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Beacon High School “Graduation Walk” Production

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BEACON – Jonathan Hibbert credits Beacon High School with changing his life for the better.

The soon-to-be graduate, smiling wide and clad in his blue graduation cap and gown Monday morning, cites the smaller class sizes and overall environment, along with individual approach, paying huge dividends on his overall focus and confidence. Hibbert, who came from a much larger district, spent the last couple years of his high school journey at Beacon High School, was one of 231 members of his BHS 2020 graduating class who got to walk across his home school’s Athletic Field stage and receive his diploma a little early this week. It was an event that once again provided that personalized, one-of-a-kind Beacon touch which Hibbert will treasure for many years to come.

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National Medical Reserve Corps Bestows Mentor Award on Dutchess County’s Joe Ryan

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Poughkeepsie, NY … As the current COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the nation like never before, communities like Dutchess County have mobilized their plans to safeguard the health and safety of their residents. The Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) of Dutchess County, for example, has stepped up to complement the County’s strategies; and Joe Ryan, the organization’s leader, has received national recognition for the MRC’s work to keep residents safe.

Coordinator of the MRC of Dutchess County with 22 years of service to Dutchess County in various positions, Mr. Ryan has received the Mentor Award from the national Medical Reserve Corps, sponsored by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The MRC Program Recognition Awards, including the Mentor Award, were presented during a special MRC Well Check Webinar on Tuesday, June 2nd.

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New Rules New Yorkers Must Follow at Hair Salons, Barbershops

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If you are itching for a haircut, New York officials released a number of new guidelines you and barbers must follow when hair salons are allowed to reopen from a COVID-19 shutdown, including customers wearing masks.

Hair salons and barbershops are allowed to reopen in New York once a region hits Phase 2. On Friday, five of New York’s 10 regions entered Phase 2 of the four-phased reopening plan. Two more regions are expected to hit Phase 2 by Wednesday. Next week, the Mid-Hudson Region and Long Island could enter Phase 2.

Below are guidelines hair salons, barbershops and customers must follow in order to reopen, according to New York State Forward:

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Dutchess County Public Transit resumes full service on Saturday, June 6

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County Public Transit will resume full bus service for all 13 fixed routes, as well as rail link services, this Saturday, June 6.

Extensive social distancing and cleaning protocols are in place to protect the health and safety of riders and drivers and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Bus fares for all services have been temporarily suspended for a pilot period to allow passengers to adjust to the various safety protocols.

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All for One group holds community food drive

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POUGHKEEPSIE — The “All for One” Food Drive Community Effort community initiative hosted a food drive outside of the Poughkeepsie Galleria on Sunday to provide groceries to Dutchess County families impacted by food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sarah Salem, director of Development for Dutchess Outreach, weighed in on the growing hunger crisis in the area.

“Even before this crisis in Dutchess County, 27,000 individuals were considered food insecure. That’s around nine percent of the population,” the chair said.

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Dutchess County Prepares for Restaurant Re-Openings

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Will communities close roads to make room for safe outdoor dining at restaurants? Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro says that this is something residents should expect to see once the county enters phase three of reopening.

In an interview on The Boris and Robyn Show on Monday morning, Molinaro indicated that the Hudson Valley is expected to reach phase two next Tuesday, June 9. The phase allows for barbershops, beauty salons and other personal care businesses to open. Molinaro said his interpretation of the state’s guidance also includes tattoo parlors, nail salons and other businesses not specifically mentioned in the order. On Monday night a spokesperson from the county executive’s office clarified Molinaro’s remarks, saying “tattoo and nail services are specifically listed in the state’s guidance… as services that are not included” in phase two.

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Another Hudson Valley Ruby Tuesday location has been permanently closed.

According to Business Insider, the popular restaurant chain has quietly closed 147 locations in the past four months. Already facing financial difficulties and struggling to keep up with changing trends in family dining, Ruby Tuesday had been shedding restaurants over the past few years. But now, in the middle of a global pandemic, the company is being forced to shut down even more locations.

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Fishkill names new town police chief

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FISHKILL – The Fishkill Town Board has named one of their current officers to head the police department.  Lieutenant Keith Dworkin has been with the department since 2013 and has been the acting “officer in charge” since January of this year with the retirement of Chief James Schepperley.

Dworkin has lived in Fishkill and the surrounding area all of his life and began his career as a police officer with the Town of East Fishkill in 1991.  The newly-named chief has had a 29-year career in law enforcement with tenure in several departments.  He retired from the New Castle Police Department in 2014.  Dworkin claims that he isn’t ready to retire because of a “Genuine love for the job.”

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Dutchess County continues nursing home resident testing

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POUGHKEEPSIE – Dutchess County is continuing to conduct COVID-19 tests on nursing home residents with four facilities completing testing and receiving results. Six other facilities are in the process of collecting and submitting samples for testing.

The results from the four facilities include:

  • 50 residents were tested at The Grand at Pawling with nine cases of COVID-19 identified.
  • 59 residents were tested at Northern Dutchess Residential Healthcare Facility with no COVID-19 positive cases.

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