< Back to News

Poughkeepsie Journal Cheers to Anderson Center for Autism

Date April 13, 2015

To the Middle Main Initiative and the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center for bringing the POK Pop-Up Shop to the City of Poughkeepsie.

The idea behind the pop-up shop, located at Mid-Hudson Heritage Center gallery at 317 Main St., is to highlight items that are Poughkeepsie-related in some way. The laudable goal is to generate pride in the city while providing a good, quality space for local artists and merchants to sell their wares. Featured items include merchandise from the Poughkeepsie Underwear Factory, the Middle Main Initiative, the Poughkeepsie Bicycle Advocates, and other groups working to enhance the city.

The POK Pop-Up shop opened a few weeks ago and regular hours are 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,Tuesday-Friday. Proceeds are going to foster other efforts to improve Main Street and the Middle Main Initiative which focuses on the neighborhood encompassing the section of Main Street between Market Street and Pershing Avenue in the City of Poughkeepsie. For more information, visit www.middlemain.com or call 845-454-5176 Ext.119.

Yes, he did again.

It’s hard to keep track of all the things that John Flowers is out doing for the community, but some of those of endeavors have become regular, much-anticipated events in the area. Such is the case with the annual Easter egg hunt in the City of Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park, where community organizer Flowers worked with other volunteers to spread joy to hundreds of children. Those children took part in the egg hunt, a tradition Flowers started in 1996. Back then, about 500 children showed up. These days, 2,000 to 3,000 turn out every year.

“This is such a great event,” Flowers said. “Look at the kids…they’re having a ball.”

Something tells us that, despite all the hard planning and work, John Flowers is having just as much fun.

So many people are considered in the autism spectrum, meaning they can struggle to interact and communicate with others, have trouble with attention span, sometimes engage in repetitive behaviors. But research and early detection can help, and those efforts must get more resources and attention.

Three Cheers to the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg and Mill House Brewing Company in Poughkeepsie for teaming up for a creative approach.

Mill House Brewing Company launched its special craft beer, Mr. Anderson, on April 3 for National Autism Awareness Month.

For each pint of Anderson Ale sold, the brewery will donate $1 to the Anderson Center, while also providing customers the option to donate.

The Mill House Brewing Company says it will serve Mr. Anderson every April for National Autism Awareness Month.

Cheers to that!