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Program guidelines and application instructions available for county small grants program

MONTICELLO (March 6) - The Sullivan County Legislature allocated $100,000 for FY15 to revive a small grants program aimed at assisting municipalities, not-for-profit and community groups with implementing projects to enhance the County.  Program guidelines have now been released with details on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and the timeline and procedures for reviewing applications, and are available from the Sullivan County Division of Planning & Environmental Management at (845) 807-0527 or by email at planning@co.sullivan.ny.us. The information may also be accessed from the County’s website by going to the Planning division page and clicking on the link to Available Funding Opportunities.

"I am so pleased that this legislature is in the position to offer this small incentive for community development. Sometimes all it takes for a good idea to become a great idea is a small financial push to get it off the ground,” said County Legislature Chairman Scott Samuelson. “We are so pleased to make this small contribution to help encourage new development in the community."

The Plans and Progress program offers funding for a broad range of projects including but not limited to community and economic development, tourism, telecommunications, image enhancement, recreation, sustainability, agricultural protection, and quality of life.  The focus is on advancing County and local planning goals.

“I have long advocated for the restoration of county funding of this small grant program, which has over the years provided seed money for variety of successful cultural and historic preservation efforts throughout the County,” said county Legislator Alan Sorensen.   “I think this current round of funding will help local organizations to make Sullivan County an even more interesting and exciting place to visit.”   

Each of the County’s nine legislative districts has been allocated $10,000 in Plans and Progress funding. An additional $10,000 is available but not tied to a specific district.  Project budgets must include a minimum 50% share of project costs from non-County sources, which may include local, state and federal funding, in-kind services by municipalities or organizations, donations of materials and professional services from private for-profit businesses, and not-for-profit sweat equity.  Applications will be received on a rolling basis, with the first round of reviews to assess all funding requests received through April 30th, 2015.  Additional rounds will occur subject to availability of funding.    

 


Poughkeepsie Plaza Manager Kimberly Barela  presents a check for
$500 to Kathleen Murphy, Executive Director at the Center for the
Prevention of Child Abuse.

Poughkeepsie Plaza donates $500 to The Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse

TOWN OF POUGHKEEPSIE (March 3) - The Poughkeepsie Plaza shopping center donated $500 to the Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse.

The Center provides educational programs, community outreach, and services to minimize and end the cycle of child abuse and neglect in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The Center is also the home of the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC is a facility of co-located law enforcement agencies and Child Protective Services that investigates specific child abuse allegations in Dutchess County. The Center serves over 16,000 children, families and individuals annually.

The donated funds were a portion of the vendor proceeds that were collected from the 17th Annual Health & Wellness Fair that was held recently at the Poughkeepsie Plaza.

 

Rockland seeks nominations for annual outstanding environmental volunteer award

NEW CITY (March 3) - Do you know a local resident who has made volunteer service to our environment a priority?  The Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources is now accepting nominations for the 18th annual County Executive's Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award.

The County Executive's Outstanding Environmental Volunteer Award recognizes exceptional volunteers who care for our parks, champion our watershed programs, encourage recycling and work every day to enhance the natural beauty of our county's open spaces. 

To be eligible to receive the award, a deserving individual must be at least 18 years of age and a Rockland County resident.  Individuals who have been nominated in the past, but not chosen, are eligible to be re-nominated.

County Executive Ed Day will honor this year's winner during a tree planting ceremony at Kennedy Dells Park in New City on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 11 a.m.

For more information or to obtain a nomination form, contact the Division of Environmental Resources at (845) 364-2670 or env@co.rockland.ny.us.  To be considered, nominations must be received by April 1, 2015.   Honor someone today for their dedication to our planet.

 

Clarkstown seeks nominations for town's Environmental Excellence Award

NEW CITY (March 3) - Supervisor Alex Gromack and Councilwoman Shirley Lasker announce that the Town of Clarkstown is seeking nominations for its Environmental Excellence Award.

The nominations are based on the nominee's contribution to environmental preservation, beautification and improvement within the Town of Clarkstown.  Also considered will be the nominee's involvement as a volunteer or coordinator in Town environmental programs, and any innovative programs or measures the nominee has taken or developed to better the Town's natural environment.  Consideration will also be given to the nominee's length of service in these activities.
  
"The Town of Clarkstown is a leader in environmental initiatives from purchasing to policy to public education," said Supervisor Alex Gromack.  "This award will give us the opportunity to recognize those in our community who share our dedication to our environment."  

Applicants may be organizations, businesses or individuals located, operating or residing in the Town.  Deadline for submission is April 1, 2015.  The application consists of a one page nomination form, 100-150 word synopsis, and supporting materials.  Residents can access the application on the town's website or by calling the Town Council Chambers at 639-2056.  

“Four years ago we created this program to recognize and honor the people in our community who dedicate and donate their time and expertise to improving the environment in Clarkstown,” said Councilwoman Shirley Lasker.  “There are so many wonderful and talented volunteers who work selflessly every day to improve our quality of life.  They are the true unsung heroes and role models in our community.  As Margeret Mead said, ‘A small group of thoughtful people can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has.’  We ask that nominations are submitted to us so we can pay tribute to and highlight the many achievements of these outstanding individuals.” 

The Environmental Excellence Award winner will be announced on Earth Day, April 22, 2015 and the winner will be presented with the Award at the Town of Clarkstown Town Board meeting of Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 8pm.

 

Central Hudson field employees now in uniform

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 3) - Field employees of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation who have direct contact with customers now have a unified and recognizable presence with uniforms in order to provide increased reassurance to customers.

Full details and picture on our Business Page

 

Livingston Manor area Visitor’s Guide available in print, digital formats

Livingston Manor / Roscoe (February 26) - The attractive 2015 Visitor's Guide for Livingston Manor, Roscoe and Lew Beach, NY is filled with articles, photographs, lodging and eateries, and things to do in the area. Thousands of interested Catskill visitors pick them up at winter travel and sportsman's shows in metropolitan NY/NJ.

But the new digital version makes it possible to enjoy the Guide from anywhere in the world. It is available at: www.Livingstonmanor.org and www.Roscoeny.com.

The Guide, a collaborative effort of neighboring towns Roscoe, Lew Beach and Livingston Manor, produced by Quik Type, highlights the rich outdoor recreation the area is known for - as well as exciting businesses welcoming to visitors. There's a rich behind-the-scenes look, for example, at three award-winning establishments making hand-crafted libations. 

The printed Guide is also available at many merchants, eateries and attractions throughout Sullivan County. 

 

Yonkers launches “We Care Airdrop” care package drive supports for U.S troops serving overseas

YONKERS (February 26) – Yonkers is sponsoring a “We Care AirDrop” care package drive providing necessary items to troops currently serving overseas. The drive is in conjunction with Yonkers American Legion Charles Bajart Post and the City of Yonkers Office of Veterans Services. Collection begins today and continues through Tuesday, March 3rd.

“Yonkers is a community that supports each other and gives back in charitable ways,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “I’m calling on our residents to show their support for our heroes—the men and women from Yonkers and from all across the United States who risk their lives to preserve our freedom each and every day.”

Donation boxes will be placed inside City Hall and all eight Yonkers Public High Schools to collect care package items such as toiletries, non-perishable food, first aid kids, medicine and other necessities. For a complete list of items, visit www.yonkersny.gov.

“There are many times throughout the year that our students and staff extend their thanks to those who serve in our military across the globe.  The “We Care Air Drop” campaign is one more opportunity to show our appreciation to those who sacrifice for our freedom; and it also provides a teachable moment for our students,” said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Michael Yazurlo.   

Monetary contributions will also be collected by the City to purchase additional supplies. Contributors of $5 will receive a “We Care AirDrop” rubber bracelet; Contributors of $10 will receive an engraved “We Care AirDrop” aluminum dog tag. All monetary donations can be delivered to the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services, located on the 4th Floor of City Hall.

 

Highland scouts annual dinner

HIGHLAND (February 25) - Highland Pack 70 Cub Scouts, chartered by Highland Presbyterian Church, held their annual Blue and Gold Dinner recently.  Scouts of each rank, (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos I and Webelos II)  and their families, attended this dinner held to honor the Webelos II den, lead by Karen Lasher.  All eight Webelos II Scouts not only earned the Arrow of Light award, the highest honor for a Cub Scout, but they each also earned the Super Achiever Award, for going above and beyond what was required, including all twenty activity pins available to Cub Scouts. 

Following the Arrow of Light award ceremony, seven of the boys who have chosen to continue their scouting career as Boy Scouts, were welcomed by Highland Troop 70 Boy Scouts, with the Arrow of Light Webelos Bridging Ceremony, led by Assistant Scout Master, Paul Krystek.

The evening concluded with a magic show, which was enjoyed by the Scouts and their families. 


L-R: Newest Boy Scouts:  Den Chief Nick M, Hudson P.,
Shaun P., Dominic V., Damien C., Dimitri B.,
Nathaniel L., and Nicholas S.


L-R:
Damien C., Osei, A., Dominic V., Shaun P., Hudson P.,
Nathaniel L., Nicholas S., and Demitri B. 

 

Democratic Women of Sullivan County elect new officers 

LIBERTY (February 15) – At their recent reorganizational meeting, the Democratic Women of Sullivan County elected a new slate of officers for 2015.


L-R: Treasurer Lily Stettner; Vice President Joan Stoddard; Secretary Carol Montana; President Debra Gabriel

The Steering Committee members for 2015 are Kathy LaBuda, Donna Schick and Adrianna Greco.

The next Executive Session meeting will be held on February 26, 2015 at a location to be announced. General meetings are held the last Thursday of each month.

At each general meeting, guests are asked to donate a non-perishable food item for the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless or a pet food item for the Sullivan County SPCA.

The DWSC is an independent, progressive, grassroots organization devoted to bringing more Sullivan County women into the political process. All women and men who support this mission are welcome.

For additional information about the DWSC, their meeting locations and other events, please write to DWSC4US@gmail.com,

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recognizes the Hudson Valley Chapter for the 2014 Pacesetter Award

NEW YORK (February 9) – Each year in the United States, suicide claims nearly 40,000 lives – more than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. Although it is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States - suicide is preventable. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recognized the work done by the Hudson Valley Chapter with the Pacesetter award for their Consistent Overall Achievement and exemplary service in helping to prevent suicide in the Hudson Valley

“Suicide is a major health issue that affects communities large and small, across the country,” said CEO Robert Gebbia, of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “It’s because of the work of our volunteers in the Hudson Valley that this public health issue is finally getting the attention it deserves. The involvement of our Chapter volunteers will help us reach our goal of reducing the suicide rate 20 percent by 2025 in the United States.”

Over 75 community-based AFSP chapters attended a six day conference in Atlanta, GA to learn the latest information on how to bring greater understanding of mental health issues and awareness for suicide prevention to their local communities. The program featured the latest mental health research specific to suicide prevention, and information sessions addressing school-based education programs, workplace initiatives; and reaching those who currently battle with a mental health issues like depression, or who have lost a loved one to suicide. 

An awards dinner capped off the conference and highlighted the exemplary work of the Chapters. 

“We are thrilled to receive this award from our National organization.” said Steve Dolce, the chair of the Hudson Valley Chapter for AFSP. “The credit really goes to the volunteers who work to raise awareness about suicide prevention in the Hudson Valley

 

Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber visitors kiosk open seven days a week

PEEKSKILL (February 9) - The Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce Visitor and Tourist Information Kiosk, located at 1 South Division Street, Peekskill, is now open seven days a week

More details on our Business Page

 

Go Red for Heart Month - Mid-Hudson Bridge to glow red in February

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 28) - The American Heart Association, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the NYS Bridge Authority have teamed up to have the Mid-Hudson Bridge illuminated red to shine a light on heart disease and stroke during February, American Heart Month.

Full details on our Health Page

 

Children’s Museum accepted into National Museum Excellence Program

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 27) - The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum has been accepted into the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums ...

Full details on our Education Page

 


L-R: Kymora Ohrvall, Claire Macedonia, Grace Roscino, Gracie Macedonia,
Eta Ivkovic, Marina Zaczkiewicz and Adria Ivkovic

Dutchess Figure Skating Club wins big at Lake Placid event

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 21)– Weeks of hard work and practice at the McCann Ice Arena paid off for the Dutchess Figure Skating Club as a team of skaters from the club won top medals at the ISI (Ice Skating Institute) Championship at Lake Placid earlier this month. For their collective effort, the team won a 1st Place trophy as well.

The figure skaters competed against other skaters from across the region in several categories including solo compulsory, freestyle and light entertainment. There were 19 participating teams from New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, South Carolina, Maryland and Connecticut and over 400 total participants.

“I am proud of all the skaters on the Mid Hudson Civic Center Team,” Laurie May, McCann Ice Arena General Manager said. “They have worked hard for this competition. Their poise and presentation was proof of that hard work. At this competition the skaters were given points based on their individual placement. These points gave the team a 1st place trophy based on percentage for team standings. It’s nice to see how proud they are of their accomplishments. This experience was not only fun, but it will prove to be a great motivator moving forward.”

Here are the results from the ISI championship:

Adria Ivkovic:
Light Entertainment Spotlight Freestyle 4 – Silver, 1st place
Interpretive Freestyle 4 – Silver, 3rd place
Final Rounds Spotlight – 3rd place

Eta Ivkovic:
Open – Silver, 2nd place

Claire Macedonia:
Open Freestyle – Silver, 1st place
Light Entertainment Spotlight Freestyle 5 – Silver, 1st place
Final Rounds Spotlight – 2nd place
Interpretive Freestyle 5 – Silver – 6th place

Gracie Macedonia
Interpretive Freestyle 3 – 1st place
Freestyle 3 – 5th place

Kymora Ohrvall
Freestyle 4 – 4th place
Interpretive Freestyle 4 – 3rd place
Solo Compulsory Freestyle 4 – 2nd place

Grace Roscino
Freestyle 4 – 1st place
Solo Compulsory Freestyle 4 – 1st place

Marina Zaczkiewicz
Freestyle 6 – 1st place
Figure 3 – 1st place
Solo Compulsory Freestyle 6 – 1st place

 

Walden Savings Bank’s staff and customers donate to Food Bank

MONTGOMERY (January 21) - Walden Savings Bank collected and donated 684 lbs. of non-perishables to the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley as part of their “Fill the WSB Van” campaign.


“Our goal for ‘Fill the WSB Van’ was not only to collect food but to bring awareness about this great need and the vital role of the Food Bank of the Hudson,” said Derrik Wynkoop, president and CEO of Walden Savings Bank. “Although the winter season can be a difficult time for families, together we brought families around a table where they could find joy, and set aside their worries for a moment.”

In addition, Walden Savings Bank collected $2,235 for the Food Bank’s Ornament Campaign, where paper ornaments were purchased by customers and employees at each of Walden Savings Bank’s 11 branch locations for $1 during the month of December.

Today, the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, in conjunction with the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, serves over 1,000 member agencies in 23 counties from the Canadian border to the Westchester border.

 


Irwin Siegel Agency Makes Federation holidays brighter

MONTICELLO (January 21) - Once again this year, the Irwin Siegel Agency filled the gap for many children of families in need who might otherwise have gone without.  The Federation submits the age and gender of children who sign up, and their holiday wishes are fulfilled by the Irwin Siegel staff “elves”.

Pictured from left to right are Dale Sonnenschein, Esther Tyler, Zack Siegel & Angel Rodriguez.

 

Nominees sought for Orange County Senior Citizens Awards

GOSHEN (January 14) - Nominations are currently being accepted for the 2015 Orange County Senior Citizens Awards Program. The deadline to submit an application is January 30 and an awards ceremony is planned for May to coincide with national Older Americans Month, which recognizes older Americans for their contributions to their community. For more information, please call Orange County OFA at 845-615-3700 or download a nomination form here.

OFA’s Senior Citizens Awards is seeking older adults 60 and over who truly deserve to be recognized for their achievements as outstanding citizens because they have volunteered their time and talents to better their community. In addition, OFA is looking for local businesses and companies that go out of their way to assist seniors in their day-to-day lives.

“We are committed to recognizing the positive contributions of older adult ins our community,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “They are an inspiration to all of us and it is their hard work and community spirit which have added to a high quality of life for all Orange County residents.”

“In today’s busy world, this is a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to pay tribute to individuals who make our community a better, stronger and more vibrant place for seniors to call home,” said OFA Director AnnMarie Maglione. “In addition, we are thrilled to recognize one of the many great businesses that go out of their way to improve the quality of life for older adults.”

The Office for the Aging will sponsor awards in three categories: “Orange County Senior Citizen of the Year,” “Outstanding Contribution by a Senior” and “Senior Friendly Business.” Once announced, award winners will be recognized in May by County Executive Neuhaus, honored at a luncheon by Governor Cuomo in Albany representing Orange County, honored at a luncheon by the Orange County Senior Citizens Council, and recognized by the Orange County legislature at its June meeting.

 

Girl Scouts, YWCA announce 2015 Orange County Women of Achievement

NEWBURGH (January 14) - Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County are pleased to announce the names of the 2015 Tribute to Orange County Women of Achievement honorees. Now in its 23rd year, Tribute honors women of Orange County who have made a difference to the community in their professional, personal, or school-based activities. The award is jointly hosted by the Girl Scouts and YWCA Orange County.

"I was delighted to have the privilege of notifying each of the 2015 honorees of their recognition and to congratulate them on their many accomplishments and contributions to our community," said 2015 Tribute chairperson Maureen Crush, a 2012 honoree. "I appreciate the significant investment in time made by this year's selection committee, chaired by Kristin Jensen, to ensure that Tribute once again has an outstanding panel of honorees who exemplify the mission and ideals of the Girl Scouts and YWCA."

The 2015 Orange County Women of Achievement are:

  • Lynn Cione - Goshen - Orange County Chamber of Commerce
  • Gianna Franco - Walden - Time Warner Cable
  • Donna Frazier - Middletown - Elant, Inc.
  • Ellenjane Gonyea - Newburgh - Nora Cronin Presentation Academy
  • Marsea Hocutt - Middletown - Orange Cardiology
  • Michelle Koury, MD - Goshen, Crystal Run Healthcare
  • Joann Menendez - Pine Bush - Walden Savings Bank
  • Shannon Wong - Goshen - Orange County Legislature

Woman of the future:

  • Ayla Devenney - Goshen High School

More than 230 women from throughout Orange County have been recognized since the award’s inception in 1992. This year's Tribute honorees will be recognized at the 23rd Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement of Orange County award dinner on Wednesday, May 13 at Anthony's Pier 9 in New Windsor. The event is co-hosted each year by Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and YWCA Orange County.

 

Join NFA Crew Team’s 3rd Annual Super Event of Caring to help Safe Homes of Orange County

NEWBURGH (January 14) – On Sat Jan 31st 10am-5pm,  in addition to their team ergathon, the Newburgh Free Academy (NFA) H.S. Crew Team will hold their 3rd Annual Super Event of Caring at the Newburgh Mall.

More details on our Education Page

 

Group donates children’s books to new mothers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center

POUGHKEEPSIE (January 14) - Leading to Reading, a community outreach project of the Poughkeepsie Branch of the American Association of University Women, provided an initial gift of 250 new children’s books on Jan. 9 to moms who choose to deliver at Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

More details on our Health Page

 

Leadership Orange Announces Hall of Fame Honorees

NEW WINDSOR (January 12) - Leadership Orange announced the selection of its Hall of Fame honorees.  Each award-winning participant will be recognized for making significant, tangible leadership contributions to Orange County.  A selection committee comprised of past Hall of Fame inductees reviewed all nominations and selected the following individuals for induction in the Leadership Orange Hall of Fame:

  • John Carola (2011) Vice President, Walden Savings Bank
  • Edwin Estrada (2001) Orange County Trust Company
  • Hon. David Hoovler (2011)  Orange County District Attorney
  • Linda Muller, M.S. (1997)  CEO & President, Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Center, Inc.
  • Bonnie Orr, CPA (2011)  Partner, Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC
  • Michael Turturro, CPA (2002)  Partner, Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni & Weddell, LLP

The Hall of Fame Awards will be presented on March 19, 2015, which is being held at Falkirk Golf & Country Club in Central Valley from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.   The cost to attend is $100 and includes food and open bar.

For more information about the Hall of Fame Awards and After Party Event, please contact the Leadership Orange office at 845-397-1947 or karolyn@leadershiporange.org

Leadership Orange is the county’s premier leadership training program. Started in 1992 by community and business leaders to train new and emerging leaders, it has developed over the past 21 years into a multi-dimensional training program for both adults and youth. 

 


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Not-for-profit community service organizations are invited to submit links to their websites. Organizations must not preach hate or intolerance in any form or advocate public discrimination on the basis of race, gender, national origin or sexual orientation.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Orange County
www.cce.cornell.edu/orange

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County
www.cce.cornell.edu/ulster/ulster.html

Faith and Community ACTION - Dutchess County  
http://fcaction.org/

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh
www.habitat-greater-newburgh.org

Hilltowns Community Board
News of Southern Albany, Greene & Schoharie Counties
www.thehilltowns.com

Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water
www.hopewell-junction-citizens-for-clean-water.org

Mid-Hudson Horse Trails Association
www.midhudsonhorsetrails.org

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)
www.narfeny.org

Orange County Citizens Foundation-
www.occf-ny.org/

Orange County Land Trust  
www.oclt.org

Salvation Army of Newburgh  
http://web.mac.com/sanewburgh/iWeb/Site/Welcome.html

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 537 Hudson Highlands   
www.vva537.org/

 

 


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