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HGAR welcomes new director of professional development and industry relations

WHITE PLAINS (July 19) - The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) welcomes Theresa Hatton, CAE, RCE of Greenwich, CT as its Director of Professional Development and Industry Relations.  In this newly created position, Hatton will be responsible for developing curriculum for the Hudson Gateway School of Real Estate and will be involved in HGAR’s Global Business Council and Commercial & Investment Division.

Prior to joining HGAR, Hatton served as the Executive Vice President of the Greenwich Association of REALTORS® and the Greenwich Multiple Listing Service, Inc. since 2010.  During this time she created a real estate school licensed by the CT Department of Consumer Protection and worked with local subject matter experts to create Continuing Education Classes that were relevant to members and provided CE credit. Before that, she was the Executive Vice President of the Williamson County Association of REALTORS® in Franklin, TN for four years.

Hatton currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of REALTORS® and Greenwich Green and Clean. Hatton formerly served on the Board of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee of the National Association of REALTORS®, along with several other Association Executive committees and workgroups.

The Hudson Gateway Association of REALTORS® (HGAR) is a not-for-profit trade association consisting of over 11,000 real estate professionals doing business in Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange counties as well as the Bronx and Manhattan.  It is the second largest REALTOR® Association in New York, and one of the largest in the country. The Hudson Gateway Multiple Listing Service (HGMLS), owned by HGAR, offers some 22,000 properties in the Bronx, Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties. It is among the top 50 largest MLSs in the country.


Orange County bed and breakfast makes list of Top 25 B&Bs across the United States

SALISBURY MILLS (July 19) - The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in New York’s Hudson Valley is the winner of two prestigious awards. The B&B has earned its spot as one of the top 25 B&Bs in the country in the 13th Annual Awards list for B&Bs and Inns by, the most comprehensive global site for B&B travel. Separately, the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast has just received a Hall of Fame induction notice from TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel site. A Hall of Fame award denotes a property has earned a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for five years in a row.

“We’re excited that our dedication to our guests and their experience here really shines through,” said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast with her husband, John.  

Finalists for top 25 B&Bs list were chosen based on a qualitative and quantitative analysis of traveler reviews on from the past year, and winners were selected by an independent panel of guest judges.

Similarly, TripAdvisor’s Certificates of Excellence are also largely based on reviews. Hall of Fame status means the property has won a certificate of Excellence for five years in a row. The Caldwell House has consistently maintained a Five Star rating from TripAdvisor.

“We’re really trying to keep ourselves front of mind as a destination in itself,” explained Dena. “We’re constantly coming up with interesting add-ons, new packages, and cozy events. Right now the B&B has a drive-in movie theater package, complete with a date-box for guests. This fall it resumes its popular “pie on the pillow” turndown service.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills,  


Wendy’s to return to Galleria at Crystal Run; Gertrude Hawk to reopen

TOWN OF WALLKILL (July 19) - The Galleria at Crystal Run’s former Wendy’s space, which operated in the Food Court for 25 years, will again open as Wendy’s but under a new operator and new management.

The Galleria’s original Wendy’s closed in January. Now, mere months later, Wendy’s has made official its return to the Food Court, where the hamburger chain has been a customer favorite since the Galleria opened in April 1992.

“The return of Wendy’s to the Galleria after a brief absence speaks volumes,” said Ethan Weber, the Galleria’s marketing director. “Not only was the original operator a successful tenant for a quarter century, but the chain has demonstrated its desire to have a continued presence at Crystal Run.”

Gertrude Hawk Chocolates will soon reopen in a new location on the Galleria’s lower level after a two month hiatus.

At the end of May, the popular chocolate shop and long-time Galleria tenant temporarily closed after its former upper-level space near the soon-to-be Gold’s Gym was incorporated into their plan.


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First row: Councilwomen Gina Fitzpatrick & Maria Mann, Mayor Kelly B. Decker and
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.

Full details on our Community Page


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.”


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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

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 or by calling 518-432-5360.


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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.

Full details on our Community Page


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


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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Rockland Business Association

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