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Westchester County Youth Board seek nominations for youth service awards

WHITE PLAINS (October 11) – Westchester County Executive George Latimer has announced that the Westchester County Youth Board is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award. The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 19. The award has historically been given to one youth advocate, 21 years of age or older, who has embodied the work of Rosemarie Siragusa, the founder and chair of the Westchester County Youth Board. The selected recipient will be honored during a meeting of the Westchester County Youth Board on November 27 in White Plains.

The Westchester County Youth Board has for the first time decided to recognize two honorees - one community member and one Youth Board member. The recipients have demonstrated outstanding volunteer history and passion for children, youth and families in their community, and/or throughout Westchester County.

 “We are fortunate that in Westchester, there is a long list of residents who tirelessly dedicate their time and efforts towards the betterment of our families and young people,” Latimer said. “While we cannot recognize them all, we encourage local citizens to submit their nominations and help us honor a select few who make a huge difference.” 

 “Honoring exemplars for their community service not only affirms our appreciation for their personal efforts, but also helps the Youth Bureau model good citizenship and civic responsibility to our young people,” said Executive Director of the Westchester County Youth Bureau Dr. DaMia Harris-Madden

Nomination forms for the 2018 Rosemarie Siragusa Memorial Youth Service Award can be obtained online. Nominations must be returned to the Westchester County Youth Bureau no later than October 19, 2018. Please send all submissions to


“Turning the Town Teal” to raise awareness of ovarian cancer

WARWICK (September 14) - Local ovarian cancer survivor Kathy Colquhoun and a group of Horizon Family Medical Group/Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine students turned the town teal on Friday, Aug. 31 to raise awareness of ovarian cancer.

Full details on our Health Page


National Suicide Awareness Month

NEW CITY (September 1) - September is National Suicide Awareness month. According to the CDC death by suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States among all age groups. Loss through suicide is not isolated to people with pre-existing mental illness or substance use disorders. It affects all age groups, all ethnic groups and all religious groups. Loss by suicide has a lasting impact on the friends and family left behind. Screening for suicide and awareness of the warning signs, along with knowledge of community resources is important for all of us. #BeThe1To--save a life.

“The Be The 1 To Campaign is powerful because it illustrates how easily you can be there for those in need. Be The 1 To: ask tough questions; be there without passing judgement; help them connect to a support system; Be The 1 To save someone’s life,” said County Executive Day. “Every conversation we have helps erase the stigma, helps make it a little bit easier for someone dealing with this to talk about what’s going on.”

The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Rockland, run through the Rockland County Department of Mental Health, in conjunction with area provider agencies and advocate groups would like to highlight just some of the events taking place during the month of September.

  • SPC-R: Poster campaign, highlighting there are alternatives to self-injury and resources for help. Look for posters all over Rockland.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: will host “Out of the Darkness” walk on 9/22/18 at Rockland Lake. Registration opens at 10:00 am.  Register at
    • Jawonio, Inc, The ARC Rockland, Bridges Vet 2 Vet, and The Depression and Bipolar Disorder Association of Rockland will be just some of the organizations to have walking teams
  • NAMI of Rockland is hosting a public viewing 9/26/18 at the Regal Cinema in Nanuet of “Suicide: The Ripple Effect.” Tickets will be on sale pre-order only for $12.95. This is an impactful movie.
  • MHA of Rockland will be presenting at the 9/12/18 Rockland Psychiatric Center Grand Rounds on suicide prevention strategies.
  • Rockland Jewish Family Services will be making numerous presentations to area synagogues and at the JCC on Suicide Prevention. 
  • Orangeburg Service Center in Orangeburg will have an in-house Focus Day bringing in peer specialists to facilitate presentations.
  • VCS in New City will have an Open House to showcase the agency’s supports.
  • SC Haverstraw Place will hold a focus day on depression and suicide among aging adults.

Important Phone/Text Numbers:

  • Rockland Paramedic Services- Behavioral Health Response Team: 845-517-0400
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, En Espanol: 888-628-9458
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 800-799-4889
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 press 1
  • New York HOPEline: 1-877-846-7369
  • LGBTQ Youth-The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386
    For emergency assistance call 911
  • Crisis Text Line: Text ‘Textgot5’ to 741741

Helpful reminders:

  • Always make certain fire arms are safely secured.
  • Unused prescription medications can be dropped off at your local Police department.


The Suicide Prevention Coalition of Rockland (SPC-R) would like to extend an invitation to attend our monthly meetings held at the Department of Mental Health on the Yeager Health Center campus, the fourth Wednesday of each month from 3:00 - 4:00pm.


RECAP CEO Charles Quinn and Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan President & CEO
Elizabeth Rowley at RECAP’s Mill Street Café in Middletown

RECAP establishes endowment fund with Community Foundation

MIDDLETOWN (August 22) - Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP) has established an endowment fund within Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan. The fund is part of a long-term fundraising strategy and solidifies the agency’s more than half-century commitment to community action in the Hudson Valley. It provides an additional source of income to fund operations, services and unanticipated needs to ensure long-term sustainability and growth.

“RECAP’s partnership with Community Foundation’s network strengthens our agency’s ability to survive in this uncertain economic climate and secures our services for the region’s most vulnerable populations,” said RECAP CEO Charles Quinn.

RECAP, a private not-for-profit organization, was established in 1965 and is the designated anti-poverty agency in Orange County. RECAP has been serving Orange County’s most vulnerable residents for over 50 years. RECAP provides programs and services to help people who live in poverty in Orange County New York and the surrounding areas. The agency works with our community’s most vulnerable populations including seniors, children, veterans, the homeless and the hungry, those living with HIV/AIDS, victims of domestic violence, people battling substance use disorder and anyone struggling to make ends meet. RECAP provides housing, Head Start, Energy Services, Workforce Development and Training, Residential and Non-Residential Addiction Support Services, Fresh Start Cafe and Parole Re-Entry.

Contributions the fund may be made to CFOS-RECAP Endowment Fund and sent to the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan, 30 Scott’s Corners Drive, Suite 203, Montgomery, NY 12549. Secure online donations can be made online at The Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and gifts are tax deductible. For more information about the Community Foundation visit



Mid-Hudson Library System announces new executive director

POUGHKEEPSIE (August 22)) - The Mid-Hudson Library System (MHLS) Board of Trustees appointed Rebekkah Smith Aldrich as its new executive director.  A life-long resident of the Hudson Valley, Ms. Aldrich has worked for MHLS over twenty years in a variety of roles, most recently as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability. Over the course of her career, Ms. Aldrich has demonstrated her ability as a future-focused library leader dedicated to helping communities thrive through public library service.  

“Rebekkah brings to the job her extensive experience within the Mid-Hudson Library System, as well as the numerous connections she has made through her work with the New York Library Association and other professional organizations,” noted Mark Wilson, President of the MHLS Board of Trustees. “She is well-positioned to lead the System.”

“I'm looking forward to working with Rebekkah in her new role as Executive Director,” said Thea Schoep, director of the Claverack Library and chair of the MHLS Directors Association, “She has proven to be innovative and supportive with leading libraries in our system as we've worked to become more environmentally conscious, more patron friendly and progressive in our outlook to our communities’ needs. It will be exciting to move forward with her as she takes MHLS into the future.”

Named a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker” in 2010, an international award that identifies emerging leaders in the field of libraries, Aldrich is known for her work on the topic of sustainability in libraries, authoring two recent books on the topic. She currently serves as the co-founder and co-chair of the New York Library Association’s groundbreaking Sustainability Initiative, co-chair of the American Library Association’s Special Task Force on Sustainability and a member of the Center for the Future of Libraries Advisory Group. Additionally, she is chair of the New York Library Association’s Legislative Committee and recently co-authored a new edition of the Handbook for Library Trustees of New York State. Aldrich received her Master’s degree in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University and an Advanced Certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer Institute for Public Library Organization & Management from Long Island University.

“I am both honored and energized to take on this new role at the Mid-Hudson Library System,” said Aldrich. “I am a strong believer in the power of a local public library to help make the world a better place. I look forward to collaborating with our Board of Trustees, staff and member library leaders to ensure the citizens of the Hudson Valley have access to quality library service that make a positive difference in their lives.”

MHLS serves sixty-six (66) public libraries located in five New York counties: Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Ulster and Putnam. The System's headquarters are based in Poughkeepsie, New York.


Local Drone business among several honored at the 2018 Great New York State Fair Drone Film Festival competition

SYRACUSE (August 21) - Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the winners of the Great New York State Fair's 2018 Drone Film Festival competition.

Details on our Busies Page


Pattern for Progress seeks applicants for 2018-2019 "Pattern fellows" Regional leadership Program

NEWBURGH (August 21) - Pattern Fellows Program is the region's premier leadership program, giving participants a unique perspective on trends in the Hudson Valley

Full details on our Business Page


Columbia-Greene HS/SPCA waives dog adoption fees

HUDSON (August 7) - The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA announced that beginning on Monday, August 13, all dog adoption fees will be waived for the remainder of August and through September.

Since 2007, CGHS/SPCA has offered “Furrever Free” cats and kittens to approved homes. As of late, however, the shelter has recently been overcome by dozens of stray dogs from Columbia and Greene Counties. Unfortunately, the owners are not redeeming the dogs, and they are now abandoned at the shelter, awaiting new, caring homes.

In hopes of boosting adoptions for the remainder of summer, CGHS/SPCA will be waiving all dog adoption fees for approved homes. All adopted dogs will be spayed or neutered, health-tested, vaccinated, de-wormed, microchipped, and will be provided with a collar and leash, a flea/tick preventative, and a veterinary follow-up exam at the CGHS/SPCA clinic free of charge.
To get preapproved for adoptions, please visit our website at


Music Festival to benefit veterans with PTSD

POUGHKEEPSIE (July 26) – We Have Your 6, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, in partnership with Friends of Fallen Heroes NY will host a music festival on Saturday, August 4 at the Changepoint Theater in Poughkeepsie

Full details on our Entertainment Page


Scully, center, with Town of Monroe Supervisor Tony Cardone, left, and Neuhaus

Bill Scully is Orange County’s July’s Citizen of the Month

GOSHEN (July 23) – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus has recognized Bill Scully as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of July.

Scully, 74, was recognized for his volunteerism and dedication to the Monroe community for almost 50 years. He has also served in the Army National Guard and is a veteran of both the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the New York City Fire Department (FDNY).

“Bill has always had a vested interest in Monroe and its residents,” Neuhaus said. “He has especially made an impact as a volunteer Little League baseball coach and a Pop Warner football coach. Coach Scully has had a positive impact on thousands of young athletes and their families. Everyone knows Coach Scully and everyone respects and appreciates him. Bill often works behind the scenes but deserves to be recognized.”

Scully, an Orange County resident since 1970, is the President of Monroe-Woodbury Pop Warner, a feeder program for the High School’s successful varsity team. He has coached and served in a variety of other capacities with Pop Warner for 49 years. Scully also coached with Monroe-Woodbury Little League in the 1980s and has served on the Board of Directors of the Michael J. Finnegan scholarship golf outing, which was considered the largest, privately funded scholarship in the state. It was awarded to Monroe-Woodbury football players displaying excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community. Scully also volunteers with the Town of Monroe’s Meals on Wheels program.

Scully moved to Highland Mills from New York City in 1970 and relocated to the Town of Monroe in 1978.

“I prefer to stay in the background, but I do appreciate that County Executive Neuhaus has chosen to recognize me with this award,” Scully said. “I’m truly humbled. Working in the community gives me joy and this recognition would not be possible without the help of so many hard-working people. Monroe is very important to me and I’m thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many residents over the years.”

To nominate someone for the Citizen of the Month Award, please email or mail a letter to “Citizen of the Month” at 255-275 Main Street Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, hometown, a list of their accomplishments, why you are nominating them and any other pertinent information. Nominees must be from Orange County.


Dr. Ciment

Dr. Ethan Ciment becomes Woodstock Sanctuary Board President
WOODSTOCK (July 19) - Woodstock Farm Sanctuary is announces its new Board President, Dr. Ethan Ciment. After serving as Vice President for the past two years, Dr. Ciment’s new role as President is a natural extension of the work he has been doing for the Sanctuary.

“As the Vice President of the Board, I was fortunate to work very closely with our immediate past President on a number of different initiatives and I feel very ready to take the wheel on those going forward,” said Dr. Ciment
As the Chair of the Board Development Committee, Dr. Ciment has been integral in bringing in over half of the current members of the board. In recent years, Woodstock Farm Sanctuary has undergone a period of rapid expansion, moving from a 23-acre location to a 150-acre one, expanding rescue efforts, and developing vegan and humane education programming.  As a member of the board through this expansion. Dr. Ciment has a keen perspective on the past and present focus of the Sanctuary and where the Board envisions the Sanctuary over the coming years.

“To stay true to our founding principles during the expansion we undertook a lengthy strategic planning process that refined our mission and vision,” explains Dr. Ciment. “Being put into this position of leadership is an enormous privilege as it affords me the opportunity to enact that vision."

In addition to Dr. Ciment, the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary Board includes new officers Dr. Jeannine Cicco Barker, Vice President; Jody Rasch, Treasurer; and Lita Dwight, Secretary. Former President David Cabrera will stay on the Board, making this his fifth year of service and leadership. The other Board members are Stephanie Yazgi, Berto Calkins, and Lisa Dawn Angerame.
"We are doing more work to save lives and reduce the immense suffering of farmed animals than ever before," states Rachel McCrystal, Executive Director of Woodstock Farm Sanctuary. "I am so proud that we have a professional, inclusive, and activist board that is leading us as we continue to do our important work on behalf of those animals that most people don't consider worthy of consideration or compassion. As a staff, we are grateful to David Cabrera for his service as Board President and all he has done for the animals in our care and those we will never know."
Woodstock Farm Sanctuary rescues farmed animals and gives them care and sanctuary, connects animals with people to advance veganism, and advocates for animal rights in alliance with other social justice movements.


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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

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County

Faith and Community ACTION - Dutchess County

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh

Hilltowns Community Board
News of Southern Albany, Greene & Schoharie Counties

Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water

Mid-Hudson Horse Trails Association

National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE)

Orange County Citizens Foundation-

Orange County Land Trust

Salvation Army of Newburgh

Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 537 Hudson Highlands



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