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Poughkeepsie, NY—The weather here in the lower Hudson Valley has been fairly average to say the least, although the past couple Saturdays have been rather wet.  Considering the rainfall in the Hudson Valley area was below average during the month of August, September is looking like it will be a wet one.  The rainy weather has had local Poughkeepsie residents stuck inside on a critical day during their weekend.

“I have noticed that there has been rain these past couple of weekends, which to be honest, has been great for my garden,” local resident Sandra Perez said.  “It’s a little bittersweet since the summer is coming to an end you want the last couple of weekends to be nice days before the cold weather begins,” she continues.  Sandra lives on Washington Street in the city of Poughkeepsie and also added that the rainy days have made her kids lazy on the weekend. Continue reading

Fall season is just around the corner.  Meaning relief will be needed to cope with Allergies.

Allergy Relief Time

By Bob Tognetti

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.–The sweat is gone, but the sniffles are just arriving. The fall allergy season is considered to be right around the corner, but it seems to have already been affecting several residents around the Poughkeepsie Area.

It seems to be a common seasonal trend as when the heat begins to decline and as the coolness begins to set in an increase in the need for allergy medications becomes inevitable among residents of the area and across the nation. Continue reading

Vegtables and fruits like these rely heavily on the perfect weather conditions.

Cooler weather is received warmly by local farmers

The recent cool weather across the Hudson Valley has been a welcome change to the blistering 90 degrees and humidity of last week. With temperatures finally returning to normalcy, the Hudson River Valley is gearing up for one of its major attractions: wineries and local farms.

Usually at this time of year, temperatures hover around 80 degrees, with the high being 78 degrees Fahrenheit and the low at 55 degrees at night. This week, though, the weather has taken a turn boasting temperatures that barely pass 70 degrees during the day and hang around 50 degrees at night, but that will all change this weekend as the temperatures approach back 80 degrees. Continue reading

Fall sunsets are only just beginning, but fall temps have been the norm all summer.

Cool summer affects regional businesses

Students are back at school, leaf-peepers will soon be out in full force as the Hudson Valley trees turn into a blazing inferno of color, pumpkin-flavored everything is starting to appear in stores and colder nights are only supposed to just start to become the norm.

But the summer of 2014 seemed to segue into fall much sooner than anticipated; the only real “summer” temperatures felt in the Hudson Valley and surrounding regions were during the past few weeks when the mercury finally crept past 90 degrees.

The unusual 2014 cold spell has affected not only everyday summer activities but has also affected local farmers, sleep away camps, Delaware River rafting companies and even local restaurants. Continue reading

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The winter parking disaster of 2014

The winter of 2013-2014 was one of the harshest in recent memories. For those who live on Delano St. in Poughkeepsie, NY, it was a mere disaster.

The one way side-street, off of Delafield Ave, serves as a residence area for no more than 3 houses and 8 apartment complexes. With the only parking lot being a locked up, abandoned school lot, the residents were forced to all park on one side of the street, in accordance with the town laws. Since the parking is scarce, the residents of this block were at their boiling point during last year’s winter season. Continue reading

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Rough winter ahead? Not so fast

Despite the fact that we did, in fact, have a cooler-than-average summer, there is no “record-shattering snowfall” in store for this winter, as reported by satire news site Empire News – at least not for now.

The same website that has published articles such as “V.P. Joe Biden Still Missing One Week After Initiating Game Of Hide-N-Seek At White House,” and “Tiger Woods To Announce Retirement From PGA Tour To Focus On Miniature Golf Career” duped many folks into believing that this winter onslaught was to begin as early as the end of September. Though the report went viral throughout social media, people soon caught on to the website’s bogus weather forecast. Continue reading

Say Goodbye to “A Week At The Beach”

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – As the weatherman begins to predict cooler temperatures, it is an indicator to us all that fall is near. It is time to pack away those favorite pair of shorts and throw the flip-flops to the back of the closet. Along with the reintroduction into fall fashion comes apple picking, pumpkin spiced lattes and stores filled with Halloween decorations.

A quick change of forecast is upon us from one week to the next as lows are now being predicted to dip down into the 40s. For restaurants and bars the change in weather means a complete makeover to the drink menu. It has come time to say goodbye to your beloved, refreshing summer cocktail topped off with the decorative umbrella and welcome the latest fall specials.

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Cold weather may lead to crippled cellphones

With the cold weather just around the corner, life is about to get miserable for all of us, even more than some people know. Have you ever felt that your phone underperforms when the temperature drops? Perhaps you think your battery is draining faster, or your screen is dimmer, or the phone is even running slower. Well, you’re not wrong, the cold weather does actually have an effect on phones, and other electronics that many of us have become so attached to, and carry with us on a daily basis.  Continue reading

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COM 322 at Marist College to relaunch Red Fox Report for Fall 2014 semester

The 18 students enrolled in Kevin Lerner’s intermediate reporting and writing class will be relaunching the website known as The Red Fox Report. The site, originally started as a class project for a section of the same course in 2013, has been completely revamped visually. But the biggest change will come with the switchover in staff.

“This looks to be a really solid group of reporters,” Lerner said, noting that it was awkward to be quoting himself in a fake news story. “The first task though will be to get them familiar with the inner workings of WordPress, the content management system we’ll be using to run the site.”

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Autism Speaks U Finds a Home at Marist

Autism is the fastest growing development disability in the United States, with an annual 10-17 percent increase according to the Center for Autism. Yet it is continuously one of the most stereotyped and ill-informed mental illness throughout the country. Kaity Meagher and the rest of her executive board is hoping to change this culture at Marist College by founding their own Autism Speaks U chapter.

“Autism Speaks U is a branch organization off of Autism Speaks, which advocates, educates, and raises funds for autism research,” says Meagher, president and founder of the Marist chapter. “Autism Speaks U is different because it is a program specifically for colleges and universities across the country.”

Meagher, a junior psychology and special education major at Marist, was inspired to start this chapter following the tragic death of her lifelong friend Sydne Jacoby in November of 2011. Jacoby was a student at the University of Massachusetts and board member on their Autism Speaks U chapter.

“After a few months I knew that with her passion and mine, forming a chapter here was what I knew I wanted to do then more than ever before,” says Meagher.

Meagher started the process of getting support by talking with family, friends, faculty members at Marist and anyone else who could give her direction in this new journey. She approached the Education department, office of Special Services, Student Government Association and Student Activities, finding growing support all along the way. Soon enough she had a 12 person executive board, 500 plus signatures on a petition and 62 people interested in being a part of a this new organization.

“Kaity is really the one to thank for starting the club at Marist,” says Brianna Carey, executive board member. “She went around to different education classes and asked if anyone would be interested in being involved. From there, the long process with student government and college activities began.”

This process wrapped up in late November 2013 with Meagher receiving approval from the Student Government Association to officially hold meetings in the spring of 2014.

“I honestly was, and still am, amazed by the amount of support that we have received and that we are continuing to receive,” says Meagher.

Autism Speaks U was officially launched in 2008 and is a part of its parent organization Autism Speaks, which was founded in 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since their inaugural event in 2006 at the Penn State University, Autism Speaks U has raised over 1 million dollars, according to the Autism Speaks U website.

While the majority of students who are drawn to this program are special education or psychology majors such as Meagher, for some there is a much more personal relationship with Autism.

“I have a connection with Autism from my own brother John was diagnosed at the age of three,” says Caroline Sullivan an executive board member. “There was no hesitation on my part in terms of wanting to help Kaity with the process of forming this club on campus.”

It is with this sort of dedication and determination combined with the need to continue to help and advocate for those who are not able to do so themselves which has lead to the success of the Autism Speaks U organization at a national level.

Even before the organization was officially recognized at Marist, Meagher and her executive board was hard at work planning different possible events for the spring. All of them, centered around the main goal of the organization: raising awareness and better educating students at Marist about autism.

The two major events planned for the spring semester so far are Light it up Blue on April 2nd, which is autism awareness day, and a Color Run/Walk across campus.

The Light it Up Blue event is an event Meagher has done before, but never with an Autism Speaks U chapter.

“We have done this event before here, lighting up the Rotunda blue, but I would really like to make this year’s event bigger and better than before,” says Meagher.

The second event is one in which Meagher is most looking forward to.

“The second major event we want to hold here is Marist’s first ever Color Run/Walk,” says Meagher. “I’m picturing it being all different shades of blue powder being thrown at participants, which would obviously make us as a chapter stand out.”

Recruitment Chair Jamie Landry also looks toward huge factor for the success of this organization and hopes to have different programs centered around gaining involvement.

“I hope to have a huge program at the beginning of next semester to let people know what the club is all about,” says Landry.

With the road ahead looking promising Meagher is nothing but excited to continue to grow this organization on the Marist campus.

“We want nothing more than to be a success on this campus, and to leave a lasting legacy for years to come,”says Meagher.