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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…

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

Poughkeepsie’s Monthly ‘First Friday’ Celebrations Kick Off April 1st

buzzisbackPoughkeepsie’s new monthly “First Friday” celebrations will begin with a flourish at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House on Friday, April 1st, according to City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison.

Mayor Rolison said that First Friday Poughkeepsie will be a monthly celebration of the city’s cultural, dining and entertainment offerings, highlighting “the best of Poughkeepsie” to create a unique and fun atmosphere in the city on the first Friday of every month. Organized in concert with Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro and representatives from downtown cultural venues and businesses, First Friday Poughkeepsie provides downtown office workers and city residents with opportunities to socialize together in downtown Poughkeepsie after work.

“I ran on a campaign of bringing the buzz back to Poughkeepsie and am excited to continue doing that with First Friday Poughkeepsie. This idea was brought to me by my wife, Lori, and I thought it was a fantastic one,” said Mayor Rolison. “Over the past few weeks, we’ve been reaching out to local businesses, community leaders, civic groups and cultural organizations. The response has been fantastic. Lori and I are excited to work with these partners – and anyone else who would like to join us – to make the first Friday of every month a showcase of what makes Poughkeepsie great.” Continue reading Poughkeepsie’s Monthly ‘First Friday’ Celebrations Kick Off April 1st

Wreath Laying Ceremony In Memory of Councilman J. Tracy Hermann

Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Council Chairman Chris Petsas will lead a wreath laying ceremony on behalf of the city and all city employees in memory of Councilman Tracy Hermann. The ceremony will be held at the Memorial Bell at City Hall (62 Civic Center Plaza)  on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm. All are welcome to join us in remembering Councilman Hermann.

Ceremony to Commemorate the History of Shipbuilding in Poughkeepsie

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Shipyard Point (176 Rinaldi Blvd., lower lot of Shadows on the Hudson)

The bronze plaque set in local blue-stone commemorates over 100 years of shipbuilding in Poughkeepsie 1775- c.1890. This pivotal period officially began after the Continental Congress authorized Poughkeepsie to construct the two frigates CONGRESS and MONTGOMERY on December 13, 1775. The two vessels were completed at Poughkeepsie’s Shipyard Point in November, 1776 and were engaged in the Battle of Fort Montgomery in October, 1777, only to be scuttled and burned by the Americans themselves. This action caused the British to delay its advance up the Hudson River and thus helped turn the tide of the War away from the Hudson River Valley. Over the ensuing years many other significant sea and river vessels would be built at Poughkeepsie including the Steamboat RELIANCE, constructed in 1854 as a commercial vessel, was given to the U.S. Government in April, 1861 and was used as a transport vessel for Union troops to fight in the Civil War.

Mayor John Tkazyik and City Historian George Lukacs officially invite you to attend this acknowledgement of a significant historic location on the Hudson on Thursday, November 12th at 10am, Shipyard Point (lower lot of Shadows on the Hudson, 176 Rinaldi Blvd.) Revolutionary War reenactment uniform and historic overview will be provided by Colonel James M. Johnson of the Hudson River Valley Institute.

Reenactment members of the 150th Civil War Regiment will also be present to fire a rifle salute to the military contributions of Poughkeepsie’s ship building. Other invited guests will be present to contribute their respect for this historic location and salute the contributions of the millions of American Veterans.

Any questions please contact Historian George Lukacs, [email protected], or call (845)891-5380.