50 Faces of East Fishkill, New York
Chris Muratore, owner of Four Corners Market and resident of East Fishkill since 2009. A father, pancake master and wonderful husband to Debbie Muratore. Upon entering the market, you are greeted with a great smile and the smell of bacon cooking! Chris loves being able to provide a place for people in the area to purchase local items such milk, eggs and bread to just name a few.
Adam Gerson, Principal of Gayhead Elementary School. Father of 4 and avid coffee drinker. We talked coffee and our preferences in taste in coffee. He makes his own during the day but Starbucks coffee is his favorite. During the day he prefers to walk the hallways and be in the classroom. Thank you Mr. Gerson for all you do!
When James reached out to me about the project he didn’t hold back about his condition and purpose for being photographed. Four years ago James was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease. Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect upon meeting him. I cry easily, and compassion is my middle name. lol I hated for a minute that he was diagnosed with this disease. My thoughts of “But he has a family.. he’s young.. this is not fair” raced through my mind.
Shame on me because, boy… was I all wrong about my thoughts. We met up at Four Corner’s Market in Hopewell. I nervously drank my coffee and told myself, “Don’t cry in front of this man or he’s going to run for the hills and forget about getting anyone else to participate.” lol
“Hi, it’s nice to meet you Viviana.” There was James, with the biggest, most warmest smile. I felt so silly. “Viv.. duh, he’s here living this beautiful life. What is there to be sad about?”
And that’s been his message since receiving his diagnosis. Not only has he inspired others to do the same, he’s also been able to share his message to so many! James has been busy the last 4 years.
Participated in a HD/Fitness Study in Iowa to see how fitness can have a potential positive impact on prolonging the disease
Won a scholarship that paid for my flight and hotel expenses to attend the HDSA Convention in LA
Started the #StopDropandPlank4HD challenge as a means to raise awareness for Huntington's Disease while promoting fitness and health
Was interviewed by Hudson Valley Network News about what motivated me to start the #StopDropandPlank4HD challenge
Featured in Aug issue of Hudson Valley Magazine for a piece I helped write "Living Positively”
In addition to all this, in 2017 he ran the NYC Marathon, raised about $6,000, ran the Philly Marathon in 2018 and this year will be the Chicago Marathon. He doesn’t seem to be slowing down. This is just the beginning for him!
Thank you James for your time, your story and giving me a lesson on #LivingPositively.
“Every time when crossing the finish line, I think to myself, the disease hasn't gotten to me yet.” -James Del Carpio
To follow James’ journey on Living Positively, head on over to Instagram and give him a follow!
Bill Green, Recreation Director for 41 years and also a retired 30 year teacher in the WCSD. I truly enjoyed chatting with Mr. Green. He showed me around the Hopewell Recreation Park, shared some history of the area and what programs are currently being offered by the East Fishkill Recreation Department. BTW: I’ve been to the park so many times, but with little awareness about how it has grown over the years, it left me thinking… wow, we are pretty lucky to have people like Bill taking care of East Fishkill.
Bill is dedicated to his job and this was pretty clear when he quickly replaced the hand soap in the bathroom before we left for my tour of the field. You can tell he cares about the people and town. If you see Bill around, thank him! If you see Barkley, please give him all the snuggles.
Stay Tuned for More Portraits of East Fishkill…
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