Mid-Hudson Valley

Local Happenings: The Middle School Movement with Amanda Mason

On April 4th, the Prevention Foundation of the Mid-Hudson Valley hosted a business luncheon at the Villa Borghesse in Wappingers. Amanda Mason, also known as Miss New York 2013, was in attendance to discuss her efforts in the war against addiction.

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Miss New York with Senator Terry Gipson


Mason has initiated “The Middle School Movement” in which she visits students ages 11-14 to discuss the dangers of drug addiction.  Although she makes appearances a many high schools and middle schools, Amanda finds herself concentrating on junior high school students.  At the luncheon, she mentioned drug abuse usually starts in middle school and progresses into high school.  Mason feels it’s important to speak to children during the pre-adolescents years, in order to “reach youth before alcohol and drugs do”.

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Mason demonstrated her approach on connecting with the students.




Amanda Mason started her prevention program while she was still in high school; she noticed there was an influx in drug use, but there were no programs to educate students about the dangers of drug abuse.  Teachers and schools didn’t know how to handle these situations; Amanda felt it was important to implement a prevention program.  Today, Mason travels to schools everywhere encouraging students to have a dream, continue on the right path, while raising drug abuse awareness.


Prescription Drug Take-back

Free and Anonymous Permanent prescription drug collection disposal containers have received approval from NYS.
As of April 27 (National Prescription Drug Take Back Day) drop off locations became available at the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office HQ, Town of East Fishkill Police Department, and Village of Red Hook Police Department.  Residents will be able to dispose of their unused medications anonymously and free of charge during the normal business hours at all of these locations.  Please note the NYS Police HQ in Millbrook is already a drop-off location.

Local Happenings: Hudson Valley’s First Armed Forces Day

Join the Hudson Valley community on May 19th from 12-5pm for the first Armed Forces Day!

Registration is at 7am, followed by the Stride Wounded Warriors 4 mile race at 9am, and the 2 mile walk at 10am.  Everyone will meet at Waryas Park afterwards to enjoy live music by The Alexis Sutter Band, 4 Guys in Disguise, Mojo Miles Mancuso, Monster, Derek Dempsey and E&G Acoustic.

The event will commence with an opening ceremony at 1pm to honor our Veterans.  There will be family fun-filled activities such as a rock climbing wall and a kids zone, along with food provided by the Italian Center.

*Please bring a donation for the Castle Point Food Pantry; they will be offering registration for VA Healthcare, Women’s Veteran Healthcare, My HealthVet, Returning Combat Veteran Program, blood pressure readings and The Mobile Clinic.

Partners include the Hudson Valley Rail Trail.

Details are below:


Events: The 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Fair 2013

Join our community on June 8th from 11am-4pm at Mesier Park in Wappinger Falls, NY, for the 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Fair.

This year’s theme is healing; we will have a digestive health class, yoga, zumba, a spa for massages, gardening therapy, blood pressure checks and live music from our local pharmacist, just to name a few.  There will be two chiropractors on site to check your spine and conduct stress tests.

The Village of Wappingers Falls Police Department will conduct fingerprinting for child safety and car seat inspections.

Our annual blood drive will take place the day of the fair so please consider giving blood.

Come for the experience and you won’t be disappointed!

Contributors and Sponsors:

Village of Wappingers Falls Mayor, Matt Alexander; Walgreens, Adams Fairacre Farm; WellCare; Beacon Dental, Stop & Shop; Mobile Life Support; COLORS FOUNDATION and David Eberle of the SDNAACP.

To participate in any of these activities, be sure to register. For more information and/ or to pre-register, call: 845-518-4967 or email: gaby.owen@yahoo.com.

Below: Photos from 2012’s Health and Wellness Fair

Photo Credit: SS Photography

Local Happenings: LIFE in Action Regional Meetings 2013

Within the month of May, there will be six regional meetings held across New York State touching base on issues concerning low-income energy consumers. 

There are over 200 registered participants; don’t miss out on your chance to obtain valuable information on consumer protection, LIFE as a resource, storm preparedness, energy assistance, networking opportunities and more.

Click here to view the Hudson Valley event agenda for May 16, 2013 being held at the Middletown Holiday Inn.

*To register for the meeting click here.

Featured Image: www.gjgnyhudsonvalley.net

Local Happenings: “What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About the Law”

On May 10th there will be an informative event for entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners; the “What Every Small Business Owner Should Know About the Law” conference will benefit those who own small business, or who are beginning their venture.

Avoid not taking the appropriate legal steps in business that may lead up to complications and a possible expenses. Take advantage of this free opportunity to receive legal advice.

Senator Gipson will be in attendance to relay the latest legislative news regarding women owned businesses.  This information is also important for men that work in women owned businesses, deal with women business owners, and men who know the important role that women owned businesses play in our regional economy.

For any questions or to register please email: lrumpf@wedcbiz.org


Local Happenings: Take the Justice Survey!

The Center has launched  The Justice Survey,  a tool designed to help collect information about your experience with law enforcement here in the mid-Hudson Valley.
The results of this survey will help build a training program for law enforcement and justice professionals in the mid-Hudson Valley, starting with a training the Ulster County Law Enforcement Center.  They will also develop a zone map of the region to identify hot spots of bias, and work with police to increase safety and respect toward LGBTQ people and families.
The Justice Survey is totally confidential, and takes about 15 minutes to complete.  Remember, if we’re not in the data, we’re not in the policy.  Every response is crucial.
For more information visit: www.lgbtqcenter.org.
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