Millbrook Schools Handle Shelter-in-Place (Aired on June 20 and 21, 2020)

Millbrook Rotarian Brian Fried, Assistant Superintendent for Business, Finance, and Operations at the Millbrook Central School District, visits RadioRotary to describe how the District is handling the dislocation of normal practices caused by the steps required by New York State to slow the spread of COVID-19. Schools in Dutchess County were all required to stop holding live classes in mid-March, with a significant amount of the school year unfinished. Among the steps that Mr. Fried describes are making sure that every student has broadband access and a computer so that they can participate with classes and in interactions with teachers or school psychologists; arranging with the cafeteria staff and drivers to see that 175 students under age 18 who need nutrition assistance get breakfast and lunch delivered 7 days a week; and maintaining school spirit with car parades and signs on the lawns of all graduating seniors, as well as planning a memorable graduation event. No one knows exactly what future problems must be faced, but this program reveals that the Millbrook Central Schools are getting ready for anything.

Learn more:
Millbrook Central School District: https://www.millbrookcsd.org/
Millbrook Rotary Club: https://millbrookrotary.org/
New York State on Pause: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-pause

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June 29, 2020 · Posted in Education, Nutrition, Youth  

New Autos at Poughkeepsie Show (Aired February 22 and 23, 2020)

Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club president Cristina Boryk and vice-president Mike Mullaney
join the cohosts at RadioRotary to tell mostly about the Hudson Valley Auto Show, now it its 10th year, and also about another event sponsored by their club in conjunction with Wappingers Rotary, A Cup of the Valley, a coffee and tea show now in its third year. The Auto Show is much like the new-model auto show in New York City, except that this array of new cars from eleven local dealers is at the Nesheiwat Convention Center (formerly mid-Hudson Civic Center) in downtown Poughkeepsie and is free. In addition to the new cars on display, there is entertainment for the whole family, including face-painting and balloon animals for children to enjoy while their parents contemplate about 60 or the latest Cadillacs, Toyotas, Hondas, Fords, Nissans, and so forth. A Cup of the Valley, a few weeks later, is at the Marriott Pavilion of the Culinary Institute of America, focuses on varieties of imported coffees and teas but also has various sweet treats to enjoy. There is an entrance fee that covers the food, music, and fun, including a Japanese Tea Ceremony and tea-leaf reading. Proceeds from both events are used to support community charities such as the Miles of Hope for breast cancer, the Poughkeepsie Children’s Home, Rebuilding America, and local parks.

Learn more
Hudson Valley Auto Show: https://dutchesstourism.com/event-view/24564/
Cup of the Valley Coffee and Tea Show: https://acupofthevalley.com/
Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/50045/clubinfo/poughkeepsie-south
Poughkeepsie South Rotary Club on Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/poughkeepsiesouth.rotaryclub/
Wappingers Rotary Club: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/2259

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March 17, 2020 · Posted in Events, Nutrition, Rotary Club Projects  

Sue Doyle’s Volunteer Projects (Aired December 21 and 22, 2019)

Sue Doyle of the Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary Club was given the 2019 Tansukh Dorawala
Humanitarian Award of Rotary District 7210 for her service to the community. This RadioRotary
Program covers some of the ways that Ms. Doyle, known to regular RadioRotary listeners as
the voice of Absolute Auction & Realty, works with other volunteers in several organizations.
Fishkill Food Pantry serves about 200 families in southern Dutchess Country and Cold Spring
with 5-day emergency meals, available once every 28 days. Their healthy food is provided in
part by the Food Bank of Dutchess County but mostly by local donations directly to the pantry in
downtown Fishkill. The Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) of Beacon is a no-kill refuge for dogs
and cats that stay until a family adopts the pet for a permanent home. Not only does ARF of
Beacon provide food and medicine for locally abandoned pets, it also collects unwanted dogs
and cats who otherwise would be killed from animal shelters across the country. In addition to
her work with the Fishkill Food Pantry and ARF of Beacon, Ms. Doyle has been an asset to the
Pleasant Valley Free Library by providing company trucks needed to move books, along with
her husband Rob Doyle will be honorary chair of the MARC Foundation 2020 Annual Dinner,
and helps her Rotary club bring assistance of Caramia Bacchiochi’s Hope on a Mission, which
provides meals each week for Poughkeepsie’s homeless population.

Learn more
Fishkill Food Pantry on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FishkillFoodPantry/
Animal Rescue Foundation of Beacon: https://www.arfbeacon.org/
ARF in Beacon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arfanimalrescue/
Poughkeepsie Arlington Rotary: http://rotary7210.org/arlington/index.html
MARC Foundation: https://marc-foundation.org/

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Dutchess Outreach Feeds the Needy (Aired on November 9 and 10, 2019)

RadioRotary welcomed two guests from Dutchess Outreach, the sprawling
organization that provides healthy food, good advice, emergency relief, and even
clothing needs for the needy in the County. Sarah Salem, the Director of
Development for Dutchess Outreach, explains the many services and the goals
of this catalyst for community revitalization, while Nyhisha Gibbs describes the
Children’s Coat Closet and the drive to provide warm clothing to those who lack
it. Dutchess Outreach has roots in a 1974 effort to provide emergency services
in Poughkeepsie and opened its first Food Pantry two years later. Since then the
services have expanded greatly, with the emphasis on providing healthy food
that is accessible even in “food deserts.” Recently Dutchess Outreach has
started farming to improve the supply of healthy food, a project that takes Sarah
Salem back to her own roots, since she became involved in Dutchess Outreach
from her experiences working at an organic farm.

Learn more:
Dutchess Outreach: http://dutchessoutreach.org/
Cranksgiving: http://www.cranksgiving.org/
Food Deserts in America: https://socialwork.tulane.edu/blog/food-deserts-in-america
Guardian Self-Storage: https://guardianselfstorage.com/

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November 21, 2019 · Posted in Children, Dutchess County, Events, Nutrition, Service Organizations  

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