Lovely event / message from the Tri-State Chamber of Commerce:
Kayak River of Life
What are you doing at 8:30am on August 10th? We hope you can join us on the banks of the Delaware River at West End Beach in Port Jervis NY as we cheer on breast cancer survivor and advocate, Carolyn Choate as she embarks on a 300 mile river journey for breast cancer awareness, treatment & survival.
We had the pleasure of talking with Carolyn about her trip and encourage all of you to learn more about her fight and the important work of the late cancer researcher Dr. Angela Brody. Carolyn will be leaving the shores of Port Jervis around 9:00am.
Carolyn and her daughter Sydney will kayak 300 miles, while her husband follows on land in the camper taking video footage along the way with the goal of making a documentary about surviving cancer.
Whether you or a loved one has been touched by cancer, or if you want to just stop by to wish Carolyn a great trip, full of hope and adventure…come on down. Follow Kayak River of Life on Facebook !
Handicapped accessible playground re-opens with upgrades and renovations
Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus participated in a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to celebrate the re-opening of Sally’s Dream Playground, located at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamptonburgh.
Sally’s Dream, a handicapped accessible playground, had been closed since May 23rd for renovations.
“Sally’s Dream has been an integral part of the parks system for many years,” Neuhaus said. “It is one of the most popular facilities in Orange County and we are proud of the improvements that have been made to the playground. I hope all our County residents and visitors enjoy it for years to come.”
Neuhaus was joined at the event by Orange County Sheriff Carl E. DuBois, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation Chris Viebrock, Mariann Cheney, Access: Supports For Living’s Director of Development and Public Affairs, Access’ Program Director, Barbara Russell, and Lisa Hayes, who serves as Vice President of Program Services for Access.
Sally’s Dream was closed so that new playground equipment could be installed to offer even more accessibility for children. The new equipment offers additional play options and unobstructed sight lines for parents and guardians visiting the playground. In addition, a modern Fibar ground covering system, used in 12,000 playgrounds across the country, will provide a safe surface environment for children, while having environmental benefits of being a sustainable product made from clean mulch.
Sally’s Dream was built in 2002 in memory of Sarah “Sally” McGlynn. McGlynn, who passed away in 1999, was one of the founders and a board member of The Family Empowerment Council, a nonprofit agency founded by parents of disabled children to provide services for people with disabilities in Orange and Sullivan counties.
McGlynn was an advocate for the disabled for 30 years and was influential in developing local independent living centers. Funds were raised by a few organizations to build the playground in her honor.
1. The Summer Playground and Youth Center Program is now in its third week. Playgrounds and the Youth Center are open 9 am- 3:30 pm Monday-Friday. There are plenty of daily activities and programs to participate in as well as special events all week. Programs and activities are FREE of charge. Contact the Recreation office at 845-858-4045 for more details.
2. West End Beach is also open for the season. The beach is open Monday, Thursday and Friday 12 pm-6 pm and weekends 11 am-6 pm. The beach is closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. There is a $5 parking fee on weekends for non-residents.
3. Special Events this week and next are:
Tonight- Broome Street Wind Ensemble Band at Farnum Park at 7 pm
Circle Line Field Trip Wednesday July 12- a few seats remain
NY Met Baseball game- Wednesday July 19- a few seats remain
FREE Outdoor Movie- Wednesday July 12 at 7 pm at Riverside Park. Movie this week is Moana
FREE Concert in the Park- Thursday July 13 at 7 pm at Riverside Park- The Carl Richards Band
FREE Concert in the Park- Thursday July 20 at 7 pm at Riverside Park- RICH WILSON
4. Youth Track is offered every Tuesday and Thursday evening at the Port Jervis high School for boys and girls ages 5 and up. This program is FREE of charge.
5. Tennis camp will be held next week- July 17 – 21 at Church Street Park from 9 am-12:30 pm. This FREE Camp is for boys and girls ages 8-13.
6. Dorney Park field trip on Friday July 28 has plenty of seats left. Cost for transportation and all day pass to the park is only $70. Transportation will be on a coach bus.
7. For more information on any of our activities, programs, field trips or special events contact the Recreation office at 845-858-4045 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. There is no Recreation Commission meeting in July. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday August 16 at 7 pm at the Youth Center.
Today’s libraries are not just for books, computers and magazines – the Port Jervis Free Library now has its own geocache! In geocaching, participants obtain the location of a geocache from a geocaching website www.geocaching.com, use a GPS to arrive in the area of the cache, and then follow clues or simply hunt for the cache. There are nearly 500 caches waiting to be found within a 10 mile radius of our library alone!
Libraries and geocaching seem to be made for each other. First, and I believe most importantly, they create a means of uniting the virtual and the real worlds, allowing people to explore both the library building and its resources. Second, they engage people and create community through real life experiences, such as the sudden discovery of a new idea or place that can be transformative. Third, they have a wide appeal across age groups and allow for family or team co-operation and interaction. Come by the Port Jervis Free Library and give the sport of Geocaching a try!