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Mount welcomes three new trustees

NEWBURGH February 15) – Mount Saint Mary College welcomed three new members to its Board of Trustees: Sr. Constance Kelly ’84 MSEd ’95, OP, of Croton on Hudson, N.Y.; Sr. Patricia E. Magee ’81 MSEd ’88, OP, of Ossining, N.Y.; and Michael Catania, JD, of Newburgh, N.Y.

All three individuals were elected at the December 1, 2018 meeting of the Mount Saint Mary College Board of Trustees. Their first full board meeting will be in March 2019.

Sr. Kelly, a Dominican Sister of Hope, is committed to promoting educational opportunities for students of all ages. Her dedication to this goal is reflected in her extensive history as an educator, including teaching Math, Religion, and Technology at San Miguel Academy in Newburgh, N.Y.; teaching Theology to upperclassmen and taking on the role of Campus Minister at Mount Saint Michael Academy, Bronx, N.Y.; and her time as principal of Saint Paul the Apostle School, Jersey City, N.J., among many others. Sr. Kelly is currently a member of the Dominican Sisters Leadership Team, holding several leadership roles within the congregation, including representing the Sisters on the Board of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Mo. 

Sr. Magee is a Dominican Sister of Hope with expertise in special education. Currently, Sr. Magee works as the Special Education Coordinator at Mid-Hudson Regional Early Education Center in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. where she educates preschool children with Autism and other communication disabilities. Sr. Magee also acted as a consultant and coordinator of special education at St. Francis Hospital and Healthcare Centers in Poughkeepsie for a combined total of more than two decades, and worked extensively at Bishop Dunn Memorial School in the 1980s. Like Sr. Kelly, Sr. Magee was also a member of the Dominican Sisters of Hope Leadership Team, including Vice President of Corporate Board and overseeing the sisters’ Holistic Health Department.

Catania, a graduate of Albany Law School, is a construction and commercial attorney and co-managing partner at Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC. Catania’s practice focuses on the representation of project owners, design professionals, contractors, and suppliers involved in the Tri-State construction industry. He guides clients from initial contract formation through any potential arbitration or litigation, and helps secure payments for clients through New York and New Jersey’s construction lien laws. He has been with the firm since 2008. Before that, he worked at The Rose Law Firm, PLLC, aiding with product warranty litigation and arbitration. Catania was named an Orange County Rising Star, as well as a Super Lawyers' Rising Star for six years in a row. Additionally, Catania was recently named as one of America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for 2018.


Vivien Simpson, HTASC Program Director, and Dennis Conn,
AVP/Poughkeepsie Multi-Site Branch Manager, Ulster Savings Bank

Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center awarded grant from Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation

KINGSTON (January 4) - The Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center (HTASC) has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation to fund a new Mentor Program. HTASC offers an after-school program for children in grades K through 5 that live in and near the Tubman Apartment Complex in the City of Poughkeepsie. The Middle School Mentor Program for students in Sixth and Seventh grade will be welcomed to the program center at 3 pm to complete their homework. When they are done, they will work with one of the younger children as a mentor.

“Expanding HTASC to include middle school students in a meaningful way is sure to be a success. Being a mentor gives teenagers a sense of purpose and worth. Having young children look up to them makes them understand how important their behaviors are,” said Barb Adams, President, Board of Directors, HTASC. “We are excited to begin the Middle School Mentor Program and thankful to Ulster Savings for helping us to make it a success.”

HTASC is a not-for-profit, small local community academic skills center located in the community room of the Harriet Tubman Housing Complex. With a history spanning over 19 years, they have a passion for instilling a love of learning to inner-city youth. HTASC is a community outreach mission of the Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church. 

The Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation was formed in 2003 to assist the local community in areas of housing, education, and human services.

For more information about the Harriet Tubman Academic Skills Center, please visit them online at


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Youth animal science programs feature dogs, poultry

LIBERTY (January 3) - Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County (CCESC) announces two new 4-H animal science program opportunities that encourage youth (age 5-18) to reach personal goals and develop skills that add value to their animal projects. Programs held at the Extension Education Center on 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty. 

2nd Fridays Jan 11- Jun 7 | Dog Achievement Series: On the second Friday each month from 6:30-8 pm, youth can experience non-competitive activities for dog lovers, divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Each month, youth will work on different topics and creatively document progress along the way. 

Saturday, Jan 26 | Poultry Palooza: Guest speakers and hands-on, educational activities make up this exciting program for young poultry enthusiasts from 1-3 pm. Topics will cover showmanship, judging, egg judging, coops, biosecurity, disease, nutrition, poultry quiz bowl, and more! 

Cost of each program is $8 per youth or $5 per 4-H member. Space is limited and registration with non-refundable payment is required in advance by visiting, emailing, or calling CCESC at 845-292-6180. Payment can be made by check, cash, or credit. Additional donations for CCESC programs are appreciated. 

Any Sullivan County youth ages 5-18 can apply to enroll in 4-H for free, all year long. To learn more about 4-H, call CCESC at 845-292-6180 or visit

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Youth Development program empowers any youth ages 5-18 to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. 4-H members have opportunities to connect to Cornell University resources and gain career readiness skills through hands-on activities and “learning by doing”.


L-R: Dorothy Martin, Maricela Lopez, Lilly Negron, Ronda Fuller, and Patricia Vankleeck

RECAP Head Start staff honored

MIDDLETOWN (January 3) - Teacher Assistants from Regional Economic Community Action Program’s Head Start program were honored by the Child Care Council of Orange County for their Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and work with preschool children. Dorothy Martin, Maricela Lopez, Lilly Negron, Ronda Fuller, Patricia Vankleeck and Tonette Hall were among 13 providers honored by the Council at its Annual Membership Dinner on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Colden Manor at Spruce Lodge in Montgomery.

The Child Development Associate (CDA) credential is recognized as a key stepping stone on the path to career advancement in early childhood education. It is based on core competencies that guide professionals who nurture the emotional, physical, intellectual, and social well-being of children as they progress through stages of development. Focus is on best practices for developmentally appropriate methods, parental involvement and career advancement. Over 420,000 educators have earned their CDA. The certification is nationally transferable and benefits include exposure to an expanded community of professional educators.

The event featured guest speaker Jeanine Fitzgerald, Certified Human Behavior Consultant and owner of the Fitzgerald Institute of Lifelong Learning, whose address Influencing in Authentic Ways stressed that the most effective professionals are not heroes, but hero makers.

CDA certification comes from the Council for Professional Recognition which promotes improved performance and recognition of professionals in the early childhood education of children ages zero to 5 years old. The Council recognizes and credentials professionals who work in all types of early care and education settings including Head Start, pre-k, infant-toddler, family child care, and home visitor programs. The Council sets policies and procedures for assessment and credentialing and publishes industry leading training materials.

Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children in the learning centers and in their own homes. Development-focused services include early learning through instruction, health education including meals and dental support, and family well-being as parents are encouraged to achieve their own goals, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Programs support and strengthen parent-child relationships and engage families around children’s learning and development.

RECAP's services help people living in poverty in Orange County and the surrounding areas. We work 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.



Third annual Ulster County CYO Shining Stars Awards hosted by Catholic Charities

KINGSTON (January 3) - Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan, and Ulster hosted the third annual Ulster County Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) Shining Stars Awards Ceremony and Brunch for a crowd of more than 120 guests. The event, held at the Catholic Charities Kingston Community Center, honored adults and youth for outstanding contributions in the community.

Full details on our Community Page


Culinary scholars build life sized nutcracker and learn from celebrity cake artist

NEWBURGH,  (December 20) - The Culinary Arts program at Newburgh Free Academy’s Main Campus created and decorated a seven-foot nutcracker model out of cake and rice krispie treat for the performance of The Nutcracker, to be performed by the Newburgh Free Academy Dance Department earlier this month. The life-sized nutcracker was made out of dummy cakes (Styrofoam), rice krispie treats, Satin Ice fondant, and Choco-Pan modeling chocolate – donated by Satin Fine Foods of Chester, NY. The base materials were provided by the NFA Construction Academy scholars and their teacher, Mr. Chris Cotton.

Scholars worked with Kim Simons, a multi-award-winning master level cake and food artist as they learn techniques to working with certain sizes, proportions, and supplies unique to large food pieces.  Additionally, Scholars worked with Satin Ice fondant and Choco-Pan modeling chocolate, learning how to work with special ingredients and materials for decorating large and small items for their project. Satin Fine Foods has generously donated all product and the artist who worked with our scholars. The project took the scholars two days and several periods to complete.

Jennifer Caron, teacher at Newburgh Free Academy, coordinated this project with students, outside organizations, and the Nutcracker production. Scholars in the Culinary Arts program have the opportunity to earn a Food Preparation Certification granted by the NYS Restaurant Association upon completion of coursework and required hours. Our Culinary Pathway is one of nineteen programs that offer technical education to our scholars right on their high school campus.

Upon completion, it is estimated that the life-sized Nutcracker weighed 300lbs.

The Nutcracker was performed by 250 scholars from Newburgh Free Academy earlier this month, under the direction of Ms. Amanda Clifford, dance teacher at Newburgh Free Academy.




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