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Mediation Center holds Volunteer Mediator Appreciation and Graduation

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County held its annual Mediator Appreciation and Graduation on June 1 at Bowdoin Park.  Volunteer mediators who completed their apprenticeship received their certificates from Hon. Jonah Triebwasser, Justice, Village/Town of Red Hook and Mentor Mediators, Barbra Cockerham and Mary Mulligan.  

Mediators who were certified include Claudia Abbot Barish, Deirdre Burns,Susan Cary, Brian Coswell, Bernard Daisley, Jennifer Guzzardi, Love Kumayi, JenniferO’Neill Brennan, Elyse Reisenauer, Miesha Rodriguez and Sophia Wallach. Mediators recognized for years of service included Dr. Karen Blonder, 10 years, Beth Fargis-Lancaster, 15 years and Bob Grossman, with 20 years.  Mediators Judy Roenick and Lynne Martin received special recognition for their work assisting with other Mediation Center programs.  More than 35 volunteer mediators actively serve on the Mediation Center’s roster, mediating business, family, agricultural, special education, and organizational/workplace disputes.  For more information about services, contact the Mediation Center at 845-471-7213.



Two different dates, same training!

Thursday, July 30 - Monday, August 3, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily
Location:  Dutchess Community College


Thursday, August 6 - Monday, August 10, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily
Location: Marist College Student Center

This training is: New York CLE approved: 32.5 CLE Hours (2 Ethics) Approved under Part 146 by the NYS Unified Court System's Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs. *Due to a full roster, there are no volunteer opportunities at this time. Volunteer training will be held in 2016.

*Placement on any court roster is at the discretion of the local Administrative Judge and participation in a course that is Part 146 approved does not guarantee placement on a local court roster.

To register:


7th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Focuses on Ageism

The Coalition on Elder Abuse in Dutchess County held its 7th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, June 12, 2015 at the Poughkeepsie Elks Lodge. This year’s theme was Older Adults Deserve Dignity…ageism is no joke.  Keynote speaker, Ashton Applewhite, focused on the role of ageism in elder abuse.  Ashton also writes a blog, This Chair Rocks and Yo, Is This Ageist?  


More than 165 people, including Dutchess county residents of all ages, state and county elected officials, and vendors attended.  

The Champion for Elder Rights & Safety Award was presented to Robert Allers, who