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5th Annual Poughkeepsie High School Career and Job Fair







Student scholars at Poughkeepsie High School met with more than 60 local businesses and organizations to learn about potential career pathways on Thursday, April 19 at the 5th Annual Career & Job Fair at Poughkeepsie High School. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place beforehand to kick off the career and job fair. Special guests including New York State Senator, Sue Serino, Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, and Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, Rob Rolison, attended the ceremony and said a few words to the attendees. This event was presented by the Poughkeepsie City School District, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Career Action Center.

The students of Poughkeepsie High School were able to match their skills and interests to real world choices by interacting and networking with professionals. Students were inspired after hearing unique stories of how these exhibitors became successful in their industry. Exhibitors were asked to bring promotional materials for both the students and their fellow presenters. The Career and Job fair served as a format for networking for students and professionals alike.

While the Career and Job Fair only lasted one day, students will be able to follow up on the information they learned about with the Poughkeepsie High School Career Action Center. The Career Action Center is a service located directly in the Poughkeepsie high school with two dedicated mentors and has an open-door policy so that whenever students are not in class, they are welcome to stop by for whatever they need. The Career Action Center offers a comfortable environment in which students can ask questions and get help with things like resumes or job searches. They offer a more intensive Career Exploration Class that prepares students for post-secondary education, assists with finding employment, and offers local internship opportunities. This class provides students with invaluable experiences and skills through internships. Internship experience allows students to become aware of the skills required for a particular career, and helps them become better prepared to choose a career path. The opportunities available to students through the Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School not only benefit their day-to-day experiences, but also prepare them for future successful careers.

The Career Action Center is a program under The Workforce Development Center. Since 1996, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system. Their staff works to increase business access to qualified workers, and ensure income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities, and retention.

For more information about the Career Action Center, or the Workforce Development Center visit or call Audra B. Gerty at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1007.


April 20, 2018 |

Shop the Spring Vendor Fair — Remember Mother’s Day is Coming


Celebrate spring and shop unique vendors at the Seven Star school Spring Vendor Fair on May 5 from 8am – 4pm at Brewster High School 50 Foggintown Road in Brewster, NY. The Vendor Fair is the perfect opportunity to ​find a special gift  for Mother’s Day

We will have a variety of vendors with products including jewelry, clothing, kitchen and home products, totes and bags, makeup and nails, hair accessories, doll clothes, hand-crafted woodwork and more!

​ We will also be holding a raffle for chances to win some great products!​

Come to the fair to visit the following vendors:

Thirty-One Gifts: Our fashionable, functional products make life easier. Select from different types of organizing items including bags, purses, thermal shopping bags and more.

Rodan + Fields Skincare : No matter how young or how old you are there is no reason not to love your skin. Rodan + Fields is life changing skincare.

Pampered Chef: Pampered Chef has been around for 38 years and it known for its innovative and durable kitchen products!

Jamberry: Jamberry is nail art done right! Whether you’re into polishes, gels, or nail wraps, this is your one stop shop!

3 Little Birdies Boutique: Unique, hand made accessories for everyone!

Tupperware: Tupperware is the best food storage and preparation product on the market. Celebrating 70 years of the party.

Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski: Shop for fun and affordable jewelry! Life calls for sparkle!Show us how you style your Touchstone Crystal.

LuLaRoe: LuLaRoe is simply the most comfortable clothing you’ll ever wear! The clothing line has unique patterns and colors in leggings, dresses, skirts and tops for women.

Le-Vel: Simple 3 Step Health and Wellness Company Premium Grade Nutritional Supplements  – Thrive by Le-Vel!

Gastelu Jewelry:  Sterling silver jewelry for women and men. Personal service to take care of your needs and style.

Rebecca Lane Crafts: Handmade doll clothes for American Girl dolls.

18” doll clothes and accessories including dresses with matching purses, jogging suits, pajamas, Capri outfits with matching hats and shoes.

GJF Decorative Wood: Unique hand-crafted woodworking pieces including jewelry and valet boxes, centerpieces, desk accessories, planters and shelves.

Questions? Contact Seven Star School at or call 845.278.0728 or visit








April 19, 2018 |

Double Exposure

Art to visualize thoughts and emotion
Join photographers, Joe Vaccaro and Fabienne Riccoboni, for a unique photography show entitled, Double Exposure opening at The Studio Around the Corner 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY on Friday, May 4 at 7:00-9:00PMJoe Vaccaro is a 17-year-old photographer and filmmaker. For 4 years, he has accumulated several film awards and over 2,000 Instagram followers (@joevaccaro_). This exhibition is more than that; the collection he is sharing is artistic and self-expressive. My goal is for viewers to relate to associate my photography to their personal thoughts and memories, explains Joe. During the showcase, you will hear music composed to match the feeling of his photography. You’ll also be able to learn more about the pieces on display, as well as discuss digital media and art with him.Fabienne Riccoboni, a New York-based filmmaker and photographer who is currently studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan. This exhibit, Double Exposure, and its subset, Sehnsucht (noun: yearning; wistful longing) is a perspective on living a mindful existence – outside of ordinary life -, merely viewing, but not experiencing in a sentient way. As this state of being is genuinely felt, explains Fabienne, I attempted to visualize the emotion in a way that is palpable.Additional Gallery Hours are 12:00 -2:00 PM on May 5, 12, 19, 26 & 27 noon-2pm.

The Studio Around The Corner is located at the rear entrance of 67 Main Street in Brewster, NY.

For more information on this and other Cultural Arts Coalition events, visit:, call (845) 363 – 8330, email or find us on Facebook at Cultural Arts Coalition.







Cultural Arts Coalition and Studio Around the Corner
67 Main Street, Suite 101, Brewster, NY 10509(845) 363-8330





About The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition

The Town of Southeast Cultural Arts Coalition is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining cultural arts within the Town of Southeast and its surrounding region. TOSCAC was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in August 2010 with the purpose, as detailed in the incorporation papers, “… to promote and raise funds for the development and effective management of affordable, accessible performance space that will provide citizens of the Town of Southeast opportunities to participate in and appreciate cultural arts, including lectures, theater, dance, film, music, visual arts, and inclusive community events.” 

Our current focus is the renovation of the Southeast Old Town Hall, a historic landmark within the Village of Brewster and a perfect venue to serve as a cultural hub. The Old Town Hall has been described as a “Jewel in the Center of Brewster” and its renovation will help foster the revitalization of downtown Brewster.


April 18, 2018 |

April 18, 2018 |

MidHudson Adirondack Mountain Club Outings Schedule May 2018


(If changes/additions to these hikes occur, they will be found on the website:

MID-WEEK HIKES – The leaders offer hikes of varying difficulty to different areas of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Hikes may be followed by a stop for refreshments. Leaders: Ginny Fauci, 845-399-2170 or Lalita Malik, (845) 592-0204. They will be held every Thursday, weather permitting. Contact Leaders for more info.

MID-WEEK PADDLES – Leader: Glenda Schwarze She will lead quiet water 2 hour paddles with beach put-ins. Starting in May they will be held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month. You must have your own equipment & PFD. Contact Leader for more info.

TUESDAY EVENING PADDLES – Leader:  Dave Webber, , 845-242-9905.  Paddling on the Hudson River at spots between Beacon and Norrie Point.  On the water at 5:30pm and paddling for 1.5 to 2 hours.  Often a refreshment stop after.   For the Hudson River you need a boat at least 13.5′ long kayak with front and rear bulkheads.  Contact Leader for more info.

HARRIMAN DOG-FRIENDLY HIKES – Susan Sterngold and her dogs lead hikes every day in Harriman. Dogs will be on all the hikes and you’re welcome to bring yours. Hikes are scheduled a few days ahead of time. To receive notifications of the hikes, please join her google group!forum/harrimandoghikes.

Fri, May 4 – Old Croton Aqueduct Walk in the Bronx
Leader:  John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or
We will walk on top of the Old Croton Aqueduct starting from the Jerome Park Reservoir and ending at the High Bridge, which spans the East River. Along the way, we will learn about the first source of plentiful, pure water for New York City from the Croton Reservoir in Westchester County as well as see remnants of aqueduct structures along the way. Contact leader for meeting place and time.

Sat, May 5 – Seventh Annual ‘I Love My Park Day’
Volunteer at one of the parks in the area to do clean-up, trail maintenance or whatever else is scheduled to be done at this day. Minnewaska State Park Preserve and the Walkway are two local parks that participate. More info can be found at (Parks & Trails New York).

Sat, May 5 – Seventh Annual Clean-Up Paddle on the Lower Wappinger Creek
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or
Let’s participate in Riverkeeper’s Hudson River Sweep – a day of service for the Hudson River & its tributaries – by cleaning up the lower Wappinger Creek from the falls to the Hudson.  We paddle it, so let’s keep it beautiful.  You’ll need to bring your own boat & gear, but we have a few boats to loan.  Any type of boat is good – the more open, the better.  PFDs must be worn when on the water.  Trash bags & work gloves provided.  Bring lunch & water.  After the clean-up, we’ll go to a local craft brewery for a free beer.  Meet at 10 AM at the boat launch at 117 Market St., Wappingers Falls (across from Temple Field).  Contact leader if you need driving directions.

Sun, May 6 – Undivided Lot trail from end to end. 8 mile Hike, Experienced, New Paltz area
Roberta Forest. 845-750-7059 or
We’ll hike full length of Undivided Lot trail, followed by some rock scrambles as we return to our starting point. Meet at Mohonk Preserve’s Spring Farm parking area at 9:30 a.m. Day fee of $15 for non-members. Joint with Mohonk Preserve. Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear and clothing.

Sat, May 12 – Vanderbilt mansion easy Hike 3+ miles (round trip), Hyde Park
Leader: Sayi Nulu  or 845-264-2270.
We will meet at Vanderbilt Mansion visitor parking lot at 11AM. (late start)  Walk to the gardens and get on the trail, we will stop at the river front (Bard rock) for lunch and then return back to the parking lot continuing on the trail. Some of it is paved road. Bring water, snacks, and lunch and dress for the weather. Advise to protect from ticks with bug spray. It is your responsibility. Confirm with leader.

Sat, May 12 – Scenic Hudson’s Falling Waters Preserve (FWP) and Saugerties Lighthouse Trail Moderate Hike approx. 3.5 miles.
Leader: Carla Barrett or Cell 315-527-8478
This is a family-friendly hike. Start at 10AM at FWP and then go to the Lighthouse Trail. We can eat the lunch we bring on the Lighthouse deck in the middle of the River.  Some hills and a few tricky spots along the Hudson River shoreline.  Bring food and water.  No bathrooms.  Parking should be ample.  Confirm with leader. Meet at FWP, Dominican Ln, Saugerties, NY 12477.  Driving Directions: Off Route 9W or Route 32 south of Saugerties, follow Main St in Glasco NY to Delaware and York.  For GPS: 45 York St, Saugerties 12477 will put you near the entrance where there is a sign. Confirm with leader.
Sat, May 12 – Schunemunk traversée, approx. 9 miles, Difficult hike in Orange Co., NY
Leader: Jean-Claude Fouéré Co-leader: Georgette Weir
Starting from the Otterkill Road parking area, we will hike up the Trestle trail, follow the Western Ridge, take the Ridge-to-Ridge trail to the Jessup trail and hike down to the parking area on Seven Springs Road for approximately 9 miles hike. Refer to Trail Conference West Hudson Trails map #14. Confirm with leaders and for additional information. Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear and clothing.

Sun, May 13 – Innisfree gardens in Millbrook, NY Easy Hike 3 miles.
Leader: Annette Caruso or 845-891-3361.
Meet at 11 am for an easy hike/walk to explore the gardens.  Bring a picnic lunch. Bring your grandchildren, your mother, your children, a friend. Contact leader to confirm. Rain cancels.

Sat, May 19 – Long Dock Park, Denning’s Point, and Madam Brett Park Combo, Approx 5 miles  Moderate Hike, Beacon NY
Leader: Louis Ruidisch (845) 896-9332   cell (845)453-0871
This hike offers beautiful views of both the Hudson River and Fishkill Creek estuary. We will start at Long Dock Park and follow two trails to Madam Brett Park to enjoy both the estuary and Fishkill Falls. We will, then, circle back to the Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries building before entering Denning’s Point. Bring your camera, lunch and 2 quarts water. Meet by the kayak pavilion in Long Dock Park at 9:00 am.  Confirm with leader.

Sun, May 20 – Ashokan Reservoir Walk and the NYC Water Supply System 5.5 miles, Easy Hike
Leader:  John Ragusa (917) 692-1159 or
A leisurely walk alongside the Ashokan Reservoir outside Kingston off Route 28 with beautiful views of the Catskill Mountains as a backdrop to the 2nd largest of the city reservoirs. Abundant wildlife includes eagles, hawks, and plentiful deer. A short history of the former site of several hamlets and the New York City water supply system will be included. Bring a picnic lunch. Meet at 11 am in the Parking area off Route 28A, Town of Olive.
Directions: NYS Thruway to exit 19 Kingston. After toll, bear right onto Route 28 west. Go 5 miles and make left at light onto Basin Rd. (Stewart’s on right). Make quick left and follow signs to Spillover Rd. Continue ½ mile and bear right onto Dike Rd. (Reservoir Restaurant on left) Go to end of road. At Stop sign, make right onto Route 28A. Continue exactly 6 miles. Look for road forking on right with Dead End sign. Take road into parking area. Heavy rain cancels. Confirm with Leader.

Sun, May 20 – Cold Spring to West Point. Paddle Rating: Advanced
Leader: Mark Tatro 845-987-0306 (before 9pm);
Join us on one of the most beautiful routes along the Hudson as the river turns and narrows by West Point allowing for playful riding of the large boat wakes. After a lunch along the east shore, we’ll paddle towards South Dock and touch the crew docks as we return home. We will time this paddle with the tide currents.  13.5 ft. minimum kayak length and boats must have dual bulkheads or flotation devices in bow and stern; PDF required.  Meeting place: Metro North parking lot in Cold Spring.  E-mail leader for exact launch time.

Fri, May 25 – Mills-Norrie State Park hike and easy trail clean-up. Easy hike of about 4 miles.
Staatsburg, NY
Leader: Georgette Weir,
We will walk along the White River Trail from Norrie Point up to Mills Mansion, then take a variety of paths back. We will pick up light litter and clear minor branches as needed. No big trail work. Meet at 9:30 at the Norrie marina parking area. Bad weather will cancel. Confirm with leader.

Sat, May 26 – Azalea Walk to Sunset Rock, Taconic Ridge, Hillsdale, NY. (1 mile, Moderate Hike).
Leaders: Jennifer and David Anderson, 518 398-5320 before 9 pm,
Sunset Rock is a short, secluded and primarily level woods trail in the Taconic range winding through a heath community of azalea, blueberry and lady slippers. The end point offers an impressive viewpoint far to the west and farmland below. There are some minor rises in the path and a couple of step downs, a mile total. Options following the walk include the Hillsdale Farmers Market, the Book Barn or walking the beautiful meadow trails and wetlands of Rojan Park nearby. Carpool available from Pine Plains. We have room for 2. Otherwise meet at 10 am in the parking area for the Roeliff Jansen Community Library, 9092 Route 22, south of Hillsdale. Bring lunch, snack and water, and dress for the weather. Please also register with the leaders prior to the date of the outing.

Mon, May 28 – Memorial Day, Garrison, NY area Moderate Hike
Leaders: Ginny Fauci or 845-399-2170 and Lalita Malik, or 845-592-0204.
This year’s Memorial Day hike will go up to the flag on Anthony’s Nose. Meet on 9D at the end of the Bear Mountain Bridge at 10 am. Bring water, snacks, lunch, proper footwear and clothing. Confirm with leaders and for additional information.


Sat, June 2 – Black Creek Paddle & Clean-up in Highland, NY
Leader: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or
Come help clean-up the Black Creek in the Town of Lloyd.  Our Chapter worked with the Highland Environmental Conservation Council to clear this water trail many years ago.  The maintenance is typically light work.  Bring work gloves, loppers, saws, rope.  (If you need tools, leader can supply).  Trash bags supplied.  Bring own boat, paddle & PFD.  (Leader can loan a canoe & gear.)  Meet at 10 AM in the signed parking area at the bridge on Rt. 299.  This is @5 mi. east of the New Paltz exit of the Thruway & @1.5 mi. west of the jct. of Rtes. 9W & 299.

Sat., June 9 – Kingston Kayak Festival
Contact: Russ Faller 845-297-5126 (before 9:30 PM) or
A fun-filled day for you and your entire family, whether you’re paddlers or have never paddled before.  Bring the kids, grandchildren, spouse, partner & friends.  Don’t let the name fool you.  It’s not just kayaks.  There will be canoes and stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) for you to try.  The emphasis will be on education, demonstrations, lessons and guided tours for all levels of paddler, as well as, for those who’ve never paddled before.  If you have a boat, bring it.  We need volunteers to help run this event.  You need not be a paddler to be of help – contact Russ.  You will not be asked to help for more than a couple of hours, so you’ll still be able to do some paddling – a lesson, a guided tour, etc.
Members of the Mid-Hudson Chapter of ADK get in free.  Bring your membership card.  Non-members are asked to donate $10 to the non-profit Forsyth Nature Center. Go to Kingston Point Beach, 53 Delaware Av., Kingston, NY, between 10 AM to 4 PM.

Sat, June 16 – 2 pm – ADK has partnered with Wilderstein for a Guided Hike in Rhinebeck, NY
Come explore Wilderstein’s landscape and trails with the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK).  This hike will recreate one of many hosted by Daisy Suckley at Wilderstein.  Tea and light refreshments to be served immediately following the hike.  Tickets are $15 ($10 for Wilderstein and ADK members).  To register and for additional information, please call 845-876- HYPERLINK “tel:845.876.4818″4818.

April 13, 2018 |

Discounted Hudson Valley KidVenture Tickets Available Now




Hudson Valley KidVenture is only a few weeks away, have you purchased your tickets yet? Hudson Valley KidVenture will take place in downtown Poughkeepsie Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, hosted by The Chamber Foundation, Inc. and presented by IBM Corporation.

Discounted tickets and two-day passes are available online at

Hudson Valley KidVenture will include over 50 family friendly, all-inclusive exhibitors at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center and on Market Street. Every exhibitor will have a hands-on activity for children to experience and learn from.

Exhibitors include:

  • Touch-A-Truck with over 20 trucks and vehicles
  • Trackless Train rides up and down Market Street
  • Two by Two Petting Zoo
  • Jurassic Encounter from Fluffy, the baby T-Rex
  • Pony Rides
  • Princess and superhero meet and greets
  • Performances from The Bossy Frog Band, Bee Bee the Clown, Bobby Harris Magic, Aerophone Community Band, Birds of Prey, K9 Unit demonstration and local high school musical performances

Proceeds from Hudson Valley KidVenture will benefit The Chamber Foundation, Inc. Additional details, including sponsors and community partners, is available at

The Chamber Foundation, Inc., was established to promote education and training programs for area youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the future of economic growth in the Hudson Valley region. The Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service.

April 11, 2018 |
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