Graduate Student Makes Waves with New Business

Kate Thompson, a Hudson Valley native who is pursuing a master’s degree in social work, did not know what to do after getting laid off from her restaurant job during the pandemic. She was interning for a nonprofit organization that offers home-based therapy in North Carolina, where she moved to after getting her bachelor’s inContinue reading “Graduate Student Makes Waves with New Business”

Mom Shares Story on World Autism Awareness Day

When Maria McFadden Maffucci found out that her son James was diagnosed with autism at four years old, she had a hard time accepting it at first. “I argued with everyone initially that he wasn’t autistic, because my idea of autism was not what we now understand the spectrum to be,” she said. “I thoughtContinue reading “Mom Shares Story on World Autism Awareness Day”

Activist Describes Turning Point in Gun Violence Prevention

Tara Langworthy, spokesperson for the Hudson Valley chapter of gun violence prevention organization Moms Demand Action, feels encouraged by the latest turn in the fight against gun violence. She said that with the combination of senators with negative records on gun reform legislation retiring and strong public support for common sense gun reform, there mayContinue reading “Activist Describes Turning Point in Gun Violence Prevention”

On the Frontlines: Ashley*

This article is part of a series called “On the Frontlines,” where we profile the struggles of those who fought the COVID-19 virus as frontline or essential workers, as they process the toll this pandemic has taken. Ashley started working at the maternity ward of a New Jersey hospital right after graduating nursing school inContinue reading “On the Frontlines: Ashley*”

The Trauma of Racism: OCA- WHV

This article is part of a series called “The Trauma of Racism,” where we highlight the effects racism can have on minority populations. As anti-Asian hate crimes continue to be on the rise, representatives from OCA Westchester & Hudson Valley weighed in on their own individual experiences with racism and how this rise in hatefulContinue reading “The Trauma of Racism: OCA- WHV”

On the Frontlines: Dr. Seema Rizvi

This article is part of a series called “On the Frontlines,” where we profile the struggles of those who fought the COVID-19 virus as frontline or essential workers, as they process the toll this pandemic has taken. Dr. Seema Rizvi realized that the pandemic had reigned her in when she was pulled over by aContinue reading “On the Frontlines: Dr. Seema Rizvi”

COVID Survivor Stories: Ann Wallace

This article is part of a series called “COVID Survivor Stories,” where we profile the struggles of those who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, as they deal with the repercussions of recovery. Having survived ovarian cancer in her twenties and having been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at 39, college professor and writer Ann Wallace thoughtContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Ann Wallace”

Family Shares Story on World Down Syndrome Day

When Lisa Strieter found out that her youngest daughter Jessie had Down Syndrome, she knew her world was going to change. The Stony Point resident discovered Jessie had Down Syndrome after she gave birth to her, and was not sure what to expect. “I was extremely shocked,” she said. “I had started to make phoneContinue reading “Family Shares Story on World Down Syndrome Day”

COVID Survivor Stories: Jenifer Flynn

This article is part of a series called “COVID Survivor Stories,” where we profile the struggles of those who survived a diagnosis of COVID-19, as they deal with the repercussions of recovery. When Jenifer Flynn, co-owner of the Barking Goose Bookstore, Bar and Cafe in Newburgh, tested positive for COVID-19 alongside her wife and co-ownerContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Jenifer Flynn”

Restaurant Owners Stay Afloat During Pandemic

With capacity restrictions and conversions to offering takeout meals, restaurants have been hit hard during the pandemic. Family-owned businesses have had to work extra hard to keep up with chain restaurants in a treacherous economy. Jamie & Marcus Giuliano, owners of Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville had to get creative in keeping their business afloat,Continue reading “Restaurant Owners Stay Afloat During Pandemic”