Monhagen Middle School sixth-grader Logan Eisenberg is Orange County’s Citizen of the Month Award
GOSHEN (February 19) - Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus recognized Logan Eisenberg as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of February.
Full details on our Education Page
Bringing history to life in a real fort
Wanted: Time travelers, no experience necessary
NARROWSBURG (February 8) - Sullivan County seeks volunteers this summer to transport visitors back in time to the late 1700s.
Fort Delaware Museum of Colonial History opens Memorial Day weekend in Narrowsburg, where a host of costumed interpreters will spend weekends (through Columbus Day) demonstrating and discussing the lifestyle of European settlers in the Catskills and Upper Delaware River Valley.
“The Fort is based on a real fort that once stood just upriver, so we want our re-enactors to look and sound just as real,” notes Parks, Recreation & Beautification Director Brian Scardefield. “We’ll train and equip them, so long as they commit to volunteering even just one day at the Fort.”
Skills on display include blacksmithing, sewing, candlemaking, artillery, music, storytelling, cooking, weaving and more. Volunteers need not have any experience in these trades – just a willingness to learn and show others. They also can be of any age, from children (accompanied by a parent) and teenagers to adults and senior citizens.
“Fort Delaware is an historic attraction in itself, and I encourage those who have enjoyed its long history to give a little back to the community and our visitors by stepping into costume and sharing what life was like way back then,” encourages District 4 Legislator Catherine Owens, chair of the Legislature’s Agriculture and Sustainability Policy Committee. “It promises to be a memorable, maybe even life-changing experience!”
Established by former County Historian James W. Burbank in 1957, Fort Delaware depicts life as it was circa 1760. Faithfully maintained by Sullivan County’s Office of Parks, Recreation & Beautification and Division of Public Works, the Fort is perfect for kids, adults and families, with interactive exhibits and plenty of nooks and crannies to explore. It’s also located right along Route 97, the Upper Delaware Scenic Byway, in Narrowsburg, a riverside hamlet full of shops and restaurants.
For more information or to sign up to become a volunteer, contact Brian Scardefield at email@example.com or 845-807-0287.
Former Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart joins Pattern as VP
NEWBURGH (February 8) - Andy Stewart, who served three terms as the elected Town Supervisor of the Town of Orangetown in Rockland County from 2012-2017, has joined Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress as a Senior Vice President for Research & Analysis.
“We’re excited to welcome Andy to Pattern,” said President & CEO Jonathan Drapkin, who has led the organization for the past decade. “Andy's experience in local government and economic development perfectly complement our mission, and enables us to take on new government efficiency projects.”
“Leading a town made me realize how much we need regional solutions to the issues facing our communities,” said Stewart, “I’m thrilled to join Pattern’s team of problem solvers and work for the success of the Hudson Valley region.”
During his time as Supervisor, Andy Stewart focused on improving government efficiency, promoting shared services in order to reduce the tax burden on local residents and businesses, and championing economic development, including redeveloping the vacant Rockland Psychiatric Center property for a new JP Morgan Chase data center. Stewart, who holds a PhD in geography from Rutgers, formerly served as Executive Director of non-profit Keep Rockland Beautiful for 11 years.
Among Pattern's best-known projects are the Urban Action Agenda (UAA), a major, multi-year initiative to promote the growth and revitalization of 25 communities throughout the Hudson Valley, the annual County Leaders breakfasts that bring together the Executives of the region's counties for conversation about important regional issues, and the popular Fellows program that has trained over 220 leaders in regional approaches in the last 10 years.
Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund announces available grants
MONTGOMERY (February 5) - The Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund Grant applications are now available. Eligible organizations are those providing services in Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Sullivan and Rockland counties and are dedicated to rescuing, sheltering and defending animals. In 2018, the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan’s selections committee will consider grants ranging from $1,000 to $12,000.
The Hudson Valley Animal Shelter Fund was established through a generous bequest from Jean Rowe to the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan. In Jeans memory, this fund will provide financial assistance to nonprofit animal welfare agencies throughout the Hudson Valley in perpetuity.
Applications must be received by March 16, 2018 and awards will be announced in May. Applications can be found at www.cfosny.org.
Past grant recipients include Will Spay, Inc., Humane Society of Middletown, Inc., The Friends of Green Chimneys, Goshen Humane Society, Inc., Humane Society of Walden, Inc., Pets Alive, Inc., The Animal Rights Alliance, Inc., and The Ulster County SPCA.
Central Hudson receives Good Neighbor Award
POUGHKEEPSIE (February 5) - Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. was honored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce this weekend with the Good Neighbor Award. The award is presented annually by the Chamber to a local business demonstrating great corporate citizenship through volunteerism and support of the community and nonprofit organizations.
“We’re honored to accept this award, as we are truly committed to the communities we serve,” said Michael Mosher, President and C.E.O. “The award also embodies the spirit of our employees, who each year volunteer their time and resources to community service organizations and carry forward our mission of service to our customers. We’re proud of our employees’ dedication to the communities we serve and their willingness to support those in need.”
“Central Hudson’s more than 1,000 employees pride themselves on a commitment to integrity, hard work and accountability, and they carry forward a strong and unique dedication to the posterity of local customers and communities,” said Frank Castella, Jr., President and C.E.O. of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce. “Through financial and volunteer support of the United Way, the Chamber and its Foundation, and hundreds of other nonprofit causes, Central Hudson and its employees continue a more-than-century-long devotion to making our region a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
Central Hudson and its employees support community service organizations through volunteerism and contributions and provided more than $730,000 to local not-for-profit agencies and small business organizations during 2017, with more than $7 million in such contributions made during the last 10 years. For more information on Central Hudson’s community service initiatives, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community.
Orange County Citizens Foundation accepting nominations for 10th annual Placemaking Conference & Awards
SUGAR LOAF (January 30) - The Orange County Citizens Foundation is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Placemaking Awards, which will recognize individuals, organizations, projects, and festivals that have contributed to the creation or transformation of public spaces to improve the local community, and have exemplified placemaking concepts and practices.
Awards will be presented at the Citizens Foundation’s Tenth Annual Orange County Placemaking Conference & Awards on Friday, June 15, 2018.
Nominations can include self-nominations, as well as nominations of others. Nominations can be submitted through March 1, 2018, by filling out the application form that can be downloaded at www.occitizensfoundation.org/initiatives/placemaking/.
Poughkeepsie Farm Project awarded Farm-to-School grant
HUDSON (January 30) – Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP) was among the two projects receiving the highest grant level of $100,000. The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation (HVADC) will partner with PFP, the Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSP) and the Wappingers Central School District (WCSD) to implement the grant.
Full Details on our Education Page
Orange County commissioner takes part in NYPD promotion ceremony of Warwick resident
GOSHEN (January 24) - Orange County Commissioner of General Services and Information Technology Jim Burpoe recently represented County Executive Steven Neuhaus at the promotion gala for New York City Police Department Deputy Chief Ruel Stephenson, a Warwick resident.
“It was an honor to be a part of Deputy Chief Stephenson’s promotion ceremony on behalf of County Executive Neuhaus,” said Burpoe, a Wawayanda resident, who was appointed as the first Commissioner of the Department of General Services in 2010. “As the father of an NYPD detective, I have the utmost respect for law enforcement. Every day, our police officers put their lives at risk to serve and protect us, and we should all support them.”
Deputy Chief Stephenson joined the NYPD in June 1995 and began his career on patrol in the 70 Precinct. Currently, Stephenson is the Commanding Officer of the 47 Precinct.
Alex Prizgintas, and his parents, Viktor and Lise Prizgintas, and Neuhaus
Monroe-Woodbury High School senior Alex Prizgintas is January’s Orange County Citizen of the Month
GOSHEN (January 17) – Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus has recognized Alex Prizgintas as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of January.
Neuhaus selected Prizgintas, 17, for his selfless community service and diverse contributions to arts and history in the County.
“Alex is an extraordinary young man who has conquered many challenges in his life,” Neuhaus said. “He demonstrates a deep desire to foster acceptance and a willingness to share the rich history of our County. Alex has already accomplished so much in his life due to his passion and I’m proud of his commitment to the County and its residents.”
Prizgintas was presented with the Hugh Hastings Award from the Association of Public Historians of New York State in November of 2017 at their convention in Poughkeepsie, where he also presented his lecture on the History of Orange County Dairies and Their Milk Bottles. The Hugh Hastings Award is named in honor of New York State’s first historian (1895-1907) and was given in recognition of Prizgintas’ distinguished service to and support of the public history community.
Prizgintas is attending Marist College in Poughkeepsie in the fall and will major in history and music.
“Alex has a bright future ahead of him and I know he will be an important part of the Marist community,” Neuhaus said. “I look forward to following his development and career.”
To nominate someone for the Citizen of the Month Award, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a letter to “Citizen of the Month” at 255-275 Main Street Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, hometown, a list of their accomplishments, why you are nominating them and any other pertinent information. Nominees must be from Orange County.
Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County joins the nationwide initiative to bring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of access, equality and opportunity for all into action
POUGHKEEPSIE (January 15) - Building on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision of the “Beloved Community,” Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County announced plans to honor King’s legacy through a series of projects in the City of Poughkeepsie. Over the next year, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International and The King Center’s MLK 50 Forward initiative, Habitat Dutchess is renewing and strengthening its commitment to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live and the opportunity for a better future.
“The time has come to reclaim our streets and homes for the families who have long supported this community and called it home,” said Executive Director, Maureen Lashlee.
This effort will build on work being performed by other Habitats across the country undertaking Beloved Community projects, including the construction of new affordable homes, critical home repairs and community revitalization initiatives.
“In 2018, as we mark the 50th anniversaries of Dr. King’s tragic death and the passage of the Fair Housing Act, we renew our pledge to make the concept of a Beloved Community a reality,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “This will never be a world of equality, of fairness, of human decency that leaves no room for poverty or prejudice or violence, unless we build it. And so we build.”
Habitat is partnering with The King Center in Atlanta as it marks the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
“With every new home that Habitat for Humanity builds, we move one step closer to my father’s vision of the Beloved Community,” said Dr. Bernice A. King. “Since its founding, Habitat for Humanity has been lifting families up through God’s love and showing them the path to take control of their lives through homeownership. This year, we’re going to have an even more powerful voice for those families and future homeowners so that one day, everyone lives in the Beloved Community with agape love.”
Orange County Human Rights Commission seeks nominations for 2018 awards
GOSHEN (January 15) - Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus announced on Friday that the Human Rights Commission is now seeking nominations for its 2018 awards.
Now in its 23rd year, the Human Rights awards program honors those who have made a significant contribution to advance human rights and eliminate discrimination. Since the award’s inception in 1995, 133 individuals or groups from Orange County have been recognized.
“The awards highlight those in Orange County that have advanced human rights,” Neuhaus said. “These men and women exemplify what our Human Rights Commission stands for and provide residents with compassion and hope. I know that we will once again receive several impressive nominations for the awards.”
“The Commission annually celebrates the contributions of extraordinary individuals or groups making a difference in Orange County,” said Inaudy Esposito, Orange County’s Executive Director of Human Rights. “The awards provide an opportunity to highlight the amazing work that is being done locally and the people making a difference.”
The Nomination will demonstrate how the nominee meets at least one of the following criteria:
- Fosters mutual respect and understanding and build better relations among diverse groups in Orange County
- Works towards the development of equity for oppressed groups in our community
- Relieves tension and conflict between racial, religious, sexual orientation, or nationality groups
- Works to create awareness of, and/or eliminate or reduce discrimination in Orange County
The human rights contributions must be happening in Orange County and may be from any field, including, but not limited to: education, law enforcement, public service, human services industry, social justice, volunteering, and not-for-profit work.
Completed nomination forms must be received no later than February 20, 2018. Nomination forms are available on the Human Rights Commission page on the County website www.orangecountygov.com/humanrights, or by calling Inaudy Esposito at 615-3680. Entries should be emailed to: email@example.com or mailed to: Orange County Human Rights Commission, 18 Seward Avenue, Suite 203, Middletown, N.Y. 10940
Arc of Orange County receives recreation grant
NEWBURGH (January 15) – The Trustees of NYSARC, Inc. Trust (recently rebranded The Arc New York Trust) provided The Arc of Orange County with a $12,500 grant to provide recreational opportunities for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities served within Orange County. The funding benefits more than five hundred people who attend The Arc of Orange’s recreation programs, as well as people who attend Creative Arts classes at The Arc’s Campbell Hall location. These programs provide opportunities for students to learn new skills and to enhance their creativity in the arts, as well as offering opportunities to travel throughout the Northeastern United States.
The $12,500 grant was specifically used to provide scholarships covering fees for recreation programs and trips to those who would otherwise be unable to attend, as well as enabling people with limited means to participate in a numerous trips and events.
In 2017 participants journeyed to Gloucester MA, Atlantic City NJ, The Pine Grove Ranch in NY, the Renaissance Faire, Six Flags New England, Mystic Seaport, Lake George NY, and Hershey Park PA, as well as numerous local events from Bingo and Art classes to a Masquerade Ball and a very successful ‘Ugly Christmas Sweater Party’.
NYSARC Trust Services administers supplemental needs trusts that enable people with disabilities to remain in their home and community while retaining Medicaid services and other government benefits. Information is available on how NYSARC Trust Services may benefit you: our website www.nysarctrustservices.org , phone 1-518-439-8323, toll free phone 1-800-735-8924 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arc of Orange County, is a chapter of The Arc New York (formerly NYSARC, Inc.). Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Newburgh, The Arc of Orange County’s 750 employees provide an array of educational, clinical, employment, residential, and day services for more than 2,000 people of all ages living in Orange County who have developmental disabilities. For more information on the organization or to donate online please visit www.thearcoforange.org.
New Hope Community announces appointment of vice president of philanthropy
LOCH SHELDRAKE (January 15) – New Hope Community, whose mission is to enhance the lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, announces the appointment of Edward Winters to the position of Vice President of Philanthropy.
Full details on our Health Page
Local children receive additional warmth this winter courtesy of the Junior League
MIDDLETOWN (January 6) - The cold winter weather is no match for the warm-hearted women who make up the Junior League of Orange County. The volunteer organization, which is in its 96th year of local service, recently engaged in a community outreach program and collected 50 new hats, 65 pairs of new mittens and 100 pairs of new socks for many of the 184 kids in RECAP’s Head Start Program, providing additional warmth for kids age 3-5.
“Children lose proportionately more body heat than adults through their exposed extremities,” said Barbara DeStafeno, President of the Junior League of Orange County. “Being able to provide the Head Start children with these warm winter accessories means their parents can focus their resources in other areas of care.”
Kerri Foley, the Junior League’s Chairwoman for the Hats, Mittens, Socks Collection Program, said she was grateful for the generosity of her fellow Junior Leaguers, along with some great friends, who helped to make this small drive a big success for our county’s youngest residents.
Warm up to the Junior League in 2018! Follow us on Facebook - Junior League of Orange County, NY, Inc. Like the posts and join the conversation as we build better communities together for our Orange County families, friends and neighbors. Happy New Year!
Habitat Newburgh seeks volunteers and honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service
NEWBURGH (January 6) - Join us on Monday, January 15, 2018 for a day of service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All are welcome to volunteer! No prior construction experience is necessary.
For those ages 16+, we will be working at several sites, including the ReStore. All tools and materials will be provided. Please wear appropriate construction site clothing and shoes.
This year, we also have an opportunity for kids ages 8-15 to be a part of this day of service! They can come build and paint a butterfly house for the Downing Park Urban Farm! Ages 8—15, must be accompanied by an adult.
MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM
(Kids’ Activity 10 AM – 12:30 PM)
followed by complimentary lunch for participants at Calvary Presbyterian Church
SIGN UP at newburgh.volunteerhub.com or call (845) 568-6035 x110