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Lap4life Youth Running Program Mentored by the NFA Cross Country Team

NEWBURGH (April 17) - This is the seventh year in which the Lap4Life Youth Running Program is being held at Chadwick Lake on Sunday evenings.   The program began in Late March and runs for 5 weeks.  The program is facilitated by the Founder of Lap4life, Maddalena Casabianca-Reade, and Lap4life committee members Goncalo Pinhiero and Chris Marino. We are excited to have the NFA Cross Country team mentor our program for the second year in a row.

Coaches Maddalena, Goncalo, and Chris volunteer their time, energy, love for running, and desire to focus on a fit young community to the program.  In 2019, over 20 children registered for the program.  Ages of children who participate in the program range from 5-12 years of age.  

The program focuses on teaching the mechanics of running, introducing cardiovascular exercises, stretching, and endurance when running longer distances. This training is done in a fun, healthy atmosphere.  Having the NFA Cross Country Team mentor the students again this year is such a wonderful addition to our program. They are setting an example of true leadership in our community.  It is a way for the Cross Country Team to get involved in community service while teaching the youth about a sport they feel passion toward, Running!  The foundation strives to bring the great Newburgh community together.  By working with the NECSD school district teachers, coaches, students and families, Lap4life is embodying the mantra of “WE ARE ONE”.    Having the Youth volunteer for a local community cause is heartwarming.  Lap4life is proud to uphold the Goldback Standard by affording its youth this phenomenal experience. If more students volunteer and give back, they will grow into adults who will do the same. 

Family members are encouraged to join in on the workout.   The coaches feel children will exercise more if the family joins in.  Running is the basis for most sports and it is an exercise you can do anywhere.  It is important to instill a healthy lifestyle at a young age and that is what this program strives to do.  All funds raised are directly donated to the Lap4life foundation.  Register at the Town of Newburgh Recreation Department. 

Lap4Life is a non-profit organization focusing on Desmoid Tumor research and Organ Donation. Lap4Life was started out of a sister’s love for her brother. Founder, Maddalena Casabianca-Reade started the foundation as a way to do something to support her brother, Dr. Angelo Casabianca who was battling a rare tumor, a Desmoid tumor from the age of 30.  Angelo proudly walked in the first Lap4Life event in June 2009.  He lost his battle six months later at the age of 39.  The Lap4Life event continues in his memory the third Saturday of each June at Chadwick Lake Park, in Newburgh, NY.  

There is a desperate need for continued research into the biology and treatment of Desmoid Tumors. Organ donation requires continued research to find new ways to improve outcomes for recipients, and just as importantly needs more awareness for potential donor registration, especially here in the Hudson Valley.

Please join the Lap4Life Foundation at the 11th Annual Lap4Life Run / Walk on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in memory of Dr. Angelo Casabianca.  It will be held at Chadwick Lake, in Newburgh, NY.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation and the New York Organ Donor Network. 


DCC Foundation Gala honors four

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Dutchess Community College Foundation’s annual Gala – Our Community’s Bridge to the Future - was held March 30 at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie. The event drew about 350 guests to honor four and raised almost $220,000 for educational initiatives.

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union Assistant Vice President Lisa Morris and Williams Lumber & Home Centers owner Sandy Williams were inducted into the DCC Alumni Hall of Fame, while The Council of Industry received the College’s Bridge to the Future Award and Employment and Labor Consultant and distinguished volunteer Carol Gordon received the Bernard Handel Community Leadership Award.

L-R: Carol Gordon, Harold King, Jim Fedorchak ‘Pamela Edington, Lisa Morris and Sandy Williams

Morris (’85) has worked in marketing and public relations for many industries including financial services, manufacturing and engineering. At Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union she is responsible for all PR efforts, financial literacy programs, community outreach and government relations.  

Williams (’60) runs one of the largest independently owned home center chains in the northeast with eight locations employing over 250 people. He has earned the Lumber Person of the Year award from the NRLA Mid-Hudson Lumber Dealer Association and the Poughkeepsie Journal’s Business Person of the Year award.

Gordon, an accomplished executive who owns a consulting firm, has served on over a dozen not-for-profit boards and committees including the Dutchess Community College Foundation Board of Directors, The Art Effect Advisory Board, the Half Moon Theatre Board of Directors, the Northern Dutchess Hospital Foundation Board of Directors and many more.

The Council of Industry has been the manufacturers association for the Hudson Valley since 1910. A privately funded not-for-profit, its mission is to promote the success of its member firms and employees by providing training programs for manufacturing employees and workforce development initiatives such as collaborative recruiting and apprenticeship programs.

Gala sponsors included Bonura Hospitality Group, Pepsi Cola of the Hudson Valley, the Poughkeepsie Journal, Michael Dupree and Michael Fleischer, IBM, Key Bank, Royal Carting Service Company and VIVO Creative.

The mission of the Dutchess Community College Foundation is to raise funds to provide scholarships and support the college’s initiatives that will have a significant and direct impact on the students, faculty and staff of Dutchess Community College. The DCC Foundation awards approximately $450,000 in scholarships to more than 250 DCC students annually.


Rockland County T.E.E.N. Works Program accepting applications for 2019 summer session

NEW CITY (April 5) - The Rockland County Youth Bureau is now accepting applications for the 2019 Summer session of the T.E.E.N. Works (Teen Employment Education Network) program.

Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, "The T.E.E.N. Works program opens the door to opportunities for valuable work experience and a summer paycheck today, which will lead our young people to realizing a brighter future and reaching their full potential tomorrow."

T.E.E.N. Works is a workforce preparation and placement program that combines a summer work experience with career and life skills training. Designed for youth between the ages of 15 and 20, the four-week program offers pre-employment training and a possible job placement upon successful completion. The mission of T.E.E.N. Works is to assist our teens and young adults in growing into successful, contributing members of our local workforce with strong goals for their future.

Applications for T.E.E.N. Works are currently available at, at the offices of the Rockland County Youth Bureau in Pomona, or can be requested by emailing  The deadline for submitting an application is June 10, 2019.

For more information about T.E.E.N. Works, visit


SUNY Orange partners with Adelphi University for BSW program

MIDDLETOWN (March 11) – SUNY Orange and Adelphi University (Garden City, N.Y.) have partnered to create a pathway for graduates of SUNY Orange’s Human Services degree program to pursue a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from Adelphi University through classwork to be completed online and at the SUNY Orange Middletown campus.

Graduates from SUNY Orange’s human services program will have full-time and part-time options at their disposal in order to complete Adelphi’s innovative BSW classroom curriculum that is augmented by hands-on learning opportunities through placements with professional agencies and organizations.

The BSW courses will be taught by Adelphi instructors visiting the SUNY Orange Middletown campus. Students must apply and enroll in courses by contacting Adelphi and, once enrolled, will have access to Adelphi student support services.

The Adelphi BSW program has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) for more than 65 years. Graduates are prepared to enter direct practice in an array of areas, including case manager, community activist, family services worker, hospital social worker, human trafficking counselor, psychotherapist or school social worker.

The program is open to current SUNY Orange students who are on track to graduate with a human services degree this May, as well as alumni who may wish to return to the classroom to acquire a BSW degree.

Community members who have previously acquired a two-year degree in human services from another institution may contact Dr. Cheryl McAuliffe, director of undergraduate studies for the Adelphi School of Social Work, to inquire about potential eligibility. McAuliffe can be reached at (516) 877-4362 or at Students may also contact Ohiro Oni-Eseleh, director of the Adelphi School of Social Work at the University’s Hudson Valley Center in Poughkeepsie. He can be reached at (845) 471-3348, ext. 8101. Information is also available at

Students who are interested in SUNY Orange’s human services program can contact Christine Henderson, coordinator of human services, at (845) 341-9586 or at




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