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Daily Hudson Valley News http://www.hvinsider.com/articles Online news source for the Mid Hudson Region Fri, 01 May 2015 05:10:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 New York State Police Charge Girlfriend of Missing Kayaker With Murder http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/new-york-state-police-charge-girlfriend-of-missing-kayaker-with-murder/ Fri, 01 May 2015 05:08:02 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16806 The New York State Police at Montgomery and the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announce the arrest of Angelika Graswald, age 35, from Poughkeepsie, NY, for Murder in the Second Degree, a class A-1 Felony.

On Sunday evening, April 19, 2015, State Police responded to a report of a missing kayaker on the Hudson River. At approximately 7:40 p.m., Angelika Graswald contacted Orange County 911 and reported that she and her fiancé, Vincent Viafore, both of Poughkeepsie, NY, were kayaking on the Hudson in between Plum Point and Bannerman’s Island. Graswald reported to 911 that Viafore’s kayak capsized due to choppy waters and she could not locate him in the river.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, State Police Investigators who had been pursuing leads in this case developed enough information to charge Graswald with intentionally causing the death of Viafore.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding the murder remain ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact the New York State Police at 845-457-1388 or send information to ftips@troopers.ny.gov

Graswald was arraigned in the Town of New Windsor Court before the Honorable Richard W. Thorpe and remanded to Orange County Jail without bail.

The body of Vincent Viafore has yet to be located and efforts to locate him remain ongoing.  The New York State Police are seeking the assistance of the boaters, hikers and fisherman on both sides of the Hudson in locating Mr. Viafore’s body and preserving the discovery area for any possible forensic evidence that might exist.  If the body is located within the water, the New York State Police are asking to be contacted immediately so that Forensic Investigators can respond.


Graswald murder charge


Representatives from Orange AHRC speak to NYS Assemblymembers http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/representatives-from-orange-ahrc-speak-to-nys-assemblymembers/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:58:17 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16803 Orange AHRC’s Director of Residential Services, Kevin Larragy, Advocate Stephen Muller, Executive Director Christopher Fortune and Assistant Executive Director Darrin Raynor visited with Assemblyman Karl Brabenec and Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther recently in the New York State Assembly Chambers in Albany for Legislative Action Day to speak about issues facing organizations serving people with developmental disabilities. Orange AHRC advocated for the need for a cost of living salary increase for Direct Support Professionals, changes and expansion of the Nursing Practice Act which assists people to live independently, and funding for Direct Support Professional training.

Every day, Orange AHRC’s 750 employees provide advocacy and services for more than 2,000 people of all ages living in Orange County who have developmental disabilities. Services include developmental screening and evaluation, early intervention, preschool, daycare, education for grades K-12, adult day habilitation and life skills enhancement, community employment and volunteerism, residential and clinical services, Medicaid service coordination, family respite, recreation, transportation, and autism services. For more information please visit www.orangeahrc.org.

Orange AHRC with Karl Brabenec and Aileen Gunther



Comedians Rich Vos and Bonnie McFarlane at Sugar Loaf http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/comedians-rich-vos-and-bonnie-mcfarlane-at-sugar-loaf/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:48:27 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16802 Comedian Rich Vos – Screenwriter and Producer of documentary film “Women Aren’t Funny” and co-host of wildly popular SiriusXM Radio show, “My Wife Hates Me” – will perform live at The Pavilion at Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center on April 10, 2015 with his wife and partner in crime, Bonnie McFarlane.  McFarlane also wrote and Directed “Women Aren’t Funny”, and co-hosts “My Wife Hates Me” (she’s the wife!).  Rich Shultis from the WPDH Morning Show will host the event.

Best known from NBC’s hit reality show “Last Comic Standing,” Rich Vos is one of the most exciting and broadest headlining comedians in the country.  Back Stage Magazine says of Vos, “He has an uncanny ‘Everyman’ ability to likeably bond with anyone in the audience…” The excitement of a Rich Vos show stems from his unique, no-holds-barred perspective on relationships, divorce and parenthood.  Vos pulls no punches when it comes to comedy. On many occasions, he will deliver some of the quickest crowd banter, leaving audiences not knowing what to expect next.

Vos is a “comic’s comic” who is quick, off-the-cuff and appeals to all types of audiences, best represented by his extensive resume of television and radio appearances. He has two Comedy Central Half-Hour Specials and appeared in two other Comedy Central specials. He was a regular guest on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and has been a regular guest on The Opie and Anthony Show” for the past 10 years.  Vos has appeared on HBO, Showtime, Starz, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, NBC’s American Dreams and The View.  He is also a regular on the Joy Behar Show, has made three appearances at the Apollo, four appearances on BET, and was the first white comic to perform on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam. He also wrote for the 2005 Oscars, and has appeared on and written for many roasts.

Comedian Bonnie McFarlane got her start in comedy by winning The Search for Canada’s Funniest New Comic.  McFarlane has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.  She appeared as a panelist on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld and as one of Dr. Katz’s patients on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.  In 2004, she appeared on season two of the NBC reality show Last Comic Standing.   In 2005, she had her own HBO One Night Stand special. In 2008, she had her own Comedy Central Presents half-hour special.  She is also one of the hosts of the Nickelodeon show NickMom Night Out.  McFarlane makes occasional appearances on the Opie and Jim radio program, with her husband on SiriusXM Radio.

McFarlane wrote and directed the film, Women Aren’t Funny, which was previewed at Caroline’s on Broadway in November 2012. The film was released in August 2014.

Vos and McFarlane have both worked with comedy icons the likes of Wanda Sykes, Joy Behar, Sarah Silverman, Rosie O’Donnell, Lisa Lampanelli, Chris Rock, Artie Lange, and Tom Arnold.

Rich Vos and Bonnie MacFarlane

Friday, April 10th at 8:00pm

Tickets: $23.00, general admission plus $2.00 facility fee

Tickets are on sale now at the Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, charge by phone 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com

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Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1528217294105847/


Applications Being Accepted For Leadership and Youth Leadership Dutchess http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/applications-being-accepted-for-leadership-and-youth-leadership-dutchess/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:39:56 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16801 Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership, the signature programs run by The Chamber Foundation, Inc. are accepting applications for their 2015-16 classes.  Forms are available online at ChamberFDN.org.  All applications must be received by June 5.

Leadership Dutchess is proud to be celebrating its 27th year of educating and motivating aspiring citizens to serve in leadership roles within our community.  This prestigious leadership program is designed to foster the development of a group of professionals who grow and learn together over a nine-month period.  Leadership Dutchess sessions are held once per month September – June and all course work contributes to the knowledge and understanding of leadership.  Prominent individuals from the public and private sector, sharing their knowledge on real-world topics of leadership/ municipal concerns impacting the Hudson Valley Region, conduct each daylong session.

Youth Leadership is an innovative, two year leadership development program designed to develop the academic, social and life skills of area high school sophomores and juniors and focuses on giving these students out-of-the classroom leadership experiences. Students will have opportunities for substantive interaction with his or her peers, community based service organizations, institutions of higher education and professionals from local industry.  Sophomores will participate in Junior Achievement, working on the formation of their own classroom-based company including stock sales, product selection, and sales and marketing techniques while juniors will participate in college/real world preparation sessions about résumé writing, interview skills, college applications, paying for college and finance education.  Students will emerge from this dynamic program more confident and well rounded with improved leadership skills, a better understanding of themselves and their community, and developed skills and attitudes needed for success in college and life.

For more information about Leadership Dutchess and Youth Leadership, visit ChamberFDN.org or contact Nick Shannon, Executive Director of The Chamber Foundation at 845-454-1700 ext. 1026.

The Chamber Foundation, Inc. was established in 2002 to promote education and training programs for area youth and professionals with the goal of enhancing the future of economic growth in the Hudson Valley region. The Foundation’s mission is to provide educational opportunities for youth and the workforce, to build and strengthen personal and business capacity, develop leadership skills and foster a commitment to community service.  For more information, visit ChamberFDN.org.


Prom gowns earn a second chance to shine for local students http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/prom-gowns-earn-a-second-chance-to-shine-for-local-students/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:36:00 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16799 Mount Saint Mary College will soon offer high school students the opportunity to find the perfect, affordable prom dress.

The college is one of several institutions participating in Prom Fest, a program that collects gently used dresses donated by the community, and redistributes them for $10 each to prom-bound high school students

To donate a gently used prom dress, drop it off at the Mount’s Hudson Hall before March 20, 2015, or visit www.msmc.edu/promfest for a complete list of drop off locations.

Dresses will be available for purchase at the Mount’s Hudson Hall Auditorium, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y. on Saturday, March 28, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All proceeds from the sale go to the St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital Scholarship Fund.

For more information, call 845-569-3545 or visit www.msmc.edu


Newburgh Man Receives 14 year Prison Term For Robbery and Assault http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/newburgh-man-receives-14-year-prison-term-for-robbery-and-assault/ Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:29:11 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16798 Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Edgar Lugo, 22, of Newburgh was sentenced to 14 years in prison for having assaulted a man in Middletown with a knife during the course of a robbery.

On September 27, 2014, Lugo, and another man, separately charged Eric Martinez, 21, of Newburgh, robbed two men at knife point in the City of Middletown. During the course of the second robbery, Lugo stabbed his victim multiple times with a knife before stealing his cash and wallet. The victim was found in a pool of blood and was treated at Orange Regional Medical Center for life threatening injuries from which he subsequently recovered.

Martinez and Lugo were arrested by the City of Middletown Police Department. An Orange County Grand Jury charged both men with crimes including Assault in the First Degree and Robbery in the First Degree. Lugo was indicted on additional charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Assault in the First Degree. On January 8, 2015, Lugo pleaded guilty to Assault in the First Degree.  On February 10, 2015, Orange County Court Judge Jeffrey G. Berry sentenced Lugo to 14 years in state prison, and ordered him to pay $73,000 towards his victim’s medical bills.

Martinez pled guilty to Robbery in the First Degree on January 8, 2015, and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 25, 2015.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Middletown Police Department, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Newburgh Police Department for their investigation of the case and the quick apprehension of Lugo and Martinez.

“This was a particularly vicious attack which easily could have resulted in the loss of life.” said District Attorney Hoovler. “Any person who inflicts these types of injuries on someone merely to steal a few dollars is a danger to our community. I am gratified that this defendant has been sentenced to 14 years in prison. My Office will do everything in its power to see that those who commit violent crimes get what they deserve.”

Senior Assistant District Attorney Maryellen Albanese is assigned to the prosecution of these cases.


3 Hawaiian Life Lessons We Could All Use http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/3-hawaiian-life-lessons-we-could-all-use/ Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:04:59 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16797 Island Time is not the timetable for me, even though I hate waking up before 8 a.m. and I haven’t had a set schedule in over five years. Whale watching plans in Costa Rica a few years back were altered because the guys running the show were just so very blasé about it all. Aside from my seasickness, whale watching was great, except we didn’t get to go snorkeling or voyage through a cave all because of the resulting time crunch. Of course I decided to go with the flow, but deep down I still wasn’t thrilled with the outcome.

That said, used to love working for a Hawaiian client, a wedding photographer whose lifestyle I got to dive into every day as I managed his social media. There’s still so little I know about the culture (“aloha” means “hello” and “goodbye,” right?), but I’m learning. While I admire the year-round perfect weather and the fact that work breaks are taken beachside, Hawaiian habits and perspectives are what really catch my attention. Here are the frames of mind that I hope to adopt even if I’ll always be a cynical New Yorker at heart:

Create a Dream Routine

When my cousin was moving back home to Westchester from San Diego, he said to me, “Palm trees and sunshine don’t fix everything.” If you follow the routine that many Hawaiians do, though, and plan your day around the things you love, I have a sneaking suspicion that beach days could solve a lot of life’s problems. You may not love surfing and sunbathing, but whatever your “thing” is, building the rest of your life around it will make you happier.

Get Out!

Pearl Jam’s credo that “nature has its own religion” has always been one of my favorite quotes. In Hawaii, nature is faith, therapy, leisure, exploration, play – you name it. In essence, nature is something to be worshiped because it’s just so darn gorgeous there; Hawaiians go outside for the uncomplicated task of just being outside. As I stare out my office window on this sunny day, I can’t help but ask myself what I’m doing with my time.

Less is Best

“Nobody here wears socks,” a Hawaii-based friend told me once. “Everyone either wears flip flops or they go barefoot.” Simplified is a perfect way to describe the Hawaiian lifestyle. Everything’s trimmed down, from clothing and how much you pack in your beach bag to drama. Freedom beats excess any day.


Lindsay Pietroluongo is a full-time freelance writer in the Hudson Valley. Her work has appeared in the Poughkeepsie Journal and Chronogram magazine. Lindsay also writes business content and marketing materials for professionals through her boutique writing company Poison Apple Ink and runs a lifestyle blog And the Pursuit. Visit Lindsay on the Rocks to learn more. Lindsay can be seen on Hudson Valley Insider each Thursday under the Lifestyle section.


The House-Life Connection http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/the-house-life-connection-2/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 14:21:51 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16795 If you want do get an overview of a person’s life, check out their personal space. The way a person lives in their home is a reflection of their life. We can have good days and bad days. Those days can even stretch out over a period of time.

Is everything neat and orderly or chaotic and messy? This will give you a sign of how the person moves through life. If you feel stuck, look around you. If you feel you are being smothered from all the things you don’t seem to get to, try getting to them. You will start to feel better and you may find your life start getting unstuck. I call this the ripple effect.

If this topic resonates with you, check out the information for the House-Life Connection class at The Desmond Campus in Newburgh (details below). I will be presenting on how to create change in your life by creating change in your home this Thursday, February 12. Topics to be discussed: Feng Shui and clearing the energy of your home.

Upcoming classes:
“House-Life Connection” — 1-3 p.m. Feb 12, Mount Saint Mary College, Desmond Campus, 6 Albany Post Rd, Newburgh. 1 session, $20. Call the Desmond @ 845-565-2076 or online at http://www.msmc.edu/Academics/Community_Education


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Orange County Protects Glenmere Reservoir http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/orange-county-protects-glenmere-reservoir/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:21:01 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16792 Orange County Executive Neuhaus signs law preserving 95 additional acres of water source’s property

County Executive Steve Neuhaus announced that Orange County has protected an additional 95 acres on the Glenmere Lake grounds in order to improve public water quality and preserve a delicate natural habitat. On February 5, at the county executive’s request, the legislature voted unanimously to remove the acreage from public sale and retain it for county purposes. A 2010 Orange County law authorized that delinquent tax properties could be removed from public sale after the county forecloses on the property and prior to auction if the land was determined to be of benefit to municipalities. Orange County currently owns approximately 695 acres in the Glenmere Preserve extending across the towns and village of Warwick, Chester, and Florida as well as the hamlet of Sugar Loaf. The 95 acres is located entirely within the Town of Warwick.

According to the Department of Environmental Conservation, the lake is the state’s largest habitat for the endangered Northern cricket frog. The reservoir serves as the sole water supply for the Village of Florida in addition to customers in the Town of Goshen including Valley View nursing home, the county jail, the Emergency Services Center, and the Department of Social Services. Eighty-five percent of the county’s land area is only served by individual private wells.

“By acquiring these additional 95 acres, Orange County protects a critical habitat and ensures the quality of a major water supply. I applaud the legislature’s decision to act unanimously to save another piece of Glenmere Lake,” said Neuhaus.

In December Neuhaus announced an agreement with the Open Space Institute to preserve 398 acres of previously vacant land in the Town of Chester in order to safeguard an important aquifer recharge area and open up miles of new hiking trails for county residents. A map of the 95-acre parcel provided by the Orange County Real Property Tax Service is attached.

Glenmere Reservoir



Newburgh Police Make Three Arrests After Attempted Armed Robbery http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/newburgh-police-make-three-arrests-after-attempted-armed-robbery/ Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:15:39 +0000 http://www.hvinsider.com/articles/?p=16791 The City of Newburgh Police made three arrests in connection with an armed attempted robbery that occurred on February 4,2015 at approximately 7:00 pm in the area of 335 Ann Street.

The victim, a female resident of the City of Newburgh, was walking in the area when two juvenile suspects and 17 year old suspect began to walk by her. As the suspects walked passed the victim one of the suspects struck the victim in the head from behind causing her to fall to the ground. The suspects demanded the victim’s property and kicked and punched the victim as she was on the ground. When the victim did not give up her property, one of the juvenile suspects pulled a knife and cut the victim on the head. The suspects were unable to get the victim’s property and fled the area on foot.

Responding officers observed the suspects in the area of Ann Street and South Robinson Avenue and attempted to stop the suspects. The two female suspects stopped but the male suspect fled from Police on foot. Officer William Lahar was able to apprehend the juvenile male suspect after a brief foot pursuit. The 17 year old female and juvenile female were detained by other responding officers without incident.

During the arrest processing officers learned the juvenile male had an active warrant out the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. He was charged with attempted robbery in the second degree and was turned over to Orange County Sheriff’s Office for processing on the warrant. The juvenile female was charged with attempted robbery in the second degree and released into the custody of her legal guardian. The 17 year old female was charged with attempted robbery in the second degree and held pending her arraignment.

The names, addresses and photographs of the suspects are not being released, because of their ages.