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August 2010 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.

It’s time to tell Albany ...

‘ENOUGH ALREADY’ Spearheaded by The Business Council of New York State, “Enough Already NY” is an effort to unite New Yorkers who want lower taxes, smaller and more efficient government, economic growth and jobs. The message is simple: No new taxes, no new borrowing, no more gimmicks. It’s time to cut runaway spending and enact major fiscal reforms. The following is from the “Enough Already NY” website. Chief Executive magazine recently released its annual list of states ranked from best to worst in terms of their business climate, as judged by CEOs, and New York ranked almost dead last, just ahead of California. For those who do business and live in the Empire State, the ranking is demoralizing, but not at all shocking. Taxes have been too high for too long, and New York has not remained competitive with other states that allow businesses to grow and put people back to work. And yet, despite the grim mood of New Yorkers over the state’s fiscal stability and future, our legislature persists in its war of attrition against sound economic logic with the budget bill it recently passed. Instead of lowering taxes and giving business owners some breathing room, it piled on $2.5 billion in new taxes and fees! We know some members of the legislature get it. For example, Assembly minority leader Brian Kolb recently wrote this in an opinion piece: “Particularly troubling, the bill did not contain a property tax cap, which means homeowners’

‘Five to Survive’ - how to rebuild New York’s economy believes the following five reforms are essential for putting New York back on the path to economic growth and jobs:

1. Cap property taxes: Property taxes are killing our economy. Local taxes in New York, largely the property tax, are 79% above the national average. When property taxes are measured as a percentage of home value, the 16 highest taxed counties in the country are in New York.

Business Council of NYS President and CEO Ken Adams discussed the “Enough Already NY” campaign at the Chamber’s June membership breakfast held at the Falkirk Golf Club in Central Valley. After explaining the “Five to Survive” program, Adams exhorted members to contact their local elected state officials (as well as candidates for election), urging them to support the Business Council’s strategy. Visit to find out more about how you can help.

local property tax bills will keep rising. It did not have a state spending cap, which means taxpayers will pay more for government’s growing costs. It did not ban unfunded mandates — Albany dictating programs and policies to local governments without paying for them — which will result in higher village, town and county taxes.”

Other legislators need to get on board. Please reach out to your representatives and demand that they embrace the ideas laid out on our Five to Survive page (see accompanying article) if they want your support. The message to Albany is clear: no more business as usual. Enough Already!

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2. Cap state spending: The primary reason we’re facing a terrible budget gap is that for the last decade, Albany has increased spending each year at more than twice the rate of inflation. Our current state budget would be at least $18 billion smaller -and there would be no deficit -- if the state had just kept spending hikes within the rate of inflation during this period. We need a hard cap to limit annual increases in state spending. 3. Reduce the tax burden: The burden of state and local taxes simply makes New York uncompetitive. In every

study that measures tax burdens, New York is number two behind only Alaska, which is a unique state.

4. Reform public employee pensions: in 2009, a new pension tier with reduced benefits was created for newly hired public employees -- called Tier V. It should save taxpayers nearly $50 billion over the next 30 years. But more must be done to control public sector pension costs. The state must face reality and move to a defined contribution plan, like a 401-K, rather than a defined benefit plan, for future hires. 5. Limit government borrowing: State debt has grown by about 25% in the past five years. New York State’s debt per capita is triple the national average. Increasingly, Albany seeks to borrow money in order to pay state operating expenses. This is like putting your rent on a credit card. It is unsustainable and it has to stop.

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President’s Message


Reservation Form


Chairman’s Message



Member Spotlight


Did You Know?

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Member Events


New Members


Member Renewals


Health Notes




Education Notes




The Orange County Chamber of Commerce August 2010

Thanks to 2010 Corporate Partners

Our generous Partners this year are:

Se habla Espanol 30 Scott’s Corners Drive • Montgomery, NY 12549 email: • 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 Liberty Environmental Management 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, a WVT Communications Company Ronald Barton Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac Derek Benedict Time Warner Cable Michael Bonura Anthony’s Pier 9 Stephen Burger Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Frank Curcio Merrill Lynch Marc Devitt Winding Hills Golf Course Diannae Ehler Stewart International Airport Eric Fuentes Orange & Rockland Utilities Frank Gerbes Gerbes & Gerbes/REM/MAX Benchmark Realty Group Rev. Kevin Mackin Mt. St. Mary College Christine Regan-Lake Redlake, Inc. Dr. William Richards Orange County Community College Richard Rossi MultiMedia Service Center Capt. Kathleen Sileno 105th Air National Guard William Sivillo Captain's Club Cruises & Tours Michael Smith Elant, Inc. Josh Sommers Focus Media, Inc.

Janice Valentino Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties Sharon B. Warantz Jellybean Promotions Scott Wohl Orange County Association of Realtors

PLATINUM PARTNERS: •USA Datanet, A WVT Communications Company •Crystal Run Healthcare CORPORATE PARTNERS: •Abbott & Mills Energy •Advance Testing Company, Inc. •Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac •Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C. •Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council •Key Bank •Laborers’ Local 17, LECET

CHAMBER COUNSEL Glen L. Heller Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C.

•Marshall & Sterling Insurance

EMERITUS Dr. Arthur C. Anthonisen Thomas C. DeBenedictus F. Edward Devitt Katharine Fitzgerald Thomas F. Gibney Patricia Gilchrest Stewart P. Glenn Robert Heiferman Louis Heimbach Woody Levitan Anthony Martine Renee McCabe Carole S. McDermott Marsh H. Merrill Ralph L. Mills William C. Myers Dr. Kunwar Nagpal Richard P. O’Beirne Peter Polhamus Dreena Pross Milton Ritter Robert W. Scherreik A. Alan Seidman William F. Vacca Jill Varricchio

•SB Credit Card Services

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 Patricia Mugnano Administrative Assistant Annette Salas Job Mentor

•Orange & Rockland Utilities •Port Authority of New York & New Jersey

More than 200 people participated in the recent ribbon cutting for the new White Lake branch of the First National Bank of Jeffersonville (Jeff Bank), located on State Route 17B in Sullivan County. From left are: Daniel Strum, Bethel Town Supervisor; Sen. John Bonacic; Karen Sayers, White Lake Branch Manager; Wayne Zanetti, Jeff Bank President and CEO; and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther. White Lake is the bank’s 12th branch. More information is available at

•Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. •TD Bank •Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell •Walden Savings Bank.

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Chairman’s message Everything the Chamber does is about you, our members. The success of your business is the reason for our existence. In these difficult economic times, leaders of forwardthinking businesses and organizations are taking advantage of Johnson new opportunities and the Orange County Chamber has the services and products that are creating these opportunities. So, the next in our top 10 reasons to be a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is that we’re: Reason # 6: Zealous about your success A willingness to embrace new ideas and ways of doing things is the spirit

that has emerged at the Chamber. We’re continuing to realign our offerings to better guide our members and the community through these challenging times into the prosperity that waits on the other side. We hope you’ll be part of this process by getting -- and staying -- involved with the Chamber. Next month: the next in our 10 reasons why the Orange County Chamber is your Best Business Bet is “business leadership.” As always, please feel free to contact me at 845-447-1037 or to let me know what’s most important to you and your business. As always, I look forward to hearing from you! Donna Johnson Chairman of the Board

You’re our best connection In today’s economy, helping a fellow businessperson helps everyone. As someone in business, you know that one of the most effective ways for a business to grow is by word-ofmouth. You can also help your colleagues in business by guiding them toward solid business advice to further help them along the road to success. One way to do both of the above is to talk to the people with whom you do business on a regular basis about the power of Chamber membership. And here’s a little extra for you: The Chamber will pay a 15% commission on every membership you sell. On a basic $425 membership investment, that is $63.75 in your pocket. To make it easier for you to make some contacts, we’ve created what we

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call a “Portable Directory” that we would be happy to share with you. It will make it easy for you to list the names and phone numbers of any businesses you can think of who you believe would benefit from Chamber membership (e.g., your hairdresser, barber, local pizza parlor, etc). You can make the contact yourself and if your prospect sees the benefit of Chamber membership, you can make the sale and earn that commission. If you prefer, just fill in the blanks and fax it back to the Chamber (845-457-8799) and we’ll follow up. If you have any questions, please contact Dan O’Brien at (845) 457-9700 or John D’Ambrosio, Ed.D. President



The Orange County Chamber of Commerce August 2010

Member Spotlight NEWBURGH KOA Plattekill Camping is not just for those with RVs. The Newburgh KOA offers an assortment of “kamping kabins,” one and two rooms, as well as our new “kamping” lodge which has all the comforts of home. Spend the week enjoying the outdoors with full services, amenities and fun for everyone while you sleep the night away in our air-conditioned “kamping” lodge. Visit us online at EDUCATION STATION Montgomery Celebrating three years…Education Station provides quality, one-on-one tutoring services at an affordable rate. Our tutors are certified teachers who focus on your child’s individual needs. We also have a great online shopping website and a full line catalog to shop for all your educational needs. E-mail or call us for more information on the services we provide (, 457-4501, www. edu-station). PRIMA’S ITALIAN DELI & CATERING Montgomery Prima’s Deli is excited to introduce its new wireless Internet capabilities. Enjoy a deli-

cious lunch at Prima’s while keeping up with your e-mails. On a healthy note, we now carry whole wheat party sandwiches from 2-6 feet for those who are watching their waistline. Receive 10% off any catering order if you mention this article. Call 427-2124, visit ETTINGER LAW FIRM Middletown Ettinger Law Firm has prepared thousands of estate plans using trusts and has filed thousands of Medicaid applications. Our attorneys and experienced paralegals have over 50 years of combined experience in estate planning and elder law. We have eight offices throughout New York State including Middletown, Fishkill, Rhinebeck and Nyack in the Hudson Valley. We offer a free, one-hour consultation to help you determine whether our services may be of benefit to you and your family. Call 800-5002425, ext. 117 to schedule your free consultation. Visit for more information about estate planning and elder law. Thank you for considering Ettinger Law Firm. TH REMODELING & RENOVATIONS, INC. Walden TH Remodeling & Renovations has enjoyed

15 years of success building and renovating all types of properties. We are a nationally rated, five-star company, BBA approved. We are dedicated to helping property owners throughout the Hudson Valley add beauty, useable space, functionality and value to their investments. When it comes to quality products and craftsmanship, we guarantee our work to add measurable value to your property. We do it all including additions and sunrooms, roofing, siding, decks and patios, windows and doors, etc. Let’s turn your project into another TH success story. Call 7428386 or visit BYRD AGENCY Wallkill The Byrd Agency is an Allstate Exclusive Agency which specializes in auto, home, condo, renters, life, powersports boat and commercial insurance. The Byrd Agency is a new agency which just opened in May 2010. The owner/agent, Haakim Byrd, is a veteran of more than eight years in the car business, with experience in sales, finance management and management of sales teams. The Byrd Agency’s goal is to offer excellent customer service and to provide a more personal relationship with customers when it comes to their insurance needs. Call 851-8353 or visit

J.A.L. EXCAVATING, INC. Central Valley J.A.L. Excavating specializes in commercial and residential excavating, underground utilities and paving. Family-owned and operated since 1985. We take pride in our work and never leave a job half-finished or a customer unsatisfied. Dedication and hard work are our number one priority. We are fully insured and have been serving Orange and Rockland Counties for 25 years. Call 928-3569 or email THE BAKER’S DOZEN BAGELS & DELI Vails Gate We are the “Home of the Big Bagel.” All baking is done on premises. We offer 19 varieties of bagels (baker’s dozen = 14 bagels) and have a full line of Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses. We’re located at 179 Temple Hill Road, Suite 200 at Minuteman Square in Vails Gate. We serve breakfast all day and lunch, and do catering for businesses, schools and for all occasions. Buy $20 worth of cold cuts and get 12 bagels free. Store hours: Monday-Saturday, 6:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and Sunday, 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Call 565-5131 or stop in.

BIDWELL ENVIRONMENTAL, L.L.C. Sugar Loaf Bidwell Environmental is pleased to be a member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. We are an environmental consulting firm that has been serving the New York metropolitan and tri-state areas since 1996. We specialize in health and safety programs, training, site assessments, building surveys, hazardous materials management and indoor air quality studies. We are a certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE) geared toward providing creative and timely environmental solutions. We are poised and ready to serve your environmental needs and pledge to tailor our services to your budget. Call 610-3993 or visit

PLANTATIONS LAWN AND GARDEN EXPERTS Walden Plantations Lawn and Garden Experts is a hands-on business specializing in lawn establishment and maintenance and mixed border installations and maintenance. By using sustainable, eco-friendly gardening practices and products based upon university research, we tailor a program to meet the needs of your individual site and budget considerations. In addition, we also offer the following services: tree and hedge pruning, lawn rejuvenation including dethatching and aeration, landscape design, pond installation and maintenance, spring and fall clean-ups, gutter cleaning, retaining wall and paver installation, snow plowing and more. Free estimates are available. Call 284-0853.

911 MEDICAL ID EMERGENCY CARD Middletown If disaster happens, how fast could you recover financially? Ninety-five percent of people with major losses don’t have the documentation needed and therefore never recover the full value of their assets. The 911 My Property eSafe Card is a powerful USB card that provides immediate documentation for fast claims processing and total financial recovery. You’ll never have to worry about proving the value of lost or damaged property. Special software allows you to easily record all of your possessions room by room and keep it updated. Password protected card. One time cost, no monthly fee. Lifetime software updates and more. Visit or call 343-0091.

SCREEN-TRANS FABRIC PRINTERS IN PARTNERS WITH LEWIS & COMPANY Rockland EXPO 2010 is getting closer. Screen-Trans Fabric Printers can help your organization prepare for this big event! Let us help produce your trade show booth, graphics, banners, table skirt covers and promotional items. We print exclusively on all types of fabrics. Most of our work is dye sublimation which produces extremely bright, clean colors. We also use screen printing for spot colors and specialty work like printing metallic foil on fabric. All work is done at our plant. Lewis & Company, a design firm and our rep can help with the creativity and overall presentation. For more information, call Bill Lewis at 358-4268 or 914-552-1555 (lewiscompany@ Visit r

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Leadership Orange graduates 36 Thirty-six individuals from all areas of the county and all walks of life recently graduated from the 2010 Leadership Orange program. Each year, a select group of Orange County men and women participates in the 10-month program. Participants receive training on topics important to Orange County residents and businesses including education, health and human services, communications, government and politics,

the environment, quality of life, economic development, leadership and the judicial system. This year’s Leadership Orange class project was to help organize the Purple Heart Hall of Honor’s Tribute on June 25 that featured Gen. David Petraeus as guest speaker. For more information on Leadership Orange, visit or call 457-1550.

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For more information, call Mary Ann Butler at 845-346-3252. Purple Heart recipients Jose A. Baez, left and Benjamine P. Marrero, Jr. were among the hundreds of guests of honor at the recent National Purple Heart Hall of Honor Tribute held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. They are pictured with Chamber Vice President of Government Initiatives Carol Smith. The special guest speaker at the event, below, was Gen. David H. Petraeus. More than 1,200 people attended the Tribute which commemorated “the extraordinary sacrifices of America’s servicemen and servicewomen who were killed or wounded in combat.” Chamber President Dr. John D’Ambrosio was a member of the Tribute Steering Committee.

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Member Events Hudson River Adventures offers cruises to and guided walking tours of historic Bannerman Island. Tours depart on Saturdays and Sundays from Torches Landing, Newburgh, at noon and from the Beacon Ferry Dock at 1:30 p.m. Weekday tours can be arranged for groups. For information, call 220-2120 or visit www. The Lycian Centre’s upgraded and enlarged Wharf Theatre will feature new comedies this summer. “Cooking with the Calamari Sisters: Mangia Italiano” will be held on August 4 and August 6-8. “Clue: The Musical” will be presented August 13-15 and 20-22. For information or tickets, call 469-2287 or visit A Wine and Music Mini-Fest to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association will be held on Friday, August 13 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Warwick Valley Winery, 114 Little York Road, Warwick. Food catered by The Winery Café will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25 per person and include an open wine bar. For reservations or information, contact Janet Troia at 695-2247 or To promote the revitalization of Newburgh’s downtown area, Safe Harbors of the Hudson will hold its 4th Annual Ann Street Market series throughout the summer and fall. Markets will be held on Saturdays, August 28, September 25 and October 30 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The markets, which feature fresh, local food and art, take place in the Ann Street municipal lot. In case of rain, the market will be held inside the Ritz Theater lobby at 107 Broadway. For information on becoming a vendor or attending the market series, call June Henley at 562-6940, ext. 109, e-mail jhenley@ or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County will host a “Fore the Kids” golf classic at the West Point Golf Club on Monday, August 30. Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the outing will include a putting contest, unlimited driving range, prizes and networking, followed by the 18-hold shotgun start four-person scramble at noon. The fee of $135 includes cart, lunch and dinner. Sponsorships are also available. For more information, visit the events section of or call Carolyn Bennett at 562-5900. Registration closes on August 16 and space is limited. The Dispute Resolution Center will host its “Come to the Table” extravaganza at the Events Gallery at Bethel Woods on Saturday, October 2. They are looking for local designers to create tabletop settings which will be auctioned at the event to raise funds for DRC’s youth and family programs. Prizes will be awarded in several categories. Sponsorship and journal opportunities are available. For information, contact Kathy Kreiter at 794-3377 or Mellissa Carrier at 2948082, ext. 57. On Saturday, October 9, Occupations Foundation, Inc. will hold its Gala and “Vision of Hope” award dinner at Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor. Jim and Eileen Taylor will be honored as the recipients of the 2010 Vision of Hope Award. A member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, Jim Taylor is President of Taylor Biomass Energy and Taylor Recycling Facility. Sponsorship opportunities are available and a commemorative journal is planned. For more information, call 692-4454, ext. 101 or visit Artists are needed for the Orange County Arts Council’s Open Studio Tour, which will be held the weekend of October 16-17. This year’s Open Studio will include communities in the

Bill Sestrom and Kathy Passineau cut the ribbon to open the new Wireless Zone store at the Mid-Valley Mall in Newburgh. The other Wireless Zone store is at 367 Windsor Highway, New Windsor. For more information, visit Wireless Zone was the recipient of the Chamber’s 2009 Small Business of the Year Award.

northern part of Orange County, those above Route 84 including Port Jervis, Middletown and all of Newburgh. Open Studio is when Orange County artists and craftspeople open their studios to the public for the sale and demonstration of their work. The purpose of the event is to educate the public about the production of craft and art work and to generate sales during and following the event. For more information, contact the Arts Council at 469-9168 or www. Jewish Family Services of Orange County will host its second annual “The Stars are Out Tonight” on Wednesday, November 3 at Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor. The honorees will be former Middletown Mayor Gertrude Mokot-

off, Gail Oliver, NAACP of Middletown and Newburgh and St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Sponsorship and journal ads are available. Tickets are $80 per person. For more information, call 341-1173, ext. 300. On November 12, the Rockland Economic Development Corp. will honor companies, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to Rockland County’s economic development and have enhanced the local business climate. The 16th Annual Economic Development Awards Luncheon will be held at the IBM Executive Conference Center in Palisades. It is sponsored by TD Bank. Tickets are $45. For information or to register, call 735-7040. r

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Member Renewals 266 North Plank Company, Inc.

Community Products, L.L.C.

A Plus Painting

Compass Motors

Advertisement Carriers Ent.

Competitive Power Ventures, L.L.C.

Albert Rix Bear Center

Complete Burner & A/C, Inc.

Algonquin Supply Corp.

Conservco Instrument Maintenance, Inc.

Allstate Insurance

Cosentino Architecture, P.L.L.C.

American Home Security

Courtyard by Marriott Middletown

American Process

Croll Productive Synergy

Apple Valley Excavating, L.L.C.

Cutting Edge Hair Salon

Architectural Mouldings, Hardwoods & Supplies, Inc.

Day Seckler, L.L.P.

Ashcraft’s Lock & Door Hardware Company, Inc.

Dolson Avenue Medical

Atlantic Aviation

DP Sales Pro

ATM Ready, L.L.C.

Durants Tents and Events

Balles Landscaping, Inc.

Elant, Inc.

Bank of America

Elegant Images Photography

Beautiful People

Engineering Properties, P.C.

Bodyworks by Michelle

Exposures Gallery

Boss Construction Co., Inc.

Fantastic Cuts Family Hair Design

Brewery Apartments

Fellenzer Engineering, L.L.P.

Bridges Over Time

Flowers By David Anthony

Brinckerhoff and Neuville, Inc.

Frontier Communications

Broadway Tailors

Giftworks, L.L.C.

C. Willumsen Magill and Associates

Goldinson Corp.

Calandra Financial Services

Greenway Environmental Services

Campaign Search Consultants, L.L.C.

Greystone Programs, Inc.

Canus Major Services, Inc.

Guardian Self Storage

Carmela’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Hartwood Appraisal Services, Inc.

Carol Temporaries

HDR Engineers

Catering House of Edward Fava

Heather’s Childs Place, Ltd.

Cellex Building Services, Inc.

Holistic Health

Central Valley Real Estate, Inc. Christopher J. Byrne, C.P.A.

Hotels & Hospitals TV Service & Installation, L.L.C.

Clegg Brothers Garage Doors

Howard W. Weeden, P.L.S., P.C.

Clough, Harbour & Associates

Hudson Valley Economic Development Corp.

Community Medical Care

Hudson Valley Kitchen Refacing

DLFS Enterprises

Hudson Valley Landscaping Nursery & Garden Center


Hudson Valley Office Furniture, Inc.

Pennings Gardens, Inc.

Jack Frost Heating & Cooling Mechanical, L.L.C.

Pest ProTech

Jackets By JoAnne Janitronics Facility Services

Polonia Development & Preservation Services Co.

Jensen Communications, L.L.C.

Quality Paving

Jie S Chinese Acupuncture Clinic

Quinn’s Quality Landscaping

John Ginda Carpentry

Royal T Title Agency, Inc.

Junior League of Orange County, Inc.

RT Discount Market

Kar Vin Abstract Corporation

Sass Internet Marketing

Keith Nowak Contracting

Sign Language Resources, Inc.

Laurie Conti Design

St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital

Loughran’s Restaurant/Lounge

Steingart Associates

Mac Media USA, Inc.

Stony Ford Foundation, Inc.

Manheim New York

Tarantella’s Pizza Alley

McGoey, Hauser & Edsall, Consulting Engineers, P.C.

Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants P.C.

MHR International, L.L.C.

The Marketing Department

Michael’s Appliance Sales & Service, Inc.

The Pet Barber, Mobile Grooming Spa

Michele P. Ellerin, Esq.

The Reis Group

Microtel Inn & Suites

The Salvation Army

Mid Hudson Chinese Christian Church

Timothy Thomas Fitzgerald & Associates, Inc.

Millennium Pipeline Company, L.L.C.

Tracking Systems, Inc.

Momentum Advertising & Design

Vegas East Productions, Inc.

Montgomery Group, L.L.C.

Verge America, Ltd.

Morgan Stanley

Walden Savings Bank

Mount Peter

Wal Mart Stores, Inc., Newburgh

Nagalingam Jeyalingam, M.D., P.C.

Wal Mart Super Store Monroe

Nagpal Dental Associates, P.C.

Wal Mart Superstore

NeoCurve, L.L.C.

WAMC Northeast Public Radio

New Beginnings Montessori School

West Point Tours, Inc.

New York Eyewear


Newburgh Jewish Community Center, Inc. Newburgh Mall

WK Mechanical, Inc., DBA Whiteford Keagy, Certified Air Duct Cleaning

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network

Woodbury Sanitary Sewage Disposal

O’Connor Davies Munns & Dobbins, L.L.P.

Yosef Bernstein

Orange County Association of Realtors

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8:00 am Government Initiatives & Education Committee (Larkin Room)

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8:30 am Minority and Women in Business Committee (Montgomery Room)




14 8:00 am Ambassadors (Larkin Room) 8:00 am Young Professionals Leadership Council (Montogomery Room)



7:27 am Membership Breakfast (The Fountains, Middletown)







8:00 am Consultants Seminar (Larkin Room)




7:00 pm EXPO Exhibitors Seminar (Larkin Room)



8:00 am Marketing Committee (Montgomery Room)


7:45 am Consultants Committee (Larkin Room)





5:00 pm End of Summer Mixer (Torches, Newburgh)






2 8:30 am Minority and Women in Business Committee (Montgomery Room)

8:00 am Government Initiatives & Education Committee (Larkin Room)


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8:30 am Small Business Committee (Larkin Room)




8:00 am New Member Power Hour (Larkin Room)









7:00 pm Dance with the Chamber Stars (Green Room at the Ritz, Newburgh)

7:47 am Membership Breakfast (Ramada Inn, Newburgh)




28 8:00 am New Member Power Hour (Larkin Room)



7:45 am Consultants Committee (Larkin Room)

10:00 am EXPO 2010 (Anthonyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pier 9, New Windsor)


8:00 am Young Professionals Leadership Council (Montgomery Room)

30 8:00 am Marketing Committee (Montgomery Room)


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August 11

EXPO 2010 Seminar 7:00-8:00 p.m. Larkin Room, Chamber Business Center Sponsor: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Free for EXPO exhibitors $50 for non-exhibitors (credited toward an EXPO booth for those who sign up at the seminar)

August 17

Consultants Seminar 8:00-10:00 a.m. Larkin Room, Chamber Business Center Speakers: Wayne L. Martin and John Rosenberger, Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein, C.P.A.s Topics: “Health Care Reform Act: What Employers Need to Know” and “2010 Hire Act: The Sooner You Act, the More You’ll Save.”

$15 per person

August 19

Membership Breakfast 7:27-9.00 a.m. Speaker: Dave Farrow Two-time Guinness World Record Holder for Memory Topic: “Are You Losing Money Because of Your Bad Memory?” 7:27-9:00 a.m. The Fountains, Middletown Sponsor: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

$25 members in advance

“End of Summer Mixer”


August 26

$30 members at the door $50 non-members

5:00-7:00 p.m. Torches on the Hudson, Newburgh Waterfront Sponsor: Reliable Cleaning Services Co-Host: OC Young Professionals

Certified Public Accountants Wayne L. Martin and John Rosenberger, both with Goldstein, Karlewicz and Goldstein, will present a Consultants Seminar on Tuesday, August 17 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Larkin Room at the Chamber Business Center in Montgomery. The topics will be “Health Care Reform Act: What Employers Need to Know” and “2010 Hire Act: The Sooner You Act, the More You’ll Save.” “In March, President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul into law,” said Martin. “Many fear that this new law will create a tremendous cost burden for their small businesses. During the same month, the President also signed legislation that has new tax benefits that are directly related to businesses hiring new employees and writing off new investments in equipment. This two-hour seminar is geared to inform businesses of the liabilities and benefits that will affect your business in current and future tax years as they relate to these new tax laws.” Reservations, at $15 for members, can be made by calling Roseann at 457-9700 or visiting

Are you losing money because of your bad memory? If your forgetfulness is costing you money, you’re going to want to hear from the speaker at our Thursday, August 19 breakfast meeting. Dave Farrow, a Poughkeepsie native and two-time Guinness World Record Holder for Greatest Memory, says that you can “learn to double your sales, gain a push button memory and enjoy the process all in one meeting.” If you want to “learn the one secret that will get you a flood of referrals without even asking,” make your reservation for the breakfast, which will begin 7:27 a.m. at The Fountains in Middletown. Reserve online at or call Roseann at 457-9700. Admission is $25 for members in advance and $50 for non-members. The breakfast is sponsored by Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.

Make reservations online at, call (457-9700), fax (457-8799) or mail with check to: the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549 or e-mail

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Wrap up the summer in style Our annual “End of Summer” mixer will be held on Thursday, August 26 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Torches on the Hudson. The mixer is sponsored by Reliable Cleaning Services. Admission is free, but reservations are appreciated and can be made by calling Roseann at 457-9700 or visiting


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The Board and staff of the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center recently hosted a “Celebration of Health” ribbon cutting of the Kaplan Family Pavilion, the center’s new 60,000 SF medical home at 147 Lake Street in Newburgh. More than 200 friends and supporters gathered for the celebration. Pictured are (from left) Orange County Executive Ed Diana, Pat Larkin (representing Sen. Bill Larkin), Newburgh Mayor Nick Valentine, GHVFHC President and CEO Linda Muller (holding Lorelei Mariani and Samantha Muller), Congressman Maurice Hinchey, William Kaplan, Mirta Rivas, GHVFHC Board Chair Charlie Milich, Paul Broadie, Debra Johnson, Daisy Vale, David Dendy, Mary Jean Valigorski and Floyd Johnson.

Are you Orange County’s next Business Idol? Are you Orange County’s next Business Idol? If you are a small business owner (fewer than 10 employees) – and a Chamber member -- who is looking for a tremendous promotional boost for your business, read on! The Orange County Chamber of Commerce PR/Marketing Committee is hosting the Fifth Annual Orange County

Business Idol competition. Simply send in an application and if your submission is selected, you will be one of the finalists who will compete to win an extraordinary grand prize for your business. AT&T is this year’s Business Idol sponsor. Finalists will compete onsite at the Wednesday, September 15 Orange County Chamber EXPO at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. The lucky winner will

receive a grand prize that will include: a free one-year Chamber membership; free booth at EXPO 2011; free e-inserts in The Business Viewpoint for a full year (a $2,400 value); a complimentary consultation session with the PR/Marketing Committee, and more! All EXPO exhibitors (who are selected as finalists) will be eligible to compete in the Business Idol competition free of

charge. There is a $25 fee for all other participants. An application form will be included in the e-mailing to members of the August Business Viewpoint. Watch your mail and your e-mail for more information, or contact Ellen Daley at the Chamber at 845-457-9700 or A limited number of presentation slots are available, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

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Did You Know? The non-profit group Walkway Over the Hudson received a donation of $2,500 from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. on behalf of the 2,500 customers who participated in the utility’s eBills electronic billing promotion. For every customer who switched to electronic billing and payment plan through May 5, Central Hudson pledged to contribute one dollar to the Walkway. In total, more than 27,000 Central Hudson customers have switched to electronic billing. For more information on the electronic billing and payment program and other payment options, visit Orange County AHRC raised more than $6,000 at its inaugural DreamCatchers Benefit held at Anthony’s Pier 9. The highlight of the evening was 81-year-old Bill Hart, whose dream of joining the Orange County Antique Auto Club came true when AHRC’s Barbara Prentice contacted the Auto Club. Hart, who spent 40 early years of his life confined to Letchworth Village before moving to his AHRC residence in Montgomery, has a love of old cars and Prentice made his dream of joining the Auto Club come true. For information about AHRC, visit Real Estate Solutions/R.J. Smith Realty is the exclusive marketing agent for the 91-acre Orange County Fairgrounds and Orange County Fair Speedway, which have been listed for sale. For information, contact R.J. Smith at 744-2095. Avoiding costly and time-consuming litigation is the most cited reason for choosing mediation .The Dispute Resolution Center provides mediation services including parenting plans, custody, divorce, family decision-making, marital disputes and prenuptial agreements. The cost of mediation is less than that of litigation. For information, call Roz Magidson at 294-8082, ext. 27. “Thursdays at the Outside Lounge” at Chateau Hathorn in Warwick is back in operation. There is no charge for an evening on the patio. Guests may select from a long list of specialty drinks, as well as “mock-tails” for those who prefer non-alcoholic drinks. Selections from a light menu are also available. For information, call 986-6099 or visit Ulster Savings Bank recently presented a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond to a pre-school student as part of the bank’s “Teach Children to Save Day” program. For more information about any of the bank’s savings programs, call 866-440-0391. The bank’s Charitable Foundation recently announced a grant of $12,000 to the Family of Woodstock in support of their Capital Project at Family House, a runaway and homeless youth facility.



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Did You Know?• Continued from page 12 Timothy G. Tuttle has joined the law firm of Tarshis, Catania, Liberth, Mahon & Milligram, P.L.L.C. as an Associate. More information on TCLMM is available at Microtel Inn & Suites in Middletown is running a special for July and August. Guests can stay for $89 per night in a double room Sundays through Thursdays. The rate includes one large pizza, continental breakfast and free wireless Internet access. For information or to make a reservation, call 692-0098.

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Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. is now offering a Caregiver Support Group for caregivers of chronically ill or terminally ill loved ones. This support group is open to the community and will meet at Hospice, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, beginning on August 11 at 5:00 p.m. The group will meet every month on the following dates: August 11, September 8, October 6, November 3 and December 1. For more information, call Eva Ottesen at 561-6111. r

Visit 200 businesses all at once The region’s largest and best business trade show will held on Wednesday, September 15 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. The Orange County Chamber of Commerce EXPO 2010, featuring 200 booths, will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a mixer for exhibitors and members only from 5:00-7:00 p.m. If you haven’t reserved your booth, don’t wait any longer. Booths are still $495 each and small businesses (five or fewer employees) can share a booth. Major sponsors for EXPO are: Bleakley, Platt; CDPHP; Empire State College; Entrepreneurial Assistance Program; Mount Saint Mary College; Orange Benefits Partners; Provident Bank; SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business. AT&T is the Business Idol sponsor. Media sponsors are: Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley (Cool 92.9, Star 93.3, Kiss 96.1, 99.3 Litefm, WRWD, NewsTalk 920), Hudson Valley Parent Magazine,, Times Community Newspapers of the Hudson Valley and The Sentinel. EXPO Co-Chairs this year are Mike Lake (Redlake, Inc.) and Dave Cocks (Walden Savings Bank). More information is available by contacting Roseann at 845-4579700, visiting or e-mailing Booths are reserved on a first come, first served basis.

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Health Notes Penny Lynch has been promoted to Manager of the Ray W. Moody, MD Breast Center at Orange Regional Medical Center and recently became certified as a Breast Patient Navigator. Michelle Worden is the center’s new Patient Navigator. Lynch, Women’s Imaging Coordinator Kelly Pizarro and Mammography Technician Doris Morales are now Certified Breast Patient Navigators. For information on the Moody Breast Center, call 695-5900 or visit www. ORMC recently hosted its 2010 Physician Appreciation event. A special tribute was paid to Dr. William Gotsis, Codirector of ORMC’s Cardiac Catheterization Lab, and Dr. Lewis Broslovsky, former Chair of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. In other ORMC news, the Foundation’s recent 29th annual Golf Classic raised $241,000 to benefit the Comprehensive Cancer Care Program at ORMC. Melinda Cavanaugh, an Associate in the Pain Management Department, was named June Star of the Month at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. In other SLCH news, three local students were named recipients of the SLCH Foundation scholarships. For information about the scholarships or to become a hospital volunteer, call 568-2391 or visit or e-mail Horizon Family Medical Group has relocated its accounting and corporate services to 2 Coates Drive, Goshen. With more than 6,000 SF of office space, the Goshen facility is more than two and a half times larger than Horizon’s former location. Horizon currently has 20 offices in Orange

County. The group moved its executive offices to 4 Coates Drive in 2008. Dr. Syeda Tahera, a primary care physician with Horizon, recently announced her retirement after 40 years of practice. For more information, visit

The SUNY Orange Foundation’s annual golf outing generated nearly $34,000 for the college’s scholarship fund. The event was sponsored by Frontier Communications. In other SUNY Orange news, the college won Metropool’s “Race to the Finish” by having the most new enrollments on the NuRide carpooling site during Metropool’s Earth Day Commuter Challenge. The competition was part of the college’s emerging sustainability program. Recent SUNY Orange graduate Kathryn Miller of Warwick took first place at the 2010 Beacon conference, which highlights the achievements of students at two-year colleges. Miller is the second SUNY Orange student to win “Best of Category.”

Several of the 16 Elant at Goshen employees honored with a Circle of Excellence award of the last several years recently celebrated their accomplishments at a breakfast hosted at the facility. The Circle of Excellence award, established in 2005, recognizes employees who provide outstanding, exemplary care and compassion to residents. Although Mid-Hudson Workshop for the Disabled is known for the outsourcing services it provides, the organization has also provided healthcare coverage for its skilled disabled veterans and other physically and mentally handicapped staffers since its incorporation in 1948. In addition to paying for all of an employee’s health insurance premiums, the Workshop also covers all copays, absorbing 100% of employees’ healthcare costs. For more information on MHW, visit Gentle Dentistry recently launched a new interactive website in its efforts to increase customer satisfaction and expand patient services. Located at 2 Albert Street in Middletown, Gentle Dentistry now features a full-service website, www.nygentledentistry. com, complete with online appointment forms, as well as an online payment option through its secure site. The site also features a FAQ page that addresses variety of dental concerns, office hours and a staff director. Dr. David Ainbinder owns the practice, which has been in business since 1970. r

A grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for The Learning Experience @ Monroe, located at 655 County Route 105 in Monroe. Pictured doing the honors are, from left, Michelle Thomas, Lori Mahoney, Esther Park and Sang Jin Park. For more information, visit


Mount Saint Mary College’s 32nd Annual Golf Invitational raised more than $90,000 to support efforts for the college’s 2,700 students. This year’s honorees were Susan and Joseph Maloney, Co-chairs of the college’s “Answering the Call” campaign, which built the Kaplan Family Math, Science and Technology Center. In other Mount news, in an effort to be more sustainable, the college installed solar photovoltaic panels on the central roof of a renovated 12,000 SF residence hall. Scholarships And College Planning can show you how to get a bigger financial aid package. For information and a free consultation, call 718-874-9445 or visit www. r

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Procurement Technical Assistance Center PTAC’s Brown Bag Lunch & Learn Series To enhance small businesses success with Marketing to the Government


n partnership with REDC’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the Orange County Chamber of Commerce is offering a free six-session “Brown Bag Lunch & Learn” Educational Series on demystifying government procurement. Each interactive series is 1.5 hours, from noon-1:30 p.m., at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Bring your lunch and learn six keys to success including: September 9 • Understanding Solicitations—Demystifying the Document September 23 • Teaming for Success—Strategic Alliances Can Mean Big Bucks! October 15 • Who’s Buying What You Are Selling?—Find Out How to Locate Your Prime Government Customers October 21 • Good Things Come in Small Packages—How to Find Opportunities That Don’t Go to Bid

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Two Blue Hill Plaza 3rd Floor • P.O. Box 1575 Pearl River, NY 10965 Ph: 845.735.7040 • Fx: 845.735.5736

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HOSPICE Auxiliary of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc. Dear Hospice Auxiliary Friends, We will be having our Third Annual Mum Sale this year. We have kept the $10 or 3/$25 price and our color selection will be White, Burgandy, Yellow and Rust. Plant pick up will be Thursday, September 2nd from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. You can support the Hospice Auxiliary and brighten your home and/or office at the same time. This support allows the Auxiliary to continually enhance the Hospice Program and the Kaplan Residence for the benefit of the patients. Thank you, Bev MacFarland, 845 562-5044 Bobbi Kahn, 845 562-3110 Co-Chairs, Hospice Auxiliary Mum Sale

MUM SALE ________ 9” Pots @ $10.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $______________    ________ 3 – 9” Pots @ $25.00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  $ ______________                             TOTAL               $ ______________    _______White  __________ Burgundy ____________ Yellow __________Rust Orange    Last day to order  ‐  Thursday, August 26th    The mums have to be picked up on Thursday, September 2, 2010 between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at either Anthony’s Pier 9,  2975 Route 9W, New Windsor (Side Entrance)  or  at SUNY Orange, Morrison Hall, South Street, Middletown.    Name ___________________________________________________________________________________    Address _________________________________________________________________________________    City _______________________________________ State _____________ Zip ________________________    Telephone _______________________________________________________________________________    E‐mail Address ____________________________________________________________________________    I will pick up my mums at ___________Anthony’s Pier 9              _____________SUNY Orange  Please return this flyer with your check attached to:  Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc., 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh,  NY 12550 

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Keep reading for important information on upcoming Orange County Chamber of Commerce events.

Thanks to our Platinum Corporate Partners:


a n d CRYSTAL our other Corporate Partners:


Abbott & Mills Energy *Advance Testing Company * Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac * Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C. * Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council * Key Bank * Laborers’ Local 17, LECET * Marshall & Sterling Insurance * Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. * Port Authority of NY & NJ * SB Credit Card Services * Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. * TD Bank * Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell * Walden Savings Bank

Orange County Chamber of Commerce 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-9700 ~ (fax) (845) 457-8799 T




Consultants Seminar ‘Health Care Reform Act ‐   What Employers Need to Know’   and 

‘2010 Hire Act ‐  The Sooner You Act, the More You’ll Save’ 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. Larkin Community/Board Room Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery Presenters: Wayne L. Martin, C.P.A. & John Rosenberger, C.P.A.

Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein, L.L.P. In March, President Obama signed his landmark health care overhaul into law. Many fear that this new law will create a tremendous cost burden for their small businesses. During the same month, the President also signed legislation that has new tax benefits that are directly related to businesses hiring new employees and writing off new investments in equipment. This two-hour seminar is geared to inform businesses of the liabilities and benefits that will affect your business in current and future tax years as they relate to these new tax laws. Thanks to our Platinum Corporate Partners:

USA DATANET, A WVT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY & CRYSTAL RUN HEALTHCARE our other Corporate Partners: Abbott & Mills Energy *Advance Testing Company * Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac * Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C. * Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council * Key Bank * Laborers’ Local 17, LECET * Marshall & Sterling Insurance * Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. * Port Authority of NY & NJ * SB Credit Card Services * Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. * TD Bank * Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell * Walden Savings Bank Register online at or return this form to the Orange County Chamber, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549 or fax to 845-457-8799. For information, call 845-457-9700 or visit

Registration: $15. Please RSVP by August 13, 2010

Reservations not honored will be billed ($2 billing charge). Call and cancel if you find you are unable to attend. Method of Payment $15

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E-mail Address


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30 Scott's Corners Drive, Suite 101, Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-9700

Fax: (845) 457-8799

Breakfast Meeting

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August 19, 2010 The Fountains, Middletown 7:27-9:00 a.m.

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Reserve with Orange County Chamber of Commerce (845) 457-9700 ~ ~ 30 Scott's Corners Drive, Suite 101, Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-9700

$25 members in advance $30 members at the door $50 non-members Fax: (845) 457-8799



Join us for a Chamber-style send-off of summer

Sponsored by:

at the incredible Torches on the Hudson on the beautiful Newburgh Waterfront Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. In addition to great food, there will be prizes and fantastic networking opportunities, plus spectacular views of the Hudson River and beyond.

Thursday, August 26, 2010 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Torches on the Hudson 120 Front Street Newburgh, NY

Co-hosted by the Young Professionals of Orange County Thanks to our Platinum Corporate Partners:


Abbott & Mills Energy *Advance Testing Company * Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac * Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C. * Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council * Key Bank * Laborers’ Local 17, LECET * Marshall & Sterling Insurance * Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. * Port Authority of NY & NJ * SB Credit Card Services * Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. * TD Bank * Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell * Walden Savings Bank Although reservations are not required, it will help us to keep track of the number of guests if you make your reservation(s) with Roseann by returning this form to the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549 or fax it to 457-8799. For more information, call Roseann at 457-9700 or visit

End-of-Summer Mixer — August 26, 2010 Name (s) Company Address

Free admission

30 Scott's Corners Drive, Suite 101, Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-9700

Fax: (845) 769-9396

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Orange County Business Idol Application Form

The Business Idol competition is open only to small business members of the Orange County Chamber (1-10 employees). The deadline for submission of applications is August 20, 2010. Selected applicants will make three-minute presentations to a five-person panel from the Chamber’s PR/Marketing Committee at designated times during EXPO 2010 on September 15. A limited number of presentation slots are available, so applications should be submitted as soon as possible. The grand prize will include: a free one-year membership to the Chamber, free booth at EXPO 2011, free e-inserts in The Business Viewpoint for one year, a free marketing consultation with the Chamber’s PR/Marketing Committee, and much more. Name Company/Organization


Address E-mail


Any previous businesses: ‰ yes ‰ no Length of time in business: If yes, describe the business and how long you ran it: Do you have a written business plan? ‰ yes ‰ no 1. Describe your current business in 50 or fewer words.

2. What is your key value (or unique selling) proposition?

3. Why is your company/organization most deserving of being the 2010 Chamber Business Idol?

Application fee: $25 - fee waived for EXPO 2010 exhibitors - ‰ Check here if an EXPO ‰ Fee enclosed ‰ Send invoice ‰ Credit Card exhibitor Please submit applications to: Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Dr., Montgomery, NY 12549 or by fax to 845-457-8799. Applications can also be e-mailed to

‰ MasterCard Card #: Expiration Date: CVV Code: Signature:

‰ Visa

‰ American Express

30 Scott's Corners Drive, Suite 101, Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-9700

Fax: (845) 457-8799

Orange County Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting & Awards Reception

Journal Opportunities Thursday, October 21, 2010 Catlin Gardens, 2865 Route 6, Slate Hill  Full page  Half page  Quarter page

$750 $500 $250

Ad Sizes: Full page: 7”w x 10”h Half page: 7”w x 5”h Quarter page: 3.5”w x 5’h Camera-ready art (jpeg, tif or high-quality PDF format, 100% of final size as specified) should be e-mailed to; or mailed camera-ready (B&W art 100% of final size) with payment to Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549 Attn: Karen Sawyer Call 845-457-9700 or e-mail for information.

Journal ad submission deadline: October 1, 2010

Journal ad order: Name Company/Organization Address Phone _________________ E-mail Size of ad: Method of Payment: Check enclosed ____ Card # : Name on card: Signature:

Charge to:  MC  Visa  AmericanExpress Exp. Date: Amount: $

Thanks to our Platinum Corporate Partners:

USA DATANET, A WVT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY a n d CRYSTAL RUN HEALTHCARE our other Corporate Partners: Abbott & Mills Energy *Advance Testing Company * Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac * Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C. * Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council * Key Bank * Laborers’ Local 17, LECET * Marshall & Sterling Insurance * Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. * Port Authority of NY & NJ * SB Credit Card Services * Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. * TD Bank * Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell * Walden Savings Bank

Breakfast Meeting ‘ Health Care Reform:   A Medical Group Practice Perspective’  with guest speaker 

D r. M i c h e l l e K o u r y Chief Operating O fficer, Crystal Run Healthcare

We d n e s d a y, S e p t e m b e r 2 2 , 2 0 1 0 7:27 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Ramada Inn, 1289 Route 300, Newburgh Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Koury is Chief Operating Officer for Crystal Run Healthcare. She joined the practice in 1996 as a traditional internist and earned her certification as a medical director for long-term care, one of only two in Orange County at the time, and served as such for eight years at Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation. Dr. Koury was appointed Crystal Run’s first Medical Director in 2002 and served in that role for six years until being named Chief Operating Officer in 2008. Dr. Koury is a cum laude graduate of Rutgers University and attended Tufts University School of Medicine. She completed her training in Internal Medicine at New England Medical Center—Tufts University School of Medicine. Thanks to our Platinum Corporate Partners:

Sponsored by:

USA DATANET, A WVT COMMUNICATIONS COMPANY a n d CRYSTAL RUN HEALTHCARE our other Corporate Partners: Abbott & Mills Energy *Advance Testing Company * Barton & Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac * Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C. * Hudson Valley Building & Construction Trades Council * Key Bank * Laborers’ Local 17, LECET * Marshall & Sterling Insurance * Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc. * Port Authority of NY & NJ * SB Credit Card Services * Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. * TD Bank * Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell * Walden Savings Bank

Please return this form to the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549, fax to 457-8799 or register on-line at September 22, 2010 breakfast meeting. For information, call 457-9700.

Breakfast reservations not honored will be billed. Call and cancel if you find you are unable to attend. Method of Payment $25 members in advance—$30 members without reservations $50 non-members


Will pay at door



Check enclosed

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30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549

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CVV Code

(845) 457-9700 Fax (845) 457-8799



you’re a club dancer, a novice ballroom dancer or a dancing fool, this event is for you!

Friday, September 24, 2010 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Green Room at the Ritz Theater 111 Broadway Newburgh, N.Y. 12550


Chamber of Commerce

The event will highlight a few selected Chamber dancing stars. These folks will show their stuff performing the tango, salsa, waltz, hustle and who knows what else? You’ll be surprised who some of them are!

$25 per person Hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, soda, dessert and coffee are included. Catering is by Loughran’s.

BRING YOUR DANCING SHOES! There will be DJ music for all kinds of dancing.

Dancing demos courtesy of Strictly Ballroom and Tango Under the Tent. Free, secure parking in the Ann Street lot behind the Ritz. Casual attire. Please make reservation(s) with Roseann by returning this form to the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery, NY 12549, faxing it to 845-457-8799 or registering online at


S e p t e m b e r 24, 2010

Name (s) Company Address Phone No. of reservations: E-mail address

$25 per person ~ Method of payment: [ ] Pay at door

Credit card info: [ ] Visa [ ] MasterCard [ ] AmEx Card # Exp. Date CVV Code

At 6 pm SHARP, a free dance lesson will be provided by Joe Maraday of Strictly Ballroom


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