COVID-19 cases, deaths in the mid-Hudson
As of Friday, Orange County was reporting that 9,038 residents had tested positive for COVID-19, with 329 deaths. Sullivan County was reporting that 887 residents had tested positive, with 22 deaths. Ulster County was reporting that 1,358 residents had tested positive, with 37 deaths.
This year's Catholic Charities celebration will be virtual
Catholic Charities of Orange, Sullivan and Ulster announced Friday it had made the difficult decision to make its 14th annual Celebration of Charity and Caritas Awards Dinner a virtual event due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The celebration will take place at 7 p.m. June 9. Details on how to join the virtual celebration through a variety of online platforms will be announced closer to the date.
The celebration is Catholic Charities' largest event of the year and raises funds to support the non-profit agency's community programs, including emergency food and shelter assistance and substance use treatment and prevention.
The funds stay in the region and programs serve the marginalized and vulnerable in Orange, Sullivan and Ulster counties, regardless of religion or ability to pay.
This year's honorees are the Bruderhof; Ellenville Regional Hospital; Drake Loeb PLLC, Attorneys at Law; and Thomas Kelly.
Esopus firefighters on parade
On Saturday, May 9, the members of the Esopus Fire Department are planning to parade throughout the district beginning at 3 p.m.
Firefighters said they want to spread some joy during this time of uncertainty, especially to children who enjoy seeing fire trucks.
They are asking for the community's help to make sure they reach all areas of the district.
If you live in the district and plan to be outside watching for them, please contact the department on social media or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ShopRite fights food insecurity
The ShopRite supermarkets in Vails Gate and Kingston are offering shoppers a way to help fight food insecurity during these uncertain times.
Customers can buy bags of better-for-you items and donate them to a local food bank.
The bags are packed with items selected by ShopRite's in-store registered dieticians and can be picked up outside their offices.
Customers simply pay for them along with their own groceries at the register and then drop them off in a bin by the entrance.
Bags purchased at the Kingston store will go to The People's Place, while bags purchased in Vails Gate will go to the Northeast Gateway to Freedom food bank.
For food safety reasons, no outside food is being collected at this time.