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Connecticut Residents Fly Into Wappingers Falls For Breakfast

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It’s not often you fly somewhere for breakfast but that’s exactly what several Connecticut residents did recently when they flew into Dutchess County for an early meal.

A recently posted YouTube video taken just before the pandemic set in shows four friends as they take off from Plainfield, Connecticut, and land at Hudson Valley Regional Airport in Wappingers Falls.

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Historic upstate New York prison cemetery being used again for coronavirus-related fatalities

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In a wooded area behind the Beacon High School tennis courts near Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York is a burial ground with rows of headstones of the same size and shape, spaced apart with military precision.

The relatively unknown plot — a late 19th-century cemetery that once belonged to the now-shuttered Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane — has seen the burials of hundreds of people, beginning with those committed to the infamous asylum and later those imprisoned at Fishkill.

During the coronavirus outbreak, the historic site near North Elm St. and Tilden Ave. in Beacon continues to serve the same purpose it did 128 years ago: As a final resting place for the unclaimed remains of people who die behind bars.

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New York Earns Near Failing Grade For Social Distancing

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Despite parts of New York reopening, it appears New Yorkers aren’t doing a good job of social distancing.

Unacast uses data from cell phones to create a Social Distancing Scoreboard. Unacast figures out the scoreboard by tracking cellphones to see how much we are traveling now compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While much is still unknown about COVID-19, it’s clear social distancing is widely agreed to be an effective way of slowing the spread, and a containment strategy advised by both the World Health Organization and the CDC,” Unacast writes on its website.

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9 Mysterious Happy Stump Sightings Across the Hudson Valley

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New smiling tree stumps continue to be spotted all over the Hudson Valley.

A mystery man is putting smiles and googly eyes on dead trees in the area and we can’t get enough of them. The Happy Stump phenomenon has been around for at least a year now. Most of the cases originally occurred west of the Hudson but they’ve been starting to pop up in Dutchess County in recent months.

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Face of region changed by virus

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MID-HUDSON – Interstate 84 in Orange County was virtually empty on Saturday except for a few tractor-trailer trucks. People in supermarkets were practicing social distancing and wore masks and gloves.

Some store shelves were full while others, like the paper goods, had limited supplies with signs stating only one item per customer.

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Which Local County is Doing The Best, Worst Social Distancing

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We’ve looked at the data to determine which county in the Hudson Valley is doing the best or the worst in terms of social distancing.

Last week, Google released its “COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports.” The company said it released the data because they heard from public health officials who said the information could be helpful as officials make critical decisions to fight COVID-19.

The reports chart movement trends over time by geography, across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential, according to Google.

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HV Business Offers a Message of Hope During Dark Times

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These are unprecedented times that we’re currently in. There’s no playbook to handle what we’re going through. Times may be tough but one local business displays a message of hope to local residents.

Non essential businesses have been shut down and there a lot of people out of work for an undisclosed amount of time. According to Business Insider, essential businesses include grocery stores, big box stores, pharmacies, banks, post offices, veterinarians and a few others.

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8 Hudson Valley Signs That Need To Be Retired or Repaired

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Your precious nostalgia aside these are historical landmarks. They’re billboards and they need some TLC. It is time to fix them up or move on. These are 8 signs in the Hudson Valley that are getting attention for not getting a lot of love throughout the years.

With so many tourists escaping large crowds and fleeing to the Hudson Valley it’s important that we look our best. That being said, there are a few signs on major road ways that could use an update.

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Coronavirus: Dutchess first responders adjust procedures for safety, quarantine as needed

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Sharing meals together has been a firefighter tradition for decades.

But for the last two weeks, the City of Poughkeepsie’s firefighters have kept their distance from each other. They’re also responding to fewer medical calls and increasing sanitation at the firehouses, according to city Fire Chief Mark Johnson.

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Gasoline prices fall and are likely to keep ‘going down like a rock’

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Average gasoline prices fell last week over fears about the coronavirus and are likely to keep falling in the wake of an unexpected plunge in the price of oil, said Monday.

Local averages Monday morning were $2.47 per gallon in Ulster County, down 5 cents from a week earlier; $2.63 in Dutchess County, down a penny; and $2.60 in Greene County, down 3 cents.

The statewide average Monday was $2.57 per gallon, down 4.6 cents from a week earlier, GasBuddy reported. The national average fell 6.3 cents per gallon, to $2.36.

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