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ontinuing an annual tradition at the May Contact Breakfast, The Chamber Foundation, Inc., the not-for-profit educational organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, will proudly award 31 scholarships to students planning to further their education in the Hudson Valley and beyond. This year, thanks to amazing community support at events like the Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner, Twisted Gala, GolfA-Thon and more, the Foundation is able to present a record-setting amount of scholarship dollars, and will give over $53,000 in scholarship money to worthy recipients. At the May Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, May 15 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, the

2013 scholarship winners will be officially presented their awards and ceremoniously 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.ChamberFDN.org. 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 www. rhinebeckbank.com. Not-for-profit members from the Sports Museum of Dutchess County, Hudson Valley Community Services, and Dutchess County Community Action Partnership will also be in attendance. To reserve your place at the May Contact Breakfast, call 845454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit www. dcrcoc.org. Tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

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Two chances for making business connections at After Hours Beacon and again on Wednesday, May 22 from 5-7 p.m., this time at Billy Joe’s Ribworks in Newburgh, for a joint business-building session with the Orange County Chamber. Both events are, as always, complimentary to attend and open to the

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public. There will be hors d’oeurves available along with a cash bar at each. Attendees at the May 8 event at Mary Kelly’s are urged to carpool if possible. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc. org or call Myriah at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. N&S Supply proudly sponsors Business After Hours on May 8. N&S Supply provides customers with the finest selection of quality plumbing, heating and HVAC products at affordable prices to serve both the contractor and discerning homeowner. For more information, visit nssupply.com.

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Officers Jill Sammon, Chair ...........................Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Joseph Bonura, Jr., 1st Vice Chair........................................ The Grandview Ori Brachfeld, 2nd Vice Chair..............................Dash Lock & Key Service John Davies, Treasurer ......................................................... Riverside Bank Vincent Ricotta, Secretary ....................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Frank Castella, Jr., Past Chair ................. Harmon & Castella Printing, Inc. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel .................................... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ..................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Carol Gordon .................................................................... Rhinebeck Bank Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Gail Jones ................................... Saint Francis Hospital and Health Centers Vincent R. Lander ...Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. Joseph Lepore ............................................................... LCS Facility Group William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. .............................................. Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer...................................................... The Chazen Companies Rita McPeck ................................................................................. KeyBank Scott Pawenski ..........................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman ..........................................................................IES, Inc. Barry Rothfeld ........................................................... Poughkeepsie Journal Pierrette Ruhland ............................................................Red Cap Cleaners Mary Schoonmaker ......................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades 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 Myriah Anderson........................................Community Relations Specialist Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Rich Kleban ..............................Director of Communications & Marketing Dee Richter ............................................................Director of Membership 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 Nicholas Shannon ...........................................................Executive Director 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 ............................................ Director of Youth Services

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he Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Chamber has announced a special event coming in June, and I am so excited about it. “An Evening with Barbara Corcoran” will take place on Monday, June 10 at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie. Barbara Corcoran, for those of you who don’t know, is one of the stars of the show Shark Tank on ABC as well as a best-selling

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Jill Sammon author. Her book, Shark Tales, became the top business book on Amazon, and it describes how she took a $1,000 loan to start

The Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and KeyBank Present

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Monday, June 10 Mid-Hudson Civic Center Poughkeepsie, NY

TICKETS JUST $30 Schedule of Events 4:30-5:30 - Networking Reception with Cash Bar 5:30-6:45 - An Evening With Barbara Corcoran 6:45-7:15 - Open-Mic Q&A with Barbara Presented by:

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dcrcoc.org/corcoran For more information:

(845) 454-1700 ext. 1000

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 www.dcrcoc.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 30 • 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 website, www.dcrcoc.org, is developed by Design Intervention Studio. PK-0000166558

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The Corcoran Group and turn that into a five-billion-dollar real estate business sold in 2001 for $66 million. Her story is inspirational, and I am so glad she is coming here to Poughkeepsie to speak with Chamber members as well as the general community. Something like this does not happen without the support and sponsorship of our member organizations, and we have to thank KeyBank for helping present this event. The event sponsors are Health Quest, Digestive Disease Center of the Hudson Valley, LCS Facility Group, Inc., and the MidHudson Civic Center. Thanks to the support of these organizations, the cost of a ticket for something like this is surprisingly affordable. The Women’s Leadership Alliance is a network of professional women who help support the leadership and professional and economic growth of their peers throughout the region. Its members do this through education via the Alliance’s periodic seminars and networking opportunities as well as through its successful Mentor Program. If you don’t know about the WLA, please check it out online at wlahv.org. And make sure you get your reservations early for the Barbara Corcoran event by going to the Chamber’s website where we have a link to TicketMaster, or go in person to the Civic Center’s box office to save the service charges. Jill Sammon is the DirectorSpecial Services for Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation.


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eing a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce comes with many benefits, and one of them is a discount on other members’ products and services. The Chamber’s recently redesigned website has a new page where all Smart Card discounts can be seen. You can search for them by business name, category or even a keyword.

Chamber members may also now submit their own Smart Card discount offer by filling out a simple template right on our website.

Add your offer, a coupon, even an expiration date. Members and their employees just need to carry their Smart Card, 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 First!” Don’t have your Smart Card or need a new one? Call Nancy Amy at 845-454-1700 ext. 1004 and let us know.

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one specifically hired to interact with and recruit new members. “Her whole life at the time was the Chamber,” North said. “Before that there wasn’t a concerted effort to speak with businesses and organizations about the benefits of being a member.” According to the obituary in the Poughkeepsie Journal, Susan had a long career in advertising sales, leadership development and management. She cared deeply about helping businesses and nonprofit organizations succeed with their marketing and advertising efforts. She also worked with the developmentally disabled, helping them to achieve

personal and professional goals, develop their self-esteem and increase their independence. She was honored in the 1990s with the Dutchess County YWCA’s Salute to Women Award. After living many years in Dutchess County, she moved to Waldoboro, Maine, and worked several years in advertising sales. Memorial donations may be made to Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St., Waldoboro, ME 04572; or Gateway Foundation, 1 Amy Kay Parkway, Kingston, NY 12401. To share a memory with her family, please visit Susan’s Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.

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ere in the Hudson Valley, we’re lucky to be a bastion of amazing educational opportunities. Our public and private schools are first rate. Outside-theclassroom enrichment exists everywhere from the FDR Home and Museum to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, and stellar colleges – Vassar, Marist, Dutchess Community College, The Culinary Institute of America, Bard, SUNY New Paltz and Mount Saint Mary’s – pull elite academics from all over the country to our area. As President and CEO of not only the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce but also The Chamber Foundation, our non-profit educational organization, each May my team and I are exceptionally gratified to be able to award a wide variety of scholarships to deserving local students. I’d like to personally congratulate each scholarship recipient and make sure that they know just how proud we all are of what they’ve already accomplished and will accomplish in the future. Nick Shannon, the executive director of The Chamber

Foundation, has spent the better part of the past few months coordinating this year’s scholarship awards and passes along his own thoughts on the process on page 14. I hope you’ll give it a read and know that Nick, as well as Chamber Executive Vice President Audra Gerty and every member of the scholarship selection committee, has my sincere thanks for their great work. Please make plans to join us on Wednesday, May 15 at the Poughkeepsie Grand for the annual scholarship breakfast. Even if you don’t know one of the student recipients personally, it’s important for these young people to know that the Hudson Valley community is behind them. After all, education and our support of it is a big part of what Think Local First is all about. I hope to see you there so you can join me in offering this dedicated and laudable group of young people a hearty round of applause. Sincerely,

Charles S. North President & CEO

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n Sunday, May 19 from noon to 5 p.m. at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie, the Dutchess County community will come together for a tribute to all active-duty military, veterans and all the families that support them during the festivities at the first Armed Forces Day on the Hudson. Admission to the event is complimentary and open to all. The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to serve as a promotional partner for this daylong celebration that will feature ceremonial events, a free barbecue, informa-

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tion for veterans and much more. It’s sure to be fun for the whole family. Armed Forces Day on the Hudson is seeking local businesses to serve as sponsors. Contact Lauren Hoheusle of Cumulus

Media at (845) 471-1500 ext. 149 for more information. All funds raised before and during Armed Forces Day on the Hudson will support the Major Harry Caldwell Fund for Military Families via the Community Foundation of the Hudson Valley. The Caldwell Fund provides aid to the loved ones of recently deployed and actively deployed service members. Anyone interested in making an advance donation may do so via The Chamber Foundation’s website found at ChamberFDN.org. More on the event AFDontheHudson.com.

Chamber welcomes newest employee The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has hired Myriah Anderson as a Community Relations Specialist. A 2012 Marist College graduate, Myriah has previously worked as an Associate Counselor at The Ivy Dean, a college admissions consulting company in Pleasant Valley. She also worked in the Marist College Admissions Department while a student at the Poughkeepsie college, and she spent time as a legislative aide in her home state of Texas.

Myriah will be workwith ing members and representatives of business organizations in the ANDERSON Hudson Valley region and providing general administrative and event management support to the Chamber. “We are so pleased to welcome Myriah to our Chamber family,” said Charles S. North, President

and CEO of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Her experience, professionalism and organizational skills will help her be an asset to our organization and a helpful, friendly face for our members.” about questions General Chamber events and information regarding membership and advocacy on behalf of member businesses and organizations can be directed to Myriah by calling 845454-1700 ext. 1000. She may also be reached at myriah@dcrcoc.org.

A Special Thank You To Our Corporate Sponsors LEADERS:

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Wednesday, May 1

4 - 6 p.m. Mahoney’s Irish Pub and Steakhouse 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie Speed-networking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic twominute promotional pitch to all participants. Sponsored by: Red Cap Cleaners and Hudson Valley Sharepoint

Tuesday, May 7

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5 - 7 p.m. Mary Kelly’s 37 Lamplight Street Beacon Sponsored by: N & S Supply

Wednesday, May 15

Contact breakfast

7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Educational scholarships awarded Sponsored by: Rhinebeck Bank

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9 a.m. - 12 p.m. IBM, Poughkeepsie Web & Video 101 presented by members of the Information Technology Committee. There will be a presentation followed by a panel discussion for the opportunity for you to ask the experts. Sponsored by: IBM

Tuesday, May 14

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. IBM, Poughkeepsie Information and Mobile Device Security presented by members

5 Raymond Avenue Poughkeepsie Join members of the Hudson Valley Young Professionals at this complimentary networking event. Passed hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.

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5 - 7 p.m. Juliet Cafe

Wednesday, May 15

marketing and branding for Not-For-Profits

9 - 11 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie The Chamber’s Community Service Organization committee presents the next in a series of seminars designed to help not-for-profit organizers and those who work with them. Complimentary to Chamber members and non-members. Sponsored by: Thrivent Financial

Thursday, May 16

sba Days

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Chamber Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie Topic: SBA Microloan Program, presented by Simone Obermaier, Executive Director of Community Capital New York Sponsored by: KeyBank

Wednesday, May 22

Joint business after hours with orange County Chamber

5 - 7 p.m. Billy Joe’s Ribworks 26 Front Street, Newburgh The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: Riverside Bank; Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP; and Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc.

Thursday, May 23

business education seminar

7:30 - 9 a.m. Chamber Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie

Topic: “How to Get Money From People Who Don’t Pay” presented by Roderick J. MacLeod, an attorney at Gellert & Klein, P.C. Sponsored by: Gellert & Klein, P.C.

Thursday, June 6

early bird Connections 7:30 - 9 a.m. Red Devon Restaurant 108 Hunn’s Lake Road Bangall An early morning speednetworking event that allows Chamber members to deliver a strategic 2-minute promotional pitch to all participants. The workshop is provided to 20 guests and is complimentary thanks to our sponsor.

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Summer Events! Wednesday, June 19

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7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Mid Hudson Civic Center Sponsors: Complete Benefit Solutions (COBESO), All Access Dental, Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home; Media Sponsor: Poughkeepsie Journal

Wednesday, June 26

floating business break

6 - 9 p.m. Sponsors: TD Bank, Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc., EmbroidMe, Health Quest and Design Intervention Studio

Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7

DCrCoC balloon festival

Sponsors: Health Quest, All Access Dental, LCS Facility Group, Inc., TEG Federal Credit Union, DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota and M & T Bank

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Join us as we celebrate the Grand Opening of the People’s United Bank, Wappingers Falls Branch! Refreshments will be provided.

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759 Broadway Kingston, NY 12401 845-331-7400/Fax: 845-331-0829 Email: sherryg@recoursa.com Web: www.recoursa.com Contact: Sherry A. Giammichele, President Est. July 2012; Asset location for debt/judgment collection; subject locate; military affidavits.

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One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 107 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-5021/Fax: 845-471-0539 Email: clancie.tyger@wellcare.com Web: www.wellcare.com Contact: Clancie Tyger, Administrative Assistant Provides managed care services targeted exclusively to governmentsponsored health care programs, focused on Medicaid and Medicare, including prescription drug plans and health plans for families and children.

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national ms society, upstate new york Chapter lexington Center 421 New Karner Road for recovery, inc. Albany, NY 12205 518-464-0112/Fax: 518-464-1232 Web: www.msupstateny.org Contact: Stephanie Bradshaw Est. 1951; MS stops people from moving. NMSS exists to make sure it doesn’t. Providing programs of mobilizing people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address challenges of everyone affected by MS.

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12 Worrall Avenue Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-392-8287 Email: corinabelton@outlook.com Web: www.viridian.com Contact: Corina Belton Est. 2009; Viridian gives each customer an opportunity to contribute to our vision of a sustainable future, simply by choosing the option to save money while supporting green energy.

farMing & agriCuLture barton orchards

55 Apple Tree Lane Poughquag, NY 12570 845-471-2879/Fax: 845-226-6668 Email: leealexandertv@gmail.com Web: www.bartonorchards.com Contact: Lee Alexander Est. 1991; Pick your own, special events, live entertainment, farm market, food concession, petting zoo, entertainment park and much more.

40 Page Park Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-486-2950/Fax: 845-486-2999 Email: msoricelli@dcdmh.org Web: www.lexingtonctr.org Contact: Marie Soricelli Est. October 27, 1982; Outpatient substance abuse/mental health services. Treating adolescents and adults.

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253 Titusville Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-475-8769/Fax: 845-746-2298 Email: justin@ feldmanphysicaltherapy.com Web: www.feldmanphysicaltherapy.com Contact: Justin Feldman, Owner Est. February 2013; Out-patient orthopedic rehabilitation offering one-on-one, hour-long treatment at each session.

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PO Box 257 Hunter, NY 12442 518-263-5580 Email: mwerther@huntermtn.com Web: www.huntermtn.com Contact: Maureen Werther, Corporate Sales Manager A year-round resort with skiing, boarding, snow-tubing, zipline and more. Luxury hotel and condos with full conference, meeting and banquet facilities.


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has recently been formed as a result of several members requesting the Chamber’s involvement in an active wellness program. dr. particia heaney is the club chairperson. Committee members represent various fields in the health and fitness area. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this club, call nancy at 845-454-1700 ext. 1004

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How non-profits can use websites he Chamber’s Community Service Organization (CSO) Committee presents another in a series of seminars designed to help organizations better run and manage their operations. Non-profit organizations have unique challenges when faced with developing websites. Molly Ahearn of Full Deck Design has created award-winning websites for not-for-profit and for-profit businesses and will share her inside knowledge in a presentation entitled “How to Build a Website that Enhances Your Nonprofit Mission without Pulling Your Hair Out in the Process.”

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port food to Dutchess Outreach during the late afternoon on May 11, please contact Dutchess Outreach at (845) 454-3792. Dutchess Outreach has been serving clients since 1974. Their services are free to local families and individuals in need thanks to the volunteers and contributions in the Hudson Valley. Visit Dutchess Outreach on the web at www. dutchessoutreach.org.

George T. Whalen III, President of Bank of Millbrook, recently announced that Stacey M. Langenthal has been hired as of Executive Vice President. Langenthal replaces Ronald Mosca, EVP who will be retiring at the end of June after 39 years of service. Langenthal will be responsible for the growth and overall profitability of the Bank through the management of both retail and commercial banking. She is a long time Dutchess County resident who graduated from Vassar College, and currently resides in Pleasant Valley. Langenthal has been in banking her entire career and she is also active in the community. In business since 1891, Bank of Millbrook is a full service bank with 4 branches and over $200 million in assets. Bank of Millbrook is a sound, stable institution which Bauer Financial, Inc. has awarded their Superior Five Star rating. Learn more at bankofmillbrook.com.

TEG Federal Credit Union has opened a new branch location at 16 North Plank Road in Newburgh. The 2,200 square-foot branch is located in the new Powelton Plaza at the intersection of Interstate-84 West/exit 10S and North Plank Road (Rt. 32). It features a traditional teller line, 24-hour drive-up ATM and night deposit drop, two drive-up teller stations, and on-site consumer and mortgage loan officers. TEG Federal Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit, fullservice community financial institution. Founded in 1969, TEG offers a broad range of personal financial products and services including savings accounts, checking accounts, loans, mortgages and retirement and advisory services. Visit www.tegfcu. com or www.RejectNoMore.com for more information.

The National Association of Letter Carriers and Dutchess Outreach are working together again this year to “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday, May 11 and they need your help. Postal customers that receive a “Stamp Out Hunger” postcard in the mail are asked to place non-perishable food donations to benefit families in our local community out by their mail boxes for pick up by their local letter carrier. These donations will be transferred to Dutchess Outreach’s food pantry for distribution to the numerous local families who can’t afford a trip to a local grocery store to keep their families fed and healthy. For more information about this event or to volunteer to trans-

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County will be offering a parenting education series for relatives raising children. Children who come to live in relative caregiver households frequently bring with them a variety of developmental, emotional and learning challenges and disabilities. As relative caregivers adapt to their new parenting roles they often have questions about positive discipline, rebuilding a family, accessing community resources and legal issues. Parenting A Second Time Around (P.A.S.T.A.), is an educational series which specifically addresses these and other issues raised by relative caregivers. P.A.S.T.A. will be offered for free to relative caregivers at 10

a.m. – 12 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 14, 21, 28 and June 4, 11, and 18 at The Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie. Advance registration is required. Call (845) 6778223 for more information. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York for 2013. The designation was awarded to HVFCU by the New York State Society for Human Resource Management and the Best Companies Group, an independent company managing the Best Places to Work programs on state, regional and national levels around the country. This is the fourth year in a row that HVFCU has received this designation. Companies were evaluated on their workplace policies, practices, philosophies, systems and demographics. Celebrating 50 years of service this year, HVFCU is a full service, not-for-profit financial cooperative for individuals and businesses, offering real estate and consumer loans, a wide variety of savings and transactional accounts, investment services, property and casualty insurance, estate planning, and trust services. For more information, visit hvfcu.org. Rutberg Basso Personal Injury Law has announced the appointments of Steven H. Cohen, Esq. as Senior Trial Attorney and Gerald A. Vergilis, Esq. as Of Counsel to the firm. Cohen has been handling cases involving catastrophic injury and death for more than 20 years. He began his legal career in the United States Navy, trying cases in military courts in Florida as an active duty Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate Generals Corps, also serving as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Vergilis becomes Of Counsel to the firm for cases in personal injury law after serving 40 years of service as an attorney. Rutberg Basso’s Hudson Valley office is located at 3344 Route

9 North, Poughkeepsie, with other offices located in Newburgh, Monticello and Utica; for more information call 845-486-0300 or visit RutbergBasso.com. Sunrise Broadcasting of NY, Inc. has announced the launch of “FOX1220 ESPN Radio” for the Hudson Valley Market. Sports fans can now listen to America’s top sports radio network here in the Hudson Valley on the 10,000 watt radio station 1220AM and on 97.3 FM in Poughkeepsie. FOX 1220 ESPN Radio’s 10,000 watt AM signal is one of the strongest in the Northeast covering seven counties and will present the only 24-7 sports programming in the market. Sunrise Broadcasting is the only locally owned and operated radio group in the Hudson Valley – with offices in New Windsor. For more information about Sunrise Broadcasting, please check us out online at www.foxradio.net. Trinity Players is excited to be opening their 12th season with the Mid-Hudson Valley premiere of “In The Heights.” The 2008 Tony Award-winning “Best Musical” is being staged locally at the Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 12 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie. Shows dates are April 26 & 27 and May 3 & 4 at 8 p.m.; April 28 & May 5th at 2 p.m. Adult ticket prices are $18.95 for reserved seats and $19.95 at the door; seniors/ students/children are $15.95 in advance and $16.95 at the door. For more go to trinityplayersny.org or call 845-227-7855. The generosity of four retailers – Bed, Bath & Beyond of Newburgh and Woodbury Commons Outlet stores of Calvin Klein, Van Heusen, and Izod - provided 18 Dutchess and Orange County nonprofits with clothing and housewares for their clients distributed during United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Two Days of Sharing. The donations and days are

part of United Way’s Campaign for the Common Good launched in September, a continuing effort to engage individuals, businesses, government agencies and educational institutions to come together to find solutions to the needs of our community. Justin Feldman is excited to announce the opening of Feldman Physical Therapy inside Gold’s Gym in Lagrange. Feldman Physical Therapy is the only physical therapy clinic in the Hudson Valley offering full one-hour one-on-one appointments with your therapist at each visit. They are happy to put the focus of our treatment entirely on our patients’ best needs. For more information, visit feldmanphysicaltherapy.com. Sears Heroes at Home program, which includes collaboration between Sears Holdings and Rebuilding Together, announced the beginning of their spring 2013 Heroes at Home projects. Heroes at Home projects are key initiatives for Rebuilding Together, a Safe and Healthy Housing organization that believes Community Starts at Home, and strive to improve the lives of the military and their families through extensive home rehabilitations. Rebuilding Together Dutchess County will be assisting four Heroes at Home recipients, including a disabled Vietnam War veteran and an elderly Army widow. More than 60 volunteers from Rebuilding Together and Sears will complete repairs including window replacement, patching drywall, interior painting, installing new flooring, roofing repair, and replacing faulty electrical work. For more information visit www. rebuildingtogetherdutchess.org Provident New York Bancorp has announced it will merge with Sterling Bancorp. According to Provident Bank, the merger will provide its clients a stronger bank, a broader range of services, and a larger team of dedicated, experi-


...and subMit your oWn! enced relationship managers. Pending regulatory approval, the merger is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013. Upon closing, Provident New York Bancorp will adopt the Sterling name This announcement has no immediate impact on the dayto-day operations of the bank and it says it will conduct business as usual. For more go to www. providentbanking.com. The Sports Museum of Dutchess County is hosting its second Annual Vehicle Racing program on June 9 at the Sports Museum on Wheeler Hill Road, Wappingers Falls. The activities will start at 9 a.m. with a display of local stock cars, dragsters, open cockpit sprint cars, go carts and other

racing vehicles along with their owners and drivers. At 11:30 the Museum will be holding it first Racing Hall of Fame induction. The inductees include Chuck Anthony, Doug Benjamin, Billy Boo, Richard “Dock” Burgess, Vince Decker, Rob Dyson, Dick Hanson, Pat Hanaberry, DD Harris, Bud Hitsman, Joe Kenny, Jokko Maggiacomo, Bill Martin, Morehead Racing, Fred Murphy, Rich Ricci, Sr., Jim Reed, Ed Ryan, John Satterfield, Larry Shurter, Walt Schubert and Ron Van Etten. In addition to the vehicle show the Sports Museum and the Greenway Trail will be open to the public. Food will be available. For more information contact Bill Emslie at freewilly6@optonline.net or (845) 297-9308.

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cation) will take place on Saturday, May 4 from noon-4 p.m. at 120 Hudson Avenue in Poughkeepsie. The purpose of this event is to create awareness of social service systems and the newly founded Greater Poughkeepsie Youth Resource Coalition. There will be many activities going on during this event including a karate demonstration, hula hoop contest, basketball contest, testimonials, as well as performances from music guest Justin Credible and the Ordered Step Dance Team. Agencies involved include Lexington Center for Recovery, Inc., Holy Trinity Church, New Hope Community Center, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Fidelis Care of NY, and Hudson Valley Boy Scouts For more information contact Marie Soricelli at 845-598-5747 or go to www.lexingtonctr.org

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nce you have done the work or delivered your products, sometimes it can be a challenge actually getting paid. The May Business Education Seminar will feature a presentation designed to help businesses collect on those unpaid invoices. “How To Get Money From People Who Don’t Pay” will be discussed by Roderick J. MacLeod, an attorney at Gellert & Klein, P.C. MacLeod is a graduate of Marist College and New York Law School. His practice is concentrated in the areas of real estate, landlord/tenant, wills, small businesses and fire districts. He is a member of the New York State and Dutchess County Bar Associations. This presentation will take place on Thursday, May 23 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Chamber office, 1 Civic Center Plaza in Pough-

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keepsie. Light breakfast fare will be provided and it is complimentary for Chamber members. Nonmembers may attend for $10. Thank you to Gellert & Klein, P.C. for their sponsorship of the 2013 Business Education Seminars. The firm has a long history of providing clients with quality and cost-effective legal services, with clients ranging from individuals and small businesses to sports personalities, major public corporations and municipal agencies. To register, please visit dcrcoc. org or call Myriah at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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n Saturday, May 4, Walkway Over the Hudson will once again look to set a new Guinness World Record. Last year, people from all over the Hudson Valley got their names in the history books as they came together on the Walkway to do the Hokey Pokey, marking the world’s largest such gathering. This second world record attempt will bring together friends, families, and communities to create the worlds longest chorus line where thousands of people will be singing and dancing in celebration of I Love My Park Day. Participation tickets are on sale now at w a l k w a y. o r g for $15. All entrants will receive a confirmation e-mail that will serve as their admission. Space is limited, only 3,000 spots are available. Don’t delay, sign

up now to secure your place on the Walkway and in the Guinness Book of World Records. Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and clothing and use the bathroom prior to entering the event. The park will be closed to the general public until 12 p.m. on the day of the record attempt. Please re-

frain from bringing roller blades, strollers, bicycles, or pets on the Walkway during this time. Participants can enter and sign-in on either side of the Walkway; however, you must enter on the side that you registered. Gates open for check-in from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Visit www.walkway.org for complete information.

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imone Obermaier, Executive Director of Community Capital New York, will be discussing the SBA Microloan Program in her keynote at the May SBA Days. Community Capital New York is a SBA micro-lender that covers the lower Hudson Valley. The SBA Microloan Program provides assistance and small loans to women, lowincome, minority, veteran and other small business owners. With the help of approximately 160 intermediaries nationwide, these loans, ranging from $500-$50,000, help people to start a business or expand their existing company. The program also provides training and technical assistance to help these entrepreneurs become suc-

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cessful in their business ventures. KeyBank is the proud sponsor of SBA Days. The event will be held on Thursday, May 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Chamber, 1 Civic Center Plaza Suite 400 in Poughkeepsie. Lunch will be provided. Both Chamber members and the public are encouraged to attend this complimentary event, but registration is requested. To RSVP, please visit www.dcrcoc.org or call (845) 454-1700 ext.1000.

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Congratulations to John Hooper and Andy Arkun, the new owners of Bull and Buddha on Main Street in Poughkeepsie.

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Friendly Ford grand opening

Mexicali Blue grand opening

It was great to help Friendly Ford officially kick off their grand opening week with a ribbon cutting and make-your-own sundae bar! Stop by their showroom at 2250 South Road.

Congratulations to Mexicali Blue on the grand opening of their second location. Visit them at 1571 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls.

Zott Construction 25th anniversary ribbon Cutting

tropical Smoothie Cafe one-Year anniversary

Congratulations to Zott Construction Inc. on 25 years in business, located at 551 Hosner Mountain Rd. in Stormville.

Congratulations to Tropical Smoothie Cafe on one year in business! Swing by the Oakwoods Commons Plaza at 2507 South Road, Poughkeepsie and enjoy smoothies, wraps and more!


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thrivent Financial ribbon Cutting

This kick-off reception was a great start to Dining Out For Life, which takes place April 25. Congratulations Hudson Valley Community Services!

Congrats to Steve Jones and Thrivent Financial on the opening of their new office space. Check them out at 312 Titusville Road in Poughkeepsie.

Big Bear Ziplines ribbon Cutting

groomingdale’s doggy day Care grand opening

Now that spring looks like it’s here to stay, get outside and start enjoying the Hudson Valley at Big Bear Ziplines (817 Violet Avenue, Hyde Park).

Congratulations to Groomingdale’s Doggie Daycare & Salon on their grand opening! See their space at 1385 Noxon Rd in Lagrangeville.

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he Information Technology Committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding two free seminars to help you learn more about technology that could greatly improve your business. On Tuesday, May 7, the IT Committee will present a seminar entitled, “Information and Mobile Device Security,” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at IBM in Poughkeepsie. It will include a panel discussion following the presentation where experts will answer questions

from participants. This seminar will help to protect your business. With the increased use of technology in business, there’s also a much higher rate in cyber attacks, phishing, Internet scams, viruses, malware attacks, etc. In one month, a small business with 5-10 computers can be the subject of 200,000 intrusion attempts, 80,000 virus attacks and 2,000 malware attacks. The IT Committee will

discuss how to set up a secure environment that can keep your business safe. A week later, on Tuesday, May 14, the committee will hold a second presentation called “Web & Video 101.” It will also be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at IBM in Poughkeepsie and will include a panel discussion. This seminar will focus on web and video, specifically teaching beginners in the field some of

the most effective uses of Internet Marketing. Some topics will include Search Engine Optimization (SEO), e-mail marketing and pay-per-click (PPC). Attendees will also learn how to best build a business website and about web video concepts such as compression, formats, codecs, frame rate, bit rate and resolution. IBM proudly sponsors these complimentary events. To register for one or both, or to learn more about these the seminars, please visit dcrcoc.org or call 845454-1700 ext. 1000.

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‘Tis the season of giving…well, at least for The Chamber Foundation it is! I am happy to announce that this year, The Foundation will be awarding over $53,000 in scholarships to students throughout the Hudson Valley pursuing a variety of degrees and programs. A record number of scholarship applications were received – over 160! I would like to commend all of the students that applied; each displayed a remarkable amount of talent and the scholarship selection committee was given a big challenge to pick the best candidate(s) for each of the scholarships. Thank you to all of the members of the se-

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lection committee and to the chair, Nevill Smythe, for their time and dedication in reading and reviewing all of the applications. The Chamber Foundation scholarship program is funded through a variety of ways including Foundation events, private donations and charitable endowments set up through The Community

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The Grandview 176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie

DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner

Foundations of the Hudson Valley. The Chamber Foundation is proud to be able to carry out its mission of providing educational opportunities for youth and the workforce through each of these unique scholarships. We recognize the importance of education and the role it plays in creating a path to a successful career. Scholarship recipients will be recognized on Wednesday, May 15 at the Chamber’s monthly Contact Breakfast. Reserve your seat now to be a part of this special celebration by calling Myriah at 454-1700 ext. 1000. Be sure to check back next month as well as we will list each of the recipients.

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my Greiner, a current Leadership Dutchess Class of 2013 participant, recently shared a breakthrough moment she had in our Leadership Dutchess program… “As a member of Leadership Dutchess we recently participated in a session entitled ‘Communications.’ As part of the session we were each given a question. Mine was, “If you could be an animal what would it be and why”. We had 30 seconds to prepare an answer and we then had to deliver it out loud…standing up…. in front of everyone! This exercise

forced me to explore my biggest fear, public speaking. I was so scared, that I thought I might have to leave class for the rest of the day. However, I faced my fear head on. Through this exercise, I found that we all have the capability to develop a skill. We just need the experience and tools to do so. Leadership Dutchess is designed to enhance your current talents and develop new ones.” Find your breakthrough moment – apply to be a part of the Leadership Dutchess Class of 2013/2014 today. Application can be downloaded at chamberfdn.org.

tHe CHaMBer Foundation Board oF direCtorS BeNefiTiNG THe NOrMAN AND riTA NussBickeL MeMOriAL scHOLArsHiP

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Officers Bill francis, chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Fortress Financial Advisory LLC Tina Walz, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M & T Bank Lisa Morris, secretary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Nevill smythe, Past chair stephen e. Diamond, Of counsel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DirecTOrs stacey Langenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bank of Millbrook Tina Ludwig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Peter Maher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-Hudson Subaru carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College Doug McHoul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .McHoul Funeral Homes rita McPeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Anthony Morando . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder LLP charles “chip” simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc . Thomas Weddell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP, CPAs skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Weisman Success Resources, Inc . fOuNDATiON sTAff charles s. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President Nicholas shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Executive Director

An amazing Celebrity Servers Dinner was held at Cosimos Poughkeepsie in support of the Cosimo DiBrizzi Memorial Scholarship! Thanks to all the servers, diners and sponsors (Ulster Savings Bank, Riverside Bank and Valley Endovascular Associates) for making the night special.

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The ATHENA Award honors individuals who help support, develop, encourage, and recognize women in the Hudson Valley.

nomination forms at ChamberfDn.org

Due may 12, 2013 Presenting Sponsor:

Bridges to community scholarship Apply for the 2013 Bridges to Community Business Leaders Trip Scholarship Download application:

ChamberFDN.org Due by:

May 15, 2013


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For sophomore and junior high school students who want to learn about leadership, participate in out-of-the classroom experiences and prepare for life after high school.

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LEADERSHIP DUTCHESS For working professionals who want to sharpen their leadership skills and build new connections along the way.

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