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Orange County Land Trust’s 2019 calendars on sale now

New Windsor (November 26) - The Orange County Land Trust’s 2019 Calendars, featuring the photography of renowned Sugar Loaf artist Nick Zungoli, are now available for purchase.

The calendar features twelve seasonal images depicting Orange County’s natural, agricultural, and rural character from season to season. At $15 each, all proceeds help advance the Orange County Land Trust’s mission of conserving the county's at-risk habitats, watershed lands, and working farmland.

Calendars can be purchased online at and at the following locations: 19 Main Street Luncheonette- Chester, Outdoor Store- Chester, Mainframe Gallery- Middletown, Roe’s Orchard- Blooming Grove, The Shops at Jones Farm- Cornwall, Soons Orchard & Farm Market- New Hampton, Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe- Warwick, Newhards: The Home Source- Warwick, and Linda’s Office Supplies- Goshen.

The sponsors of this year’s calendar include: Pell Wealth Partners-Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., Satin Fine Foods, Valuation Consultants, Orange & Rockland Utilities, Rider, Weiner & Frankel, P.C., Hudson Valley Investment Advisors, Hill-N-Dale Abstracters, Jack F. Berkowitz & Co., Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, and Royal Fireworks Press.

Orange County Land Trust is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting Orange County's wildlife corridors, contiguous forests, water resources, and agricultural lands through conservation agreements with willing landowners. For more information on protecting your land, volunteer opportunities, or to make a donation, please visit or call (845) 534- 3690.



Inaudy Esposito honored as 40 under 40 Latino Rising Stars by the Hispanic Coalition of New York

GOSHEN (November 26) - Inaudy Esposito, Executive Director of the Orange County Human Rights Commission, was recently recognized as one of New York State’s 40 under 40 Latino Rising Stars by the Hispanic Coalition of NY (HCNY) for 2018.

“This recognition is a testament to Inaudy’s commitment to helping defend and safeguard the human rights of everyone in our community,” Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus said. “She is passionate about her work and on behalf of the residents she serves, I offer her my sincerest congratulations on receiving this honor.”

The 40 Under 40 Rising Stars program recognizes members of the Hispanic/Latino community under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and achievements in the areas of business, educations, politics, non-profit sector, community service, and more. The HCNY celebrated this year's Rising Stars at their 8th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration and Awards on Saturday, November 17th in Albany.

“I am honored to receive this recognition from the Hispanic Coalition of NY and for the trust and support County Executive Neuhaus has provided me during my tenure with the County,” Esposito said. “It has been a privilege collaborating with various organizations in the County in my role as Human Rights Commission Executive Director and I consider them partners. I am truly grateful to be able to serve our residents and the community.”

Esposito was hired as the County’s Human Rights Commission Executive Director in February of last year. A native of the Dominican Republic and a naturalized United States Citizen, Esposito spent the previous 10 years working for Safe Homes of Orange County in Newburgh. Safe Homes provides free counseling, support groups, legal services, and other forms of support to victims of domestic violence, and provides training for agencies, businesses, law enforcement, and individuals.

Esposito has also taught English as a Second Language to adult students at SUNY Orange for the last 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in School Psychology from Universidad Iberoamericana in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in 2003 and earned a Masters in School Counseling from Hunter College in New York City.

Esposito resides in the Town of Newburgh with her husband, Nick, and two children.


Marlborough Police holiday toy drive

Marlborough (November 26) - Town of Marlborough Police Department is their annual Holiday Toy Drive thru Dec. 17.  All toys collected go to local children age infant – 16yrs.

Applications for enrollment can be obtained at the Town of Marlborough Police Dept. 21 Milton Tpk. Milton NY. This year in addition to the families that enroll themselves, we ask that if you know of a family having a hard time providing gifts for their children for the holidays please let us know.  Write to us and tell us what circumstances have impacted the family and why they need some help this year. You can let us know about neighbors, family members, or a co-worker. 

The children must live in the Marlboro school district to be eligible. Letters can be signed or anonymous. 

Letters can be mailed to The Town of Marlborough Police Dept. 21 Milton Tpk. /PO Box 305 Milton NY 12547 attention Head Dispatcher VanAmburgh. 

Toys can be dropped off at the Marlborough Police Department 24/7

New unwrapped toys and wrapping paper are being accepted.  If you wish to make a monetary donation checks can be made out to the Marlborough Town PBA.   


Winter Coat Drive in Rockland County

NEW CITY (Nov. 26) – Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul has partnered with Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland to conduct a Winter Coat Drive for the benefit of our neighbors.

Legislator Paul said the Winter Coat Drive addresses needs that extend beyond the important one of helping someone keep warm this winter.

“When people make the effort to provide a warm coat or other clothing for a child or an adult, it lets those individuals know they are not invisible and that we, their neighbors, care and are trying to help,” said Paul who has sponsored a Winter Coat Drive annually since 2015, partnering with local social services agencies assisting Rockland County residents. This year she is pleased to join with Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland. The drive runs until Dec. 31.

"We at Catholic Charities would like to thank Legislator Paul and her staff for helping us serve those most in need in our community,” said Jerome Kilbane, CCCSR’s Executive Director. “It is with the help of both public and private resources that we can serve the hundreds of people who come to our doors each year. This effort is truly ‘love in action’.”

CCCSR is an affiliate of The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York and has a long history of providing the basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter and other emergency assistance for those in need.

New or gently-used coats and warm clothing, such as sweaters, hats and gloves, for children and adults are being accepted until Dec. 31. Drop off donations at the Legislature’s Office in the Allison-Parris County Office Building, 11 New Hempstead Road in New City. Call 845-638-5100 for more information.


ORMC and NeighboRx Pharmacy partner offer safe way to dispose of medications

TOWN OF WALLKILL (November 26) - A drop box is in the hospital's outpatient building aat 707 E. Main St.

Full details on our Health Page


Ronnie Beth Sauers and Beacon Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler J.R. Rivera
display the 2018 Beacons of History Awards they accepted in honor
of their many contributions to the City of Beacon.

Historical Society presents second annual “Beacons of History” awards

BEACON (November 14) - Nearly 250 friends and supporters of the the Beacon Historical Society turned out to honor the 2018 “Beacons of History” award winners on Thursday, Nov. 8 at the Roundhouse. The annual awards honor those who have made substantial contributions to Beacon and who have helped to preserve its history and sense of community. The 2018 recognition was presented to:

  • Individual Honoree: Ronnie Beth Sauers, who together with her late husband Ron Sauers, began the revitalization of Main Street nearly 30 years ago by purchasing and restoring vacant commercial buildings in which they saw great beauty and vast potential; and
  • Organizational Honoree:  B.P.O.E. Lodge #1493, which was founded in 1924 and has supported the community through efforts such as acquiring both Hammond Field and Memorial Park; staging meals for Beacon draftees departing for World War II; honoring the city’s emergency responders; holding annual Flag Day observances; supporting a history program for local students; and maintaining a Wolcott Avenue lodge, once the Rothery Homestead.

The event raised more than $22,000 to support the Beacon Historical Society in its mission to preserve the history of Beacon and to establish new displays for its vast collection, now housed at 17 South Avenue.

“We’re grateful to the supporters who helped us honor these two worthy recipients,” said Historical Society President Robert Murphy.  “The proceeds will be used to assist our Society in celebrating the history of Beacon at a time when our city is experiencing a great deal of interest, development and change. We believe that our mission is more important than ever before.”

Beacon Mayor Randy Casale praised both recipients for their myriad contributions to Beacon. Dozens of supporters helped to ensure the evening’s financial success; major sponsors included Antalek & Moore Insurance, Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp., Denny & Karen Meyer, The Roundhouse and Rutberg Breslow Personal Injury Law.


DMV reminds NY veterans custom military series license plates availbale

ALBANY (November 11) - In celebration of Veterans Day, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today reminded the nearly 750,000 veterans who call New York home that they can display their pride in their branch of service on their license plates. Veterans can also apply for a special veteran status designation on their driver license or non-driver ID card, and those with experience driving commercial motor vehicles in the military can apply for a waiver of the skills road test when applying for a commercial driver license (CDL).

“We are very proud of the hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers who have answered the call to protect the freedom and values of our state and nation,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Terri Egan. “We greatly appreciate the sacrifices they and their families have made, and it is a small token of our gratitude to offer these custom license plates to acknowledge their remarkable courage and service.”

The branch specific license plates, made available for the first time in New York last year, are the newest offering in the Military and Veteran custom plate series. They are available for the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marines.

In addition to the service branch-specific plates, DMV offers many custom plates representing military and veteran communities, medals and awards, and wars and battles. Some of the most popular plates in this series include: United States Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veteran.

DMV’s plates honoring veterans are available for passenger and commercial vehicles, and some are also available for motorcycles. More information on veteran license plates and other military service related plates and a full gallery of plates are available here on the DMV website.

To purchase a custom plate, New Yorkers are required to verify their military service with a copy of their discharge papers (DD-214 or equivalent documentation) and mail a copy with a completed application.

DMV also offers a special veteran status designation on the driver licenses and non-driver ID cards of honorably discharged veterans. Eligible veterans who request this designation will have the word “veteran” printed on their newly issued driver license, permit, or non-driver ID.

To receive the veteran status indicator, applicants must mark the appropriate box on the application form and show their original Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214), which states either Honorable or Under Honorable Conditions in the Character of Service section. Applicants may apply through the mail or by visiting their local DMV office. More information and details on how to apply can be found here on the DMV website.


Josef Kucher

3rd Annual Kucher’s Kids Shoe Drive underway

PORT JERVIS (October 29) - The Tri-State Chamber of Commerce and the Port Jervis Rotary Club are teaming up this year to present the 3rd Annual Kucher’s Kids Shoe Drive.  This is the third year the drive will honor the memory of a community’s beloved shoemaker and the first year that the Chamber is partnering with the Port Jervis Rotary.  Both organizations are collecting new shoes, sneakers and boots for children in need.  The footwear will be distributed through local charities.   

The shoe drive is a tribute to Josef Kucher, who made and repaired shoes with master skill for more than 40 years in his Port Jervis shop.  Sadly, Mr. Kucher was murdered in his store on November 8, 2014.  According to Chairwoman, Mary Decker, “The shoe drive has created a legacy out of a tragedy that we hope will continue for years to come. “

This year drop off locations for the footwear has expanded and includes the following Port Jervis businesses:  The Gun Lady, 41 Front Street, State Farm Insurance, 20 East Main Street, Jeff Bank, 20 Fowler Street, Edwards Jones, 139 Pike Street, and Phil’s Ford, 257 East Main Street. 

Only donations of new footwear are accepted.  Monetary donations are also accepted and used solely for the purchase of new footwear for the shoe drive.  Checks can be made out to the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce or the Port Jervis Rotary and dropped off at the designated locations.   All donations should be made by December 8, 2018, when the drive concludes.     


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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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