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Small Business Seminar............................. 2 Message From The Chamber President ............4 Office Chair Challenge................................5 Upcoming Events......................................6 SBA Days ...............................................6 New Members ...................................... 8-9 Member News ...................................10-11 Ribbon Cuttings .................................12-13 Letters to the Chamber............................. 13 Chamber Foundation............................... 14


ith election season in full swing, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to offer members a chance to hear from the candidates for New York State Senate from District 41 at a forum during the September Contact Breakfast on Wednesday, September 19 from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center. All candidates appearing on November’s ballot will be participating in the forum. Anyone interested in submitting a question for discussion may do so Contact Breakfast Sponsored by:

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ick off the fall with the first Business After Hours of the season at Rambler’s Rest Bar and Restaurant, located at 2578 Route 55 in Poughquag, on Thursday, September 27 from 5-7 p.m. Enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar while networking. The Business After Hours is a complimentary event, however preregistration is requested. To save your spot, go to or call 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. The September Business After Hours is proudly sponsored by Beacon Dental, Design Intervention Studio,

Mahopac National Bank, and Fox Radio. Rambler’s Rest Bar and Restaurant is an establishment that prides itself on its welcoming and authentic Irish hospitality. While staying true to their Irish heritage, Rambler’s Rest provides great cuisine. The bar and restaurant is considered a haven for those looking to kick back and relax. To find out more, go to Beacon Dental is a practice where friendly and understanding service is always the goal. They work hard to be convenient and accessible for all patients. The dentists and other pro-

by visiting Republican incumbent Stephen Saland and Democratic nominee Terry Gipson are certain to appear, while Neil DiCarlo’s participation is contingent on his performance in the September 13 Republican primary. Information in the bios below was culled from information available on the candidates’ campaign websites. Holding office since 1990, Saland has authored nearly 400 laws, many of which provide greater protections for children. He was responsible for reforming New York’s domestic violence law with the enSaland actment of the “Family Protection and Domestic Violence Intervention Act” — widely considered the most significant domestic violence bill adopted in the State’s history. In 2000, Senator Saland was victorious in winning ap-

proval for a comprehensive law requiring all prospective public school employees undergo to an extensive GipSon criminal history check. Saland has also been at the forefront of numerous economic development initiatives that have led to substantial job growth and job training in the region. He also authored the legislation that created the Hudson River Valley Greenway — a major accomplishment that seeks to protect the Valley’s natural and cultural resources and encourage compatible economic growth. Gipson, a Town of Rhinebeck

fessionals provide family and cosmetic dental care and are experienced and caring. To learn more about Beacon Dental, go to From the cutting edge to the corporate, Design Intervention Studio creates custom websites that fit your business model. They are located in Woodstock and have created nearly 100 websites for businesses, specializing in everything from e-commerce to logo design and video production. Mahopac National Bank was founded in 1927 and is a locally managed bank with a strong focus on helping the community. The bank’s goal has always been to provide long term value and gain the trust of the

clients. For more information, go to is a convenient system that lets you send that card or special gift without the hassle of pen, paper, stamps, envelopes or mailboxes. With just the click of a button, you can choose your card, add a personal photo and write your message. Go to www. for more. FOX Radio is a local radio station that features a variety of music. Their airwaves are community orientated and is a great way to advertise a business or upcoming event and also a great station to tune to and enjoy quality music. For more about FOX Radio, visit

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trustee, lists his top priorities as including improving the economy and fostering job growth. Gipson believes in improving the quality of education and inspiring the population to become leaders of ingenuity as a means to that end. He hopes to strive to create incentives that encourage entrepreneurs to start up new businesses or di Carlo expand their existing businesses in Dutchess County rather than leaving for opportunities elsewhere. Gipson is also running on a Continued on page 3

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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. Nicholas Shannon .........................Saint Francis Hospital & Health Centers Quinn Shaw .............................................................................M&T Bank Jennifer Van Tuyl.........................................................Cuddy & Feder, LLP Tom Weddell.............Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell LLP Associate Board Member Wayne Quint.............................................. Quint Investments & Insurance Chamber Staff Charles S. North ..............................................................President & CEO Audra B. Gerty ........................................ Executive Vice President & CFO Gloria Cukar ............................................... Senior Vice President & COO Nancy Amy ..................................................... Director of Member Services Geoff Brault ......................................................Director of Media Content Christine “Desi” Desmoni ......................................Director of Membership 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 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


re you getting the most out of your Chamber membership? The fall season is historically the Chamber’s busiest, so if you’re hoping to ramp up your exposure, I’d bet the Chamber’s fall lineup has the marketing mix for you. The best place to start is by visiting our website at dcrcoc. org and clicking on the “Events” tab. This will give you the best resource to know what is going on at the Chamber, and in the community as well, for the months of September and October. Both months have almost one event each day, so if you think the Chamber isn’t doing anything for you or your business, it means you aren’t getting involved. Do you regularly attend Ribbon Cuttings? September has more than 10 Ribbon Cuttings scheduled, and they are the perfect way to show your

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Frank castella, Jr. support for other businesses and organizations in our community while also making great networking connections. On September 12, The Hudson Valley Young Professionals (HVYP) Office Chair Challenge will add the needed excitement to your office. What is it? It is a chair full of fun! For the last three years the HVYP team has hosted the chair challenge with networking, food, fun and prizes – all to support The Chamber Foundation. Sign up your team of two today

to compete in a speed challenge while riding your office chair. That’s right; teams have a series of competitive obstacles to complete before claiming victory to the perpetual trophy prize – the ultimate office chair. Special thanks to Hudson Valley Office Furniture for fueling the Office Chair Challenge. For more, visit We are also fast approaching the Think Local First Business Expo, held on October 24 at the Ramada Conference Center in Fishkill. If your business can use exposure to new and potential customers – this is the place to be. The Expo is an annual sellout to both vendors and attendees, so be sure to reserve your spot early. These are only a few highlighted upcoming events, so be sure to visit our website for a full detailed listing, and I look forward to seeing you in person soon!

Small Business Seminars return


n September, the Chamber’s Business Education Committee is presenting a Small Business Seminar about selling techniques. This complimentary seminar is scheduled for Thursday, September 27 from 7:30-9 a.m. in the ChamSmall Business Seminar Sponsored by:

ber’s boardroom. It will be presented jointly by Steven Duke from ADP and John Klassen from KeyBank. The presentation will include topics including: • Sales today vs. sales yesterday • Steps of the sale • Prospecting today, including social media • Partnership selling through referrals • Chamber events There will also be time for questions and answers. The Business Education Committee plans and oversees the Business Education Seminars, a series of informative and content-rich forums

led by industry professionals dedicated to the needs of the business owner. The event is complimentary to members. For non-members there is a $15 fee. Light breakfast fare will be served. Reservations may be made online, by calling the Chamber office at 845-454-1700, x1000 or e-mailing The Business Education Seminars are generously sponsored by McCabe & Mack LLP, a leading law firm in the Hudson Valley offering a comprehensive range of legal services. For more information, visit or call 845-486-6800.

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 9 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-0000151375

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platform of protecting our natural resources and spurring creation of good jobs by promoting the use and manufacture of alternative energy sources. Di Carlo, who has never held elected office, has spent the past 18 years employed by Advanced Equities Services Corp., where he is now the Chief Compliance Officer. Di Carlo is running on a platform of reducing spending and taxes and paying off state debt. He plans to reduce or eliminate regulations as a means to drive businesses back

to Dutchess County. Di Carlo’s platform also includes his 100% support for traditional marriage and pro-life policies. Mid-Hudson Subaru sponsors the September Contact Breakfast. At Mid-Hudson Subaru, the only Subaru Signature Facility in the Hudson Valley, they focus on personal relationships, quality vehicles, and exceptional service. Its dedicated, award-winning sales staff and master technicians make the car-shopping experi-




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ence fun, easy, and financially beneficial. For more, visit www. Not-for-profit members from the Poughkeepsie Public Library District’s “Big Read”, Mid-Hudson Love INC, Poughkeepsie Public School Foundation and Poughkeepsie Journal “Make a Difference Day” 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


oughkeepsie is now home to a beautiful mural that depicts local historic Italian sites as well as a map of the Little Italy section of Poughkeepsie. The mural is part of the continued effort to revitalize the Poughkeepsie area, and specifically, Little Italy. The 18 by 23 foot mural, which came to life thanks to The Friends of Little Italy Poughkeepsie, talented artist Franc Palaia, and many generous sponsors, is located on Carlo Mazarelli’s building at the corner of North Clover and Mills Street. Some of the landmarks featured in the mural include the Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge— Now Walkway Over the Hudson, The original Mt. Carmel Church, The Relief Sculpture, and many more. It is a great sponsorship op-




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portunity for local businesses in Little Italy to have their locations posted on the mural. Palaia, the designer and painter of the mural, began his art career in the mid 1970s. His work explores a variety of media, materials and techniques. He has participated in over 300 group exhibitions and 35 solo shows. His work has been exhibited at many great locations including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The White House, The New Museum, The Smithsonian Institute and The Museum of Modern Art. For more information about the Friends of Little Italy Poughkeepsie, go to www.facebook. com/italian845. For more information on the Friends of Little Italy Poughkeepsie Mural Project, go to


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long time ago I learned an important lesson – if you want to accomplish something truly great, you can’t do it alone. To that end, one of the most gratifying parts of my job is getting to work with so many great partners in and around Dutchess County. I’m so happy to have an ally in Dutchess County Government. They believe in the values of Think Local First and work tirelessly to promote and improve our home. Whenever we at the Chamber have the opportunity to work with our government - be it hosting a procurement seminar to help members do business with the county, or having Hudson Valley Young Professionals meet with members of the legislature to help keep the young people that come to school here living here - our partnerships are always positive and productive. And it’s not just government at the county level. I’m so happy to enjoy great working relationships with all the mayors, town supervisors and other elected officials out there that care so much about what our area is and can be in the future. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention agencies like the Dutchess County Economic Development Corporation, Dutchess County Tourism, and all the other

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Chambers of Commerce too. The people there aren’t elected officials but rather fellow professionals who have dedicated their working lives to making our area better. We’ve done a lot of great work together in the past, and I look forward to accomplishing bigger and better things down the road. Lastly I love getting to work each and every day with the members of the Chamber. Whether I’m meeting with a small business owner and trying to come up with a marketing plan for them, or driving awareness about the products and services of one of our sponsors, I’m so happy to get to work alongside such a tremendous group of people who truly believe in the word community. I hope you all recognize what a special place the Hudson River Valley is to call home and do business. If you’re not as involved as you’d like to be, get in touch with me and we’ll talk about how you can be of service. There’s lots of work to do, but I’m confident that with the people we have here in Dutchess County, we’re going to get it done. Sincerely,

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he Chamber is proud to be a sponsor of the Walkway Over the Hudson’s annual benefit celebration Starry Starry Night, honoring the Stars of the Walkway. The event will be held on Friday, October 5. Honorary co-chairs Robert Dyson and Lucy R. Waletzky, the Walkway Board of Directors and the Walkway staff will recognize eight visionaries who helped bring the Walkway to fruition: Dick Coller, Claire Costantino, Bill Keating, Mitch Markay, Judy Moran, David Rocco, David Santner, and Fred Schaeffer. During the evening, friends of the Walkway will have the opportunity to gather high above the Hudson River for an evening filled

with the rich sounds of the Michael Dell Orchestra, delicious food, and a chance to view the stars up close with Hudson Valley astronomers. Last year, the event was attended by over 400 Walkway enthusiasts. Dollars raised by Starry Starry Night provide critical support for Walkway programs and bridge enhancements. Plans for a 21-story

glass-encased elevator, a visitor center, an outdoor amphitheater, and construction of a pavilion on the east approach are important ongoing efforts to help improve visitors’ experience at this worldclass attraction. Event tickets cost $150 each and the charitable contribution of each ticket is $75. Starry Starry Night will take place from 5:30-9 pm. Entrance will be at the Walkway’s west approach. Attire for the event is evening casual. If you have any questions please contact the Walkway Over the Hudson office at 845-454-9649 or visit For sponsorship opportunities, speak with Development Manager, Ellen Henneberry.

Festival raising oral cancer awareness

Growing at a rate of over 11 percent per year, oral cancer is one of the most debilitating cancers and is often detected late in development, when the possibility of the spread of the disease is significantly greater. Despite the risks and deadly effects, oral cancer awareness remains low. For the past seven years, Dr. Lawrence Hamburg, D.D.S. has helped to shine a spotlight on oral

cancer by hosting the Music Festival and Wellness Fair in support of the Oral Cancer Awareness Foundation (OrCA), which returns to the Hudson Valley on Saturday, September 15 at Freedom Park in Lagrange. There will be live music from the OrCA Blues Band, Bianca Carano, The Robert Cahill Band and more, as well as food, drink, raffles, auctions of music

and sports memorabilia, wellness vendors and most importantly free oral cancer screenings. For more information about the Music Festival and Wellness Fair, visit Any business wishing to become an event sponsor, place a personal message or ad in the event program or attend as a vendor should contact Marcy at 1-800-300OrCA or

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ing. The best option would be to create a password that is a random selection of letters, numbers and symbols – but make sure that you can remember it. You also want to make sure if any system or account provides you with a default password that you change it immediately to increase your security. Whatever you do, don’t use things like words from the dictionary, names or dates that are easily accessed. These patterns and general information can be easily picked up and used against you. You want to make sure that whatever you choose is not something you’ve shared with others or

easily deduced. Most important, it should never be written down for someone to easily copy without you knowing. Keep in mind also that your security questions should require answers that are not obvious or easily available. And make sure that you are using a different password for each account where it is required; if you are using the same password over and over, think of all the information a hacker could access. Keeping these tips in mind when you are creating passwords can keep you and your identity safe from harm. 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 or call 845-226-9983.

Make a Difference Day

the Chamber is partnering with the Poughkeepsie Journal and United Way to promote Make a Difference Day. started in 1992 by Usa Weekend, Make a Difference Day has been the nation’s largest single day of volunteering -- last year alone more than 3 million people participated in community projects around the country, and this year we hope to make an even greater impact. Please save the date – October 27 – to make a difference. Keep an eye out for more information.

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Office Chair Challenge coming Sept. 12

Team sign-ups for the Office Chair Challenge are now open. For a $60 registration fee, competitors will participate in at least five Challenge events, enjoy complimentary food and drink at the competition site, be outfitted with official Office Chair Challenge tshirts, hang their company’s banner at All Sport and more. Spectators are encouraged to attend the Office Chair Challenge as well. For just $5, attendees will enjoy complimentary food and drink, live DJ presented by 92.7/96.9

WRRV radio, be eligible to win great raffle prizes and see their employees and co-workers engage in one of the most fun and hilarious events of the year. All proceeds from the Office Chair Challenge will benefit the Hudson Valley Young Professionals scholarship awarded annually by The Chamber Foundation, Inc. The Office Chair Challenge is fueled by Hudson Valley Office Furniture and sponsored by All Sport Health and Fitness, COBESO, Inc., Dash Lock and Key, Poughkeepsie Nissan, Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, Foam and Wash Car Wash, Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center and 92.7/96.9 WRRV – The New Rock Alternative. EmbroidMe serves as the official clothing provider and The Chocolate Mousse is the official caterer. For more information, visit

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he Third Annual Office Chair Challenge Fueled by Hudson Valley Office Furniture will take place on Wednesday, September 12 from 5-8 p.m. at All Sport Health and Fitness in Fishkill. All parts of the competition will be held at the All Sport Outdoor Park, weather permitting. Team check-in begins at 4 p.m. before the Challenge takes place from 5-7 p.m. An awards reception will follow from 7-8 p.m. The Office Chair Challenge pits teams of two against one another in time trial competitions that require participants to navigate through obstacles and complete tasks while seated and rolling in their desk chairs. Prizes are awarded to the top performing team; best decorated chair; most spirited cheering section and more. For complete information about the event, visit

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he Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to again host the annual “Think Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness” on Tuesday, October 2 at River Station Seafood and Steak Restaurant in Poughkeepsie. The event, put on in conjunction with the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation and American Cancer Society of Dutchess County, brings the business community together to raise awareness about local organizations working to aid breast cancer survivors and honors those currently in survivorship. Chamber president Charlie North will emcee the event. As the evening turns to night, Legion Fireworks will light up the sky with an amazing pyrotechnic display, and the New York State Bridge Authority will illuminate the Mid-Hudson Bridge in pink to mark the occasion. For more information about Think Pink and the Miles of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation, visit Miles of Hope was established to fund support services for people fighting breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok started the Foundation in response to a need for increased services for people with breast cancer in the Hudson Valley. For years, Dana and Cathy raised money for national breast cancer organizations, but in 2004, they decided to focus their efforts on helping their friends and neighbors in the eight counties of the Hudson Valley. Think Pink is complimentary to attend and open to the public, however reservations are strongly recommended. To reserve your spot, call 845454-1700 ext. 1000. Design Intervention Studios, MD Imaging, Ulster Savings Bank, and Clear Channel Hudson Valley generously sponsor the event.


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e sure not to miss out on the upcoming SBA Days event scheduled for September 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Chamber’s office in Poughkeepsie. Lunch is provided. SBA Days is presented by KeyBank in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. SBA Days Sponsored by:

The guest speaker is Man-Li Lin, an Economic Development Specialist. She will speak on a variety of topics including Federal government procurement methods, what government buyers are looking for and ways to market to the federal government, subcontracting, women-owned small business and more. The U.S. Small Business Ad-

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Chamber Office Large Conference Room, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Servpro of NW and SE Dutchess County and Freedom Financial Solutions, LLC

Contact Breakfast september 19, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie Forum featuring candidates running for the State Senate in the 41st District Sponsored by: Mid-Hudson Subaru

Work Local First Job Fair

september 19, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center, 40 Civic

ministration delivers loans, contracts, counseling sessions and other methods of assistance to small businesses. Their goal is to assist and protect the interests of small businesses in the United States. SBA Days is a complimentary monthly event, thanks to the generous sponsorship of KeyBank. KeyBank provides deposit, lending, cash management and investment services to individuals and small businesses. For more information, visit To reserve your spot at the September SBA Days, please go to or call Whitney at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000.

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september 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chamber Office Large Conference Room, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie Guest Speaker Man-Li Lin of the New York State Small Business Administration Sponsored by: KeyBank

Small Business Seminar

september 27, 7:30 – 9:30a.m.

Chamber Office, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie Topic is: Relationship Building: Getting and Working the Leads Presenters are: Steve Duke, ADP and John Klassen, KeyBank Sponsored by: McCabe and Mack LLP

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germania of poughkeepsie september 7, 5:30 p.m. 37 Old DeGarmo Road Poughkeepsie, NY

Hudson Valley Wine & Food Festival september 8, 11 a.m.

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Think Pink

october 2, 5 – 7 p.m. River Station, Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Ulster Savings Bank, Design Intervention Studio and MD Imaging PLLC

New Member Luncheon

october 3, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Chamber Conference Room, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400, Poughkeepsie Sponsored by: Complete Benefit Solutions, Inc. and Corporate Media Partner, Fox Oldies 98.9 FM (WGNY-FM)

omni medical care september 24, 12:30 p.m.

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premier cares Foundation september 29, 10 a.m.

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cigna orthodontics october 3, 4 p.m. 1123 Route 82, Hopewell Junction




new members invited to lunch bers while enjoying lunch. The luncheon will also provide an overview of everything the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce has to offer such as events, ribbon cuttings, publicity and more. An organization like the Chamber provides great networking opportunities for you and your business. The New Member Lunch event is free but pre-registration is required and only one representative per company can attend. To reserve your place, call Whitney at 845-454-1700 ext. 1000. This event is proudly

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Local First Job Fairs have been very successful in matching employers with qualified employees. This event is free for those interested in attending. For more information, call 845-454-1700 ext. 1006. The Work Local First Job Fair is proudly sponsored by Health Quest, The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel and Conference Center and the Poughkeepsie Journal.

autograph sessions before the show. Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Charlie North will serve as ring announcer. Tickets for Wrestling Under The Stars start at $15 and are available by visiting or at the Dutchess Stadium box office. There will be a fireworks show after the matches.

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Hogan, piper headline wrestling event

For one night only, the Hudson Valley will be Rowdy with Hulkamania and the arrival of The King when Northeast Wrestling invades Dutchess Stadium on Saturday, September 22 at 7 p.m for Wrestling Under The Stars. Superstars Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Matt Hardy, Vader, Golddust, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and many more high-




Work Local First Job Fair Sponsored by:

Poughkeepsie. This event will take place immediately following the September Contact Breakfast. The Job Fair is a great way to meet potential employers and see which businesses in the area have job openings. There will be a multitude of different businesses attending and it is not only a great way to search for job opportunities, but a great networking opportunity as well. The event will feature seminars throughout the day addressing a variety of employment topics that will be very helpful for career building. Many employers are interested in taking part in the Job Fair and tables are filling up fast. This is a great chance for potential employees to market themselves to many local businesses. Past Think

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ew members of the The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce will not want to miss this opportunity to see what the Chamber is all about. The Chamber encourages all members who have joined in the last six months to attend the New Member Luncheon on Wednesday, October 3 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chamber’s office located at 1 Civic Center Plaza, Suite 400 in Poughkeepsie. This luncheon provides a great opportunity to meet Chamber staff and new mem-




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7 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203 518-608-8325/Fax: 518-464-8777 Email: Web: Contact: Courtney Brinkman, Administrative Assistant Est. 1971; Private, regionallyaccredited, non-profit institution of higher education that provides accessible online instruction for degreeseeking adults around the world.

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PO Box 66 Lagrangeville, NY 12540 845-913-5707 Email: Web: Contact: Tina Vaitkus, Vice President Organization promotes and supports all band programs at Arlington High School.

Eleanor Roosevelt Leadership Center at Val-Kill

PO Box 255, 106 Val-Kill Hyde Park, NY 12538 845-229-5302/Fax: 845-229-0742 Email: Web: Contact: Kathleen Durham, Executive Director Non-profit organization devoted to honoring, celebrating and promoting the leadership and legacy of Eleanor Roosevelt.


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194 Main Street, #8 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 845-790-5472 Email: Web: Contact: Marquis Evans, General Manager Est. 2006; The company you call when you want to make your event unique, fun, and memorable. With over 20 years of experience in the entertainment business, we are much more than just a mobile DJ company.

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176 Mountain Road Pleasant Valley, NY 12569 845-635-9532 Email: Web: Contact: Joseph L. Colclough, Owner Family-owned business with a large selection of styles and colors to enhance any style home from modern to historic. Leaf-guard gutter covers and copper gutters, half round. Free estimates.

he Center for Spectrum Services is having its 2nd Annual Artists for Autism gala event on Saturday, September 29 at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie. The Chamber is proud to be a sponsor of the event. The Voxare String Quartet will be joined by other internationallyacclaimed musical artists including pianist Inon Barnatan and flutist Eugenia Zukerman.

The Center is working to raise public awareness about Autism Spectrum Disorders, as well as much-needed funds to support Spectrum Services’ programs and facilities. Tickets for the event, which

will be held in the Bardavon’s 964-seat theater, are $30, $50 and $100. Purchase of $100 seats includes entry to a post-concert meet-the-artists cocktail party. Tickets can be purchased at www. or by visiting the Box Office at Bardavon Opera House or Ulster Performing Arts Center. For more information, contact the Center for Spectrum Services at 845-336-2616 or www.

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3 Stenger Court Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 845-831-0500/Fax: 845-765-0645 Email: Web: Contact: Alyson Chugerman, Owner Est. 7/2010; Holistic health coaching and nutrition practice that is devoted to raising the awareness of the profound impact food and lifestyle choices have on our health.

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MEMBER neWSLine News... Marty Rutberg of Rutberg Basso Personal Injury Law proudly announced the promotion of Larry Breslow to Managing Partner. The firm also announced the hiring of Luke Malamood as Associate Trial Attorney, effective immediately. The firm now numbers a staff of 11 including 6 attorneys. “These appointments signal the strength and growth of Rutberg Basso in the personal injury realm. With these announcements, we reaffirm our commitment to gain justice for injured people and their families,” Rutberg said. With the harvest season in full swing, the Poughkeepsie Farmers’ Market will now be distributing $2 Fresh Connect checks with every $5 purchase made by customers using their EBT cards to access SNAP (formerly called food stamps) benefits. This program of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, now in its second year, provided the local market in downtown Poughkeepsie with 500 checks to distribute in 2012. The market is held in Pulaski Park on Washington Street from 2 - 6 pm every Friday, rain or shine, until October 26. The Poughkeepsie Farmers’ Market exists to provide fresh, healthy, local each week to the City of Poughkeepsie. In addition to SNAP/EBT and Fresh Connect checks, the market accepts Farmers’ Market Nutrition Coupons (FMNP) for seniors and WIC recipients, debit cards and cash. Regular customer Valerie Taylor sums up her thoughts on what the market means for Poughkeepsie: “I think [the market is] truly a wonderful thing. People in a lot of [Poughkeepsie’s] neighborhoods don’t get a chance to get truly good food –

the market gives us a chance. [The market is] helping us to…get honest, good, earth food. A lot of our children have never even tasted a real, true, organic tomato. I’ve turned a lot of my friends onto [the food], and they’re like, wow, I didn’t know a tomato could taste that good.” Hudson River Housing will work intensively over the next three months with expert marketing consultants and local stakeholders to develop a marketing plan for Middle Main. The plan will include strategies to help Hudson River Housing reposition Middle Main Street’s image and brand in the regional housing market, which will be implemented over the following 6-18 months. The neighborhood marketing initiative fulfills a commitment NeighborWorks America made earlier this year at the Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) to work in new ways to stabilize and strengthen communities. The marketing initiative concept follows preliminary analysis that suggests communities hard hit by foreclosure face challenges of weak image and poor public perception, causing many prospective homebuyers, renters and small businesses to be wary of putting down roots in these neighborhoods. Hudson River Housing (HRH) develops and manages affordable housing in the community. For more information, please call (845) 454-5176 or visit www. Riverside Bank announced the appointment of Charles M. Andola as Riverside Bank’s Chairman of the Board of Directors. Andola is COO of United Apple Sales, Inc., in New Paltz. He has been a board member since March of 1990 and is one of the Bank’s Founders. He replaces Chairman Ira Effron, Co-Chairman of EFCO Products, Inc., in Poughkeepsie. Effron is also one of the Bank’s Founders and was Chairman of the Board since 2005. He will remain on the Riverside Bank Board as Director Emeritus. “This is a new and exciting time for Riverside Bank,” said John Davies, President & CEO. “With

WWW.DCRCOC.ORG Mr. Andola as our new Chairman, I look forward to his guidance and new ideas. Charles is an experienced businessman with extensive relationships in the Hudson Valley which will benefit Riverside Bank’s continued growth immensely.” Trinity Players announces auditions for its Spring 2013 musical, In the Heights, the 2008 winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical. Auditions will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 6 South Cross Road, LaGrangeville, on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. and Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. All roles are open. For more information and audition details visit College Planning 101 has announced its fall seminar schedule in its new location at Lexington Park, 1133 Route 55, Suite E in LaGrangeville. Attend one of the free seminars helping families understand the admissions and financial aid process. In this class you will learn where one should start in the college planning process; how important are standardized tests and how do the colleges value them; what colleges really want to see in your student’s application; how to maximize your student’s potential to receive scholarships, grants, and forms of gift-aid; the 5 questions to ask colleges before your student applies; how it is possible to attend a private college for a public college price and much, much more. For more information, visit or call 845-605-1100 to find out dates and locations. Topical BioMedics, Inc., headquartered in Rhinebeck, is initiating a national media campaign to promote its Topricin line of natural biomedicine pain relief and healing creams. The SBA and KeyBank provided funding for the campaign. “Topical BioMedics was established in 1994, and since then the company has experienced steady growth,” says Lou Paradise, cofounder, president, and chief of research. “Our line of Topricin patented biomedicine formulas has become a leading natural ther-

apeutic brand, and the national media campaign is a natural evolution in our marketing strategy. Our trial test run of the campaign had a phenomenal response, and we are proceeding with it nationally the first week in August.” Topricin is available in pharmacies, natural food stores, and retailers nationwide, including Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe, Fred Meyer, Wegmans and other fine stores, as well as directly from the company. For more information on the company and its products visit and

John Halsey will accompany Elaine’s sultry voice and intimate performances on piano. She is a well-known artist singing in the area and often performs as part of the Rhinecliff Hotel Sunday Jazz Brunch. Songs will include French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and American favorites - with background information on each. This October 23 Coffee & Culture Event will be starting at 1:30 at Arbor Ridge in Rhinebeck. This is a free event but seating is limited. Please make your reservations at 845-871-1303.

Founded as a land surveying service by Milton Chazen in Poughkeepsie in 1947, The Chazen Companies are celebrating 65 years of providing professional consulting engineering, surveying, planning, environmental and landscape architecture services to clients throughout New York State and beyond. Brilliant, dynamic, determined, and driven to excel, Milton Chazen was a quintessential selfmade man who started the business with a single service and a sole employee – his wife, Fay. Over the years, “Milt,” a licensed land surveyor and professional engineer, and Fay grew the company, through good times and bad, until gradually turning the business over to their son, Richard, and son-in-law, Daniel Stone, beginning in the 1980s. Today, Chazen and Stone continue to be senior principals in the firm and The Chazen Companies remain rooted in the Main Street values upon which they were founded. With offices in Poughkeepsie, Troy and Glens Falls, The Chazen Companies have grown into a mid-size organization that operates regionally throughout New York State and portions of New England.

Join United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region to celebrate United Way Day Sept. 21 at Riverfront Park on the shore of the Hudson River in Beacon. The breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. will kick-off the 2012 Campaign for the Common Good. Tickets are $25 and deadline for reservations is Sept. 10. Make reservations on line at, or by calling Julie Wittenberg at 845-457-4774 x3108. Join the movement and Live United to make long-lasting changes in our community!

Pencil it in… Arbor Ridge presents “An Intimate Afternoon of International Cabaret” by Elaine Rachlin in the October 23 Coffee & Culture Event. Elaine is a multi-lingual vocalist performing in French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew.

Dutchess Outreach will be honoring Dutchess County Association of Realtors, Dutchess County Interfaith Council, and the Clarke Family – Owen & Linda Clarke and Beth Clarke Cookinham at their Sixth Annual Brunch at 12 pm Sunday, September 23, 2012 at The Grandview in Poughkeepsie. Tickets are $65 each or two for $120. A silent auction and a technology raffle will be held during the event. Advertisements for the event program as well as Brunch and raffle tickets are available by contacting Dutchess Outreach at (845) 454-3792 or visiting for more information. This year’s event is also celebrating the Lunch Box’s 30th Anniversary. The Lunch Box provides hot mid-day meals six days a week to thousands of Dutchess County residents each year. Evening meals are also served between 10 and 15 times a month, depending on funding and volunteer availability. Just last year, Lunch Box programs and our staff/volunteer team

On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) will host its 5th annual Soup-A-Bowl, a family friendly fundraiser that combines food, art and fun along the banks of the Hudson River at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. From noon until 2:30 p.m., attendees will sample soup, bread, baked goods and iced tea provided by local establishments, including Adam’s Fairacre Farms, All Shook Up, Cakes and Coffee Café, Coppola’s, Cosimo’s, Culinary Institute of America, Farm to Table Bistro, Mother Earth’s Nature’s Pantry, River Station, Shadows on the Hudson, Soul Dog, Spruce Hill Inn, The Crafted Kup, The Derby, The Ground Hog, Vassar College Dining Service and Z’s Deli. Each guest receives a handmade pottery bowl crafted by a local artist or volunteer to take home after the celebration. Music by The Roundabout Ramblers and a teacup raffle adds to the festive atmosphere.

The “Celebrate My Drive” event will be held on Saturday, September 15 at the Arlington High School. The event will help ensure Arlington High School is a contender for a $100,000 grant from State Farm Insurance. The promotion consists of two components; a “School Vote” and a sweepstakes. All members of the community: family, friends and contacts throughout the United States and Canada are encouraged to vote for Arlington High School. Entrants must be 14 years or older. As part of the promotion, students aged 15-18 can also enter to win a car. Voting will take place the week of September 10-15 at www. The voting period will conclude with the “Celebrate My Drive” event on Saturday, September 15 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Event attendees will receive complimentary VIN etching, coupons, giveaways, vehicle safety demonstrations and informational pieces from our local community about teen driving safety. Organizers are looking forward to providing the students and their families an opportunity to come celebrate the many aspects of becoming a new driver, their increased responsibility and provide an opportunity to get together as a community to show our support for a local school.

Kudos… On Thursday, August 2, Neave Pools a division of Neave Group Outdoor Solutions celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Cold Spring location. Several elected officials attended as well as representatives

and members from all four chambers. The local community is delighted to welcome Neave Group to Cold Spring. Neave has already beautifully renovated the interior and exterior of the property and is looking forward to a successful expansion into Cold Spring. First and foremost Neave group is a family owned and operated business. The Neave Family will soon celebrate 40 years in business with first and second-generation owners, Kathleen, Bill and Scott Neave and their General Manager, Mark Ciccarelli. As Charlie North, the President of DCRCOC noted during the ribbon cutting, Neave is a local family with a local business who always have and will continue to Think Local First. The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently provided a $3,000 grant to the Mediation Center of Dutchess County in support of their Elder Abuse Coalition in Dutchess County program. The Coalition, founded in 2009 after a great response to the Mediation Center’s initial “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Dutchess County” event, has over 30 member agencies and individuals under the auspices of the Mediation Center. The Coalition’s goals are to increase public awareness about the signs and responses to elder abuse, provide training for professionals regarding elder abuse detection and intervention and increase collaboration between service providers, especially first responders. For more information about the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation, please call MaryRose Warcholak at (845) 3386322, ext. 3626. Grace Smith House, a local nonprofit organization that supports women and children exposed to domestic violence, is happy to announce that Rhinebeck Bank provided much needed supplies for the agency’s Anniversary Celebration. Each year, Grace Smith House marks the birthday of the agency with a picnic for survivors, their families, staff and volunteers. Rhinebeck Bank delivered enough beach towels, swimmies and goggles and supplies for all. The staff of Grace Smith House works with the families who are

currently in the program on developing positive, productive, non-violent interactions focused on establishing a new definition of family after the terrors domestic violence. To learn more about the agency, visit Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley and its affiliates Community Foundation of Dutchess County, Community Foundation of Putnam County and Community Foundation of Ulster County recently received notification that it has met the nation’s highest philanthropic standards for operational quality, integrity and accountability. The notice comes from the Community Foundations National Standards Board, a national accreditation organization based in Arlington, VA. The National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations program requires community foundations to document their policies for donor services, investments, grant making and administration. With over 500 community foundations already confirmed in compliance nationwide, the program is designed to provide quality assurance to donors, as well as to their legal and financial advisors.

“This is critically important to those who use the Community Foundation for their charitable giving,” said Andrea L. Reynolds, Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley president and CEO. “When people make a charitable bequest, establish a fund or set up a charitable trust, they are putting their confidence in us. They are counting on us to manage the investment wisely, honor their charitable wishes and, in some cases, provide lifetime income to a loved one. The National Standards confirmation says our house is in order.” Astor Services for Children & Families (Astor) received an $80,000 grant from the American Mental Health Foundation (AMHF) to develop and study early identification and palliative strategies for young people who are at risk for psychosis. The project, “Early Identification and Palliative Care for Psychotic Disorders in Children and Youth,” has been funded for one year with the possibility of continued funding for long-term follow-up. Astor’s Suzanne Button, Ph.D., Assistant Executive Director, Quality & Clinical Outcomes, is the lead investigator on this research project.

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On October 5, the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Project Management Institute will be hosting its 2012 Professional Development Day at the Historic Cornell Boathouse at Marist College. This year’s event will be focused on Leadership with an array of speakers and workshops from 8am to 4:30pm. Business professionals and careerminded individuals are encouraged to attend. Keynote speaker Skip Weisman, the Leadership and Workplace Communications Expert, will discuss “The Secrets of the Goldilocks ‘Just Right’ Leadership Style: Leadership that Guarantees a High-Performance Project Team”. There will be other speakers and topics featured as well. More information, a schedule, and a link to register are available at

Tickets, which sold out in 2010 and 2011, are now available online for $25 if purchased in August or $30 if purchased thereafter. Ticket holders are entitled to one pottery bowl and a generous soup lunch. There is also a “Let’s Do Lunch” family ticket option that provides twice the pottery and three times the soup. Family tickets may be purchased for $55 in August; in September the cost is $65. To purchase tickets, visit:


served over 100,000 meals, with more than 250 people each day receiving nutritious food. For some of our clients, their meal with us may be their only meal of the day. This year, special Guest Speaker will be local 2011 Food Network Challenge Competitor Derek Corsino, Pastry Chef and Owner of Corsino Cakes in Wappingers Falls.




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prostate cancer walk sept. 29


he Premier Cares Foundation is having its third annual Prostate Cancer Walk over the Walkway Over the Hudson on Saturday, September 29. The Chamber is proud to be a sponsor of the event. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., with the walk starting at 10, which will be followed by an awards ceremony and refreshments. It promises to be an exhilarating morning for the entire family with refreshments, entertainment, and great prizes. Prostate cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer, if diagnosed in the early stages. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime and over 200,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year alone. Premier Medical Group founded Premier Cares Foundation to help provide support,

awareness, education and treatment to those individuals in the community with urologic and digestive diseases. Money raised by the Walk supports local charities and prostate programs to offer free screenings and treatment. Registration fee is $20 per person, with pre-registered walkers guaranteed to receive a free t-shirt and goody bag. Children under 12 are free to the event or they can be registered for $20 to receive a tshirt and goody bag. For event questions, contact Julie Goldfischer, Executive Director of Premier Cares Foundation, at jgoldfischer@ or call 845-453-1160. For registration questions, contact Monica Metty at or 845-6567325. More on the Foundation can be found at


ribbon cuttingS measured to Fit grand opening

Congratulations to Measured To Fit on the opening of their storefront at 789 Old Route 9 North, Suite C in Wappingers Falls.

poughkeepsie galleria’s 25th Anniversary

Royal CaRting and the dutChess County Regional ChambeR of CommeRCe “Making Business Better” The Chamber cut a ribbon in celebration of the Poughkeepsie Galleria’s 25th Anniversary.

neave pools’ new Location

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

Congratulations to the Neave family on the opening of their latest location, Neave Pools, on Route 9 just over the Dutchess/Putnam border.



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sample best wine and food in Hv Join the Chamber at the 11th annual Hudson Valley Wine & Food Fest presented by taking place September 8-9 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck. The festival is a celebration of the gourmet lifestyle in the Hudson Valley and features hundreds of wines from all over New York and the world, more than 100 gourmet specialty foods, fine art and lifestyle vendors, food sampling from some of

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the region’s best restaurants and live entertainment. Visitors can learn about wine and food from one of the cooking demonstrations and food and wine seminars scheduled throughout the weekend, and enjoy the rare opportunity to meet and speak with the wine makers from some of New York’s best wineries. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www. or call 845-658-7181.

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The new Dutchess County SPCA Thrift Shoppe (for humans!) is now open on Violet Avenue in Hyde Park. Stop by - proceeds support a great cause.

FLip mural unveiling

Stop by the corner of N. Clover and Mill Street in Poughkeepsie and check out the wonderful new mural highlighting the Little Italy district of Poughkeepsie!

out & About Congratulations to Suzanne Forni, the winner of the grand prize at the Twisted Gala Reverse Drawing on July 25. Suzanne is now the proud owner of a 2012 Harley Davidson from Woodstock HarleyDavidson!

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Thank you very much for allowing so many scholarships to be received through this organization. This foundation has helped so many people in the past, present, and future, and I am truly grateful how it has helped me. Enclosed is a thank you note for the Cosimo DiBrizzi family. If you could forward the letter to them, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you again for all you do. – Allison Meamey (recipient of Cosimo DiBrizzi Scholarship) Dear Charlie, Oh behalf of Mid Hudson Animal Aid, I wanted to extend a huge thank you for your hospitality at the Consumer Expo held on July 7 at the Galleria. The placement of our table by your staff could not have been better. As people came down the escalator, they couldn’t miss our table where we had 4 of our kittens on display. We took in an adoption application for a kitten as a result of our presence at the Expo. In addition, we handed out a “ton” of information flyers about our shelter and met many new faces in the community that might someday adopt a cat from or otherwise support our shelter. We appreciate the help you have provided Mid Hudson Animal Aid and assisting us find homes for our feline friends. Thank you for all you do for your member! – Mary Ann Bopp Member, Board of Directors Mid Hudson Animal Aid Dear Chamber, I would like to let you know that Kiki and I truly enjoyed the Gala Grand Prize stay at the Interlaken Inn. We received first class treatment beginning the week before our arrival with assistance and guidance related to the Grand Prix tickets. It was our first time to Lime Rock and we did not know what to expect. With help from Kevin, the GM, we were fully equipped and prepared to experience the excitement of our first auto race. This included protection from the slight drizzle and threat of worse that marked the day. The Interlaken staff accommodated our early arrival and presented us with our tickets. The resort was in great shape and we were able to make full use of the hiking trails, pool and lake. We also had two great gourmet meals served in the dinning room and also enjoyed the nightly entertainment. The prize was wonderful - the perfect getaway in close proximity to home. We would like to thank the Chamber and Interlaken and whoever picked our number out of the hat. – Steve & Kiki Williams




WeLcome cLASS oF 2013!


he Chamber Foundation, Inc. takes great pride in offering the Leadership Dutchess program to business professionals in our region. In fact, we view Leadership Dutchess as one of the key elements of our successful business agenda. This year’s class represents an extremely impressive group of talented individuals who have already displayed leadership abilities in

current jobs or in the community. Kickoff is scheduled for September 13 at the Alumnae House at Vassar College. This orientation will give the class an opportunity to come together for an informal introduction to the program and to one another, as well as gain positive reinforcement from fellow alumni. Special thanks to our 2012-2013 program sponsor Health Quest.

We are proud to announce the Class of 2013: John Asuncion, Catharine Street Community Center


CALLiNG ALL LeADersHiP DuTCHess ALuMNi Join us...

to relive memories to reconnect with old friends to welcome the incoming class september 13, 2012 Alumnae House Vassar College 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. $25 per person rsVP to (845) 454-1700 sponsored by:

Mellany Bagtas, Merrill Lynch Carolyn Beisiegel, Big Bear Ziplines Erin Blabac, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP Rob Bosch, Mid-Hudson Subaru Christine Brush, Health Quest Debra Burg, Tarshis, Catania, Liberth, Mahon & Milligram, PLLC Jaime Butler, Integrated Enterprise Solutions, Inc. Jessica Caserto, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation Andrea Casey, American Heart Association Jason Christopher, Mass Mutual Financial Group Jonathan Cilley, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Staci Cussick, Liberty Mutual Joyce Dew, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Jennifer Goldman, Kirshon & Company, P.C. Amy Greiner, Mahopac National Bank James Lentz, TEG Federal Credit Union Mark Malone, M&T Bank Janet McHugh, Julie’s Jungle at Lime Kiln Park, Inc. Mary McNamara, New Horizons Resources Brooke O’Connell, Rhinebeck Bank John Oliveira, Houlihan Lawrence Real Estate Jennifer Pawenski, United Way of Dutchess-Orange Region Christine Pikul, Ulster Savings Bank Avery Post, AtlasStar Peter Raymond, Family Services Stephanie Seymour, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce Scott Wohl, Builders Association of the Hudson Valley

boArD oF DirectorS

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


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Athena Adult Scholarship opens

Application deadline is October 15, 2012

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Cosimo DiBrizzi Scholarship opens Application deadline is October 15, 2012

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Youth Leadership Kick-off Session 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Marist College

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Leadership Dutchess Kick-off Cocktail Reception

5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Alumnae House at Vassar College $25 per person Catering by: Twisted Soul Sponsored by: KeyBank and Health Quest

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Leadership Dutchess Session #1 Team Building Sharpe Reservation Sponsored by: EmbroidMe

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Youth Leadership Teambuilding Retreat Sharpe Reservation Camp Hidden Valley Sponsored by: The Gap

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ATHENA Awards Brunch The Grandview, Poughkeepsie 12 – 2:30 p.m. $75 per person



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Excelsior College Being a member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce comes with many benefits, and one of them is discounts on other members’ products and services. Simply carry your SmartCard, show it at these businesses and receive the discount mentioned. That’s it! What a great way to save money, meet other Chamber businesses and ‘Think Local!’ Don’t have your SmartCard or need a new one? Call Nancy Amy at 845-454-1700 ext. 1004 and let us know.

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