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Groundbreaking Ceremony for 9/11 Memorial Park

September 11, 2014 – 4:00pm

The groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Poughkeepsie’s new 9/11 Memorial park is set for 4pm, September 11, 2014 on the lawn next to City Hall facing the Poughkeepsie Journal building.

The Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie has secured two beams from the World Trade Center which will be installed in the park.

This park will eventually include an area to sit and reflect on the beams, surrounded by a bricked area with benches. Under the trees, on both sides of the beam installation, will be tables and benches where local workers and visitors can have lunch, congregate, and enjoy the bustle of downtown.


Rendering of the 9/11 Memorial

The City of Poughkeepsie as well as local businesses, including Healey Chevrolet, DCH Toyota, and Mid-Hudson Subaru have pledged time, talent, and resources to complete phase one of this project. Donations being collected by Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley.

Two other local companies, Tinkelman Associates and Globe Industries, have designed the layout of the park and the beams’ construction.

“This is a wonderful community project to commemorate a very important part of our nation’s history. Many lives were lost that day and we are fortunate enough to be able to honor those heroes.  I am delighted that the City of Poughkeepsie could be part of this and that the City’s residents and visitors will be able to take part in this memorial and enjoy the beautiful space to be created,” said Mayor John C. Tkazyik.

Should you have any questions, please contact Randy Ross of the Kiwanis Club of Poughkeepsie at 914-489-5189.

Summer Food Service Program – Free Summer Meals for Youth in Poughkeepsie

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

Promoting summer feeding sites in your community is one of the most important things you can do to ensure no child goes hungry this summer. The more parents, children, and teenagers know about where sites are located, the more children will come to eat.

All kids & teens 18 years and younger can receive a nutritious meal for FREE during the summer!

  • It’s Free: Kids eat free meals and families save money.
  • It’s Easy: No residency or citizenship rules, no registration, and no forms to fill out. Any kid can receive a free meal this summer.
  • It’s Fun: There will be occasional events & activities at the lunch site.
  • It’s Good Food: A nutritious meal is served

Free meals are served Monday through Friday. For a complete list of locations and for additional information about outreach events, download the flyers below:


Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Image of FireworksThe City of Poughkeepsie will host the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular on Friday, July 4th at dusk (approx. 9:20pm).  The best places to view the show are from Waryas Park (free), The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum (tickets required), or the Walkway Over the Hudson (tickets required).

Waryas Park will be closed to vehicles beginning at 2pm on Friday, July 4th.

Free parking is available in all municipal lots during the event. On-street metered parking is free after 6pm. Handicap parking is available in the small lot on Main Street, adjacent to Waryas Park and River Station.

Rain Date: Saturday, July 5, 2014

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Poughkeepsie Summer Youth Expo

Thursday, June 19 – 4pm to 7pm
Poughkeepsie High School Cafeteria

Come discover what Poughkeepsie has to offer, just in time for summer! The expo will feature a wealth of community-based programs and services available to local youth, including the Poughkeepsie School District’s Community Swim Program, the Adriance Library, Mill Street Loft, the Children’s Media Project, the Family Partnership, R.E.A.L. Skills, the Catherine Street Community Center, Summer Camp programs, CC4C, youth-friendly employers and more…all gathered under one roof!

Light refreshments will be served.

Parents, students, and community stakeholders are all welcome.


Councilman Tracy Hermann (8th Ward)
(845) 416-8285
[email protected]


Councilman Randall A. Johnson II (7th Ward)
(845) 454-5349
[email protected]

Sponsored by the City of Poughkeepsie’s Liaison Committee to the Board of Education and the City of Poughkeepsie School District

2014 Riverkeeper Sweep: Fallkill Creek Cleanup

Photos from the Fallkill Creek cleanup group during the 2014 Riverkeeper Sweep on Saturday May 10th. The Fallkill watershed drains over 12,000 acres of land into the Hudson River, and the Fallkill Creek and its tributaries reach out over five Dutchess County municipalities before draining into the Hudson in the City of Poughkeepsie at Upper Landing. The land use surrounding the creek in the City of Poughkeepsie is highly urbanized and receives much litter and garbage, as well as illegal dumping of large waste items.

We all need to do our part to keep litter from entering the creek and the Hudson River so that these amazing resources can be enjoyed by the community. This year, at the Fallkill creek site alone, volunteers picked up six full, 42 gallon bags of trash and one full, 42 gallon bag of recyclables in just a three-hour period. Great job to those that stepped up to help out!


2014 Riverkeeper Sweep – Saturday, May 10

Join Riverkeeper, Make Poughkeepsie Shine, and the Fallkill Creek Watershed Committee on May 10th to help Poughkeepsie sparkle!  This year Riverkeeper’s Sweep, Councilman Joe Rich’s Make Poughkeepsie Shine and the Fallkill Creek Watershed Committee will be combining efforts to clean various locations in the City of Poughkeepsie and help keep our local waterways clear of garbage and debris.  Specific sites in the City of Poughkeepsie include Waryas Park, Kaal Rock Point and Kaal Rock Park, and the banks and streets along the Fallkill Creek.  Interested volunteers should visit Riverkeeper’s website for event details and registration information.

Registered volunteers are eligible for raffle prizes from Hudson River Recreation, Storm King Adventure Tours, Hudson River Expeditions and others. Volunteers who become Riverkeeper members while registering for the Sweep are eligible to win one of 10 waterproof Sprout Watches, valued at $75.  Registered volunteers also receive an invitation to Sweep to Your Brewery for a free beverage after the cleanup at Mill House Brewing Co. or one of several other participating businesses.

City Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on April 26

On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Poughkeepsie and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your pills for disposal to the Public Safety Building at 505 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, New York.  (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

“Our Home in the Valley” Photography Exhibit


“Our Home in the Valley”

A Photography Exhibit by Barbara Todd

Opening: Wednesday, April 23, 5:30 to 6:30 pm,
(Preceding the Common Council meeting)

Poughkeepsie Common Council Chambers
Third Floor, City Hall, 62 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, New York

Sponsored By: Arts Mid-Hudson


Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan Open House

The Land Use Law Center is hosting a public “open house” on April 16th from 6:30-8:30pm at 305 Main Street, “The Canvas,” next door to the Artist’s Palate to discuss the draft Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan.  A team of facilitators will be on staff to take public comments.  The Poughkeepsie City Center Revitalization Plan (PCCRP) seeks to capitalize on all of Poughkeepsie’s assets while redressing enduring concerns about building vacancy, crime, public safety, open space, and the underutilization of land. The PCCRP generates planning concepts and implementation strategies to help reassert Poughkeepsie as the economic and cultural center of the Hudson Valley. Please help spread the word through your contacts. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 16th.

20th Annual Celebration of Lights & Fireworks

The 20th Annual Celebration of Lights Parade & Fireworks is scheduled for Friday, December 6, 2013. The parade will commence at 6:30pm on Main Street and Garden Street and proceed to the evening’s first Christmas tree lighting on Main Street, near Market Street. The parade will proceed down Main Street to Clover Street where the parade will conclude at Dongan Square Park for the second Christmas tree lighting. At 7:15pm, Poughkeepsie River District Business Association and Legion Fireworks will present the area’s only winter fireworks display along Poughkeepsie’s waterfront.


Free parking is available in all downtown City parking lots during the event. A temporary “No Parking” zone will be in effect on Main Street, between Academy Street and Market Street, on Friday from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.  City of Poughkeepsie Police will post the zone Thursday evening.

For additional information about the event, please visit the Bardavon website: