Category Archives: Features

The Entertainer

Audio slideshow by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Little Rebellion

This piece is part of a series that examines how students find themselves at New Paltz.

Immediately after graduating an Italian high school, Nadia Durigon, 24, decided to follow her lifelong dream and work as an entertainer on a cruise ship. She said working on the ship helped her to meet new people and to experience the world.

Three years later, Durigon decided to attend the University of Urbino in Italy, but eventually she chose to follow another dream and go to America.

Now, Durigon is studying Communications and Media as a foreign exchange student at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She enjoys her weekends traveling around the U.S., and she plans to leave résumés at businesses in New York in hopes of working in America in the future.

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Nadia’s journey to New Paltz

Audio clip by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Little Rebellion

Listen as Nadia Durigon, 24, tells the story of how she decided to follow her lifelong dream and work as an entertainer on a cruise ship immediately after graduating high school. Three years later, Durigon decided to attend the University of Urbino in Italy, but eventually she chose to follow another dream and go to America. Now, Durigon is studying Communications and Media as a foreign exchange student at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Budding business

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The New Paltz Oracle

New Paltz resident Lynda Saylor strolls The Flower Kart along the sidewalk, pausing for some time on the corner of Plattekill Avenue and Main Street to speak with customers.

Saylor, 45, said she opened the cart in August as an additional source of income when the Hudson Valley Rehabilitation and Extended Care Center, where she had worked as a nurse for 12 years, began to cut back on overtime. Continue reading

9/11 changed forever: victims database (10th Anniversary Spread)

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News / The Poughkeepsie Journal
9/11 10th Anniversary Spread

Robert L. Scandole, Jr. was a family man, and his two daughters, Emma and Katie, were his world.

Days didn’t really begin, said his wife, Sheila, 47, until 6:10 p.m., when the beloved father would walk through the front door of their home in Pelham.

They would eat dinner together, and he always read his daughters their bedtime stories and gave them their nighttime baths, she said.

The girls were just toddlers when they lost their father.

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PowWow to share art, music traditions

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

HARRIMAN STATE PART—A celebration of Native American culture will take place this weekend at the 14th annual Bear Mountain PowWow.

The two-day event, organized by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council, is expected to draw crowds at Anthony Wayne Recreation Area for its abundance of song and dance, lively storytelling, native foods, indigenous arts and activities.

Since 1994, the council, a nonprofit organization based in Brooklyn, has been dedicated to preserving indigenous culture and educating people about Native American heritage.

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Gay couples wed at Nyack park

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

NYACK—Nora and Tina Lopez-Chiaffarelli walked into a gazebo, holding hands and flower bouquets.  The same-sex Nyack couple, together for a year and a half, proclaimed their love for each other amid a community of friends and family.

Their wedding ceremony was the first of the day at Nyack’s Memorial Park.

The Rev. Sala Saran of Valley Cottage, an associate minister with the Interfaith Temple of New York City, had announced last week that she would be available to perform marriage ceremonies throughout the day at the park’s gazebo.  Saturday was her first time performing same-sex marriages.

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Fresh Air families welcome NYC kids

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

MAHWAH—A welcoming family greeted Karen Carreon, an 8-year-old from Spanish Harlem, when she stepped off the bus in Mahwah Friday.

The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit, had sent a group of New York City kids to enjoy free summer vacations experiencing the outdoors.

Through the fund’s Friendly Town Program, families can volunteer to host a child between the ages of 6 and 12 for two weeks during the summer.

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