Amanda Purcell, Poughkeepsie Journal

Amanda Purcell

Poughkeepsie Journal

Hudson, NY, United States

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Past articles by Amanda:

Is IBM’s Watson as smart as a fifth-grader?

IBM Watson is branching out into the field of education to help teachers improve student success in the classroom. Watson is training elementary school teachers for free across the U.S. → Read More

Meetings Tuesday follow Millbrook Mayor's arrest

The Town of Washington council will meet Tuesday for a special board meeting following the arrest of its former bookkeeper Laura Hurley → Read More

Staffing shortage a main concern for correction officer union

Amid widely-publicized alleged incidents of inmate abuse by several corrections officers, corrections officers’ union representatives are touring the state, meeting with state legislators and district attorneys to talk about issues facing state prison → Read More

Unemployment in Dutchess County continues downtrend

Dutchess-Putnam region is in a three-way tie with Albany-Schenectady-Troy and Glens Falls region with the second lowest unemployment out of 15 metro areas in New York State. Dutchess-Putnam unemployment rate was 4.0 in August, down from 4. → Read More

Miles of Hope walk raises awareness, gives hope to patients

PLEASANT VALLEY – Robert Mayr’s mother, Elaine Purdy, was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was about 12 years old. “It was the worst thing I had ever seen as a kid,” Mayr said. “My mom was going through a lot of surgeries and medicine. → Read More

Hyde Park building proposal meets opposition

HYDE PARK – A developer’s proposal to replace a vadowntown building that has been mostly vacant for nearly a decade has ignited debate between residents who wish to preserve Hyde Park’s historic character, and those concerned with its economic future → Read More

Taste of New Paltz introduces patrons with business' best

NEW PALTZ – Stacy Carpenter of New Paltz decided to bring her daughter, “I’ve been living in town for like 15 years, I have never been,” I don’t even remember hearing about it. But it is great so far. → Read More

Sons lost to drugs: Parents share tales at forum

They came to connect. → Read More

Fred Knapp enters 'temporary release' program

Sixteen months after Fred Knapp was sent to prison for stealing more than a half-million dollars from the Town of Beekman, he has been placed in a temporary release program. → Read More

Admist heroin epidemic, resources available

Meghan Hetfield’s five year sober anniversary was Saturday. “It’s critical to have support on the outside,” Hetfield said. “The help someone gets in treatment or detox is huge. But what is missing someone to help them when they get out. → Read More

Vassar Brothers' half-billion dollar pavilion breaks ground

Construction is expected to begin within two weeks at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, where a new patient pavilion is expected to bring more than 300 construction jobs to the area. → Read More

State and local primaries set for Tuesday

Polls open noon to 9 p.m. at designated polling places. → Read More

The 'Bern' returns: Sanders to speak in New Paltz for Teachout

The rally is scheduled for 11 a.m. in Hasbrouck Park in the village, and tickets are available. → Read More

Christopher Roza helped others, couldn't help himself

Pat Roza's son Christopher was just starting out in life when he was introduced to heroin. → Read More

Heroin crisis spurs need for more rehab services

As heroin use has grown throughout Dutchess County, the demand for recovery programs is rising. But addicts seeking help face a shortage of beds at rehabilitation facilities, according to health care and addiction professionals. → Read More

County hires first Deputy Commissioner of Special Needs

Dutchess County Government has announced its first Deputy Commissioner for Special Needs. → Read More

August home sales surge

Home sales in Dutchess County continue to soar, according to a report by the Mid-Hudson Multiple Listing Service. → Read More

Some Gap Inc. employees to head back to work

FISHKILL - Though the investigation into what caused last week's fire at the Gap Inc. distribution center is ongoing, some of the company's 1,300 employees at the campus will return to work on Monday and a building will be reopened. → Read More

New jobs coming to Dutchess: Millions coming to local economy

A look at some of the companies will be hiring in the next two yearsSeveral major construction projects coming to the Hudson Valley in the next two years are expected to generate thousands of jobs and millions in tourist dollars to the region, but a → Read More

Woodstock/New Paltz Art and Crafts Fair offers 'unique flair'

Ted Sokolowski began wood turning 17 years ago after illustrations lost out to digital “Believe it or not, there are a lot of similarities,” Sokolowski said. → Read More