Bottom Line October 2012

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Think Local First Business Expo .................... 3 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Electronic Recycling Day..............................4 Member Spotlight.....................................5 Upcoming Events......................................6 New Members ...................................... 8-9 Member News ...................................10-11 Ribbon Cuttings .................................12-13 Out and About....................................... 13 Chamber Foundation............................... 14


Congressional candidates featured at Breakfast


he Chamber’s mission to connect its members to elected officials and create a better informed and engaged electorate continues as we welcome incumbent Nan Hayworth and challenger Sean Patrick Maloney, the candidates to represent New York State’s 19th district in Congress, to a forum during the October Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, October 17 from 7:309 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. Not a debate, the forum allows both candidates equal time to present their platforms and positions without atContact Breakfast Sponsored by:

tacking each other’s records. Anyone interested in submitting a question for discussion may do so by e-mailing Howard at Hayworth is in the midst of her first term in office after defeating John Hall in 2010. believes She in working to rein in federal spending, HaywortH eliminating u n ne ce ss ar y and counterproductive regulations, reducing the high cost of energy, and repairing our aging infrastructure. While in office, Hayworth signed a letter urging President Obama to permit more offshore energy exploration to help reduce fuel prices, and she also voted for the Budget Control Act and Cut, Cap and Balance Act of 2011. Additionally, Hayworth strongly supports veteran’s affairs and making common-sense reforms to sustain Medicare benefits for gen-

Save the date to network in Hyde Park


usiness After Hours moves to the second week of October this month so as not to conflict with other events. The networking event, scheduled for Wednesday, October 10, will take place at Joseph’s Steakhouse, located at 728 Violet Avenue in Hyde Park from 5-7 p.m. As always, guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while mixing and mingling with fellow members and their guests in a relaxed atmosphere. There is no charge to attend

Business After Hours, however pre-registration is required. To RSVP, visit or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. TD Bank and FOX Radio proudly sponsor the October Business After Hours. Bordering Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill Cottage in historic Hyde Park, Joseph’s Steakhouse serves fresh seafood, classic American fare and of course terrific Certified Black Angus steaks aged 21 days. Their bar features happy hour specials, and they’re available to cater your next event. For more infor-

mation or to make a reservation, call 845-473-BEEF or visit www. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 10 largest banks in the U.S. and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at thousands of convenient locations and ATMs from Maine to Florida. They offer a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to millions of customers throughout the Northeast, Mid-

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erations to come. Between 1997 and 2000, Sean Patrick Maloney served as Staff Secretary and Special Assistant to the President in Bill Clinton’s White House where he was part of a team that created millions of jobs and balanced the budget. His job as staff secretary – the youngest ever appointed – was to read everything meant for the president; decide what went through and what didn’t; and to preside over the decisionmaking process in the West Wing. Maloney aims to grow the economy by restoring manufacturing to the Hudson Valley, ending tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs over-

seas and lowering taxes for companies that keep jobs here. DRA Imaging sponsors October the Contact BreakMaloney fast. Not-forprofit members Half Moon Theatre of the Arts, Abilities First (Leaf A Legacy), and Astor Children Foundation will also be in attendance. 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

EvEnt policy updatE In order to comfortably accommodate our members and guests and ensure sufficient catering, space, parking, etc., we are updating our event policy as follows: • We are now able to take credit and debit cards at events where there is a charge (such as the Contact Breakfast), so we will no longer be invoicing. • No-shows at events previously registered for are strongly discouraged. For the Contact Breakfast, no-shows will be charged $25 for members and $30 for non-members to offset catering charges. • Walk-ins for complimentary events such as Business After Hours are strongly discouraged and may not be able to be accommodated due to our need to provide attendee numbers to the venue. Please make sure to register in advance for our events and treat those registrations as a commitment. Registrations can be done through our website at or by calling our offices at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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Ribbon cuttings support fellow members

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


s members of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce know, one of the things we do quite often is cut ribbons. We hold ribbon cuttings for new businesses, those opening new locations, even milestone anniversaries for longtime members. Ribbon cuttings might seem like a relatively small part of the Chamber’s calendar of events, but they are quite momentous for those businesses being celebrated. They are also a great way for the business community to come out and lend support to those be-

ing recognized. For those who haven’t been to a ribbon cutting lately, let me review for you how it works. First, Chamber members, other local business representatives, elected officials, friends, relatives, and anyone else meSSAGe FROm who would like tHe CHAIR: to attend can get a tour of the Frank business. That Castella, Jr. is followed by the formal ceremony where Chamber President Charlie North presides over the ribbon cutting, Chamber members and VIPs are introduced, and presentations to

mark the day are made. After the ribbon is cut, guests can network with each other and make business connections over light refreshments. The ribbon is signed by everyone to be proudly displayed in the place of business. We have quite a few ribbon cuttings set for October – just go to page 7 to check them all out. Most are scheduled for either lunchtime of the end of the day, in deference to those with busy calendars. Please make a point to enter at least a few of these ribbon cuttings into your calendar and show your support for fellow Chamber members. I look forward to seeing you there!

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ore than 20 regional employers will be honored in October as part of National Disability Employment Awareness Month by the Chamber, the Mid-Hudson Employment Alliance and New York State ACCES/VR. The annual NDEAM Awards will be presented on Wednesday, October 24 at Villa Borghese, 70 Widmer Road in Wappingers Falls, with registration begin-

ning at 7:45 a.m. and the program running from 8:15-10:30 a.m. A complimentary breakfast will be served. The event is sponsored by Rose and Kiernan, Inc. Pastor and teacher Tim Blanchfield and Adams Fairacre Farms’ Director of Human Resources Gaye Mallet will deliver keynote addresses. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to the Chamber by calling 845454-1700 ext. 1000 by October 12.

The Bottom Line is a monthly publication of : The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce One Civic Center Plaza • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 454-1700 • Fax: (845) 454-1702 The Bottom Line • Volume 29 • Number 10 Annual Chamber membership includes a 1-year subscription to The Bottom Line POSTMASTER: Send address changes to: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, One Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Web site,, is developed and hosted by Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. (IES). PK-0000153125



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Make this part of your business day


he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Think Local First Business to Business Expo 2012 at the Ramada Conference Center on Wednesday, October 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. This is the premier event of its kind in the Hudson Valley, with approximately 85 exhibitor booths, free seminars throughout the day, business card raffles, food, drink, and the ideal scenario to network and enhance your business profile. Chamber members as well as the business community at large are encouraged to invest their time and resources, making connections and gaining valuable information along the way. There is still time to confirm your spot as an exhibitor by going to the special page at www.dcrcoc.

org and downloading a registration form. You can also register for one of the free seminars being presented during the day. The seminars include: The Buyers Club (10-11:30 a.m.) This new endeavor for the Chamber will be held immediately prior to the Expo, and exhibitors are invited to begin their day with us. The Buyers Club will be a timely and facilitated meeting/ introduction of buyers and sellers of specifically stated goods and services. All attendees must have

a future buying need, in addition to being able to provide a product or service that fills another member’s need. Sound interesting? Give Whitney a call at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000 and she can explain more and sign you up. Maximize Your Membership (12:45-2 p.m.) Chamber members and prospective members will want to attend this presentation to learn the benefits of membership, how the Chamber is an advocate for the business community, marketing opportunities and ways to

learn and provide information through our organization. Business Education Seminar (2:30-3:30 p.m.) The Chamber’s Business Education Committee will be providing a seminar sponsored by McCabe & Mack LLP. Topic and speakers to be announced. “Ask a Geek” (4-5 p.m.) The Chamber’s IT Committee will pro-

vide a panel discussion for Expo attendees who have questions about leveraging today’s technology to advance in their business or organization. You will have access to committee members with superior technical knowledge and experience. Sponsored by Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. and CSI.


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by Charles S. North

ast month in this space, I discussed how the Chamber works with its many partners in government and throughout the region to make the Hudson River Valley a better place for business, tourism, and of course, its residents. Another example of this is the Chamber’s partnership with the Poughkeepsie Journal and The United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region to increase volunteerism on Make a Difference Day, coming up on October 27. Make a Difference Day was started by USA Weekend, owned by Gannett, which also owns the Journal. Last year alone, more than three million people around the country pitched in on various projects. Our goal is to get community service organizations to post projects to a special website and then to have residents choose how they would like to help on this special day. But make no mistake – our three organizations collectively have a greater purpose in mind. We want this volunteerism to carry on beyond October 27. I know how many of you give back in so many ways, and that’s part of the reason this is

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one of the great places to have a business and raise a family in the entire country. Do me a favor? Go to and register your project or find out more about volunteering. You’ll feel better because of it, and the Hudson River Valley will be a better place because of you! • • • • • • •

Speaking of giving back, please allow me to officially introduce Nick Shannon as the new Director of The Chamber Foundation, Inc., effective October 1. Nick most recently was the Manager of Special Events for the Saint Francis Health Care Foundation. He will be running the day-to-day operations of our Foundation, including Leadership Dutchess, Youth Leadership, and many other events, all which raise money to award scholarships each May. Please see a message from Nick on page 14, and join me in welcoming him to our Chamber family. Sincerely,

n the heels of two extraordinarily successful drives in the past year, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Living Green Committee is again calling on the Hudson Valley to easily and properly recycle all old or unwanted computers and personal electronics during an Electronic Recycling Day on Friday, October 26 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Hudson Valley Marketplace in Poughkeepsie. Volunteers will be available to assist with the unloading of cars. This one-day-only collection is open to businesses and households alike. Businesses are asked to pre-register their dropoff time by calling 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. While there is no cost

to utilize the service, donations benefitting The Chamber Foundation, Inc., are being accepted with a suggested donation of $20 per business and $5 per household. During the previous two Electronic Recycling Days, the Living Green committee has collected more than 100,000 pounds of items while raising over $3,000 for The Chamber Foundation.

Recycling old electronics is a boost to not only the environment, but also the economy. Proper electronic recycling helps to reduce emissions, limits the strain on our landfills and ensures that harmful chemicals used in production do no harm to the ecosystem. Items can also occasionally be salvaged and refurbished before being either sold or donated to local citizens and not-for-profit organizations in need. Royal Carting and the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce are proud to bring this service to the community. Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy sponsors Electronic Recycling Day. Learn more about them at

Hear testimonial from local execs


he October SBA Days event will take place on Thursday, October 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Chamber offices in Poughkeepsie. Speaking at the event will be SBA Days Sponsored by:

Lou Paradise, President, and Aurora Paradise, Chief Operating Officer, of Topical BioMedics, Inc. Topical BioMedics, Inc., based in Rhinebeck, produces Toprocin, a natural pain relief and healing cream. The guest speakers will be discussing how the company got its start by utilizing resources available from the Small Business Administration. They started their business with an SBA loan, and are currently expanding. SBA Days is a complimentary

event where lunch is served thanks to our sponsor, KeyBank. To register, please go the Chamber’s website at or call Whitney at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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Customer service, homemade food key to diner’s success

his staff were on the way to a big family wedding, Trigonis realized they had no way to lock the doors and had to call a locksmith

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n our mobile society, it’s important that we keep up with our competition but also be as productive as possible and make the most of our time away from our desks. To that end, there are a number of apps available to the mobile workforce that can help. Green Qube is an application developed for iPad clients to provide remote access to Windows desktops, virtualized and stored in the applications cloud service. Users are able to configure the app to their personal taste, and it even includes a soft keyboard and a Windows Start Menu that is touch sensitive. With security on mobile devices being a great concern, another great app available to users is mSecure Password Manager for

Android, iOS, MAC Os and Windows platform devices. This app can securely store all your major account info for websites, credit cards and bank accounts. It also has the ability to generate new passwords and keep a back-up of this information. PocketCloud is another app available for those looking to view files, launch applications or access other resources on systems running Linux, MAC OS X and Windows (7, XP and Vista) from an Android or iOS device while utilizing a Wi-

Fi connection (3 or 4G). If you happen to misplace your mobile device while out in the field, an app like Where’s My Droid may be what saves the day. This app can ring, vibrate, sound an alarm, display a message, lock app changes, wipe phone or SD data, and even display status or GPS location through a web browser so you can locate your device or at least prevent any important data falling into the wrong hands. These are just some of the amazing apps out there and available to users. It’s important to research what apps might be the best for you and your mobile staff to stay in touch and keep your business moving. This article was provided by Jaime Butler, Business Development Specialist at Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. For more information about IES, please visit them online at www.ies-ny. com or call 845-226-9983.

Event to raise awareness about hearing loss

Hearing loss affects 38 million Americans, making it the third most prevalent public health concern in the nation following heart disease and arthritis. Here in the Hudson Valley, the Mid-Hudson chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) works to educate those living with a hearing loss about various coping strategies, as well as how to use assistive devices in daily living. HLAA accomplishes their goals through education, advocacy and support. They pride themselves on being local catalysts for change to make hearing loss an issue of national concern. The Walk4Hearing, a local

event organized as part of a national day of recognition, takes place at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls on Saturday, October 13. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. Whether you want to run, walk or cheer in support of hearing loss awareness, the walk offers something for everyone. For more information about entry into the walk and how to best fundraise for the cause, visit www. or e-mail Pam

at For those living with hearing loss, it can be difficult to hear your spouse, children, and co-workers, or to use the phone, especially those with modern automated features. Entertainment options are frequently limited due to noise. It is difficult to hear in a noisy restaurant or meeting room. Additionally, most smoke alarms will not awake a person with hearing loss from their sleep. Those coping with the condition don’t know where to find the answers to overcome theses obstacles. The HLAA aims to help, but they need support to carry out their mission.

it a reputation for great food at affordable prices. The Diner hosts car shows during the sumtrigonis mer months, and it always sports a décor that makes you feel like you are back in the 1950s. Many buses and

trucks stop off from the Interstate, and Trigonis always sends them off with coffee and a box of cookies. There is no can opener or microwave at this diner – just good, old-fashioned food. And that’s just fine with Trigonis and his customers, who hope he’s around for at least 35 more years. “I love this place,” Trigonis says. “I’ll be here for a while.”

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to help. Now armed with a key that he rarely has to use (the Diner is still open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week), Trigonis and Moustakas’ two sons run the I-84 Diner and are celebrating their 35th anniversary. Known for their homecooked meals and pastries – all cooking is done on the premises – Trigonis makes a point to greet all his customers and make sure they are satisfied with their meals. It’s that personal touch that sets the I-84 Diner apart and has earned



hen Tony Trigonis and his business partner, Tom Moustakas, opened the I-84 Diner in 1977, things were quite different. There was little competition, fewer businesses in the southern part of Dutchess County, prices were a bit less, and Trigonis never locked the door, since the Diner was open 24 hours a day. “We didn’t even have a key,” he said. That became a problem several years later as he and most of



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eveNts tuesday, october 2

Think Pink

5 - 7 p.m. River Station Restaurant 1 North Water St. Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank, MD Imaging PLLC, Design Intervention Studio, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc., and Corporate Media Partner Clear Channel Communications, Inc. Fireworks display by: Legion Fireworks Co., Inc.

Wednesday, october 3

New Member Luncheon

Meet the Chamber staff along with other new members of the Chamber while enjoying lunch. Sponsored by: Complete Benefit Solutions, Inc., Design Intervention Studio and Corporate Media Partner, Fox Radio

Wednesday, october 17

Wednesday, october 10

Network with a Purpose - Part 2

Contact Breakfast

4 - 5 p.m. Joseph’s Steakhouse 728 Violet Avenue (Rte. 9G) Hyde Park Sponsored by: Freedom Financial Solutions, LLC and Servpro of N.W. & S.E. Dutchess County

Wednesday, october 10

Business After Hours

5 - 7 p.m. Joseph’s Steakhouse 728 Violet Avenue (Rte. 9G) Hyde Park Sponsored by: TD Bank and Corporate Media Partner Fox Radio

tuesday, october 16

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. DCRCOC, Large Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie

1 East Market Street Red Hook This is a timed event and begins at 7 a.m., 20 business representatives from noncompeting categories will be at tables of 4. Sponsored by: Timely Signs

Early Bird Connections

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7 - 8:30 a.m. J & J’s Gourmet Cafe & Catering

7:30 - 9 a.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center 40 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Monthly contact breakfast Sponsored by: DRA Imaging Non-profit Tables: Half Moon Theatre of the Arts, Abilities First (Leaf A Legacy), and Astor Children Foundation

thursday, october 18

SBA Days

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. DCRCOC, Large Conference Room One Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: KeyBank Guest Speakers: Lou Paradise, President, and Aurora Paradise, Chief Operating Officer, Topical BioMedics, Inc. Complimentary lunch provided

Wednesday, october 24

NDEAM Awards

8 - 10:30 a.m. Villa Borghese 70 Widmer Road Wappingers Falls Sponsored by: Rose & Kiernan, Inc. 7:45 a.m. Registration. Breakfast provided by Dutch Treat Cafe

Friday, october 26

Electronic Recycling Day - Households & Businesses

10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hudson Valley Marketplace 130 Salt Point Turnpike Poughkeepsie Recycle your unwanted monitors, printers, keyboards, VCR’s, batteries, cell phones, terminals, cables, fax machines, radios, modems, CRT’s, telephones, TV’s, CPU’s, copiers, typewriters and stereo equipment. (Air conditioners requires an additional fee.) Donations appreciated, to benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc. Provided by: DCRCOC and Royal Carting Service Company. Hosted by: HV Marketplace Sponsored by: Covanta Hudson Valley Renewable Energy, LLC

All businesses must pre-register, Call Whitney at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000

Wednesday, october 24

THiNk LoCAL FiRST BuSiNESS ExPo 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Ramada Conference Center 542 Route 9, Fishkill

Sponsored by: Health Quest, Capital District Physicians’ Health Plan, Inc., COBESO, Inc, Riverside Bank, Ramada Conference Center, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc., Poughkeepsie Journal, Coffee System of the Hudson Valley, Verizon FIOS, Hudson Valley Magazine, Hudson Cadillac Buick GMC, Mid-Hudson Subaru and DCH Wappingers Falls Toyota Platinum Sponsor: NYS Bridge Authority

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This is a speed-networking event that will be industry exclusive. Attendees will have a limited amount of time to discuss their business and the type of customers they are seeking with others in attendance. Referrals can also be discussed, with a goal of developing meaningful business relationships. The event will be held at J & J’s Gourmet Cafe & Catering, 1 East Market Street in Red Hook, from 7-8:30 a.m., and is compli-

mentary thanks to our sponsor, Timely Signs. A second Early Bird Connections event will be held on November 6 also from 7-8:30 a.m. at Summerlin Cafe & Bakery, 946 Route 376 in Wappingers Falls. Only telephone or e-mail reservations will be accepted. If you are interested, please contact Membership Director Christine Desmoni at 845-454-1700 ext. 1009 or

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Friday, october 5

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tuesday, october 30

4 p.m. • 8 East Main St., Beacon

4 p.m. • 1207 Route 9, Suite 2 Executive Park, Wappingers Falls

Friday, october 19

An’tyrice Salon and Spa

4 p.m. • Imperial Plaza (Home Depot, Big Lots), 1574 Route 9, Wappingers Falls

thursday, october 25

B.N. Thakkar CPA, P.C.

tuesday, october 9

4 p.m. • 80 Washington St., Suite 400, Poughkeepsie

4 p.m. • 195 Main St., Beacon

Friday, october 26

Dash Lock and key

Wednesday, october 10

Valley interventional Medical Associates

5 p.m. • 60 Merritt Blvd., Suite 107, Fishkill

Friday, october 12

ice House

4 p.m. • 1 Main Street, Poughkeepsie


thursday, october 18

The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls

(866) 440-0391

Member FDIC

Complete Balance Wellness Center Friday, november 2

American Heart Association’s BetterU Program


12 p.m. • Gold’s Gym, 258 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie

• Private Suites • Private Transportation & Parking • Restaurant Style Dining • Housekeeping & Laundry Services • Exercise, Wellness & Recreational Programs

thursday, november 8

The Children’s Foundation of Astor

The Baptist Home at Community at Brookmeade

12:30 p.m. • 6339 Mill Street, Rhinebeck

4 p.m. • 46 Brookmeade Drive, Rhinebeck

Friday, october 26

Friday, november 9

4 p.m. • 751 Dutchess Tpk., Poughkeepsie

1 p.m. • 506 Salt Point Turnpike, Poughkeepsie

Marlene Weber Day Spa

Ask US how our “Bank at Work” program can benefit your business!

NetworkWithA Purpose Part 1


Wednesday, october 3

520 White Plains Road, Suite 500 Tarrytown, NY 10591 845-567-9000

Network With a Purpose Sponsored by:


point to attend, but attendance is not limited to that group. If you are interested in attending, please register by going to the Chamber’s website at or call Whitney at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. This event, like Part 1, is presented complimentary thanks to our sponsors, Freedom Financial Solutions and SERVPRO of NW & SE Dutchess County.

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The Chamber will present Network With a Purpose Part 2 on Wednesday, October 10 from 4-5 p.m. at Joseph’s Steakhouse in Hyde Park. This event immediately precedes Business After Hours. Network With a Purpose Part 2 will include the different levels of referrals and how to use them for their maximum effectiveness. Members will finalize their elevator speeches in preparation for the Business After Hours event. The speaker will be business executive Tom McQuade, who also presented Network With a Purpose Part 1. Those who were in attendance for Part 1 should make a

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he Chamber is presenting a new event called Early Bird Connections on Thursday, October 16.


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ACCOuNtANtS & BOOkkeePING SeRvICeS Japanese Steak • Seafood Hibachi • Sushi

B. N. Thakkar CPA P.C.

80 Washington Street Suite 400, Penthouse Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-1803/Fax: 845-202-5034 Email: Web: Contact: Bharat N. Thakkar, CPA, CFP, CITP - President Est. 6/12/2012; Full service CPA firm providing accounting, auditing, taxation, financial planning and consulting services.

763 South Road (Across from Galleria Mall) • Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

(845) 297-0540



BuSINeSS SeRvICeS Transworld Business Advisors of NY (Curcio)

New Paltz, NY 12561 845-594-5523 Email: Web: Contact: Sam Curcio Sponsor: Frank Curcio, Bank of America


Transworld Business Advisors of NY (Raisch)

29 Meadowview Way Clinton Corners, NY 12514 845-464-5856 Email: Web: Contact: Mark Raisch, Vice President Est. 2012; Helps business owners sell their businesses.




Robert Napoli




113 North Clinton Street Poughkeepsie, New York








9F Sherwood Forest Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-235-7577 Email: Web: robert-napoli/55/49a/728 Professional interested in Information Security. Past work history as an Information Security Officer with 10 years experience in a fast-paced global industry ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.

Anthony G. Sinagra

13 Swenson Drive Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-632-1412 Email:

Web: pub/anthony-jerry-sinagra/ Professional interested in becoming a Customer Service Supervisor. Past work history as a banking professional with significant experience in training, service and operational support.

CleANING & JANItORIAl SeRvICeS Tri-State Surface Restoration

907 Noxon Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-891-6149 Email: Web: Contact: Daniel R. Visconti, Vice President Est. 8/18/2011; Hydro-mechanical extraction of soil from hard surfaces, tile, grout, stone, masonry, carpet and upholstery.


CONStRuCtION mANAGemeNt Zott Construction

551 Hosner Mountain Road Stormville, NY 12582 845-227-4141/Fax: 845-227-4144 Email: Web: Contact: Chris Chichester, Account Manager Est. 1987; Full-service, emergency contracting construction company.

deSIGN SeRvICeS Gipson Design Group inc.

6369 Mill Street, Suite 208 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845-876-8995/Fax: 845-876-7880 Email: michelle@ Web: Contact: Terry Gipson, Owner and Principal Designer Est. May 2006; Custom design for live shows, special events and marketing.


Hearing Loss Association of America, Mid-Hudson Chapter

Sara M. Schepis, Freelance Editor

Julie’s Jungle at Lime kiln Park, inc.


PO Box 272 Sloatsburg, NY 10974-0272 845-239-9070 Email: walk4hearingmidhud@ Contact: Pam Foody, Treasurer Est. March 2006; Hearing Loss Association of America and this local chapter are dedicated to helping people with hearling loss live full, productive lives through education, advocacy and support.

PO Box 613 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 845-226-8395 Email: Web: Contact: Janet McHugh, President Est. March 2012; Established to build an adaptive (handicapped) accessible playground through individual donations and grants.

890 North Hillside Road Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-226-8953 Email: Contact: Sara M. Schepis Est. July 2012; Freelance editing business dedicated to providing quality service for those with educational, professional or personal editing needs. Proofreading and copy editing are our specialties. Research services are also available.

Consolidate Energy Solutions LLC

PO Box 451 Tuckahoe, NY 10707 914-269-8366/Fax: 206-203-3691 Email: dposillico@ Web: Contact: Dominick Posillico, Managing Member Est. 7/5/2010; Professional energy brokerage specializing in procuring the most competitive electricity and natural gas pricing in New York.


aUGUst New MeMBeRs

22 Rombout Ridge Road Poughkeepsie, NY 12603 845-559-8462 Email: amondello@ Web: www. Contact: Andrea M. Mondello Est. 7/15/2012; Information management consulting sharepoint implementation - cloud migration.

LED America Corporation Marma Consulting 105 Cedar Lane Englewood, NJ 07631 201-569-0002/Fax: 201-569-2828 Email: Web: Contact: Alan Sussman, President Est. 2012; Affiliate company of Melfabco, Inc. Melfabco - Textiles for commercial interiors LED America Corp. - LED lighting for commercial interiors


PO Box 672 Rhinebeck, NY 12572 845-876-0448 x26/ Fax: 845-876-7071 Email: Web: Contact: Mark Browne, VP Operations Est. 1995; Ambulette and ambulance transportation provider.

Valley interventional Medical Associates, PLLC

60 Merritt Boulevard, Suite 107 Fishkill, NY 12524 845-896-1900/Fax: 845-896-1990 Email: Web: Contact: Tammy Hufcut, Director Est. 7/6/2012; Physician extension outpatient suite providing interventional services.

131 Cooper Drive Verbank, NY 12585 845-677-6017 Email: Contact: Daniel Marma Est. 2010; Design and development of web-based applications with core focus on marketing and eLearning platform technologies.



Serving Dutchess County for 37 years.

Le Express Bistro & Bar

(845) 471-9611

1820 New Hackensack Road (Route 376) Wappingers Falls, NY 12550 845-849-3565/Fax: 845-849-3667 Web: Contact: John Lekic Est. 2012; French American Bistro offering catering, lunch and dinner, and seasonal specials. Open 7 days a week. Sponsor: James Lentz, TEG Federal Credit Union

Tony Nicolis 47 Civic Center Plaza Poughkeepsie


2656 Route 9 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-471-6664/Fax: 845-566-1911



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MEMBER NewsLINe News... Stevan A. Nosonowitz, Esq. has been named to the New York Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York State for 2012. No more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. Nosonowitz practices matrimonial and family law with offices in Pleasant Valley. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. For more information on the practice, call (845) 635-5300. Central Hudson is offering free money for businesses, retail stores and not-for-profits to upgrade to brighter and more energy-efficient lighting for a limited time only. Financing options are available and the program is easy as 1-2-3: 1. Call (855) 236-4832 to schedule your FREE energy audit. 2. Our lighting partner – Lime Energy – will perform the energy audit, install the new lights for

qualified projects and handle all the paperwork. 3. Central Hudson pays up to 70% of the project and you can cover the rest with up to 24 month financing. Enjoy reduced utility bills year-after-year. For more information, go to The Jacobowitz & Gubits law firm has announced that Larry Wolinsky has been appointed Managing Partner of the firm. Howard Protter, the previous Managing Partner, will remain a Partner at the firm and devote his full attention to client legal work. Michele L. Babcock will assume the role of Assistant Managing Partner. Wolinsky joined Jacobowitz & Gubits in 1984 and became a partner in 1990. He leads the firm’s Environmental/Land Use Team and is also a member of the Municipal team. Wolinsky is well known in the Hudson Valley and currently serves as Vice Chair of both the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress and the SUNY New Paltz Foundation, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sullivan County Partnership for Economic Development. Ulster Savings Bank recently announced the addition of Rosemarie Giammatteo as a Business Development Officer in their Commercial Lending Department. Giammatteo, of Poughkeepsie, will be responsible for promoting the Bank’s numerous business products and services throughout the greater Dutchess County region, including lending, insurance, payroll and tax preparation services. She joins the bank with over a decade of experience in providing business and finan-

new york State can help your small business grow

As the backbone of our economy, the State wants small businesses and Minority Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) to be successful – and it can help you be successful. The NYS Surety Bond Assistance Program provides critical credit, training and technical assistance

support to qualified small businesses or MWBEs to help them secure surety bonds for State contracting. For more information on how the program works, if you’re eligible and how to apply, please visit

cial services solutions throughout Dutchess County. A graduate of Marist College, Giammatteo has also completed The Chamber Foundation’s “Leadership Dutchess” program and is a previous recipient of the “Forty Under 40” award. For additional information about the Bank’s many business solutions, please contact Giammatteo at (845) 454-7144, ext. 4309 or e-mail her at TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, has named Catherine Secor as Store Manager of the Fishkill store located at 18 Westage Drive, Suite 15, in Fishkill. An Assistant Vice President, she is responsible for new business development, consumer and business lending, managing personnel and overseeing the day-to-day operations at the store that serves customers throughout Dutchess County. Secor has 31 years of banking experience. Prior to joining TD Bank, she served as a Branch Manager at Wells Fargo in Newburgh and in Fishkill. Secor is a member of the Fishkill Business Association. TD Bank focuses on delivering legendary customer service by providing seven-day branch banking with extended hours, Penny Arcade coin-counting machines, hassle-free products, free online banking and bill pay at, and treats for kids and dogs. Customers also have access to a network of 2,700 ATMs from Maine to Florida. Dutchess Outreach, Inc. will conduct the Annual Susan DeKeukelaere Memorial Coat Drive, sponsored by Guardian Self Storage, from October 1-31. Help someone in need keep warm this winter. Wanted: clean (new or used in good condition) winter coats, especially children’s and adult plus sizes. Donations can be dropped off at any Guardian SelfStorage facility or any Rhinebeck Bank branch. Coats are distributed in November at seven locations around Dutchess County. If you have any questions, contact Mary Dynes at 845-532-6520 or Carol Beck at Dutchess Outreach at 454-3792.

The Big Read is coming --what page are you on? There’s still time to pick up a copy of “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett and immerse yourself in the quintessential detective novel. Big Read events run October 13 through November 9 across the Mid-Hudson Region. The Poughkeepsie Public Library District has received a grant from The National Endowment from the Arts for the sixth year, due in large part to the significant swell in community support. More than 35 community libraries, colleges, schools, civic and arts organizations are partnering with PPLD to host over 80 public events for readers of all ages. The business community is involved too, with generous support from the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Riverside Bank, TD Bank, the Friends of PPLD, and twelve downtown restaurants partnering with the Bardavon for a Big Read Night on the Town. The events are too numerous to mention, but can be found at Search Calendar listings for Big Read Events, or call Jewel Ratzlaff at (845) 485-3445 ext. 3372. KeyBank announced that it has launched a management training and development program in the Hudson Valley/Metro NY District for individuals interested in pursuing careers in banking leadership. The goal of the Management Associate Program is to attract, develop and retain a talented and diverse pool of associates to build Key’s banking leadership pipeline. KeyBank’s Hudson Valley District has hired five management associates for this 11-month program, which includes networking opportunities, case reviews and rotational assignments through branch positions (teller, client service manager and relationship manager) as well as obtaining licensing to sell investment products. Requirements include a B.A. or B.S. degree with coursework in liberal arts, marketing or business administration; relevant work experience; skills in leadership, communication, sales and relationship-building and U.S. citizenship. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small

businesses in 14 states under the name of KeyBank N.A. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBank Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit Dirty Dogs Pet Services, celebrating their 15-year anniversary, announces the addition of a new Boutique and Barkery. The Boutique is featuring made in the U.S.A. and eco-friendly dog products. The Barkery is featuring made in the U.S.A. all-natural and organic dog treats and cookies. Dirty Dogs Pet Services is located at 3592 Rt. 9W, Highland. Store hours are Monday-Friday 9am7pm. Saturday 9am-5pm. Sunday 11am-4pm. Grooming is by appointment only. For more information please call 845-691-4928. Liberty Mutual Insurance has been part of the local community for over 45 years providing home, auto and life insurance. To better service our customers, we combined our LaGrangeville and Route 9 Wappingers locations into a new location at 900 Route 376, Wappingers Falls. The larger more modern facilities will allow us to provide our customers excellent service at a convenient easily accessible location. We are pleased to announce our open house the week of October 1st and invite everyone to visit our new office. Stop in for a free gift throughout the week and attend our main celebration from 10 -3 on October 4 including refreshments and Safelite glass etching. For more on Liberty Mutual Insurance, visit or call 845-471-6500. What can we do with canned food? We can raise awareness about world hunger, support The Food Bank of The Hudson Valley and create mind-boggling structures made solely from canned food. Join the “Yes We Can” revo-

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is accepting applications now for 2013 home repair program (from July through October). The repairs are done at no cost to income-qualified homeowners through the generous sponsorship of many area businesses, national sponsors, area churches and other grant programs. The organization plans to complete approximately 15 projects total on its National Rebuilding Day in April 2013 and Fall Rebuilding Day in October 2013. Since its founding in 1992, over 400 homes have been rehabilitated throughout the county, providing services worth over $4 million at market value. Interested individuals are encouraged to begin the process immediately. The deadline for completed applications is October 31, 2012. Selected homeowners will be notified in early March 2013. Low-income Dutchess County homeowners, especially those who are elderly, living with a disability, veterans or parents with young children are encouraged to apply. Additional information can be obtained by calling 845-454-7310 or by visiting the organization’s web site at:

Pencil it in… A special book-signing event will take place at Hyatt House in Fishkill on Friday, Oct. 26 from 5-7 p.m. On The Count, written by Beacon native Michael B. Boccia, Ph.D., is a fictionalized narrative of actual events that took place over a ten-year span in the early professional career of a forensic psycholo-

gist. Throughout his time working in prisons, Boccia had numerous experiences with inmates that fueled his writing of this book. In his book, Boccia exposes challenging yet interesting happenings of the daily life in a corrections community and chronicles what living and working in a prison is truly like. Highlighted by numerous memorable events that changed prison culture, On The Count is the true depiction of the dangers, successes, challenges and characters of everyday life in a maximum-security prison. The book is also available at or from the author at, 941-815-6077. Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual SCRABBLE® Blitz Tournament to benefit Mid-Hudson Love INC. The event is hosted by Clarion Hotel and Conference Center on Route 9 in Poughkeepsie, a major corporate sponsor. Registration for the event on Thursday, October 11, 5 – 8:30 pm, is only $25 per person. Dinner, beverages and dessert are all included in the entry fee. Raffle prizes and silent auction items will also be awarded. Proceeds from the event will fight poverty through the work of Mid-Hudson Love In the Name of Christ. Word-lovers enjoy playing this modified SCRABBLE game, some striving for a top prize and others just playing for fun. The SCRABBLE Blitz Tournament is open to all levels of players, and is designed as a team effort. Teams of two individuals work together for the best combined word score in three rounds of play, competing for two large prize baskets for the champions. Local businesses are invited to register as corporate sponsors or send participating teams to represent their business at this fun event. The Annual SCRABBLE Tournament is a major fundraiser for Mid-Hudson Love INC, a Christian non-profit that seeks to mobilize volunteers to address poverty and hopelessness in the community. For more information on Love INC, to become a corporate sponsor, or to register for the SCRABBLE Tournament, visit or email

Join Mid Hudson Animal Aid for two charity fund-raisers - Catoberfest and Catstock – both coming up in October. On October 2, celebrate Octoberfest – cat style -- by joining the shelter at Catoberfest. It is being held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at The Hop, 458 Main Street, Beacon. Tickets are $40 and include buffet dinner and a beer sampler. Cash bar is also available. Advanced reservations suggested; tickets will be available at the door if the event does not sell out. The 3nd annual Catstock Charity Concert is October 13 starting at 8 p.m. at the Howland Cultural Center, 477 Main Street, Beacon. The concert features the following local musicians: Down to the Bricks, Tim Haufe, Todd Giudice, and Brittani O’Hearn. It promises a night of entertainment and good music. Tickets are $15. Refreshments served. Advanced reservations suggested. Tickets are sold at the shelter or at Planet New York Tattoo, 11 Marist Drive, Poughkeepsie or Dream in Plastic, 177 Main Street, Beacon. Tickets are also available at the door. Tickets for both events are for sale by calling the shelter at 845-831-4321 or If you attend both, there is a discounted fee of $50 for a combination ticket. Silhouette of a Woman Fashion Show benefiting the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation will take place October 25 at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are just $25 per person ($35 at the door), and all proceeds from ticket sales go to Miles of Hope. Ticket price includes fashion show, gift bag and door prizes. The show will include children’s, maternity, evening and mature clothing as well as latest trends. The event runs from 6- 8 p.m. And then after the show, join us for an After Party Celebration at Canvas / Artist’s Palate, 307 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. After Party tickets are $25 per person and include beer, wine & d’oeuvres. Only a limited number of after-party tickets will be available. Purchase after-party tickets along with your fashion show ticket. Fashion and Jewelry are by Elizabeth Boutique, Mary H. Abdoo, Quackles, Up-To-Date, Simplicity, and Waddle n Swaddle. Bella Luci Salon, Cartier Hair Design, Collage Hair Colour and Color & Shape Salon will provide hair and make-up.

Zimmer Brothers will offer jewelry. DRA Imaging, HealthQuest Cancer Center, Four Star Salon Services, and Rose & Kiernan serve as couture sponsors. For more details and to purchase tickets, please see or call 845-264-2005. On October 5, the Hudson Valley Project Management Institute will be hosting its 2012 Professional Development Day at the Historic Cornell Boathouse at Marist College. The event will be focused on Leadership with an array of speakers and workshops from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Business professionals and career-minded individuals are encouraged to attend. Keynote speaker Skip Weis-

man, The Leadership & Workplace Communication Expert, will discuss a “Just Right’ Leadership style Guarantees a High-Performance Project Team”. Other speakers will cover topics such as: Motivating & Building Morale, Personality Profiles, Leadership in a Multi-Cultural Environment, and Exploring Your Network. Also featured - Marist Student Project Presentations & Award for Best Project. For more information and a link to register, visit www.pmihvc. org or contact Registration includes full-day admission and lunch – must register in advance. Use discount code ‘PMIDC’ for an additional 10% off admission. Come out and enhance your leadership skills, your career, and your business.

library branch issue on ballot The Poughkeepsie Public Library District is proposing to build a new town branch on Boardman Road in order to address the growing demand for its services. The current branch library is located in rented space in an office building directly on the eastbound arterial. “The Library District pays $125,000 a year in rent and common charges for a site that, at 6,500 square feet, with only one small meeting room, is inadequate to support the demand for materials, technology, and programs,” said Director Tom Lawrence. The Library District proposes to purchase a six-acre site that is currently owned by Faith Assembly of God. The site includes a building, and a parking lot that meets the current

Town of Poughkeepsie code. The proposed project involves the renovation of 18,000 square feet of interior space, and the addition of 4,200 square feet of new space. The new library will include three meeting rooms, including one dedicated to children’s programs, to address the public library’s expanding role as a community center offering programs for all ages. The total cost of the project is $6,550,000. The site is already off the tax rolls and therefore has no impact on the Town’s budget. The annual tax impact for an owner of a home valued at $225,000 would be $21.50 in the City of Poughkeepsie and $11.93 in the Town. Poughkeepsie residents will have an opportunity to vote on the project on November 6.



lution December 8 – December 15th where K-12 teams will compete at the Poughkeepsie Galleria Mall in the first ever Canstruction® JR Hudson Valley presented by Poughkeepsie Day School. Would you like to enter a team, learn more about Canstruction® or support this exciting event? If so, email Christine Agro at or visit https://www.poughkeepsieday. org/canstruction. Informational meeting is September 27 at Poughkeepsie Day School. Deadline for team registration is October 15.


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Ambassador committee here to help members


ach month the Chamber recognizes one of their committees, and October is “Ambassador Committee” month. The role of this committee is to support members in maximizing the value of their membership and to provide open lines of communications to the Chamber. New members benefit the most from the Ambassador Committee. The Committee has a “Buddy System”; where new members are assigned to Ambassadors. Ambassadors will reach out to the new members to invite them to events or answer any questions they might have about the Chamber. By having a “buddy,” new members become involved more

and quickly meet many other members. If you have been a member for a while and have not attended any events, an Ambassador would gladly meet you and help you through the networking process. Going to an event knowing that there is someone there that will be introducing you to many new contacts may seem less intimidating. By becoming more involved with the Chamber, you are making the most of your membership. To reach an Ambassador you can find the committee information on the Chamber website, call the Chamber and they can direct you, or ask to speak to an Ambassador at the next event.



RIBBON CUttINGs dutchess Outreach/acts of Kindness

Congratulations to Dutchess Outreach/Acts of Kindness on their re-opening after renovations due to Hurricane Irene in 2011. To donate items, go to their location at 8 Industry Street in Poughkeepsie.

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“Making Business Better”

Congratulations to Express Pediatrics on their ribbon cutting in Highland. They are located at 7 Cummings Lane in Highland and also 1989 Route 52 in Hopewell for your pediatric emergency needs.

Oktoberfest 2012 - Germania of Poughkeepsie

Look for our commercial on Cablevision systems throughout the Hudson Valley! Want to be a part of the Making Business Better campaign? Call (845) 454-1700 ext. 1000

The Chamber helped kick-off the 2012 Oktoberfest presented by Germania of Poughkeepsie, Inc. The event also paid tribute to the former Germania president and Lagrange Supervisor, Jon Wagner.



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Mike arteaga’s eXPRess 10th anniversary

2012 work Local First Job Fair

Congratulations to Mike Arteaga’s EXPRESS on their 10th anniversary at 3425 Route 9W in Highland.

Great turnout at the Work Local First Job Fair Sept. 19! Thanks to the Chamber’s Workforce Development Center, Career Connections for Professionals committee and Health Quest, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Poughkeepsie Journal and Cumulus Media for sponsoring.

strength For Life

Office Chair Challenge 2012

Congratulations to Strength For Life on their one-year anniversary. Check them out at 26 IBM Road, Poughkeepsie for all your personal training needs.

hudson valley wine and Food Fest 2012

The Chamber was on hand to jump-start the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds presented by

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Hudson Valley Young Professionals Office Chair Challenge Fueled By Hudson Valley Office Furniture at All Sport Fishkill! The t-shirts by EmbroidMe Poughkeepsie looked great, the food by The Chocolate Mousse Catering was excellent and we gave out a ton of Foam and Wash trophies! Congratulations to The Chazen Companies on their win in the Poughkeepsie Nissan Final Challenge and thanks to COBESO, Inc, the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel, Neave Pools and Dash Lock and Key for sponsoring great challenges. Deuce from 92.7 & 96.9 WRRV - The New Rock Alternative was a tremendous emcee too! See you all next year!


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Message from the new Future leaders given first lesson chamber Foundation director


hank you to the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce for giving me the opportunity to be the Director of The Chamber Foundation! Some quick background about myself: I was born and raised here in Dutchess County, growing up in Hyde Park attending Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School and later Mount Saint Mary College where I graduated with a degree in Communication Arts and minors in English and Theater. Immediately following college, I joined the Saint Francis Health Care Foundation at Saint Francis Hospital, working my way up to Manager of Special Events. Actively involved in various nonprofits, I am a past Forty Under 40 Award recipient and a 2012 graduate of Leadership Dutchess. Although the official start of my position is October 1, I spent much of September getting to know more about The Chamber Foundation as well as meeting our 2012-2013 Youth Leadership and Leadership Dutchess

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Nicholas shannon participants. The energy of the high school students in Youth Leadership and the enthusiasm of nearly 30 professionals in Leadership Dutchess inspired me. I can’t wait to work with each of these classes helping them achieve personal growth and success. The Chamber Foundation is stronger than ever with spectacular leadership programs, a variety of scholarship opportunities and wonderfully unique events. I am honored to join the Chamber team and am excited to bring The Chamber Foundation to the next level of success. I look forward to working with each of you. Please feel free to contact me anytime at 845-454-1700 ext 1026.

cosimo diBrizzi, atHEna scholarships due oct. 15.


OffiCers Trista Parker, Chair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Health Quest, Inc. Bill francis, 1st Vice 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 . . . . Vergilis, Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP DireCTOrs stacey Langenthal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Provident Bank Tina Ludwig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .The Valley Group, Inc. 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 skip Weisman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Weisman Success Resources, Inc. fOuNDATiON sTAff Charles s. North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . President Audra Gerty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vice President Nicholas shannon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Director



n Wednesday, September 12, The Chamber Foundation proudly kicked off the “new” Youth Leadership program. Over 70 students from 10 different public and private high schools throughout Dutchess County were welcomed. Chamber President Charlie North and Joe Daily of 92.1 Lite-FM were guest speakers discussing the skills and personality traits of leaders. The students then learned about Junior Achievement, and

Thanks to Marist College for hosting our monthly program sessions and for being great partners.

they will soon be forming their own company, selling shares and launching a product for sale.

LeadeRshIP dUtChess CLass OF 2013

Leadership Dutchess has been dedicated to educating and motivating citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community for over 20 years. The Class of 2013 was celebrated at a kick-off reception in September. For more, go to and “like” Leadership Dutchess on Facebook.

ATHENA nominees are announced

The Chamber Foundation, Inc., will present the 2012 ATHENA Award on Sunday, December 2 during a special brunch at The Grandview (176 Rinaldi Blvd., Poughkeepsie) from 12-3 p.m. The recipient of the award will travel to the ATHENA International conference in Chicago to represent the Hudson Valley region. Bestowed annually, the ATHENA Award is given to a member of the community who best embodies the ATHENA Leadership Model. The Model is unique in that it focuses on personal traits of strong, successful leaders. It captures the spirit and collaborative leadership style often exemplified in women leaders, while also recognizing the importance of traits such as courageous acts and fierce advocacy in the pursuit of excellence. The 2012 ATHENA nominees were all chosen because of their strengths in career excellence and leadership, community volunteer involvement and willingness to serve as a mentor, especially to women in the business community.

Joan Crawford

Deputy Executive Director, Family Services, Inc.

Geeta Desai

Management Consultant, Global Business Advantage, Corp.

Cecilia Dinio-Durkin

Founder/Owner/President, Women’s Work

Jacqueline Goffe-McNish

Professor, Dutchess Community College

Maureen Kangas General Manager, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel & Conference Center

Kathleen Mantaro

Medical Director, Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Sharon M. Matyas

Manager of Special Events & Community Relations, Culinary Institute of America

Sister Rose Marie Mullen, O.S.F.

Historian, Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers

Michelle Winchester Vega

Owner/Psychologist, Michelle Winchester Vega and Associates


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