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September 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.

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‘Back to Business’

As summer draws to a close, it’s not only time for back to school, but for getting back to business as well. The Orange County Chamber of Commerce is offering unprecedented deals for businesses that join the Chamber during our September “Back to Business” Membership Drive.

Incredible Prizes Highlighting the drive are the three special drawings that will be held for any business that joins during September. Prizes include: ● One free ticket for the Chamber’s eight-day trip to Ireland (March 18, 2012) -- a $2,000 value ● The opportunity to have a display table at any Chamber Membership Breakfast during 2012 ($400 value) ● Two free tickets to the Annual Gala on January 28, 2012 ($350 value) Thousand$ in Free Advertising But, wait, there’s more: ● Any business that joins during the September 14 EXPO (Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor) or during our “Monday Night Membership Madness” (September 12, 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Chamber) can deduct a full 10% from their annual membership investment. ● Advertising valued at more than $5,000 donated by local media including:

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The Chamber is going to Ireland for eight days next year. Join the Chamber during the September membership drive and be entered in a drawing to win a free ticket. o A&E Advertising and Web Design o Fox Radio o o Hudson Valley Parent o Marketing Blacksmith o MidHudsonNews.Com o The Sentinel o Times Herald-Record ● Free admission to six key Chamber events during the first two months of membership ● Free insert in The Business Viewpoint ($375 value) for new members who pay with a credit card

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Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C., became the first member of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce to become certified as sustainable under a unique new partnership among the Chamber, SUNY Orange and Greenopia -- an industry leader in green-rated brands and services. Chamber President Dr. John

● 10% discount on membership investment AND a free insert for those who pay for two years of membership with a credit card. ● 90-day money back guarantee (must attend at least three Chamber functions).

Discover Ireland With the Chamber March 18-25, 2012

$1,995 per person double occupancy includes round trip international airfare,

Act Now All in all, it’s a terrific way to get your business on track for a great year. For more information, call Cheryl at 845-457-9700, e-mail or visit www.

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A. D’Ambrosio (left) presents the official sustainability sticker to James Taylor, President of Taylor Biomass. He is joined by SUNY Orange President Dr. Bill Richards and SUNY Orange intern Melissa Gramm. If you would like to have your business certified as sustainable, visit www.orangeny. com to find out how to proceed.

top-notch accommodations, most meals, local transportation on a luxury motorcoach, and admission to many tours and attractions. Contact Deanna Sutherland, CDT Travel, at 562-33160 or

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this Issue President’s Message

3 Member Spotlight


Chairman’s Message

3 New Members


Member Events

4 Member Renewals


6, 7 Anniversaries



8 Health Notes


Reservation Form

9 Education Notes


Did You Know?


The Orange County Chamber of Commerce September 2011

‘Taking Your Business to the Next Level’

30 Scott’s Corners Drive • Montgomery, NY 12549 email: • 457-9700 Fax 457-8799 OFFICERS


Donna Johnson, Chairman DJ Consulting Services, Inc. Charles Milich, Chair-Elect 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

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 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 Immaculate Designs Renee McCabe-Lempka Real Estate Solutions Carole S. McDermott Meals on Wheels of Greater Newburgh Marsh H. Merrill Charles B. Merrill Office Equipment & Supplies Ralph L. Mills Abbott & Mills 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.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Duane Albro USA Datanet Ronald Barton Barton Birks Chevrolet 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 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.

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 Membership Investment 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

Save Thursday, November 17 for the Chamber Small Business Committee’s seminar on “Taking Your Business to the Next Level.” The seminar will be held that day from 8:00 a.m.noon in the Larkin Room at the Chamber Business Center, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Montgomery. Several small business professionals will speak. They include: Dr. Arnaldo Sehwerert, Director of the Mid-Hudson Region of the Small Business Development Center; Wil-

liam Hughes, Certified Public Accountant and Partner with Kahn, Hoffman & Hochman, L.L.P.; Cedric Carter, Vice President of the New York Business Development Corp.; Mark Rothenberg, SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business; Larry Pontillo, Small Business Administration; and Joe Ferri, Senior Business Relationship Manager with HSBC Bank USA NA. Call 457-9700 or visit to make a reservation for the seminar.

Gala will honor late Dave Cocks Mount Saint Mary College will posthumously honor David Cocks, who passed away suddenly in June, with the college’s second annual Joseph A. Bonura Award for Leadership Excellence. The awards reception will be held on Friday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kaplan Family Mathematics, Science and Technology Center on the college’s Newburgh campus. Platinum Sponsors for the event are Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union and Walden Savings Bank. To date, other major sponsors include the Bonura Hospitality Group, Crystal Run Healthcare, Riverside Bank and RJ Smith Realty. Several other sponsorship opportunities are available, as are online journal ads. For information, contact Kathleen Barton at 569-3215. Proceeds will assist Mount Saint Mary College in its efforts to keep a Mount education within reach for working families. Thirty-five percent of MSMC students are the first in their families to go to college. Dave Cocks was President of Walden Savings Bank, as well as the Chamber’s ChairElect. He was also a graduate of Mount Saint Mary College.

Ken Adams, President and CEO of Empire State Development, told guests at the Chamber’s July Membership Breakfast Meeting that New York State needs to be more business-friendly if it is to retain existing businesses, attract new ones and create jobs. The breakfast was sponsored by Jeff Bank and held at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor.

Thanks to 2011 Corporate Partners Our generous Partners this year are: Platinum Partners: Crystal Run Healthcare USA Datanet, A WVT Communications Company Gold Partners: A & E Advertising and Web Design Advance Testing Company Barton, Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac Depew Energy Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, PLLC Elant, Inc. Entrepreneurial Assistance Program Focus Media, Inc. Key Bank Local 17 - Laborers-Employers Cooperation & Education Trust Marshall & Sterling Insurance Mobile Life Support Services, Inc. Orange & Rockland Utilities SB Credit Card Services Steingart Associates Stewart International Airport/The PANYNJ Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C. TD Bank Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell Walden Savings Bank Media Partners: Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley Cumulus Radio of the Hudson Valley Fox Radio Group – WGNY-AM/WGNY-FM/WJGK-FM/ WDLC-AM/WTSX-FM Times Herald-Record Time Warner Cable WSUL 98.3/95.7 - WVOS .95.9/105.7 Watermark Communications

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September 2011 The Business Viewpoint

Chairman’s Message It has been a wonderful experience being Chairman of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. I have had the opportunity to become intimately involved with the directors, staff and volunteers of a truly dynamic organization. It has also provided me countless professional development opportunities. First, I would like to thank the members of the Chamber for standing Johnson strongly beside their organization and community during such challenging times. I can honestly say that each meeting, directly or indirectly, focused on how we could serve you better and more cost-efficiently. Next, the extraordinary volunteers who provide the foundation on which the Chamber stands and continues to reach new heights. Of course, taking the lead amongst the volunteers are our incredible Board members who provided countless talents, resources, and hours of service to help shape the future of this organization. Likewise, our dedicated, loyal, highly skilled and professional staff, many of whom have been with us for over 20 years, led by our fearless leader, Dr. John, has given me the chance to see, up close and personal, how it would be impossible for our organization to be without their

endless commitment and sacrifices. Lastly, our partnerships with countless organizations and their leaders along with other community representatives and leaders have provided additional insight, support, and relationships needed to help not only the Chamber but also the entire county and the Hudson Valley stand strong and continue to make progress during these difficult times. We have had some losses, especially the loss of many very close to the organization, and some members and friends who have lost ground during this time. Yet, united we have created and will continue to create a business environment that will bring forth a more prosperous future. On my last day as Chairman, September 30, 2011, I will have the honor of seeing our new Chairman, Charlie Milich, take the helm and continue to help move this awesome organization towards its future. I look forward to working with him to help to make that future become a reality. In conclusion, thank you for the privilege you have given me. It was an honor to serve you in this capacity. Most importantly, thank you for your continued support of our Chamber. Donna Johnson Chairman of the Board

President’s message

You can’t beat this return on investment Dan O’Brien, our Senior Vice President for Membership, has a great chart that itemizes the real value for your Chamber membership investment. I won’t list everything here, but the point is that if you took full advantage of everything the Chamber offers (e.g., putting your info in The Business Viewpoint; attending various networking events, seminars and workshops; being a Breakfast Table Host; putting a coupon on the website), the return on your investment would total more than $2,000. That’s quite an ROI for $430 (rate for five or fewer employees). Another way to demonstrate the value of Chamber membership takes a page from the MasterCard playbook: ● Cost for a membership breakfast: $25 ● Time out of your morning: 2 hours (including travel) ● Chance to meet 150 potential new customers: Priceless When you take into account the many Chamber events that are offered free of

charge, the return to you is truly extraordinary: ● Attend a Chamber mixer, New Member Orientation or Members on Monday Lunch: FREE ● Time out of your day: 2 hours ● Chance to meet dozens of new customers: Beyond priceless Being part of the Chamber is a no-brainer for businesses that want to succeed. If you’re not a member, September is the time to join. In addition to the $2,000+ in ROI described above, you’ll receive thousands in free advertising and the chance to win some incredible prizes. If you are a member, you’re already on the right track, and hopefully, you’re making your investment work. If you have any questions in that regard, give Dan a call at 4579700 or e-mail John A. D’Ambrosio, Ed.D. President



The Orange County Chamber of Commerce September 2011

Member Events The Orange County Land Trust will launch its Second Annual Membership Drive during the month of September to recruit new individual and business members to support the ongoing land preservation work of the non-profit Land Trust. Business memberships start at $150 per year; individual memberships are $50. For more information, visit The annual 105th Air National Guard Airlift Wing’s golf outing will be held on Friday, September 9 at the Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, Kerhonkson. The $100 cost includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, beverages on the course, gifts, prizes, raffles and more. For information and registration, contact: Capt. Tom Maguire, 563-2822; MSgt. Jeff Dunn, 5632445; or SSgt. Nena Rebote, 563-2240. Register by August 26. Brendan’s Sportsbar at Quinnz Pinz in Middletown will kick off their fall entertainment on September 9 at 9:30 p.m. with dance music from the Swing Shift Orchestra and on September 10 with Karaoke and the hottest videos with Bibi Maldonado. For information, call 343-8121. The Mental Health Association in Orange County will hold a Zumba fundraiser on Saturday, September 10 at Power Fitness, 130 Dolson Avenue (Playtogs Plaza), Middletown. All age groups are invited to participate. A family session will be held from 12:30-1:15 p.m., followed by an adult session from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person in advance and $12 the day of the event. Raffles will also be held. For registration or information, call 342-2400, ext. 221 or e-mail September 15 is the deadline to enter 12th Rock Ministries’ Grand Giveaway. For $25, one Grand Prize winner may select from the following prizes: landscape design and installation ($5,000 value), installed by Tree of Life Landscape Design/Build of Middletown; blacktop driveway installation ($5,000 value) from Cooper Paving of Circleville; $2,000 Visa gift card. Visit and enter up to 10 times (only 1,000 donations being accepted). Proceeds go to 12th Rock’s scholarship fund.

Efficiency expert Cynthia Marsh-Croll of Croll Productive Synergy will hold her next panel, “Addressing the Challenges Facing Nonprofits in Today’s Environment” on September 15 from 7:30-9:30 a.m. Marsh-Croll will be joined by Miri Y. Upton of Wells Fargo Advisors, Ken Toumey of Schooley Mitchell Telecom Consultants and Bill O’Malley, Regional Director for Russell Investments. For more information or to register, visit or call 649-2778. Jewish Family Service of Orange County will hold its annual dinner on Thursday, September 15 at 5:30 p.m. at Anthony’s Pier 9, Route 9W, New Windsor. Honorees will include: Nadia Allen, Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Orange County; Jim Taylor, founder of Taylor Biomass Energy and a member of the Chamber’s Board of Directors; and posthumously, Seymour Gordon, late President of Jewish Family Service. For information on tickets, journal ads and sponsorships, visit or call 341-1173, ext. 300. Certified Professional Organizer and author Lisa Montanaro of LM Organizing Solutions will do a book signing on Saturday, September 17 from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Linda’s Office Supplies in Goshen. Montanaro will sign her new book, “The Ultimate Life Organizer.” For more information, visit Edward and Linda Dubin, coordinators of the centennial celebration of the landing as well as the crash of the Vin Fiz in Orange County announce that one of the country’s only full scale replicas of the Wright Ex Flyer will be on view at the Galleria at Crystal Run on September 17 and 18. Numerous other activities are planned to coincide with the historic event. For more information, call 651-0051 or e-mail The 2011 County Roads Fall Foliage Bike Tour will be held on Sunday, September 18, beginning at Warwick Valley High School with registration at 8:00 a.m. The ride benefits children with special needs through Occupations, Inc., the Sanctuary for Animals and the Orange County Land Trust. Routes are 15, 25, 40

and 62 miles. Riders can pre-register at www. and follow the links through Registration fee includes a catered lunch by Loughran’s from 12:00-2:00 p.m. Sponsorship information is available at 6924454, ext. 150. Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County’s 5th Annual Golf Outing will be held on Monday, September 19 at the Powelton Club, 29 Balmville Road, Newburgh. Registration/continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., with a 10:00 a.m. shotgun start. Dinner will be served at approximately 3:00 p.m. and is also available for non-golfers. Golf package includes: cart, greens fees, continental breakfast, refreshments on the course, dinner and contests. For player and/or sponsor information and registration, contact Ali Curtis at 294-5124, ext.303. SUNY Orange Foundation Leadership Awards will be presented on Tuesday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m. at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus. The 2011 honorees will be: Orange County Partnership and Orange County Trust Company, Leadership in Business; Tom Sullivan, Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc., Funeral Homes and a Chamber Board member, Leadership in Community; Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange President, Leadership in Education; and Karen C. Miller ’71, Communications Manager for Frontier Communications and also a Chamber Board member, Alumni Leadership Award. Linda D’Avanzo of Altimater will present the next in the series of “The Care and Feeding of the Entrepreneur: Stress Reduction Workshop” on Thursday, September 22 from 12:001:00 p.m. at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center in Montgomery. Networking will take place from 1:00-1:30 p.m. Visit or call 705-8076 for more information. Registration is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Literacy Orange will hold a 30th anniversary celebration on Thursday, September 22 at The Fountains at Wallkill Golf Club in Middletown. The “Diamonds in the Rough” gala will include a hole-in-one golf contest from 4:00-6:00 p.m., cocktails at 5:30 and dinner at 6:30 p.m. A silent auction and awards will follow. Ann Coon will receive the Founders Award. Sponsorships are available at For information, call 341-5460 or e-mail

4e Productions will launch the premiere of “Letters to Daddy - The Musical Key to BullyFree” on October 6 in Middletown. The show features children performing for other children to convey positive messages and empower their peers. The Kickstarter campaign has been launched to bring attention to our mission and provide a sneak preview of what’s going on behind the scenes. Check it out at http://www. Click the green “Back This Project” button on Kickstarter. 4e Productions thanks everyone for their support. “Together we can change the world” one connection at a time. Hudson Valley Council Boy Scouts of America will hold its 2011 Orange County Distinguished Citizen Award Dinner on October 12 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor. The event will honor Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois. Chairman is Jim Smith, President of Advance Testing Company and Immediate Past Chairman of the Orange County Chamber. Sponsorships opportunities and other information are available by calling 566-7300, ext 318 or e-mailing The Orange County Arts Council, through sponsorship from M&T Bank, will hold its third Annual Open Studio Tour the weekend of October 22-23 from 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. each day. The tour invites 51 artists in the southern portion of the county to open their doors to the public in an effort to educate and create a dialogue between artists and the general public and to bring about a broader knowledge of the arts. The purpose of the Open Studio Tour is to provide the public with a self-guided tour of local performing and visual art studios and venues. For more information, visit or contact Jen D’Andrea at 469-9168 or The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan will hold its Annual Reception on November 16 at Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor. Orange Regional Medical Center will be honored “for redefining the region’s healthcare for generations to come by building the first new hospital in New York State in over 20 years.” Sponsorships and journal advertising opportunities are available. For information, call 769-9393 or e-mail r

Don’t miss EXPO 2011 Key Bank is Title Sponsor The region’s largest and best business trade show will be held on Wednesday, September 14 at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor. Key Bank is the Title Sponsor for this year’s EXPO, which will also feature the sixth annual Orange County Business Idol competition with a grand prize worth thousands. This year’s Idol competition is sponsored by CDPHP.

More than 175 businesses will showcase their products and services 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. Major sponsors are: the Galleria at Crystal Run; Entrepreneurial Assistance Program/SCORE; Mount Saint Mary College; Orange Benefits Partners; and Provident Bank. Media spon-

sors are Clear Channel Radio of the Hudson Valley (92.1 Litefm, Star 93.3, Kiss FM 96.1, WRWD 107.3; News Talk 1450 WKIP; News Talk 99.3FM); Fox 103.1-96.7/Fox Oldies 98.9FM/1220AM; Hudson Valley Business Journal; Hudson Valley Parent Magazine;; The Sentinel; Times Community Newspapers of

the Hudson Valley; and the Times HeraldRecord. A few EXPO booths are still available for $495 each. Small businesses (five or fewer employees) can share a booth. More information is available from Roseann at 457-9700 or or by visiting the website at

September 2011 The Business Viewpoint

’11 award winners announced; ceremony to be held in October The votes are in, and we’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s annual Chamber awards: Business of the Year (large): Orange County Trust Company.; Business of the Year (medium): Focus Media, Inc.; Business of the Year (small): Holbert’s Catering/BackYard Bistro; Start-up Business of the Year: Innate Chiropractic; Not-for-Profit Enterprise: Independent Living, Inc..; Green Business of the Year: SUNY Orange; Volunteer of the Year (general membership) Bill Sivillo (Captain’s Club Cruises & Tours); Volunteer of the Year (Board member): Josh Sommers (Focus Media, Inc.); President’s Award: Orange Regional Medical Center; Commitment to Community: Hearthstone Contracting; Legacy Award: Dave Cocks (posthumously, Walden Savings Bank). These extraordinary businesses and individuals will be honored at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting and Awards Reception on Wednesday, October 26 at Falkirk Golf Club in Central Valley. Also being recognized that evening will be the Chamber’s 2011 Corporate Partners: USA Datanet, A WVT Communications Company and Crystal Run Healthcare (Platinum Corporate Partners); A & E Advertising and Web Design; Advance Testing Company, Inc.; Barton Birks Chevrolet, Cadillac.; Depew Energy; Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba

& Rodd, P.L.L.C.; Elant, Inc.; Entrepreneurial Assistance Program; Focus Media, Inc.; Key Bank; Local 17 - Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust; Marshall & Sterling Insurance; Mobile Life Support Services, Inc.; Orange & Rockland Utilities, Inc.; SB Credit Card Services; Steingart Associates; Stewart Airport/The PANYNJ; Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C.; TD Bank; Vanacore, DeBenedictus DiGovanni & Weddell; and Walden Savings Bank (Gold Corporate Partners); and: Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley; Cumulus Radio of the Hudson Valley; Fox Radio Group; Times Herald-Record; Time Warner Cable; and Watermark Communications (Media Corporate Partners). A spectacular array of hors d’oeuvres will be served from 5:30-6:45 p.m., followed by dessert, the program and presentation of awards from 7:00-8:00. Once again, a journal will be published to provide special recognition for our award winners. If you are interested in placing an ad in the journal, contact Karen at 457-9700 or karens@ Reservations for the reception are $45 per person and must be made in advance. Roseann (457-9700, should be contacted for reservations or go to

Dance the night away The second annual “Dance with the Chamber Stars” will be held at Mount Saint Mary College’s Hudson Hall on Friday evening, September 23, starting at 7:00 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m. for those who want a free ballroom or tango dance lesson). For only $25 per person, guests will enjoy a great evening of music and dancing, buffet including a pasta bar, as well as beer, wine and soda, dessert and coffee. Rene Campos of DMU Entertainment once again will provide all kinds of terrific dance music. We’ll also highlight a few dancing stars, who will demonstrate different kinds of ballroom dance and tango. The dance demos will be provided courtesy of Strictly Ballroom. Glenn & Breheney Attorneys at Law and Mount Saint Mary College are our major sponsors. To date, other sponsors include Silver Sponsors: DeRienzo & Rossi, C.P.A.s; Eastern Alloys; Empire State Bank; Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union; Riverside Bank; Walden Federal; and Wireless Zone; Orange Sponsors:

A Time to Go Travel; Croll Productive Synergy; DJ Consulting Services; Liberty Mutual/Candace Behensky; Mauri Waldman Counseling; Milton Ritter Insurance; The Organic Coffee Klotch; Touch Bionics; Valuation Consultants; and William A. Smith & Son, Inc. Space is limited, so reserve now by visiting or calling Roseann at 457-9700.



The Orange County Chamber of Commerce September 2011

Did You Know? Warwick Valley Telephone (WVT) recently acquired Alteva, L.L.C., a cloud-based Unified Communications solutions provider and North America’s largest enterprise hosted Voice over Internet Protocol provider. Following the acquisition, WVT will integrate its existing Competitive Local Exchange Carrier business, USA Datanet, with the operations of Alteva. “This is an extraordinary acquisition that will significantly contribute to our strength and momentum in the marketplace, favorably impact our highly skilled workforce and the services delivered to our customers, and, most importantly, support our mission to deliver value to our shareholders,” said Duane W. Albro, President and CEO of WVT. The Boys & Girls Clubs of Town of Wallkill, Pine Bush & Sullivan County is teaming up with local Staples stores for the fourth annual “Do Something 101 Supply Drive.” From now through September 18, customers who visit either the Middletown Staples at 470 Route 211 East or the Staples in the Thompson Square Plaza in Monticello can donate school supplies or make a $1 donation at the point-of-purchase. All donations will be sent to the Boys & Girls Clubs, who will help children in the community who need it. For more information, visit or call 342-8833. The Virtual BackOffice, L.L.C. has a newly designed website. Check out the new website created by A& E Advertising & Web Design at Synergy Development, L.L.C. is the newest associate client of the Orange County Business Accelerator. The Accelerator, a business incubator program, currently has 17 clients and tenants, employing more than 50 people at 4 London Avenue in New Windsor at Stewart International Airport. Two promotions have been announced at

Goldstein Lieberman & Company, L.L.C.: Joseph C. Swiatek is the new Supervising Senior and David Calo is a new Manager. Swiatek and Calo are both certified public accountants. GLC has moved into the 19th position in the listing of top 50 Certified Public Accounting Firms published by NJBIZ, the only business journal covering the entire state of New Jersey. The Goldstein Lieberman & Company Cares Program contribution for July was awarded to Hudson Highlands Nature Museum in Cornwall. More information is available at www. American Mobile Glass of Middletown has a great coupon offer on the Chamber website ( Call them at 381-1581. Andrew G. Finkelstein, Managing Partner of the law firm of Finkelstein & Partners, L.L.P. in Newburgh, is a new member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers. Finkelstein is a noted consumer activist representing injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers or irresponsible parties. The National Trial Lawyers is made up of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state. For more information, visit or call 1-800529-2676. Michael Weddell of Rock Tavern and Eric Tropin of Walden have been promoted to InCharge Accountants at Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell. Weddell works in the Tax Department, Tropin in the Client Service Department. Carolyn Bell of New Windsor has joined the firm as an Administrative Assistant in the Newburgh office. Wendy Komsisky of New Windsor has joined the firm as the Front Desk Receptionist in the Newburgh office. The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded the Wallkill River School an “Our Town” grant to work with five other county agencies in creative place-making. They will

be working to build cultural tourism throughout Orange County over the next six months. Follow the Wallkill River School on Twitter @ wallkillriversc and LinkedIn. Dutchess County Tourism (DCT) has selected BBG&G Advertising & Public Relations to maintain and manage daily operations and current functionality of the DCT and Dutchess County Economic Development Corp.’s websites and www. The agency has also redesigned DCT’s digital tourism marketing tools, such as the monthly consumer and tourism industry e-newsletters. For information, visit Andrea Baer has been promoted to Business Development Specialist at Ulster Savings Bank’s 180 Schwenk Drive, Kingston headquarters. She was formerly Supervisor of the bank’s Wappingers Falls branch. The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation recently announced a $5,000 grant in support of the United Way of Ulster County’s “Project HOPE” initiative. Michael Catania, an Associate with Tarshis, Catania, Liberth, Mahon & Milligram, recently became a member of Elant’s Circle of Excellence Committee and Scholarship Committee. The Circle of Excellence Award recognizes an employee who provides outstanding, exemplary care and compassion to the residents at the facility. The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge is now booking holiday parties. Book by October 1 and receive a 10% discount on food and soft drinks up to $500. A holiday mixer will be held on December 14 for smaller organizations that cannot afford a large holiday party. Book a table or two. They will supply the buffet and DJ. Call Dave at 782-7888, ext. 229 for details. Glen L. Heller, Partner with the New Windsor law firm of Drake, Loeb, Heller, Kennedy, Gogerty, Gaba & Rodd, P.L.L.C., has received the coveted AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The award is given based

on reviews received from the attorney’s peers for excellence in both legal ability and ethical practice. Heller is Counsel to the Orange County Chamber of Commerce and Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties. Richard Drake, also a DLHKGGR Partner, was honored with the John F. McBride Lifetime Achievement Award from the Orange County Bar Association. The award recognizes an individual attorney who has maintained the highest professional and ethical standards throughout his or her career. Attorney Damian J. Brady and Maureen Torelli, Vice President and Executive Director of Glen Arden, Elant, Inc., have joined the Board of Directors for Inspire. Officially known as Orange County Cerebral Palsy Association, Inc., Inspire is celebrating 60 years of service. Visit for information. Jewish Family Services has received a grant from the Dyson Foundation toward SafetyNet, a program that includes case management and at-home assistance for individuals with disabilities or illness who are trying to continue living in their homes. Through SafetyNet, families are connected to a case manager, who reviews with them their financial, emotional and health needs, strengths and priorities. Together, they create a plan that will help the individual gain access to healthcare and in-home supports. For information, call 341-1173, ext. 306. E-Sales Masters specializes in selling fine art online. What constitutes fine art? One of today’s most popular forms is lithography, which is a method started in the 20th century using either stone or metal. Using special water-resistant litho pens, chalks and brushes, the artist applies melted litho ink to create the image. Chemicals are then used to allow the image to attract the ink where etched and repel it elsewhere. Many famous artists, like Picasso, Renoir, Matissse and Chagall, used lithography to reproduce their works of art. See samples of these and others at www.FineArtAtDiscountDid You Know? • Continued on page 7

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Did You Know? • Continued from page 6 If you’re a member of the Chamber, get your coupon code from the Chamber’s website ( for greater savings. Damola Akinyemi, founder of Studio Ayo in the Town of Wallkill, recently won first place at the International Natural Bodybuilding Fitness Federation Hercules Championship held in New York City. Studio Ayo is a 10,000 SF facility located in the former Caldor Plaza on Route 211 in the Town of Wallkill. It features an enlarged Zumba studio, an expanded area for a new selection of fitness machines, a workout area to accommodate regular boot camp activities, as well as a “metabolic playground.” For more information, contact Marissa at 344-4625 or visit After many years in its location at “the Square” in downtown Goshen, the Goshen Farmers’ Market has moved to “the Lawn” at the Orange County Government Center, at the corner of Main and Erie Streets in the Village of Goshen. Market hours remain 10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. every Friday until October 28. Orange County Commissioner of Health, Dr. Jean M. Hudson has been elected President of the New York State Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO). Dr. Hudson has served as Commissioner of the Department of Health since 2003. She will also serve on the NYSACHO board steering committee. Two West Point graduates have joined the Thayer Leader Development Group as business consultants: Haley Uthlaut ‘04, who served as General Petraeus’ Operations Officer in Iraq, and Jennyjo Hartney ‘02, who served as a Company Commander in an Aviation Combat Assault Battalion. TLDG looks forward to adding the expertise of these two individuals to expand the leadership development opportunities for clients. For more information about TLDG programs, contact Mimi Garcia, Learning Coordinator, at 446-4731, ext. 7969. More than 400 family and friends attended


the recent “Saturday in the Park” event hosted by Family Empowerment Council in celebration of the commitment and accomplishments of individuals and families in creating a future where all people with special needs are supported by high-quality services. For more information, visit Information management specialist Cynthia Marsh-Croll of Croll Productive Synergy has been helping local not-for-profits utilize their information for effective development. Clients are achieving this by utilizing CPS’ “Turn Data into Donors & Dollars” program. This service provides agencies a tool to leverage their current database and assist in development and accurate reporting for future events and campaigns. For more information, visit Access Physical Therapy & Wellness’ Montgomery clinic is home to two of five Orthopedic Certified Specialists (OCS) in Orange County. Kevin Stafford, Director of the Montgomery clinic, and Sue Bloch both underwent the rigorous test to gain the unique training allowing them to have expert knowledge in orthopedic injury and care. For more information on this or other physical/occupational therapy topics, visit www. or call Kevin Stafford at 457-5555. More than 90 amateur golfers and friends joined 23 regional golf pros at The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge in Monroe in support of the Occupations, Inc. Pro-Am Tournament. Mark Lye returned as host of the event and was joined by baseball legend, Rick Rhoden. For more information about Occupations, call 1-888-750-2266. 12th Rock Ministries partners with local churches and organizations to offer sports programs focused on enhancing positive characteristics and self-esteem in every child. Each year, they try to provide scholarships for children to participate in their programs. As part of this, a Grand Giveaway is being held in which each $25 donation enters you to win $5,000. Visit to enter. Also, for any tax deductible donation of more than $450, 12th Rock will display your business information at

Cutting the ribbon to open The Residences at Blackburne Farm are, from left, Dr. Mark Stamm, James Ottaway, Jr., Joe Matta, Town of Hamptonburgh Supervisor Bob Jankowski, Orange County Executive Ed Diana and Dr. John Carey. Designed by Masterwork Home, Blackburne Farm, which is the former site of the Ottaway Newspaper corporate headquarters on Route 416 in Campbell Hall, features six individually designed luxury, boutique residences. Future plans include the addition of an Active Adult Community and construction of 26 homes on the 40-acre site. More information is available at or by calling 294-9792. as well as provide additional perks. There are also a number of benefits for donations of $250 as well. In addition, a local business will match any donation through the end of September. If you are a retail business using e-mail marketing to increase your customer traffic, you may not be seeing the results you need. E-mail Marketing Open Rates averaged about 11.5% in 2010. Alternatively, 95% of text messages are read within 15 minutes. The key to text message marketing is building a list of customers. This is simple with Zero G Deals’ new Loyalty Kiosk. Call 800-930-9366 for a free consulta-

tion so we can show you how marketing to the right people at the right time really does matter. Best of all, we do the work for you! NOW LIVE! Save 40-90% at local Orange, Ulster and Dutchess County restaurants, salons, retail stores, service businesses and more! You’ll find great deals on things you need everyday and on a few luxuries you may have wanted to try. It’s always free to subscribe. Sign up to receive free 40-90% off daily deals at If you’re interested in advertising on, contact Paul at 549-8831 or email Businesses receive risk free marketing with no up front cost and guaranteed results.


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F R I D AY 2

8:00 am Minority & Women Business Committee (Montgomery Room)




7 8:00 am Government Initiatives & Education Committee (Larkin Room)

Holiday, office closed




14 8:00 am Small Business Committee (Montgomery Room)





10 8:00 am Young Professionals Leadership Council (Montgomery Room)







10:00 am EXPO (Anthony’s Pier 9, New Windsor)



7:45 am Consultant’s Committee (Larkin Room)

5:00 pm Joint Mixer with Dutchess Regional Chamber (Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh)

7:00 pm Dance with the Chamber Stars (Hudson Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh)

7:27 am Membership Breakfast (Ramada Inn, Newburgh)












8:00 am PR/Marketing Committee (Montgomery Room)




5 8:00 am Small Business Committee (Montgomery Room)






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

5:30 pm Mixer (Pamela’s at the Newburgh Yacht Club)



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

Holiday, office closed




7:45 am Consultant’s Committee (Larkin Room)


15 8:00 am Young Professionals Leadership Council (Montgomery Room)

7:27 am Membership Breakfast (TBA)







8:00 am Estate Planning Seminar (Larkin Room)



25 8:00 am New Member Orientation (Larkin Room)

26 5:00 pm Annual Meeting & Awards Reception (Falkirk Golf Club, Central Valley)

8:00 am PR/Marketing Committee (Montgomery Room)

8:00 apm Ambassadors (TBA)


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Upcoming Orange County Chamber of Commerce Events # attending

September 8

Joint Mixer 5:00-7:00 p.m. Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh Co-host: Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce


September 14

EXPO 2011 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Anthony’s Pier 9, Newburgh Title Sponsor: Key Bank


September 21

Membership Breakfast 7:27-9.00 a.m. Ramada Inn, Newburgh Speaker: Todd Whitney President and Chief Executive Officer, Elant, Inc. Topic: “Medicaid Redesign, and Its Impact on Longterm Care”” Sponsor: United Way of Dutchess & Orange Counties

$25 members in advance

“Dance with the Chamber Stars” 7:00-11:00 p.m. (free dance lesson at 6:00) Hudson Hall, Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh

$25 per person

September 23

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$30 members at the door $50 non-members

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Impact of ‘Medicaid Redesign’ to be topic of September breakfast Todd A. Whitney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Elant, Inc., will discuss “Medicaid Redesign and Its Impact on Long-term Care” as guest speaker at the Chamber’s Wednesday, September 21 Membership Breakfast meeting. The breakfast will begin at 7:27 a.m. at the Ramada Inn, Newburgh, and will be sponsored by United Way of Dutchess and Orange County. Whitney was Elant’s Chief Financial Officer for 25 years prior to his selection as President in October 2010. He is a licensed nursing home administrator through the state of New York and earned his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and MBA from Pace University. During his tenure with Elant, Whitney helped build the organization from a single skilled nursing home in Goshen to seven campuses located across five counties. Reservations, at $25 for members in advance ($30 at the door) and $50 for non-members, can be made by calling 4579700 or visiting

HR seminar to be held The Business Council of New York State, in conjunction with Jackson Lewis, will present a human resources seminar on Wednesday, October 12 at the Ramada Conference Center, 542 Route 9, Fishkill. Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m. The day will conclude at 3:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshment breaks are included. Seminar topics will include: “The New ADA Amendments and FMLA Regulations”; “Wage and Hour Compliance: The Issues that Never Go Away”; “’New’ New York Laws: What You Need to Know”; “Nailing the HR Basics”; “Cyber Confusion: Controlling Employees’ Internet and Email Usage”; and “The Worst Part of the Job for HR Professionals: The Five Most Difficult Conversations to Have with Your Employees.” Registration can be completed by phone (800-358-1202), fax (518-465-9567) or online at Advance registration fee for members is $229; the fee is $249 at the door.

October 5 mixer set Kick your fall off right by joining us for a mixer on Wednesday, October 5 at Pamela’s Traveling Feast on the Hudson (Newburgh Yacht Club) from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The mixer is sponsored by Empire State Bank. Admission is free and includes Pamela’s fabulous hors d’oeuvres. There will be a cash bar. Make a reservation by calling 457-9700 or visiting

Mastercard/Visa/American Express available for advance reservations Reservations made, but not honored, will be billed.

Annual Meeting & Awards Reception October 26, 2011 Special journal will honor award recipients (names on page 5) and will be dedicated to the late Dave Cocks, our Chair-Elect who passed away suddenly in June.

Contact Karen Sawyer for details (457-9700 or

Estate planning for small business owners Certified Public Accountant Wayne Martin, of Goldstein, Karlewicz & Goldstein, will present a seminar on “Estate Planning for the Small Business Owner” on Tuesday, October 18 from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Larkin Room at the Chamber Business Center in Montgomery. The seminar is hosted by the Chamber’s Small Business and Consultants Committees. The presentation will include information on how to take advantage of “Patch,” which is set to expire next year. Reservations, at $15 per person, should be made by calling 457-9700 or visiting


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Member Spotlight THE CBK GROUP Walden

GREATER NEWBURGH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Newburgh The Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra will begin its 17th season with ever increasing interest, audience size and community pride. Our musicians are area professionals with periodic support from outstanding students. Please help to keep the musical tradition of Newburgh alive by attending concerts, volunteering or providing tax-deductible donations. We always welcome you to advertise your company in our concert program. Our first concert is September 24. For information, visit www.newburghsymphony, e-mail GNSO@newburghsymphony or call 913-7157. OFFICE IN A PACKAGE Newburgh Office in a Package can help solve your office complexities. We have years of experience in cleaning up and organizing businesses, as well as assisting with document and spreadsheet templates. Office in a Package also offers comprehensive technical, report and business writing to your specifications, and can deal with both the media and public with effective press releases and public relations. Consult www. for testimonials and further information. We have more than 14 years in PR, powerful communication skills, and a certificate in Microcomputers and Windows from Baruch College to assist you in your use of all Microsoft Office applications. Call 565-1748.

AUTOGUIDE PUBLICATIONS, INC. Milton puts you in the driver’s seat when searching for a pre-owned vehicle. Our database has thousands of pre-owned cars for sale in the Hudson Valley and Capital district areas and is enhanced with the essential comparison criteria you need when searching for a used car -- online or in our free full-color printed guides. Our site is full of vehicles from a trusted network of new and used car dealers. In business over 25 years,’s service coverage has grown to more than 11 counties across eastern New York. Call 1-800-430-7668. PARTY PLACE USA Middletown A unique 43,000 SF multi-use facility on Route 211 East. Televised dance club/concerts and indoor amusement park with the world’s first laser bumper car races, monster mini-golf, roller coaster, arcade, 21 party rooms, recording studios and more. Party Place is looking for local businesses and individuals to help with the most exciting youth community venue ever in Orange County. They are 80% built, fully approved and zero in debt, but need help to be able to open this fall. Anyone who pledges any amount will receive many perks and publicity, but will also receive the money back with interest. Call 343-7278, ext. 101 for information. LIFE CLEANERS & BLUE CHIP CLEANERS Vails Gate We operate five dry cleaning and laundry stores in Orange County and Westchester, plus we do wholesale work for other cleaners, tailors and Laundromats. We specialize in operating stores, both corporate and dry cleaning, inside of corporations. We opened an automated kiosk inside the ShopRite in Vails Gate. An automated kiosk allows the consumer to drop off and pick up 24/7, without an employee. Another kiosk is installed at Pepsico. We are a full-service cleaner offering both dry and wet cleaning, shirt laundry, tailoring,

fur storage, rug cleaning, reweaving pick-up and delivery, and shoe repair. Visit www.Lifecleaners. com or e-mail SUPERIOR SURFACING SYSTEMS, LTD. Middletown Superior Surfacing Systems is a full-service asphalt pavement contractor serving Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Dutchess and Sullivan Counties in New York State, northern and central New Jersey. We perform commercial paving and sealcoating, pavement restoration and repairs specializing in large commercial properties, shopping malls, office buildings and property management firms. We also specialize in the application of sports surfacing and color coatings. Our philosophy is simple: build relationships and repeat business opportunities based on service, value and performance. “There is no right way to do the wrong thing.” Visit LAW OFFICES OF PAUL L. MARKS Montgomery Are you looking for a solo attorney who is willing to look after your personal as well as business needs? Paul L. Marks opened his practice in the Hudson Valley in 1984 and since then, has provided general legal services with an emphasis in real estate law, commercial law, divorce/family law, and estate and will preparation, in addition to court coverage services. Marks is a member of the Orange County and New York State Bar Associations and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court covering the northern, southern and western districts of New York. For information, call 457-1003 or visit 911 MEDICAL ID EMERGENCY CARD/ MY PET eSAFE COLLAR TAG Middletown Be Safe. Be Prepared. Travel safely. When you travel, do you carry all your medical records with you? You should! In an emergency, having critical medical available to first responders or at hospital increases your chance of not becoming a medical error statistic. The 911 Medical ID Plus Family Card allows you, a family member or even medical staff that you designate to input your health history, including living will, conditions, medications, discontinued meds, allergies, medical tests and results and even an X-ray into this device. More information is contained in a recent article in The “Guide for Senior Living.” For a copy, call 3430091 or visit ACCESS PHYSICAL THERAPY & WELLNESS Goshen Access Physical Therapy & Wellness is proud to announce that Milap Patel, PT, MS, CMP has taken the lead therapist position at the Goshen clinic. Patel brings with him a great knowledge of physical therapy and a strong dedication to his patients’ rehabilitation. He is one of 22 therapists certified in the Mulligan technique in New York State. Access Physical Therapy & Wellness clinics are located in Goshen (615-2222), Monroe (782-3200), Montgomery (457-5555), Port Jervis (858-9999) and Wallkill (895-1115). Hours are Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Saturday from 8:00

a.m. - noon. Appointments within 24 hours are guaranteed. Visit JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF ORANGE COUNTY Middletown On Thursday, September 15 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at Anthony’s Pier 9 in New Windsor, Jewish Family Service of Orange County will honor: Nadia Allen (Executive Director of Mental Health Association in Orange County), James W. Taylor, Jr. (founder of Taylor Biomass Energy, L.L.C.), and posthumously honor Seymour Gordon (late president of Jewish Family Service). In addition, Encore, a continuing education program for older adults at SUNY Orange, will receive the Program of the Year Award. For information on tickets, journal ads and sponsorships, visit or call 341-1173, ext. 300. OFFICE IN A PACKAGE Newburgh Fifty dollars + one hour of my time = significant increase in efficiency and profitability for your small business or home office. Find out how by visiting or call 565-1748. M.J.F. CONSTRUCTION Pine Bush M.J.F. Construction is a small company specializing in various small jobs that big contractors can’t afford to do. We can also handle some roof work, framing, siding, decks, windows, doors, etc. Usually, we go by time and materials. Owner Michael J. Fenick has no complaints against him since he takes care of any problems on the spot. Call 914-850-5417. BBG&G ADVERTISING & PUBLIC RELATIONS Middletown & Poughkeepsie BBG&G Advertising is a women-owned fullservice marketing and public relations firm that employs insightful marketing savvy and researchbased creative solutions to win the hearts, minds and business of its clients’customers. Our awardwinning team produces successful marketing communications for a diverse array of industries from tourism to health care; utilizing brand strategy, print and broadcast advertising, public relations, web design, direct marketing, social media, e-marketing, search, SEO and more. Known for our results and integrity, BBG&G was recently selected to completely manage and revamp Dutchess County Tourism’s website. Visit www. or call 695-1880. STORY BOOK FARM ART SCHOOL Walden Don’t “fall” behind in developing your own or your child’s creative potential. Experience the joy of creating art in quaint country setting. Our stone art studio, gardens and barn offer a peaceful setting where students enjoy their experience while developing skills to their greatest potential. Give your child the gift of exploring their creativity through art. An award winning artist is the teacher with over 27 years of experience. Don’t miss out. Register today! Classes start the end of September. Call 778-2304 or visit

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Chamber on the Air Every Sunday morning at 6:00 and 8:00 o’clock on WKIP 99.3 and WRWD 1370am, you can hear “Orange Chamber Chat,” courtesy of Clear Channel Radio. Some recent guests appearing with President John D’Ambrosio or Senior Vice President Dan O’Brien included: Kerry Donovan (Donovan Media Strategies), Jill Varricchio (Concept Promotions) and Jay Shapiro (D&D Mailing Services), Andy Komonchak (Purple Heart Hall of Honor), Gil Anderson (Going Fore It) and Helene Gibbs (Air Services Development Office). If you have an idea for a “Chat,” contact Ellen Daley at 457-9700 or

Want to reach nearly 200,000 readers every month? Advertise in The Business Viewpoint. Special rates for Orange County Chamber of Commerce members.

John Shorten is joined by family and friends as he cuts the ribbon at the grand opening celebration of Smarter Home Inspections. More information is available at or by calling 733-7627.

For more information, call Mary Ann Butler at 845-346-3252.


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Musings from a new member By Douglas Winslow Cooper “Hi. I’m Doug.” It was my first meeting, not of a 12-step recovery program, like Alcoholics Anonymous, but rather it was the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Networking Blast, a continental breakfast meeting with almost a score of other small business people. Not pygmies, understand, these are normal-size people who are active in businesses that have relatively few employees. Actually, I started with, “Hi. I’m Doug Cooper.” There was no desire to be anonymous, just the opposite. I had joined the Chamber a few weeks before, and Cheryl Cohen , my Chamber den mother – not her real title, for which she is too young – encouraged me to sign up for this 7:30 a.m. get-together: fun group, interesting people, I would get some good ideas. OK, Mom. [She has “adopted” my wife and me and our book, Ting and I.] What do I have to lose, except perhaps some sleep? “Chamber Muses”? Before the Internet and Google, some artists drew their inspiration from their “Muses,” originally Greek goddesses of art and literature. We moderns must look elsewhere. Looking to my left, I found Gerson Levitas of 911 Medical ID Emergency Card, developer of a digital medical record memory card with a USB port that can store gigabytes of your medical records, for rapid recording or recovery when visiting one medical installation or another or in the event of a medical emergency. This was clearly several levels beyond the Medical Alert I.D. bracelet I wear to tell emergency personnel that I have a brain-to-belly shunt because of “water on the brain,” hydrocephalus. Great idea and costs only $40. To my right was Dr. Richard Murphy of Chiropractic Health Care. When his three minutes of presentation time came, he explained how chiropractic has gone beyond pain relief by physical manipulation to more general health maintenance. When we chatted afterward, I realized he could write his own material, without my guidance. His brother-in-law, however, has a story that could well use my help to become a book: a Green Beret, he became paraplegic three decades ago due to an auto-

mobile accident that nearly killed him. He has lived a “more than normal” life since then, motivated to achieve beyond the apparent boundaries of his disability. Having just written my own book, a memoir about my quadriplegic wife and me, I offered to help this hero write one, too. We’ll see. Author Gil Anderson spoke convincingly about the power of strongly envisioned goals, “the law of attraction,” that can be applied to any sphere of life. He had made a phenomenal come-back from life-saving surgery in his forties and at 64 has dedicated his “next 30 years,” to helping other people achieve their aspirations. I had met him earlier this year at a book signing and have not forgotten that he wrote Going Fore It by hand from 3 to 6 a.m. each morning until it was done. Already being translated into many languages, the book has opened up many new opportunities for him, including life coaching. Fine man, excellent messages. Some of the other speakers had services to offer I was less likely to use. I initially thought that about Ken Butler, broker for Curren Financial Group, as I am 68 and not in the market for insurance. Then he mentioned longterm care insurance. My wife and I had gotten a long-term care package from John Hancock through IBM when I worked at the IBM research center in Yorktown Heights, NY. To get the IBM business, Hancock had an “open-enrollment” period, where pre-existing conditions were not disqualifying. At that time Tina’s multiple sclerosis (MS) was of minimal hindrance, but her medical future was cloudy. We signed up for a mid-level policy, and 10 years later we started collecting on it weekly to fund a home health aide, as Tina was no longer able to walk. We receive 14 years of partial coverage. While I could not help Ken Butler with an endorsement of his company’s policy, I could and would write an endorsement for long-term care insurance policies in general. I’ll see if he is interested. Niki Jones, of the agency that bears her name, described a range of business information products and services her eight-person firm supplies. I asked her if she would take a look at our web site,, and give me a quick critique,

The usual big crowd was on hand for the annual Joint Mixer hosted by the Chamber and Inspire at Torches on the Newburgh Waterfront. Above, (from left) Jessica Callihan (United Way of Dutchess and Orange), Marcel Martino (Inspire) and Regina McGrade (Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center) enjoy the beautiful weather and spectacular views on the waterfront. Left, Brian Mahar (left), Mayor of Walden, and Eric Maldonado (Wireless Zone) chat at the mixer.

which she generously agreed to do. I don’t want this piece to be longer than the meeting itself. In sum: I have been glad I joined the Chamber, and this “blast” was yet another benefit, the source of some good ideas and contacts, not quite Chamber Muses, per-

haps, but close. (Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D., is a freelance writer and retired physicist, author of Ting and I: A Memoir of Love, Courage, and Devotion. The Coopers’ web site is

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New Members 211 Wine & Liquors John & Katherine D’Antvono Wallkill Plaza Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 344-4744 Wines and Liquors Chiropractic Health Care Dr. Richard Murphy 633 Gidney Avenue, Suite 6 Newburgh, NY 12550 (845) 561-5024 Health Care and Related Services - Chiropractors Flowers Timber Company Carmine Fiorello 12 Lake View Drive

Chester, NY 10918 (845) 469-9927 Import/Export and Related Services

Linda Chevallier, Assoc. Broker, Remax Benchmark Linda Chevallier 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 104 New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 863-3412 Real Estate

Kincade Tax & Accounting Services, Inc. Felicia Kincade P.O. Box 415 Washingtonville, NY 10992 (845) 497-7742 Accounting/Bookkeeping/Taxes

Magnolia Luxury Transportation Joseph/Leira Patasso 51 Western Avenue Marlboro, NY 12542 (914) 560-4077 Transportation

Law Offices of Paul L. Marks Paul L. Marks, 100 A Ward Street Montgomery, NY 12549 (845) 457-1003 Attorneys

McCarey Landscaping, Inc. Tim McCarey 80 Tower Drive Middletown, NY 10940 (845) 355-7500 Landscape Services/Supplies/Repair

Member Renewals ABC Pizza & Restaurant

Italian Style Deli

Accelerated Tech Consulting, L.L.C.


Advanced Medical Imaging

Catskill Hudson Bank

Al Dana Mechanical Contractors American Septic Service A Truly Green Septic Service American Temperature Service Co., Inc. Andrew S. Krieger, Esq. Atech Center, Inc. Atlantic Aviation ATM Ready, L.L.C. Authentic Property Maintenance Avocado Restaurant BBG & G Advertising, Inc. Beautiful People Best Mechanical Plumbing, Heating, A/C, Inc. Bidwell Environmental, L.L.C.

Catering House of Edward Fava Cherry Hill Tree Expert Company Clean Air Quality Service Community Products, L.L.C. Complete Burner & A/C, Inc. Core Web Solutions Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County Cornwall Radiation Oncology Services Cosentino Architecture, P.L.L.C. Croll Productive Synergy Crystal Run Village, Inc. Decorating Den Interiors Dolson Avenue Dental Dolson Avenue Medical Dougherty Concrete, Inc.

Orange County, Inc. John Herbert Company

The CBK Group Wendy Troncone 61 Berea Road Walden, NY 12586 (888) 800-7497 Advertising/Graphics/Marketing r

A Div. of Statewide News Network, Inc.

Primo Sports

Montgomery Village Pharmacy

Ramapo Catskill Library System

Mountainville Manor, Inc.

Rieger Homes, Inc.

Kar Vin Abstract Corporation

Multimedia Service Center

RIJ Pharmaceutical Corp.

Four Seasons Sunrooms/ Better by Design of Orange County

Key Bank

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

Ronald S. Kossar, Esq.

Frontier Communications

Law Office of Kelli M. O’Brien, Esq., P.C.

Nancy Burch Speech Pathologist

Rytech of Mid Hudson DBA WDNY, L.L.C.

Food Bank of The Hudson Valley, Inc.

Frugaldoo, Inc. Gabi G. Corp. Giftworks, L.L.C.

Konica Minolta K’s Wedding Center

Law Office of Thomas J. Murphy & Associates, P.L.L.C.

New Horizons Asset Management Group, L.L.C. New York Eyewear

Goldinson Corp.

Liberty Mutual Insurance Group Candace Behensky

Newburgh/New York City North KOA Kampground

Goliath Properties, L.L.C.

Lightower Fiber Networks

Nichii, Inc.

Goosetown Communications

Lock Around The Clock

Nutritional Basics

Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra

Loughran’s Restaurant/Lounge

Occupations, Inc.

Maar Printing

Olde Erie Brewpub & Grill, L.L.C.

Heather’s Childs Place, Ltd. Henry Gitner Philatelists, Inc.

Make A Wish Foundation of the Hudson Valley, Inc.

OMNI Medical Care; Glen S. Kay, M.D., P.C.

Highland Ophthalmology Associates, L.L.C.

Mama Theresa’s Italian Specialties

Orange AHRC

Hoebowl Orange Lanes

Marge Fleck Professional Advisors

Gina’s Foods Concessions

Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties, Inc.

Mark O’Keefe Contracting

DP Sales Pro

Biotechnology Associates

Dutchess Quarry & Supplies

Blazing Bagels, Inc.

Edward Jones

Brewery Apartments Brightwood Painting

Ellen Barrett, Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty

Brinckerhoff and Neuville, Inc.

Embroidery Etc.

Hudson Valley Roofing & Sheetmetal, Inc.

Canus Major Services, Inc.

Empire Forklift, Inc.

Hudson Valley Telephone

Carl Magill Associates, Inc.

Engineering Properties, P.C.

Iron Sword Enterprises, L.L.C.

Carmela’s Pizzeria & Restaurant

Exposures Gallery

J.A.L. Excavating, Inc.

First Impressions Printing Services, Inc.

Janis Errichetti, Attorney at Law

Mid Hudson Chinese Christian Church

Jewish Family Service of

Mid Hudson News Network,

Cascarino’s Brick Oven Pizzeria & Ristorante &

Payserv Payroll Corp. Stuart Kornberg 445 Route 304 Bardonia, NY 10954 (845) 624-8458 Payroll Services

Jones Heating, Cooling, Plumbing & Electric

Bill Avener Renovation & Restoration

Dr. Squeegee


House of Stone, Inc.

Mary Kay

Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, L.L.C.

Mass Mutual Financial Group Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley Planning & Preservation

Mazzella & Sons

Orange County Community College Orange County Trust Company Orange Radiology Associates MRI of Orange Parse3 Patrick DeVito, DBA C.P. Service

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

Paul Congelosi Trailer Sales

MHR International, L.L.C.

Planned Parenthood Mid Hudson Valley

Michael’s Appliance Sales & Service, Inc.

Peak Power Systems, Inc.

Royal T Title Agency, Inc.

Sign Language Resources, Inc. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Stony Ford Foundation, Inc. Suburban Propane Take Home The Bread, DBA Panera Bread Taylor Recycling Facility, L.L.C. The Berry Company The Reis Group The Valley View Center for Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Town of Wallkill Golf Club Tracking Systems, Inc. Trauma Recon Corp. Tree of Life Landscape Trudeau I, L.L.C. Twenty Twenty Freight Systems Unitex Textile Rental Services UPS Store Verge America, Ltd. Weir’s Ice Cream

Porco Energy Corp.

William B. Hildreth Land Surveying, P.C.

Prestige Physicians Services

Yankee Propane, Inc.

Primavera Design & Illustration

Yobo Oriental Restaurant Youngsville Custom Kitchens r


The Orange County Chamber of Commerce September 2011

Health notes Hudson Valley native Scott Sullivan recently returned from a healthcare recruiting firm in New York City to become Executive Healthcare Recruiter for Here’s Help Staffing Services in Middletown. Sullivan returned to the Hudson Valley not only to be closer to family, but to have an impact on the local healthcare community from a recruiting perspective. Here’s Help has contracts with several hospitals, multispecialty groups, privately owned organizations and nursing homes locally. Sullivan has been instrumental in filling positions such as primary care physician, pain management physician, OBGYN, surgeon, pediatrician, physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, podiatrist and psychologist. For more information, call 344-3434 or visit Rosemary Baczewski has been named new Vice President of Quality for Orange Regional Medical Center. As such, she will be responsible for the overall direction of quality management, performance improvement and patient advocacy. William Fitzhenry, a Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor with ORMC’s Family Program for Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency, recently received the Richard C. Ward Memorial CASAC of the Year Award. ORMC’s bariatric surgery program has been designated a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society

for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. ORMC’s Marketing & Public Relations Department received six national marketing awards from the Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards competition and the Aster Awards for excellence in medical marketing, in partnership with their agency, Focus Media, Inc. For more information, visit Joanne DiCesare, Certified Health Coach, supports the recommendation of eating 7-13 servings of fruits and vegetables daily for optimal health and disease prevention. Juice Plus+ is an all-natural, whole food based nutritional product made by juicing a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, then concentrating the juices into a proprietary, low-temperature process. For more information about Juice Plus+ or for a complimentary health evaluation, contact Joanne DiCesare at 569-9355 or visit and www.holistic-healthcoach. com. St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital recently welcomed physicians, employees and members of the community to a ribbon cutting for the new Ambulatory Surgery and Endoscopy Unit, located on the first floor of SLCH’s Newburgh campus. The construction of the unit was part of the hospital’s HEAL Project, which includes renovation of the Infusion Center, Lobby, Lab-

anniversaries Congratulations to the following Chamber members who are celebrating special anniversaries this month:

40 Years Pine Bush Equipment Co., Inc. 25 Years Hudson Valley Business Journal 15 Years Clear Channel of the Hudson Valley Town & Country Diner 10 Years Bishop Dunn Memorial School

5 Years Basement Systems of New York Biotechnology Associates

Double Eagle Development Enterprises, Inc. Elite Programs, Inc.

The Organic Coffee Klotch of Organo Gold delivers gourmet coffee in three delicious flavors (black, latte and mocha) made from 100% Arabica Brazilian beans, a fabulous green tea with over 150 antioxidants, and a decadent hot chocolate that is both scrumptious and soothing. All our products are infused with a 100% USDA certified herb that is scientifically proven to be nature’s most potent health balancer and booster with No caffeine jitters or crashes. Each cup tastes great and provides health benefits that make people feel great. Contact Dr. Lois Tannenbaum at drlpt03@aol. com or 527-7913 for consultations/ gift giving ideas/free samples. Jean Malloy has joined Prime Care Physical Therapy, P.C. in Goshen. Malloy is a physical therapist assistant and licensed massage therapist. Former patients of Malloy can make appointments by calling 294-3484. Access Physical Therapy & Wellness has been ranked number 16 on this year’s list of the small/medium companies in the fourth an-

nual Best Companies to Work for in New York State awards program. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor New York’s best places of employment that are benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The APTW team circled the Goshen High School track raising awareness and concern for those suffering from cancer and over $1,600 for the fight against cancer. For more information on how physical/occupational therapy can help you or someone you know suffering from pain, go to or contact one of our conveniently located clinics: Goshen (615-2222), Monroe (782-3200), Montgomery (457-5555), Port Jervis (858-9999) and Wallkill (895-1115). More than $50,000 was raised at the Elant Foundation’s Fourth Annual Elant Golf Open held at Dutchess Golf and Country Club in Poughkeepsie. One hundred forty-four golfers participated. The proceeds will go toward enhancing Elant’s environments and incorporating technology resources for residents to communicate with loved ones, as well as purchasing software to enhance the cognition of residents suffering with dementia. Elant is a not-forprofit nursing home system founded in 1958 in Goshen. It now has seven locations, as well as in-h0ome and day treatment programs. r

Education notes The SUNY Orange Foundation has announced the following recipients of its 2011 Leadership Awards: Orange County Trust Company and Orange County Partnership (Leadership in Business); Thomas Sullivan, Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Homes (Leadership in Community); Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange (Leadership in Education); and Karen Miller, Frontier Communications (Alumni Leadership). The awards will be presented on September 20 in Orange Hall Theatre on

the college’s Middletown campus. For more information, call 3341-4769. The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan recently honored its 2011 scholarship recipients, with 75 scholars attending the special reception. Since the Community Foundation’s inception in 1999, nearly $1 million in scholarships has been awarded. For more information, contact Karen Minogue at 769-9393 or Karen@ r

Foamco Hilton Garden Inn – Newburgh/ Stewart Airport Little Pond Consulting, L.L.C. New Windsor Ambulance

Pike Underground, Inc.

Northwestern Mutual Financial Network – Holzhammer

State University of New York at New Paltz

R. Rose Landscaping

Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services

oratory and Pharmacy. Bruce Becking, R.N., has been selected July Star of the Month at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital. Stephen Lepak, R.N., has been selected August Star of the Month.

Plan now to donate blood on December 19 Holbert’s Catering/Backyard Bistro will once again host a Holiday Blood Drive, which will be held this year on Monday, December 19 at 3:00 p.m. at the Chamber Business Center in Montgomery. Anyone who is interested in being part of the December 19 drive should remember to donate blood NO LATER than October 24 in order to be eligible to donate on December 19 (an individual can donate blood once every 56 days). For information on local drives, visit

September 2011 The Business Viewpoint


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