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Chamber of Commerce recognizes Mediation Center during Ribbon Cutting event

Many gathered to celebrate as the Chamber of Commerce recognized the Mediation Center of Dutchess County during its Ribbon Cutting event. Our center has reorganized and expanded to the 3rd floor allowing for an additional mediation room, client consultation room, a new waiting area on the 2nd floor, along with a new volunteer/intern work space on the 3rd floor. The Mediation Center of Dutchess County offers mediation, training and conflict education.  It's programs include placing mediators in the courts, helping resolve family conflicts, an Anti-Bullying Initiative, and a Coalition on Elder Abuse.


5th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon Hero Walk

The Mediation Center of Dutchess County will hold its 5th Annual Anti-bullying Walkathon - Hero Walk on the Walkway Over The Hudson (Poughkeepsie, NY - East approach), Saturday, April 30 to increase community education and action on bullying - an issue that affects people right here in the Hudson Valley.

Children frequently involved in bullying are at a significant risk of withdrawing from school activities, poor school performance, as well as suffering from various health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleeping difficulties, suicide attempts and in some cases, even suicide completion.

Join with us to help end bullying. Create a team, join a team or just do it solo! Create your own page with your hero story or tell us why you are walking to end bullying. Bring your friends! #be_a_hero

Create or join a team or walk on your own. Register HERE!

Sponsorships are available HERE

Proceeds will support all aspects of the Center's Anti-Bullying Initiative that includes expanding prevention and response resources to effectively address bullying right here in the Hudson Valley. Together We Can End Bullying! Event Contact: Honey Minkowitz (845) 471-7213 ext. 211

Notice: This is a public community event, hero capes encouraged!


Proud Sponsors of this event:


Super Hero










Family Services

Goldstein & Goldstein, LLP

Guardian Self-Storage

Mid-Hudson Children's Museum

NYCOMCO Wireless Communications

Stenger, Roberts, Davis & Diamond, LLP




Surrogate's Court

Sixteen of the Center's most experienced mediators were trained over two days by Jody Miller and Erica DeTraglia, Chief Clerk of the Surrogate's Court, Dutchess County, for service in a pilot project with Surrogate's Court. The program allows parties to choose mediation over conventional court processes in Surrogate's Court, which hears cases involving families with contested wills and estates. This pilot project, the first of its kind, will be coordinated by Leanne Lawson, Family and Divorce Program Coordinator.