April 2011 T h e O f f i c i a l P u b l i c a t i o n o f t h e O r a n g e Co u n t y C h a m b e r o f Co m m e r c e
The Orange County Chamber of Commerce leads the way in creating and supporting an environment in which business will succeed and the quality of life is enhanced.
Chamber helps to save New York By Ellen Daley Ten billion dollars isn’t exactly chump change. When it’s the budget gap facing New York State, saying it’s time for action is a vast understatement. To support the need for action, the Orange County Chamber has joined the Committee to Save New York -- an organization created to “restore fiscal sanity to state government.” The Committee to Save New York is a group of business, civic, community and labor leaders who are concerned about the future of New York and have outlined steps to close the state’s enormous shortfall. The first step in CSNY’s campaign is to educate New Yorkers on the extent of the state’s fiscal problem and to advocate specific actions to address it. Key priorities are: ● Enacting reforms to ensure a balanced budget ● Establishing a state spending cap, coupled with a property tax cap ● Prohibiting borrowing to fund operating expenses ● Reducing the tax burden on New Yorkers ● Providing flexibility for local governments in order to bring costs in New York State into line with the rest of the country ● Encouraging responsible economic development in all parts of the state. “New York has tried to be all things to all people,” says Chamber President Dr. John D’Ambrosio. “The road to bankruptcy is fraught with good intentions, but heading down this same road will bring nothing but bad results. We’re participating in the Committee to Save New York because we believe that New York is worth saving.” First on CSNY’s to-do list is to actively support Governor Cuomo’s proposal for a two percent across-the-board property tax cap for all New Yorkers, without the so-called “circuit
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breaker,” a provision that would reduce the taxes of certain homeowners based on their income and overall tax burden, rather than the value of their property. It has been shown that this “circuit breaker” would cost New York State and its localities between $1 billion and $2 billion annually, which amounts to 10-20% of the current budget deficit. Obviously, the state can’t afford this when it is trying to close a $10 billion gap. Other problems associated with a “circuit breaker,” as pointed out by Gov. Cuomo, is that it would not apply to businesses, only homeowners; and it does not impose fiscal discipline. The “circuit breaker” would force tax increases on some homeowners in order to subsidize other homeowners who report income below an arbitrary cut-off point, without consideration of property values. Failure to contain property taxes and exempting certain homeowners via a “circuit breaker” will continue to depress job growth and increase the tax burden on small businesses. It’s no secret that New York State’s property
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taxes are among the highest in the nation. The 16 counties with the nation’s highest tax rates are all in New York when assessed by home value. This is not sustainable and is a chief reason cited by individuals and employers for leaving the state. “The CSNY is providing a broad-based public campaign against New York State’s habit of spending money we don’t have and driving families and employers out of the state with high taxes and inflexible mandates,” says Heather Briccetti, Acting President and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “This starts with balancing the state budget without any new or increased taxes or fees, enacting a property tax cap, and reform of programs and mandates where New York is out of line with reasonable and sustainable standards.” To learn more about CSNY, visit www.letsfixalbany.org or contact Carol Smith, Chamber Vice President of Government and Special Projects, at 457-9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mentors make it easy When a business joins the Orange County Chamber, he or she is offered a mentor who will help the new member become acquainted with the Chamber and figure out as quickly as possible how to best use the resources the Chamber offers. Enter Cindi Vasta (Vanguard Energy Solutions), who is a mentor extraordinaire. Since becoming very active in the Chamber years ago when she was with a previous employer, Cindi has always understood the value of being involved and visible. “I want new members to see the same value I see,” she says. “I enjoy helping new members get acclimated to all that the Chamber has to offer. Sometimes, new members are overwhelmed … and the Chamber mentors help ease them into it.” Attorney Bonnie Kraham, who handles the marketing responsibilities for Ettinger Law Firm, is just one of the beneficiaries of Cindi’s mentoring. “I knew I wanted a mentor,” Bonnie explains, “because I needed prodding and direction to get involved in the Chamber. Cindi did just that in a very enthusiastic, kind way.” Cindi initially met with Bonnie at the Ettinger office in Middletown and offered to meet her at a Chamber event. Bonnie decided to try out the PR/ Marketing Committee and Cindi joined her at the Mentors • Continued on page 3
Bonnie Kraham (Ettinger Law Firm), left, and Cindi Vasta (Vanguard Energy Solutions.)
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Gold Corporate Partner Profile: Marshall & Sterling Se habla Espanol 30 Scott’s Corners Drive • Montgomery, NY 12549 email: email@example.com • http://www.orangeny.com 457-9700 Fax 457-8799 OFFICERS Donna Johnson, Chairman DJ Consulting Services, Inc. David Cocks, Chair-Elect Walden Savings Bank Charles Milich, Vice-Chairman The RAL Supply Group, Inc. Tom Sullivan, Vice Chairman Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc., Funeral Home Michael Turturro, Secretary Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell Ralph Martucci, Treasurer WVT Communications James P. Smith, Jr., Immediate Past Chairman Advance Testing Company, Inc. Dr. John A. D'Ambrosio, President Orange County Chamber of Commerce John J. McDermott, III 17K Property Group Mary Ann Butler Mary Ann Butler Enterprises James Taylor Taylor Recycling BOARD OF DIRECTORS Duane Albro USA Datanet Ronald Barton Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac Michael Bonura Anthony’s Pier 9 Stephen Burger Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Susan Crocker Holbert’s Catering/BackYard Bistro Frank Curcio Merrill Lynch Diannae Ehler Stewart International Airport Eric Fuentes Orange & Rockland Utilities Frank Gerbes Gerbes & Gerbes/RE/MAX Benchmark Realty Group Kenya Gipson Clear Channel Communications Nick Illobre KnappQuest HR, Inc. Dr. Michelle Koury Crystal Run Healthcare Rev. Kevin Mackin Mt. St. Mary College Karen Miller Frontier Communications Lisa Montanaro LM Organizing Solutions, L.L.C. Dr. William Richards Orange County Community College Richard Rossi MultiMedia Service Center Capt. Kathleen Sileno 105th Air National Guard Josh Sommers Focus Media, Inc. Janice Valentino Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties Scott Wohl Orange County Association of Realtors CHAMBER COUNSEL Glen L. Heller Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C.
EMERITUS Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen Hudson Valley International Trade Association Thomas C. DeBenedictus Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell F. Edward Devitt Winding Hills Golf Club Katharine Fitzgerald Provident Bank Thomas F. Gibney Walden Federal Savings & Loan Patricia Gilchrest Stewart P. Glenn Glenn & Breheney, P.L..L.C. Robert Heiferman Jackson, Lewis, L.L.P. Louis Heimbach Sterling Forest, L.L.C. Woody Levitan Levitan, Yegidis & Associates, L.L.P. Anthony Martine Homestead Depot Mobile Self Storage Renee McCabe-Lempka iWireless Carole S. McDermott Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh Marsh H. Merrill Charles B. Merrill Office Equipment & Supplies Ralph L. Mills Abbott & Mills William C. Myers Cruise Holidays of Orange County Dr. Kunwar Nagpal Nagpal DentaL Associates Richard P. O’Beirne Airport Properties Peter Polhamus Newburgh Molded Products Dreena Pross Emblem Health Milton Ritter Milton Ritter Insurance Robert W. Scherreik McBride Corporate Real Estate A. Alan Seidman Construction Contractors Association William F. Vacca Provident Bank Jill Varricchio Concept Promotions, Inc. STAFF Dr. John A. D’Ambrosio President Daniel Rea O’Brien Senior Vice President, Membership Development & Services Carol Smith Vice President of Government Initiatives & Special Projects Ellen Daley Vice President of Communications Rudy Hoke Vice President of Finance & Facilities Cheryl Cohen Director of Sales Roseann Bouzakis Director of Events Dee Reberholt Director of Member Relations Karen Sawyer Manager of Community Partnerships Wendy Melick Information Technology Specialist Christine Colon Administrative Assistant
Our People Are Your Best Insurance! Buying insurance these days can be perilous at best. Whether it’s an obscure 800 number, or an unknown website you’ve happen to Google, how do you know you’re getting the best possible protection with the best rates? Since 1864, Marshall & Sterling Insurance has been the name synonymous with outstanding insurance coverage and service. Marshall & Sterling provides exceptional insurance coverage with unparalleled service and support for our valued clients. As an employee-owned company, Marshall & Sterling’s experienced insurance professionals can assist with virtually any insurance need. Their pride in ownership drives them to be an insurance agency unlike any other. With 15 branch offices throughout New York State - eight offices right here in the Hudson Valley - Marshall & Sterling Insurance provides affordable auto, home, life, health and business insurance coverage. As one of the largest independent insurance agencies in the nation, Marshall & Sterling has the industry expertise, attentive care and support each customer deserves. They are committed to exceeding every client’s every expectation for quality insurance and customer service. Marshall & Sterling is a leading broker of all lines of insurance for varied industries, specializing in retail and wholesale businesses, as well as service industries. They have direct and preferred relationships with leading insurance carriers, providing their business and personal
insurance clients with the broadest and most competitive choices. In addition, Marshall & Sterling provides group health, life and ancillary employee benefit programs to both large and small companies. Regardless of size - whether you represent a large multi-national corporation, or you’re an individual seeking home or auto insurance - Marshall & Sterling is your first choice to find the right insurance protection at the right price. The broad array of insurance carriers represented by Marshall & Sterling Insurance ensures that each account is afforded excellent coverage. Their breadth of experience and knowledge provides their clients with virtually all forms of insurance, tailored to meet each customer’s unique, diverse and particular needs. Through preferred relationships with several hundred of the nation’s most respected insurance carriers – including Travelers, The Hartford, Chubb, CNA, Hanover, Selective – and many others, Marshall & Sterling can create customized programs and packages for all their customers. Marshall & Sterling has been recognized throughout the nation for its best practices and industry leadership. The company maintains a national presence, is licensed in all states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is well positioned to serve the requirements of international clients. Contact Marshall & Sterling Insurance today and to find out why their people are your best insurance. Visit them at 103 Executive Drive, Suite 300, New Windsor or call 567-1000.
Is a discount healthcare plan for you? Marshall & Sterling and the Orange County Chamber, in conjunction with CoHealth Benefits Plan, is now offering a special discount healthcare plan. This is not health insurance; it is a valuable way to save on healthcare costs. Members have access to the Professional Providers Network (more than 350,000 providers), offering employers and employees important health benefits at a dis-
counted rate. The plan includes: medical, dental, vision, hearing, chiropractic, hospital and pharmacy services; no age restrictions; no pre-existing conditions; no limits on frequency; and no confusing paperwork. For more information, visit http://cohealthusa.com/orangechamber/ or call 567-1030, ext. 433 or 437.
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Chairman’s Message Here at the Chamber, we are very excited about our Small Business Month, May 2011, and the various activities that we have lined up to recognize, show appreciation and support the many small business that together with our large businesses, make up our Chamber. As a small business owner, it brings me great joy to be among the ranks Johnson of this fine group that will be recognized next month. As Chairman of the Orange County Chamber, it’s an honor to serve at the helm of an organization where its leaders recognize that it’s not your size but your ability to contribute that makes a difference. I can honestly say that our Chamber is truly supportive of all size businesses and stands ready to help you and our communities strive to reach
common goals. I encourage all small business members to make their voices heard next month. As you attend various functions, let it proudly be known that you are a small business owner and part of the foundation on which this community, and country, depends for future prosperity, innovation and continued vitality. Make an extra effort to get to know other small businesses that you don’t already know and the products and services they provide. We can all help each other if we are more knowledgeable about what our Chamber and community has to offer. I look forward to seeing you at the various upcoming events. Please feel free to come up and say hello and share your views on how our Chamber can continue to meet the needs of small business owners. Donna Johnson Chairman of the Board
Get your ROI on going ‘green’ Dr. Jack Phillips, co-author of “The Green Scorecard,” a world-renowned expert on accountability, measurement and evaluation, and co-founder of the ROI Institute, will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Sustainability Summit to be held on Thursday, May 26. Phillips’ topic will be “Measuring the Return on Investment in Sustainability Initiatives.” The summit will be held in SUNY Orange’s new LEEDS certified, state-of-the-art “green building,” Kaplan Hall, in Newburgh. The summit is presented by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, SUNY Orange, Mt. St. Mary College, Orange County Association of Realtors, Orange County Government and the Orange County Partnership. To date, sponsors include: JMZ Architects & Planners (Platinum) and Mount Saint Mary College (Gold). A variety of sponsorships are still available. Each sponsorship includes an exhibitor table in a prime location at the summit, as well as several other benefits. Contact Roseann at 457-9700 or firstname.lastname@example.org about sponsorships or vendor opportunities. “Green” vendors are invited to participate for $250. General admission will be $20 per person and $10 for students. The first 100 people to register will receive a complimen-
Mentors • Continued from page 1 meeting, introducing her to the other committee members. Bonnie has become a valued member of the Marketing Committee, eventually recommending Michael Ettinger as the keynote speaker for the annual Marketing Seminar (to be held on Friday, April 15). As Bonnie notes, none of this would have occurred if Cindi hadn’t offered to be her mentor. “Bon-
SUNY Orange’s Kaplan Hall is a state-ofthe-art, LEEDS certified, “green” building in Newburgh. tary copy of Dr. Phillips’ book. The Sustainability Summit will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast. Following Phillips’ keynote, which will include remarks on how to measure the success of any type of “green” project, breakout sessions will be held on topics including “Green Energy” and “Low Cost Steps to Becoming a Greener Business.” Exhibitors focusing on sustainable products and services will be on hand throughout the event. Tours of Kaplan Hall and an optional lunch will be held beginning at 12:30 p.m.
nie was a pleasure to mentor,” says Cindi. “She understood the value of her Chamber membership right away.” “It can be difficult to fit in another meeting or activity into an already busy scheduled,” Bonnie says. “The mentoring program, and Cindi in particular, made it doable and pleasant.” Any Chamber member who would like an mentor should contact Dee Reberholt at 4579700 or email@example.com.
A legend is retiring After nearly 50 years in Hudson Valley banking, my very dear friend, Dave MacFarland, is retiring after one of the most extraordinary careers in the Hudson Valley. This local legend, who has been President and CEO of Riverside Bank for the past 11 years, will retire on July 1, although he will continue to serve on the Riverside Board of Directors after his retirement. A special “Roast and Toast” for Dave is planned for Tuesday, June 28 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, and this is definitely one event that no one -- especially those of us who know and love Dave -- will want to miss. Cocktails will begin at 5:30 and dinner and the program will get underway at 6:30. Because Dave has had such a memorable impact on all of us, there will be a “Memory Book,” as well as sponsorship opportunities including “Nickname Sponsorships.” Tickets are $100 per person and, because of Dave’s generosity, he has requested that proceeds be donated to the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and the for programs that benefit the local business communities. For more information, contact Barbara
It was my great honor to be recognized along with Dave Farland last December with Mount Saint Mary College’s first Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence. Malley at Riverside Bank at 896-9300. I believe this event is going to be a sellout, so don’t wait to make your plans to attend. John A. D’Ambrosio, Ed.D. President
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New Members Advance Fire Safety Kurt W. Hahn 7 Andrews Street Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520 (845) 629-6873 Fire Equipment/Sales and Services Bon Secours Charity Health System Deborah Marshall 255 Lafayette Avenue Suffern, NY 10901 (845) 368-5570 Health Care and Related Services - Hospitals
Energy Management Solutions, L.L.C. Jason Scher 76 Lafayette Avenue Suffern, NY 10901 (845) 357-1771 Energy Solutions/Audits EquipCon, Inc. Jens Versland 1610 Route 32 Highland Mills, NY 10930 (845) 728-4783 Construction and Related Services
Ferrigno Tax & Accounting Services Suzanne Ferrigno P.O. Box 202 Washingtonville, NY 10992 (845) 496-6600 Accounting/Bookkeeping/ Taxes Good Samaritan Hospital Deborah Marshall 255 Lafayette Avenue Suffern, NY 10901 (845) 368-5570 Health Care and Related Services - Hospitals Hudson Valley Ear, Nose & Throat Dr. Virginia Feldman
Be part of Y2Kids The annual Y2Kids: Careers from A to Z event will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12 and 13 at the US Army 2nd Aviation Detachment hangar at Stewart International Airport from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. each day. Hands-on, interactive activities geared toward middle school students will include more than 100 career specialists from attorney to veterinarian and costume designer to research scientist and more. The Orange County Chamber is a sponsor of the event, along with Blueberry
75 Crystal Run Road, Building B Suite 220 Middletown, NY 10941 (888) 350-1368 Health Care and Related Services Inspired Health & Wellness Kimberly Fischer 3211 Route 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 787-7374 Nutrition/Health Foods Orange County Agents Life & Health Agency, Inc. Robert A. Levine 120 Academy Avenue Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 343-2373
Financial Services/Investment Management Orthopedic Associates Helen Polizzi 21 Laurel Avenue, Suite 280 Cornwall, NY 12518 (845) 534-5768 Health Care and Related Services - Orthopedics Pizza Shop Nick Cetera 27 South Water Street Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 565-7467 Restaurants Quantum Wellness, Inc. Nancy Wharton
49 Pennsylvania Avenue Port Jervis, NY 12771 (845) 856-2260 Health Care and Related Services - Counseling Stern Law Offices Bruce Stern 825 Broadway Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 561-8435 Attorneys Town of Chester Steve Neuhaus 1786 Kings Highway Chester, NY 10918 (845) 469-7000 Government r
Golf is closer than you think! Mountain Premium Ice Cream, Orange Works Career Centers, Orange-Ulster BOCES CTEC, Sam’s Club, Stewart Air National Guard, the US Marine Corps – Mag 49 Detachment B and the Army 2nd Aviation Detachment. If you love what you do and are willing to share your expertise and experience for all or a portion of the two-day program, consider volunteering. To find out more about volunteering and 2011 sponsorship activities, contact Alanna Smith at 2910300, ext. 10318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orange Open, presented each year by the Orange County Chamber and the Orange County United Way, has been the premier golf outing in the region for many years. This year’s outing will be held on Thursday, June 2 at three different courses in Orange County. There are several sponsorship opportunities, as well as player positions available.
In addition to players and sponsor opportunities, volunteers are needed for the day and any business that would like to donate door prizes or giveaway items (minimum of 325 needed for giveaways) is invited to do so. To reserve a spot, to be a sponsor, volunteer or donate a prize or giveaway, contact Roseann at 457-9700 or roseannb@ orangeny.com.
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Prime Care Physical Therapy at 78 Cypress Road in Goshen recently celebrated six years in business. Pictured (from left) are: Jean Malloy, Linda Scocozza, Maristela Nevin (co-owner), Laura Burns, Enrique Pajemola, Gina Palconet (co-owner) and Jody Monroe. More information is available at www.primecarept.com.
Exodus Health, a new behavioral health specialty practice opened in Monroe by psychiatrist Dr. Lanre Somorin, recently celebrated its grand opening. Pictured (from left) are: Florence Adesuyan; Pastor Dean Brown; Kristine Hanlon; Katherine Palermo; Sade Somorin; Liza O’Shea; Laureen Vandeweert; Maureen Albarino; Derwin Manigault, Dr. Somorin; and Chris Ashman (OC Commissioner of Mental Health). For more information, visit www.exodushealth.com.
Connected Contractors co-founder Jim Wagner, center, cuts the ribbon to officially open the company’s new location at the Orange County Business Accelerator, 4 London Avenue, New Windsor. Helping with the celebration are (from left): Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp. President Michael Oates; Orange County IDA Chairman Jim Petro and Executive Director James O’Donnell; Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Michael Johndrow; Goshen Chamber of Commerce’s Lynn Allen Cione; OC Accelerator Managing Director Mike DiTullo; and Jillian Wagner, Jim’s daughter. More information is available at www.connectedcontractors.com.
Announcing: May is Small Business Month Orange County Trust is the sponsor Next month, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce will be celebrating our small businesses, observing May as Small Business Month. All the details will appear in next month’s Viewpoint, but plan now to be part of the following: Tuesday, May 3: Membership Breakfast, 7:279:00 a.m. at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown; County Executive Ed Diana will open the program, officially proclaiming May as Small Business Month in Orange County, and our special guest speaker will be businesswoman extraordinaire: Donna Cornell. The breakfast will be sponsored by Inspire. Tuesday, May 17: Small Business “How to” session, 8:00-11:00 a.m., Larkin Room, Chamber Business Center, Montgomery; a dis-
cussion of “Business Development in Orange County” featuring: Jonathan Drapkin, President of Pattern for Progress; Michael Torelli, Manager of Properties for the Port Authority of NY & NJ at Stewart Airport; and a representative from the Small Business Development Center. Chamber President Dr. John D’Ambrosio will be the moderator. Thursday, May 19: Small Business “How to” session, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Larkin Room; “Social Media for Small Business,” with Scott Wohl (Orange County Association of Realtors) and Lisa Montanaro (LM Organizing Solutions). Friday, May 20, mixer, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Vinum Café, Washingtonville. Reserve now for any of the above by calling Roseann at 457-9700 or online at www.orangeny.com.
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Member Events Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County, the largest and most comprehensive orthopedic practice in the region, will celebrate its merger with Advanced Orthopedics with a ribbon cutting on March 31 at 6:00 p.m. at 21 Laurel Avenue, Cornwall. The merger enables Orthopedic Associates to deliver comprehensive orthopedic care to the Orange County area. Services include advanced imaging, physicians specializing in orthopedics, pain management, rheumatology, neurology and chiropractic, as well as physical therapy and hand therapy. Advanced Orthopedics surgeons Dr. John McLaughlin and Dr. Kenneth Rauschenbach are a welcome addition to Orthopedic Associates. Call 534-5768 for information. Josh Sommers, President and CEO of Focus Media, Inc., is the honorary event chair and will be the host and MC for the inaugural Orange County Celebrity Dinner that will benefit the Town of Wallkill Boys & Girls Clubs. The event will be held on Friday, April 8 at The Fountains at the Town of Wallkill Golf Course in Middletown. Servers will include some of Orange County’s most well-known business, civic and political leaders. For more information, call 342-8833. Walden Savings Bank will host a “Home Buyer
Education Seminar: Grieving Taxes” on Saturday, April 9 from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Orange County Chamber Business Center, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery. The seminar will answer the questions: what goes into preparing a town budget; what is a tax grievance; what is the tax grievance process; how does a tax escrow work. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. Register by calling 457-7700, ext. 255. The Ritz Theater and LaBella Strings, in association with the Bardavon, will welcome Laurence Juber on Saturday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. The concert is part of the 2010-11 Tom Humphrey Guitar Series. Juber is former lead guitarist for Paul McCartney’s Wings. The Ritz is at 107 Broadway, Newburgh. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com or by calling 866-4687619, or at www.ritztheaternewburgh.org or by calling 784-1199. Seating is limited. Turtle Creek Golf Course at the Garden Cathay in Plattekill will hold an open house on Sunday, April 10 from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The event will include food, music, raffles, drawings and more. The course will be open and tee times are required. For more information, visit www.turtlecreekgolf. net or call 564-3220. Certified Lean Expert Cynthia Marsh-Croll of Croll Productive Synergy will present her workshop, “The 5 Step Process to Get Your Office Running Efficiently with Your Present Staff & Resources,” at the NYSACRA 2011 Annual Confer-
ence April 12-15. For more information, visit www. nysacra.org or call 518-449-7551. Marsh-Croll will also be hosting a table at the ADO Day Conference on April 5 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown. For information, visit www.adoonline.org. For more information on Croll Productive Synergy, visit www.crollproductivesynergy.com. The annual Tuxedo Park School benefit will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 p.m. at The Tuxedo Club. The “Evening in the Park” will include dinner, dancing and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $150 per person. Call 351-4737 to make a reservation, to purchase a virtual journal ad or to donate an item to the auction. All proceeds will benefit Tuxedo Park School. April 16 is the deadline for applying for spring classes being offered at Story Book Farm Art School, 378 Coldenham Road, Walden. Classes are offered for grades K-2, adult drawing, drawing skills for grades 3-12 and advanced adult pastel painting. For more information, call 778-2304 or visit www.storybookfarmartschool.com. You’re invited to the national book launch and signing celebration for Gil Anderson’s book, “Going Fore It – In Golf and Life,” at Winding Hills Golf Course in Montgomery on Friday, April 29 from 4:30-8:00 p.m. The book delves into the deeper meanings exemplified by the game of golf. Anderson is the teaching professional at Winding Hills. In addition to obtaining autographed copies of “Going Fore It,” guests will enjoy food and specially priced
drinks from The Clubhouse at Winding Hills. RSVP by April 19 by e-mailing gil@goingforeit. com. Anderson will also be available on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Winding Hills to autograph his book. The Orange County Women’s Leadership Fund of the Orange County United Way will hold its signature event, “The Power of the Purse,” on Friday evening, April 29 at the Falkirk Estate and Country Club in Central Valley. Over the past three years, WLF has raised more than $85,000 and awarded $46,000 in grants to organizations that further the organization’s goals. For more information including sponsorship opportunities, call 457-4774 or visit www.uwoc.org. Safe Harbors of the Hudson will host the first annual “Cupcake-a-Palooza,” a cupcake bakeoff event for local professional and amateur bakers, on Saturday, April 30. The event will be held from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in the Ritz Theater Lobby, 107 Broadway, Newburgh. The event is free for participants. Admission, which includes cupcake tastings and beverages, is $5. To reserve a participant spot or for more information, contact June Henley at 562-6940, ext. 110 or email@example.com. or visit www.safe-harbors.org. “How to Succeed in Business…” starring Daniel Radcliff (“Harry Potter”) and John Larroquette (“Night Court”) will be the next Broadway show that Captain’s Club Cruises & Tours will travel Member Events• Continued on page 7
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Member Events• Continued from page 6 to on Sunday, May 1. Show time is 3:00 p.m. The price is $120 and includes front mezzanine seats and round trip bus transportation from Captain’s Club in Middletown. The number of tickets is limited. Call 344-4949 for more information and availability. Community Blood Services will hold its 14th annual “Play with the Greats” Golf Classic on May 16 at the Preakness Hills Country Club in Wayne, NJ. Eighteen pro athletes are scheduled to attend. For sponsorships and more information, call 201-7051669 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Literacy Orange will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a “Diamonds in the Rough” gala on May 18 from 4:00-9:00 p.m. at The Fountains at the Wallkill Golf Club in Middletown. They are partnering with Orange-Ulster BOCES to honor outstanding students from the adult education programs throughout Orange County. There will be a hole in one golf contest from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Prize is a five-day, four-night vacation to one of Jet Blue’s Challenge resorts. Anyone can stop by and buy a bucket of balls to enter. Cocktail hour begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30. An auc-
tion will also be held. Donations are requested. Sponsorship forms are available at www. literacyorangeny.org. Deadline for registration is April 28. Call 863-9348 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary is planning the annual “Fur Ball Gala” in June. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor or a committee member, contact Marcy Rydd at marcy@ petsalive.com. Golfers will have a choice of two venues for play at the 13th Annual Golf Outing for the Crystal Run Village Foundation, which will be held on Monday, June 13: Otterkill Golf and Country Club in Campbell Hall and Winding Hills Executive Golf Course in Montgomery. For information on sponsorships, foursome reservations, journal ads or to attend the post-golf dinner, contact Dawn Kemp at 695-2547 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Save Saturday, June 18 for the American Cancer Society’s Birthday Bash Gala event to be held at the Powelton Club, Newburgh. The Town of Crawford Summer Camp at “Castle Park” on Red Mills Road in Pine Bush will be held June 27 through July 29, weekdays from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Campers from first
Annual Human Resources Conference set “Succeeding in a Rapidly Changing Workplace” will be the topic for the annual Human Resource Conference presented by the Orange County Chamber in conjunction with the Society for Human Resource Management. The conference will be held on Wednesday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Newburgh. This hands-on session will focus on: legal aspects of social networking; protecting victims of domestic violence; conducting layoffs as the recession ends; new state Department of Labor wage and hour audits; the Wage Theft Prevention Act; new labor relations challenges; and benefits and leave for same
grade through 15 years of age are welcome to enroll. A registration form is available at www. townofcrawford.org. For more information, contact Domaine Ragni at 744-8230 or email@example.com. The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc. will hold the 2011 Pillars of the
sex partners. The seminar will be presented by attorneys from the national labor and employment law firm of Jackson Lewis, LLP, who will provide step-by-step guidance on how to identify your firm’s legal vulnerabilities and potential liabilities. Participants will also learn how to use the most proven preventive practices to avoid litigation and employee relations problems. The conference fee is $110 for Chamber and SHRM members and $135 for non-members and includes program materials and lunch. To register, call Roseann at 457-9700 or visit www.orangeny.com.
Community Awards on Saturday, November 5 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Pillar for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Marcel Martino, President of Inspire, Inc. Pillars for Outstanding Community Service will be awarded to Doug Hovey, Executive Director, Independent Living, and to Mount Saint Mary College. For more information, call 220-33152.
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7:45 am Consultant’s Committee (Larkin Room)
6 8:00 am Small Business Committee (Montgomery Room)
13 8:00 am Small Business “How To” Workshop (Larkin Room) 11:30 am Luncheon Meeting (Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor) 19
4 7:27 am Membership Breakfast (Kuhl’s Highland House, Middletown)
8:00 am Government Initiatives & Education Committee (Larkin Room)
8:30 am Minority & Women Business Committee (Montgomery Room)
7:45 am Consultant’s Committee (Larkin Room)
18 8:00 am Small Business “How To” Workshop (Larkin Room)
24 Holiday, office closed
14 8:00 am Young Professionals Leadership Council (Montgomery Room)
7:00 am Business Networking Blast (Larkin Room)
8:00 am Marketing Committee (Montgomery Room)
10:00 am Buy Local Showcase (Galleria, Middletown)
8:00 am Ambassadors (Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, New Windsor)
12:00 pm Orange Open Media Day (Larkin Room)
5:30 pm Administrative Professionals Mixer (Catlin Gardens, Slate HIll)
16 7:30 am Marketing Seminar (Hilton Garden Inn, Newburgh)
8:00 am New Member Orientation (Larkin Room)
8:00 am Young Professionals Leadership Council (Montgomery Room)
8:00 am Consultants Seminar (Larkin Room)
8:30 am Minority and Women Business Committee (Montgomery Room)
8:00 am Government Initiatives & Education Committee (Larkin Room)
19 1:00 pm Small Business “How To” Workshop (Larkin Room)
8:30 am Human Resources Conference (Ramada Inn, Newburgh)
21 5:30 pm Mixer (Vinum Café, Washingtonville)
7:30 am Sustainability Summit (Kaplan Hall, SUNY O, Newburgh)
8:00 am Marketing Committee (Montgomery Room)
28 8:00 pm Ambassadors (TBA)
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‘How to’ program focuses on hiring
Upcoming Orange County Chamber of Commerce Events April 12
Small Business “How To” Series Topic: “Temp vs. Full-time Employee: What’s the Right Hiring Choice for Your Small Business?” 8:00-9:00 a.m. Larkin Room, Chamber Business Center, Montgomery Host: Small Business Committee
Membership Luncheon 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor Speaker: Congressman Maurice Hinchey Sponsor: Independent Living, Inc.
$32 per person
The next in the Small Business Committee’s series of “How to” seminars will be held on Tuesday, April 12 in the Larkin Room at the Chamber Business Center in Montgomery. The topic will be “Temp vs. Full-time Employee: What’s the Right Hiring Choice for Your Small Business?” The presenter will be Cathy Parlapiano from Here’s Help Staffing Services. The seminar will begin at 8:00 a.m., with time allotted for Q&A. The purpose of these seminars is to get in, get educated and get to work! Admission is free. Feel free to bring your own breakfast; coffee and tea will be provided. To reserve for the April 12 seminar, call Roseann at 457-9700 or visit www.orangeny.com. Space is limited.
New Member Orientation 8:00-10.00 a.m. Larkin Room, Chamber Business Center Sponsor: MVP
Have you reserved for Hinchey luncheon?
Annual Marketing Seminar 7:30 a.m.-noon Hilton Garden Hill, Newburgh Topic: “Growing Your Business in Today’s Market” Speaker: Michael Ettinger, Ettinger Law Firm Host: PR/Marketing Committee
Buy Local Showcase 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Galleria at Crystal Run, Middltown
$225 vendors Free admission
Administrative Professionals Mixer 5:30-7:30 p.m. Catlin Gardens, Slate Hill
Make reservations online at www.orangeny.com, call (457-9700), fax (457-8799) or mail (with check if appropriate) to: The Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Mix it up with administrative professionals Wednesday, April 27 is National Administrative Professionals Day (formerly Secretaries Day) and the Chamber is celebrating these folks at a special afterhours mixer at the beautiful Catlin Gardens in Slate Hill that evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This free event will give Administrative Professionals a chance to unwind and enjoy themselves and will also provide employers and co-workers with
If you haven’t made a reservation yet for our special Tuesday, April 12 luncheon with Congressman Maurice Hinchey as the guest speaker, don’t wait any longer. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Anthony’s Pier 9, followed by lunch and remarks from Rep. Hinchey. The sponsor is Independent Living. Reservations are $32 per person and should be made by visiting www.orangeny.com or calling Roseann at 457-9700.
the opportunity to show the admins how much we appreciate these dedicated professionals who make all our offices run smoothly and successfully. Catlin Gardens’ superb hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and prizes will be included. Admission is free, but reservations should be made by calling Roseann at 457-9700 or registering online at www.orangeny.com.
‘Growing Your Business in Today’s Market’ It’s that time of year again when the Chamber’s PR/Marketing Committee presents the annual marketing seminar, specifically geared to helping small businesses learn how to use media, advertising and promotion to grow their businesses. “Growing Your Business in Today’s Market” will be held on Friday, April 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Newburgh. Michael Ettinger will be the keynote speaker. Ettinger, who grew from one law office in Newburgh to nine locations across New York State, will discuss the ins and outs of marketing a small business. In addition, a panel of local marketing professionals will share tactical advice to help you maximize your budget to make your company stand out. The panel will include Renee Bulla (Momentum Advertising), Niki Jones (Niki Jones Agency), Regina McGrade (Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center) and Allan Ross (AJ Ross Creative Media). Panel moderator will be Josh Sommers (Focus Media, Inc.) Experts representing various forms of media and promotional areas will also be on hand to provide information and answer questions. The seminar will begin with registration and a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will conclude at noon. To make a reservation for the April 15 seminar – $20 for members, $25 for non-members -- call the Chamber at 457-9700 or visit www.orangeny.com.
Don’t miss our 13th annual
BUY LOCAL SHOWCASE Saturday, April 16, 2011 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Galleria at Crystal Run, Middletown See all that Orange County business has to offer!
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Member Spotlight DMU Music Newburgh DSU Music is a full-service pro audio and lighting store. DMU Music, which is now celebrating its 24th year, specializes in installations of PA systems in churches, restaurants, nightclubs, health clubs and more. DMU also offers rental and repair services on everything from DJ equipment to speakers to effect lighting. With its roster of both mobile and club DJs, as well as sound experts, DMU is your one-stop shop for all your sound and lighting needs. Call 5616797 or visit www.dmumusic.com. 911 MEDICAL ID EMERGENCY CARD Middletown The 911 Medical ID Card was designed for children and adults of all ages with chronic conditions so that when there is a crisis situation and you cannot speak for yourself, the card can save your life! The card was designed to be a PPH Record so that you can take personal responsibility to make sure you are protected wherever you go in any kind of emergency, or for normal medical treatment. The best thing that any individual can do is to take personal responsibility for their health records and to carry them all the time to reduce the probability of becoming a medical error statistic. Visit 911medicalidorangecountyny.com or call 3430091. BALLES LANDSCAPING, INC. Washingtonville With over 25 years of experience, Balles Landscaping, Inc. (BLI) is family owned and operated and provides a wide range of quality landscaping services. BLI services include unique custom design, installation and maintenance of plantings and water features (waterfalls, streams and ponds), as well as hardscapes such as pavers (patios, walkways and driveways), landscape block (stairs and retaining walls) and dry laid fieldstone walls. BLI provides meticulous lawn care and spring/fall clean-up services, as well as expert trimming/pruning of shrubs and ornamental trees. Please call 496-5295 for information.
HUDSON VALLEY INSIDER Newburgh Hudson Valley Insider, a Hudson Delaware Interactive Media company, is an advertiser supported information-based website covering subjects of interest to residents of the Hudson and Delaware Valley region. Visit www.hvinsider. com or call 562-2929. MIKEY TEUTUL’S WOLFGANG GALLERY Montgomery Mikey Teutul’s Wolfgang Gallery is a vibrant new addition to the county’s growing arts community. High ceilings, open space and intimate seating areas offer both artists and visitors the best art experience possible. The gallery features an ever-changing exhibit of the abstract and portrait works of Mikey Teutul, who paints in the studio when he is not filming for TV. Monthly shows of other artists also take place throughout the year, making the gallery a sure bet to visit often. A retail area features souvenir merchandise, posters and prints as well. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Location: 40 Railroad Avenue, Montgomery, 769-7446. DALEY PRINT AND WEB SOLUTIONS Montgomery Daley Print & Web Solutions provides a complete range of web and print solutions. We provide quality web development, web marketing, consulting and print design services for the Hudson Valley and beyond. For information, visit www.daleypws.com or call Carol at 527-8188. GOING FORE IT Montgomery Gil Anderson, the head teaching pro at Winding Hills Golf Course in Montgomery, will be holding Golf Discovery Days several Mondays each month from 5:00-7:00 p.m., starting in May. Call 457-1196 or e-mail gil@goingforeit. com for further information or to reserve a place in these limited groups These discovery golf clinics are very appropriate for the newcomer or
beginner wanting an experience with the game of golf. Gil also offers individual or group lessons, clinics and specializes both in the short game, as well as the mental aspects of golf. Call, e-mail or check out the website at www.goingforeit.com for dates and his 2011 price list. PAR 5 LANDSCAPING New Windsor Par 5 Landscaping of New Windsor provides golf course quality lawn care and landscaping to residential and commercial clients throughout Orange County. Par 5 Landscaping was started in 2008 by Dan Dulin, a graduate of SUNY Delhi’s Turf Management Program, is a former assistant golf course superintendent. Services include lawn maintenance, paving stone walkways and patios, retaining walls, natural stone work, tree pruning and removal, firewood sales, snow and ice control, and even holiday lighting. Visit www.par5landscaping.com or call 4949225. We look forward to working with you to maintain your existing landscape or to construct the yard of your dreams. MARK KALISH AND ASSOCIATES, A FINANCIAL ADVISORY PRACTICE OF AMERIPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES, INC. Goshen Are you looking for ways to reach your financial goals in today’s volatile market? Whether you’re saving for retirement, college for your kids or other needs, you may be unsure about what to do next or whether you can do anything at all. That’s where I can help. I’ll take the time to listen to you and understand your goals and dreams. Working together, we will work to find investing opportunities in today’s uncertain market that are aligned with your financial goals. Together, we can bring your dreams more within reach. Call Mark Kalish, C.F.P. at 291-7000. THE GRANITE SHOP Newburgh The Granite Shop, based out of Newburgh, was established in 2005 as a family-owned and operated business. We pride ourselves in our unmatched reputation for quality, customer service and competitive pricing for those who are building or remodeling. The satisfaction of
our customers is our main concern. We offer a variety of high quality cabinetry; stone, porcelain and ceramic tile, as well as quartz, granite and other natural stone counter tops. Let our professional design team help you achieve your ideal kitchen or bath. Call us for a quote today at 564-0500 or visit www.graniteshopny.com. LIBERTY RESOURCES Newburgh Liberty Resources is furthering its mission to provide services with cognitive, physical, emotional and behavioral issues arising from brain injury. Programs will provide post-acute rehabilitation treatment specifically designed to meet individual needs at various stages of recovery. LRI is a recognized provider by the NYS Department of Health traumatic brain injury waiver program. In addition, LRI works with the NYS Insurance Fund, no fault insurance, third party insurance and private pay clientele. Individuals from the seven-county region of the Hudson Valley travel to Newburgh (MondaysFridays) for relevant services. Call 391-8623 or visit www.liberty-resources.org. QUANTUM WELLNESS, INC. Port Jervis Do you want to learn how applying natural lifestyle approaches can facilitate the body’s healing potential? We are Certified Natural Health Professionals who have developed a unique whole person protocol encompassing theories of nutrition, herbal and homeopathic supplementation, LBG lymphatic drainage, A/SERT allergy desensitization, ion cleanse detoxification footbath, cold laser therapy, biofeedback and iridology. Contact us at 856-2260 or visit www. QuantumWellnessInc.com for more information on our products and services. PAUL DAVIS RESTORATION OF THE HUDSON VALLEY Middletown Paul Davis Restoration is a leader in property damage mitigation, reconstruction and remodeling. From flooding to fires and frozen pipes, Paul Davis responds with their 24-hour emergency responder team to restore calm in the Member Spotlight • Continued on page 11
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Member Spotlight • Continued from page 10 most chaotic of events. We are here to serve you in every capacity, providing excellent customer service and a quality end product. We strive to maintain a synergy of excellence and experience that is second to none. At PDR, we share common values: integrity, respect and trust. We demonstrate our integrity by honoring our word and delivering on our promises. Serving Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster and Pike counties. Visit www.CallPaulNY.com or call 361-1840. WILLY-GILLY PRODUCTIONS, INC. Goshen Willy-Gilly Productions is a newly formed entity whose purpose is to create, develop and produce highly-quality, low-budget films and television programming. Principals Nan Gill and David Wilson intend that the output positively impacts issues while entertaining the public and profiting its investors. Willy-Gilly also has a commitment to the community in which it operates and to charitable investments throughout the world. A for-profit corporation promoting its product through multimedia networking, Willy-Gilly contributes 12.5% of gross to the non-profit organizations that serve them. Call 294-7500 for more information. STORY BOOK FARM ART SCHOOL Walden Come and experience the joy of creating art in an old fashioned country setting. The school has been in existence for 23 years, part-time.
Marion Suarez-Schenck has taught in Newburgh, SUNY New Paltz and Valley Central School District, from which she recently retired. She has a master’s degree in art education. Her pastel and water color paintings have been exhibited in several shows, receiving best in show, best in pastel and first place awards. She teaches drawing skills before beginning pastel painting. Visit www.storybookfarmartschool.com and be amazed. Call 778-2304 for more information. FIRST IMPRESSIONS PRINTING Middletown First Impressions Printing is your one-stop shop for all your direct mail needs. We do it all in house. We can design, print, address, bundle and deliver your next campaign. With our state-of-the-art mailing equipment, First Impressions can ensure that your direct mail gets delivered. We perform the necessary list processing, mail sorting and reporting requirements to obtain the best possible discount postage rates. We also provide list rental services to help grow your customer base. Call 692-4490 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit our new website at www.firstimpressionsny.com. BBG&G ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Middletown BBG&G Advertising is a women-owned full-service marketing and public relations firm that employs insightful marketing savvy and research-based creative solutions to win the hearts, minds and business of its clients’
Do business with Homeland Security The Rockland Economic Development Corp. invites businesses to attend a free Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program at Dominican College on Wednesday, April 6 on “How to Do Business with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.” Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m., the program at 9:30. Registration is required. Contact Pauline Drakopoulos at 735-7040 or firstname.lastname@example.org. customers. Our solutions incorporate brand strategy, print and broadcast advertising, public relations, web design, direct marketing, social media, e-marketing, search, SEO and more. Our highly experienced and award-wining team manages and executes marketing communications for a diverse array of industries. With a 15-year track record for proven results and integrity, BBG&G is the most respected and trusted advertising agency in the Hudson Valley. Visit www.bbggadv.com or call 695-1880. A.L.M. LEAK DETECTION Maybrook A.L.M. Leak Detection is more than pools. We have increased our services to include municipal and industrial water leak detection in underground water mains and underground pressurized lines. With the assistance of a specialized computer, we are able to pinpoint leaks quickly and efficiently. Quicker leak detection means water service being re-established more quickly. Days of no water service can be minimized to hours, thus reducing unnecessary downtime and
wasted money. Let A.L.M. assist your municipal or private water system in recouping lost revenue. Visit www.almleakdetection.net to see how we can help you save time, money and a valuable resource. We’ll help you “go green.” Call 926-2929. THE PIZZA SHOP Newburgh Cosimo’s Restaurant Group recently celebrated the grand opening of its newest eatery, The Pizza Shop, at 27 South Water Street in Newburgh. The Pizza Shop is a family-oriented, affordably priced pizzeria offering unique, artisan-quality pizzas typically found in high-end restaurants. The individually prepared pizzas are baked in an open-air kitchen. They do sell slices and will deliver, as well as provide catering. The restaurant occupies beautifully renovated space in the landmark West Shore Train Station, which also includes The Railroad Playhouse, a performing arts center. For more information, visit www. pizza-shop.com or call 565-SHOP (7467). r
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Did You Know? Strictly Ballroom has doubled its space at 153 Temple Hill Road in Vails Gate and is completing renovations to better serve clients and the community. The new space has allowed expansion of the Zumba program to five classes per week. See the full schedule at www.strictlyballroomdance.com. Branding is extremely important for all companies. The 911 Medical ID Plus Family Card can be customized with company logo, name and other contact information. Every time that this amazing device is taken out of your wallet/purse, it becomes an advertisement for your organization. If you show your card, even to tell someone about this device, you’re advertising your organization. Call Gerson Levitas at 343-0091 to schedule in-house, demonstration of this life saving 911 Medical ID Card. You may even want to make this available to your employees. Goldstein Lieberman & Company, L.L.C. has met standards established by the New York State Department of Education which will enable the firm to instruct other professionals and provide them continuing education credits. GLC has presented a Professional Education Series for attorneys, life underwriters, financial planners and accounting professionals throughout the past year. Seminars are regularly conducted at the firm’s executive suites at the Sheraton Crossroads in Mahwah, NJ. GLC recently sponsored a Mahwah Chamber of Commerce luncheon featuring Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan. Jawonio, The Center for People with Disabilities and Special Needs, is the most recent recipient of GLC’s Cares donation. The firm will sponsor the April 3 Mental Health Association 5K Road Race/Walk for Autism. The Ruby Group, a Goshen-based development, consulting and construction management company, has been brought in to complete work at the Ellen Ridge Townhouses, a partially finished development that the previous developer forfeited to its lender in Ellenville. The Ruby Group purchased the property and will complete the final 16 of 80 residences. Construction had been suspended for two years.
Hudson Valley Insider, a Hudson Delaware Interactive Media company, announces the following additions to the sales staff: John Angel, formerly of Arnoff Moving & Storage; Tom Sarro of Firaco Fence Company; Richard and Joanne Bell, former advertising sales executives; Lawrence Scheiber, former software sales executive; Thomas Reisman, former news director of Newcenter 6. Contact the sales staff and media department at 562-2929 or email@example.com or content@ hvinsider.com. Focus Media, Inc. announces the appointment of Shannon McSweeney-LeMay as Senior Director of Marketing and Michael J. Bieger as Senior Account Executive. McSweeney-LeMay has 20 years of marketing and public relations experience. Bieger is the former Managing Editor at Westfair Business Publications. Focus Media has been selected as agency of record by Elant, Inc., a premier Hudson Valley provider of health and housing solutions for senior citizens. Focus will also manage the marketing and public relations for Glen Arden, a continuing care retirement community. McBride Corporate Real Estate announces that: a 4,100 SF shop/industrial building is available at 1224 River Road in New Windsor; a 87,550 SF “flex” building will be constructed on a 12-acre lot on Greenbush Road in Orangeburg; a 15.9-acre site has been approved for up to 172,500 SV of warehouse/manufacturing space at 1821 Kings Highway in Chester. For more information, call Robert Scherreik at 928-6500. Thomas J. Murphy, Vice President and Regional Manager of Government Banking with M&T Bank, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley. Grace Finley has joined the accounting, auditing, tax and business consulting firm of Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell as a Junior Accountant in the Audit Department in the Newburgh office. VDDW has offices at 11 Racquet Road, Newburgh; 2622 South Avenue, Wappingers Falls; and 520 White Plains Road, Tarrytown.
The Orange County Association of Realtors recently held a fundraiser at Vinum Café to “Beat the Winter Blues” and raised $2,550 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. OCAR has an enthusiastic agenda in place to sponsor their fourth Habitat house. Other efforts include “Dine and Donate Thursdays,” in which a participating restaurant donates a portion of the tab back to the cause. The “Traveling House” visits various offices for two-week periods during which the offices can fundraise any way they wish. CSArch Architecture, Engineering, Construction Management, located in Albany, Newburgh, New York City, Long Island and Malone, received two 2010 Design Merit Awards from the American Institute of Architects Eastern NY Chapter. The firm swept the Historic Preservation/ Adaptive Reuse category for restoration and expansion projects in Albany. Arturo Vasquez, CSArch Director of Healthcare Design and Planning, participated in a panel of professionals at the 2011 International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design and Construction in Tampa, FL. The panel was titled “Planning for Innovation in Hospital Design: Think Like a CEO for a Better, Faster, CON.” Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in New York for 2011 by the NYS Society for Human Resource Management and the Best Companies Group. David Brand has been promoted to Loan Origination Director for HVFCU. Brand is responsible for all sales aspects of the credit union’s consumer, real estate and business lending programs. With more than $3 billion in assets, HVFCU serves members through 20 branches in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster and Putnam counties. For more information, visit www.hvfcu.org. Finkelstein & Partners, L.L.P. has introduced a new smart phone application that will help protect your interests and capture the details in the event of a motor vehicle accident, helping you to receive maximum compensation. The F&P Car Accident Toolkit is a free application that can be loaded onto any iPhone or Android mobile phone. For detailed download instructions and links to the app stores to download F&P’s new Car Accident Toolkit application, visit www.lawampm.
com. F&P’s Catherine Grad, a Case Assistant for the past 10 years, recently celebrated 25 years with the law firm. She started with F&P as a Legal Assistant. The Bank of America Charitable Foundation, the National Council on Aging and PathStone Corporation have announced a partnership to provide one-on-one financial assistance for older adults in the Mid-Hudson area. The local initiative, funded by a $25,000 grand from the foundation, will help seniors hard hit by the recession in Orange, Dutchess and Sullivan counties and will provide information and assistance on a wide range of federal, state and community solutions. For more information, visit www.bankofamerica. com/foundation. Real Estate Solutions announces the affiliation of Licensed Sales Associates Neal Kolze and Mary Ellen Harrington to the R.J. Smith Realty Pine Bush office. Kolze can be reached at 5376162 and Harrington at 234-3799. The Orange County Arts Council recently elected new officers. They are: Lisa Gubernick, President; Daniel Mack, Vice President; Michelle Figliomeni, Secretary; Nancy Proyect, Treasurer; and Gary M. Schuster, General Counsel. The Arts Council’s mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional and informational services. For information, visit www.ocartscouncil.org. Daley Print and Web Solutions is offering Orange County Chamber members a free website SEO review with no obligation. This basic review will cover your current website presence, rankings and exposure on the web, along with recommendations to help improve your online presence. Visit www.daleypws.com/occ for details or call Carol at 527-8188. Partner Bill Siegel is celebrating his 40th anniversary with the accounting firm of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, C.P.A., P.C. Siegel began with the firm in 1971, when it was known as Judelson, Rosen & Sommerstein. Did You Know? • Continued on page 13
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Did You Know? • Continued from page 12 Michele L. Babcock has become a partner in the firm of Jacobowitz & Gubits, L.L.P. She is a member of J&G’s Municipal and Land Use/Environmental Teams and represents local governments, municipal officials and private applicants in regulatory permitting and land use litigation. Visit www.jacobowitz. com for more information. The national release of Gil Anderson’s new book, “Going Fore It – in Golf and Life” will be available this spring. This is not just another golf book. It uses golf as a metaphor for life. The book helps improve your golf skills and expand your playing ability, while renewing and strengthening your passion for life. Reserve your autographed and expand your playing ability, while renewing and strengthening your passion for life. “Going Fore It” helps you get in touch with a mantra for golf and life. Reserve your autographed copy at www.goingforeit.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 457-1196 if you would like to hold a book signing or have Gil speak to your group. Moody’s Investors Service has once again assigned an Aaa rating to Orange County’s Various Purposes Serial Bonds. At the same time, Moody’s has reaffirmed the Aaa rating on previously issued parity debt. Clear Channel Radio’s 96.1 KISS FM, with help from Star 93.3, helped the recent 13th Annual Polar Plunge for Special Olympics break all past records in plungers and donations. More than $100,000 was raised and more than 500 people participated. KISS FM has participated as a Media Sponsor for the Polar Plunge since 2008. Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, Inc. will use a $150,000 grant from the Dyson Foundation to expand its Flexible Delivery Outreach initiative to reach an additional 2,000 girls in underserved communities in Orange, Dutchess, Putnam and Ulster counties. The outreach program provides a variety of healthful, fun, service-based activities for girls during out-of-school hours.
Joyeve’s House of Glass is a private designer of handcrafted crystal chandeliers. Joyeve has completed the finishing touches on a new gallery in Bloomingburg. In addition to creating custom-designed chandeliers for purchase, they also rent chandeliers for special occasions. For more information, visit www.joyeveshouseofglass.com. The Better Bureau of the Metropolitan New York, Long Island and Mid-Hudson Region recognizes the high standards of The Granite Shop’s products and customer service, giving them an overall grade of A. Offering a variety of high quality cabinetry; stone, porcelain and ceramic tile, as well as quartz, granite and other nature stone counter tops, they can also assist with any remodeling needs. They offer GE Capital Interest financing to those who qualify. Call 564-0500 or visit www.graniteshopny.com. Museum Village in Monroe has been closed for the season conducting an inventory as a result of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The professional staff has been expanded, new events are being added to the schedule and the spring season will start in April. The Museum Village Auto Show will be held on Saturday, May 7; the Wallkill River School and Art Gallery will hold demonstrations on the four Sundays in May, there will be a blood drive on May 21, and Memorial Day Family Fun will be May 27-30. Visit www.museumvillage.org for more information. First Impressions Printing announces the release of their new website. The site has been redesigned with a fresh new look, improved navigation and has been updated with information about their latest products and services. Additionally, the new website provides indepth information to answer customers’ most common questions about printing, graphic design and mailing services. Visit www.firstimpressionsny.com and sign up to receive the newsletter and e-mail alerts. Call 692-4490 or e-mail email@example.com. Suzanne Sweeney, an Associate Broker with RE/MAX Benchmark Realty Group in New
Windsor, recently qualified for the RE/MAX International Lifetime Achievement Award. Sweeney has been with RE/MAX since 1992. She has been a consistent top producer in Orange County for the past 19 years. She can be reached at 565-0004, ext. 314. Edie Haughney is now working as a Financial Advisor for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney at One Blue Hill Plaza, Pearl River. She can be reached at 731-2290 or visit http:// fa.morganstanleyindividual.com/edie.haughney/ for information. Leadership lessons and tips are regularly posted online by the Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point. For example, learn how to “lead from the front,” as described by Col. Ret. Lee Van Arsdale, a 1974 graduate of the Military Academy and former Delta Force operator who led the rescue of soldiers in Mogadishu as depicted in the movie “Black Hawk Down.” For more information on how TLDG can tailor a program specific to your organization’s challenges and goals, visit www. facebook.com/thayerleader or www.thayerleaderdevelopment.com. Lisa Montanaro, owner of LM Organizing Solutions, LLC and a member of the National Speakers Association, recently presented for Glen Arden Retirement Center, YWCA, Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council, Westchester Enterprise Development Center and Fried Frank Law Firm (NYC and Washington, DC). She was the keynote speaker at the Women’s Council of Realtors, Dutchess County Chapter’s meeting, and will be the moderator of the Golden Circle Ask the Organizer Panel for the National Association of Professional Organizers Conference in San Diego in April. Montanaro will be the keynote speaker for the Shop Putnam Expo in April, and in June, she will be the keynote speaker for the International Association of Administrative Professionals Conference in New Mexico. To reserve Montanaro for your organization, call 988-0183 or e-mail Lisa@LMOrganizingSolutions.com. r
The Salvation Army recently opened a new location at 237 Wickham Avenue in Middletown. Saying a few words at the grand opening is Lt. Col. Timothy Raines, while Store Manager Ruth Gonzalez listens.
Thanks to Willy-Gilly The Chamber is very grateful to Willy-Gilly Productions, Inc. for producing the member testimonials that appeared on the Chamber website during March, in preparation for the March Membership Drive. David Wilson and Nan Gill are the principals at Willy-Gilly. They can be reached at 294-7500 and more information is available at www.willygilly.com.
Please note the following corrections to the 2011 Membership Directory: ● Goldstein Lieberman & Company’s phone number should be changed to 800-839-5767. ● Accounting firm Day Seckler, L.L.P. should be alphabetized under “D,” not “S.” ● The listing for Carl Magill Associates, Inc. should be: 805 Route 52, Walden, NY 12586; 778-5200; fax 778-5274; firstname.lastname@example.org. ● Correct information for The Chazen Companies is: Niamh Delaney, 21 Fox Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601; 486-1463; fax 4544026; email@example.com; www. chazencompanies.com. ● R. Cooper Asphalt Paving is listed on page 140; the directory incorrectly lists the page as 110.
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Education notes Joseph C. Maraday, owner of Strictly Ballroom Dance Studio in Vails Gate, has been instructing students from Newburgh Free Academy. The program, made possible in part by Orange County Tourism, promotes healthy communication and selfconfidence as students learn ballroom, Latin and swing dance. The group has performed at the Newburgh Mall and the Railroad Playhouse. Maraday hopes to continue this collaboration between the business and the school community in the future. For information, call (914) 489-1444 or visit www. strictlyballroomdance.com. Further demonstrating its commitment to improv-
Health notes The Organic Coffee Klotch advises that not all organic coffee products are created equally. Not only are Organic Coffee Klotch’s products 100% USDA Certified, they all contain the “king of herbs,” Ganoderma Lucidum. Their coffee flavors, green tea and hot chocolate are all infused with this herb. Ganodrma Lucidum, a Red Reishi, has been used for over 4,000 years as an adaptogen that: aligns all the body systems, balances Ph levels, increases immune function and improves overall health status, says Dr. Lois Tannenbaum. Check PubMed.gov for health information. Contact Dr. Tannenbaum at DrLPT03@aol.com or 527-7913 for seminars, gift giving ideas and free samples. Ellen Knapp-Hayden, a physical therapist assistant with Access Physical Therapy and Wellness in Port Jervis, has completed course work from the American Fitness Professionals and Associates and has met all the requirements to be a Certified Senior Fitness Specialist. Knapp-Hayden works with older adults and implements fitness programs that are sensitive to the needs of the senior population. For more information, contact Stephen Albanese at 858-9999 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.mptw.org.
ing college-wide sustainability practices, SUNY Orange has earned a bronze rating for a recently completed yearlong self-study as part of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS), conducted by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. SUNY Orange continues to enhance its sustainability by constructing sustainable buildings, reducing its environmental footprint, and injecting green technologies and topics into the curriculum. In other SUNY news, the college recognized 565 local students attending Orange County schools for their achievements in a variety of educational areas at the 22nd Annual Sojourner Truth Awards Program. Also, Russell Hammond, who has served as the college’s capital campaign director since 2007, has been hired by the SUNY Orange Foundation in a partnership between the foundation and the college aimed at strengthening the relationship between the two organizations.
Do you trust the quality of your nutritional supplements, asks Nancy Wharton of Quantum Wellness. Wouldn’t you feel better taking supplements from a company whose quality assurance encompasses over 500 tests for purity? If you would like to purchase high-quality products that go beyond organic standards from the world’s largest herbal encapsulating company and receive member discounts, contact Quantum Wellness at 856-2260. The Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center announces that one of their newest initiatives has been honored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s Diabetes Recognition Program. This partnership between the NCQA and the American Diabetes Association recognizes Dr. Chanchal Singh, Chief of Internal Medicine, and Dr. Jonathan Castro, Consulting Endocrinologist, for providing consistent high-quality care to patients with diabetes. According to NCQA, individuals receiving this recognition “…are part of an elite group that is publicly recognized for its skill in providing the highest level diabetes care.” For more information, call 563-8000. Heart disease remains one of America’s leading causes of death, says Dolores Pagano of Shaklee/The Health Answer. However, helping to retain healthy blood cholesterol can be supported through small lifestyle changes such
Leadership series scheduled SUNY Orange’s Continuing Education Department and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a six-part “Topics in Leadership” workshop series at the college’s Newburgh campus. The seminars, to be conducted in a mentoring style and featuring successful leadership stories, will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: March 29, April 5, April 26, May 3 and May 10. The series will conclude with a 6:00 p.m. session on Wednesday, May 18. All workshops will be held in Room 201 of Kaplan Hall, located at the intersection of Grand and First streets.
as regular exercise, stress management and improved diet. Shaklee offers a range of Heart Health products, such as OmegaGuard (fish oil), Cholesterol Reduction Complex and CoQHeart. For more information, visit www.TheHealthAnswer.com. Pagano adds that if you are interested in joining a green company, earning a car, creating more income and traveling to first class destinations, take a quiz at www.EarnCarCashandTravel.com. Four family medicine doctors who previously comprised Mid-Hudson Medical Care, have joined the Horizon Family Medical Group of family practice and specialty physicians. They are Drs. Sashi Kuma Makam, Joseph R. Agyemang, Daniel D. Coffey and Robin J. Portelli. Drs. Makam, Agyemang and Coffey continue to see patients at their 17 Oakwood Terrace office in New Windsor. Dr. Portelli sees patients at the 144 Main Street, Highland Falls location. Also, Dr. Anne Mullin, who has been in private practice in Cornwall since 1997, has joined Horizon Family Medical. She will continue to see patients at 45 Quaker Avenue, Suite 202 in Cornwall. For more information, visit www.hfmg.net. CDPHP has launched a free mobile application, Find-A-Doc Mobile, based on its popular online provider tool. The application can be downloaded to the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and BlackBerry. For more information, visit www. cdphp.com/mobile. Dr. Bruce Nash, Chief Medical Officer with CDPHP, recently participated in the week-long Global Brigades tour with Syracuse University students in Honduras. Global Brigades treats thousands of patients in the Central American republic. Orange Regional Medical Center recently created a computer animated video of its new hospital currently under construction at 707 East Main Street in Middletown. To watch the video, visit www.ormc.org and click on “About the New Hospital.” ORMC has also unveiled a new cardiology website at www.ormcheartcare.org. The site provides comprehensive information about ORMC’s cardiology program. Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz has been appointed Associate Medical Director of ORMC’s Center for Sleep Medicine. Dr. Jacobowitz has 15 years of experience in otolaryngology. The Sleep Center has relocated
Presenters include: Vinnie Cozzolino of the Solar Energy Consortium; Hank DiMarco of IBM; Diannae Ehler of the Port Authority of NY & NJ; Jim Lawler of Crystal Run Village; Carl Meyer of The Solar Energy Consortium; and Hanno Wollocko of Oxyvita. The cost, at $49 per person, covers participation in all six workshops. For more information, contact Linda Gramm Ferris at 341-4380 or email@example.com. For information on other SUNY Orange professional development and enrichment courses, visit www.sunyorange.edu/ce or call 341-4890.
to its newly constructed facility at the ORMC Pavilion located at 75 Crystal Run Road, Suite G-22, Middletown. For information about the center, call 673-4625 or visit www.ormc.org. Barbara Place-Moreau, Licensed Practical Nurse, has been named ORMC’s 2010 Star of the Year. The program recognizes the outstanding performance of ORMC’s employees and volunteers for their positive impact on the quality of patient care services. Place-Moreau has been with ORMC for 17 years. The Text 4 Teens program is a new initiative for Orange County youth developed by the Mental Health Association in Orange County, Inc. As with all of MHA’s programs, a skilled professional will be on the receiving end of the texts and will be prepared to provide resources and referrals for a variety of issues that concern teens. MHA recently received a $1,000 donation from Jiri Ireifej, agent of Allstate Insurance Company in Central Valley. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital recently celebrated the sixth anniversary of the SLCH Center for Cardiac Care. Since its opening, the center has impacted the lives of more than 4,000 patients. Dr. John Reed has been appointed SLCH’s Medical Director, Primary Care. One of Dr. Reed’s responsibilities will be the formation of the Primary Care Advisory Council, which will include primary care physician colleagues from the St. Luke’s Cornwall catchment area. St. Luke’s Cornwall Health System Foundation will once again award four scholarships to graduating high school seniors entering an accredited university or community college in the fall of 2011. Scholarship applications are available at www.stlukescornwallhospital.org and the application deadline is April 25. Information is available by calling 568-2391. James “Ryan” Cass has been named SLCH February Star of the Month. Cass is a Safety and Security Officer at the hospital. Employees from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital recently participated in a polar bear plunge in support of the Special Olympics. These staff members from several different departments raised $4,000. More than 150 SLCH employees recently got swabbed at a Bone Marrow Drive hosted by the hospital. The drive was in support of the hospital’s Vice President of Human Resources, whose daughter was recently diagnosed with leukemia.
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