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Walkway Offers Spectacular Views of July 4th Fireworks Event

Tickets for Walkway members available on May 30; on sale to general public on June 1

POUGHKEEPSIE—The Walkway organization will once again offer ticketholders an incredible view of the City of Poughkeepsie’s annual fireworks display from Walkway Over the Hudson State Park on the Fourth of July.

Tickets to this annual community event sponsored by the Walkway Over the Hudson and other area businesses can be purchased online or at participating local establishments (see below).  Proceeds help fund fireworks, emergency services, and Walkway programs.

Walkway Members will be able to purchase tickets online only for $10.00 each at walkway.org starting at noon on Tuesday, May 30.  The general public will be able to purchase tickets for $12.50 each online at noon on Thursday, June 1 or in participating stores. Children 10 and under are free although registration and tickets are required.  Everyone entering the park must have a ticket for admittance to the eventPurchase Tickets

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Tickets for Walkway members available on May 30; on sale to general public on June 1

POUGHKEEPSIE—The Walkway organization will once again offer ticketholders an incredible view of the City of Poughkeepsie’s annual fireworks display from Walkway Over the Hudson State Park on the Fourth of July.

“Watching fireworks from high above the Hudson River on the Walkway is an amazing experience!” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “That’s why this event has become an annual tradition for many Hudson Valley residents—a wonderful way to celebrate Independence Day in the Hudson River Valley.”

Tickets to this annual community event sponsored by the Walkway Over the Hudson and other area businesses can be purchased online or at participating local establishments (see below).  Proceeds help fund fireworks, emergency services, and Walkway programs.

Walkway Members will be able to purchase tickets online only for $10.00 each at walkway.org starting at noon on Tuesday, May 30.  The general public will be able to purchase tickets for $12.50 each online at noon on Thursday, June 1 or in participating stores. Children 10 and under are free although registration and tickets are required.  Everyone entering the park must have a ticket for admittance to the eventPurchase Tickets

Please note that tickets have sold out in previous years. In the unlikely event that tickets are not sold out in advance, remaining tickets will be available for purchase (cash preferred) at both the Highland and Poughkeepsie entrances of the bridge.

On Tuesday, July 4th the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park will close to the public at 5:30 p.m. for setup and safety preparations, then will reopen at 7:00 p.m. for those with tickets. The City of Poughkeepsie fireworks display will begin between 9-9:30 p.m.

If the fireworks are postponed due to severe weather, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, July 7. Notification will occur via the Walkway Over the Hudson Facebook page and walkway.org.

Due to the nature of the 4th of July event, all ticket holders must adhere to these special event guidelines:

  • Recommend tickets be purchased in advance. Tickets are limited.
  • There will be NO elevator access during the event.
  • NO dogs or bicycles will be allowed on the Walkway.
  • NO rollerblades, skateboards, scooters or firearms.
  • Walkway is a smoke- and alcohol-free park.
  • Visitors are advised to bring a flashlight.

TICKETS

  • $10.00 for Walkway members, available for purchase online only at noon on Tuesday, May 26, 2017 at walkway.org.
  • $12.50 for the general public, available for purchase online at walkway.org or at participating stores at noon on Thursday, June 1. Participating locations include:
    • Adams Fairacre Farms in Poughkeepsie & Wappingers Falls
    • Pomod’oro Pizza Cafe in Highland
    • Ma & Pa’s Kettle Corn at the Walkway Highland Entrance
    • Walkway State Park Pavilions at the Poughkeepsie & Highland Entrances
       
  • Children 10 and under are free and but must register for free tickets at www.walkway.org.

PLEASE NOTE: All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be issued to ticket holders.

Those with tickets are encouraged to carpool and to park at various City of Poughkeepsie and Town of Lloyd locations, or approved on-street parking spaces, and allow ample time to get to the Walkway in time for the fireworks. Ticket holders may access the Walkway from either the East or West entrances. On July 4 the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park and Elevator will close at 5:30 PM. The Park will re-open at 7:00 p.m. but the elevator will remain closed.

The celebration on the Walkway is made possible by the City of Poughkeepsie, Town of Lloyd, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, NYS Police, NYS Park Police, Mobile Life Support and Walkway staff and volunteers. Visit www.walkway.org for more info or call 845-454-9649.

Second Annual ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash’ Planned for June 10th

Special Ability Fun Run/Walk Through Downtown Poughkeepsie Kicks Off Walkway Marathon Weekend

Photo credit: Irv Solero

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—This year’s Walkway Marathon Race Series will again feature the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash on Saturday, June 10, which celebrates individuals in our community with special needs. The one-mile fun run/walk is open to everyone and takes place in downtown Poughkeepsie, organizers announced at a press conference this week.

Walkway Marathon Race Series partners, Walkway Over the Hudson and Dutchess County Government, were joined by representatives from several participating organizations in presenting information concerning the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, a popular element of the Walkway Marathon Race Series. Additional Walkway Marathon events include 5K, Half-Marathon and Full-Marathon races the following day on Sunday, June 11.

The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10th on Main Street near Hamilton Street and proceed down Main Street to a finish line at Mural Square, east of One Civic Center Plaza. As a result, Main Street between Market Street and Hamilton Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 am to 12 pm. Additionally, Academy Street will be closed northbound from Cannon to Main Street, and Catherine Street will be closed southbound from Mill to Main Street. All parking for this event will be in the Crannell Street parking area beginning at 8:00 a.m. Those interested in participating in the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash can register in advance by visiting walkwaymarathon.org. A fee of $10 will be charged for each race participant. Day of registration will also be available.

Grand Marshals of the 2017 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash

  • Edward “Buddy” Sommerfield, Abilities First
  • Jarrett Russ, Anderson Center for Autism
  • Elizabeth “Lizzy” Ramsey, Arc of Dutchess
  • Jessica Rainey, Cardinal Hayes Home
  • Kathleen Rivera, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County
  • Kenny Schaeffler, Devereux Foundation
  • Sarah Harrington, Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley
  • Karena Baez, Greystone Programs
  • Nabil Lopez-Reyes, Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities

 

Registration for the Walkway Marathon Race Series is still open -- visit walkwaymarathon.org

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Special Ability Fun Run/Walk Through Downtown Poughkeepsie Kicks Off Walkway Marathon Weekend

Photo credit: Irv Solero

Back row, L-R:  Grand Marshall Kenny Schaeffler, Devereux Foundation; Chris Matson, Cardinal Hayes Home; unidentified woman; Kristina Mukherjee and Melissa McCoy, Abilities First; Marc Molinaro, Dutchess County Executive; Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart, Executive Director, Walkway Over the Hudson; Rob Rolison, City of Poughkeepsie Mayor; Richard Swanson, Greystone Programs; Jason Gehlert, Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley; AJ Beephan, representing NYS Senator Sue Serino; Dash Co-Chair Toni Ciarfella, Dutchess County Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs; Ben Traudt, representing the Dutchess County Legislature.

Front row, L-R: Staff member and Grand Marshal Jessica Rainey, Cardinal Hayes Home; Grand Marshal Edward “Buddy” Sommerfield, Abilities First; Grand Marshal Kathleen Rivera, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County; Grand Marshal Sarah Harrington, Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley; Grand Marshall Karena Baez, Greystone Programs; Grand Marshall and Walkway Ambassador Jarrett Russ, Anderson Center for Autism; Patricia Lucio-Penn, Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities; Dash Co-Chair Linda Campbell, Arc of Dutchess Director of Employment Services.

 

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—This year’s Walkway Marathon Race Series will again feature the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash on Saturday, June 10, which celebrates individuals in our community with special needs. The one-mile fun run/walk is open to everyone and takes place in downtown Poughkeepsie, organizers announced at a press conference this week.

Walkway Marathon Race Series partners, Walkway Over the Hudson and Dutchess County Government, were joined by representatives from several participating organizations in presenting information concerning the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, a popular element of the Walkway Marathon Race Series. Additional Walkway Marathon events include 5K, Half-Marathon and Full-Marathon races the following day on Sunday, June 11.

Held at Mural Square on Main Street in Poughkeepsie, officials at the press conference also introduced several individuals as Grand Marshals of the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash. These Grand Marshals will represent several of the partnering agencies participating in the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, including: Abilities First, Anderson Center for Autism, Arc of Dutchess, Cardinal Hayes Home, Devereux Foundation, Down Syndrome Association, Greystone Programs, Maplebrook School, Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities, New Horizons, Taconic Innovations and Taconic Resources for Independence. 

“We are extremely pleased this year to be building upon the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash, which debuted last year to tremendous accolades,” said Walkway Executive Director Elizabeth Waldstein-Hart. “Our new Grand Marshals exemplify all that the ThinkDIFFERENTLY movement in Dutchess County stands for: inclusiveness, openness, community and spirit!”

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, “While I’ll again run in the Walkway half-marathon race, perhaps my greatest source of pride will come from participating in this second annual ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash. We in Dutchess County are proud to ‘ThinkDIFFERENTLY’ about our neighbors with special needs. Instead of focusing on what differentiates us, we look for the innate potential of each individual – and the Dash invites participants of every age and ability to excel.”

City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Robert Rolison said, “The City of Poughkeepsie is honored to hold this exciting event on Main Street once again. We welcome all participants and encourage residents, business owners, family members and friends to come out and show their support for our ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash athletes and the entire Walkway Marathon Race Series.”

This year’s Dash is co-chaired by Toni Ciarfella, Dutchess County Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs, and Linda Campbell, ARC of Dutchess Director of Marketing and Employment Services. Linda Campbell said, “We thank all of our partner agencies for their commitment to the ThinkDIFFERENTLY movement in Dutchess County, and we applaud all of our Grand Marshals, race participants and the agencies they represent for their energy, enthusiasm and will to succeed!”

Edward “Buddy” Sommerfield, the Grand Marshall representing Abilities First who finished the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash in first place in 2016 said, “Come run with us, we’ll have a great time! Thank you for putting on a great event.”

Jessica Rainey, the Grand Marshall representing Cardinal Hayes Home, said, “I would really like for you to come out and watch us walk and run. We may have disabilities, but we all have the same heart.”

The ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 10th on Main Street near Hamilton Street and proceed down Main Street to a finish line at Mural Square, east of One Civic Center Plaza. As a result, Main Street between Market Street and Hamilton Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from 6 am to 12 pm. Additionally, Academy Street will be closed northbound from Cannon to Main Street, and Catherine Street will be closed southbound from Mill to Main Street. All parking for this event will be in the Crannell Street parking area beginning at 8:00 a.m. Those interested in participating in the ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash can register in advance by visiting walkwaymarathon.org. A fee of $10 will be charged for each race participant. Day of registration will also be available.

Grand Marshals of the 2017 ThinkDIFFERENTLY Dash

  • Edward “Buddy” Sommerfield, Abilities First
  • Jarrett Russ, Anderson Center for Autism
  • Elizabeth “Lizzy” Ramsey, Arc of Dutchess
  • Jessica Rainey, Cardinal Hayes Home
  • Kathleen Rivera, Cerebral Palsy of Ulster County
  • Kenny Schaeffler, Devereux Foundation
  • Sarah Harrington, Down Syndrome Association of the Hudson Valley
  • Karena Baez, Greystone Programs
  • Nabil Lopez-Reyes, Mid-Hudson Association for Persons with Disabilities

 

Registration for the Walkway Marathon Race Series is still open -- visit walkwaymarathon.org

 

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