HEALTH: How about some dust with that burger?

The New York State Department of Transportation decided to scrub the highway and kicked up a bunch of dust and dirt along Fairview Avenue (State Route 9) in Greenport May 14 just in time for the lunch crowd at Burger King and McDonald’s. At least one passerby found the timing unappetizing. Photo by Chip Moon

G’town recovery grant program invests in small businesses

GERMANTOWN — The Germantown Town Board and its Economic Development Advisory Committee have awarded a total of 11 grants to local businesses through the Germantown Business Recovery grant program.

This effort was launched on April 24, with fiscal sponsorship and administrative support from Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), to raise additional resources for businesses located in Germantown that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

A volunteer committee reviewed and rated each application based on these criteria. The businesses that received grants are spread out across Germantown and met the grant making criteria, including, being an independently owned small business located in the town, 20 or fewer full-time employees, less than $1,500,000 in annual sales, adversely impacted by COVID-19, and in need of funds to continue to retain and pay their employees, and/or stay current on rent, and cover other fixed costs related to their operations. Read more…

Hannaford plans to hire new associates

SCARBOROUGH, ME – Hannaford Supermarkets has announced plans to hire approximately 2,000 associates at stores throughout its five-state territory, including New York.

The hiring effort is designed to support stores, existing associates and customers during a period of increased demand related to the global health pandemic, as well as providing additional capacity for Hannaford To Go curbside pickup service.

“We are actively growing the Hannaford team and expediting our efforts to hire and train new associates. Expanding our team will allow us to better serve our customers while continuing to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our shoppers and associates,” Hannaford Supermarkets Director of Talent Development Scott LeClair said in a press release. Read more…

CEDC and BTCF announce grant recipients

HUDSON — Columbia Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (BTCF) announced on April 24 the award of 92 grants to local businesses through the Columbia County Business Continuity Fund. This joint effort with the Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson Business Coalition was launched March 30 to raise new resources in support of small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Generous individuals, foundations and businesses made this fund possible.

The businesses receiving grants are spread out across the county and met key grant making criteria, including being located in city, town or village centers, open to the public and reliant on foot traffic, and having fewer than 10 full-time employees and less than $1 million in annual revenue. Read more…

Scenic Hudson chief discusses group’s environmental work

SALISBURY, CT–On Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan will provide an illustrated Zoom talk about how Scenic Hudson launched the modern environmental movement in the 1960s and emerged as a champion of clean air and water, and protected land and farms throughout the region in the 21st century.

The online talk is sponsored by Noble Horizons in Salisbury, CT.

Mr. Sullivan has led the organization’s collaborative victories against threats to the region’s natural beauty and environment—halting the proposed St. Lawrence Cement plant, reducing the height of LG’s headquarters atop the Palisades and spearheading the ongoing campaign for a comprehensive PCB cleanup.

During his tenure, Scenic Hudson has protected 35,000 “must-save” acres—from scenic landmarks in the Hudson Highlands to productive fields and orchards on more than 125 family farms and the organization of a dozen public parks.

Prior to joining Scenic Hudson, Mr. Sullivan served as Environmental Commissioner of Maine, where he brought together environmental and business leaders across party lines.

He earned a B.A. in political science and a coordinate degree in environmental studies from Williams College and master’s degrees from Yale University’s School of Management and School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. In recognition of his “dedication and willingness to build the necessary bridges, battle through the bureaucratic red tape and address financial and technical challenges,” Mr. Sullivan  received the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Distinguished Service Award in 2012.

Registrants will receive the Zoom link after they register with Noble Horizons Retirement Communities.