Letters to the Editor in July 2014

Read our letters to the editor for July 2014, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Wayward Whale” contest answer

Send your letters, questions, and comments to edit@hvmag.com

Where in the Hudson Valley…?

In our June issue, we asked readers to locate a “floating” sculpture of a whale. The stainless steel and concrete cetacean was installed in Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park, which at one point was the site of two whaling companies that thrived in the Queen City. Because its head, hump, and tail are placed several feet apart, the creature gives the illusion of being partially submerged; it also bears a full set of teeth and is covered in multicolored tiles. Congrats to Hopewell Junction’s Judy Wirges who bagged our prize. Click here to see if you know the whereabouts of “Barefoot Kate.”

This park is named after my husband’s uncle, who was once mayor of Poughkeepsie.
Patricia Lackaye

My oldest son died at birth. When they were making the tiles for the whales, there was a memorial ceremony. Many of us made squares with our children’s names on them. My son, Ryan Timothy, is on one.
Colleen Napora

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We love that sculpture, my girls climb it every time we are in the area. We spent last year’s Mother’s Day taking pics there with my mom and sister.
Maggie Gottfried

I had my wedding photos taken there almost seven years ago.
Denise Whitcomb

I Spy

“Secret Agent Man” (History, June) concerning Enoch Crosby, who was one of America’s first spies and played a role in our War for Independence, was most informative. Any high school or college student — along with many adults — would benefit by reading this article to understand the role the Hudson Valley played in our nation’s founding.
Larry Penner
Great Neck

Hats Off to Nurses

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Hudson Valley magazine for hosting the amazing banquet and awards ceremony at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie during Nurses’ Recognition Week. The venue was spectacular and it was a great evening. Being nominated for the Excellence in Nursing Award and subsequently named a Top Nurse of 2014 was indeed a huge surprise and an honor for me. I am truly humbled by the generosity and kindness of so many fellow nurses I was fortunate to meet that night. Hearing of so many admirable things my colleagues are doing and have accomplished only reinforces my decision to enter the nursing profession more than 40 years ago. My thanks and congratulations to all the nominees and all nurses who work so tirelessly each and every day. We are truly a unique breed — and I consider myself blessed to be included among all of you.
Judy McAvoy
Mount Kisco Medical Group

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