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2/15/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

‘Family-themed’ community
center takes shape in Red Hook

by Curtis Schmidt

(Continued from cover) It’s the multifaceted 8,500-square-foot Red Hook Community Center at 59 Fisk St. The property was formerly owned by the Northern Dutchess Christian School and Church. Dr. Verrilli gave a donation to the Red Hook Community Center Inc. to purchase the building and property. Dr. Verrilli is serving as an adviser to the Board of Directors.

“The current center is the fruition of a two-year effort that has involved organizational and renovation work,” said Board Chairperson Giek. He said the church is a tenant in the building and the school is no longer in business.

“The family unit is everything. We are interested in helping to create and maintain a strong community that is like a strong family,” said Dr. Verrilli.

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Love of skating helps student gain spot in Special Olympics

Special Olympic hopeful Jonathan, a student at the Anderson Center for Autism, skates at the McCann Ice Arena at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center. Courtesy photo

by Stacey van den Thoorn

Family, friends, classmates and fans are gearing up to cheer on their Special Olympic hopeful Jonathan, the only student representative from the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg. Jonathan will participate in the figure skating event during the Special Olympics New York Winter Games in the Hudson Valley on Feb. 17-18.

Jonathan was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) at the age of three while living in New York City. Autism, part of a group of disorders known as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), is a complex neurobiological disorder that typically lasts throughout a person’s lifetime and is characterized by varying degrees of impairment in social abilities, communication skills and repetitive behaviors.

As Jonathan grew older, his mother, Karla, realized he needed more instruction and behavioral support, which required a full-time placement; and Anderson provided the answer.

According to mom, Karla, when Jonathan arrived at Anderson in February 2012, his then House Manager Anna Laferriere (now the recreation coordinator at Anderson) included Jonathan in a group of students going to ice skate at the McCann Ice Arena in Poughkeepsie for therapeutic activities. Little did anyone know that that trip would result in a life-changing event and love of skating for Jonathan.

“It was amazing. As soon as he stepped out onto the ice, a connection was made,” said Karla.

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‘Images of Internment’ to open at FDR Library & Museum

The Japanese-American owner of this Oakland, California grocery placed this sign on his storefront on Dec. 8, 1941, the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. Photo by Dorothea Lange, March 13, 1942

On Feb. 19, 2017 -- the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 -- the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum will open a new photographic exhibition, “Images of Internment: The Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War II,” with more than 200 photographs including the work of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams.

Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Executive Order 9066 led to the incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese descent—including approximately 80,000 American citizens—during World War II. The exhibit will be on display in the Library’s William J. vanden Heuvel Gallery through December. Regular hours and admission apply.

In the tense weeks after Japan’s Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, many Americans—particularly those on the Pacific Coast—feared enemy attack and saw danger in every corner. Rumors and sensational media reports heightened the climate of fear. Under pressure from military and political leaders, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942. It is widely viewed today as a serious violation of civil liberties.

ALSO in the Feb 15-21, 2017 issue:

  • Valley hosts Winter Special Olympics again
  • Barrett introduces carbon farming legislation
  • Heroes to take icy plunge to fight Alzheimer’s
  • Special honors presented at fourth Claudio Cares Gala
  • Millbrook MS students share ‘powerful effects’ of kindness initiatives

Millbrook Middle School students, from left, Aidyn Berg, Ella Wilson and Kristiana Pavlak work on a trivia project as part of the kindness initiative. Photo by Curtis Schmidt

In Creative Living:

  • That’s Italian! Tuscan Beef Stew
  • Howland Piano Festival concludes with Pohjonen

Finnish pianist Juho Pohjonen will close Howland Chamber Music Circle’s Piano Festival this Sunday. Courtesy photo

  • Fireside Chat to feature films, discussion on environmental risks to Hudson River

Schools of the Week: North Park Elementary, Hyde Park

  • If your school has a program you’d like to see featured in School of the Week this session, e-mail and put “School of the Week” in the subject line.


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