Pleasant Valley Library Rises from Ashes (Aired on August 9, 2020)

Daniela Pulice, Director of the Pleasant Valley Free Library, returns to the RadioRotary microphones to tell the co-hosts about the amazing progress the Library has made since the old building and collection were destroyed by fire on election day, 2018. Thanks to the generous gift of the use of a former grocery store by Pleasant Valley realtor Herb Redl, the Library was able to re-open in the donated quarters just three months after the fire, although it then had to close again for three months in 2020 due to COVID-19; but since June, 2020, has re- opened in the new space. The community has been generous to the organization that is central to its identity—donating some 25,000 books to replace the lost collection and a considerable amount of cash to build a new Library building on the old site. About $3 million is needed for rebuilding, and with insurance money, grants, and donations, the Library is more than two-thirds of way to reach that goal. Listen to the program to learn about the many activities and offerings available now and consider donating to the wonderful organization.

Learn more:
Pleasant Valley Library: https://pleasantvalleylibrary.org/
Pleasant Valley Library on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pleasantvalleylibrary/
Friends of the Pleasant Valley Library: https://www.facebook.com/FriendsofthePVLibrary/
Mid-Hudson Library System: https://midhudson.org/

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August 18, 2020 · Posted in Hudson Valley  

Honoring The Radio Rotary Team

The RadioRotary team honored Highland Rotarian Don Verity and Honorary Rotarian Jay Verzi for 10 years of supporting RadioRotary through more than 550 shows.
Don is the Market Manager of Pamal Broadcasting, home base of RadioRotary, while Jay is the show’s engineer.
Shown in the photo are RadioRotary Business Manager Tony Marmo, Board member Sue Dolye, co-hose Jonah Triebwasser, Don Verity, Board member and substitute co-host Dave Kruger and Producer Kathy Kruger.
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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Hudson Valley  

Italian-American Festival in Kingston (Aired On October 5 & 6, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Highland Rotarian Tony Marmo and Anna Palazzo Brett
about the annual Italian-American Festival on the Strand Walkway at the
Roundout in Kingston, NY, also known as the Kingston Waterfront. Ulster
Country, like much of the Hudson Valley, has a rich Italian heritage, much of it
stemming from the skilled masons and quarry workers imported to build the
mansions and dams throughout the Valley. The Festival celebrates this with
emphasis on the foods and music that came to American from Italy along with
the workers. The event is free, but the Ulster Italian-American Society realizes a
profit from the many vendors of all kinds who rent space at the Festival and from
several local sponsors such as the Reis Group of insurance brokers. The money
raised goes to good causes such as the several scholarships awarded to local
students who have an Italian heritage.

Learn more:
Ulster Country Italian American Foundation: http://www.ucitalianamericanfoundation.org/
Kingston, NY, Waterfront: http://thekingstonwaterfront.com/
American Italian Heritage Museum in Albany: http://www.americanitalianmuseum.org/
Reis Group: https://www.reisinsurance.com/
Highland Rotary: https://highlandrotaryclub.com/

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Hudson Valley  

Miles of Hope Aids Cancer Victims (Aired on September 28 and 29, 2019)

RadioRotary interviews Pari Farood, Executive Director of Miles of Hope, an
organization that provides aid and comfort to breast-cancer sufferers throughout
the nine counties of the Hudson Valley. Miles of Hope was founded in 2004 by
Dana Effron and Cathy Varunok who had already devoted themselves to raising
money for the fight against breast cancer but recognized that there needed to be
a more local organization. The name originates with the annual fall Breast
Cancer Walk at James Baird State Park in Dutchess Country, but there are
additional fundraising events throughout the year. With the money it raises, Miles
of Hope provides many services to improve the lives of persons with breast cancer ranging from help paying bills and for associated medical services to
college scholarships for students whose lives have been affected by the breast
cancer of a relative or friend. An important service is the peer-to-peer hotline
(800-532-4290) where those affected by breast cancer can exchange information
on how to deal with the problems that arise.

Learn more:
Miles of Hope: https://milesofhope.org/
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess County: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
New York State Breast Cancer Services: https://www.ny.gov/new-york-state-breast-cancer-programs/new-york-state-breast-cancer-services
Breast Cancer: https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/AboutBreastCancer.html

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October 16, 2019 · Posted in Events, Financial Aid, Health, Hudson Valley, Support Groups  

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