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New Paltz students reduce stress by practicing yoga

Video by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Little Rebellion

This piece is part of a series that examines how SUNY New Paltz students spend their free time.

Yoga is a popular extracurricular activity at the State University of New York at New Paltz.  The Athletic and Wellness Center on campus offers students free weekly yoga classes, and many students also attend meetings of the school’s Yoga Club.  Whether they are beginners or advanced yogis, SUNY New Paltz students cultivate their yoga interests by joining together to exercise.

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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.

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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Family searches for bone marrow match

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

STONY POINT—Matthew Monsour is a 9-year-old Yankee fan who loves to play outside and volunteer around town.  Matthew also wants to do well in school, and he looks forward to being an engineer when he grows up.

But Matthew and his family added a more short-term goal to his list in February when he was diagnosed with leukemia.

That goal was to find a bone marrow match.

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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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