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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 www.newpaltzchamber.org 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, www.hhs-newpaltz.org glas Thompson as our
Labor Day Weekend, September 4, 5, 6
Kathy has been a very
WOODSTOCK-NEW PALTZ ART & CRAFTS FAIR
active member of the
Ulster County Fairgrounds, New Paltz, www.quailhollow.com
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-
14TH ANNUAL TASTE OF NEW PALTZ
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
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
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
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.
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301 Manchester Road 486 South Mountain Road CORRECTION
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845-905-2121, David Ringwood 845-255-0006 incorrectly in last month’s newsletter.
E-mail: email@example.com Virginia and Joseph Marks The correct address is:
Website: www.americanheart.org E-mail: Jtmarks@hvc.rr.com www.grizzlybearinspections.com
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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
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Diane Di Napoli & Michele Di Napoli
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David K. Gordon Law Office Starbucks Coffee Company
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845-691-8241, David Gordon 47 Butterville Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 845-256-9830, David Brownstein
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168 Forest Hill Drive, Kingston, NY 12401
845-339-3088, Bonnie Roll
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Sherry’s Mobile Salon
162 High Falls Road
Saugerties, NY 12477
Old copies of the New Paltz
Website: www.designworksonline.net 845-247-2853, Sherry Lazaroff Chamber’s Area Guide/Membership
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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.
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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 www.marlismomberphoto.com.
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
www.valleylaser.net. contact Employment Specialist JoAnn
something special. For more informa-
Brinkerhoff at 845-437-4741 or by e-mail
tion, visit www.mohonkpreserve.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
203 Main Street
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”
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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: www.adairwine.com. 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.
C ivil Technologies & Engineer-
ing, P.C. (CTE) is a full-service ar- H urds Family Farm in Modena
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 www.cte1.com. mation, call 845-883-7364 or visit Berner at 256-9755, and for ticket pur-
www.hurdsharvest.com. chases, call Joanne Secky at 255-8680.
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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-
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-
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-
TASTE OF NEW PALTZ
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
BUSINESS EDUCATION COMMITTEE
Bob Glemming – 296-1176
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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,
www.certifichecks.com, 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
questions from participating mer-
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:
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
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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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-
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This fundraiser exceeded all ex-
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the creative work of the garden own-
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public for the day.
Thank you to all those who volun-
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Champagne Tour of
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.
Our Emerson Place hosts: Public Relations As-
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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-
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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
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