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Award-winning journalist Bob Dumas’ writing and editing career spans more than 25 years. He is the recipient of the prestigious Maggie Award for outstanding magazine writing, and has won several New York State Press Association honors for his work in community-based journalism. He was named “Who’s Who in Aquatics” by Aquatics International magazine for his for exposes on safety in the swimming pool industry. He has written for national trade magazines for one of the largest business-to-business publishers in the U.S., and was the deputy editor for North County News in Yorktown. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego with a BA in Communication.

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Police Investigate Stabbing Deaths of Two Men in City of Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE – Two men were stabbed to death at an apartment on North Clinton Street Saturday morning, according to police. City of Poughkeepsie police said they were dispatched to a second-floor apartment at 133 North Clinton St. on the report of an intruder. Upon arrival, officers discovered two men and a woman stabbed inside the apartment. One man was pronounced dead at the scene; the other man was trans ...

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Coming to Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Unwanted or expired prescription medicines left lying around the house are recipe for disaster. On Saturday, April 26, the Town of Poughkeepsie Police Department, in conjunction with The Council on Addiction, Prevention and Education of Dutchess County (CAPE) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will provide the public with an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by rid ...

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Victim of Wappingers Falls Domino’s Fire IDed as 19-Year-Old Roy C. Ketchum Grad

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. - The victim of the early morning fire that destroyed a Domino’s pizzeria at a strip mall in Wappingers Falls on Wednesday has been identified as Adam Michael Justiniano, 19, a 2013 graduate of Roy C. Ketchum High School. The teen was the son of  Wappingers Falls residents Javier Carlos and Gladys Licona Justiniano. Justiniano was killed in the blaze that is still be investigated by p ...

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Iona College Honors Yankee Great Mariano Rivera at Annual Scholarship Gala

Pictured: From left, Mariano Rivera, Robert LaPenta, Clara Rivera, Iona College President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D, and James P. Hynes, chairman of the Iona College Board of Trustees. NEW YORK, N.Y. - The Board of Trustees of Iona College held its 52nd annual Scholarship Gala Friday night at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City to honor leaders who exemplify the college’s mission of service and scholarship, inc ...

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Police Charge Woman with Felony for Fraudulent Bank Transfer in Wappingers Falls

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y., - State police from the Wappinger barracks have arrested a 21-year-old woman on felony charges for allegedly making a fraudulent bank wire transfer. Police arrested Melissa Fontana of Monsey, N.Y., a hamlet of Ramapo in Rockland County, on Wednesday and charged her with third-degree grand larceny. Fontana is alleged to have obtained approximately $11,000 from a fraudulent bank wire t ...

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Mid-Hudson Subaru in Wappingers Falls Donates $30K to Grace Smith House

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y.  – As part of Subaru's Share the Love event, Mid-Hudson Subaru in Wappingers Falls collected $30,000 for Grace Smith House, Inc. and presented the organization with the check on Wednesday. Subaru of America, Inc. donates up to $10 million to charitable partners during its annual Share the Love event. New Subarus sold or leased from Nov. 21, 2013 to Jan.2, 2014, were eligible for a $25 ...

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UPDATE: Investigators Say Fire at Goldens Bridge Firehouse was Accidental

UPDATE: GOLDEN’S BRIDGE, N.Y. - A fire that destroyed a good portion of the Goldens Bridge firehouse Monday morning has been ruled accidental, according to state police. The Westchester County Cause and Origin Team and New York State Police have determined that the fire was caused by a faulty electrical connection to a fire truck parked inside the firehouse. State police from the Somer barracks said the fir ...

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Indian Point’s Unit 2 Shut Down for Planned Refueling

BUCHANAN, N.Y. – Control room operators at the Indian Point unit 2 nuclear power plant shut down the unit to begin its 21st scheduled refueling outage at 1 a.m. on Monday. Unit 2 was online generating electricity for more than 16,500 hours – or more than 99 percent of the time -- since it returned to service from its previous refueling outage in April 2012. During its refueling, unit 2 will also undergo mai ...

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Poughkeepsie Town Police Warn of Phone Scam Involving Central Hudson

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Town of Poughkeepsie police are warning Central Hudson Gas & Electric customers about a phone scam involving MoneyPak cards. Police said they have received two complaints of a phone scam where victims are told that they need to pay their Central Hudson bill or their service will be cut off. The victims were told to go to the pharmacy and put money on a MoneyPak card. Both victims we ...

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Vassar Awarded $750,000 Mellon Foundation Grant to Enhance Role of Creative Arts

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Vassar College a $750,000 grant for a multi-year initiative entitled “The Creative Arts Across Disciplines” to enhance the integration of creative arts across the school’s curriculum. The initiative builds on the college’s Mellon-supported “Visiting Artists at Vassar” pilot project of 2010-11. That project featured residencies by a playwright ...

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