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Scenic Hudson Publication Honored by New York Planning Federation
At its recently concluded 75th Annual Planning and Zoning Conference, the New York Planning Federation presented the Heissenbuttel Award for Planning Excellence to Scenic Hudson for its publication titled, "Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts." The award is given each year to an individual, municipality or agency for outstanding accomplishment in the planning field.
Subtitled "Illustrated Conservation and Development Strategies for Creating Healthy, Prosperous Communities," the 96-page guide is designed to help local officials, planners, developers and concerned citizens realize the full potential of their shorelines by providing a set of planning and design principles, tools and techniques that encourage Hudson River communities to make their waterfronts the catalysts for redevelopment and renewal.
"Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts" has previously been recognized by the Westchester Municipal Planning Federation, and its principles have been endorsed by the Hudson River Valley Greenway Communities Council and numerous riverfront municipalities and organizations, many of whom added their own letters of support to the NYPF nomination, which was submitted by Shayne Gallo, Mayor of Kingston.
"The publication is the first comprehensive guide offering practical suggestions for connecting downtown business districts to the waterfront and drawing people to the river," Mayor Gallo stated. "It is also the first book to present concrete suggestions for municipalities to adapt to sea-level rise and other climate change impacts. Its main objective is to move the planning guidance document off the shelf and onto the desk, creating a compelling, clearly written and well-illustrated, user-friendly publication.
Now in its second printing, more than 1,700 copies of "Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts" have been distributed to every chief elected officer, planning board chair and ZBA chair in the 85 Hudson waterfront communities between Yonkers and Albany. Copies were also sent to chambers of commerce, business associations, economic development agencies, county planning and tourism departments, conservation organizations, libraries and citizens groups.
Founded in 1937, the New York Planning Federation is a statewide, member-supported non-profit. Its mission is to promote sound planning, land use and zoning practice in New York State which fosters orderly growth and development, balanced with the protection of natural resources. It is the only State organization that targets its training to planning boards and zoning boards of appeal. In addition to its annual conference, the NYPF offers members on-line training, municipal and regional workshops, publications, a newsletter and an informational website, www.nypf.org.
Five Area Leaders Appointed to Community Foundation Board of DirectorsThe Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan recently named new officers and new directors to its Board of Directors for 2013.
Officer Appointments for 2013:
Derrik R. Wynkoop, President and CEO of Walden Savings Bank, as President. William Bratton, Financial Management Consultant at WJB Consulting, as Vice President - Finance. Dottie Fein, Community Volunteer, as Vice President of Development - Orange County. Tim McCausland, Senior VP, Chief Strategy Officer of Orange County Trust Company, as Vice President of Development - Sullivan County. Josh Sommers, President & CEO of Focus Media, as Vice President - Distribution. Jack Berkowitz, Jack Berkowitz, CPA, as Treasurer. Michael Bonura, Bonura Hospitality Group, as Assistant Treasurer. Katharine Fitzgerald, Community Volunteer, as Secretary.
New Directors for 2013 are:
Michelle A. Koury, MD, Chief Operating Officer at Crystal Run Healthcare, one of the fastest growing multi-specialty group practices in the country with over 300 providers in 15 practice locations in Orange and Sullivan Counties. A board certified internist, she also served as Medical Director of Crystal Run Healthcare from 2002-2008. She is active with the American Medical Group Association and the Orange County Chamber of Commerce, and has served as the Corporate Hero for the Hudson Valley Arthritis Walk. She resides in Goshen with her husband Craig, and children Jack and Maggie.
Wayne V. Zanetti, President and CEO of Jeff Bank, since 2010. Zanetti, a native of Grahamsville, has been in banking since 1973, having risen through the ranks of various banks, holding titles such as VP Operations and Chief Operations Officer. He resides in Grahamsville with his wife Mary, and is active in many Sullivan County nonprofit organizations, including Sullivan ARC Foundation, Daniel Pierce Library, Emerald Corporate Center of Economic Development, and the Town of Neversink Ethics Committee.
Bonnie J. Orr, CPA, shareholder of Judelson, Giordano & Siegel, CPA, PC. Orr began her career in public accounting in 1981, and specializes in the complex areas of estates and trusts, providing tax and accounting advice to a wide range of closely held businesses. She currently serves as an officer and board member of several local charities, and is past president of the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council. She is a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the NY State Society of CPAs. She resides in Middletown with her husband, Jim and two sons, James and Tommy.
Richard J. Shapiro, J.D., partner with Blustein, Shapiro, Rich & Barone, LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning, elder law, special needs planning, asset protection and business planning. He has been a lecturer for national estate and elder law programs, and is active in numerous community activities, including Wallkill East Rotary and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council. He served on the board of directors for Orange Regional Medical Center for 12 years which included serving as chairman from 2006-2008. He resides in Goshen with his wife, Terri Small, and children Emily and Aaron.
Dr. Michele R. Winchester-Vega, owner, Dr. Michele Winchester-Vega & Associates, providing clinical and psychotherapy services with 11 associate clinicians. With a master's degree in social work, she has spent over 25 years in clinical training and teaching, with an emphasis on dependent and co-dependent persons and their families, and single pregnant teens and at risk youths. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Athena Award and Tribute to Women of Achievement for her fundraising efforts that have raised over $1 million for charities such as Kidz4causes and Nora Cronin Presentation Academy, among others. She lives in the Town of Newburgh with husband Felix and daughter Natasha.
Other Directors of the Foundation include:
Jay Anthony (QLT Consumer Lease Services), John M. Davies (Riverside Bank), Ed Devitt (Devitt Management), Eric Fuentes (Orange & Rockland Utilities), Gerald N. Jacobowitz (Jacobowitz & Gubits LLP), Philip Guarnieri (Empire State Bank), Susan D. Najork (Community Volunteer), Andrew Pavloff (Knack, Pavloff & Company, LLP), Ray Quattrini, (Raymond J. Quattrini, Inc.), Gerald J. Skoda (Skoda Enterprises, Inc.), RJ Smith (RJ Smith Realty/Real Estate Solutions, Joe Vanderhoof (Times Herald-Record), and Todd Whitney (Elant, Inc.).
Outgoing officers thanked for their service as directors:
Tom Sullivan, Ray Heuchling, Ann Barber Smith, Steven L. Tarshis, Sandy Leonard, and the Honorable Anthony T. Kane.
The primary goal of the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life by offering uniquely personal service, local knowledge and professional investment and grant making expertise that help donors make a lasting difference through their giving. "As my year as president of the board of directors of the Community Foundation begins, I thank the entire board of directors, past and present, for what you do to contribute to the greater good of our community," said Derrik R. Wynkoop. "We are extremely fortunate to have many community-minded citizens lend us their talents in cultivating and managing charitable endowment funds that will benefit our communities forever," added Karen VanHouten Minogue, Executive Director.
Hospice of Rockland (UHR) Received $10,000 from the Swim Across America
United Hospice of Rockland's (UHR) Director of Development Lanie Etkind has announced that UHR recently received a check for $10,000 from Swim Across America. The check represents funds raised during the 2nd Annual Swim for Hospice, hosted by the Town of Clarkstown at Germonds Pool in West Nyack in July. The 3rd Annual Swim for Hospice will be scheduled during the summer of 2013. During the event, swimmers of all ages will swim either 1 mile or 1/2 mile.
In addition, teams of friends and family will participate as groups, some in honor or in memory of an individual. Swim Across America, Inc., [SAA] is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events. With the help of hundreds of volunteers nationwide and past and current Olympians, SAA is helping find a cure for cancer through athleticism, community outreach and direct service. Swim Across America began as a grassroots organization with events developing organically. Now, those events raise hundreds of thousands of dollars - and money raised is still given to local beneficiaries, which happen to be some of the best in the world. SAA is nationwide and bringing Swim Across America events to the whole country, from coast to coast.
The SAA community is made up of swimmers, friends, parents, sons and daughters, teachers, coaches and the well - meaning. Many of the most loyal supporters aren't swimmers, but honor family and friends by donating, volunteering, or by helping raise money Ã�Â¨When time matters most, United Hospice of Rockland, Inc. (UHR), provides care, comfort and improved quality of life to individuals affected by serious illness and offers compassionate support to families and members of the community. UHR is a leader among health and human services organizations in improving the provision of care to patients as well as serving as a resource for palliative care, bereavement support, and information about end of life issues.
Founded in 1988, United Hospice of Rockland is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and meets the Standards for Charity Accountability of the Better Business Bureau, Inc. For more information, call 845 634-4974, write to United Hospice of Rockland, 11 Stokum Lane, New City, NY 10956, visit www.hospiceofrockland.org <http://www.hospiceofrockland.org> or fax to 845 634-7549.
Hudson Valley Philanthropists Honored
The Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals celebrated National Philanthropy Day by honoring six individuals and organizations for their impact on the community. The event drew over 150 high level fundraising professionals from Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland and Sullivan counties.
Philanthropic Leaders Honored:
The day began with educational presentations by Changing Our World, NY Council of Nonprofits, and The Osborne Group, Inc. followed by an awards luncheon at the Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. This is the sixth year the National Philanthropy Day luncheon has been held in the Mid-Hudson Valley.
This year's top philanthropists are: Sandy Arteaga (Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer), Stewart's Shops (Corporate Philanthropy), Sue Sywetz Sullivan (Outstanding Fundraising Professionals), Dutchess Community College Student Government Association (Outstanding Collegiate Philanthropy), Natasha Vega (Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy), Frederick Osborn III and Anne Todd Osborn (Outstanding Philanthropist). Each has made a difference to non-profit organizations in the Hudson Valley from a local corporation contributing over $16 million to local non-profit programs, to teenagers raising over $107,000 to support children and young adults around the world. Event organizers say it's important to give thanks to those who make an impact on the community, regardless of the size of their organization.For more information about the AFPMHV contact Sally Cross at 845-430-5524 or email@example.com.
Host the 2013 Sullivan County Garden Tour!
SullivanArc and Sullivan Renaissance are looking for a community to help host the Annual SullivanArc Garden Tour on Saturday, June 29, 2013. This is an opportunity for a chamber of commerce, service organization or community group to feature its area in a widely publicized and popular event.
Each annual tour features approximately eight private flower gardens that are opened to the public for one Saturday during the summer. About 100 tour-goers arrive throughout the day by chartered coach bus and individual vehicles. The host organization works with SullivanArc and Sullivan Renaissance to select gardens and promote the tour.
The 2012 tour featured gardens in and around the Hamlet of Roscoe and was cosponsored by the Rockland-Roscoe Chamber of Commerce. It ended with a wine and cheese reception at the Tennanah Lake Golf and Tennis Club. The 2011 tour presented gardens along the Route 17 corridor and finished with a reception at Bashakill Vineyards in Wurtsboro. The 2010 tour was in western Sullivan County and ended at ECCE Bed and Breakfast in Barryville.
The event is a benefit for SullivanArc. It provides a fun, inspirational and educational experience for garden admirers and enthusiasts, while enhancing the reputation of a community. Volunteers are available to assist at each garden if needed.
To have a community considered, a representative should inquire about the requirements from Kathleen Capozzoli at Sullivan Renaissance, firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-295-2452. A host community will also be chosen for 2014. For information about SullivanArc, contact 845-796-1350 ext. 1050
SullivanArc is a not-for-profit agency dedicated to providing support and services to over 850 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and to their families. Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.
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