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New Paltz youth director receives Hudson Valley Heroes Community Champion Award

New Paltz youth director receives Hudson Valley Heroes Community Champion Award

“I think what we do here is more important now than it’s ever been,” says director Jim Tinger. “The struggle with anxiety and other mental health issues has been more prevalent for kids in recent years than I’ve ever seen before. And isolation is our big battle now. Before electronics, I used to say we were combating boredom, because kids get in trouble when they’re bored. And that’s still true, but now battling isolation is the new war.”

A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

A Day’s Work: Physical therapist

The attention focused lately on the nationwide opioid crisis has shed much-needed light on the complex problems associated with the use of addictive drugs for pain management. What hasn’t come up as often in the discussions are alternative solutions to manage acute or chronic pain without resorting to opioids in the first place. And that’s where physical therapy comes in. 

Talkin’ sports with Jeff Hartman

Talkin’ sports with Jeff Hartman

From the 1950s until 2010, Hartman was totally involved in all sports, as a player at Rondout and onto coaching and running the sports program at Wallkill, and eventually as a (mostly) friendly critic of the entire local sports scene.

Personally speaking: Filmmaker Rudi Azank

Personally speaking: Filmmaker Rudi Azank

Rudi Azank has spent over half his short life thinking (obsessing) over Samuel Beckett’s paean to “nothingness” in the Irish ex-pat’s French language play “Waiting For Godot” (“En Attendant Godot,” written in 1948 and performed in too many places and languages to try to count).