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Beechmont Fountains Dedicated

NEW ROCHELLE (August 15) The Beechmont Neighborhood Association dedicated two new lake fountains on Wednesday, August 13.  The fountains were installed by the neighborhood with assistance from Iona College and the City of New Rochelle.  

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Volunteers needed at Stony Kill

FISHKILL (July 28) - The Stony Kill Foundation, Inc. is in need of volunteers to help at the Stony Kill Farm Environmental Education Center on Route 9D in the Towns of Fishkill and Wappingers Falls.  Assistance is needed with the following tasks.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please email us at or call us at 845-831-1617.  The Stony Kill Foundation has taken over the operations of the Farm and Center that used to be run by the NYS DEC and we cannot possibly continue in our endeavors, without the help of those in our community.

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SUNY New Paltz names new associate vice president for student affairs

NEW PALTZ (June 16) - The State University of New York at New Paltz announces the appointment of Linda Eaton as the College’s new Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, effective July 1.

In this role, Eaton will supervise the departments of Residence Life, Career Resource Center, Disability Resources Center, Student Activities and Union Services, Center for Student Development, and Campus Media Center.

Eaton has been at SUNY New Paltz since her initial appointment as Associate Dean of Students in 1994. In 1997, she was promoted to her current position as Dean of Students. During her tenure, Eaton developed the Emerging Leaders Program at SUNY New Paltz and was the key developer of the Co-Curricular Transcript. Her work with the Office of Civil Rights, when SUNY New Paltz underwent a Title IX audit as part of a larger SUNY audit, earned the campus a clean audit trail and positioned the College as a model campus in the SUNY System for its policies and procedures. She has also overseen the College’s student judicial program for the past 20 years.

"I very much appreciate the opportunity to accept the new challenges and responsibilities associated with this position,” said Eaton. “I am particularly pleased to be able to contribute to the New Paltz college community in new and expanded ways."

Eaton holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Olivet College and a master’s degree in counseling and higher education administration from Western Michigan University.

Eaton's promotion follows the resignation of current Associate Vice President Ray Schwarz, who has assumed a new part-time role at the College assisting President Donald P. Christian on implementation of the College's strategic plan.


SUNY Sullivan Foundation announces 2014 Women Who Make a Difference honorees  

LOCH SHELDRAKE (June 16) - The SUNY Sullivan Foundation is pleased to announce its 2014 Women Who Make A Difference honorees. This year, seven women will be recognized in six categories for their contributions to the Sullivan County community, and will be celebrated during a ceremony and cocktail reception to be held at BHR in Rock Hill.

The 2014 categories & honorees are:

  • Higher Education: Lisa Lindquist, former professor, SUNY Sullivan division of Liberal Arts and Humanities
  • Healthcare: Dr. Katherine Seibert, Oncology, Hudson Valley Healthcare
  • Law Enforcement: Sgt. Cheryl Crumley, Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department
  • Volunteerism : Hon. Josephine V. Finn, Monticello Village Justice; Former SUNY Sullivan Trustee; founder, D.R.E.A.M. Tank; NYS Board of Regents
  • Pay it Forward: Glorianne Ellison and Kara Passante, Founders of Ride to Survive Sullivan County
  • Tourism Development: Roberta Byron Lockwood, CEO, Sullivan County Visitor’s Association

The ceremony and cocktail reception to honor these women will take place on Thursday, August 21 at 5:30 pm at BHR (Bernie’s Holiday Restaurant) in Rock Hill, NY. The event is open to the public by reservation, and the cost is $50.00 per person. Reservations can be made by contacting Hillary Egeland at SUNY Sullivan at (845) 434-5700, extension 4377. Please make your reservation no later than August 18.

The SUNY Sullivan Foundation works to secure private funds used to supplement the college's traditional revenue sources. In doing so, the Foundation provides scholarship assistance, funding for equipment and enrichment programs, and the ability to enhance and strengthen selected academic areas and programs that prepare a student for life after formal education. SUNY Sullivan awards approximately $100,000 in scholarships each year, made possible by generous contributions from alumni, donors, friends and neighbors.


Students welcome the heroes

Vails Gate School hosts 12th Annual Veterans’ Breakfast

VAILS GATE (June 2) - Students, staff, and parents at Vails Gate High Tech Magnet School hosted the 12th Annual Veterans’ Breakfast on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. The annual event honored local veterans, recognizing them for their dedication to freedom and our country, while serving in the military.  The breakfast provided students with the opportunity to meet and talk with local veterans in their own community.

Students in Mario Acosta’s class acted as hosts for the event as they greeted and dined with the veterans.

“Words cannot express how happy I am with the success of this year’s Veterans’ Breakfast,” said Acosta.  “I wish to offer my sincere thanks to everyone involved who made this a real shining moment for us here at Vails Gate School.  Our students were a big part of the reason for the huge welcome for our veterans. They were eager and willing to show their enthusiasm for the great job our veterans have done.  Honoring the veterans from our community at large is a priority here at our school.”

Acosta was in the New York State Guard from 2002 until 2005.

Students performed, helped serve food, and following the breakfast Vails Gate students and staff lined the hallways for a small parade to express their gratitude and appreciation to the veterans.  


Trustees Cathy White and Ellenjane Gonyea shop the flower mart
at Devitt’s with NCPA students Joana Martinez, Graciela Bautista,
Ariadna Funes, and Meghan Benitez.

Nora Cronin Presentation Academy fundraiser at Devitt’s Nursery

NEW WINDSOR (June 2) - Devitt’s Nursery on Rte. 32 in New Windsor hosted its fourth Garden Party Fundraiser to benefit the educational program of Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, the private middle school for girls in need in the City of Newburgh.  Thanks to Chris Fitch and his staff the academy, has received a donation of $1700. For more information about NCPA and how the community can help the academy which does not receive public funding visit the new website at

Devitt’s Chris Fitch, NCPA Trustees Mary McClennan and Nora Miceli, with NCPA Principal Sr. Yliana Hernández PBVM enjoying the wine and cheese at the Garden Party at Devitt’s.


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NFA North hosts Science Research Symposium

NEWBURGH (June 2) - The second annual Science Research Symposium was held on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Newburgh Free Academy North Campus. The event featured student presentations, as well as keynote speaker Dr. William Schuster, Executive Director of Black Rock Forrest Consortium in Cornwall.

Under the direction of NFA Science Research in the High School Director Kristin Oberle, the Science Research Program is a three year course of study where students conduct primary research in a topic of choice. Students apply the process of scientific inquiry to design an authentic experiment and draw conclusions from experimental data. As part of the course, students are also offered college opportunities through Science Research including 12 SUNY credits through University in the High School (UHS) at SUNY Albany and possible undergraduate research opportunities.  


Orange County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety Program holds “Not One More” safe driving forum at Cornwall High School

CORNWALL (June 2) – The Orange County Stop DWI/Traffic Safety Program, in conjunction with the Cornwall School District, held one of its many “Not One More …” safe driving forums recently at Cornwall High School. The program featured a variety of presentations about the dangers of driving while intoxicated and distracted driving, including remarks from St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital’s Kathleen Sheehan, the hospital’s Emergency Department Clinical Nurse Manager.

The guest speakers included John Jones who oversees the program, Chief Todd Hazard of the Town of Cornwall Police Department, Sheehan, Kevin Quigley, Town of Cornwall Supervisor and former County Coroner, and Brian Strommer, a parent who lost his 23-year-old son in an automobile crash. Each presenter gave the parents and students in attendance their perspective on their experiences dealing with fatal collisions.

Sheehan has been a part of the program for the last six years. A mother of two, she became involved after two teens were killed in her hometown of Wallkill. Sheehan reached out to the school’s principal and offered her services and expertise as an emergency room nurse.

Sheehan, a member of the SLCH staff for 26 years, including 18 in the Emergency Department, spoke to the group about the process of preparing the trauma room and procedures when a car crash patient is brought to the hospital. She described speaking to the parents of teenagers and having them witness the team of doctors and nurses attempt to save their child’s life, as well as having to tell a parent their child did not survive a car crash.

Other topics included safe driving tips from the police department and the process and difficulty in identifying victims of traumatic injuries suffered in car crashes. Strommer was the final speaker, detailing his son’s death in September 2010. He addressed the crowd on how his son’s death could have been prevented as well as how his family has handled the aftermath.

“We each have a different message, but it’s all impactful,” Sheehan said. “You can give kids all the statistics in the world, but until you put a picture in their mind, sometimes they don’t listen. There is no real way to measure success with something like this, but if we can impress upon young people and parents the need to come up with a plan to keep them safe and it saves one life, then it’s worth it.”

Tuesday’s event in Cornwall was part of the school’s requirement for rising seniors to obtain their on-campus parking pass for the 2014-15 school year. In addition to the student, at least one parent must also have attended. Jones and Sheehan both believe the effectiveness of the program is at its peak when both teenagers and parents are involved.

“Number one, kids need to know about safety issues,” Jones said. “Number two, we think it means a lot more when the parents are sitting next to them hearing these horrific stories. We’ve made it our mission, and we’re doing a really good job.”

Sheehan will also be a part of the panel addressing students at Washingtonville High School on May 28 and Newburgh Free Academy on May 29.


Trustees Cathy White and Ellenjane Gonyea shop the flower mart
at Devitt’s with NCPA students Joana Martinez, Graciela Bautista,
Ariadna Funes, and Meghan Benitez.

NFA North hosts Science Research Symposium

NEWBURGH (June 2) - The second annual Science Research Symposium was held on Monday, May 12, 2014, at the Newburgh Free Academy North Campus. The event featured student presentations, as well as keynote speaker Dr. William Schuster, Executive Director of Black Rock Forrest Consortium in Cornwall.

Under the direction of NFA Science Research in the High School Director Kristin Oberle, the Science Research Program is a three year course of study where students conduct primary research in a topic of choice. Students apply the process of scientific inquiry to design an authentic experiment and draw conclusions from experimental data. As part of the course, students are also offered college opportunities through Science Research including 12 SUNY credits through University in the High School (UHS) at SUNY Albany and possible undergraduate research opportunities.  


SUNY Ulster wins COIL grant to collaborate with Mexico University on STEM Course 

STONE RIDGE (June 2) - SUNY Ulster won a grant to develop a collaborative online course in genetics with an institution in Mexico through SUNY’s Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Latin America Academy.

Using Internet-based tools, local students will have the opportunity to have meaningful interactions and dialogue with peers from Mexico. The grant, funded through Santander Bank, also will enable a student ambassador from SUNY Ulster to visit the partner class and institution during collaborative course activities.

The collaborative genetics class will be taught by Monika Espinasa, assistant professor of Biology and Department chair, and offered in the spring 2015. The course will cover various topics in biotechnology.

“Many Americans are unaware of how incredibly rich in culture and how demographically diverse Mexico is, and because Ulster is an economically struggling, agricultural county, many of our students have not had the privilege of international travel,” Espinasa said in her winning grant application. “Despite the fact that numerous laborers from Mexico come to Ulster County in the summer and fall, most Ulster County residents and, more specifically, our students do not have the opportunity to mix with them. COIL is a means to open Mexico up to SUNY Ulster students.”

SUNY’s COIL is a leader in the emerging field of globally networked learning, which is not a technology, but is a new teaching and learning paradigm that develops student cross-cultural competence in shared multi-cultural learning environments. COIL fosters meaningful exchanges between faculty and students with peers abroad through Internet-based tools.

“SUNY’s COIL Center allows students to have globally-rich learning experiences without travelling internationally,” said Richard Cattabiani, director of international programs at SUNY Ulster. “It is a unique opportunity at a community college that enhances the educational experience for our students.” 

Cattabiani recently made a presentation on developing international programs at community colleges at NAFSA: Association of International Educators’ 2014 Annual Conference & Expo on May 30 in San Diego, Calif.

“Participating in this international collaborative experience is in line with our school's mission to create global citizens,” said SUNY Ulster Instructional Designer Hope Windle. “As we learned from a recent STEM employer outreach event, employers want international experience. Through COIL course offerings, our students will be prepared with an added skill set to give them an advantage when looking for work.”


Vassar College partners with Anderson Center for Autism to provide internship program

STAATSBURG (May 27) – This spring, Anderson Center for Autism partnered with Vassar College to provide nine seniors with an internship opportunity they would never forget. These students spent a semester working on Anderson’s Staatsburg campus to experience first-hand the medical, physiological and social aspects of autism in their local community – a concept that was foreign to most of the students.

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NFA holds lockdown drill as part of annual training initiative

NEWBURGH (April 28) - A lockdown drill using 12 detector dogs from local police agencies was conducted at both Newburgh Free Academy Main and North Campuses On Tuesday, April 22.  Participating agencies were the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, City of Newburgh Police Department, City of Middletown Police Department, Town of Warwick Police Department, and the Village of Monroe Police Department.

The drill was a successful training exercise for both the law enforcement agencies and the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.

“I feel that these drills are vital in keeping our schools safe and free of illegal substances, and will schedule additional similar drills in the future in cooperation with local agencies,” explained District Security Director John Young.  “The ongoing support and collaboration from local agencies is an indispensable part of school safety here in the Newburgh Enlarged City School District.”


Valentine helps student Brielle Anderson while NFA teacher Sahr Bundor
acts as a model

Former Newburgh mayor brings tailor talent to classroom

NEWBURGH (April 28) - Former Newburgh Mayor and Broadway Tailors owner Nick Valentine visited Karen Stafford’s fashion classroom at Newburgh Free Academy recently.  Valentine offered his professional expertise to help a Newburgh Free Academy student who was designing a men’s suit and brought the classroom lesson to a higher level of instruction. 

“Newburgh Free Academy is privileged to have some many wonderful community partners that support us,” explained Stafford.




SUNY New Paltz appoints new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

NEW PALTZ (April 28) - The State University of New York at New Paltz announces the appointment of Laura Barrett as its new dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Barrett is currently the dean of the College of Liberal Arts and a professor in the English Department at Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) in Savannah, Ga. Her appointment is effective August 1.

“Dr. Barrett has an impressive combination of notable faculty and administrative achievements that will serve her well as she takes on the leadership of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences,” said Provost Phillip Mauceri. “I am confident that she will continue to advance the exceptional work already being done by our talented students and faculty in the liberal arts.”

Barrett’s appointment followed a national search. Groups of stakeholders from across campus, including students, faculty, and staff, were invited to meet with the candidates and shared their recommendations for the new dean.

Commenting on her appointment, Barrett said, "I am honored to be joining SUNY New Paltz, an institution whose dedication to liberal education and intellectual discovery I greatly admire, and I look forward to working with colleagues within and beyond the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to explore and realize new possibilities."

Barrett brings exceptionally broad experience in interdisciplinary studies, curriculum development, teaching, and research to New Paltz. Prior to her tenure at AASU, Barrett served as the chair of fine arts, humanities, and social sciences at Wilkes Honors College, a branch of Florida Atlantic University. There, she worked with colleagues to create curriculum, centered on interdisciplinary efforts, worked on the development of the writing program, and developed majors and minors, mentored junior colleagues, sponsored student organizations, and served on various standing committees. Barrett also served as assistant/associate director of the Honors Program at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University, where she developed and taught interdisciplinary classes, interviewed and selected Honors students, counseled undergraduate students, coordinated special events and co-directed an annual campus conference, and served as an adjunct professor.  

Barrett has written numerous articles and delivered many conference presentations and lectures on works of literature ranging from "Moby Dick" and "Ragtime" to "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" and "The Great Gatsby." In 2001, Barrett was recognized with the Honors College Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award.

She holds a Ph.D. in English from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, a master's degree in English literature from Columbia University, and a bachelor's degree in English, summa cum laude, from Long Island University (LIU), Brooklyn Campus.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest academic unit at SUNY New Paltz, has 16 departments and programs offering majors to about 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students primarily in the humanities and social sciences.


Standing from left are Yoshinori Tsuji and Joshua Wright.
Seated from left are Rosia Kittel, Angelika Juerss and Keara Wright

Nine DCC students earn state, national honors

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 16) – Five Dutchess Community College students recently were presented with the 2014 State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, while four others were recognized by national honor society Phi Theta Kappa.

“Students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, and those recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, truly embody the power of SUNY,” said Nancy Zimpher, SUNY chancellor. “As proven leaders and role models, scholar athletes, creative artists and civic volunteers, each student is recognized not just for academic achievement, but also for the profound impact they have on college campuses and local communities across New York state. Congratulations to all of the students being recognized.”

The Chancellor’s Award winners are Angelika Juerss, Clinton Corners; Rosia Kittel, Red Hook; Yoshinori Tsuji, Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan; Keara Wright, Saugerties; and Joshua Wright, Poughkeepsie. More than 250 students from 64 SUNY campuses were given the honor this year, which recognizes the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in leadership, athletics, community service, performing arts, campus involvement and career achievement.

Andrea Monteleone of Staatsburg earned second Academic Team honors from Phi Theta Kappa, while Clinton Hastings of Hyde Park, Erin Hein of Poughkeepsie and Austin Hill of Lagrangeville earned third Academic Team accolades. A total of 68 students across the SUNY and City University of New York systems were recognized. Phi Theta Kappa recognizes and encourages scholarship among two-year college students. Academic Team honorees are evaluated not only on academic achievement, but also leadership and community service.


Newburgh Historical Society’s new director

NEWBURGH (April 16) – The Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands hired Matthew Colon as its new Director. Matthew is a 2009 Graduate of SUNY Oswego where he majored in Art History and Arts Management, taking courses in accounting and business practices for non-profit organizations as well as the history of international art and Native American art. He specialized in utilizing technology to preserve a museum’s collection and to communicate this with the public.

Born in Bay Shore, Long Island, where he attended high school, Matthew met Newburgh Free Academy graduate, Sarah Nelson, up at Oswego and after graduation he followed her to Newburgh where they married. With his interest in art and history, Matthew spent some time volunteering at Washington’s Headquarters in Newburgh before winning the Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Award to digitize slides for Washington’s Headquarters. “It was the perfect opportunity for me,” said Matt recently, “for that is exactly what I had been trained to do in my coursework: Making history accessible for the public.” He continued working at Washington’s Headquarters as a Historic Interpreter and computer specialist, cataloging the collection. It was there that he met the Newburgh City Historian, Mary McTamaney, who often volunteers at the Headquarters and who is also on the Board of Managers of the Historical Society of Newburgh Bay and the Highlands. Mary suggested that he help out the Crawford House Librarian, Pat Favata, in organizing the copying and scanning system being used in the library there. When the position for Director of the Historical Society became available he was eager to apply, having visited the Crawford House and having met some of the volunteers he would be working with.

Matthew said that his experience working with Elyse Goldberg at Washington’s Headquarters gave him a good foundation for what is to be a Director of a non-profit organization.
“She is very professional,” he said of Goldberg. “She is one who prides herself on doing things with correct procedure.”

Matthew’s goal as Director of Newburgh’s Historical Society is to “make history accessible.”

“I want to make the stories available to those who want to learn them. I want to encourage the local residents to become interested in the city’s past, to know the stories behind the streets.”



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