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The Poughkeepsie Galleria Turned 33 This Week

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The Poughkeepsie Galleria celebrated a birthday this week. A lot of stores have come and gone. Which ones do you love and which ones do you really miss?

According to a post on the Poughkeepsie Galleria’s Instagram page, the mall opened up to the public on On August 4, 1987. They’ve been deeply rooted in the Hudson Valley for 33 years.

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Spirit of Beacon Day Going Virtual

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The list of virtual events keeps getting longer and longer.

Like most events that have been scheduled to take place over the last few months, the 43rd annual Spirit of Beacon Day has decided to take their celebration virtual this year due to COVID-19, according to their website.

Like many years past, Spirit of Beacon Day was set to be a huge celebration and parade that would head down main street in Beacon but with everything going on with COVID-19 this years spirit day will be a bit different.

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Vassar campus to be closed to visitors beginning August 8

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POUGHKEEPSIE – To help ensure the safety of students and local residents, Vassar College’s Poughkeepsie campus will be closed to visitors from August 8 through at least September 7, pending consultation with county health officials, President Elizabeth Bradley announced.

Students will begin arriving for the fall semester in staggered groups over a three-week period starting August 8. All students will be tested for the COVID-19 virus before they arrive, and they will be tested two additional times before classes begin, Bradley said. And, students from states on New York State’s travel advisory list will be required to quarantine for 14 days before being allowed to attend classes at Vassar.

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Bringing the Arts to Prison, Even During a Pandemic

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This March, the nonprofit Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) was in the middle of workshopping the play Midnight with the men incarcerated at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York. The team planned for a September production inside the facility to audiences both incarcerated there and invited guests from outside. But COVID-19 caused the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to suspend outside programming, everything from arts to college courses. RTA staff, teaching artists and the incarcerated members abruptly lost touch.

When it became clear that in-person collaboration was not likely to take place anytime soon, RTA got creative. The organization has spent the past four months developing paper lesson plans covering different art forms, which evolved into audio cassette lessons and will become DVD-led workshops this fall. While RTA staff admit it can’t replace in-person engagement, it’s become an effective model of maintaining prison programming as facilities across the country suspend outside visitation due to COVID-19.

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Stony Kill Pop Up Farm Shop

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The coronavirus pandemic has been hard on just about every person and every business here in the Hudson Valley. Non-profits are especially hurting because they’ve had to cancel so many fundraisers that they depend on to keep things going year after year. And shopping during the pandemic has not been easy either. It’s scary and risky. Well, here’s a win-win for you.

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Previous years, Dutchess County Office of the Aging (DCOA) would throw multiple picnics throughout the county to celebrate the seniors who lived here. In true fashion of move on and adapt, the DCOA, has made a commitment to continue to serve the senior residents of the county with the picnics, with a COVID 2020, twist.

This year the picnics are being held “Drive-Thru” style to help ensure the safety of our seniors, but still giving them the community connections and socialization that they crave.

Invitations were sent out to residents in the county over the age of 60. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling the Office for the Aging at (845) 486-2555 during business hours. For seniors over 60 the lunch is free, for those under the age of 60 there will be a small $8 fee.

Here is a list of locations of upcoming picnics:

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Hudson Valley Rita’s Location Permanently Closes

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Another business has permanently closed its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Sunday, August 2, the owner of the Rita’s Italian Ice location in Wappingers announced that it would be their last day of business. On Facebook, Dan Pizzarelli, the owner, said that Sunday, August 2 was the last day of business as there is too much strain from the world right now. They closed their doors at 9 p.m.

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DCC Cuts Tuition for High School Students

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A rendering of the plans for the DCC@Fishkill extension.

Dutchess Community College, which is part of the State University of New York system,  announced on July 31 that it will allow high school juniors and seniors and homeschooled students who are at least 16 years old to take classes this fall for a third of its standard tuition rate.

Students must be residents of Dutchess or Putnam counties, and the classes will take place remotely. The discount means credits from DCC will cost $60.67 each. Credits can be used at DCC if a student later attends after graduation or transferred to other schools.

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Dutchess comptroller improves county processes during COVID-19

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois has released an update on process improvements within the county and the comptroller’s office in response to the unprecedented challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

“While it has always been a priority of the comptroller’s office to streamline processes and reduce the reliance on paper and the redundancy of records, the identification of certain areas for improvement has been expedited as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” she said. “I will continue to reform accounting practices within the comptroller’s office and the county to modernize audit practices and payment processes.”

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