Juneteenth Celebration Honors Poughkeepsie Community Leader

Juneteenth held special meaning for the late Poughkeepsie community leader Theodore “Tree” Arrington. He hosted a celebration each year for six years via his nonprofit children’s organization R.E.A.L. Skills Network before passing last April. Today, the City of Poughkeepsie held a Juneteenth celebration at Mansion Square Park in his honor. The holiday marks the dayContinue reading “Juneteenth Celebration Honors Poughkeepsie Community Leader”

Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law

Kyra Franchetti died in July 2016 at only 28 months old. Her death was the result of a court-sanctioned unsupervised visit with her biological father. This led her mom Jacqueline to start The Kyra Franchetti Foundation, which brings awareness to how New York’s family court system often fails in handling family violence claims. “I missContinue reading “Breaking Families: The Story of Kyra’s Law”

The Trauma of Racism: Children of Palestine

This article is part of a series called “The Trauma of Racism,” where we highlight the effects racism and xenophobia can have on minority populations. The focus for protesters at the Poughkeepsie Rise Up! Rally to Defend Palestine was on the mental health of Palestine’s children after the latest chapter in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. WhileContinue reading “The Trauma of Racism: Children of Palestine”

Writer Known as Tissue Box Girl Tells Personal Story

For Mental Health Awareness Month, locals are sharing their personal mental health stories The writer known as Tissue Box Girl has had quite the personal mental health journey. It began when she took her first hit of marijuana at nine years old. This moment led her down a roller coaster ride of substance use, abusiveContinue reading “Writer Known as Tissue Box Girl Tells Personal Story”

Infinite Fitness Founder Shares Personal Story

For Mental Health Awareness Month, Locals are Sharing their Personal Mental Health Stories For Michael Pittner, the possibilities are infinite. The founder of personal training business Infinite Fitness set out to embrace health and fitness towards the beginning of last year after years of using food as a crutch to cope with his mental healthContinue reading “Infinite Fitness Founder Shares Personal Story”

Man runs from NYC to Albany to fight child abuse

Updated May 17 If you’re anywhere between New York City and Albany today, you might run into Michael Pittner, who will be running 150 miles to raise awareness for child abuse. He will be embarking on his “Empire Run” starting this morning, which will take him from the Empire State Building to the state’s CapitolContinue reading “Man runs from NYC to Albany to fight child abuse”

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”

COVID: One Year, Two Perspectives

It has been one year since the spread of the COVID-19 virus was declared a global pandemic, thereby changing our lives forever. That means one year of wearing masks when we go out, socially distancing from our loved ones and having parties on Zoom. With this in mind, psychologist Dr. Denise Morett and nurse practitionerContinue reading “COVID: One Year, Two Perspectives”

Giving Back More Vital than Ever during a Pandemic

With millions of Americans struggling during the pandemic, volunteering is now more important than ever, but it can be difficult to join a committee, participate in a fundraiser or take on a community project in a time of social isolation. Young Leaders United, a volunteer committee of young professionals organized by the United Way ofContinue reading “Giving Back More Vital than Ever during a Pandemic”

Therapist Talks Grief, Trauma in Time of COVID

Trauma and grief are two words that have become omnipresent during this time of COVID. With over 500,000 Americans lost to this virus, and millions who have lost jobs due to the pandemic, it is clear that Americans are also faced with a mental health crisis. Licensed mental health counselor Sadie Miller-Daley, who has practicesContinue reading “Therapist Talks Grief, Trauma in Time of COVID”