Community Action Partnership (Aired on June 19, 2022)

Elizabeth Spira, CEO of the Community Action Partnership of Dutchess Country(CAP), visits Radio Rotary to describe the many programs that CAP offers to assist low-income residents with food, housing, energy needs, prescription medicine costs, and more. Community Action agencies originated as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” which began in 1964, and are an example of a federal program the works at the country or regional level. For those in need, CAP supplied 3 days of food (3 meals a day) at 4 locations in Dutchess County. For energy needs, not only is there financial help in buying fuel, but a weatherization offer that dramatically reduces fuel needs. The employment program helps seekers “Dress for Success” and prepare resumes.
Case workers help sort out the problems people face and find solutions to them. There is much more in this fascinating interview.

Learn More:
Community Action Partnership for Dutchess Country: https://www.dutchesscap.org/
History of Community Action: https://www.ncap.info/about/history/history-of-community-action.html

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Village of Tivoli Celebrates 150th Anniversary (Aired on June 12, 2022)

          

Tivoli is a quaint village on the Hudson River in northwest Dutchess County. Tivoli Mayor Joel Griffith visits Radio Rotary to tell about the village history, now in its 150th year since incorporation, and about the sesquicentennial celebration, which is based on the date in 1872 when Upper Red Hook Landing and the nearby village of Madalin were joined as the Village of Tivoli. Although the sesquicentennial observance will continue throughout 2022, the main events will be June 17, 18, and 19. This weekend will feature, among other activities, a “story slam,” the parade and block party (with music), and fireworks to wind up the events. Mayor Griffith, a lifelong Tivoli resident, is also a painter, whose series of seven paintings documenting the town, is permanently displayed in the village’s historic Watts de Peyster Hall. Tivoli is known for its art galleries andrestaurants as well as the Kaatsbaan International Dance Center.

Learn More:
Village of Tivoli: https://tivoliny.org/
Tivoli Sesquicentennial on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tivolisesqui
Joel Griffith, Painter: https://joelgriffithpainter.com/
Kaatsbaan Cultural Park: https://kaatsbaan.org/

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June 20, 2022 · Posted in Dutchess County, History ·  

Service Dogs for Children with Autism (Aired on June 5, 2022)

Radio Rotary co-host Jonah Triebwasser and producer Kathy Kruger interview two Red Hook Rotary Interactors about their project of raising a puppy for the Bluepath Service Dogs, an organization that supplied trained service dogs that work with autistic children ages 5 to 12. The sisters, who both are active in service projects for in Interact and the Girl Scouts, also volunteer for the local food pantry as well as being part of the school yearbook team and play alto saxophone in the jazz band. They often “puppy sit” for Bluepath service dogs during times when the dog’s owners are on trips or otherwise unavailable, but their main project has been raising a dog for the program, teaching the puppy to be sociable and follow commands. The adult dogs help their owners reduce stress. protect them during times their autism might endanger them and offer a way to more independent living.

Learn More:
Bluepath Service Dogs: https://www.bluepathservicedogs.org/
Interact Clubs: https://www.rotary.org/en/get-involved/interact-clubs
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/
ShelterBox USA: https://www.shelterboxusa.org/
Aquabox: https://www.aquabox.org/

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June 10, 2022 · Posted in Developmentally Disabled, Service Organizations ·  

Red Hook Middle School Does Shakespeare (Aired on May 29, 2022)

      

The Radio Rotary team interviews a half dozen members of the cast of Romeo and Juliet (Or Dating Game Gone Wrong), directed by Emily Haupt, a production of Red Hook’s Linden Avenue Middle School’s. The concept is that a frame story based on television’s Dating Game leads into Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers. The show was presented on June 4 and 5 in the new, professional auditorium at Red Hook High School. While some of the actors are new to live performances, others, although still in middle school, have been acting for years in camp productions and elsewhere. By double-casting some of the roles, the performance utilized the skills of abut twenty actors as well as other students working behind the scenes.

Learn More:
L.A.M.S. Romeo and Juliet: https://www.facebook.com/groups/344497695706336/search/?q=Romeo
Linden Avenue Middle School: https://www.redhookcentralschools.org/domain/152
Red Hook Central School District on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/redhookcsd/
Red Hook Rotary: https://www.redhookrotaryclub.org/

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June 5, 2022 · Posted in Education, Events, Youth ·  

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