Revitalization and Opportunity in Poughkeepsie

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$100,000 Loan Backs Rehab of Abandoned Home by YouthBuild Students  Community Capital New York, Inc., the non-profit community lender serving the lower Hudson Valley, celebrated the transformation of a blighted property into a newly renovated, energy efficient house at 206 Winnikee Avenue on Monday along with U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney,...
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ONE TO GROW ON

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Benny’s Tree Service and P. Carino Landscaping, New Rochelle: Bernardo “Benny” Rivera Hurricanes have taught us that shady trees and long limbs growing too close to the house can cause more than mold on roof shingles and siding. Yet, tree cutting is a tall order. Bernardo “Benny” Rivera,  cut his teeth as an arborist working...
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Ms. Green Clean

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West Shine Cleaning Services, Irvington: Judith Huaman Have a broken Swiffer? A husband who thinks crumbs add character and an overscheduled schedule? Judith Huaman’s West Shine Cleaning Service keeps the dust from settling. Her team of house cleaners gets everything spick and span like magic, but the adult kind, in which chores disappear instead of a...
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Paw Prints on Your Heart

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Croton’s Pampered Pet, Croton-on-Hudson: Sheila McManus No need to ruff it at Croton’s Pampered Pet, a new grooming lounge for dogs, and the people who buy their bully sticks. Freshly painted murals by a local high school artist and portraits of satisfied four-legged clients give the business  a salon vibe. Handmade organic dog biscuits by...
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Dip In

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Posh Pretzels, Tarrytown:  AnnMarie D’Erasmo AnnMarie D’Erasmo, founder of Posh Pretzels, spent a decade perfecting her gourmet pretzel skills, which began by offering them as gifts, before transforming her hobby into a full time career in confections. Nothing makes you melt like her hand-dipped desserts. Peanut butter is an ingenious cross between a pretzel and...
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Hudson Valley Olive Oil: Shane Furnia Mount Kisco, NY

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Oil and water may not mix—but olive oil and entrepreneurship do. Shane Furnia’s Hudson Valley Olive Oil provides a whole new perspective on the product, with more than 50 varieties of flavored oils, balsamic vinegars, pasta and sea salts literally on tap at his Mount Kisco emporium. Had a run in or two with pepper...
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Matched Savings Participant Now a College Grad!

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Emily Lin:  Matched Savings Participant and Now College Grad! Yonkers High School, Bronxville resident, NY  Emily Lin is first generation, and in June 2014 became the first in her family to graduate college. She participated in a special Community Capital program to assist low income students with matched savings to cover educational expenses not included...
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Matched Savings Participant Now College Grad!

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Mohammed “Uzair” Ahmed:  Matched Savings Participant and Now College Grad! Yonkers, NY  Mohammed “Uzair” Ahmed is first generation, and in June 2014 became the first in his family to graduate college. Five years earlier he participated in a special Community Capital program to assist low income students with matched savings to cover educational expenses not...
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Yonkers Brewing Company: John Rubbo and Nick Califano: Thinking Outside the Six-Pack

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Hopped up on turning micro brewing on its head, John Rubbo, 31, and Nick Califano, 29, launched into craft beer light. After perfecting recipes with the help of a master brewer at home tasting parties and getting area restaurants to tap in, the local boys received a small business loan of $50,000 from Community Capital...
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Lalibela: Selamawit “Mimi” Tesfaye

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Waft into Lalibela and the music and seductive spices in this sunset-colored restaurant greet you as a warm African breeze blowing along the spice road. It is simpler and more serene than most ethnic restaurants, not unlike its owner. Selamawit Tesfaye, called “Mimi,” moved to Westchesterfrom Ethiopiasome 16 years ago. She worked as a nanny...
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