Reserve your seat for the Big Game

superbowl_finalWatch the Big Game on the Big Screens in our Sports Lounge, Sunday, February 5th! 5pm-12am

Multi-level lounge, with three 180″ projector screens and fourteen 70″ plasmas televisions. Fun atmosphere for any function!

$22.99 per person will include: -Access to the private event-Sports Buffet (Mountain of Nachos, Four Cheese Pizza Bites, Boneless Buffalo Wings, Bar Burgers, Fresh Veggies & Ranch), Build Your Own Hot Dog Station, Unlimited Soda)Plus!-$2.50 Bud Light or Coors Light Pints-Prizes all day.

Reservations are required in advance, please call or email Brigid Purdy at 845-348-6007 or

Dave & Buster’s, 4661 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY


More millennials buying homes without parents’ help

2017-01-11_10-49-39Younger homeowners are increasingly buying first homes, without the Bank of Mom and Dad.

Sometimes they go it alone out of a desire for independence; sometimes it’s a reflection of their parents’ financial realities. Whatever the reason, area real estate agents say the trend speaks well of millennial homebuyers.

According to the National Association of Realtors, millennials were the largest generation of homebuyers in 2015 at 35 percent, and 67 percent of them were first-timers. The association’s 2016 “Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers” report notes that the second-most popular way for first-time buyers to finance their down payment was a gift from a relative or friend, at 24 percent – a drop from 27 percent in 2015. (Savings was the preferred choice among 76 percent of respondents.)

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‘Quick Move-In’ Homes Help Buyers Fulfill New Year’s Resolution at Maple Fields in Orange County’s Middletown


Tremendous buying opportunities still remain at Maple Fields for the many young families and professional couples who have excitedly made buying a home their primary New Year’s resolution.

The collection of upscale three-bedroom townhomes in the Orange County, N.Y. City of Middletown currently offers an inventory of “Quick Move-In” homes with occupancy dates just 30-90 days after purchase.  This means first-time buyers entering the housing market can not only realize the dream of homeownership in early 2017, but also be residing in their new suburban address well before spring.

Including in the “Quick Move-In” townhomes is a 2,329 square-foot Wallkill design available immediately.  The Wallkill home is perfect for a growing family with an open layout boasting kitchen with breakfast area, living room, dining room, master suite with lavish master bath and walk-in closets in every bedroom.  There’s also an outdoor deck or patio and two-car garage. The home is priced from $316,440.

“The ‘Quick Move-In” homes at Maple Fields are perfect for those who want the New Year to start with a new and exciting milestone,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for developer Baker Residential.   “Buyers can purchase a brand new home that’s well within their budget, close quickly, and be living in their dream residence in just a few short weeks.”

In all, three townhome designs are offered at Maple Fields, priced from $275,400.   Residences range in size from 2,274 to 2,329 square-feet of living space and provide a long list of upgrades in the purchase price, including 2 ¼” prefinished hardwood flooring on the first floor, gourmet-inspired kitchens with breakfast nooks, stainless steel kitchen appliances including the refrigerator, attached two-car garages, finished basement, and washer and dryer.

“We also have a select number of premium homesites which back directly up to a wooded 13 acre-plus conservation area that has been dedicated and can never be disturbed,” says Ms. Bauer.  “These townhomes also offer expanded decks and walkout basements, priced from $281,900.”

Residents at Maple Fields also have access to on-site recreational amenities, including a community clubhouse, tot lot, 1/2 basketball court and a sparkling outdoor pool.

Maple Fields’ is ideally located within close proximity to Route 17, Route 84, the New York State Thruway and express buses and trains into Manhattan.

The Maple Fields sales office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information on the community, please call 914-461-9208 or visit

About Baker Residential

Baker Residential, a White Plains. N.Y.-based family owned and operated real estate concern which has created hundreds of new home communities of great distinction and uniqueness that are home to thousands of families in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and the Carolinas. The company was formed five decades ago based on a commitment to quality, excellent personalized customer service and creativity in each home design.  This mindset has enabled the company to Homes themselves provide “A Difference You Can See.”



Business Spotlight: Irving Farm Coffee Roasters

2017-01-11_12-30-11Hudson Valley FYI recently stumbled upon Irving Farm Coffee Roasters. Check them out for one, or several, fine cup of coffee.

Irving Farm Coffee Roasters was founded in 1996 when David Elwell and Steve Leven opened a much-needed neighborhood café in Gramercy Park, hoping to provide a space where people could gather and drink great coffee.

At a time before “handcrafted,” “organic,” and “fair-trade” had yet to enter the coffee drinker’s lexicon, the two trailblazing college friends distinguished their Gramercy shop from other java huts in New York by stocking it with specialty blends and single-origins. Shortly thereafter, they decided to convert a carriage house in bucolic Dutchess County into a roastery, determined to learn the craft of coffee roasting themselves.

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Free Tasting with Pitchfork Cider

2017-01-11_12-22-16January 28th from 1 – 5 pm

The Pitchfork Cider team will be at Tuthilltown offering free tastings of their fabulous hard cider!

Pitchfork hard cider is made the same way hard cider has been made for centuries. Each small, handcrafted batch is made with just two ingredients: fresh-pressed apple cider from a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley and yeast. The apple cider is fermented, bottled and aged. That’s it. No artificial colors, flavors, additives or preservatives. Pitchfork Hard Cider is not only unfiltered, it is naturally gluten free and meant to be served cold

What’s That?

planetarium-026Find Out What Goes Bump in the Night on January 16th!

Do you ever lay awake in bed, listening to the nighttime sounds and wonder “What’s That?” Discover the answers for yourself in a special program with the Henry Hudson Planetarium and the Albany Pine Bush! Learn what animals make those spooky sounds at night and learn the names and stories behind the stars who twinkle down on you at night. This is a special program hosted at the Albany Visitor Center in partnership with the Albany Pine Bush. For more information about the Albany Pine Bush, visit Show is geared towards ages 5-7

Woodstock ’69 Site Nominated for Historic Landmark Status



The 1969 Woodstock Festival made musical history. Now, the state wants to preserve the property on which it was held with official state and national historic status.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday included the 600-acre site in Bethel, Sullivan County, in a list of 26 properties nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

“The three-day music and art festival, which took place on 600 acres of rolling farmland in rural Sullivan County in August 1969, is nationally significant in social history as the site of one of the most important cultural and social events of the second half of the 20th century,” said an announcement from the governor’s office.

Beyond the status of making the list, being part of the National Register of Historic Places allows access to certain tax credits and state and federal grants. The National Park Service has 45 days to determine whether to include the property on the Register.

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Right up your Alley

spins_bowl_wappingers_falls_-_low_res-1482910410-7647Wappingers Falls Spins Bowl, the redesigned family entertainment center recently greeted local dignitaries to celebrate the new center.

Wappingers Falls Spins Bowl threw nothing but strikes with the community as it recently announced the grand opening of the newly renovated bowling and entertainment center (formerly Holiday Bowl). The redesigned family entertainment center greeted local dignitaries at a VIP event to celebrate the new center in Wappingers Falls, off of Old Route 9.

Among the dignitaries present were Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro, State Senator Susan Serino 41st District, Frank M. Castella, Jr., President and CEO, Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Melaine Rottkamp, VP, Dutchess Tourism and Lori Sucich-Jiava, Town Supervisor, Wappingers.

“Everyone is excited to have the new bowling and family center open and ready for business here in Wappingers Falls,” said Bill Diamond, Co-Founder of Diamond Properties. “We spent months refurbishing the center and adding large projection video screens for the 20 lanes, new seating, a redemption arcade, foosball, billiards, private VIP room with 7 alleys, a bar (made from the wood of a bowling alley). The restaurant (The Alley Kat) features craft beers and delicious food, pizzas and other drinks. There is something for the entire family to enjoy at Spins Bowl.” Continue reading