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Headliner Awards .................................... 2 Message From The Chamber President ............4 WLA Tabletop Expo .................................. 5 Electronic Recycling Days.............................6 Career Connections for Professionals...............7 Ribbon Cuttings .................................... 8-9 Member News ...................................10-11 New Members ...................................12-13 Chamber Foundation............................... 14 Upcoming Events.................................... 15

ach May, The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the not-forprofit educational arm of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, proudly presents scholarships to students planning to further their education in the Hudson Valley and beyond. Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the community, this year the Foundation was able to shatter all previous records and award over $45,000 in scholarship money to worthy recipients. This represents a nearly 35 percent increase over past amounts. At the May Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, May 16 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, all 2012 scholarship winners will be officially presented their awards and introduced to attendees. These students represent some of the best and brightest in the region and are great names to know for the future. Chamber Foundation scholarships range from very broad to very specific in scope, some offered to students across disciplines, while others are precisely targeted

for those pursuing a career in music, journalism, culinary arts, and more. For complete information about The Chamber Foundation, Inc. and their annual scholarship offerings, visit www. Rhinebeck Bank proudly sponsors the May Contact Breakfast. One of the region’s oldest banks following its incorporation in 1860, Rhinebeck Bank’s locally focused decision-making by their team of experienced banking professionals allows them to be responsive, flexible, and accessible to their customers. Learn more at


and west of the Hudson River, the potential for member-to-member and local-to-local commerce grows exponentially. To make your reservation for the complimentary May Business After Hours, visit www.dcrcoc. org or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. Advance Testing, Riverside Bank, The Greater Hudson Valley Health Center and the Greater Newburgh YMCA proudly sponsor this event. Advance Testing is a consulting construction materials testing

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Joint networking with Orange chamber

he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased to join forces with the Orange County Chamber of Commerce to co-host the May Business After Hours networking mixer on Wednesday, May 23 from 5-7 p.m. at Billy Joe’s Ribworks on the Newburgh Waterfront. This is the first of two scheduled combined Business After Hours events this year. By blending the two Chambers and uniting the major business organizations from both east Not-for-profit members American Disabled Veterans and American Cancer Society will also be in attendance. To reserve your place at the May Contact Breakfast, call 845454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30.

laboratory that has been providing outstanding service to its clients since 1984. Advance Testing Company provides both field inspection and laboratory analysis of all construction materials for commercial, private, and public organizations. Riverside Bank is a New York State chartered commercial bank serving small and medium sized businesses, professionals and individuals in the Hudson Valley with branches in Poughkeepsie, Red Oaks Mill, Newburgh and Fishkill.

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Message from the Chair: Frank Castella, Jr.

Officers Frank Castella, Jr., Chair ........................ Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Jill Sammon, 1st Vice Chair .............Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Joseph Bonura, Jr., 2nd Vice Chair...................................... The Grandview John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary ....................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Gaye Mallet, Past Chair .............................................Adams Fairacre Farms Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel ....................... Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Renee Bulla ........................................................... Momentum Advertising Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Ori Brachfeld .......................................................Dash Lock & Key Service Jan Dewey .................................................................. Poughkeepsie Journal Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Carol Gordon .................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Alexandra Laubacker ......................................................................IES, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. ............................................Sedore Hudson Valley CPAs Theodore Luty, Jr. ........................................................... Dorsey Metrology Paul S. Mancarella ..................................................................De’S Jewelers Doug McHoul ................................................McHoul Funeral Home, Inc. Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Robert Ranieri ........................................................... Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Nicholas Shannon .........................Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Nancy Amy ..................................................... Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership Rich Kleban ..............................Director of Communications & Marketing Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Angela Signor .......................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ............................................................... Director of Events Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Karolyn Osborne.................................. Director, The Chamber Foundation Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Susan Grecke .................................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................ Youth Employment Services Mentor

If you support the sponsors of the Chamber, you’re supporting our community. Almost every event the Chamber holds has at least one sponsor. These companies have written a check to help offset operational costs, allowing the Chamber to provide reduced or most often times complimentary admission to its membership. This month, take special note of the sponsorship banners that are hung at the Contact Breakfast. An annual sponsor generously provides funds that are put towards the many events the Chamber coordinates throughout the year. It is their proceeds that enable us to provide a venue, food, marketing, handouts, staff time and other miscellaneous costs that go into each event. The Chamber has three levels of annual sponsorship: Leaders, Partners and Supporters. Our Leaders for 2012 are Health Quest, KeyBank and COBESO, Inc., all of which are organizations that do so much to enhance our community and give back to many not-forprofit organizations within the

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 29 • Number 5 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 Web site,, is developed and hosted by Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (IES).

Hudson Valley. If you have attended a Chamber Connections roundtable speed-networking event, New Member Luncheon, Business After Hours, Contact Breakfast, International Women’s Day, Balloon Festival, Manufacturing Tour or Small Business Seminar – you have been a part of a sponsorfunded event. It’s important to know that these sponsorships aren’t always for the big business players in the community, but they are also tailored to accommodate small business budgets, too. Lastly, you may have heard of the campaign to “Stop the Price Jump at the Gas Pump.” If you aren’t happy with the rising prices of fuel, help us at the Chamber try and do something about it. The Chamber has made it easy for your voice to be heard by sending a note to all key elected officials by simply visiting www.dcrcoc. org and filling out a form. Click the campaign banner and it will automatically generate a personalized message from you. Hitting “submit” registers your concern

with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker John Boehner, Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Nan Hayworth, Rep. Chris Gibson, and Rep. Maurice Hinchey. And again, without the generosity of LCS Facility Group, another great sponsor, the Chamber wouldn’t be able to effectively campaign for creativity in lowering the rising costs of fuel. This is not only just another Chamber benefit, but it is also a benefit to our entire community, so support our sponsors who support you.

Congratulations to the 2012 Headliner Awards winners (from left): Dr. Evan Goldfischer, Premier Cares Foundation; Sheila Appel, IBM; Joe and Rita Trocino, Recycle Depot Sanitation; Joyce Garrity, Dutchess County SPCA; Rob Rolison, EmbroidMe Poughkeepsie; Mike Spinelli,The Brake Shop; and sponsor Dr. Sam Simon, Hudson Valley Fresh.




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ithout fail, one of the best days of my year is watching all the students get presented their scholarships at our May Contact Breakfast. I believe education is the beginning of the solution to any problem, and I’m so glad that The Chamber Foundation, Inc. is able to help so many students further theirs. The Chamber is a business organization, no doubt about that, but I’m extra proud that our annual scholarship offerings are so diverse. There’s the Cosimo DiBrizzi Scholarship for those pursuing the culinary arts; the Eileen Hickey Nursing Scholarship for students interested in healthcare; the Juan LaFuente Scholarship is there to help develop future engineers; and the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Scholarship rewards academic, athletic and communityminded students. And of course I’m again so proud to be able to support my very own scholarship, the Charles S. North Scholarship For Music, to aid a Dutchess County high school student going on to college to study the art. I just highlighted a handful of our scholarship

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merican Honda Motor Co., Inc., is proud to announce that Friendly Honda of Poughkeepsie has earned the Honda President’s Award for 2011. This annual award is presented to top-ranking Honda dealerships across the country, based on their achievement of excellence in all areas of operation – customer service and satisfaction, sales, training, and facility operation for the prior calendar year. This is the 4th consecutive year Friendly Honda has earned Honda’s highest dealership honor.

Rocking Horse Ranch named a top resort

Families on-the-go won’t have to travel by cruise ship or plane to get to one of the world’s toprated family resorts. TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel website, recently revealed Rocking Horse Ranch Resort in Highland was named #2 in the U.S. and #3 Family Resort in the world. “We are honored by this prestigious award,” said Steven Turk, owner, Rocking Horse Ranch Resort. “Being named one of the Top Family Resorts highlights the incredible amount of work, pride, and attention to detail we put into every single family that visits Rocking Horse. We can’t thank our guests enough!” The 2012 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards rankings were based on traveler’s reviews. Travelers review over 500 world-wide family resorts on overall value, cleanliness of facilities and rooms, guest services, food quality, activities and more. Rocking Horse Ranch Resort has been committed to exceeding guest expectations for the past 54 years. As an all-inclusive family resort nestled in the beautiful Hudson River Valley, families enjoy 3-Diamond rated accommodations, delicious dining, endless activities, special attractions only seen in the Caribbean, like Big Banana Boat Rides on their private lake and of course the largest guest ranch in the world. For more information on Rocking Horse Ranch Resort, go to

“Earning the President’s Award is a yearlong commitment that requires the dedication of every dealership team member,” said John Mendel, executive vice president of Automobile Sales for Honda. “There are currently more than 1,000 Honda dealerships in the United States. Friendly Honda is one of only 144 to earn this distinction for 2011. “We are honored to receive the Honda President’s Award for the fourth straight year,” said Eric Kahn, President of Friendly Hon-

da. “This is Honda’s highest level of recognition for its dealerships nationwide, and it is confirmation of the very high level of attention we place on customer service and customer satisfaction.” Friendly Honda carries the full line of Honda vehicles, including the all-new Honda CR-V, the recently redesigned Odyssey, and the ever-popular Accord, Civic, and Pilot. For more information on these and all of Honda’s awardwinning vehicles, visit www.

Touch-A-Truck/Aviation Expo coming Enjoy a family-friendly day of fun at United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s 2012 Touch-A-Truck/Aviation Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sun., June 3 at the Orange County Airport, 500 Dunn Rd., Montgomery. The annual fundraiser will include more than 50 vehicles such as cherry pickers, concrete mixers, fire trucks and emergency vehicles and trucks to see and climb on. The Orange County Pilots Association’s Aviation Expo will feature helicopters, fighter jets,

airplanes and special sky diving demonstrations. There’s a “horn free” hour this year from 10 to 11 a.m. for children with special needs and sensitive ears. Tickets are $6 per person; kids 3 and under enter free. All proceeds stay local and are used by United Way to support programs that make a difference in people’s lives in the community. For more information on the event, log on to , or call Julie Wittenberg at 845-457-4774 ext. 3108.

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Women’s Leadership Alliance presents Tabletop Expo


very year the Women’s Leadership Alliance Committee (WLA) of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosts the Wares and Wisdom Conference Expo focused on increasing and developing women’s presence in the business world. This year the event will take place on May 2, 2012 from 3:30 - 8 p.m. at Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza. The event will begin with networking, tabletop exhibits and presentations to allow businesses to increase their presence, establish relationships, form mutually ben-

eficial relationships, and establish themselves within the community. Afterwards there will be a panel discussion with business owners describing the ongoing challenges of starting and running a business, and how today’s economic climate challenges

them to be creative in order to grow. Panelists include Denise Povolny from KeyBank; Irene Andujar from Vassar-Warner Home; Judith Papo from HV Shred; Maureen Crush from de Ramon Crush PC; Gaye Mallet from Adams Fairacre Farms; Cindy Smith

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from Cindy M. Smith, CPA, PC; and Maureen Kangas from the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Guest entrance fee will be $5, and complimentary hors d’ouevres as well as a cash bar will be available. Proceeds will benefit a non-profit organization chosen at the event. The Wares and Wisdom Conference and Expo is generously sponsored by Key-

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Old electronics can be recycled


Dutchess he ReCounty gional Chamber of Commerce’s Green Life Committee is again calling on the Hudson Valley to easily and properly recycle all old or unwanted computers and personal electronics during Electronic Recycling Days on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 12-4 p.m. at the Dutchess Mall in Fishkill. Volunteers will be available to assist with the unloading of cars. The committee urges anyone to drop off old electronics including: monitors, printers, keyboards, VCRs, batteries, cell phones, terminals, cables, fax machines, radios, modems, CRTs, telephones, televisions, CPUs, copiers, typewriters, stereo equipment and more for proper recycling. While there is no charge to turn in items, the Green Life Committee will be accepting donations to benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc. The suggested donation is $5 per car-

load for individuals or $20 per business. Note that the collection on Friday, June 1 is solely for businesses and pre-registration is required. To secure your dropoff time, e-mail Bob Travers at btravers@ On Saturday, June 2, all citizens are invited to make use of this complimentary electronics recycling service and can do so without registration. At the last electronic recycling event, the Green Life Committee collected over 52,000 pounds of items while raising more than $2,000 for The Chamber Foundation, Inc. Recycling old electronics is a boost to not only the environment, but also the economy. Proper electronic recycling helps to reduce emissions, limits the strain on our landfills and ensures that harmful chemicals used in production do no harm to the ecosystem. Items can also occasionally be salvaged and refurbished before being either sold or donated to local citi-

zens and not-for-profit organizations in need. The Dagar Group and Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. proudly join in bringing Electronic Recycling Days to the community. For more information, contact Bob Travers of Advanced Recovery, Inc. at The Chamber’s Green Life Committee works to implement green policies for local businesses hoping to reduce their ecological footprint. For more information about the committee, visit www.

Seminar will answer marketing questions


he Chamber’s Business Education Committee will host “What’s On Your Marketing Mind?” on Thursday, May 24, at 7:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s office. The seminar will be a panel discussion to review the many forms of marketing available to a business owner. Panelists will also respond to questions provided by Chamber members. If you have a question you’d like to submit please send it to and it will be addressed at the seminar. Chamber members Debbie Gioquindo, Hudson Valley Wine Brooke Goddess; Moore, Brooke Moore Photography; Melissa Calabro, Design By MGC and Renee Bulla, Momentum Advertising will sit on the panel, along with Christine “Desi” Desmoni, Chamber Membership Director. You are invited to bring your marketing tools for a complimentary assessment or you may drop them off at the Chamber prior to the seminar.

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ing, cash management and investment services to individuals and small businesses. For more information, visit To reserve your spot at the May SBA Days, please go to www. or call 845-454-1700 x1000.



mall business owners and entrepreneurs will want to attend the next SBA Days event, scheduled for May 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chamber’s offices in Poughkeepsie. Lunch will be provided. Ron Goldstein, from the U.S. Small Business Administration based in Albany, will be the featured speaker at the event, discussing how SBA can help you secure funding. Goldstein, director of Lender Relations for the New York district office, is an expert in the area of small business lending. U.S. Small Business Admin-

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Celebrating Over


Trinity Players’ CHESS opens May 4 at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center. Visit for tickets and more information, and be sure to visit to view their Online Ribbon Cutting.



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MEMBER NEWSLINE News... Marty Rutberg of Rutberg Personal Injury Law and John Basso of Basso Law announced that they have joined their firms to become Rutberg Basso Personal Injury Law. Basso and his team will join Rutberg’s group at the Poughkeepsie home office, with satellite offices in LaGrangeville, Newburgh, Monticello and Utica. The new staff will grow to 10 including five attorneys. Personal injury law remains the firm’s sole focus and expertise – one of the few such dedicated practices in the Hudson Valley and upstate region. Rutberg Basso’s Hudson Valley office is located at 3344 Route 9 North, Poughkeepsie; 845-4860300. For more information visit The Arbor Ridge and Terraces is pleased to announce the hiring of Dale Polmateer as the new Sales & Marketing Director. Polmateer has previously worked in the Hudson Valley as Director of Sales for the Holiday Inn and Hampton Inn in Fishkill, as well as other area hotels. He has been actively involved with many of the local chambers of commerce, including serving as Vice President of the Fishkill Business Association. The Community at Brookmeade looks forward to the hospitality and marketing experience that will be brought by Polmateer to its Senior Living Lifestyle Community. Hudson Valley Wine Goddess Debbie Gioquindo is one of 34 wine professionals to become Certified Wine Location Specialists (WLS). Having passed a comprehensive exam authored by Sandy Block, Master of Wine, these Wine Loca-

tion Specialists are certified to lead wine education seminars, tastings and dinners specific to Champagne and Port regions. Gioquindo, also a Certified Specialist of Wine, is known as the Hudson Valley Wine Goddess. Her blog www.hvwinegoddess. educates people on the wine and wine regions of the world with a focus on the Hudson Valley region. She consults with wineries and small business on social media marketing, and conducts wine education and tasting seminars. Gioquindo is also the chairperson of the Hudson Valley Wine & Spirits Competition and co-owner of Happy Bitch Wines. Hudson Valley Magazine, a division of Today Media, has named Shanna Gruner as Director of Marketing and Public Relations. She will be focusing on promotion, event execution, sponsorship and campaigns for the publication. Gruner, a Dutchess County native, is an experienced marketing and public relations professional with specialties in branding, event execution and web development. She comes to Hudson Valley Magazine from WESTMED Practice Partners in Purchase. Previously, she held a position with ANC Sports Enterprises also in Purchase. Also joining Hudson Valley Magazine is Julie A. Gerrard, as Account Executive. Gerrard will be focusing on new and existing client development as well as sales strategy and prospecting. She has more than 18 years experience in sales, marketing and management. She comes to Hudson Valley Magazine from Integrated Enterprise Solutions, where she served as business development manager. HVFCU Financial Services at Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) announced that Lynda Beisner, Matt Giorgi, Ilske Veringa, and Cathy West were recognized as top financial advisors and named to the LPL Financial Director’s Club. This distinction is based on an annual production ranking of the approximately 12,800 registered advisors nation-

wide who are supported by LPL Financial LLC, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer. HVFCU Financial Services Consultants are affiliated with LPL Financial and provide independent financial planning services, investment advice and asset management services to more than 7,000 clients in the Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Putnam Counties. To schedule an appointment with an HVFCU Financial Services Financial Consultant call 845-463-3366 or visit Joseph Bertolozzi’s Bridge Music, Inc. has begun its fourth year on the Mid-Hudson Bridge. A legacy of the 2009 Henry Hudson Quadricentennial, Bridge Music is free and open to the public as a sound-art installation featuring only the sounds of the bridge itself. It can be heard April thru October at the Mid-Hudson Bridge’s towers from its pedestrian sidewalk and year-round on 95.3FM within the parks flanking the bridge: Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie and Johnson-Iorio Park in Highland. Recently the Mid-Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (MHV) partnered with Bridge Music, providing rack cards to go in tourism centers and hotels. The Law Firm of Gellert & Klein, P.C., with offices at 75 Washington Street in Poughkeepsie and 3010 Westchester Avenue in Purchase, is pleased to announce that Keith G. Ingber and John J. Evans have become associated with the firm. Ingber became associated with the firm on March 5, 2012 and Mr. Evans became associated with the firm on April 2, 2012. The Tavern at Diamond Mills proudly announces their menu expansion to include full lunch service Wednesday through Friday weekly, from 11:30 a.m until 2:30 p.m., in addition to brunch, which will now be served both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m. Nestled in the Village of Saugerties, overlooking the picturesque Esopus Falls, the Tavern

at Diamond Mills has gained national and regional recognition as the Hudson Valley’s most unique dining experience, all of which is now accessible to mid-day diners. The Tavern at Diamond Mills’ day menu is a Contemporary American spin on traditional lunch classics, prepared by CIA trained Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli. Chef Napoli’s menu creations range from the stacked turkey club with maple syrup peppered bacon to the imported Italian ham and asparagus panini to the quintessential sixounce Tavern skillet burger topped with Saint Andre cheese. For more information please visit In the first quarter of 2012 Skip Weisman has had over 3,000 people register for his speaking events that include live keynote addresses, seminars and workshops as well as an extensive schedule of webinars for the international online resource for professionals in the field of project management, the Project Management Institute’s At www.SkipWeismanSpeaks. com visitors can see sample videos of Skip delivering a keynote address to over 1,500 at a leadership conference in the Silicon Valley, view outlines of his most popular speaking topics on leadership, teamwork, and leadership and workplace communication. The site also has video and written testimonials and a complete up to date calendar listing Skip’s upcoming speaking events. For more information visit or email Skip directly at Skip@Workplace Leashes Pet Care has teamed up with three other Dutchess County Pet Sit companies to form DC Petsitting Network. The Network is open to Dutchess County Petsitters who are looking to share ideas, education and inspiration about its industry. They meet every sixth Tuesday at Panera Bread on South Road, Poughkeepsie and look forward to having pet trainers, groomers and others speak at future meetings.

Please visit them at www.facebook. com/dcpetsittingnetwork.

Pencil it in… ARCS has announced that registration for the 20th annual Hudson Valley AIDS Walk is now open. The walk is the only local walkathon that raises funds to help Hudson Valley residents living with HIV/AIDS. The first AIDS Walk was held in 1992 in White Plains but moved to Poughkeepsie in 2004. This year’s AIDS Walk takes place on Saturday, May 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Walkway Over the Hudson. Walkers may turn in their collected donations at the Poughkeepsie approach or at the Hudson Valley Rail Trail area on the Highland entrance. Last year, over 500 walkers took part and raised more than $50,000 to bolster ARCS’ programs and services for local residents affected by HIV/AIDS. Walkers and teams can sign up online at or by calling (914) 785-8283. Ramapo for Children welcomes the Dutchess County community to their beautiful 250-acre Rhinebeck campus on June 2-3 to help celebrate 90 years of service on behalf of children with social, emotional, and learning challenges. The weekend will include outdoor fun for the whole family, including ropes courses, swimming, a climbing wall, and plenty of games for all ages! Registration price is $90 per person for the weekend, $60 for Saturday only. Price includes all activities, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Children under three are free. Eat, Play, Give! is open to all, young and old. To learn more or to register, visit, call 845-876-8409, or e-mail The Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley will host its annual Partnership in Education awards reception on May 30 at the

Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation announces the first annual Eight-County Cupcake War. On June 5, at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, a panel of judges will determine the Cupcake King/Queen of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope invites all bakers, professional and personal, from the eight counties of the Hudson Valley to enter the contest by registering at The Cupcake War will take

Mark your calendar, and break out your spy glass! The Big Read 2012, from October 14 through November 9, will focus on the classic detective novel “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is once again coordinating the community-wide Big Read project and expects over 40 local schools, businesses, libraries, arts groups, civic and community organizations to participate in the month-long bonanza of events. In addition to highlighting detective fiction, this year’s Big Read will also showcase the Film Noir genre of movies, and invite younger readers to participate in companion Little Read programs. If your business or organization would like to get involved, please contact Jewel Ratzlaff at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District: (845) 485-3445 x3372 or Golf with Mid Hudson Animal Aid at their 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament on July 30 at Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie. $165 per player, but mention the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and pay only $150/player! Includes golf, cart, lunch and dinner, drinks, raffle and more. Dinneronly option for $50/person. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30am. Sponsorships are also available for organizations and businesses. For further information or to register, visit the shelter’s website at www.

Kudos… Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) Middletown Branch Manager Jean Sexton has been recognized by the Middletown Recreation Commission for her dedication and commitment to

the City of Middletown. Sexton, a life-long Orange County resident, has been with HVFCU since 2000, and the manager of their Middletown Branch since its opening in May of 2007. She has donated her time and talents to such local nonprofits as the Middletown Cares Coalition, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Pathstone, and Literacy Orange, in addition to participating at various events that support youth, health, and financial wellness across the greater Middletown community. Marist College Associate Professor Julie B. Raines and Assistant Professor Angela Laflen are the 2011-2012 recipients of the James A. Cannavino Library’s Faculty Recognition Award. Dr. Raines is an associate professor in the Criminal Justice Department in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. Laflen is an assistant professor of English in the School of Liberal Arts. The annual award recognizes selected Marist faculty members for exceptionally creative and scholarly work in their respective fields.

the Hudson Valley. The funding comes from the latest round of foreclosure counseling support provided by Congress through the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling program, administered by NeighborWorks America. Hudson River Housing has provided foreclosure prevention counseling to 1,712 households since 2007. In support of all military men and women who have served our country, The Brake Shop will continue to offer them free oil changes in the month of May and beyond. The Brake Shop wants to thank all veterans and active-duty troops for keeping our country safe. For the first time, Dutchess Day School offered a merit scholarship to either a rising sixth or

The Evergreen chorus, members of Sweet Adelines International, recently earned fourth -place medals and third-place mid-size chorus honors at their annual regional competition held in Philadelphia. The chorus also had two competing quartets, Under Wraps and Xclamation, improve their scores from the previous year. In addition, Carol Schultheis of Hopewell Junction was awarded the Harriette Walters Leadership award for her enthusiasm, confidence and commitment to excellence for our chorus region. The chorus meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Episcopal Church on Overlook Road in Poughkeepsie. Evergreen will also celebrate their 50th Anniversary with a show on Sunday, October 7. More information will be posted on their website at Hudson River Housing announced that it received $205,560 to help provide important foreclosure counseling work throughout

seventh grader. The award recognizes a student with exceptional character and excellent academic promise. Dutchess Day looked for a student who would not only thrive in their middle school, but also one who would contribute positively to the school community. It is with great pleasure that Dutchess Day announces that Laila Watts is the recipient of the scholarship. Laila and her family live in Poughkeepsie where she is a current 5th grader at G.W. Krieger Elementary School. Laila’s high academic standing and her commitment to family and community means she is well placed to enjoy all Dutchess Day School has to offer. For more information, please contact Christine Whiting, Director of Admissions at 845-677-5014 or whiting@

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On May 4, Trinity Players kicks off its 11th season with “CHESS,” directed and choreographed by Dawn Bernitt-Perito and Musical Direction by John Barath. “CHESS” is a story of love, intrigue and deception set against the backdrop of the 1980s Cold War. Lyrics by award winning lyricist Tim Rice, music by Benny Anderrson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Richard Nelson. All performances are at the Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie. “CHESS” runs from May 4-6 and 11-13; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. Call the box office at 845-227-7855 or visit the website for more information.

place at the Miles of Hope fundraiser at Anthony’s Pier 9 from 6 - 9 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased at www.milesofhope. org. Registrations and contest rules are on the website and anyone with questions is encouraged to call the Foundation at 845-264-2005.


Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Close to 150 people are expected to join the Community Foundation at the event, where more than $80,000 in grants and scholarships will be awarded to teachers and students. At the reception, the Foundation will present Fund for Excellence in Education Grants to Dutchess County schoolteachers to recognize the important contributions they make in improving learning opportunities for students; Taconic IPA Science Equipment Teacher Grants to educators from Dutchess, Orange and Ulster counties; and scholarships awarded to students to assist with their college education. For this special occasion, the program will include hors d’oeuvres and a dessert reception that is open to the public. Tickets are $35 each with a cash bar. Please visit for more information.


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Rainbow Car Wash 10 Ross Circle, Poughkeepsie, NY


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MARCH NEW MEMBERS automobile ServiceS, repair & maintenance

career connectionS for profeSSionalS

Q.B. Collision, Inc.

Katherine GoreyWamsley

487 Haight Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 917-417-9177/Fax: 914-962-3941 Email: Contact: Perry Gusikoff, President Est. April 2012; Complete auto body repair shop.

PO Box 207 Somers, NY 10589 914-924-1784 Email: Contact: Katherine Gorey-Wamsley Sponsor: Eddy Sloshower, AFLAC

buSineSS Service organizationS

community baSed Service organizationS

Stanford Business Association, Inc.

Pawling Community Services

PO Box 123 Stanfordville, NY 12581 845-868-7858/Fax: 845-868-2276 Email: Contact: Duffy Layton, President Est. 8/8/2011; To help new or existing businesses improve and grow by promotion awareness and by sharing the expertise of our members. Sponsors: Charles North, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and George Whalen, Bank of Millbrook

card & gift ShopS Send Out 2

83 Bronson Road Poughquag, NY 12570 845-216-8787 Email: chambersdianne@gmail. com Web: Contact: Dianne Chambers Independent distributor for Send Out Cards online gifting, greeting cards and photo products. Sponsor: Frank Castella, Jr., Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc.

Send Out Cards

73 Wennington Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 914-489-7664 Email: Web: Contact: April Dearden, Marketing Distributor

PO Box 635 Pawling, NY 12564 845-855-2162 Email: dolores@ Web: www. Contact: Dolores Ragsdale, CoFounder Offering classes in art culture and enviroment to elementary students after school programs from kindergarten to high school.

Disabled American Veterans – Castle Point Chapter 144


contractorS - Specialized

energy conSultantS

Kendall Stormwater Services LLC

Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors

Ambit Energy Independent Consultants

71 Eastern Steel Road Milford, CT 6460 845-245-9185 Email: Web: Contact: Dan Okros Est. 2003; Seamless gutters and exteriors.

dentiStS - general

Strategy Leaders Inc.

event/Wedding planning/guide

Arlington Dental Associates

The Center for Authentic Living

5 Crossways Chappaqua, NY 10514 914-238-3500 Web: Contact: James Coghlan, Intern Est. 1995; Management consulting for small business owners. Shop Consultant

12 Fenway Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-797-5053 Email: Web: Contact: Rhia Ubeda, President Est. 2009

contractorS - home improvement

11 High Acres Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-926-8482 Email: Web: www.davmembersportal. org/chapters/ny/ 144 Contact: Stanley J. Klepeis Providing outreach to the disabled American veteran community. Sponsor: John Vacca

916 Salt Point Turnpike Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 845-635-2336 Email: Contact: Bradley Olheiser

concierge ServiceS

contractorS - roofing

Concierege Service of the Mid-Hudson Valley

TH Remodeling & Renovations Inc.

Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-337-1044 Email: Contact: Vincent A. Spano Est. 2012; House and pet sitting, grocery shopping to pharmacy pick up, messenger server.

7 Dew Drop Lane Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-323-8285 Email: Web: Contact: Anamaria Fogel, Marketing Consultant Est. 2006

137 Ridge Road Dover Plains, NY 12522 845-877-3782 Email: kendallstormwaterservices@ Contact: Barbara Kendall, Owner Est. 2010; Provide stormwater management and watershed planning services for businesses, municipalities and agencies.

Bradley Olheiser Home Repair

4 Trent Lane Walden, NY 12586 845-567-9743/Fax: 845-563-0511 Email: Web: Contact: Thomas Hazard, President Est. 1997; Exterior remodeling.

876 Dutchess Turnpike (Route 44) Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-454-7023/Fax: 845-454-7064 Email: Contact: Ira Stier, DDS For over 23 years of the most advanced and comprehensive dental service, cosmetic and restorative procedures including implants. Dental insurance accepted and PPO plans.

dentiStS - SpecialiStS Cigna Orthodontics

1123 Route 82 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-227-7880/Fax: 845-227-2804 Email: stephanier@ Web: Contact: Stephanie Romm, Marketing Rep Est. 1989; Providing the highest quality orthodontic care in a friendly, comforable enviroment using the latest technological advances in the industry.

Dutchess Orthodontics

1557 Route 82, Suite 5 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-896-8880/Fax: 845-896-2439 Email: Web: Contact: Kelly Walters, D.M.D. Providing children, teens and adults with high quality care including traditional and aesthetic braces and invisalign. Dr. Walters is a board-certified orthodontist, born and raised in Dutchess County.

PO Box 45 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845-337-6996 Email: Web: Contact: Rev. Jude Smith Est. 2006

financial ServiceS Hudson Valley Consultant Group, LLC

224 Church Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-459-3260/Fax: 866-594-7356 Email: Web: Contact: Aaron M. Pimienta, Managing Partner/Financial Advisor Est. 2012; “ Our firm was founded on the principal that every client is important, and every client can trust our team to provide a full service solution to help them meet all of their needs. We provide wealth management, financial planning, insurance and structured settlement services to individuals and businesses.”

funeral homeS Straub, Catalano & Halvey Funeral Home, Inc.

55 E. Main Street, PO Box 131 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-2610/Fax: 845-297-4828 Email: Web: Contact: Kristin Catalano, Owner/ Operator Est. 1936; Funeral home-offering and assisting with all aspects of funeral service and planning.

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landScaping ServiceS

pet SupplieS & ServiceS


Elite Martial Arts

Savoy Landscape Construction Inc.

Dog Guard of Southern New York

Billy Joe’s Ribworks

Rockledge Plaza, Suite 2 1164 Route 9G Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-229-1500 Email: Web: Contact: Garth Perkins, Owner/ Instructor Est: March 2009; Martial Arts Instruction. The NYS Public Service Commission encourages consumers to select an ESCO as their energy supplier. We’re an ESCO providing small business and residential customers with significant savings on their energy bills at no cost without contracts.

health care ServiceS Advanced Wound Care Solutions

4B Janet Drive Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-380-4532 Email: Web: Contact: Eugene Yermolayev Est. 2012; Health care product. Sponsor: Charles S.North, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce

inSurance agencieS & brokerS Eifert, French & Ketchum Insurance

330 Fifth Avenue Pelham, NY 10803 914-738-4011/Fax: 914-738-4303 Email: Web: Contact: Jim A. Duffy, Vice President Est. 1933; Insurance agency offering commercial, personal, life, group health and employee benefits.

PO Box 595 Millbrook, NY 12545 845-677-8711/Fax: 845-677-8711 Email: Web: Contact: Ralph Savoy, Owner Est. September 2000; Make your home a landmark. Serving Dutchess County.

marketing reSearch & ServiceS The Center For Client Retention

300 Connell Drive, Suite 1200 Berkeley Heights, NJ 7922 973-258-9400/Fax: 973-258-9301 Email: Web: Contact: Richard Shapiro, President Est. 1988; Conduct customer satisfaction and loyalty surveys, customer service training. Sponsor: Skip Weisman, Weisman Success Resources, Inc.

packaging The UPS Store

4 Marshall Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-2988/Fax: 845-632-2213 Email: Web: www.theupsstorelocal. com/6275/ Contact: Dale Van Nimwegen, Owner Est. 2011; Full service location specializing in domestic and international pack, ship and freight services. Professional print, copy and fax services, mailbox services, notary and passport services. We also have office supplies available for customer convenience.

127 Fosler Road Highland, NY 12528 845-883-6712 Email: Web: Contact: Mike Kovalyk, Co-Owner Est. 1988; We provide electrical underground pet fencing, wireless containment devices, dog fences, pet fences, products and services for both dogs and cats.

printing ServiceS The UPS Store Print/Copy Service

4 Marshall Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-2988/Fax: 845-632-2213 Email: Web: www.theupsstorelocal. com/6275 Contact: Dale Van Nimwegen, Owner

real eState agencieS & brokerS Aries Deitch & Endelson, Inc.

110 South Central Avenue Hartsdale, NY 10530 914-949-2800/Fax: 914-949-2424 Email: Contact: Sheila DuPell, Regional Director Est. November 1993; We are a commercial real estate brokerage specializing in retail.

recruiting Wells Fargo NorthEast Regional Banking

12 E. 49th Street, 45th Floor New York, NY 10017 212-214-3533/Fax: 212-214-3549 Email: Web: Contact: Tony D. Curry, Recruiter

26 Front Street Newburgh, NY 12550 845-565-1560/Fax: 845-565-1830 Email: Web: Contact: Joe Maleck, General Manager

Cesar’s Bistro

Corporate Park 1289 Route 9, Suite 1 Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-632-3948 Email: Contact: Cesar Navarro Est. 2012; Authentic Mexican regional recepies plus electric American menu from homemade chips and salsa to generous ribeye steaks, penne ala tequila and shrimp and ahi tuna. Home of the $5 margarita anytime. Lunch and dinner 7 days.

The Would Restaurant

120 North Road Highland, NY 12528 845-691-9883/Fax: 845-691-2516 Web: Contact: Claire Winslow, Owner/Chef Est. 1994; Catering and full service restaurant. New American cuisine.

Solar energy AriSolar (Bright Land Solar/Linuo Group)

PO Box 370 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 508-479-4458 Email: Web: Contact: Jonathan Wong, SVP/ Sales & Marketing Est. 1993; Manufacture and sell PV cell and module, solar system integration, solar thermal waterheater, glassware and pharmaceatics. Storage & Self Storage

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A Space to Place Storage 4 Marshall Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-297-4747/Fax: 845-632-2213 Email: Web: Contact: Dale Van Nimwegen, Owner Est. 2006; A Space to Place Storage is a 62,000 SF self storage facility located in southern Dutchess County. The facility is the only self storage in the area that is 100% climate controlled with 24 hour gate controlled access to all units, and both a U-Haul authorized dealer and The UPS Store on site.

Drop ‘n Lock Storage Co.

1371 Route 22 PO Box 306 Wingdale, NY 12594 845-832-0039/Fax: 845-832-3134 Email: Web: Contact: Virginia Flood, Vice President Est. 1999; We are a large selfstorage facility specializing in conventional self-storage with over 500 units.

travel tourS Adventures for Rascals

206 South Cherry Street Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-9725/Fax: 845-454-8964 Email: Contact: John Sagan, Owner/Sole Proprietor Est. 1985; Tour operator offering day trips and short and extended overnight tours.

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Leadership Dutchess accepting applications for the class of 2013


o you want to have a more powerful, positive and lasting impact within your employment organization and/or your community? Are you ready to uncover, deepen and build upon your natural strengths as a leader, but need support in exploring the challenges of effective leadership? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we encourage you to submit an application for The Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Dutchess program. Leadership Dutchess is the signature program of The Chamber Foundation, Inc., and for over 20 years has been dedicated to educating and motivating aspiring citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community. This program was designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period through a variety of experiences that include lively discussions, interactive exercises, experiential roles, community service and ongoing feedback. Leadership Dutchess classes and events are held once per month September-June and all course work contributes to the knowledge and understanding of leadership.

By the end of the program you will: • Recognize your personal leadership strengths and know how to use them most effectively. • Perceive and build on the strengths inherent in others to create powerful alliances to achieve mutual goals. • Learn how to use your personal influence to inspire and develop collaborative relationships. • Learn to respond effectively to dynamically changing conditions both in the workplace and in your community. • Become aware of your impact on others, learn to create your desired impact and begin to take responsibility for that impact in your professional life and in your community. • Be ready to assume new responsibilities and leadership roles in your organization and in your community.

You will also … • Develop personal and professional growth due to exposure to community issues and leaders. • Participate in an informative, eye-opening, thought-provoking program. • Visit “restricted” or difficultto-access areas in our county. • Open a window for volunteer opportunities. • Become a member of an exclusive community of over 580 Leadership Dutchess graduates. Applications for the 2012-13 Leadership Dutchess program are now being accepted. Applications and supporting documents are due to The Chamber Foundation, Inc., One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 by June 1, 2012. Applicants will be reviewed by the Leadership Dutchess committee; select applicants will be granted an interview and notified of acceptance. Class size is limited. For more information on the Leadership Dutchess program or to obtain an application, please contact Karolyn Osborne, Director of The Chamber Foundation at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026; email at or visit and download an application today.



may 3

Annual Day of Golf

Golf Mentoring Day

Benefits the Norman and Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship Fund Links at Unionvale 1 pm Shotgun Start Scramble Format Eagle Sponsor: M&T Bank

Vassar Golf Course 7:30 am Sponsored by: Rose & Kiernan and COBESO, Inc.

may 22

Youth Leadership Moving Up Dinner

JULy 25

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel 6 pm Sponsored by: The Gap, Inc., Health Quest Medical Practice, Hudson Valley Marketplace and Hudson Valley Renegades

may 31

“Bon Voyage” Come Fly With Us Cocktail Party

Dutchess Manor, Beacon Main Event Sponsors: Health Quest and Pines at Poughkeepsie

A reverse drawing for a chance to win a Harley Davidson Motorcycle Tent at The Grandview, Poughkeepsie 5:30 pm Main Event Sponsor: Waste Management

For more information about The Chamber Foundation’s upcoming events visit


Nevill smythe, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Community foundations of the hudson Valley trista parker, 1st Vice Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .health Quest Bill francis, treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .fortress financial advisory LLC Lisa morris, secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hudson Valley federal Credit Union


stephen E. Diamond . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vergilis, stenger, roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLp stacey Langenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . provident Bank tina Ludwig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . the Valley Group, Inc. rita mcpeck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank anna marie paolercio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess BoCEs Charles “Chip” simon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . taconic advisors, Inc. tina walz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . manufactures and traders trust Company thomas weddell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & weddell

foUNDatIoN staff

Charles s. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .president audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice president Karolyn osborne. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director, the Chamber foundation, Inc.

MAY 2012




In May, remember those who served our country


ith Memorial Day approaching, many people find May to be the perfect time to reflect and show gratitude for those among us who sustained an injury serving in our armed forces. Throughout this month in the Hudson Valley, watch for members of our own chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), as they will be out in force offering forget-me-nots and other goodies in honor of our brave servicemen and women. Best described as the fraternity of disabled veterans throughout the country, the Dutchess County chapter of the DAV is located in Castle Point, but active throughout the area. The DAV is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping disabled veterans to adjust and adapt back into a routinely

American lifestyle after being injured during a deployment. The organization sustains itself solely on dues and contributions from its members and supporters. They do not receive any federal aid. The DAV can provide veterans with legal representation, rehabilitation care, or other benefits for products and services unique to the needs of a wounded soldier. DAV officers aim to provide members the convenient means to return to a normal civilian life. For more information about the Disabled American Veterans national organization, visit www. Information specific to the Hudson Valley can be found by going to www.davmembersportal. org/chapters/ny/144/default.aspx or by callling the Castle Point office at (845) 926-8482.

attention employerS and hiring managerS

the chamber and dutchess county government will present a breakfast highlighting national, state and local employment programs and hiring incentives. information on current employment tax credit programs, services, training opportunities, and wage subsidies for employers will be discussed. friday, may 11, 2012, 7:30 a.m. at the dutchess golf & country club.

For more information, call Audra Gerty at 845-454-1700 x1007 or email

May 1, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. IBM, Poughkeepsie Two-part seminar will illustrate the importance of applying necessary technology in a business. This part will demonstrate the benefits and uses of remote access. Sponsored by: IBM

WLA Tabletop Expo “Wares & Wisdom”

May 2, 3:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center $50 fee for Exhibitors/Must be members of the WLA. Limited Space Available. $5 guest fee for exhibitor networking and presentations Sponsored by: COBESO, Inc.; KeyBank; Measured to Fit, LLC

Ribbon Cutting: The UPS Store

May 4, 12 p.m. 4 Marshall Road, Wappingers Falls

DiBrizzi Dinner

May 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m IBM, Poughkeepsie Two-part seminar will illustrate the importance of applying necessary technology in a business. This part will focus on Backup Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery. Sponsored by: IBM

Ribbon Cutting: Joseph’s Steakhouse

May 9, 4:30 p.m. 728 Violet Avenue (Route 9G), Hyde Park

Ribbon Cutting: Vassar College Sculpture Garden

May 10, 6 p.m. Vassar College Campus 124 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie


SBA Days

May 17, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chamber Office One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: KeyBank

Ribbon Cutting: Marlene Weber Day Spa

May 18, 4 p.m. 751 Dutchess Turnpike, (Adams Fairacre Farms complex), Poughkeepsie

Breakfast of Champions Vendor Booth Demonostration May 21, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Mid-Hudson Civic Center This is an educational forum that will give vendors tips on how to promote their booths to reflect their business.

Dutchess County Employer Resource Breakfast

Joint Business After Hours with Orange County Chamber of Commerce

Contact Breakfast

Business Education Seminar

May 11, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Rolling Greens at Dutchess Golf and Country Club 2628 South Road, Poughkeepsie Reservations required by calling (845) 454-1700 x 1007 or email May 16, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Sponsored by: Rhinebeck Bank

Business and community leaders traded in their suits for aprons and helped raise more than $20,000 for the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship Fund, honoring the memory of a man who gave so much to his community. The scholarship is awarded to a student or students from the Hudson Valley studying at the Culinary Institute of America. Thank you to our sponsors; Riverside Bank, MD Imaging, Ulster Savings and LCS Facility Group.

May 23, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Billy Joe’s Ribworks Riverfront, Newburgh Sponsored by: Advance Testing, Riverside Bank, Inc, The Greater Hudson Valley Health Center, YMCA of Greater Newburgh May 24, 7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m. Chamber Office One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: McCabe and Mack


MAY 2012

WWW.DCRCOC.ORG Marlene Weber Day Spa

751 Dutchess Turnpike Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 Being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce 845-454-5852

comes with many benefits, and one of them is discounts on other members’ products and services. Simply carry your SmartCard, show it at these businesses and receive the discount mentioned. That’s it! What a great way to save money, meet other Chamber businesses and ‘Think Local!’ Don’t have your SmartCard or need a new one? Call 845-454-1700 ext. 1009 and let us know. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie NY 12601


Change Service Requested

$20 off any single $80 serviceSkin Care or Make-up, Massage body Service, Hair Cuts/Color/Condition, nails, Manicures, Pedicures For a complete listing of SmartCard members and their discounts, visit:, click on the Members tab and then Member Discounts.

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