Name change: It’s now Access Physical Therapy & Wellness Monroe Physical Therapy & Wellness, which provides physical and occupational therapy services in Monroe, has changed its name to Access Physical Therapy & Wellness. Officials said the name change was made in an effort “to best convey to the public their ongoing commitment to providing their communities with access to the highest quality of physical therapy available in the greater Orange County area.” Founded in Montgomery by physical therapists and brothers Stephen and Christopher Albanese, the business has grown to five locations since its inception in 2003. “It’s very important that the community understand that our new name better defines who we are, and who we are committed to being over the coming years,” said Christopher Albanese. “We have a new name which better defines our mission, but we are the same family-run business we’ve always been, and that’s not changing.” Other office locations are in Montgomery, Port Jervis, Wallkill, and Goshen. Call 457-5555 for more information. Dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at Operation Safe Scripts’ drop off GOSHEN - The Operation Safe Scripts program is now operational and allows residents to safely dispose of expired or unwanted pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over-the-counter, as well as hypodermic needles, at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Goshen between hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, inclusive of all holidays. The elderly, handicapped or those unable to drive may call the Sheriff’s Office at any time to arrange to have these items picked-up. Operation Safe Scripts will be accepting unwanted pharmaceuticals during the county’s already scheduled “Household Hazardous Waste Collection,” on Saturday, Sept. 18 in Newburgh at the Delano-Hitch Recreation Center and on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Goshen at the Orange County Fire Training Center. Call 291-4033 for more information. Hazardous waste disposal day is Sept. 18 Newburgh - Orange County will hold its next Household Hazardous Waste collection day on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Delano-Hitch Recreation Center at 401 Washington St. in Newburgh from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No electronics will be accepted. There is no cost to Orange County residents, although proof of residency is required at the time of participation. The event is in addition to regular waste disposal service we offer six days a week at Orange County’s three transfer stations. Farms, schools, small businesses and governmental agencies must pre-register at 291-2664 to bring their hazardous waste materials on Friday, Sept. 17. Additionally, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office will also be on hand at the Delano-Hitch Recreation Center for Operation Safe Scripts to accept any expired or unwanted pharmaceuticals, both prescription and over- the-counter, as well as hypodermic needles. For information on disposal and for a complete list of unacceptable items or other questions, call 291-2664 or visit www.orangecountygov.com/efs. Defensive tax strategies seminar Montgomery The Community Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County are hosting a program called “Defensive Tax Strategies” for attorneys, accountants, financial planners, trust officers, wealth management advisors and their clients, nonprofit executives and individuals from throughout the region Wednesday, Sept. 22. The program runs from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Larkin Conference Room at the Orange County Chamber of Commerce Business Center in Montgomery, Officials said the seminar will address how” to effectively help clients survive and thrive.” Case studies will cover estate tax issues, gift tax issues, charitable issues, income tax issues, valuation issues and audit issues. Fee is $45 per person, or $40 for NYSSCPA members and includes a light dinner. Seating is limited. To register, visit www.cfoc-ny.org or call 769-9393 Armond completes nutrition training program Highland Mills G. O. Armond, a registered nurse who serves the Central Valley and Highland Mills areas, has completed the last 25 hours of a six-month “Nutritional Response Testing” training program in advanced clinical nutrition. Her office is located at 219 Route 32 Central Valley. Her business, Nutritional Basics on Route 32 in Highland Mills, offers nutritional counseling, body fat analysis, health express testing and organic whole food nutritional supplements. Nutrition Response Testing was developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan, a chiropractor and certified clinical nutritionist after 25,000 hours of clinical experience in his practice in upstate New York. “Nutrition Response Testing is a non-invasive method of analyzing the body to determine the actual root causes of health conditions,” said Ulan. “It enables the practitioner to determine the exact patient nutritional deficiency or imbalance so it can be corrected. And that pinpointed deficiency is usually at the root cause of the problem. Nutrition Response Testing is quick, non-invasive, inexpensive and painless.” Nutrition Response Testing practitioners also provide nutritional dietary advice. Armond is one of only 300 health practitioners who had graduated a extensive advanced clinical training program in Nutrition Response Testing in Clearwater, Fla. She has studied the advanced breakthroughs in all aspects of clinical nutrition ranging from the in-depth analysis of specific nutritional deficiencies to successful continued patient care. “With advanced clinical skills, my clients who have difficulties with digestion or chronic low back pain are improving or the problems have been resolved,” said Armond. “It is very reassuring to hear my clients tell me about their successes.” Call 926-3408 for more information. Amateur radio club offers free classes beginning Sept. 25 Goshen The Orange County Amateur Radio Club will be offering instructional classes starting Sept. 25, to enable citizens of any age to obtain their first ham radio licenses. This entry-level license, authorized by the FCC, is called the “Technician Class” and permits two-way radio communication on all amateur frequency bands in the VHF and UHF range. There is no age limitation and no Morse code requirement. No prior experience is necessary to take these classes. The instruction is offered free by the club. The question and answer license manual is purchased by the student for $22.65 (includes tax). Classes and license exam will be held at the Orange County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at 110 Wells Farm Road in Goshen. Classes are on four Saturday mornings: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9 and 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. Examination is scheduled for the morning of Oct. 23, administered by certified volunteer examiners. Interested students may register by visiting www.ocarc-ny.org then clicking on “Ham Classes” and using the link there to register and purchase the manual on-line, or by calling 418-6930 to leave a message with your contact information. Licensed hams use radio at all levels of technology networks, repeaters, AM, FM, TV, on-air contests, international contacts, space and satellite communication, experimentation, emergency preparedness, and even just “rag-chewing.” The Orange County Radio Club Web site is at www.ocarc-ny.org. More general amateur radio information is at www.hello-radio.org. Questions? Leave a message at 566-1745.\ Law to continue insurance coverages signed ALBANY A New York law signed on Aug. 19 says insurers cannot discontinue group insurance plans in order to drop an individual high-cost policyholder. The legislation, effective Jan. 1, requires that carriers provide written notice 90 days in advance to all insured individuals covered by group plans, as well as their option to buy alternative replacement insurance. It also establishes a review by state regulators to ensure that policyholders with serious medical conditions who used benefits in the year before a plan is discontinued will keep their present coverage if a similar alternative is not made available.