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“Mission Literacy” Initiative Launched by City School District & City Government

The Poughkeepsie City School District is striving to reach its goal of ranking in the top 10% of the 700 school districts in New York State by 2020.  In their relentless pursuit of excellence for the almost 4,700 students they serve, the district is enhancing its Mission Literacy initiative with the help of City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and the members of the Common Council.

In the upcoming unveiling of the Mission Literacy framework at City Hall, the Mayor, the District, and City government will pledge to encourage all City of Poughkeepsie stakeholders to participate in a literacy initiative that improves student achievement, graduation rates, college placement, and career readiness. This initiative is a unique synergy between the City of Poughkeepsie government and the Poughkeepsie City School District that includes Book Baskets, summer reading logs, and Summer Pak, a reading program designed to decrease “summer learning loss.”

“It is so important for City government to support the efforts of our school district.  Working together, we can achieve real results for the residents of our City who are our future leaders.  I am proud of the symbiotic relationship that has formed between the City school district and our City government,” said Mayor Rob Rolison.

School Superintendent Dr. Nicolé Williams said, “We are both honored and privileged to partner with Mayor Rolison and the members of the Common Council, our elected officials, the Poughkeepsie Public Library District-the Adriance Memorial Library, our community-based organizations, our business community, the faith-based community, parents, students, and staff members in this mission-critical work focused purposefully on providing rich and valuable literacy experiences for students across the City of Poughkeepsie. Our goal is to work collectively, in a coordinated effort, to launch strategic literacy initiatives that incentivize and support the development of exemplary practices to improve interdisciplinary literacy and ensure that our students have the opportunity to develop a life-long love for the key domains in their educational trajectory: reading, writing, speaking, listening, and analytical reasoning.”

The Mission Literacy framework will be unveiled at City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza, Poughkeepsie, on Thursday, June 9, 2016, at 10:30 am.

Dutchess County Tick Task Force Education Workshop

tickpreventionThe Dutchess County Tick Task Force Education Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 11th at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home in Hyde Park, New York.

Workshops will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 12:00 p.m.  A tentative list of speakers with times can be found at:

In addition, New York State Senator Sue Serino, chairperson of the New York State Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases has partnered for this event. With spring in full swing, now is the best time to be raising awareness throughout the community about how to prevent the spread of Lyme and tick-borne diseases,” said Senator Serino. “This event is all about prevention and protection and will arm community members with the information they need to safeguard themselves and their families against Lyme.”

For more information, residents may contact the Dutchess County Legislative office at 486-2100.

Hope to see you on May 11 at the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home!

First Friday is back on May 6th!

The buzz is back!

And next week, that buzz you hear will be the sound of a drone taking to the skies over Main Street.

First Friday Poughkeepsie is excited to partner with Walkway Over the Hudson for a very special announcement…

Next month’s First Friday – on MAY 6 – will be kicking off with the premiere of a stunning, 4-minute aerial film produced by Walkway Over the Hudson.

Shot entirely by drone, over four months, the film features local landmarks and scenery like you’ve never seen them before. The film will showcase the Greater Walkway Experience, a tremendously exciting initiative to promote the local area and its attractions to the Walkway’s 500,000 annual visitors.

All are invited to the film’s premiere on Friday, May 6, at 5:15pm at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House. Admission is free.

The event will be hosted by Mayor Rob Rolison; Town of Lloyd Supervisor Paul Hansut; and Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, executive director of Walkway Over the Hudson.

After the premiere, at 5:45pm, everyone is invited to meet the filmmakers and see an actual drone live and in action on Main Street.

A wide range of restaurants and businesses along Main Street and downtown will be offering specials, promotions, tours and samples.

The evening will also feature live music along Main St. and activities for kids.

More details to be announced this week! Follow First Friday Poughkeepsie on Facebook for more details.

First Ward Neighborhood Meeting – April 30, 2016


Join the Celebration of Poughkeepsie Earth Day!

A special day of activities will take place Saturday, April 16th, 2016, celebrating the City of Poughkeepsie as an ecosystem—its communities, diversity and biodiversity. Inspired by the national Earth Day Celebration created in 1970, this first-time Poughkeepsie Earth Day event is an opportunity to celebrate the City, the environment, and the beautiful mid-Hudson River Valley that we live in. A multitude of events are planned, for all ages and all types of involvement, including: Continue reading Join the Celebration of Poughkeepsie Earth Day!

Community Meet-Up: A Healthy Poughkeepsie

April Community Meet-Up!

Topic: A Healthy Poughkeepsie

Local programs that promote  a healthy lifestyle for ALL Poughkeepsie residents.

Thursday, April 21st, 6-8pm
Mid-Hudson Heritage Center
317 Main Street, Poughkeepsie

Contact Nora at (845) 454-5176 ext.119
[email protected] for more information

Ward 6 Community Cleanup – April 16, 2016

Councilwoman Natasha Cherry is hosting a Ward 6 Community Cleanup at Bartlett Park on Saturday, April 16th at 10:00 am. Let’s come out and make the 6th ward sparkle!

For additional information, please contact:

Councilwoman Natasha Cherry
(845) 849-9584 Home

Volunteer to Cleanup Dongan Park for Earth Week 2016

Thursday, April 21
2:30pm to 5:30pm
Dongan Park – Mill St. & Clover St.

EarthWeek2016Clearwater will continue celebrating Earth Week 2016 by spending the fourth cleanup day in Poughkeepsie, NY working to clean up Dongan Park.  Volunteers will meet at the park to start and work around the area to clear any litter that may possibly enter the waterways of the Fallkill. We will need volunteers to help us prior to the event to spread the word as well as throughout the day in various ways.

On the day of the event volunteers will be needed to sign people in, pick litter, sort trash and recyclables and record all collection data. Volunteers will be required to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the event for assignments and to complete waivers.  

Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes, layers of clothing that you are willing to get dirty, sunscreen, water and a hat.  We will not provide refreshments so feel free to bring a light snack if you think you will need one.

Please click below to register as a volunteer and if you would like to help spread the word and put flyers up in your area prior to the event please e-mail the event contact and Clearwater’s Volunteer Coordinator, Shameika Hanson to find out how.  

We look forward to seeing you there and helping us to continue to deliver for the river!

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Community Forum: Design Options for the Kaal Rock Connector

Community Forum Announcement

Join the City of Poughkeepsie leadership at a forum presenting the design options for the Kaal Rock Connector. This project would link the City’s northern and southern waterfront parks around Kaal Rock with an elevated pedestrian walkway over the Hudson River, improving access and connections to the Poughkeepsie waterfront.

Please join us!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Upstairs at River Station Restaurant
1 North Water Street, Poughkeepsie

This meeting is open to the public. Residents are encouraged to attend.

Supported by the Poughkeepsie Alliance

 Download: Community Forum Announcement Event Flyer»

First Friday Poughkeepsie Kick-Off Ceremony – Friday, April 1st




(Free and open to the general public)

LOCATION: Bardavon 1869 Opera House, 35 Market Street
TIME: 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Join Mayor Rob Rolison and County Executive Marcus Molinaro for the launch of First Friday Poughkeepsie. Brief remarks from the Mayor and County Executive, as well as…

  • LIVE saxophone music courtesy of HAROLD KIMBLE!
  • FREE cold-brew coffee from Poughkeepsie’s OWN coffee roaster…NORTH RIVER ROASTERS!
  • FREE sweets from CAFFE AURORA of Poughkeepsie’s Little Italy!
  • FREE donuts from DUNKIN’ DONUTS!
  • FREE First Friday Poughkeepsie buttons!

After the Kick-Off Ceremony, everyone is invited to enjoy First Friday Poughkeepsie’s featured events, listed below…

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