The 23rd annual Human Rights Commission Awards Ceremony was conducted on April 18 at the Graham Skea lodge at the Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Campbell Hall.

Honorees are Azariah McLymore, a student at Newburgh Free Academy; Aaron and Patty Baughman, members of the Port Jervis community and human rights advocates; Rachel Simons, Esq., attorney-in-charge of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley; Horace Belton, a member of the board of directors of the Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP); and Lisa Silverstone, executive director of Safe Harbors of the Hudson. Congratulations to everyone.

White Coat Ceremony

Nearly 40 students of Mount Saint Mary College’s nurse practitioner program were honored at a White Coat Ceremony. It reflects the transition of the novice nurse to the professional nurse practitioner role. Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality health care services. They can diagnose, treat, and prescribe across a wide range of health problems.

Dr. David Kennett, president of the Mount, congratulated the white coat recipients on a job well done.

This & that

• The annual meeting of the Mental Health Association, led by Nadia Allen, executive director, will be from 4-6 p.m. today at the Middletown Elks Lodge No. 1097.

During the event, numerous awards will be given. Included are the MHA James A. Lagarde Sr. Volunteer of the Year Award to Dr. Eric Silva, Parents Run AMOC for Autism Move-athon of OC to Jamie Peck, Helpline to William Kelemen, Blue Renaissance to Ken Bento, and the 2017 Community Service Award Recipients are Parents Run AMOC (Autism Move-athon of OC) to Party Time Productions. Congratulations to all involved.

• Recently more than 100 volunteers participated in the Hudson River Cleanup at the Ward Brothers Memorial Park, home of the Newburgh Rowing Club. Good job!

• The Sullivan County Legislature recently honored Dick Riseling of Callicoon Center as its Distinguished Citizen Award. He’s no stranger to the area. The award is richly deserved. Congratulations.

• Students in the Newburgh Rowing Club Development Team joined the Quassaick Creek Watershed Alliance, in the Quassaick Creek to count glass eels. The project is part of the NYSDEC Hudson River Estuary Program and the Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve, in partnership with the Water Resources Institute at Cornell University.

• Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh recently earned $300 for the college’s Habitat for Humanity student club. The money will be used toward a humanitarian trip to Laredo, Texas in 2019. To earn funds, they had a Taste-Off. For a small fee they could sample pizza and wings and vote for their favorites. Katie Hertlein of Glenwood, N.J., club president, said Planet Pizza won for Best Pizza, and Planet Wings won for Best Wings.

• Three ShopRite associates have been awarded 2018 YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women and Industry) Awards in recognition of their proven effectiveness as leaders and industry experts dedicated to the ShopRite Supermarkets. They are Giavonna Carbonello, retail dietitian for Perlmutter Family ShopRites, Aimee Derogatis, training and communications supervisor for RoNetco Supermarkets, and Lisa Hodgkinson, director of General Merchandise and Health & Beauty Care, ShopRite Supermarkets.

• Burke Catholic High School senior Andrew Curtis not only raised $3,500 for the recent Walk to Cure Arthritis, but he walked in the event, too, and was joined by family members. He was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at age 2. Now a healthy teen, he’s a member of the school’s varsity football team. He also swims and is on several golf teams. Anyone who knows him knows he’s an inspiration. In the fall he will go to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in pursuit of a doctor of pharmacy degree. We wish him success and happiness.

• State Sen. John Bonacic, who has announced his retirement from the State Legislature in January, is still working up to the last minute. Through his office the allocation for funding was approved in the 2018-19 State Budget that he has secured bullet aid for all Orange County libraries in his senate district. Each will receive $3,000. They are Middletown Thrall Library, Port Jervis, Goshen, Florida, Albert Wisner in Warwick, Greenwood Lake and Tuxedo Park. In securing the funds, Bonacic said, “I’m pleased to provide this aid because I know these libraries will use it to continue the good work that they do every day.”


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