Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce notes local milestones
WARWICK - (August 2) – The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce congratulated two businesses and a church for their part in the local economy and community.
The Computer Guy has come a long way since it first opened in April 2010. And considering all the recent renovations to its facility at 14 West St., the company is still moving forward. Kevin Brand, first opened at 17 West St. and later that same year moved to larger quarters across the street he had been in the computer industry for more than 20 years.
Doctor of Pharmacy Ann Marie Cloutier, a graduate of Warwick Valley High School, Northeastern University and the University of Rhode Island, acquired Apple Valley Pharmacy at 44 Ronald Reagan Boulevard in Warwick’s Merchant Square Mall just off Kings Highway.
The Christ Episcopal Church Thrift Shop, 50 South St., Warwick, has been serving the community for 48 years and volunteers recently completed major renovations. The Thrift Shop is open for donations on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 9:30 to noon. Shopping is every Saturday morning from 9:30 to noon.
Real estate companies announce merger
KINGSTON (July 28) Commercial Associates Realty and Deegan~Sanglyn Commercial Real Estate announce their merger and simultaneous affiliation with global real estate giant Sperry Van Ness International Corporation. Two of the Hudson Valley’s most established and experienced commercial real estate firms, headed by Principals Thomas Collins, CCIM and Joseph Deegan, CCIM join their resources with SVN to create a premier national-based real estate company, Sperry Van Ness Deegan-Collins Commercial Associates (SVN DCCA). Bringing the combined experience of over two hundred million dollars in transactions between them, Mr. Deegan and Mr. Collins are now poised to serve an increased customer base under the national platform of SVN.
Mr. Collins’ real estate background of over 27 years includes appraisal, brokerage, consulting, site selection, development, re-development and mortgage finance. He was a founder and president of Commercial Associates Realty, Inc., brokers and consultants providing real estate services throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond. Mr. Collins has the CCIM designation, the highest designation in the commercial real estate field, and is a past president of the New York State CCIM Chapter. Mr. Collins has facilitated over one hundred and twenty million dollars in transactions, consisting of investment, office, industrial and retail properties since co-founding Commercial Associates Realty, Inc. in 1998.
Before his affiliation with SVN, Mr. Deegan founded and successfully operated Deegan~Sanglyn Commercial Real Estate, a full service commercial real estate advisory firm offering landlord & tenant representation, site selection, development, consulting and property management services. Mr. Deegan has served in all offices of the Hudson Valley New York State Commercial Association of Realtors chapter as well as all offices of the Upstate NY CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Chapter, for which he is currently serving as President. In addition, he is a New York State approved instructor
For more information on SVN DCCA and the services they provide, please visit their website at www.svndcca.com
Businesses to be recognized by Ulster Chamber and Ulster County Economic Development Alliance
KINGSTON (July 14) - The search is on for the top businesses, business leaders and organizations in Ulster County, as preparations are now underway for the 2015 Ulster County Business Recognition Awards Dinner. The event will be held October 22rd at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston and is a joint program of the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Ulster County Economic Development Alliance.
Nominations are now being accepted until August 7th. Categories this year include: Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Businessperson or Entrepreneur of the Year, Tourism or Hospitality Business of the Year, Commitment to the Community Award and The Heritage Award. Nomination forms including award criteria are available at the Ulster Chamber office at 214 Fair Street, Kingston or online at www.UlsterChamber.org
The award recipients will be recognized at the 2015 Ulster County Business Recognition Awards Dinner, October 22, 2015, at Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston, NY. Sponsorship opportunities and tickets for the event are available by contacting the Ulster Chamber at (845) 338-5100.
Composto smiles as Low-Hogan, left, reads tribute
Rockland legislator congratulates local newly installed state President of Women's Bar Association
NEW CITY (June 25) - The Rockland County Legislature recently proclaimed June 16, 2015 a day in honor of Andrea Composto, Esq. in recognition of her recent installation as the 33rd President of the Women's Bar Association of New York (WBASNY). Legislator Nancy Low-Hogan presented the proclamation to Ms. Composto, who resides in South Nyack within Low-Hogan's Legislative District 17.
Ms. Composto is a graduate of Albany Law School (2002) and was admitted to the NYS Bar in 2003 and the Bar of the US Supreme Court in 2006. She is the third generation to practice in a family-owned law firm and has held many positions within WBASNY. WBASNY advocates for the equality and fair treatment of women, promotes the advancement of women in society and within the legal profession and works to change laws focused on domestic violence, equality in marriage dissolution, custody fairness, and sexual violence in crimes. Ms. Composto is also active in the Rockland County Women's Bar Association, the Columbian Lawyers Association of Rockland and the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association.
"It is an honor to recognize Andrea Composto on her installation as the President of the WBASNY," said Low-Hogan. "We congratulate Andrea for her leadership and recognize her dedication to the promotion of fairness and equity for women and children."
Autism Speaks receives $160K through ShopRite fundraising efforts
FLORIDA (June 22) - Through in-store fundraising efforts, ShopRite customers and associates partnered to raise more than $160,000 in support of Autism Speaks in recognition of April as National Autism Awareness Month.
Orange County Chamber of Commerce celebrates June as Women in Business Month
TOWN OF MONTGOMERY (June 2) - In its third annual observance of June as Women in Business Month, the Orange County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a number of events that promote and/or educate women in business. The events are coordinated by the Chamber’s Minority and Women Business Committee and M&T Bank is the title sponsor for the entire month.
On Thursday, June 11, Dr. Julieta Ross, Chief Technology Officer for M&T Bank and one of the original developers of Bluetooth technology, will be the guest speaker at the Chamber’s monthly membership breakfast. The breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. at West Hills Country Club in Middletown.
“Friday Night Pampering for Women on the Go” will be held on June 12 at Tredora Salon & Spa on Route 17K in Newburgh. A presentation by Caron Hadge, a financial advisor for New York Life, will start the evening at 5:00 p.m. with simple tips on how to manage personal finances. From 6:00-7:00 p.m., a professional makeup artist will provide make-up tips for professional women. At 7:00 p.m., Laura Dimino, owner of Tredora, will give hairstyle tips, and at 7:30, there will be a presentation on how to make simple, tasty meals using just two ingredients.
On Tuesday, June 16 from 4:00-7:30 p.m. at Pamela’s Traveling Feast on the Hudson in Newburgh, Hadge will again make a presentation about personal finances, followed by a mixer with Pamela’s hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, networking and prizes.
Women in Business Month will conclude with the Chamber’s annual Women in Business Golf Outing on Tuesday, June 23 at Winding Hills Golf Course in Montgomery. Registration will start at 9:00 a.m., with a shotgun start at 10:15. Women who don’t play golf can enroll in a golf school taught by a Hudson Valley golf pro at the same time the players are on the course. A buffet lunch and awards presentation for all will start at 1:00 p.m.
Admission for “Friday Night Pampering for Women on the Go” and the June 16 workshop/mixer is free. Admission for the June 11 breakfast is $25 for members in advance and $50 for non-members. June 23 golf (or the golf school) is $125 per person. Reservations for any of the events should be made by calling the Chamber at 845-457-9700 or visiting www.orangeny.com.
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