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”

Mom Shares Story on International Bereaved Mother’s Day

New City resident Caren Sommerstein Schwartz never thought she would become part of a club of mothers who have lost their children to addiction. Her son Reid died of a fentanyl overdose in 2015 at the age of 24. He had been battling addiction to fentanyl and heroin for eight years at that point. ThroughContinue reading “Mom Shares Story on International Bereaved Mother’s Day”

COVID Survivor Stories: Camille Hlavka

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. Marathon runner and stay-at-home mom Camille Hlavka did everything she could to fight COVID-19, but the virus was one hurdle she had aContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Camille Hlavka”

COVID Survivor Stories: Sabrina and Yevgeniy Kaminer

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. Father and daughter Yevgeniy and Sabrina Kaminer both tested positive for COVID-19 in January, but are on the road to recovery and haveContinue reading “COVID Survivor Stories: Sabrina and Yevgeniy Kaminer”

Senator Skoufis Discusses Fight Against Disability Cuts

New York State Senator James Skoufis has long been a supporter of increased funding for programs that help individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health issues. In negotiations for this year’s state budget, Skoufis led a successful fight to reject proposed cuts to disability and mental health programs, and was also able to increase theContinue reading “Senator Skoufis Discusses Fight Against Disability Cuts”

Vigil for Crime Victims Reflects Unsettling Times

As the Orange County Crime Victims Vigil will be held on Tuesday, April 20 at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh, NY, Crime Victims Assistance Program head Cathy Fox shares her thoughts on the rise in crime rates nationwide during the pandemic. “I don’t really think there’s one thing you can attribute it to,” sheContinue reading “Vigil for Crime Victims Reflects Unsettling Times”

Experts Talk About Addiction During a Pandemic

A rise in drug overdoses has been eclipsed by the seesawing caseload of coronavirus cases during this once-in-a-century pandemic. Those who work with recovering addicts have been working overtime to provide care in a way they haven’t before. “We in the recovery community have noticed a huge intake and people seeking recovery, especially from heroinContinue reading “Experts Talk About Addiction During a Pandemic”