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Speedway honors first responders and remembers 9/11

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KAUNEONGA LAKE, NY — Nineteen years ago, the nation suffered a devasting attack when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners, crashing two of them into New York City’s Twin Towers and another into the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

The fourth, United Airlines Flight 93, was taken over by courageous passengers who tragically perished retaking control of the craft. It fell out of the sky into a field in Somerset County, PA before the hijackers could crash it into its intended target.

On Saturday, September 12, Bethel Motor Speedway (BMS) continued its annual tradition of a first responders salute presented on the track during intermission between practice sessions, hot laps and the evening’s schedule of races.

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J.C. Penney Will Remain Open in Poughkeepsie Longer Than Expected

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It looks like customers in the Hudson Valley will have more time to shop at J.C. Penney.

The national department store chain announced in June that they would be shutting down their location in the Poughkeepsie Galleria. In 2015 the retail company closed its store at the Hudson Valley Mall in Kingston. Since then, there have been numerous closings and layoffs across the country, including the shuttering of the Palisades Center location in 2017. Now, with the Poughkeepsie Galleria location closing, the only store left will be in Middletown at the Galleria at Crystal Run.

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DC Ranked Among Best in Nation for Technology Use During COVID-19

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Dutchess County has been ranked among the best in the nation for its innovative technology used during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2020 Digital Counties Survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government and the National Association of Counties has ranked Dutchess County as the number two mid-sized county government for its use of technology.

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Snooki Announces She’s Opening a Store in Dutchess County

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The star of MTV’s Jersey Shore announced on Wednesday that she’s opening up a boutique in Dutchess County.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is best known for her involvement in the 2009 MTV reality series that followed a group of partygoers spending a wild and crazy summer in Seaside Heights, NJ. The train wreck of a show became an instant hit and wound up running for six glorious seasons. Before gaining notoriety for her over-the-top antics as the self-proclaimed “Poughkeepsie Princess,” Snooki actually grew up across the river in the quite community of Marlboro.

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9/11 observances in Dutchess County Friday

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As have been so many things in the past six months, Friday’s 9/11 observances promise to be different around the mid-Hudson Valley.

Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, in which gatherings have been discouraged and social distancing encouraged, there will be fewer ceremonies around the region, with some going virtual, allowing for residents to observe the 19th anniversary of the attacks from home.

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18 Mid-Hudson Valley Seniors Are Merit Semifinalists

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MID-HUDSON VALLEY, NY — Students in the mid-Hudson Valley have been named semi-finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. The semi-finalists announced on Wednesday are among 16,000 high-school seniors who will go on to compete for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million.

According to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 90 percent of the semi-finalists will be named as finalists. Of those, about half will win a scholarship.

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Hudson Valley showing pause in COVID cases

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ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday announced that New York State’s COVID-19 hospitalizations have dropped to 410—a new low since March 16. The state’s COVID-19 infection rate has been less than 1 percent for 30 straight days. The number of new cases, the percentage of tests that were positive, and many other data points are always available at

“We know based on experience that an incremental, data-driven reopening is the best way to protect the health and safety of all New Yorkers. As this virus continues to be a national crisis, it’s clear that caution is a virtue, not a vice,” Governor Cuomo said. “Our infection rate has been below 1 percent for 30 days, and New Yorkers can help us keep that streak going by wearing masks, socially distancing and washing their hands. Our actions today determine the rate of infection tomorrow, so as the Labor Day weekend continues, I urge everyone to be smart so we don’t see a spike in the weeks ahead.”

Sunday’s data is summarized briefly below:

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County to Honor COVID-19 First Responders and Frontline Workers with Free Drive-in Movie Event

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Poughkeepsie, NY … Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced today the County will host a free movie event, “Thanks to the Heroes,” on Wednesday, September 23rd to thank first responders and frontline workers for their unwavering work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Overlook Drive-In, located at 126 DeGarmo Road in Poughkeepsie, will screen the Academy Award-winning 1985 hit film “Back to the Future;” gates will open at 7 p.m., with the movie beginning at approximately 7:45 p.m. Space for this rain-or-shine event is limited to the first 350 cars; first responders, frontline workers and their families are urged to arrive early to ensure their parking space.

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New Dashboard Will Show COVID-19 Cases From Every New York School

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New York officials created a new dashboard that will inform residents of the number of people who test positive for COVID-19 in each school.

On Thursday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that all New York school districts will be required to provide the New York State Department of Health with daily data on the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in each school beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.

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The Hudson Valley Welcomes 9 New Businesses This Summer

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As businesses have closed throughout the Hudson Valley largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we want to celebrate the new ones that have opened.

Supporting local businesses is more important now than ever. So many businesses have sadly closed in the Hudson Valley this year. Our community has said goodbye to 25 eateries alone this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic has completely destroyed local businesses and it’s really sad. But not all is bad.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nine new businesses have opened their doors in the Hudson Valley. It’s incredible and I wish these businesses so much success. The best way to guarantee their success is to support local. Take a look at all of the new businesses in the Hudson Valley below:

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