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Dutchess/Ulster Out of the Darkness Community Walk

The Dutchess/Ulster Out of the Darkness Community Walk 2020 will be held Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the Chazen Companies, 21 Fox Street, Poughkeepsie, NY.

This event, which is sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is free to register, but participants are encouraged to fundraise prior to the event.  Registrants are also encouraged to form or join a team. You can find information about fundraising when you register. Online registration ends at noon on Sept. 25th but you can register the morning of the Walk.

To register or for more information visit Registrants who raise a minimum of $150 by 9/27 will receive an Out of the Darkness Walk  T shirt at check-in.

Walk Day Schedule:

9:00 am Check in and Registration

11:00 am Walk Program begins

1:30 pm  Walk ends

The Walk has a goal of $110,000 this year.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Nicole Bybel
Contact Phone: 845-416-4285
Contact Email:

  • Proceeds from the Walks will help AFSP fulfill its mission: Fund scientific research
  • Offer educational programs for professionals
  • Educate the public about mood disorders and suicide prevention
  • Promote policies and legislation that impact suicide and prevention
  • Provide programs and resources for survivors of suicide loss and people at risk, and involve them in the work of the Foundation

Thank you to National Sponsor The Allergan Foundation.

To learn more visit

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The crisis has gotten worse

In the past six months the crisis has gotten worse. In that time deaths have increased 18% in Connecticut according to Hartford HealthCare, and I can’t believe it’s much better elsewhere.

Over 130 people a day are dying  in America from the crisis.

No, I’m not talking about the Covid-19 pandemic- that’s today’s crisis. This is the Opioid Overdose crisis- you remember, the one that filled daily newspapers  just a few short months ago with stories of loved ones lost to the scourge and countless reports about collaborations among law enforcement, civic and private organizations scrambling for ways to stem the overdose tide.

It was the most important issue of the day.

But that was yesterday. In March we shifted crises. Since then Covid has replaced Opioid as the operative word, and nary a piece will you read about opioid overdoses.  It’s as if our attention spans can’t juggle simultaneous traumas.

Monday, Aug 31st was International Overdose Awareness Day and it couldn’t have arrived at a better time to remind us that the other crisis is still very much with us. Hundreds of pairs of shoes will dangle from the Burrand Bridge in Vancouver, left by loved ones of overdose deaths.

And to symbolize their losses hundreds more would have clamped Love Locks onto a special gate during the Matt Herring Foundation’s Overdose Awareness Walk on Poughkeepsie’s Walkway Over the Hudson (sadly canceled this year due to the pandemic along with many others on

The International Overdose Awareness Day reminds us that nearly 70,000 people in America, mostly young, die every year from overdoses.

But that was Monday’s reminder. What about tomorrow?



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Overdose Awareness 3rd Annual Memorial Walk Canceled for 2020


Canceled for 2020

The Overdose Awareness 2nd Annual Memorial Walk will be held Saturday, August 29, 2020 at the Walkway Over The Hudson, Highland Entrance, 87 Haviland Road, Highland, NY 12528.

The event, which is organized by the Matt Herring Foundation, begins on the Highland side of the Walkway.

August 31st is International Overdose Awareness Day.

Go here to register:

Entry Fees:

$30 per person plus $3.67 signup fee includes T shirt until Aug. 16th.

$25 per person plus $3.36 signup fee, no T shirt until Aug. 30th.

$150 per team up to 15 members plus $11.32 signup fee until Aug. 30th.

$100 for Memorial Banner plus $8.14 signup fee until Aug. 30th.

Participants are encouraged to fundraise in advance of the Walk. You can also register Walk morning.

Bring a memorial lock to add to the Overdose Love Lock Gate.

Walk day schedule:

8:30 am  Registration

9:00 am – Noon  Walk

Speakers and live music.

Proceeds from the Walk will benefit the Matt Herring Foundation whose mission is to provide assistance to individuals who are struggling with addiction as well as their families and loved ones, while working with providers, seeking and implementing services and finding alternatives to opiate abstinence.

To learn more, visit

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Out of the Darkness


It will be the most comforting, nurturing stroll  these folks take this year. Hundreds will traverse the Walkway Over the Hudson this fall during the Out of the Darkness Community Walk sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).

You’ll see teams of walkers sporting T shirts with the names and faces of loved ones lost to suicide. They will  wear a variety of colored beads, each signifying  a particular form of loss- white beads mean the loss of a child;  orange, the loss of a sibling;  gold, the loss of a parent. If you struggle with your own thoughts of suicide, there are green beads there for you.

Thomas Sherwood and his wife Marie will be walking with Team Joe. Thomas will wear orange  in honor of his brother Joey who died five years ago. They will be joined by Joey’s widow Joy- she’ll be wearing red.

The mood will be, at times, surprisingly upbeat, because they are a gathering of kindred spirits – they understand what each other is going through far better than the outside world can know. Their mantra is “You’re not alone”. That’s where the nurturing and comforting come in.

But there will be somber reflection too as  people step to the microphone to tell of their loss ” I am wearing white today because I lost my twin boys, both of them” Their words yank at your heart. Maybe these expressions are cathartic for them- I hope so.

But this event is also a fundraiser. The teams seek donations to help support the important work that the AFSP does.

They teach grade schoolers about mental health, continue research into what causes people to attempt suicide, and educate the general population about what behaviors to look for and how to get help for someone who exhibits those warning signs.

The AFSP mission is to decrease suicides  20% by 2025.

Thomas is raising funds now. If you would like to support him please go here:

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

Nearly 50,000 Americans die each year from suicide.

To learn more about AFSP’s good work visit

To learn more about the Out of the Darkness Dutchess/Ulster County Community Walk on Sept. 27th visit:…s-community-walk/

To learn more about the Out of the Darkness Berkshire County Community Walk on Oct. 3rd visit:…re-county-walk-2/.

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Walkway Day at Marist College

Walkway Day at Marist College will be held Saturday, January 19, 2020 at the McCann Arena, Marist College, 3399 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

The event runs from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.

Although this not a sports-related fundraiser per se, the event, which features a Marist vs. Iona College basketball game, will raise awareness about the Walkway Over The Hudson, which is the site of many sports-related fundraisers throughout the year.

Walkway Ambassadors will be on hand during the game passing out giveaways, participating in on-court promotions, and more.

Walkway members and their families are eligible for special $5 admission – email or call 845-454-9649 for more information. To become a Walkway member, visit

General admission tickets typically range from $11 to $13 for adults, children $8.

For general tickets, visit

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The Color of Loss

September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and there are upcoming Out of the Darkness Walks to Prevent Suicide sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Last year I attended one of their events, and this is what I found.


Most of the people wore strands of brightly colored beads around their necks. There were white ones and red and gold and orange and silver and green and blue and teal. Each color held specific meaning.

All of these people, nearly 500 of them, had gathered to celebrate the lives of loved ones lost to suicide, and the beads represented the nature of the their loss. White designated the loss of a child, red meant the loss of a spouse, gold a parent , orange a sibling and so on. The beads color-coded their pain.

This  was the  Out of The Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide, one of 400  held nationwide  by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to support survivors of suicide and work to end it.

The Walk was billed as a celebration of the lives of those who are gone by those who remain. One of the speakers addressed the seeming conflict of joy amid such pain.

“How can we feel such profound gratitude and such profound sadness at the same time?” she asked. Everyone there seemed to know. There were tears, as people stood at the microphone and explained their color “I am wearing orange because I lost my brother- my best friend”.

“I wear silver today because I lost military- a couple of them”.

“I’m wearing white because I lost my twin sons” -both of them.

Bertha, one of the event organizers, wore nearly every color- father, child and other loved ones- all lost . And she wore green to represent her own struggles with suicide.

Yes there were tears but also smiles and hugs and laughter and camaraderie. And that of course was the answer to the question- that amid that profound sadness, they could  feel gratitude because they all had the support of each other- they all understood.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States at the rate of 129 people a day.

There will be an Out of the Darkness Walk to Prevent Suicide on Sept. 29th  on the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie and one on October 5th at The Common in Pittsfield, MA.

Find details at

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Dutchess County Classic

The Dutchess County Classic, will celebrate its  41st Anniversary  Sunday, September 15, 2019 at a new location, Duchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. The staging area is located in the College’s Parking Lot E, 40 Creek Road, Poughkeepsie.

This new location will allow races to take advantage of both the Dutchess Rail Trail and the Walkway Over the Hudson ( for half and full marathons).

This year’s event also features expanded race options including full marathons both running and wheeled, half marathons both running and wheeled, a 5K and a Kids 1 Mile Run.

Age requirements:

1 Mile Run: ages 4-12

5K: Minimum 10 years old by race day, or under 10 with parental permission.

Full and half marathons:  Minimum 14 years old by race day, under 14 with parental permission.

The entry fees:

(Please note: a service fee will be added to each pre-registration)

The wheeled events welcome wheelchairs and hand cranks.

Full marathons (Run and Wheel):   $65 through July 13th, $75 after July 13th, $85 Race Day.

Half Marathons (Run and Wheel):   $55 through July 13th, $65 after July 13th, $75 Race Day.

5K :  $25 through July 13th, $35 after July 13th, $40 Race Day.

Kids 1 Mile Run : Free through pre-registration, $10 Race Day.

T shirt guaranteed to all pre-registered by July 13th.

To register go to

Please no pets, jogger strollers, headphones, or carrying children while running.

For more information email Susanne O’Neil at

Race Schedule:

Week before Race (Sept 9 – 14) Packet pickup at Fleet Feet, 1895 South Road, Poughkeepsie.

Race Day:

If pre-registered, arrive 45 minutes before your race.

If race- day registering, arrive 90 minutes before your race.

6:45 – 7:45 am   Packet pickup

8:00 am  Kids’ 1 Mile Race


8:15 am  Full and Half Marathon (Wheel)

8:30 am  Full and Half Marathon (Run)

8:45 am  5K

Refreshments and awards served after race.

Prizes awarded  in many categories- see for details.

Ample parking available.

Last year proceeds from the event benefited United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region.

For more information visit


Thank you to these generous sponsors:

Health Quest

Orthopedic Associates

Durants Party rentals

Gold’s Gym


The Children’s Medical Group

Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST

My Brother Bobby’s Salsa

The Bagel Shoppe

Imaginative Multi-Media

Adams Fairacre Farms

Mid Hudson Road Runners Club

Feldman Physical Therapy

Math & Physics Exploration

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Cerebral Palsy Walk

The Cerebral Palsy Walk will be held Saturday, September 7  2019 on the Walkway Over the Hudson (Highland side), 87 Haviland Rd, Highland, NY 12528.

This Walk, which is organized by Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County, is part of the 7th Annual Accessibility Awareness Day.

The event is FREE to everyone but participants are asked to register for a t-shirt and swag bag to support Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County and this great cause.

The walk begins at 1:00 pm.

There will also be guest speakers, music, bake sale, raffles and more.

For more information call Nancy Shomo at (845) 336-7235  ext. 2202 or email

Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County partners with communities throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley to empower people with disabilities to achieve their highest potential by providing innovative community, educational and residential services.

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We all have causes dear to us. We support charities that touch our hearts for the good works they do – for making the world a better place.

Sometimes we support causes that fight afflictions, like cancer, that have taken our loved ones.

For me, the Alzheimer’s Association is such a cause. Alzheimer’s disease wiped out my father’s side of my family as well as friends and friends of friends.

I hope for a cure so others escape that fate. And, because of forgetful moments, I hope for myself.

Many share my particular brand of pain and hope, and some are moved to action.

One such action is the Walk to End Alzheimer’s this Sunday, September 8th at the White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield. It is one of 600 Walks held in the coming weeks around the Nation.

Folks will solicit pledges from friends, family and neighbors and then walk the two –  mile course through the beautiful White Memorial grounds. Over 325 people have signed up so far.

If Alzheimer’s has touched your life, consider walking  this Sunday in Litchfield or on the Walkway Over the Hudson on September 29th.

And if you can’t walk, perhaps make a pledge to someone who is.

One in three seniors will die of Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.

There are 5.8 million Alzheimer’s sufferers in the U.S., growing by one every 65 seconds.

There are16 million Alzheimer’s caregivers.

Learn more about the Walk to End Alzheimer’s Litchfield and Dutchess at

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Discover Hudson Valley Ride 2019

The Discover Hudson Valley Ride 2019 will be held Sunday, June 30, 2019 at the Victor C. Waryas Park, Waryas Park Promenade, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.

The non-competitive event offers five routes of varying length- 15, 33, 55, 75 and 100 miles. All routes involve a crossing of the Hudson River either via the Walkway Over the Hudson or the Mid-Hudson Bridge.

The event has a very comprehensive website detailing routes, Ride requirements, registration  and much more.  Find it here:

Entry fees from May 12th – June 26th 2019 :

Adult (15 years and older)  $95

Adult plus Bike New York Membership  $135

Youth (ages 3 – 14)  $75

Online registration ends June 26th, but day-of-event registration is available for an additional $10 per person, cash only.

Saturday , June 29th (day before Ride)

Noon – 5:00 pm Late Registration

Sunday (day of Ride)

Please arrive one half hour before the close of your ride window to allow signup time.

7:00 am Late Registration

Start Time Window Schedule:

15 Mile  9:30 – 10:15 am

33 Mile  9:15 – 10:15 am

55 Mile  8:30 – 9:30 am

75 Mile  8:00 – 8:45 am

100 Mile  7:30 – 8:00 am

Live music and BBQ after rides.

Proceeds from the Ride will fund Bike New York’s free bike education program which in 2017 benefited over 25,000 New Yorkers.

For more information email or call (212) 870-2080.

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