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4/26/17 Highlights of this week's edition...

Going to the dogs

Beacon Barks on Main St. Saturday

By Goldee Greene
Staff Writer/Arts & Entertainment

(Continued from Cover)  “We’re all elated to have the parade up and running again, after a year’s hiatus,” said Jon McNeal, who is the new co-owner of Beacon Barkery, with his father, Donald. “This is a great charity event to benefit the safety and well-being of dogs in Dutchess County. It’s good that so many types of dogs, from pedigrees to mutt, attend. And also for more people to find out about Beacon and surrounding businesses.”

This year’s recipient of proceeds will be Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wildlife Center, located in Hopewell Junction.

“We are a one-stop place to help both domestic and feral animals,” said co-organizer Josephine Santoro, an expert in wildlife rehabilitation. Santoro is the former Dog Warden for the Town of East Fishkill.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

‘It’s a bumpy ride’

Autism Walk offers support to families facing the disease

The Fedigan family, the heart of Team Winter Green, are, from left, Christopher, Jimmy, Allison, Molly and Michael. - Courtesy photo

By Ray Fashona

Discovering you have a child on the autism spectrum is often heart-breaking for parents. Allison Fedigan, whose 21-year-old son Michael is autistic, said she was “definitely scared” when she heard the diagnosis.

“I didn’t know much about it,” when 4-year-old Michael was diagnosed, Allison said.

Her husband, Jimmy Fedigan, said the news “was devastating” for the East Fishkill family.

But the Fedigans didn’t let their fear turn into paralysis. They took action. Since the inception of the Hudson Valley Autism Awareness Walk 15 years ago, the Fedigans and their Team Winter Green have raised almost $250,000 in the struggle to understand and conquer this neurological disorder. According to the website Autism Speaks, the disease “refers to a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication.”

The 16th annual Walk is Sunday, April 30 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Team Winter Green (that’s the street the Fedigans live on) is the Walk’s top fundraiser year after year. It doesn’t hurt that the team has plenty of backing – Jimmy has eight brothers and sisters, 73 cousins and his “second family” on Broadway.

Read the full story in this week’s print edition.

Also in the Apr. 26-May 2, 2017 issue:

  • Animals visit Glenham Elementary School

Glenham Elementary School Principal Cassandra Orser kisses a pig during an assembly. Heather Iannucci, from Two by Two Zoo holds Gordon, the pig. - Photo by Kristine Coulter


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