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Cooke Elementary DARE students head to ballpark        

MONTICELLO - 5th Grade DARE students from the George L. Cooke Elementary School in Monticello headed out to Scranton, Pennsylvania on May 6, to see the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders play the Gwinnett Braves.

The day was “School Day – Strike Out Drugs and Alcohol” at the PNC stadium in near Scranton.

The RailRiders are a N.Y. Yankees affiliated minor league baseball team.

The cost of transportation for the students to attend the game was donated by the Sullivan County Deputy Sheriff’s Association and the Sheriff’s Patrol PBA.

Sgt. Blake Starner and Deputy Anthony Dos Santos of the Sheriff’s Patrol, with the fifth graders, ready to board the bus


SUNY Orange announces new media degree program

MIDDLETOWN (May 4) -- For Hudson Valley residents seeking to pursue careers in the fields of video, audio or digital film production, SUNY Orange now offers a New Media academic degree program that immerses students in all elements of the creative, editing and production processes related to today’s audio and video professions.

The two-year program, which will result in an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree, is designed for students seeking career opportunities in television production, film production, audio production, screenwriting, news broadcasting and media development. While the AAS degree prepares graduates to enter the workforce immediately upon earning their degree, students may also transfer to a four-year institution upon graduation.

The course sequence is rich with new courses in cinematography, digital storytelling, screenwriting, sound design, TV studio production and video effects. Existing courses in media production, digital photography, visual communications, foundations of communication and web design accompany a series of core academic courses in English and math, as well as several electives, to round out the degree.

Graduates of the program will be proficient in visual composition using different forms of digital media such as video, photography, web design and art. Graduates will also be adept at audio production, specifically, digital radio production, sound design and audio engineering.

“This program will be a great fit for traditional high school graduates who have an interest in video, photography, art, social media or web design,” says Linda Fedrizzi-Williams, academic associate vice president for the College’s liberal arts programs. “For those who are working in the audio and video fields today who may have graduated a decade or two ago, this program will offer them a chance to ‘retrain’ themselves with hands-on experience on today’s technology.”

Students will sharpen their production and presentation skills in the Gerry Media Lab, a newly renovated on-campus television studio made possible through the generosity of Alan Gerry. Students will also have the opportunity to pursue internships and additional experiential learning projects to further broaden their understanding and experience.

Courses can be taken in person or online and students are being accepted for enrollment for the upcoming Fall 2015 semester. For more information, visit the New Media web site at


Ellenville School District’s radio station celebrates ten years

ELLENVILLE (April 27) - WELV-LP, Ellenville School District’s radio station, will celebrate its tenth anniversary beginning April 27 with a week of special broadcasts and events.

The station, which broadcasts 24 hours a day, every day, from its studio just off the High School Media Center, has become known for its eclectic and innovative mix of local news, community interviews, and coverage of school events and sweeping array of music. Much of the programming is created and presented by Ellenville students, from the elementary kids on “The Youngsters Radio Show” to high school students who compile playlists, announce events, and conduct interviews.

 “The station provides crucial local news and information, and we can do that better than anybody else” said Operations Manager Alan Buckler. “But the most important reason we’re here is for the students.”

Students, he said, learn all aspects of broadcasting, from reporting to writing copy to designing playlists. Perhaps even more importantly, they gain confidence and become engaged in their community.

“Coming to the studio for at least one period is the highlight of my day,” said Pablo Leon, a junior. “It lets me be creative as much as I want, without being judged by others.”

The station began broadcasting on April 25, 2005. The long-running morning show, “Dennis in the Morning” debuted the following February. Hosted by retired teacher Dennis Warner and students, it remained a popular local institution until Mr. Warner passed away in 2013.

The station’s anniversary celebration begins April 27 and continues through May 1 with a series of live broadcasts from different locations around Ellenville, such as Matthews Pharmacy and Ellenville Regional Hospital. Buckler and the students have also been redesigning WELV’s presence on the District’s website (


Tell your story at the Newburgh Free Library’s Human Library

NEWBURGH (April 17) - The Newburgh Free Library is looking for volunteers to use as "books" at a Human Library to take place this summer as part of the Adult Summer Reading Program called "Escape the Ordinary." The Human Library consists of human "books" each with a unique story to tell. Just like at normal libraries, readers "check out" the human books they’re interested in to have a one-on-one conversation about the "book’s" experiences with misconceptions, prejudice and stereotypes. Unlike a real book, readers can ask human books questions and engage in non-confrontational discussions.

Do you know anyone who has a unique story to tell? Perhaps they have been subject to misconception, discrimination or prejudice in the past.

Human Library "books" at other libraries have included vegans, funeral directors, immigrants, police, people with disabilities, former nuns, cancer patients, ex-gang members, people who are HIV positive, graffiti artists, empty nesters, those struggling with an eating disorder or depression, etc. Anyone with a unique background or experience may serve as a "book". Participants should be comfortable discussing their "subject" and receiving (respectful/non-rude) questions from participants, aka "readers".

The planned collection of human books will number around 10. Human books can be checked out for 15 to 20 minutes at a time, with one renewal if no one is waiting for the book.

If you would like to participate or you know anyone who would be a good "book," you can nominate that individual by emailing and type "Human Library Nomination" in the subject line. Notify the nominees before sending the email to ensure they are interested in participating. Each potential participant will meet with a library staff member to review his or her story.

Human Libraries promote tolerance and celebrate differences. The first Human Library was held in Denmark in 2000 as part of an anti-violence movement.


Students invited to attend service academy informational workshop

NEWBURGH (April 17) - Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) invited Hudson Valley students to take part in a Service Academy Informational Workshop on Saturday May 9th, 2015 from 11:00AM – 2:00PM in the auditorium of Newburgh Free Academy located at 201 Fullerton Avenue, Newburgh, NY 12550. The workshop will focus on informing prospective U.S. Service Academy applicants about the Service Academy application process as well as how to apply for a nomination to a U.S. Service Academy through his office.

“Service academies provide a top notch education and full four-year scholarship while preparing young men and women for leadership roles in our nation's armed forces. This workshop is open to all Hudson Valley students and parents who want to get a head start through the highly competitive admissions process,” said Representative Maloney.

There are four U.S. Service Academies that require nomination from a Member of Congress:

  • United States Military Academy at West Point, NY
  • United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD
  • United States Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings’ Point, NY

At the workshop, there will be presentations from representatives from each of the U.S. Service Academies, and a member of Maloney’s staff will deliver a presentation on the Service Academy Nomination Application process for his office.

If you are interested in attending, or have any additional questions about this event, please contact Oscar Dunham at 845-561-1259 or


St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Auxiliary helps local students get dressed for prom

NEWBURGH (April 6) – The St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) Auxiliary once again helped students get ready for the upcoming prom season by participating in Prom Fest 2015. In collaboration with Mount Saint Mary College, the Newburgh Free Academy Key Club and NFA Student Council, the annual event provided reasonably-priced prom attire for local students.

More than 100 dresses were sold inside MSMC’s Hudson Hall Auditorium on Saturday, March 28. The remaining inventory will be available for Newburgh Free Academy students until their 2015 prom, and then be stored to help provide items for next year’s event.

Donation boxes were placed throughout Newburgh and the surrounding communities­­ from February 6 through March 20. Approximately 900 pieces of gently-used formal wear were collected.

Proceeds raised through the sale will go towards a scholarship for a Mount Saint Mary student that is currently studying in a medical field.

In addition to the organizing groups, local business played a key role in Prom Fest 2015’s success. Durant’s Party Rentals, Exclusive Cleaners & Laundry, Inc., Guardian Self Storage, My Valet Cleaners and DJ Brian Stylez all assisted with or donated services to the event.


Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference

STONE RIDGE (April 2) - The Darlene L. Pfeiffer Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at SUNY Ulster and the Mid-Hudson Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host Own It! Entrepreneurial Women’s Conference.

Full details on our Business Page


DCC student takes top national art award

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 6) – Abigail Nohai won the First Place Undergraduate Award for Excellence in the National Council of Educators’ Ceramic Arts juried exhibition in Providence, R.I.

Full details on our Arts & Entertainment Page


L-R: John Coppola, DCC President Dr. Pamela Edington,
Lisa Cathie and Emil Panichi

DCC Foundation gala honors four, raises funds for student scholarships

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 31) - The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala - Community’s Bridge to the Future - was held on March 28 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event drew approximately 500 guests to honor four outstanding individuals and raised more than $220,000 for student scholarships.

Lisa Cathie (’86) and John Coppola (’82) were inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, while Emil Panichi earned the inaugural Bridge to the Future Award and Robert Dyson received the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award.

Cathie is president and CEO of Ulster Savings Bank. Prior to joining Ulster, she was senior vice president and chief operating officer of Orange County Trust Company and regional vice president of Hudson United Bank. She serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council, the Marist College board, the Bardavon/Ulster Performing Arts Center board and the executive committee and board of directors for Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress.

Coppola, along with his brothers, owns and operates two namesake restaurants, a catering service, Coppola Gourmet Sauces and the Village Square Motel. He is the president of the Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and member of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Dutchess County Tourism board.

Panichi is the owner of Royal Carting, a rubbish removal firm he purchased in 1955 that now serves parts of Westchester County north to Albany and parts of Connecticut. Panichi has been a past director and president of the East Fishkill Lions Club, past director of the Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce and board member of the Mid Hudson Savings Bank and its successors, Fidelity Bank and First Union Bank.

Dyson has been president of the Dyson Foundation since 2000. The organization made grants of over $18.6 million in 2012, continuing the tradition started in 1954 by his father, Charles H. Dyson. The Foundation supports colleges, hospitals, arts programs and community centers, and was a major supporter of the Walkway Over the Hudson. Unable to attend the event, Dyson was represented by daughter-in-law- Joy Dyson.

Gala sponsors included Bonura Hospitality Group, Royal Carting, Absolute Auctions and Realty, Health Quest, IBM, Iseman Cunningham Reister & Hyde LLP, the Poughkeepsie Journal, Q92.1, Rhinebeck Bank and Ulster Savings Bank.



Orange-Ulster BOCES educator honored for leadership in education

ALBANY (March 31) - Diane Lang, director of instructional support services at Orange-Ulster BOCES, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Leadership and Support Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS).

The SAANYS Leadership and Support Award was established to recognize the outstanding leadership efforts of those members whose responsibilities require leadership through support services to educators and students across and between buildings and districts.

Lang is a long time educator of nearly 30 years and has been a leader in the Orange-Ulster BOCES administrative team serving eighteen school districts for the past three. Lang "has created and developed an instructional support services division that is not only highly effective, but also admired and recognized around New York State," commented Theresa Reynolds, assistant superintendent for instruction. A well published and prolific writer, as well as a sought after presenter, Lang has written and secured numerous large scale grants and has lead several initiatives including the design and implementation of a Mandarin Chinese distant learning program that is continually growing and currently has nine school districts and 319 students participating.

Lang is also well known as a mentor among colleagues.

"As I transitioned from my position as an assistant principal to principal, Diane supported me.” Carol Bartik, principal of Greenwood Lake Elementary School said.  “She coached and nourished me with professional ideas and strategies as well as emotional support."

Lang received her bachelor’s degree in history from Hunter College of the City University of New York, her masters degree in early childhood and elementary education from Bank Street College of Education, and her masters degree in educational administration and Ph.D. in educational administration, social and philosophical foundations of education and anthropology from Cornell University.

Lang will be honored for her accomplishments at an awards ceremony on May 8 at the Desmond Hotel and Conference Center in Albany, New York.

SAANYS represents nearly 7,200 school administrators, supervisors, and coordinators.


Countywide Head Start Open Enrollment begins in Dutchess

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 24) – Astor Services for Children & Families is pleased to announce open enrollment for the 2015 - 2016 school year for its Early Head Start and Head Start Programs. Early Head Start/Head Start are federal, early childhood programs for low-income families with children 0 – 5 years old. Astor administers these programs in Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie, Red Hook, Millerton, Wingdale, Beacon, Wappingers Falls (Mt. Alvernia) and Hyde Park.

“We have been providing these critical services to children and families since 1978,” says Mary Sontheimer, Assistant Executive Director, Astor’s Early Childhood Programs..  “Our philosophy is deeply rooted in providing quality, comprehensive child care — that is, our Early Childhood Programs not only benefit children, but their entire family.”

Last year, both Early Head Start and Head Start Programs were at 100% capacity. During that period, Head Start served 435 children and 415 families, and the Early Head Start served 208 children and 181 families.

Children in this program are eligible to receive: breakfast and lunch, vision and hearing screenings, mental health services, parent meetings and workshops, family service support and home visits.

For more information or to locate the Early Head Start/Head Start Center nearest you please call (845) 452-4167.  


SUNY New Paltz achieves STARS Silver Rating

NEW PALTZ (March 24) - SUNY New Paltz has joined an exclusive list of fewer than 350 higher education institutions that have earned recognition from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Recently, the College was granted a Silver Rating from the AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

“Filing a report with STARS has been a priority of the Office of Campus Sustainability (OCS),” said Lisa Mitten, campus sustainability coordinator. “Compiling this data gives us a starting point and allows us to track our performance over time and to compare ourselves to other institutions."

To read the STARS report for SUNY New Paltz, including the College's score in each of the rubric’s credit categories, click here.

Over the last decade, the College has undertaken a number of infrastructure improvements and made policy reforms to advance environmental education, research and performance on its campus. The College is a signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment and in 2010, developed a Campus Sustainability Plan to serve as the blueprint for expanding environmental education and achieving carbon neutrality. In recognition of these advances, the College has been named to Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges” for the last several years in a row.

With more than 650 participants on six continents, AASHE’s STARS program is the most widely recognized framework in the world for publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. The system is designed to enable meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions by using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the international campus sustainability community.


Helping your teen get enough sleep

NYACK (March 24) -- Teenagers don't get enough sleep, and the consequences can be harmful, says Nyack Hospital sleep medicine specialist Anita Bhola, M.D. Parents can help their teens understand the importance of good sleep habits, and how to carve out time from their busy schedules to get adequate rest, she says. 

Full details on our Health Page


The bedroom of Ruth Livingston Mills

Staatsburgh State Historic Site opening for the season

STAATSBURG (March 20) - Staatsburgh State Historic Site, also known as Mills Mansion, will open for the season on Thursday, April 16.  Tours will be offered Thursdays through Sundays from 11am to 5pm (last tour begins at 4pm), along with a full roster of special programs including the very popular Downton Abbey-themed tour and the Gilded Age Tea & Talk series.  The 79-room mansion overlooking the Hudson River is in the hamlet of Staatsburg, between Hyde Park and Rhinebeck.  A time capsule of the Gilded Age, Staatsburgh retains its original furnishings and opulent décor.

Staatsburgh was the autumn home of industrialist and philanthropist Ogden Mills and his wife, Ruth Livingston Mills, a prominent figure in New York Society.  The mansion was redesigned by the famous architect Stanford White in 1895 and was decorated in the styles of 17th and 18th century France.  In this lavish setting, Ruth Livingston Mills hosted parties for the elite of Gilded Age Society.  Guests would typically include people such as her cousin, John Jacob Astor, her neighbors Fredrick and Louise Vanderbilt, and her twin daughters’ close friend Alice Roosevelt, President Theodore Roosevelt’s eldest daughter.    

Visitors to Staatsburgh see a remarkable relic of a vanished era.  Still decorated with the Millses’ antique furniture, oriental carpets and art work, the mansion vividly recalls the atmosphere of the Gilded Age.  Visitors learn what it was like to be among Society’s elite, to attend one of Ruth Mills’ exclusive weekend parties, and to be looked after by an army of servants. 

Staatsburgh State Historic Site and the Ogden Mills & Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park are located on Old Post Road in Staatsburg, off Route 9 between Rhinebeck and Hyde Park. The historic site is one of 6 sites and 15 parks administered by the Taconic Region of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

For more information, call 845-889-8851, or visit Staatsburgh’s websites at, and .



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