Heather Yakin, Times Herald-Record

Heather Yakin

Times Herald-Record

Middletown, NY, United States

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Past articles by Heather:

Goshen girl who survived tumor, surgeries is still battling

Liliana Sudarto, 3, has already beaten the odds. But now the little girl, who is already awaiting an intestine transplant, needs a kidney → Read More

Senior citizens welcome community center reopening

COVID-19 took a harder toll on senior citizens. So did loneliness. On Friday, Middletown' s senior center reopened after 14 months. → Read More

'Giving people a chance': Progressives pushing for NY parole reform, but time is ticking

Proposed laws would allow parole hearings for older inmates after 15 years; would focus parole decisions on rehabilitation, not original crime → Read More

Far from NYC, once-notorious "Monroe Madam" mom reinvents herself

A new Lifetime movie ''Soccer Mom Madam" tells a fictionalized version of the rise and fall of Anna Gristina. She has moved on. → Read More

Sins of the past: Walk remembers man lynched in Port Jervis in 1892

Reckoning with the past: the Robert Lewis Remembrance Walk brings light to the 1892 lynching of a Port Jervis man in the city → Read More

Legoland New York to open Saturday for previews; how to get tickets

As construction finishes up, Legoland New York will open its Goshen park to the public, with discounted one-day tickets for 'previews' through June 20 → Read More

SUNY New Paltz president Donald Christian to retire

SUNY New Paltz's 8th president, Dr. Donald Christian, said he'll retire at the end of the 2021-2022 school year → Read More

Outdoor businesses see bright summer despite COVID challenges

2020 wasn't easy for any business, but some that offer outdoor adventures or treats were busy despite the pandemic → Read More

Bringing the COVID vaccines to people where they shop. Next up: Walmart parking lot

As attendance at big COVID vaccinates sites wanes, officials look to take the shots to the communities that need them → Read More

Mid Hudson women business owners make it work through the pandemic

Local women business owners faced challenges and seized opportunities during the pandemic and shutdown → Read More

Senators: Big pharma middlemen are hurting small pharmacies, consumers

State senators say local mom-and-pop pharmacies need relief from pharmacy benefit manger company policies → Read More

Reduce financial risks: Audit shows Wallkill needs better policies

An audit draft found gaps in the Town of Wallkill's accounting procedures, and recommended fixes. → Read More

Vaccination rate grows in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley; appointments are widely available

Vaccination numbers are up and test positivity rates for COVID-19 are starting to fall across New York and locally, but we’re not out of the woods yet. → Read More

Keeping farmworkers safe: Nonprofit fills backpacks with supplies

The Warwick Area Farmworkers Organization will give 300 farmworkers high-visibility backpacks full of safety supplies → Read More

State budget funds big expansion of universal pre-K

The 2021-2022 New York State Budget included a $105 million expansion in funding for universal pre-K → Read More

New NY state guidelines stymie some efforts to get kids back to classrooms

As schools prepared to bring more kids back into classrooms, changes to state guidelines forced some districts to revise or delay their plans → Read More

Carpenters rally to raise awareness of construction fraud

A regional carpenters' union rallied to raise awareness of construction frauds, and how the abuses hurt workers and taxpayers → Read More

Goshen Secure Center escapes state budget axe

The state's 2021-2022 budget bill will close two youth detention centers, but Goshen Secure will remain open → Read More

Former Fallsburg town justice sentenced for crash that killed two teenage boys

A former town justice, 89, was sentenced to a fine for the 2019 reckless driving crash that killed Justin Finkel and Devin Zeininger. → Read More

Less than a year after taking the reins, the City of Newburgh police chief will retire

Newburgh Police Chief Arnold “Butch” Amthor will retire on April 7, the city announced. → Read More