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Tai Chi / Chi Kung classes

MONTICELLO (April 22) - The Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a Tai Chi / Chi Kung course.

Full details on our Education Page


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Newburgh’s not-for-profits wanted for volunteer fair

NEWBURGH (April 10) - Newburgh’s not-for-profit organizations are invited to participate in the 8th Annual Newburgh Volunteer Fair at Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site on Saturday, April 28th, 11 AM until 3 PM. This event is organized by the site in partnership with Safe Harbors of the Hudson and the Newburgh Free Library.

The Volunteer Fair provides organizations with an opportunity to share awareness about the special services they provide to our community. During the day, participating organizations will hopefully recruit interested and eager volunteers to further assist in those needed community endeavors. It is also an opportunity to network with other organizations and learn about all the positive and important work being done to strengthen the community of Newburgh. With its mix of promotion, recruitment, and networking, participation is definitely a win-win situation.

For further information regarding how organizations can take part, please call 845-562-1195, go to or find Washington’s Headquarters on Facebook.


Time for spring cleaning, Sullivan County: Litter pluck returns
MONTICELLO (April 4) - The Sullivan County Legislature announces that Sullivan County’s Annual Litter Pluck will take place from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, May 13, and all school and community groups, as well as private citizens, are urged to participate.
The County will fund the cost of the bags and the associated waste disposal fees for this event, through the County’s Parks, Recreation and Beautification Department and the Division of Public Works.
Agriculture & Sustainability Committee Chair and District 4 Legislator Catherine Owens encourages County residents to check with their local municipalities, as there are several organized litter pluck events being planned throughout the County. 
“Participation in a town- or village-organized litter pluck event is a great opportunity for our residents to help combat litter at a local level,” she affirmed. 
“More than ever, we need to look our best, and Litter Pluck is a hassle-free, cost-free way to spruce up our communities,” added District 7 Legislator Joe Perrello, chair of the Public Works Committee.
All residents and groups who wish to participate in the County’s Litter Pluck can pick up their Litter Pluck bags any time on or after April 13 at their town or village hall or County-operated transfer station. While no coupons are required, all Litter Pluck refuse must be placed in clear bags, and participants will be asked to register at the County-operated Transfer Station at the time of disposal.


Legal Services of the Hudson Valley welcomes three new Board members

WHITE PLAINS (March 29) – Alfred Donnellan, Legal Services of the Hudson Valley’s (LSHV) Board Chair and Managing Partner at DelBello Donnellan Weingarten Wise & Wiederker LLP, announced the addition of three new members to LSHV’s Board of Directors.

Christopher Cabanillas is the founder and principal of Cabanillas & Associates, P.C., a multi-service law firm with offices in White Plains, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Long Island, Union City (NJ), North Brunswick (NJ), and Bridgeport (CT).  He is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, and California, and he is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, the Eastern District of New York and the Southern District of New York. Cabanillas currently concentrates his practice in real estate, foreclosure defense litigation and mortgage loan modifications. 

Jeremiah Frei-Pearson is a founding partner of Finkelstein, Blankinship, Frei-Pearson & Garber in White Plains. He practices in federal and state courts throughout the country and his areas of expertise include class actions, privacy, consumer fraud, employment law, and civil rights.  Frei-Pearson is a passionate advocate and an experienced litigator who typically represents consumers and employees in complex cases against corporate wrongdoers.  As a result of the victories he has won for his clients, the National Trial Lawyers Association selected Frei-Pearson as a member of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2014 and 2015.  

Jane Rembert-Wigfall is a career educator, working for the past 16 years in the Mount Vernon City School District as a Lead Educator for multiple elementary schools in General Education and Special Needs classes.  She has also worked as a Lead After-school counselor at Westchester Jewish Community Services’ Advantage After-school program, as well as a Lead Educator in the Archdiocese of New York. 

LSHV’s CEO, Barbara Finkelstein, said of the trio, “We are delighted to welcome them to the team at Legal Services of the Hudson Valley, and are excited for their leadership and vision in support of our efforts to provide free civil legal services to tens of thousands of our neighbors in the Hudson Valley each year.” 

LSHV is the only provider of free, comprehensive civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income and disadvantaged individuals and families who cannot afford an attorney when their basic human needs are at stake.  This includes urgent legal needs such as: domestic violence (orders of protection, child custody, etc.), housing emergencies (eviction and foreclosure prevention), healthcare, children's law and advocacy.

For more information about LSHV, please visit its website


Nominees invited for state Veterans’ Hall of Fame Honor

ALBANY (March 27) – New York residents are invited to submit nominees for induction into the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame represents extraordinary New Yorkers whose heroism in the United States Armed Forces is complemented by their service to the people in their community.

The New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created to pay tribute and celebrate exceptional veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves, both in the military and civilian life.

“This program provides an opportunity to acknowledge and honor the efforts of men and women who demonstrated tremendous courage during their time in the military,” said Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope). “The Veteran’s Hall of Fame recognizes their sacrifice and commitment to help secure the freedoms we enjoy today.”

The selected veteran from the 42nd District will participate in a ceremony followed by a luncheon on Tuesday, May 16th in Albany. The photograph and biography of each honoree across the state will become part of a special online exhibit which tells the stories of the many contributions veterans make during and after their time in military service.

If you would like to nominate a veteran, please send an email to Senator Bonacic’s office at, or call 845-344-3311, explaining the reason your nominee should be inducted into the New York State Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Nominations must include a brief biography of approximately 250 words along with the veteran’s rank and file at the time of discharge or end of military service. Please remember to include the town or city of residence and phone number of the nominee. Those making nominations should also include their own name and contact information. Nominations must be received no later than Friday, April 20, 2018.


Orange County Human Rights Commission seeks applications for college scholarship  

GOSHEN (March 27) -  The 2018 scholarship award is for $1,000.

Full details on our Education Page


The 350-hour program includes training and pay

Rockland Youth Bureau announces summer 2018 Conservation Corps Program

NEW CITY (March 26) - The Rockland County Youth Bureau is accepting applications for the 2018 Rockland Conservation & Service Corps.

Conservation Corps members will perform a variety of outdoor, environmental community service projects throughout the Rockland region. Responsibilities include educating the public about ecological conservation and environmental health issues, conducting field research, building and maintaining nature trails, teaching environmental education, planting gardens, patrolling streams, facilitating clean ups and implementing recycling programs.

Corps Members will take an active role in beautifying, protecting and preserving Rockland's parks, open spaces and precious resources.

To be considered, students must be at least 18. Members are required to serve 350 hours between May 29 and August 10 at local sites that may include the Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources, the Clarkstown Planning Department, the Town of Ramapo, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority and Cornell Cooperative Extension, among others.

"This is a chance to go beyond the classroom and gain work experience while earning money," said County Executive Ed Day. "At the same time, members make a lasting contribution to their community."

Members receive a $2,100 stipend that is paid bi-weekly. Fifty hours of training are included in the 350-hour time commitment where members are trained in areas including environmental education, trail building, conservation, curriculum development, leadership, team building, safety as well as a variety of other pertinent topics. Members will also earn valuable work and service experience, network professionally and socially, potentially earn college credit and make improvements in the community.

"It's a terrific way to build a resume, get work experience, be outdoors all summer, make contacts and meet new friends," said Kathy Galione, Youth Bureau Program Coordinator.

Applicants must demonstrate their enthusiasm for environmental issues, be committed to serving their community and be willing to participate in outdoor activities that include hot and rainy weather conditions and wet and/or wooded environments.

This is a full-time, 35-40 hours per week, opportunity over the summer that is considered community service not a job.

The program begins on May 29, 2018 with most of the service taking place June through August. Candidates can request an application by phone (845) 364-2932 or by e-mail at


Sullivan Ag District applications available

MONTICELLO (March 21) – Between April 1 and 30, Sullivan County is accepting applications from property owners seeking to be included in New York State Agricultural Districts 1 and 4. 

New York State Agricultural Districts are geographic areas consisting predominantly of viable agricultural land. Ag operations within the districts are afforded benefits and protections to promote the continuation of farming and the preservation of agricultural land. These benefits include protection of farm operations from unreasonably restrictive local laws, limitations on assessments for newly formed benefit districts, and notification to local governments of projects that could adversely affect farmland.

There are two New York State Agricultural Districts in Sullivan County.  Agricultural District 1 encompasses towns in northern and western Sullivan County, and Agricultural District 4 covers the County’s eastern and southern towns. 

For parcels to be included in an Ag District, they must be predominantly viable agricultural land.  New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Law defines “viable agricultural land” as land “highly suitable for agricultural production and which will continue to be economically feasible for such use if real property taxes, farm use restrictions and speculative activities are limited to levels approximating those in commercial agricultural areas not influenced by the proximity of non-agricultural development.” 

Applications are available by calling Melinda Meddaugh at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County at 845-292-6180, or by emailing her at

Applications will be reviewed by the Sullivan County Agricultural and Farmland Protection Board, who will then make recommendations to the County Legislature regarding property to be added to the districts this year.

More information on the benefits of agricultural districts, as well as access to maps of Sullivan County’s agricultural districts, is available on the Sullivan County website at  Type “Agricultural Districts” in the search box or click on “Agricultural Districts” from the Planning Division page.


Frank Giannino, organizer of the
Classic 10K Road Race and Jean
Sexton, RECAP Board Member,
at Frank’s Custom Shoe-Fitting
in Middletown.

RECAP receives $1,000 donation from Classic 10K Road Race

MIDDLETOWN (March 16) - Regional Economic Community Action Program was presented with a $1,000 donation on behalf of the Crystal Run Healthcare Classic 10K Road Race. Event proceeds support local agencies and community members.

“We are grateful for the support from the race weekend which is not only an exciting and longstanding tradition in Middletown but also promotes health and wellness of residents of all ages,” said RECAP CEO Charles Quinn.

Registration is open for the 2018 race which will be Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 in Middletown. The event began in 1981 and attracts serious runners from regions across the United states and as far away as Europe and Africa. Options include the Classic 10K, Rowley 5K, Junior Classic, Thurderbolt Mile and Classic Mile. The weekend features a community health expo and breakfast. The 2018 race’s local headliner is sub-4 minute miler Martin Hehir, a Washingtonville High School alumni and member of Syracuse University 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship team. For more information and to register for the race visit

RECAP’s programs include nutrition and advocacy, Head Start, addiction services, supportive housing, job readiness with Fresh Start Café, and Orange County Reentry. The agency was established in 1965 after President Lyndon Johnson’s State of the Union Address a year earlier encouraged Americans to eradicate poverty and build a “Great Society.” A model called the Community Action Program was created and agencies sprung up across the country.

RECAP celebrated 50 years of services in the Hudson Valley in 2015. Visit for information about programs, fundraisers and events



 Emergency medical grant to help injured cat

TOWN OF WALLKILL (March 9) - Pets Alive received a $567 Emergency Medical Grant from the Petfinder Foundation. In late January, Pets Alive rescued Daryl, a stray 2-year-old cat that had been hit by a car and was badly injured. A bone was protruding from his hind leg and he was in a lot of pain. He was admitted to Catskill Veterinary Services, PLLC, of Rock Hill, NY, where they determined Daryl had a compound leg fracture and the leg could not be saved. The grant from Petfinder Foundation meant Pets Alive was able to get Daryl the leg amputation surgery needed to provide him a good quality of life.

Daryl is now at Pets Alive and is on the mend. He is a very sweet cat and is quickly learning how to maneuver on three legs. He hasn't let this slow him down and he's making great progress as his injury heals while he awaits his forever home.

The Petfinder Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, helps adoption organizations find homes for the pets in their care through its Sponsor A Pet, Disaster Fund, Quality of Life and other programs. “We are grateful for the staff at Catskill Veterinary Services and for the generosity of Petfinder Foundation for helping Daryl in his time of need and giving him a second chance,” said Becky Tegze, Executive Director at Pets Alive.

Pets Alive is a no kill animal rescue organization located at 363 Derby Road, near Middletown, NY and posts its adoptable animals on For inquiries about adopting Daryl, email Pets Alive at or call 845-386-9738.


cflogo-final-200.JPGTeachers from Austin Road Elementary School attended the Drink for Pink
event at Patrick’s Pub and Grill

Mahopac community comes out for Community Cares

MAHOPAC (February 23) - About 100 people showed their support to the nonprofit Community Cares on Tuesday, Feb. 20, by attending the Drink for Pink event held at Patrick’s Pub and Grill in Mahopac.

“We are fortunate to have the continued love and support of the Mahopac community,” said Community Cares Founder and President Amy Sayegh. “Your donations make it possible for us to provide services at no cost to local families, with school-aged children, that are going through medical crisis.”

The mission of Community Cares is to help families manage normal daily routines while a parent is dealing with cancer or another medical diagnosis. It provides families with free meals, laundry service, and house cleaning as well as a network of support to moms and dads faced with major medical illnesses while trying to raise children. Community Cares serves families in Putnam County, Northern Westchester and Southern Dutchess.

“The event was a success because of the generous spirit of those who helped us put it together,” said Faith Ann Butcher, executive director of Community Cares. “Patrick’s Pub and Grill donated the food; Jamie Imperati of the Professional Women of Putnam, Diane Morante of The Greater Mahopac-Carmel Chamber of Commerce and Corinne Stanton of Halston Media, were guest bartenders; and The Cadillac Brothers Trio volunteered to entertain the crowd with an array of classic rock songs. Together they created an atmosphere that was inviting and fun, while always keeping the night’s focus on Community Cares.”

Raffle prizes were donated by local businesses such as Play Connection, Sarah’s House of Health and Krav Maga of Mahopac, Tilly’s Table and Trustco Bank.

Community Cares is a registered 501(c)3 organization. For more information about Community Cares visit or call 845-621-CARE (2273).


Monhagen Middle School sixth-grader Logan Eisenberg is Orange County’s Citizen of the Month Award

GOSHEN (February 19) - Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus recognized Logan Eisenberg as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of February.

Full details on our Education Page


Community links (Each link opens in a new window)

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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