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Message From The Chair ........................... 2 Small Business Partner of the Month ............. 2 Message From The Chamber President ........... 4 Business Seminar.................................... 5 Upcoming Events .................................... 6 Upcoming Ribbon Cuttings ......................... 7 Member News......................................8-9 New Members...................................10-11 Workforce Development ...........................11 Ribbon Cutting Photos .............................12 The Chamber Foundation .........................14 Member Spotlight - Bridges to Community.........15
alute the leaders of tomorrow at the May Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, May 21 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Local high school students take center stage as The Chamber Foundation, the not-for-profit educational organization of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, proudly presents over $65,000 in scholarships to those looking to further their education in the Hudson Valley and beyond. The total amount awarded will shatter last year’s record of over $53,000. 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 Foundation and their annual scholarship offer-
2013 Chamber Foundation scholarship winners ings, visit www.ChamberFDN.org. Also, the Chamber’s Ambassador Committee is continuing to collect canned and dry goods at all Contact Breakfasts to benefit Dutchess Outreach. Please deposit all donations in the marked boxes as you approach the registration tables at the Poughkeepsie Grand. Rhinebeck Bank proudly sponsors the April Contact Breakfast. A
full-service, locally-focused bank headquartered in Poughkeepsie, Rhinebeck Bank offers not only a full range of personal checking, savings and money market options, but is also equipped to serve Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:
all your business and loan needs as well. For more information, visit rhinebeckbank.com Not-for-profit members from the National Alliance of Mental Illness, Hudson Valley Cancer Resource Center and Transart and Cultural Services, Inc. will also be in attendance. Breakfast tickets cost $20 for Chamber members with advance purchase or are $25 at the door. Non-members can attend for $30. To reserve your place, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 or visit dcrcoc.org.
Two chances for networking at Business After Hours in May ber of Commerce at two Business After Hours events. First, head north to The Rhinecliff on Thursday, May 8 from 5-7 p.m. before ending your month in the southern
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part of Dutchess County at Mary Kelly’s in Beacon on Wednesday, May 28, again from 5-7 p.m. There is no cost to attend a Business After Hours and both Chamber members and their guests are welcome to attend. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. To RSVP, visit dcrcoc.org. LCS Companies and Rhinebeck Bank sponsor the event at The Rhinecliff. A top facilities management firm with a robust landscap-
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ing division, learn more about LCS Companies at lcs-companies.com. Rhinebeck Bank is a full-service, locally focused financial institution. Find more online at rhinebeckbank.com. FASTSIGNS of the Hudson Valley and Riverside Bank are sponsoring the gathering at Mary Kelly’s. FASTSIGNS can help with all your signage and promotional printing needs. Visit fastsigns.com/455 for complete details. Riverside Bank is a business bank serving predomi-
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Officers Ori Brachfeld, Chair ............................................Dash Lock & Key Service Joseph Bonura, Jr., 1st Vice Chair........................................ The Grandview John Davies, 2nd Vice Chair ................................................ Riverside Bank Rita McPeck, Treasurer ................................................................. KeyBank Pierrette Ruhland, Secretary .............................................Red Cap Cleaners Jill Sammon, Past Chair ................. Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Stephen E. Diamond, Of Counsel .................................... Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond LLP Directors Salvatore Calta, Jr. ................................................................................ IBM Michael Dinizo..........................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Dunn ............... State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc. Ron Flaherty ..................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Dr. Christine Huebner Caridi................................................Marist College Kimberly Hunt Lee ..................................................McCabe & Mack LLP Vincent R. Lander ...Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. William Lessner .........................................................Adams Fairacre Farms James Letterio, Jr. .............................................. Sedore & Company, CPAs Danielle Marxer............................................................. Chazen Companies Patrick Moore................................................... Antalek & Moore Insurance Scott Pawenski ..........................................................................EmbroidMe David Ping .............................................................................Health Quest Alexandra Putman ..........................................................................IES, Inc. Vincent Ricotta .....................................Mercedes-Benz of Wappingers Falls Barry Rothfeld ........................................................... Poughkeepsie Journal Cathy Secor...................................................................................TD Bank Jeffrey Senft ............................................ S & O Construction Services, Inc. Mike Spinelli ...................................................................... The Brake Shop Denise Doring VanBuren ............... Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corp. Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Eben Yager............................................................Hudson Valley Renegades Associate Board Members James Lentz ....................................................... TEG Federal Credit Union Daniel Lepore..................................................................... LCS Companies Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Myriah Anderson............................................. Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Loren Hoffman ..........................................Community Relations Specialist Rich Kleban .......................................... Vice President of Communications Dee Richter ............................................................Director of Membership Stephanie Seymour .................................................. Director of Operations Angela Signor .......................................................Director of Media Design Carmela Spreer ...................................................... Vice President of Events Howard Lynne..............................................Volunteer Government Liaison The Chamber Foundation Staff Nicholas Shannon ...........................................................Executive Director Workforce Development Center Staff Louise McLoughlin .................... Vice President of Workforce Development Cecilia Cook ......................................................... Director of Employment Elizabeth Kwant ............................................................. RPI Case Manager Maryann McKenzie ............................................ Director of Youth Services Mercy Turugh ...........................................Director of the Step Up Program Youth One Stop Staff Matt Bettina................................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Zoaya Fatima.......................................... Youth One Stop Services Specialist Katrina Gobins............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Jesse M. Kimmerle ...................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager Kadiyah Lodge ............................................ Youth One Stop Case Manager Samantha Mitchell ...................................... Youth One Stop Case Manager
’m sure that you’ve by now heard rumblings of revitalization in Poughkeepsie. Whether it’s down on the banks of the Hudson River, in the historic business district encompassing Main, Market and Academy streets, or further west in the Middle Main neighborhood, people are organizing, making plans and fighting for change. As an owner of a City of Poughkeepsie building and business owner myself, this issue is especially important and even personal to me. I believe, like so many others, that Poughkeepsie has great potential. I know that if we work together we can solve
our problems, make the necessary improvements and recapture Poughkeepsie’s former glory. Whether it’s the natural beauty of the river, the appealing historic architecture or the magnet that is the Walkway Over the Hudson, the pieces are in place! Now we just need a plan. As one of the leaders of Beacon’s
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The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 33 Henry Street • Beacon, NY 12508 www.dcrcoc.org (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 31 • Number 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.
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renaissance, I know what it takes, and it takes a village. It was great to see so many people at Canvas last month to hear what the Pace Land Use Law Center had to say. Attendance at waterfront redevelopment meetings has been high. This is good. Stay interested, stay involved. It’s the only way to achieve our goals. If you care about Poughkeepsie’s renaissance as much as I do, I know you’ve got ideas, but maybe you don’t know what to do with them. Why not tell me? Or write your city councilperson. At this stage of the game, there are no bad ideas. I look forward to getting some work done together!
Special event to mark centennial A keynote address will delivered be by Mary Kay Vrba, Executive Director of Dutchess County Tourism, who will discuss the bottom-line business benefits of historical tourism on our local economy. The event is generously sponsored by MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical
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he Dutchess County Historical Society is celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014, and the Chamber is helping celebrate by presenting a special breakfast on Wednesday, June 11 at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. This is one of several events marking the Historical Society’s centennial, and it will recognize Dutchess County businesses that have served our community for a century or more. Generational businesses will also be recognized.
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he Chamber has recently updated many of the most popular sections of our website to create a better user experience for you, our members! First, you’ll notice a completely reimagined online business directory featuring a modern and responsive search function. Gone are the days of needing to know a business’ exact name to be able to find them on our website. Now search is responsive and the layout of the results make it much easier to navigate and find the information you want. We’ve also condensed our categories and made them easier to search, and will soon be rolling out all of this information to your mobile devices through our new app. These changes have significantly enhanced member listings. Now you can add links to your social networks, upload logos, photos and videos, craft a welcome message about your business and even have potential customers contact you directly through the Chamber. And you can do it all yourself by visiting our members only area and logging in. If you haven’t logged in yet, call us
at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 and we’ll get you online in no time. The second major change is to our events calendar. We’ve simplified both the way events are presented on our website and also how you register for them. You no longer need to know random combinations of numbers to log in and RSVP, now you can do it all by entering some very basic information about yourself and your business. And once you register for your first event, our new system will save your details so you don’t need to enter them every time! We’ve just begun to scratch the surface of the potential of our newly updated website. In the coming weeks, stay tuned for even more information about how you can bolster your web presence through the Chamber, and Think Local First with ease.
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PARTNERS: Bonura Hospitality Group • COBESO, Inc. • DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Hudson Valley Audio Visual • Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. • M&T Bank Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc. • Zott Construction SUPPORTERS: EmbroidMe • Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union • Hudson Valley Renegades • LCS Companies Marshall & Sterling Insurance • McQuade Development • Meyer Contracting • N&S Supply Orange County Trust Company • Rhinebeck Bank • Riverside Bank • Rose & Kiernan, Inc. Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP • TD Bank • TEG Federal Credit Union Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home • Ulster Savings Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni& Weddell LLP, CPAs MEDIA PARTNERS: Clear Channel Media and Entertainment • Fox Radio • Poughkeepsie Journal Radio Woodstock 100.1 • Townsquare Media
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he Chamber’s Business Education and Community Service Organization committees will join forces in May to present “The New Rules of Marketing & PR.” This seminar will take place on Wednesday, May 21 at 9 a.m., immediately following the Contact Breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Members as well as non-members are invited to attend this complimentary event, which promises to deliver important information for businesses and not-for-profit organizations looking to promote and publicize their products, services and causes. Daniel Schutzsmith, a partner at Mark & Phil, a digital creSponsored by:
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Tuesday,May6 Early Bird Connections
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Thursday,May8 Business After Hours
5 - 7 p.m. The Rhinecliff 4 Grinnell Street, Rhinecliff
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: LCS Companies and Rhinebeck Bank
Wednesday,May14 Joining Forces: Moving Women’s Leadership Forward
7:30 - 9:30 a.m. Mary Kelly’s 37 Lamplight Street, Beacon
The WLA is bringing key representatives from women focused organizations in the Hudson Valley together to share ideas, grow our networks, promote our causes and create change. Dr. Carol Ann Malizia and Major Kathleen Sileno will offer their thoughts on leadership and the value of teamwork in all its forms. Sponsored by: de Ramon Crush, PC and Mid Hudson Subaru
Wednesday,May14 HVYP: OverTime Networking
5 - 7 p.m. Oak Vino Wine Bar 389 Main Street, Beacon
Join the Hudson Valley Young Professionals for a relaxed after hours networking session. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
and a cash bar available. There is no cost to attend this event, and it is open to HVYP members,prospective members and interested non members. Sponsored by: All Sport Health and Fitness
Wednesday,May21 Contact Breakfast
7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Starlight Room 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie
The Chamber Foundation will be awarding local students with scholarships at this annual education breakfast. Sponsored by: Rhinebeck Bank
Wednesday,May21 PR and Marketing Seminar
9 - 11 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Starlight Room 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie
The Chamber’s CSO and Business Education Committees
present a a seminar on public relations and social media marketing. Sponsored by: D & D Mailing Services and Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP
Tuesday,May27 Day of Golf
10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Dutchess Golf Club 2628 South Road Poughkeepsie
The Chamber Foundation’s annual golf tournament in support of the Norman & Rita Nussbickel Memorial Scholarship. Singles and Foursomes available. Eagle Sponsor: M & T Bank Dinner Sponsor: Complete Benefit Solutions (COBESO) Driving Range Sponsor: Timothy P. Doyle Funeral Home Gift Sponsor: EmbroidMe Par Sponsor: Quality Environmental Solutions & Technologies, Inc.; Rose and Kiernan, Inc. ; TEG Federal Credit Union ; N & S Supply of Fishkill, Inc.; Orange County Trust Company; Vanacore,
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Wednesday,May28 Business After Hours
5 - 7 p.m. Mary Kelly’s 39 Lamplight Street Beacon
The Chamber’s monthly networking event. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Sponsored by: FASTSIGNS of the Hudson Valley and Riverside Bank
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Join us to celebrate the grand opening. Refreshments will be served.
Friday, May 2 Natl. Alliance on Mental Illness Mid Hudson
4 p.m. 130 Hudson Avenue Poughkeepsie Commons Poughkeepsie
Join us to kick off Mental Health Awareness Month and the organization’s annual fundraiser!
Monday, May 5 Katy Dwyer Design 12 p.m. Chamber offices One Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 Poughkeepsie
Monday, May 12 Rural & Migrant Ministry 4 p.m. 360 Noxon Road Poughkeepsie
Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary! Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, May 13 The WellTree
4 p.m. 5897 Route 9, Rhinebeck
Join us to celebrate the grand opening! Refreshments will be served. Joint with Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce.
Monday, May 19 Hudson Valley Community Center
12 p.m. 110 South Grand Avenue Poughkeepsie
Join us to celebrate the relaunch of the center’s Early Childhood Center! Refreshments will be served.
Join us to celebrate the 5th anniversary of this Kingston based business! Refreshments will be served.
Monday, May 19 Hilton Garden Inn
Tuesday, May 6 Cardinal Spine and Pain Medicine
Join us to celebrate the unveiling of the newly renovated lobby! Refreshments will be served. Joint with Beacon Chamber of Commerce.
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Thursday, May 22 Hudson’s Ribs & Fish
4:30 p.m. 1099 Route 9 Fishkill
Join us to celebrate the 25th Anniversary! Refreshments, wine, and hors d’oeuvre will be served.
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Saturday, May 31 Primrose Hill School
1 p.m. 23 Springbrook Park Rhinebeck
Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening of the private school and enjoy their Annual Spring Fair with food, ice cream, pony rides, a petting zoo, raffles and games for the family! Joint with the Rhinebeck Area Chamber of Commerce and the Red Hook Area Chamber of Commerce.
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Join us to celebrate the Grand Opening! Includes a wine and cheese reception with raffles for attendees including the chance to win a free pair of sunglasses or one of two complete eye exams. Also, two frame stylists will host a trunk show of designer frames.
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MEMBER NEwSlINE The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to Literacy Connections of the Hudson Valley, Inc. in support of their “Education Technology Project”. Literacy Connections, located in Poughkeepsie, serves adults who are functioning at the lowest literacy levels and help them acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for self-sufficiency and employment. In an effort to prevent adult illiteracy, Literacy Connections also works with local school districts and government agencies to work with young children who experience difficulty with reading. Over the past two (2) years, they have served over 600 adult students and 140 children “We’re happy to support the Education Technology Project as it will provide both tutors and students with the equipment and resources necessary to successfully continue Literacy’s outreach efforts throughout Dutchess County,” said MaryRose Warcholak, Executive Director of the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. As part of Subaru’s Share the Love event, Mid-Hudson Subaru collected $30,000 for Grace Smith House. Mid Hudson Subaru has the honor of being recognized as collecting the largest donation for any one charity in the country. “The partnership between Mid-Hudson Subaru and Grace Smith House has been beneficial to both businesses.” said Peter Maher, owner Mid Hudson Subaru. “Together we were able to raise awareness within the community,
both for the charity and for signs of high risk relationships. We are incredibly proud to say that 99% of our eligible customers chose Grace Smith House as the Share the Love recipient.” Grace Smith House will use a portion of the donation to continue to operate their Prevention Program for teens and young adults in Dutchess County schools. The goal is to run the program in every school in every district. Another portion will be used to keep the Youth Education Coordinators program operating at 100%. Now in its fourth season, Beacon Flea Market is established in specializing in quality vintage, antique, collectible and hand crafted items. More than 50 regular and one-time vendors sell a variety of items, including refinished furniture, antiques, vintage purses, mid-century cookware, collectible vinyl, old books, handmade jewelry, and local crafts. Residents who wish to sell house clean out, gently used home and garden items, and boxes from grandma’s attic are also welcome. Vendors are invited to submit photos of their items to the website, which is updated weekly to offer customers a sneak peek of the offerings for the upcoming Sunday. Beacon Flea Market provides free booth space for Beacon schools. Non-profits, such as animal shelters, and Beacon residents who wish to sell clean-out items can vend at a discounted rate. In support of the local community the market does not sell food or new items, and visitors are encouraged to check out the local cafés, restaurants, and shops. Located in the Henry Street parking lot behind the Main Street Post Office, Beacon Flea Market is open on fair weather Sundays, through November, from 8am to 3pm; admission and street parking are free. Further information at beaconflea.blogspot.com.
ditions to the medical offerings at their Poughkeepsie facility: A new multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology program, and a potentially groundbreaking worldwide research project designed to better identify patients in need of CT scans. To lead both of the hospitals new programs, Vassar Brothers has hired Dr. Cliff Connery, the only dedicated thoracic oncologist located between Albany and Westchester County. Dr. Connery plans to better develop an integrated, multidisciplinary team capable of delivering greater patient outcomes by using the most advanced technology available for thoracic surgeries. Dr. Connery is a pioneer in the use of a 3D high-definition vision system designed to increase precision and control in complex, minimally invasive surgeries. Dr. Connery will also perform traditional open surgeries, thoracoscopies, and will work collaboratively with pulmonary, medical oncology, gastrointestinal, and radiation specialists to coordinate pre-operative and post-treatment assessments and care.
Follr, Inc. announced a content licensing agreement with The Digital Beyond, a blog about digital existence and what happens to it after death. Under the agreement Follr users will be able to read and view Digital Beyond content, including blog posts and videos, from the Follr software platform and via the company’s social media channels. The Digital Beyond is co-written by Evan Carroll and John Romano, thought-provokers in the budding digital afterlife industry. Their work, first presented at SXSW 2009, was immediately mentioned on NPR’s All Tech Considered. John and Evan then created The Digital Beyond as a think tank for digital death and legacy issues. The Website has grown into the go-to source for digital afterlife information. They subsequently published “Your Digital Afterlife“, a book that discusses the value of digital assets and explains how they can be Vassar Brothers Medical Cen- secured. The New York Times, The ter is poised to launch two new ad- Wall Street Journal, NPR’s Fresh
Air, CNN, PBS NewsHour, Popular Science, Fox News, CNN and The Atlantic have featured John and Evan’s work. They returned to SXSW in 2010 to host another session called “Become Immortal: Understanding the Digital Afterlife.” and again in 2011 to lead the panel, “You’re Dead, Your Data Isn’t: What Happens Now?” Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (IES) recently hired Randy S. Eskenazi to fulfill the IBM Person on Site tool installation and support role to complete the contract IES holds between partner company ILS Technology and IBM East Fishkill. Randy is a Highland resident with over seven years in the IT industry and he’s familiar with multiple platforms with experience in both desktop support and networking. IES is delighted to have him join the team and we hope the Dutchess County business community will make him feel welcome. The National Association of Letter Carriers and Dutchess Outreach are working together again this year to “Stamp Out Hunger” on Saturday, May 10 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 out by their mailboxes 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 in need of food. For more information about this event or to volunteer, please contact Carol Beck, Volunteer Administrator, at (845)454-3792. A presentation and networking reception will take place on May 6 from 4-6 p.m. in the Marist College Student Center 3105. Featured speakers, from Dorf & Nelson LLP, Martha Flanders, Chair of the Corporate Department and Scott Locke, Chair of the Intellectual
Property Department will discuss topics including: how to get started the right way, corporate formation and structure, sources of funding, defining and protecting intellectual property, and control and equity. Space is limited! Please RSVP to Anthony.DiMarco@marist.edu. Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) held its Annual Members Meeting on April 9, 2014 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The audience heard reports from Board Chair Noreen Hennessy and President/CEO Mary D. Madden on the strong financial condition of the credit union. Nationally syndicated columnist and author Michelle Singletary received a warm welcome as the evening’s keynote speaker. Ms. Singletary encouraged everyone to plan for unexpected health situations and the general aging process to ensure your family understands your wishes. Topics she discussed included health-care proxies, living wills, Veterans’ benefits, and longterm care considerations. Election results for the credit union’s Board of Directors were also announced at the Meeting. HVFCU members elected Noreen Hennessy, William L. Spearman, and Henry J. Rodgers, Jr. to each serve a three year term on the Board. Following the meeting, the Board of Directors announced its slate of Officers for 2014-2015: Chairman Noreen Hennessy; First Vice Chairman Takao Inouye; Second Vice Chairman Joseph E. Eppich; Treasurer David Bagley; Assistant Treasurer Nancy Kappler-Foster and Secretary William L. Spearman. Representatives from Turk Hospitality Group, owners of Rocking Horse Ranch Resort and Splash Down Beach Water Park, presented their proposal for a new 250-275 room family resort in the Town of New Paltz. Town Board officials voted to bring the proposal to the Town of New Paltz Planning Board for an informal review.
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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is pleased and honored to host the United States Air Force Rhythm and Blues Jazz Ensemble on Tuesday, June 17 beginning at 7 p.m. This concert will be held at Poughkeepsie High School. It is a complimentary event thanks to our sponsor, Occupations System of Care, however tickets are required. To get a ticket for yourself or a group, please contact the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.
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will be available. Members of the WLA can RSVP by calling the Chamber at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. 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 Mid-Hudson Valley. For more information please visit wlahv.org.
he Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Alliance will hold a networking event in celebration of the launch of its new mentor program on Tuesday, May 20 from 5-7 p.m., at Cosimo’s Brick Oven, 120 Delafield Street in Poughkeepsie. A cash bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres
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ife is full of little victories, and if we take the time to notice and celebrate them we can extend these moments. In the Workforce Development Center at the Chamber, we celebrate these victories daily. In our YES program, we celebrate when a high school student increases their school attendance and begins to get passing grades in all of their classes. One of our students told me, “I was failing four of my six classes, but am passing all of my classes now. The extra tutoring and my mentor in the YES program helped.” In our Responsible Parent Initiative program, we stop and commend a parent who took the first step to attend mental health counselling or maybe worked hard to comply with both the RPI program and the Department of Community and Family Services. I was told by one parent, “It wasn’t easy to admit that I had a problem but I am glad that I did. By getting help for myself, I have helped my children.” Our Work Now and our Step Up Programs applaud
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attending college, and gaining employment. I don’t think 10 years from now that they will necessarily remember all of these things but what they will remember are the celebrations. Last month, County Executive Marcus Molinaro and City of Poughkeepsie Mayor John Tkazyik took time to meet and have lunch with our young people and tell them about their personal journeys. The youth learned about civic responsibility and voting but there was much more that they learned. They learned that they are important members of the c om mu n it y. This is a victory. For more information on the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center, include the Youth One Stop program, please visit the Workforce Development tab at dcrcoc.org.
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Congratulations to the Main Street Mini Mall, now open at 469 Main St., Poughkeepsie.
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he Women’s Leadership Alliance of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is bringing key representatives from women-focused organizations in the Hudson Valley together to share ideas, grow our networks, promote our causes and create change. There will be a dynamic breakfast meeting to serve as a first step toward greater collaboration. The WLA plans to share resources, have a speakers bureau, events calendar and much more! To help get the journey started on the right foot, we’re excited to present Dr. Carol Ann Malizia and Major Kathleen Sileno to offer their thoughts on leadership and the value of teamwork in all its forms, as well as inspire us all to be the change agents our community needs. Dr. Malizia, President of Girls, Gals, Gurus, possesses a burning desire, backed
with energy and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of the people she touches by her own MAlIzIA example of a purpose-driven life. She has focused her efforts on influencing and empowering children as well as adults to pursue a wellness lifestyle through consistent education and the creation of goals to produce a desired result. Major Sileno is currently assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing
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At the April Contact Breakfast headliner Awards were presented to the following: leadership in organization & Community, Walter Joseph, Children’s home of Poughkeepsie; outside-of-the-Box Innovator, Robert Allers, Department of Community & Family Services; Green-Friendly organization, Drink More Good; Continued Growth in Current economy, Freedom Financial Solutions; Customer Service, DBS Remodel, Inc.; Think local First, Walkway over the hudson.
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his month, The Chamber Foundation is set to award more than $65,000 at the May Contact Breakfast to over 30 deserving students from the Hudson Valley. Over the month of April, the scholarship selection committees (yes, committees!) have been hard at working reading all of the scholarship applications submitted; scoring, interviewing and meeting,
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Apply today to be a part of The Chamber Foundation’s signature leadership programming. Hear what our participants have to say: Leadership Dutchess has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally. As co-project manager for the fundraising component, I was able to lead our team from the fundraiser’s inception to victory as we raised money for our community. Leadership Dutchess has reignited my passion for fundraising, allowing me to do good in my community. On a personal level, I have made so many friends who share similar values, while learning more about myself. ~ Abby Paul, Leadership Dutchess, Class of 2014
The Youth Leadership Program has been an incredible experience for me. I’ve learned about what it takes to be a leader, and how important it is to communicate and work together. Youth Leadership gave me a lot of information about college, how to apply, what websites will help with picking a college, who to talk to and what questions to ask. They’ve had college students, and counselors, along with high school counselors speak with us. They match us with mentors and professionals to help you pursue or explore what your interests are.
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to select this year’s group of worthy recipients. A lot of time was spent by each committee member
to select the candidate(s) that best represent each of the scholarships offered by The Foundation. $65,000 is the largest amount of money awarded to date, and it is because of The Chamber Foundation’s supporters that we are able to continue to grow and enhance this important program year after year. Through our special events such as the Cosimo DiBrizzi Celebrity Servers Dinner, the annual Day
Scholarship Program is a perfect example of putting this mission into action – and it would not be possible without your support. I strongly encourage you to attend this month’s breakfast. Not only will you get to meet these remarkable individuals, but you will leave feeling uplifted and energized about the good things that take place in our own backyard. I look forward to seeing you on May 21!
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outh Leadership’s Track Two students welcomed over 20 business professionals in April for mock inter-
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of Golf, Twisted Gala and other fundraising initiatives including The Chamber Foundation Campaign, we are able carry out The Foundation’s mission of providing educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, building and strengthening personal and business capacity, developing leadership skills and fostering a commitment to community service. The Chamber Foundation’s
special thank you to all who participated. While Track Two worked on interviewing, Track One met with
a panel of three entrepreneurs who shared their experiences owning and operating businesses and taught about lessons in leadership and success. Thank you to Jenn Dunn, State Farm Insurance - The Jen Dunn Agency, Inc., Peter Maher, Mid Hudson Subaru and Ori Brachfeld, Dash Lock and Key Services, Inc. for sharing their advice and knowledge!
THE CHAMBER FOuNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
OFFicerS Bill Francis, chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Fortress Financial Advisory llC Tina Walz, Vice-chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .M & T Bank Stacey Langenthal, Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bank of Millbrook anthony Morando, Secretary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cuddy & Feder llP Stephen e. diamond, Of counsel . . Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, llP direcTOrS amy dittmar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Central hudson Gas & electric Corp. Maureen Kangas . . . . . . . Poughkeepsie Grand hotel & Conference Center John Mack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . health Quest Peter Maher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mid-hudson Subaru carmen McGill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dutchess Community College doug McHoul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mchoul Funeral home rita McPeck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . KeyBank Lisa Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . hudson Valley Federal Credit union charles “chip” Simon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taconic Advisors, Inc. aleta Symon, cPa . . . Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, llP Skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. FOundaTiOn STaFF charles S. north . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vice President nicholas Shannon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .executive Director
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International group offering trip scholarship
ridges to Community is again offering a “Bridges to Community Annual Scholarship” and Chamber members are encouraged to apply. Bridges to Community is an international non-profit organization based in New York working to help meet basic human needs in impoverished communities in Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Bridges pursues these goals by engaging groups of volunteers from the United States and Canada to assist materially poor communities. For more information, visit bridgestocommunity.org. Volunteers serve for a period of one week living and working
MEMBER SPOTlIgHT in the rural community being served. The available scholarship provides full payment of the fee of $1,295 for the trip. All meals, in-country travel, and lodging are included; however the scholarship does not include airfare (estimated to be around $600 from
a New York airport). Trips are safe and secure with all lodging, food, and arrangements made by Bridges staff members, who accompany volunteers throughout the experience. Volunteers need no experience in construction or heavy construction tasks. Those who are interested may receive additional information and videos from last year’s schol-
arship by contacting Frank Pepe at email@example.com. Applications are due by May 19, 2014 and should be sent to Frank Pepe at 53 Oxford Road, Pleasant Valley 12569 or via email. There are three trip options, one going to the Dominican Republic July 5th-13, and two going to Nicaragua, August 16-23 or August 27-September 3.
Simple exercises to keep your brain sharp
this information provided by omega institute
cientists have long believed that by the time we turn 21, our brains stop growing. Recent discoveries have proven this is not so. Every day and for our entire lives, our brains are evolving in response to our experiences, thoughts, feelings, and actions. Exercises like these can help keep your brain sharp and neurons firing.
Look at the world upside down
Jill Bolte Taylor, neuroanatomist and author of My Stroke of Insight, suggests hanging a familiar item upside down. It makes the brain work differently to get the information it is looking for. Try inverting your calendar, fam-
ily photos, a map, or even a clock.
Turn on your ears
Paula Oleska, founder of Natural Intelligence Systems, uses this exercise to help people stimulate the left hemisphere of the brain. Ears are very important sensory organs, but they “switch off ” with excessive noise, diminishing the amount of information being received. We can even experience temporary hearing loss or confusion from too much noise. This exercise turns the ears back on, improving clarity of hearing and overall alertness. Firmly take hold of the tops of your ears and unroll the crease, pulling toward the back of your head. Repeat this movement, go-
ing systematically down through the whole ear. Repeat three or four times.
Oleska also suggests the cross crawl exercise to increase energy and stimulate memory and recall. By crossing the midline of the body, you activate the connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain. While standing, lift your left knee and touch it with your right hand. Then change to the right knee and left hand. Repeat for one to three minutes. Omega Institute for Holistic Studies is a non-profit educational retreat center located in Rhinebeck. For more information please visit
“I recommend to my commercial clients that they keep a Personal Financial Statement in an excel worksheet and update it at least three times a year. It’s the one item most lenders require if you apply for a business loan. Having it handy and up to date can save time in the long run. It’s a great way to manage everything you own and owe.” - Domenic Baiocco, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Commercial Loan Officer
& Wellness www.eomega.org. The Health and Wellness Club provides content here to educate and inform the business community, and help us all stay physically and mentally strong.
This tip provided by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union. For more information about them visit hvfcu.org or call 845-463-3011.
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Class surpasses project goal at Home Run drop
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On April 23rd The Leadership Dutchess Class of 2014 held the Home Run Helicopter Drop at Dutchess Stadium, dropping 3,000 baseballs onto the field over a targeted area. The winning ball that landed inside the target won $2,000. As part of their challenge project, the class was given a goal of $20,000. To date, they have surpassed $25,000! Congratulations Leadership Dutchess Class of 2014! Please visit chamberfdn. org/hrdrop to see a full list of sponsors and a photo gallery from the evening’s event.
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