Orange County Arts Council Seeks Veteran Artists, Poets, Essayists

As part of its fourth annual County Art Awards Celebration on Thursday, November 10th at the Harness Racing Museum in Goshen, the Orange County Arts Council is adding a special tribute to veterans this year. A special award has been created to honor one veteran who has demonstrated a sincere commitment to the arts through the creation of his/her own art or his/her involvement with the arts in the general community or within the veteran community. As with all of the county art awards, this award encompasses all visual, literary and performing arts. Anyone can submit a nomination and nomination forms can be downloaded from the Orange County Arts Council’s website at www.ocartscouncil.org. The deadline for nominations is September 21st. In addition, the Orange County Arts Council is seeking poets and essayists to submit original poems or prose with a Veterans theme. This opportunity is open to veterans and the general public. One will be selected and read at the Arts Awards Ceremony. Entries should be made to the Orange County Arts Council via e-mail to [email protected] or to Dawn Ansbro, Executive Director, Orange County NY Arts Council, Inc., 23 White Oak Drive, P.O. Box 574, Sugar Loaf, NY 10981. The winner will be notified no later than October 14th. The Orange County Arts Council Annual Art Awards recognize living individuals, organizations, and corporations which have made outstanding contributions to the arts in our community. Recipients may include individual artists, arts patrons, volunteers, non-profit cultural organizations, and corporate patrons. The Orange County Arts Council is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to strengthen the arts in Orange County by providing educational, promotional, and information services. We accomplish this by coordinating and facilitating relationships among the arts, schools, businesses, government, and the public. For more information about upcoming Arts Council events, please call the office at 845-469-9168 or email [email protected]

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In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP