag #HQHealthySelfie, or by printing the registration form from healthquest.org/walkway. The winners will be announced at the Treetops to Rooftops 5K Race awards ceremony on June 14.

Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (MHCM) located on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie announces the launch of Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to active duty military personnel including National Guard and Reserve and their fami-

lies from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The complete list of participating museums is available at www.arts.gov/bluestarmuseums. “The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is once again proud to participate in this program which provides access to our service men and women and their families,” said Sara Capozzoli, MHCM Director of Public, Media and Corporate Relations. “We look forward to welcoming military families and offering them our thanks for their service and sacrifice.”

Morgan Linen Service is proud to announce the addition of sales representative Duane Mayo in the greater Hudson Valley region. Having served Morgan Linen in Saratoga County since 2011, Duane brings a wealth of knowledge and is excellent at helping clients and potential clients tailor a program that will maximize their linen budget. Contact Duane today at 518-8102345 to set up an appointment and start service with Morgan Linen and start making your linen service work for your bottom line.

These Are The Facts: mental illness does not discriminate. It can happen to anyone, anytime, anyplace. Mental illness is not a character flaw. It is a brain disorder that is treatable but not curable. 1 in 4 Americans and 1 and 5 Children struggle with mental illness every day. Chances are somebody in your social network is also affected by mental illness. Unfortunately, because of the stigma associated with mental illness, many people are too ashamed or embarrassed to seek the help they need for themselves or their loved ones. Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings. About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders. 90% of persons who commit suicide had a diagnosable mental illness, and an estimated 22 veterans die from suicide each day. May is Mental

Health Awareness Month. NAMI-MH works with the community, schools, other mental health agencies, and local businesses to raise awareness and reduce the stigma that surrounds mental illness. It is a time to express compassion for those who struggle with mental health issues and to draw attention to the proven methods that can help, change, and improve the lives of the 13.6 million people that suffer from some form of mental illness.

For the third consecutive year, Ulster Insurance Services, Inc. of Kingston (a subsidiary of Ulster Savings Bank) has been named to Kemper Preferred’s “Inner Circle” of Independent Agents. The Inner Circle is an exclusive group of 250 independent insurance agencies countrywide that represent Kemper Preferred. Kemper Preferred sells Home, Auto, and Package Plus policies through a select network of Independent Agents. Inner Circle membership is awarded to approximately seven percent of all Independent Agents that represent Kemper in 38 states and the District of Columbia and is based on the amount of business written as well as the quality of the business. Ulster Insurance Services, Inc. has been doing business in Kingston since 2001. The 31 professionals who work for Ulster Insurance Services, Inc. provide in-person insurance counsel, ensuring that customers’ assets are met. It’s this dedication to meeting its customers’ needs with custom-fit insurance solutions that helped to earn Ulster Insurance Services, Inc. a spot in Kemper Preferred’s Inner Circle.

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County welcomed two new members to its Board of Directors, now comprised of 13 members. RTDC’s Board members are prominent community leaders who volunteer their time to further the mission and goals of the orga-

nization. Frank Castella Jr., Co-owner Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. After three generations of quality, service and steady growth, inspiration has led Frank to take the family printing practice to a new level. Frank has also been involved for 20 years with one of the largest and most successful haunted theme parks, Headless Horseman Hayrides and Haunted Houses, Inc. Ryan Wisniewski, Certified Public Accountant, D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP. Ryan joined D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP in 2005. He is a 2005 graduate of Marist College. In 2009, Ryan became a Certified Public Accountant Licensed in the State of New York. Ryan specializes in tax accounting and accounting services for not-for-profit clients and small businesses as well as performing audits, reviews, and compilations for clients in other various service industries.

Reward your employees for a job well done! Your employees work hard and deserve to be recognized. Fred Astaire Dance Studio is offering an “Employee of the Month” Award at their Dutchess location to help you acknowledge your employees. The studio will provide one free dance lesson as part of this recognition. Call Fred Astaire Dance Studio at 845-2972711 to see how you can take advantage of this special offer.

Once Upon a Child, a children’s resale retail store located next to Home Depot in Wappingers Falls, has promoted three local women to leadership positions. Owners Peter and May Evola announced that Nicole Cantalupo, Mari Martinez and Kellie Jones assumed leadership roles in the store effective May 5. The three women, all Wappingers Falls residents, will share operational, administrative and customer service oversight responsibilities. Once Upon A Child buys and sells gently used kids stuff, apparel, gear, toys and games

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New York State recently launched the Bridge to Success loan program. $20 million will be available through this program, with the intention of increasing the short-term lending opportunities for minority & women-owned businesses. Tompkins Mahopac Bank is one of five lending institutions participating in this program and the only one located in the midHudson region. Senior Vice President John Kraus said, “We are extremely pleased and enthusiastic to be a participant in the State’s Bridge to Success loan program. Our commitment to the Program is consistent with our community banking model of supporting local businesses with access to capital for growth, economic development and job creation.” Tompkins Mahopac Bank is committed to supporting small business relationships. For more visit mahopacbank.com.

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n Sunday, June 1, Walkway Over the Hudson will hold their Third Annual World Record Event to break the Guinness World Record for the Longest Handshake Relay, set last May by 1,238 Boy Scouts in Merseyside, England. Walkway will enlist the help of Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, Ulster County Executive Mike Hein, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts troops, other local youth groups – as well as community members – in this attempt. Handshake Over the Hudson participants will simply shake hands in sequence along the entire line, stretching from one end of Walkway State Historic Park to the other—from Dutchess County to Ulster County—in order to

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Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) announced that it has opened a new branch at 6740 Route 9 in Rhinebeck, New

Vivace, the senior orchestra of Stringendo’s Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley was named Grand Champion in the String Youth Orchestra competition, sponsored by the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). Stringendo’s second orchestra in the competition, Chaconne, won second prize. Approximately twenty orchestras from across the nation auditioned in order to compete at ASTA’s National Orchestra Festival, which met in Louisville, Kentucky at the association’s an-

nual convention. For more information and photos, contact Gabriella Fryer, Executive Director of the Stringendo, Inc. at (845) 264-1206 or gabriella@stringendomusic.org.

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This year the Giant Sale of Books and Media sponsored by the Friends of the Poughkeepsie Public Library District will be special in multiple ways: they will offer over 150,000 items for sale; they have a new location: 5 St. Andrews Road at Route 9 in Hyde Park, the former Hyde Park Stop & Shop; and this will be the Friends LAST Giant Book Sale. They will transition to a Book Store operation at the new Town of Poughkeepsie Branch Library sometime after this location at Boardman Road is completed. The sale begins on Friday, June 13 and runs through Tuesday, June 17. It’s a great opportunity to buy gently used books and media that have been donated through the overwhelming generosity of the public. Sale hours are 10:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Friday, Saturday and Monday, June 13, 14, 16; from 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Sunday, June 15; and from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 18.

York. With approximately 4,225 square feet of space, this location offers members five teller windows, two drive-up teller windows, both drive-up and walk-up ATMs, a coin machine, and an iPad station for conducting online transactions. Like other HVFCU branches, Rhinebeck will be open from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm weekdays and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturdays. Deborah Kerr, an HVFCU employee for over 27 years, will be the Branch Manager at this new Rhinebeck location. HVFCU will mark the opening of this branch with a ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration at 10:30 am on June 7.


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APARTMENTS & RENTAL PROPERTY

RiverBend at Wappingers Falls 80 Sterling Drive Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 297 0100/ Fax: (845) 297 0112 E Mail: rbwappingers@ sterlingpropertiesnj.com Web: www.sterling propertiesnj.com Contact: Patricia Soder Luxury rental apartment homes.

ATTORNEYS & LEGAL SERVICES Diron Rutty, LLC 25 Market Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 849 9201/ Fax: (845) 849 9206 E Mail: d.rutty@dironruttypc.com Web: www.dironruttyllc.com Contact: Diron Rutty Law firm

CAFES The BX Bagel Factory 1572 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 218 9091 E Mail: bxbagelfactory@ hotmail.com Contact: Gabriel Guthartz We are a family owned bagel shop serving freshly baked bagels, gourmet cream cheeses and butters, as well as Boar’s Head deli sandwiches.

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CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT

FINANCIAL SERVICES

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PO Box 4757 Poughkeepsie, NY 12602 (845) 485 8627/ Fax: (845) 485 1963 E Mail: rmmllecour@ optimum.net Web: www.ruralmigrant ministry.org Contact: Laura Lecour

COMMUNITY BASED SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS Jewish Family Services of Dutchess County P.O. Box 2525 17 Collegeview Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (845) 471 9817/ Fax: (845) 471 3233 E Mail: jfs@jewishdutchess.org Web: www.jewishdutchess.org The Jewish Family Service, a division of the Jewish Federation of Dutchess County, provides help to the local Jewish community through short term counseling, social service referrals, and family life education resources. Also provides a community wide medical lending service.

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The Palombo Group, Inc. 6030 Route 82, Village Centre, Suite A4 Stanfordville, NY 12581 (845) 868 1239/ Fax: (845) 868 1220 E Mail: crodriguez@ thepalombogroup.com Web: www.thepalombogroup.com Contact: Christine Rodriguez Construction management and general construction.

21 Old Main Street, Suite 105B Fishkill, NY 12524 E Mail: christa.coates@lfg.com (845) 765 8208/ Fax: (845) 765 8210 Contact: Christa Coates Agency Sales Director and investment advisor providing financial solutions to individuals, families and businesses.

FITNESS CLUBS AND SERVICES APJ Boxing Club 2 Catharine Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 452 6260 E Mail: rahmanmoore@gmail.com Contact: Rahman Moore, Owner Dedicated boxing gym located in the City of Poughkeepsie.

DANCERS & DANCE COMPANIES/ STUDIOS/ INSTRUCTION Total Non Stop Training

1562 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 297 2711 E Mail: FredAstaireDutchess@ gmail.com Web: www.fadsdutchess.com Contact: Alex Vasendin Social ballroom & Latin dance lessons for all ages.

87 Leo Lane Poughquag, NY 12570 (845) 670 0544 E Mail: timj@totalnonstop training.com Web: www.totalnonstoptraining.com Contact: Timothy Johnson We provide 4-week bootcamp style fitness classes as well as one on one and small group personal training.

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616 Route 52 Beacon, NY 12508 (845) 831 6720/ Fax: (845) 831 5379 E Mail: office@dranitaplatyan.com Web: www.dranitaplatyan.com Contact: Dr. Anita Platyan Dental office providing services to all ages. We provide crowns, bridges, dentures, whitening, cosmetics, and tooth colored restorations.

4 Nancy Court, Suite 2 376 Business Park Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (845) 625 3137 E Mail: tfwropestone@gmail.com Web: www.tfwropestone.com Contact: Ken Stabler Personal development company that uses strength and conditioning protocols to achieve a better you.

11 Towne Center Blvd Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 724 3414/ Fax: (845) 724 3941 E Mail: crodriguez@ beekmanlibrary.org Web: www.beekmanlibrary.org Contact: Carol Rodriguez

MARKETING RESEARCH & SERVICES Mark and Phil 2 Lagrange Avenue, Suite 214 Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 (855) 627 5445 E Mail: Daniel@markandphil.com Web Address: www. markandphil.com Contact: Daniel Schutzsmith Mark and Phil provides marketing and philanthropic strategy for non profits, foundations, and socially responsible companies.

POOLS & SPAS EQUIPMENT, REPAIR & SERVICES NAMCO 1701 Route 9 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (860) 670 7653/ Fax: (860) 665 1013 E Mail: cnolette@namcopools.com Web: www.namcopools.com Contact: Chris Nolette Retailer No. 1 in above ground pools, chemicals, patio furniture, pool toys and more.

Royal Pools and Spas 2294 South Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (914) 213 8818 E Mail: jmr101310@yahoo.com Web: www.royalpoolsandspas.com Contact: Joseph Rosati Pool, spa, and service company. Began over 55 years ago and is starting to expand.


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REAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS & INVESTORS Sleight Farm at LaGrange

WINE & LIQUOR STORES Crossroads Wine and Spirit

81 Ridge Line Drive LaGrangeville, NY 12540 (914) 474 7602 E Mail: edie@sleightfarm.com Web: www.sleightfarm.com Contact: Edie DiScipio Community of custom built, new construction, single family homes with panoramic views.

738 Route 9 Fishkill, NY 12524 (845) 202 7411 E Mail: crossroadswineandspirit@ gmail.com Contact: Kelly Peluso Wine and liquor store with the best prices in town and an incredible selection of products.

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827 Route 82, Suite 2 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 223 6220 E Mail: brian.hons@ wirelessicon.com Contact: Brian Hons We sell cell phones and phone accessories as well as offer cell phone repair.

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ntrepreneurs and anyone thinking of owning a franchise will want to attend the next SBA Days event scheduled for Thursday, June 12 from 7:30-9 a.m., at the Chamber’s Beacon office at 33 Henry Street. The featured speaker will be Tom McQuade of McQuade Development/The Entrepreneur’s Source. He will be discussing the facts about regulation and the advantages and disadvantages of starting a business with a franchise. A discussion of the popular myths and the latest “hot” franchises will be included, as well as reviewing with attendees some financing options, including the

SBA registry, and the correct approach to finding a franchise. Also attending will be a representative from the SBA in New York to discuss resources available from that Federal agency.

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cy has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA Days is a complimentary event for members and non-members thanks to the generous sponsorship of KeyBank. The company provides investment management, retail and commercial banking, consumer finance, and investment products and services to individuals and companies throughout the Hudson Valley. For more information, visit www.key.com. To reserve your spot at the June SBA Days, please go to www. dcrcoc.org or call Loren at 845454-1700 x1000.

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rum up some new business at Early Bird Connections on Tuesday, June 3 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, 9 Norton Road in Red Hook. This event is fast, fun and it produces results! Early Bird Connections allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic two-minute promotional pitch to all other participants. A light breakfast will be provided. This opportunity is offered complimentary thanks to Rondout

Savings. Attendance is strictly limited to 20 participants from different business categories. To RSVP, call 845-4541700 ext. 1000.

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he Chamber’s Health & Wellness Club invites members of the community to participate in a kayaking or paddle boarding experience on Wednesday evening, June 11 from 5:30-7:30. The event will be held at The River Con-

nection, 9 West Market Street in Hyde Park. Participants will learn safety and basic skills and spend time kayaking or paddling around the beautiful Hudson River. Equipment will be provided. Cost is just $45 per person, and

there is a strict limit of eight participants, so make sure to reserve your spot as soon as possible by calling the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Payment is due when making a reservation, and there will be no refunds after June 4.

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RIBBON CUTTINGS Dutchess Wine Cellar Grand Opening

Toastmasters

Congratulations to Dutchess Wine Cellar - now open on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie!

Congratulations to Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Toastmasters on their ribbon cutting to kick off their membership drive. Visit their Facebook page for more information on improving your leadership and public speaking skills.

Valley Pediatric Dentistry Grand Opening

H.G. Page and Sons 90th Anniversary

Congratulations to Valley Pediatric Dentistry, PC on the opening of their new office at 1557 Route 82 in Hopewell Junction!

Congratulations to H.G. Page and Sons and Page Home Centers on 90 years in business. An amazing accomplishment, here’s to 90 more!

Soul Dog

TLC Pediatrics Grand Opening

Congratulations to Soul Dog, celebrating the Grand Opening of this revamped, but still gluten free, restaurant that is now under new ownership and management. Check them out at 107 Main Street in the City of Poughkeepsie!

Congratulations to TLC Pediatrics, PC on the grand opening of the new space in the Westage Business Center in Fishkill!


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he June Business Education Seminar is scheduled for Thursday, June 26 beginning at 7:30 a.m., at the Chamber’s Poughkeepsie offices. The event will feature a panel discussion on “The Art of Selling - The Methodology to Successful Sales.� Presenting will be Tom Lemmey, Director of Sales for Ethan Allen Personnel Group; Tony D’Aquanni who does sales for EmbroidMe; and Jen Dunn CPCU, Agent for State Farm Insurance Agency. They will discuss to obtain leads and referrals, what to focus on during the sales call and how to close the deal. The Business Education Seminar series includes a light breakfast and is complimentary for Chamber members and costs just

$10 for non-members, thanks to the sponsorship of Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP. The firm takes a different approach to the practice of law. While many

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clients want advice about classic legal issues, some clients require more. Some clients need an attorney who will take the time to fully research their case and to develop creative legal strategies that will protect their interests. They will tailor counsel to their clients’ immediate needs and long-term goals.

Whether you want an aggressive lawyer skilled in the area of personal injury, family law, estate planning, real estate, business agreements, elder law, municipal and administrative law or general litigation, you can count on Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP to represent you. As one of the largest law firms in Dutchess County, they have the available resources to handle any category of legal dispute. Above all, they will take the time to listen to your problems individually. The firm has offices at 1136 Rt. 9 Wappingers Falls and now in the lobby of the Poughkeepsie Journal building, and also on the web at srddlaw.com To register for this event, please go to dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000.

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here is still time to reserve your spot for the special breakfast event celebrating 100 years of business in Dutchess County. The Dutchess County Historical Society is marking its centennial this year, and the Chamber is helping celebrate on Wednesday, June 11 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. This is one of several events recognizing the Historical Society’s centennial, and it will honor

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Dutchess County business that have served our community for a century or more. Generational businesses will also be acknowledged. A keynote address will be delivered by Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism, who will discuss the bottom-line business benefits of historical tourism on our local economy. The event is generously sponsored by MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center. Tickets are $25 per person and all are welcome to attend this salute to the businesses that have been vital to the success of our community for 100 years or more. Business and organizational

representatives are encouraged to send “now and then�’ pictures to be displayed at the event. Pictures can be emailed to historicphotos@ cenhud.com. For more information, and to register for the event, please contact Loren Hoffman at the Chamber by emailing lhoffman@dcrcoc. org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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his is always a bittersweet time of the year for me. I am excited to see a great group of graduating students from both Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership, however, I am sad to see them move on. For nine months both programs meet monthly, but also put in many hours outside of “class time” coordinating events, selling products, and working on their various activities and projects. I am with them every step of the way

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supporting, encouraging and even getting fully immersed in the tasks at hand. Yes, the programming that

The Chamber Foundation puts forward benefits each participant involved – but I too get something in return, growing and learning from each involved. I commend all of our graduates on a job well done. Each program has made remarkable strides and accomplished great successes – but most of all, made me proud. Thank you to each participant and best of luck. I look forward to watching you take on the world!

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 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. Aleta Symon, CPA . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. FOUNDATION STAFF Charles S. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President Nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Executive Director

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The Leadership Dutchess class spent Thursday, May 15 touring many of the great spots of Dutchess County. Included were stops at Dyson Racing Team, Inc., Madava Farms (Home of Crown Maple), Harney & Sons Fine Teas, and Dutch’s Spirits. Thanks to Rhinebeck Bank and Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell for sponsoring the tour, our 2014 sessions sponsor Central Hudson, and a special thanks to Dutchess County Tourism for organizing this great tour!

Call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000 for all reservations or visit ChamberFDN.org WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4

Youth Leadership Recognition Dinner

6 p.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza THURSDAY, JUNE 12

Leadership Dutchess Graduation Ceremony 5:30 p.m. Dutchess Manor 263 Route 9D, Beacon

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13

Twisted Gala

5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

On May 17th, The Leadership Dutchess Class of 2014 divided and conquered, taking on two Day of Service Projects painting, cleaning and renovating. Benefiting from the class’efforts were Grace Smith House in Poughkeepsie and Mid-Hudson Animal Aid in Beacon. At Grace Smith House, the team repainted, redesigned and brought new life to the children’s multi-purpose room and outside play area. At Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, the team painted, renovated exterior conditions and cleaned up the property. Special thanks to Williams Lumber and Home Center for the donation of supplies for both projects.

Career Night for students At the final Youth Leadership session for the program year, The Chamber Foundation hosted its annual Career Night. With over 25 participating companies and services, the students were able to learn about a variety of careers and professions. Thank you to all who participated!


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On May 8, The Chamber Foundation hosted its annual Golf Mentoring Day. Rhett Myers from Vassar Golf Course offered a golf lesson and Dan Pizzarelli from DC Indoor Golf hosted the day for more than 20 students from Poughkeepsie High School and the Chamber’s Workforce Development programs. Students enjoyed lunch at Billy Bob’s BBQ and continued to meet with their mentors on their own at both Vassar Golf Course and DC Indoor Golf throughout the rest of May. Thank you to our mentors and sponsors – A&R Security, Adelphi University, College Planning 101, DC Indoor Golf and Vassar Golf Course.

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