Hudson Valley Parents Debate Masks in Schools

As the Delta variant rages on, so does the debate over students wearing masks in schools come fall. Children across the country, especially those ineligible for the vaccine, are ending up in the intensive care unit for COVID-19. This is a concern for Tameka Arroy-Santiago, a Hopewell Junction parent of two school-aged children under theContinue reading “Hudson Valley Parents Debate Masks in Schools”

New Jersey Teen Inspires Mental Health Movement

When Jersey City teenager Hunter Reinholt died tragically at 15 after an accidental overdose in 2019, his mom Tracy decided to take action. She gathered his group of friends to figure out how to honor his legacy. “Everyone was focused on how he lived,” she said. “We decided to start something that focused on that,Continue reading “New Jersey Teen Inspires Mental Health Movement”

New Jersey Chiropractor Discusses Son’s AD/HD

When New Jersey chiropractor Daniel Cardellichio discovered that his 13-year-old son James had attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (or AD/HD), he started to reflect on his own childhood. “I think that I had AD/HD growing up,” he said. “It was a situation where I remember sitting in class, looking at that clock every 10 seconds. I wasContinue reading “New Jersey Chiropractor Discusses Son’s AD/HD”

Grief Stories: Theodore “Tree” Arrington

Theodore “Tree” Arrington was a leader. A giver. A friend. A mentor. A husband and father. As the founder of Poughkeepsie’s R.E.A.L. Skills Network, Arrington made a real difference in the time he lived. He died shockingly in April of last year at age 66. Yesterday, people gathered to watch the unveiling of a muralContinue reading “Grief Stories: Theodore “Tree” Arrington”

Graduates Reflect on their Pandemic Senior Year

Ashley Sanchez, Isabella Crow and Anastasia Zhurova had a senior year of school like no other. Each of the Hudson Valley residents did not know what to expect from their milestone year. Cornwall Central High School graduate Crow is currently working at Camp Lookout in Frankfurt, Michigan. She will attend the University of Michigan thisContinue reading “Graduates Reflect on their Pandemic Senior Year”

Reflecting on HIV/AIDS 40 Years Later

Forty years ago, the Center for Disease Control released the first report of a disease that would later become known as Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS. In light of this historical moment, the community relations director of the world’s first HIV/AIDS service organization reflects. Krishna Stone, 62, volunteered for GMHC, or Gay Men’s HealthContinue reading “Reflecting on HIV/AIDS 40 Years Later”

Ex-Cop turned Teacher Promotes Media Literacy

Queens-based high school teacher Jeff Kaufman went from patrolling the streets of New York City to being a bridge builder in the war against online misinformation. As a computer science instructor at Queens High School for Information, Research, and Technology, Kaufman has been teaching a media literacy course for seven years. Having started out asContinue reading “Ex-Cop turned Teacher Promotes Media Literacy”

Northern Dutchess Community Coalition Talks Efforts During Pandemic

During National Prevention Month, Crissy Groenewegen of the Northern Dutchess Community Coalition shared how they have been spreading their mention of substance use prevention during a time of social isolation. “Most of the same programs that we were delivering live, we are now able to deliver virtually,” she said. The aim of the coalition, whichContinue reading “Northern Dutchess Community Coalition Talks Efforts During Pandemic”

Teaching During a Pandemic

In a year that has been unlike any other, teachers in the Hudson Valley discuss the turbulence that came with being an educator during a once-in-a-century pandemic. For Teacher Appreciation Week, they are sharing their stories. Emily Krieger, a health teacher in Dover High School, and Lisa Strieter, a second grade teacher at Stony PointContinue reading “Teaching During a Pandemic”

MHA Dutchess Executive Director Makes Statement on Rise in Child Suicidal Ideation

As a report from the Children’s Hospital Association emerged that the number of children ages 6-12 visiting children’s hospitals for suicidal ideation has doubled since 2016, Mental Health America of Dutchess County Executive Director Andrew O’Grady weighed in on this troubling phenomenon. O’Grady expressed concerns about the ramifications technology and social media have had onContinue reading “MHA Dutchess Executive Director Makes Statement on Rise in Child Suicidal Ideation”