Hillsdale, New York
Body/Soul | Local living
29 March 2017 12:02PM
Laura Griffin


For a few months, Lisa Berman, owner of Laughter Yoga NYC, LLC, has been holding free Laughter Yoga sessions at the airy Art Annex at 2666 Rote 23 in Hillsdale. Lisa is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor, as well as holding an LMSW.

Additional classes have been scheduled for April, with a later time to accommodate those who wish to attend services or perhaps just sleep in a little.

Lisa is an account exec in Manhattan who launched Laughter Yoga NYC in order to shift her energies and bring about positive energy to people. So far, she has held classes for diverse groups including folks with brain injury, stressed Manhattanites, co-workers, and the laud back people at the Art Annex classes.

Join us — the next class is April 2nd at 2PM. Call Lynne at 518-325-4000 to save your spot.

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Hillsdale, New York
Body/Soul | Local living
13 March 2017 01:28PM
Carol Peckham


The Chatham Cares 4U Initiative is holding a very special community education program

Join us on Saturday, March 25, from 3 pm to 5 pm, at the Hudson Library Community Room
51 N. 5th Street, Hudson, NY

Chatham Police Chief Peter Volkmann has partnered with a national movement, Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PAARI), to develop Chatham Cares 4U, the first program of its kind in Columbia County.

The Chatham Cares 4U Initiative believes opiate addiction is a disease, not a crime, and is modeled after a similar program Angel Initiative in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Initiated in July 2016, Chatham Cares 4U has helped over 80 participants seeking help to find treatment. The program averages about 10 participants a month who have come from Columbia County and surrounding counties. No one has been turned away.

Chatham Police Officers and local community volunteers who believe in the mission are an integral part of the program. They work with treatment centers and insurance companies to get people into treatment.

Any person seeking treatment help who comes to the Chatham Police station in the Village Hall at 77 Main Street, will be screened into the program. They can turn over their drugs or drug paraphernalia, which will be marked for destruction, no questions asked. They will not be charged with a crime.

Police Chief Volkmann has said, “the stigma associated with heroin and opiate addiction is over. Police officers are here to help you, not judge you. You can help save a life.”

This free program, open to all, is sponsored by the Columbia County Democratic Committee.

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