Category Archives: Beats

Ways to help this holiday season

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in VISITvortex

Image from VISITvortex.comThe holidays have a way of inspiring the best in people, and whether it is helping to shovel a neighbor’s driveway or helping to take care of a friend’s dog, volunteering your time to make another person’s life better is really a noble thing—and it can be fun. Here are some suggestions to help you get into the holiday spirit and get involved with your community: Continue reading

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Maple syrup season gets underway in New Paltz

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Watershed Post

Six-year-old Lucas Lemos gets a taste of fresh maple sap at Brook Farm in New Paltz.

Six-year-old Lucas Lemos gets a taste of fresh maple sap at Brook Farm in New Paltz.

New Paltz—Three bundled-up boys huddled in the morning mist to catch drops of sap as it trickled out of a freshly drilled 1-inch deep hole in the bark of an old maple tree. Lucas, 6, licked the sap from his finger and looked up at his father, 39-year-old Luciano Lemos of Riverdale, in shock.

“It tastes a little like syrup,” he said, smiling. “Like watered down syrup.”

A handful of folks from all over New York State traveled to Brook Farm on Saturday, February 23 to take part in a maple sugaring prep-work party. The volunteers scrubbed metal buckets for sap collecting and piled up firewood to be used later for distilling the sap. They also set up maple tree taps on the 20-acre property.

The Brook Farm Project is a nonprofit sustainable farm just west of the village of New Paltz. The farm runs on a community supported agriculture (CSA) model, where members purchase shares of the season’s produce and pick up fresh crops each week from June through November.

But Saturday’s gathering was all about harvesting maple syrup, and it proved to be an opportunity for experiential learning. Creek Iversen, a 46-year-old farmer who recently took over as Brook Farm’s new manager, explained that it takes a lot of maple sap to make just a little bit of syrup. Continue reading

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.

Boulders games will help raise money for charity

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

RAMAPO—The Rockland Boulders and Active International are teaming up this summer to offer a series of 10 baseball games that will benefit Rockland charities and community organizations.

The 2011 Charity Challenge, to take place at the Provident Bank Park in Ramapo, will be held throughout July and August.

Thursday’s game against the Pittsfield Colonials, which sponsored People to People, was a success, said Joe Allen, senior vice president of Active International.

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Suffern cyclist plans event for Livestrong

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

SUFFERN—Anne Bari watched as cancer took hold of her grandparents and two of her uncles.  When her mother was diagnosed with stage-four renal cancer in 2008, she decided to fight back.

Bari, 48, of Suffern, got on her bike and got involved with the Lance Armstrong Foundation.

Armstrong started the foundation, commonly referred to as Livestrong, in 1997 after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.  The foundation was created to encourage cancer education and screening, promote a healthy lifestyle, and brig together a community of support.

Since its creation, Livestrong has raised more than $400 million, according to its website.

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Team gifted with safer helmets

Written by Charlene V. Martoni
Published in The Journal News

A group of Clarkstown South High School graduates recently started a company dedicated to spreading athletic safety awareness to youths.  Now, they’re giving back to their high school by equipping next year’s football team with top-of-the-line concussion-reduction helmets.

Brandon Drummond, 22, and Anthony Fiume, 23, worked together to form Save Your Brain, Inc., a company that combines education and entertainment to inform young athletes about safety and concussion prevention.

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