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                                                   A monthly publication of the New Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce
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                                                   August 2004
 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER                                           The Torch Is Passed
 Friday, August 13                                                          While the New Paltz
 19TH ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT                                           Regional Chamber sadly
 Golfers and non-golfers will enjoy this day. If you haven’t reg-      says goodbye (and
 istered yet, go to and fill out the           THANK YOU) to outgoing
 form as soon as possible (or call the Chamber office).                Chamber Chairperson
                                                                       Kathy Ferrusi, we also
 Sunday, August 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.                                     happily say hello to the
 COLONIAL STREET FESTIVAL                                              very familiar face of Dou-
 Huguenot Street, New Paltz,                      glas Thompson as our
                                                                       new chairperson.
 Labor Day Weekend, September 4, 5, 6
                                                                            Kathy has been a very
                                                                       active member of the
 Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz,
                                                                       Chamber’s Board and
                                                                       membership for the past
 Sunday, September 12, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
                                                                       six years, leading the Chamber to grow and flourish un-
                                                                       der her watchful eye. Her contagious smile and genuine
 Please post the inserted Taste flyer in a visible place in your
 business to help spread the word about this great event. We           interest in the well-being of our Chamber members and
 also have big posters available for anyone who has the space.         their businesses has had such a positive impact on us
      We ask all Chamber members to show your support for              all. We will continue to see her at our events in her ca-
 this event. We look forward to seeing you there as a volun-           pacity of past chairperson and representative of Hudson
 teer, vendor or in the general admittance—bring your family           Valley Federal Credit Union. Thank you again, Kathy.
 and friends!                                                               Doug Thompson, owner of Main Street Bistro and
                                                                       Bistro Mountain Store, has also been very active with
The New Paltz Chamber Has Added A New                                  the Chamber for many years. Since 1999, Doug has
                                                                       chaired the Taste of New Paltz, plotting and planning it
Face and . . . Order Your Gift Certificates                            from January through September, overseeing every de-
    Read the articles on pages 8–9 to meet Jennifer, the
                                                                       tail, and making it the great success it has become.
Chamber’s new communications specialist, and to learn all
about the great new gift certificate program geared to keep            We welcome Doug and look forward to seeing the direc-
local dollars local!                                                   tion he takes the Chamber in.
                                                                            Our Past Chairman Jerry Luke, of Fox Hill B&B,
More 2004 New Paltz Regional Guides                                    has moved over to the new title of financial advisor, a
     A new shipment of the 2004 New Paltz Regional Guide               position that probably requires Jerry to have his own
will arrive in the Chamber office in early August. This delivery       desk in the Chamber office!
was printed on a six-color press, which will enhance the color              Michael Beck of P&G’s Restaurant has retired from
and overall quality of the publication.                                the Chamber’s Board. We thank him for his many years
     We encourage you to pick up additional copies to hand             of dedicated service to the Chamber (he’s been a mem-
out at your place of business. This extra printing will provide        ber since 1985). Mike has given generously of his time,
us with additional copies for continued distribution throughout        support, knowledge and expertise—he was presented
Ulster County, along the New York State Thruway and Pali-
                                                                       with the Chamber’s Community Service Award in 2000.
sades Parkway, and at New York gateway centers and vari-
ous travel shows throughout the year.
                  Upcoming Events                                        (All events require reservations)

                          Bring your business cards for networking at all of these events!

Friday, August 13, 2004                                               Sunday, September 12, 2004
New Paltz Regional Chamber                                            Taste of New Paltz
19th Annual Golf Tournament                                           Place: Ulster County Fairgrounds
Place: Apple Greens Golf Course, 161 South St., Highland              Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Time: 11 a.m. for golf clinic, 1 p.m. tee-off, 6 p.m. dinner and      Sponsors: Johnson Auto Group, Viking Industries, PDQ Busi-
magic show                                                            ness Center, New Paltz Police Benevolent Association, CH En-
Cost: $100/golf per person; $25/dinner and magic guests               ergy Group, Inc.
Registration: Registration form enclosed in newsletter                Our 14th annual! Please show your support and visit the Taste
Join in the fun! For non-golfers, too—attend dinner and magic show.   of New Paltz. We always need volunteers to help out that day,
Proceeds will benefit St. John Bosco Child and Family Services.       so call one of the phone numbers on page one of this newslet-
                                                                      ter to volunteer part of your day to make this year’s Taste the
Tuesday, August 17, 2004                                              biggest success ever.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
Economic Discussion Group                                             Tuesdays–Sept. 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 2004
Leader: Peter Rossi
                                                                      Finance Workshop
Place: New Paltz Regional Chamber Office, 124 Main Street,            Topic: Let’s Talk Business
New Paltz                                                             Place: New Paltz Regional Chamber Office, 124 Main Street,
Time: 8-9 a.m.                                                        New Paltz
Held every third Tuesday of the month. Join in an informal            Time: 7:30-9:30 a.m.
discussion of the impact of the economy on local businesses.          Cost: Free, and a continental breakfast will be provided.
No economics degree required!                                         Sponsor: John DeNicolo, CPA
                                                                      Reservations: 845-255-0243
                                                                      A three-session workshop for the financially jargon-challenged.
Wednesday, August 18, 2004                                            Learn to communicate effectively with your accountant, bank or
Summer Mixer                                                          customers on the tricky topic of finance.
Place: Masseo Landscape, 828 Route 32, Tillson
Hosted By: Mark Masseo, Owner                                         Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Time & Cost: 5-7 p.m., $5/person
Reservations: Call the Chamber office—845-255-0243
                                                                      Business Luncheon
Come and see Mark’s new office space and enjoy an evening             Topic: Economic Impact of SUNY on the Area
with delicious food and great company. Don’t forget your busi-        Speaker: Stephen G. Poskanzer, SUNY New Paltz President
ness cards for networking.                                            Place: Terrace Restaurant, Southside Avenue, SUNY New Paltz
                                                                      Time & Cost: 12-1:30 p.m.; $15 to attend
                                                                      Sponsor: Capital District Physicians Health Plan
Friday, August 27, 2004                                               Reservations: 845-255-0243
Business Card Exchange Breakfast                                      New Paltz is the second largest employer in Ulster County and a
Place: Chamber Office, 124 Main Street, New Paltz                     significant regional economic presence. Spending by college
Time: 7-9 a.m.                                                        employees, students and campus visitors has a substantial
Sponsor: Civil Technologies Engineering                               financial impact on our community, the Hudson Valley and New
A favorite opportunity for our Chamber members to catch up with       York State. Join SUNY New Paltz President Steven Poskanzer as
each other and introduce their businesses to new contacts. Bring      he discusses the findings of the college’s just-completed
your business cards for networking.                                   economic impact statement.

                                                                                             LYDIA ELLINWOOD
                                                                                              CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANT

                                                                                                    169 Main Street, P.O. Box 351
                                                                                                       New Paltz, NY 12561

                                                                                                 845-255-5294 • Fax: 845-255-7369

                               Welcome New Members
Actionpact Solutions                         ITC                                         The Travel Shoppe
85 Abeel Street, Kingston, NY 12401          623 Broadway, Suite A                       P.O. Box 696, New Paltz, NY 12561
845-532-5398, Timothy Brill                  Newburgh, NY 12550                          845-256-1006 Fax: 845-256-1007
E-mail:       845-561-4440, Deborah Grammas               Bob Budreau
Website:         E-mail:             E-mail:
Category: 1) Web Design, 2) Graphic          Website:         Website:
    Design                                   Category: Telephone and Data Systems        Category: Travel Services

American Heart Association                   J.T. Marks Trucking
301 Manchester Road                          486 South Mountain Road                           CORRECTION
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603                       Gardiner, NY 12525                              HCMS, Inc.’s website was spelled
845-905-2121, David Ringwood                 845-255-0006                                  incorrectly in last month’s newsletter.
E-mail:             Virginia and Joseph Marks                            The correct address is:
Website:               E-mail:            
Category: Education                          Category: Trucking

Anthony DeMaria Labs
95 Dubois Road
                                             Journey Inn B&B
                                             One Sherwood Place                           Thank You For
New Paltz, NY 12561
845-255-4695, Anthony DeMaria
                                             Hyde Park, NY 12538
                                             845-229-8972                                 Renewing Your
Category: Equipment Manufacturer
                                             Diane Di Napoli & Michele Di Napoli
                                             Category: Lodging                           Performance Plus
David K. Gordon Law Office                                                               Starbucks Coffee Company
10 Tina Drive, Highland, NY 12528            SHB Development
845-691-8241, David Gordon                   47 Butterville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
E-mail:             845-256-9830, David Brownstein
Category: Attorney, General Practice         E-mail:

Design Works
168 Forest Hill Drive, Kingston, NY 12401
845-339-3088, Bonnie Roll
                                             Category: Real Estate Development

                                             Sherry’s Mobile Salon
                                             162 High Falls Road
                                             Saugerties, NY 12477
                                                                                               Old copies of the New Paltz
Website:           845-247-2853, Sherry Lazaroff               Chamber’s Area Guide/Membership
Category: 1) Web Design, 2) Graphic          E-mail:                  Directory. The Chamber office has a
    Design                                   Category: Mobile Beauty Services
                                                                                         retrospective on view of membership
Flashback Systems                            The Arbor B & B                             directories from the years past, and
P.O. Box 109, Clintondale, NY 12515          44 Mohonk Road, High Falls, NY 12440              we need to fill in the holes.
914-466-6043, Katie Miler                    845-687-9888, Nancy Greenwald                  If you have copies to add to the
E-mail:         E-mail:                                      collection, please let us know! Call
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Category: Loss Prevention
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                                           Member Update
H     uguenot Historical Society’s
annual Colonial Street Festival will be
                                           U    lster-Greene ARC announced
                                           that Florence M. Fielman, of Catskill,
                                                                                     M      arlis Momber’s photographs
                                                                                     are on exhibit at Ulster Savings
held Saturday, August 14, 2004,            has been re-elected president of the      Bank, 226 Main Street, New Paltz,
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.     Board of Directors of Ulster-Greene       through August 7. The exhibit features
Throughout the day, sights and sounds      ARC. Also re-elected to the board and     the area’s residents, businesses and
of the eighteenth century will abound      as officers are William A. Le Doux,       events. Marlis Momber has been a
in this National Historic Landmark         vice president; Sheree Cross, second      commercial photographer for more
District—music, dancing, traditional       vice president; Jack Deyo, treasurer      than 40 years, starting out as a fash-
craft demonstrations, period entertain-    and Kathleen Freese as secretary.         ion and journalist photographer in Man-
ers, reenactments of historic events,      Other board members include Gary          hattan, where her photos were
children’s activities (including a pup-    Arold, Jean Bennett, Robert J.            featured in Glamour, Essence,
pet show), plus food reminiscent of the    Boening, Joseph Bruck, Joseph Ka-         Harper’s Bazaar, GQ and Sunday
period. Walk-through tours of the stone    mes, Lewis Kirschner, Todd McNutt,        Times. She studied photography at
houses with interpreters, some of          Mark Storch, Ann M. Naccarato,            Lette Haus School of Photography in
whom are descendents of the original       Roxanne Pecora and Gretchen               Berlin and continues to act as a men-
settlers of New Paltz, will be offered.    Traficanti. Joining the board is Wendy    tor to young photography students.
For more information, please call (845)    L. Anderson.                              Marlis, who works out of her New
255-1660 or visit www.hhs-                                                           Paltz studio, makes regular trips to
                                           V    alley Laser Aesthetics has an-
                                                                                     New York City, where she is working
                                                                                     on a book of her photos chronicling the
M      ohonk Preserve’s Join Us In
June Auction, held at the Preserve’s
                                           nounced that Dr. Stephen Weinman is
                                           now performing treatments of varicose
                                                                                     Lower East Side, her adopted home
                                                                                     since 1976. For more information, visit
                                           and spider veins of the face, body and
Slingerland Pavilion on June 12, broke
                                           legs in addition to laser hair removal.
all fundraising records for this annual
                                           Using a combination of non-laser as
event by raising more than $120,000.
They thank the local shopkeepers and
                                           well as laser treatments, most types
                                           of vascular blemishes, such as broken
                                                                                     T    he Poughkeepsie Journal will be
                                                                                     holding a career fair focusing on Ul-
business people who generously do-
                                           capillaries, exposed blood vessels and    ster County from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. on
nated items and services to support the
                                           other varicosities, can be treated        Tuesday, October 19, 2004, at the
protection of the ridge. Attendees had
                                           quickly without scabs or scars. As al-    Kingston Holiday Inn. Previous
a wide array of items to bid on—ex-
                                           ways, all of the treatments are physi-    Poughkeepsie Journal career fairs
otic cruises, antiques, catered parties,
                                           cian-performed for our patients’          have drawn as many as 1,500 job seek-
mountain bikes and kayaks to name just
                                           safety. For more information, please      ers and more than 40 hiring compa-
a few—in their efforts to support the
                                           call 845-255-1919 or visit                nies. For additional information, you may
Preserve, while treating themselves to
                                                       contact Employment Specialist JoAnn
something special. For more informa-
                                                                                     Brinkerhoff at 845-437-4741 or by e-mail
tion, visit or
call (845) 255-0919.

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                                  Member Update — continued
    Finance Workshop                                               Wendell D. Harp Memorial Walk & Run
    LET’S TALK BUSINESS is a three-session hands-on                    The third annual Wendell D. Harp Memorial 3-Mile
    workshop series designed to help you communicate               Walk & Run takes place on Saturday, September 18.
    with your financial team and members of the financial          Check-in and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ulster
    community: accountant, lawyer, financial planner,              County BOCES on Route 32 in New Paltz.
    banker, partner, and potential investors. Learn the right          Wendell Harp served Hospice, Inc., as chairman of
    questions to ask; learn the answers to question.               the board and as director. He was the vice chairman of
        Led by John DeNicolo, CPA, who has conducted               Hospice Foundation, Inc. at the time of his death in
    many workshops for business professionals, the lan-            January 2002. All proceeds benefit Hospice, Inc.
    guage of finance and accounting will be presented with             If you would like to be a sponsor, please contact
    a focus on your particular business.                           Hospice Foundation, Inc. at 845-473-2273 ext. 1109.
        Classes will meet at the Chamber office on Tues-               The 2004 Harp Walk & Run Committee is co-chaired
    days, September 21, September 28 and October 5, from           by Kevin Harp and Dean Avery with committee mem-
    7:30-9:30 am. This free workshop is sponsored by John          bers Steve Axelson, Michael Beck, Dirk DeWitt, Heather
    DeNicolo, CPA, and a continental breakfast will be pro-        and Madison Dale Harp, and Lisa, Desiree, Sharon and
    vided. Call the Chamber office at 845-255-0243 to re-          Timothy Otis.
    serve your place.

                                                Official Opening
 L     uminary Publishing, Inc., the
 publisher of Chronogram, upstate
                                                     The Thomas and Corinne Nyquist Foundation will celebrate its official
                                                opening on September 29 with a catered event “under the tent” at the
 HOUSE, and Healthy Living maga-                Nyquist residence at 140 Huguenot Street in New Paltz from 5–7 p.m. All
 zines announces the relocation of its          Chamber members are invited.
 offices from New Paltz to Kingston,                 The foundation has been formed to provide financial support for local
 New York, in July. The building at 314         initiatives and programs of nonprofit organizations and local groups in New
 Wall Street in uptown Kingston’s               Paltz and in eastern Roosevelt County in Montana, where Tom Nyquist
 Stockade District has undergone a sub-         was born and raised. The foundation received its nonprofit status in May
 stantial renovations to the second-floor       of this year and is particularly interested in supporting projects designed to
 offices as well as the street-level re-        serve the community and where a small amount of money can make a
 tail space. Luminary brings twenty em-         difference between the success or failure of a project.
 ployees to the uptown Kingston                      The Foundation’s board of directors are all family: Chairman Tom
 business community. Their new ad-              Nyquist, Vice Chair Lynn Nyquist, Secretary/Treasurer Corinne Nyquist
 dress is 314 Wall Street, Second Floor,        and Member-at-Large Jonathan Nyquist.
 Kingston, NY 12401, phone: 845-334-                 The foundation welcomes applications for projects to serve the com-
 8600, fax: 845-334-8610.                       munity of New Paltz. Most funding awards will be from $100 to $1,000.
                                                For further information, call 845-255-0558 or e-mail

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                                                                                                              New Paltz, NY 12561
                                                                                                             845-255-6163 ext. 102
                                                                                          Venables Realty            800-421-0042

                                                                    Maggie Feeney                SAMUEL SLOTNICK
                                                                    (845) 255-0283            Real Estate Sales Associate
                                                                                           Properties for homes, commerce,
                                                Interior Design Coordination
                                                                                              industry and development.
                                                   Residential • Commercial                 “BENEATH ALL IS THE LAND”
Phone: (845) 331-2234      Renovations • New Construction

                                   Member Update — continued
G     ateway Foundation will be hold-
ing its 12th Annual Fall Golf Classic
                                               A    dair Vineyards has launched their                        S
                                                                                             uper 8 Motel–Highland’s Gen-
                                               new website: eral Manager Lorain Neal has been
on September 19 at Hudson Valley Re-           Please visit it, peruse it and pass the awarded Super 8’s Certificate of Ex-
sort in Kerhonkson. This fundraiser            word along!                               cellence. To earn this honor the motel
helps raise money to support the pro-                                                    had to have three perfect inspections
grams for individuals with disabilities
at Gateway Community Industries.
                                               M       aggie Feeney of Impressive and among other attributes, reflect
                                               Interiors is now collaborating with pride of place and friendliness. Con-
Last year’s efforts helped to provide          Myra Winter, B.A., M.F.A. and M.Ed. gratulations, Lorain!
new lockers for the New Paltz facil-           They are in the process of achieving
ity, a holiday gift for the consumers,
and funding for the continuation of the
                                               their Allied A.S.I.D. certification. Ms.                      M
                                                                                               utual of Omaha representatives
                                               Winter brings to Impressive Interiors Cris Drouin and Christy Rowland-
Welfare-to-Work program, HIRED.                20 years of art history and design. Im- Drouin recently completed a 12-week
The latter program assists individuals         pressive Interiors will design your busi- advanced continuing education course
preparing to enter the workforce with          ness to reflect a professional image through the American College on Dis-
appropriate clothing and personal-care         that is productive and energized, and ability Income Insurance for both per-
products. If you are interested in spon-       your home to refect a personal image sonal and business applications. For
soring or playing in this event, please        that is comfortable and functional. For more information, call 845-256-9066.
call Gateway at 845-331-1261.                  more information or to schedule a de-
                                               sign consultation, call 845-255-0283.
                                                                                                                    New Paltz
C    ivil Technologies & Engineer-
ing, P.C. (CTE) is a full-service ar-          H     urds Family Farm in Modena
                                                                                                                   Rotary Club’s
chitectural and civil engineering              has a herd of Holstein cows crazing in                         Win-A-Bundle
company located in Wappingers Falls.           the grass near their Dutch threshing                              annual fundraiser
They are currently the municipal en-           barn. They are in the form of a cow                              Friday, October 8
gineers for the villages of Fishkill and       train that is “barrels of fun.” Ten cows
                                                                                                              7 p.m., Hillside Manor
Tuxedo Park as well as the Town of             to celebrate their ten years as an
Pleasant Valley. CTE’s full range of           agritourism enterprise. Sweet Pea,                                 Only 300 tickets will be sold, which
architectural and engineering services         Daisy Belle and Elsie each represent                          includes hors d’oeuvres and drinks for
includes design, site and foundation           one of the ten years the Hurds have                           two and the chance to win a $10,000
planning, building design and systems,         been open to the public during week-                          grand prize. More prizes will be given
construction management, drainage,             ends in September and October and                             out throughout the evening, and a spe-
hydrology and water resources engi-            throughout the week for educational                           cial “Awesome Rotary Auction” will
neering, inspection, and much more.            school group tours. The farm opens on                         take place with dynamite prizes.
For more information, call 845-297-            Labor Day Weekend. For more infor-                                 For more information, call Irene
2165 or visit                    mation, call 845-883-7364 or visit                            Berner at 256-9755, and for ticket pur-
                                                                              chases, call Joanne Secky at 255-8680.

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                                                 Chamber Chat
Chamber Ambassadors                                         Economic Discussion Group
    When you attend a Chamber event you can look                 The first meeting was very well attended and the topics cov-
forward to being greeted by one of our friendly Ambas-      ered included the federal rate increase; home resales, mortgage
sadors.                                                     rates, housing prices and development; employment and the un-
CHAIRPERSON—Margaret MacDowell, Bermac Home Aides,          employment rate; the U.S. trade deficit and impact on local busi-
   Inc., 255-4200
                                                            nesses; crude oil, gasoline prices and their impact on tourism,
Pamela Albach — Paychex, 896-6100
Tracey Cifone — Vanacore, DeBenedictus, DiGovanni &         commuting, success or not of malls and big-box stores, housing
   Weddell CPAs, 567-9000                                   prices vis-a-vis proximity to N.Y.C.; retail issues such as big-box
Susan Colchamiro — New Paltz Regional Chamber of Com-       stores, late busi-
   merce, 255-0141
                                                            ness hours and
Michael Gold — The Corporate Image, 255-5255
Annette Lappin — Annette Lappin Candies & Gift Baskets,     traffic congestion.
   255-7961                                                      The      next
Phil Leger — Bridge Creek Catering, 255-9234                meeting is sched-
Marlene Pagentine — Edward Jones, 255-2955
                                                            uled for August 17
Carol Ricken — Catskill Mountain Region Guide, 657-2120
Paul Schembri — AFLAC, 255-8466                             from 8-9 a.m. at
E. J. Scholar — Manpower, 331-0686                          the Chamber of-
Lynette Seawall — Performance Plus, 679-4989                fice. Please join
Regina Sinclair CSW — Solutions, 594-5418
                                                            in! Call 845-255-
Puja Thomson — Roots & Wings, 255-2278
                                                            0243 if you intend
                                                            to participate.     Economically enlightened at the Chamber of Commerce

New Paltz Regional Chamber
Committees                                                        Welcome to the New Paltz Regional
The New Paltz Chamber has many committees plan-                      Chamber’s Visitor’s Center
ning events throughout the year. They always welcome                               by Eleanor Meltzer
new members, and meetings are open to any Cham-                   Volunteer Coordinator for the NPRCoC Visitor’s Center
ber member who would like to sit in. If you would like to
participate, please contact the committee chairperson.           Did you ever wonder what goes on here during the week-
                                                             ends? We are your senior volunteers and thought we would in-
    Doug Thompson – 255-7766                                 troduce ourselves. We are Eleanor, Ron, Tillie, Dolores, Anne,
    Andy Swanander – 255-5727                                Lenore, Bea, Roland and Larry. We are all “more or less” retired
    GARDEN TOUR COMMITTEE                                    and staff the visitor’s room on weekends.
    Caroline Murphy – 257-2121                                   We are proud to be from New Paltz and want to share our
    Gail Morehouse – 255-6828                                knowledge of the area with others. We tell visitors where to hike
    AMBASSADOR/MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE                          or which bed and breakfasts have openings, give them restaurant
    Margaret MacDowell – 255-4200                            and shopping information and answer any number of questions.
    GOLF TOURNAMENT COMMITTEE                                    We service the Visitor’s Center May through October on
    Chris Drouin – 256-9066
                                                             Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Stop in when you
    SPEAKERS BUREAU                                          have a few minutes, introduce yourself and look over the Visitor’s
    Ernie VanDeMark – 486-5436
                                                             Room—there is a dazzling array of information and literature at
    Bob Glemming – 296-1176
                                                             your disposal.

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                           New Gift Certificate Program
                  Be Loyal–Buy Local
     With New Paltz Regional Chamber CertifiChecks                                            Welcome, Jennifer!
                                           stock and sell gift certificates can sim-
                                           ply order them from Certifichecks. You
                                           may visit the Ulster County section of
                                           the      Certifichecks         website,
                                 , or call 1-877-
                                           770-GIFT to order. Please be aware of
                                           the one-year “stale date” when order-
     We’ve had some really good
                                           ing stock.
questions from participating mer-
                                                And finally...
chants about our new New Paltz Re-
                                                How is Certifichecks making
gional Chamber Gift Certificate
                                           money from a $10 gift certificate that
program. Here are a few that may be
                                           costs $10 and provides $10 value
of interest to other businesses:
                                           when deposited?
     What goes on the top line of a
                                                According to Certifichecks,
                                           some Chambers are charged a fee                         We would like to introduce the new-
     Our certificates will come pre-
                                           to participate. New Paltz Regional                 est New Paltz Regional Chamber of Com-
printed with the same participating-
                                           Chamber of Commerce was not                        merce employee, Jennifer Pickurel, who
business line as the sample. The
                                           charged a subscription fee, however.               will be coordinating the publicity for all
recipient does not sign the certificate.
                                           There is a small shipping and han-                 of our Chamber events, as well as over-
The line on the back of the certifi-
                                           dling fee charged for orders of                    seeing the new gift certificate program.
cate is for the business, at the time
                                           Certifichecks, which generates                     Before joining the Chamber, Jennifer was
of deposit.
                                           some income. Some Chambers                         a manager in the marketing department
     What do participating busi-
                                           have elected to charge a process-                  at Citigroup.
nesses need to do now that they have
                                           ing fee for certificates (e.g., 50 cents                Originally from Virginia, Jennifer
received welcome packs?
                                           per certificate), but thus far, New                moved to New Paltz after ten years in
     Nothing! Simply paste the decal
                                           Paltz Regional Chamber has                         London, where she completed her
somewhere eye-catching and wait for
                                           elected not to pursue a handling                   master’s degree and Ph.D. in Slavic Lin-
certificates to be redeemed at your
                                           charge.                                            guistics. After just one weekend enjoy-
business. We are anticipating that
                                                                                              ing the fall colors, Jennifer was lured to
the program will be very popular with          Chamber members might re-                      New Paltz in February 2002, where she
area residents—we’re launching in          ceive a phone call from Certifi-                   now lives. She has two children, ages
the press and publicizing the certifi-     checks promoting the purchase                      four years and five months.
cates at every opportunity (which is       of gift certificates. This is a good                    Her southern relatives are slowly get-
great publicity for participating busi-    opportunity to ask any questions                   ting over the fact that she has joined the
nesses, too).                              of your own. Any further ques-                     Yankees. She is thrilled to be working
     Can a participating business sell     tions can be directed to Jennifer                  for the Chamber and looks forward to
gift certificates?                         Pickurel at the Chamber office.                    meeting all of the members.
     Yes. Any business who wants to

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                             New Gift Certificate Program
                              Be Loyal – Buy Local: From a Recent Convert
                        by Jennifer Pickurel, New Paltz Regional Chamber Communications Specialist

O      ne of the challenges for any bus-
       iness located within commuting
distance of New York City is to keep
                                                retailer stocks good value specialist
                                                brands, and these guys were cheerfully
                                                helping people all around us with repairs
                                                                                              now I have. If I know I have to spend my
                                                                                              certificate somewhere in Ulster County,
                                                                                              I might just try something new, or more
local money local. Like many area resi-         and parts.                                    importantly, visit someone who belongs
dents, I commuted to Manhattan for my                 Convenience helps, because I’d          to the Chamber and is participating, over
previous job, and my husband still com-         rather not spend my weekend in the car        some one who isn’t.
mutes daily. Although both offices are          or on a bus. If I know I can buy good              It’s a very gentle nudge in an Ulster
within easy walking distance of city re-        quality products here, then I won’t make      direction, but has the potential to be a
tail areas, we tend to do most of our           the trip for something like shrubs or         very effective one. Residents and visi-
shopping locally. What has persuaded            party invitations even if it means saving     tors do not have to trek into the city or
us to spend our money close to home?            a few dollars. I think this applies to en-    out of town to find “anything nice.” It’s
      I would like to say that loyalty to       tertainment and food, too. I’ve been          one way to pump more dollars into lo-
the area motivates us, but frankly I want       pleasantly surprised to find so many          cal businesses, in turn allowing them
to find what I need and I want good value.      great places to eat here. For a special       to expand their offerings and provide
For the most part, I can accomplish both        night out, I’d rather stay closer to home     even more variety. It will open up the
goals and stay in Ulster County. There          if I know I can get a superb meal and         entire area, with all the options avail-
are a few obvious gaps – there isn’t a          enjoy a good (good!) bottle too.              able, for recipients.
local menswear store and I wish I could               Convincing consumers to stick to             Chamber members know how much
find Kielbasi, and we did go out of town        this area doesn’t have to be a big chal-      promotion and publicity Chamber mem-
to buy our Baby Einstein collection.            lenge. My recipe for success would in-        bership affords. Certificates are another
      Most of the time, anything I need is      clude a big helping of excellent service,     way to reach more customers and get
right here. I’ve noticed that there are defi-   knowing your niche (and exploiting it)        your location on the radar. At the Cham-
nite common traits that persuade people         and providing the best or most distinc-       ber, we’re excited about the new certifi-
who live here and work there to shop            tive selection possible for the best value    cate program and excited about the
here too. For one, successful local busi-       possible. I don’t mind paying a little bit    potential boost to our area. We hope
nesses seem to be themselves. They              more if your goods and services are ex-       you are too!
aren’t trying to compete with Manhat-           cellent, and you’re nice to me. But you
tan.                                            have to let me know you’re here. Once I
      Another distinctive feature is cus-       know about your business, you have the
tomer service. We bought our tractor at         opportunity to impress me and create a
a “big-box” store. Several weeks later,         loyal customer.
we stumbled onto a family business                    Finding ways to encourage those
hardware store. After looking over their        who work or shop outside Ulster County
lawnmower selection, and enjoying the           to shop at home is one reason the New
superb customer care, we’re seriously           Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce
considering selling the one we bought           decided to launch the gift certificates
and buying one there. There’s nothing           program. I hadn’t heard of all of the 250+
wrong with the one we have, but this            businesses currently participating, but

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      The Garden Tour was a huge suc-
 cess, thanks to the careful planning of
 the Garden Tour Committee—Caroline
 Murphy, Eileen Gulbrandsen, Sue
 Stegen and Gail Morehouse (see photo
 to the right).
      This fundraiser exceeded all ex-
 pectations and provided the 85 attend-
 ees with a glorious day to appreciate
 the creative work of the garden own-
 ers who opened their property to the
 public for the day.
      Thank you to all those who volun-
 teered and bought tickets!

 Champagne Tour of
 Emerson Place
     New Paltz Regional Chamber
 members enjoyed a luxurious cham-
 pagne tour of the new Emerson
 Place, which includes The Inn, The
 Lodge, The Spa, The Emporium and
 The Catamount Cafe.
     Guests were transported by char-      Emerson Place Publicist Rich Hall accepts a cer-
 tered bus from The Emporium (the          tificate of appreciation from Chamber Chairman
                                           Doug Thompson of Main Street Bistro
 shopping area) to the hotel and spa
 and the lodge. Champagne flowed
 and delicious hors d’oeuvres were
 waiting at each location.
     Emerson Place donated some
 very generous door prizes, including
 overnight stays and gift bags, which
 were won with great enthusiasm.
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                  State Insurance Department Acts On Workers’ Comp Rate
                                  from The Business Council of New York State, Inc., July 2004

      The State Insurance Department         These cases account for only 14 per-       fund, one of the special funds that the
 has announced that New York’s work-         cent of cases in New York, but ac-         assessment supports, from 150 per-
 ers’ compensation premiums will not         count for 77 percent of all costs in       cent to 125 percent. The Business
 increase next year. But assessments,        the system.                                Council strongly favors a reduction in
 a tax on premiums that all employers             Limiting scheduled “loss of           assessments, which contributed sig-
 must pay, will increase 6 percent this      use” awards. Current state law al-         nificantly to the burden of comp
 year.                                       lows workers to collect the full ben-      costs.
      In September 2003, the National        efits under “scheduled lack of use              Two key reform bills (S.5230-
 Council on Compensation Insurance           awards” even if they return to work        Libous/A.8862-Schimminger and
 (NCCI) estimated that the average           early. Allowing workers to collect both    S.6841/A.10975, which is the
 cost of a workers’ comp case in New         comp benefits and pay simulta-             Governor’s program bill) contain most
 York was $11,793, 72 percent above          neously like this unfairly burdens         of these reforms.
 the national average, which is mainly       employers, the testimony said. New              The State Insurance Department
 because the state offers lifetime ben-      York should reform the system to al-       has the authority to review proposed
 efits in cases in which benefits are        low workers to collect half of the un-     increases in premiums, and its an-
 not “scheduled” in state statute. These     used scheduled benefits if they return     nouncement today came after three
 cases account for 14 percent of             to work before the scheduled benefits      hearings on the proposal and the
 claims, but more than 77 percent of         are due to expire.                         department’s review of it. But the de-
 all compensated injuries.                        Enacting pension offsets. Many        partment has no authority to review
      In testimony at a State Insurance      employers across the state report that     proposed changes in assessments,
 Department hearing in June on work-         some workers make comp claims              so proposed changes are automati-
 ers’ compensation premiums in New           shortly before retiring, apparently in     cally enacted.
 York State, The Business Council            an effect to collect benefits after they        The assessment rate is now 14.3
 highlighted the key reforms New York        retire as a kind of supplemental pen-      percent of premiums. It will go up to
 must enact to reduce its costs:             sion system, the testimony said.           15.1 percent. Assessments, which
      Enacting objective medical                  New York should credit 50 percent     are a key part of the burden of work-
 guidelines. Forty-six other states          of a recipient’s old-age Social Secu-      ers’ compensation costs in New York
 require the use of objective medical        rity benefits and a recipient’s em-        State, support the operational ex-
 guidelines to fairly evaluate workers’      ployer-funded pension plan toward any      penses of New York’s Workers’ Com-
 injuries and illnesses. New York has        and all compensation awards, Kirwan        pensation Board (WCB) and various
 such guidelines, but does not require       said.                                      special funds supported by New
 their use. It should enact such a                Reducing the assessment for-          York’s workers’ comp system.
 requirement.                                mula. The Governor’s program bill               Last year, the assessment rate
      Curtailing lifetime benefits.          takes steps to lower at least part of      increased 10 percent, from 13 to 14.3
 Most workers’ comp costs in New             the assessment that employers pay.         percent.
 York State stem from cases in which         His proposal would lower the assess-
 benefits are not specified in statute.      ment formula for the Second Injury

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          Regional Chamber of Commerce
Board of Directors                                         Financial Advisor Jerry Luke Fox Hill B&B
                                                           Legal Counsel Paul O’Neill Attorney at Law
Irene Berner Irene Berner Associates
                                                           Ex Officio Members
Sally Cross SUNY New Paltz                                   Edward Burke Smith Barney Citigroup
Steven Deutsch Campus Auxiliary Services                     Doris Colucci Colucci Shand Realty
James Diaz Paychex                                           Rick Lewis Bank of New York
Robert Glemming Management Information Solutions             Off. Scott Schaffrick New Paltz Police Department
Robert Leduc Mohonk Mountain House                           Marge Schenck Downtown Business Association
Margaret McDowell Bermac Home Aides, Inc.
Lucy Paradies Coldwell Banker Currier & Lazier             Chamber Staff
Phil Subey Hudson Valley Impressions                       President Joyce Minard
Andrew Swanander Swan Brothers LLC                         Membership Director Susan C. Colchamiro
Beverly Tantillo Tantillo’s Farm Market                    Director of Marketing and Communications Peggy Hurley
Ernie VanDeMark CH Energy Group, Inc.                      Communications Specialist Jennifer Pickurel
                                                           Visitor Services Administrator Elisabeth J. Romano
Board Officers                                             Assistant Director of Finance & Membership June Polatsek
                                                           Founding Member Elizabeth Bickmore
Chairman Douglas Thompson Main Street Bistro
1st Vice Chairman Howard Mont Sparrow Hawk B&B             UPDATE is published and printed monthly by the New
2nd Vice Chairman Joseph Sarubbi Associated Abbey Carpet   Paltz Regional Chamber of Commerce and is also available
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Past Chairperson
   Kathy Ferrusi Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union        Editor, Art Direction & Production Peggy Hurley
Treasurer Sue VanVoorhis M&T Bank

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