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| 22 Feb 2012 | 01:36

Golf outing to benefit veterans food pantry Monroe — Orange County residents and friends are invited to attend the Orange County Food Pantry Benefit Golf Outing to be held on Monday, Aug. 23, at Mansion Ridge Golf Club in Monroe. The outing will be hosted by the American Golf Foundation and will raise much needed funds and supplies for the county’s veterans food pantry. The shotgun start is at 8:30 a.m. The cost is $85 per player and includes a cart, access to the practice range, a barbecue lunch following the event, as well as closest-to-the-pin contests and many prizes. “Orange County is home to hundreds of service men and women of all ages who have honored their country by serving in the military,” said Orange Executive County Executive Edward A. Diana. The food pantry helps more than 100 veterans’ families throughout the county. The pantry aids all veterans of any age, ethnicity, branch of service, or active years of service providing food items in their times of need. “The Orange County Veterans Food Pantry is a full service food pantry that aids the brave men and women who served our country,” said Mark Morris, retired Navy captain and lead volunteer organizer of the golf benefit. “We’re proud to be able to host this golf outing as a way of saying thank you for the many sacrifices Orange County veterans have made. I hope that people will come out and play to benefit a great cause.” To register for the golf outing, call 782-7888, ext. 1. Event organizers are also looking for volunteers and additional prizes. For more information, call Kristen Jensen in the county executive’s office at 291-2705 or e-mail Mele earns ‘Diversity MBA Magazine’ honors MONROE — James Mele of Monroe has been selected for inclusion in the 2010 “Top 100 under 50 Diverse Executive and Emerging Leaders” by Diversity MBA Magazine. Mele is the director of claims processing for Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey. He is part of the magazine’s third annual Top 100 listing of minority and multicultural executives who have achieved success in highly competitive corporate, government or entrepreneurial environments based on their position, the size of budget managed, scope of responsibility, and community service work. Meleo will be honored in Chicago next month. Register now to take the correction officer exam ALBANY — The new exam date for persons interested in becoming a correction officer. in Oct. 16, with a filing deadline of Sept. 13. Anyone interested in taking the exam may apply on-line or download examination information and an application at the Department of Civil Service Web site at Additional information about the position of correction officer is available at The starting salary for a correction officer trainee is currently $36,420 per year. After six months, the salary increases to $38,310. After successful completion of the one-year correction officer traineeship, which ends one year after the employee’s date of initial appointment to the Department’s Training Academy, the salary increases to $43,867 per year. State job bank Web site launched Albany - The New York State Department of Labor has launched a job bank Web site. The Web site will allow eager job seekers to search through more than 84,000 postings for available jobs, as well as providing a valuable tool for employers seeking qualified and talented employees. “This site will help business and job seekers throughout the state,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun (R-C-Blooming Grove). “I am excited that the Department of Labor has taken the proactive measure of creating a site such as this. The service is free and I hope that people are encouraged to use this site to search for employees and employment. Making the search for a job easier during these tough economic times is priceless to the people who have spent countless hours making phone calls, scrolling through newspapers, and paying to use recruiting Web sites.” The Web site provides up-to-date job postings and allows job seekers to post their resumes online. The service is free to both employers and job seekers. Visit to create an account, search for jobs or to post a position. Realtor recognized for performance MONROE — Linda Czubak and the Weichert, Realtors Monroe office were recognized for outstanding performance in July. A neighborhood specialist, Czubak led the region for resales while the Monroe sales team led the region for resales revenue units and resale dollar volume. The region consists of offices serving Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Ulster counties.