First row: Councilwomen Gina Fitzpatrick & Maria Mann, Mayor Kelly B. Decker
owner John Altadonna. Second row: employees Brandon Roesch, and Jared Heckman.
Brother Bruno’s Pizza is the Port Jervis Business of the Month
PORT JERVIS (June 15) – The Port Jervis Mayor’s Office announces that the Business of the Month for June 2018 is Brother Bruno’s Pizza at 17 Front St. in Port Jervis, N.Y. which is owned by John Altadonna. This Italian restaurant has served the Port Jervis area since 1974. It has a menu to please the whole family. You can eat in or out on the sidewalk café and local delivery is available.
Hours are 11:00 am to 11:00 pm – Monday through Sunday.
People’s Place Food Pantry gets donation from Shoprite
KINGSTON (June 13) - Representatives from ShopRite present a check for $500 to the People’s Place Food Pantry during ShopRite of Kingston’s recent grand reopening celebration.
T.Webber celebrates nearly 30 years of service by re-branding
POUGHKEEPSIE (June 13) – T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric, a BBB A+ accredited business is celebrating nearly 30 years of service in the Hudson Valley by re-branding. Residents can enjoy the same tried and true quality of service through an expanding scope of services that now includes electrical and bathroom remodeling.
“My father started this company in 1989 as a one-truck plumbing and heating company,” said Tommy Webber, owner of T.Webber Plumbing, Heating, Air & Electric. “The company continued to grow as we earned our customers’ trust, repeated business, and referrals. We have never been content with the status quo, and this re-branding can reaffirm to our clients that we are continually examining and improving the quality and value of our services.”
HVADC Farm and Food Funding Accelerator Program applications open
HUDSON (June 4) – For local food entrepreneurs on the verge of scaling their businesses, one impediment to growth can be the access to capital. The Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corporation’s (HVADC) Farm and Food Funding Accelerator Program is an opportunity for farm and food enterprise owners to develop the necessary skills and materials to build their businesses and approach financial sources. Applications for the intensive training program are now being accepted at www.hvadc.org.
Launched in 2016 with a class of nine Peers, this second FFFA program will be a six to eight month curriculum beginning in November 2018, and culminating with participants having the opportunity to pitch potential funders in spring 2019. Applications for this exclusive program will close September 15. Accepted applicants will be notified in October.
Participants will have the opportunity to connect with the growing network of funders that support local food systems through methods such as equity, loans, grants crowdfunding, as well as HVADC’s Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Loan Fund. Training sessions will be conducted by HVADC, its industry partners, industry professionals, and institutional and retail stakeholders in the Hudson Valley food system. In addition to HVADC instructors, Peers from the 2016 FFFA class will participate as mentors and counselors. Sylke Chesterfield, a business consultant and certified coach of Chesterfield Advantage, has been named the FFFA Project Manager.
Sara Higgins, owner of Raspberry Fields Farm in Marlboro, New York was among the first class’s participants, and found the program to be enriching. “As a small business owner, guidance, assistance and partnering are lifelines to my company. I found all three as a participant in the program. Being selected for the program offered me countless present and future opportunities to help scale my business as well as put me in a Mastermind group of other small business owners.”
There is a nominal application fee of $15 for the FFFA program. Funding for FFFA was made possible by the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Agency.
Additional details and application information about the FFFA may be found at www.hvadc.org or by calling 518-432-5360.
Walden Savings Bank opens Beacon lending office
BEACON (May 31) – In an effort to better serve Dutchess County residents, Walden Savings Bank recently opened a lending office at 554 Main Street in Beacon.
“Walden Savings Bank is committed to supporting the people and organizations that make a difference in our community,” said President and CEO Derrik R. Wynkoop.
The new lending office provides easier accessibility for personal and business customers in the growing Dutchess County market.
Newburgh’s Jerrod Lang is Orange County’s May Citizen of the Month
NEWBURGH (May 25) - Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus recognized café Blacc Vanilla owner Jerrod Lang as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of May.
L-R: Joseph Agresta, Co-Owner Mercedes Benz of Orange County; Haley Hartwick, Johnny Mac
Solders Fund Guest Speaker; Chuck Bond, Co-Owner; Arthur Agresta, Co-Owner
Mercedes-Benz of Orange County grand opening benefits West Point’s Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund
HARRIMAN (May 21) Mercedes-Benz of Orange County, Powered by Benzel-Busch, recently celebrated its grand opening, with a dynamic, catered affair hosted at its state-of-the-art Mercedes-Benz showroom and benefitting the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund.
The West Point non-profit's namesake, Colonel John “Johnny Mac” McHugh, was killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan in 2010 and Benzel-Busch has been a passionate support of the organization since its inception. The Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund started in 2014 as a modest effort to help one fallen classmate’s family cope with the lose of their heroic loved one and quickly transformed into a ongoing mission that helps a growing number of military families with education expenses. Mercedes-Benz of Orange County exemplified its commitment to the community by announcing an initial donation to the Johnny Mac Solder Fund at the Grand Opening and will continue to make ongoing donations to the foundation with every purchase of a Mercedes vehicle.
The evening's most touching and heart-rending moment came when Johnny Mac Scholarship recipient Haley Hartwick spoke eloquently about her father, U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael Hartwick, who was killed on April 1, 2006, when his Apache helicopter was shot down by enemy fire while on a combat air patrol mission in Iraq. Haley Hartwick from Austin, Texas graduated from Baylor University in 2017.
At the event, Mercedes-Benz of Orange County owners Joseph Agresta, Arthur Agresta and Chuck Bond welcomed Orange County Dignitaries, Mayor Stephen Welle of Harriman; Mayor Michael Queenan of Woodbury; Laurie R. Tautel, Legislator and Assemblyman James Skoufis, along with Mercedes-Benz Corporate executives Bob Yeatman, Mercedes-Benz General Manager Northeast Region; and Greg Gates, Mercedes Benz General Manager Strategic Retail Development.
For more information on the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund and how to donate, visit www.johnnymac.org.
Galleria at Crystal Run welcomes two new stores
TOWN OF WALLKILL (May 21) - Two new stores, Five Below and Macy’s Backstage, recently opened at the Galleria at Crystal Run. Both offer goods at marked-down prices and outperformed their respective companies’ other recent openings in the region.
Positioned between Macy’s and Target, and across from H&M, Five Below – a chain of discount stores operating in 32 states – sells toys, tech, apparel, cosmetics, and candy all for $5 or less.
Backstage, which opened inside Macy’s on April 14, is the retail giant’s answer to bargain stores like T.J. Maxx, Homegoods, and Marshall’s. Located on the department store’s upper level, Backstage’s 30,000 square feet of retail contains fashion, footwear, home decor, toys, luggage, kitchenware, and even snacks.
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