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20 Things I Love About Poughkeepsie

                                                                                         photo by Joseph Ellman www.josephellman.tumblr.com

  Brace yourself people, in this blog post we are going deep! Poughkeepsie takes itself…

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Added by Emma Flynn on August 28, 2015 at 10:26am — No Comments

2015 Middle Main Resident Leadership Award

The Middle Main Initiative is committed to developing and empowering residents to work with us to create a strong, vibrant, and creative community.  We understand that residents know what is best for their community, and that neighborhood revitalization can only be carried out responsibly with their participation.  Over the past 6 years, the Middle Main Initiative has engaged with many dedicated community leaders.  Last week we began a new tradition of recognizing outstanding leadership…

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Added by Lindsay Duvall on August 13, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Community Conversations - July Meet-Up

Thank you to all who attended the July Community Meet-Up. At the meet-up concerned and active community members joined in passionate conversations about the well-being of the community and worked to link issues and disappointments they had towards our institutions with potential areas of action. It is often said but it can't be said enough - Poughkeepsie is saturated with residents who CARE and who exist in this city with purpose! 

Presentations:

Nate…

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Added by Emma Flynn on July 22, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

A BETTER LIFE

THERE IS NO BETTER LIFE LED THAN ONE LED TRYING TO HELP OTHERS SUCCEED.

THE MIDDLE MAIN INITIATES COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP. SO IF YOU WANT A BETTER LIFE COME & LEARN A BETTER WAY. A SELF-CENTERED LIFE IS SHALLOW. IMAGINE A WORLD FILLED WITH PEOPLE CENTERED ON OTHERS! THIS BROADENS HORIZONS AND LOVE FINDS ITS WAY. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO LOOK FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES.

I RECOMMEND THAT EVEN CITIZENS THAT DO NOT SEE THEMSELVES AS LEADERS ATTEND THE PROGRAM AS A…

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Added by Mary Campilii on May 11, 2015 at 11:13am — No Comments

Steven Chickery and Hudson Valley Office Furniture

Steven Chickery is the owner of Hudson Valley Office Furniture located at 375 Main Street, and the Poughkeepsie Journal's…

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Added by Emma Flynn on March 31, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Marketing Vacant Storefronts in Downtown Poughkeepsie with Pop-Up Retail & Pop-Up Events

The past few months have been challenging, but rewarding. Looking back, my tenure as a VISTA has remained true to a chart given to us in our Pre-Service Orientation in Philadelphia called Cycle of Service, which explained that most VISTAS reach their optimal level of efficiency and comfort with their…

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Added by Geoff Bliss on March 27, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Upcoming FREE Seminars for Small Businesses

There are so many great FREE educational resources for small businesses coming to the area in the near future and we want to make them known! We hope that our Made in Middle Main business partners, and community leaders, and our partnering…

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Added by Emma Flynn on March 2, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Month three and beyond!

As I sit at my desk reflecting on the week I have experienced so far, it has included meetings with neighborhood groups, community organizations, County and City elected officials and people of the general public. WHAT A WEEK! I would be remiss if I did not say in the same breath that I so grateful to have this opportunity to work for the people of this city, a city that is so close to my heart.…

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Added by Nate Almeida on February 27, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Peer Learning Visit to NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership in New Orleans

New York winters can be rough, and this year in particular has brought many a foot of snow and some sub-zero temperatures to boot.  Luckily, last month, thanks to a grant from NeighborWorks America, I was able to escape the winter chill and head to sunny New Orleans for a Peer Learning Visit to Providence Community Housing, a sister organization within the NeighborWorks America network.  The experience was…

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Added by Lindsay Duvall on February 23, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Community discussion- calls for action

               A few days ago, 6th Ward Councilwoman, ShaRon McClinton of the City of Poughkeepsie Common Council held a public forum at the Poughkeepsie Public Safety Build at 505 Main Street. ShaRon along with her guest speaker, Attorney Michael H. Sussman Esq. who led a discussion about equality in justice on three levels: Social, Education and in our courts. Mr. Sussman easily navigated this multifaceted conversation, citing his 35 year long career as a civil rights…

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Added by Nate Almeida on February 12, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Community Momentum Climbs To A Peak In Times Of Low Vitamin D!

How interesting it is that the momentum of the community is climbing to a peak during the ‘dead’ of winter! In a season where Vitamin D and serotonin levels are on the low end, the community is really getting to work! Thank you, 2015! Elizabeth said in our meeting this week “it’s going to be a good year.”

I want to take a moment to offer our applause and support to some community members whose passions for critical issues have…

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Added by Emma Flynn on January 28, 2015 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Latest "Brief" from the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory

2014 - what a year it has been!  In brief:

 

In December we were awarded $1,350,000 in funding through the NYS Consolidated Funding Application.  This brings our total committed funds to 64% of the total needed to rehabilitate the building.  This announcement followed close on the…

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Added by Elizabeth Celaya on January 20, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Last Week in Middle Main - A Little Something for Everyone

There were some great events in Middle Main this past week/weekend! Hopefully you got out to some of these interesting happenings yourself, but if you were unable to I’d like to give you a quick synopsis of the week of January 11th in Middle Main! Glad to see that the winter does not slow us down…

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Added by Emma Flynn on January 19, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Middle Main is a great focus

I am so glad to see HRH focused upon Middle Main.  What an interesting and diverse part of the City!  The potential in this corridor and throughout downtown are clearly immense.  Great to see leadership from the ground up. Keep up the great work. 

Brian Kehoe, AICP

Dutchess County Planning Department

Added by Brian Kehoe on December 31, 2014 at 12:12pm — No Comments

NeighborWorks America and Middle Main

Before last week I had not realized exactly what it meant to be an Americorps VISTA funded by Neighborworks America, and how fortunate that makes Geoff, Nathaniel and myself. Neighborworks orchestrates several different large-scale face-to-face learning opportunities for their organizations employees, their Americorps VISTAs, and leaders and representatives from the communities that their…

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Added by Emma Flynn on December 21, 2014 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Middle Main: Hitting The Mark

I will apologize in advance for my lengthy thoughts……….

Its week four of my service as a Vista here at Hudson River Housing and already I have begun to feel the warmth the Middle Main initiative brings to the neighborhoods that…

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Added by Nate Almeida on December 18, 2014 at 11:55am — No Comments

Nathaniel Almeida- Newest addition to the AmeriCorps Vista team

What an amazing first three weeks!

Hello Middle Main friends and family, my name is Nathaniel Almeida and I am the latest addition to the AmeriCorps VISTA crew. Before I get into what I have learned and evaluated in my short time so far, perhaps it is fitting I give those of you who do not know me, a brief story of my history. I am originally from Yonkers, New York. I moved to this great city when I was…

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Added by Nate Almeida on December 11, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Day of the Dead Highlights

The Day of the Dead Grand Celebration was a great success! Last weekend we filled the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center over the brim with Hudson Valley residents who came together to celebrate the great holiday. It was very meaningful for both those who are from the cultures that celebrate this holiday and for those who are not from the cultures that celebrate the holiday to share it with one another. Everyone was very spirited to either teach or be taught about the many interesting…

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Added by Emma Flynn on November 11, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Walking tour of Día de los Muertos

Here is a link to my blog post about the walking tour of the Día de los Muertos altars. Thanks for organizing this!

http://sopony.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/dia-de-los-muertos-on-main-street/

Added by Katie Green on November 1, 2014 at 8:13am — No Comments

On Nurturing Our Community

It was a lovely evening at Mainstay CoWorking on Friday night! Jamie Rusek, owner of the business at 356 Main Street, held an evening of Cider and Fall Sweets paired with casual community conversation. Folks from…

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Added by Emma Flynn on October 20, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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