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Arc Business & Writing Services

Harv Hilowitz, President 

Stone Ridge, NY 

e-mail: arc@arcbizwriting.com    www.arcbizwriting.com 

office & cell: 845-590-0925                        For Immediate Release and Forwarding 

                                                                       December 12, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Arc Business & Writing Services client  Zumtobel Lighting  Wins  $706,000 NY Grant

A business consultancy firm operating in the Hudson Valley, Arc Business & Writing Services, today announced that its client, Zumtobel Lighting, received $706,000 from a NY State Regional Economic Development Council grant. The competitive grant process known as the CFA (Consolidated Funding Application) facilitates the State’s selection of regionally significant economic development projects. The CFA grant application was written by Harv Hilowitz, with the assistance of Zumtobel staff and consultants, and with the support of local political and business leaders.


Zumtobel Lighting, located in Highland, NY, is a division of the Zumtobel Group, a global leader in high quality indoor and outdoor commercial lighting. Operating for over 60 years from its headquarters in Austria, the company develops innovative, custom lighting solutions that meet extremely exacting requirements in terms of ergonomics, economic efficiency, aesthetics and environmental compatibility. Zumtobel Group has an international presence in 23 countries and commercial agencies in more than 50 others, reporting a total income of Euro 1,246 billion in fiscal year 2013.


Zumtobel will use the grant money for retrofitting of its Highland facility, purchase of new equipment, and for “lean manufacturing” training of staff. Lean manufacturing is the systemic elimination of waste within a manufacturing process.  As waste is eliminated, quality improves while production time and cost are reduced. Lean can also mean improving the "flow" or smoothness of work, to eliminate wasting of time and materials.


Hilowitz said, “I am very grateful that the Hudson Valley Regional Council and the State took note of the importance of Zumtobel’s needs. The company is a major employer here and wants to remain here and expand. The R&D operations are cutting edge, and are part of the high-tech base of professionals we have in the area.”


Arc Business & Writing Services provides business consultancy, research, marketing and public relations services, business writing and grant writing to a wide range of client firms, including international companies, mid-size firms and one person start-ups. For more information contact Harv Hilowitz at 845-590-0925 or arc@arcbizwriting.com  




Mount Gulian Historic Site (Arc Business Services client)

145 Sterling St.

Beacon, New York 12508            

845-831-8172       www.mountgulian.org

                                                                                                                FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                                                                                                                November 21, 2014


 Mount Gulian Decorated for Christmas: Holiday Program Brings the Verplanck Family to   

 Life, 1836                       


BEACON, NY-- Mount Gulian Historic Site will host its festive Holiday Candlelight Tour on Sunday, December 14 from 4pm to 7pm, including a fun living history performance.  At 5 pm, visitors will meet three persons from 1836 who are preparing a special announcement to be made at that night’s dinner party.  What could the announcement possibly be?   

              Learn the answer to that question from James F. Brown, Mary Anna Verplanck, and William Samuel Verplanck.  James, an escaped slave and diarist, worked as Mount Gulian’s master gardener for 40 years. He shared his passion for gardening with his employer and friend, Mary Anna Verplanck. Young William Samuel, a scion of Mount Gulian, was raised by his Aunt Mary Anna, following the tragic death of his mother. William Samuel was the son of famous U.S. Congressman Gulian Crommelin Verplanck.

Actors Torrance Harvey of Newburgh, Jean Moss of New Windsor, and Anthony Charles of Poughkeepsie will recreate the historical figures in the living history performance entitled Marriage of True Minds.  The living history program includes the actors remaining in-character and interacting with visitors.

              “This will be our 4th living history program about life at Mount Gulian in the 19th century,” said Elaine Hayes, Executive Director of Mount Gulian. “Using theatre to interpret history to tell the personal stories of those who lived here has been very well received by our varied audiences.”

              This year’s Holiday program is the result of funding from Mid Hudson Arts, and the Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union.  The script, written by Joanne Zipay of New Windsor, was finalized in September and rehearsals and costuming began in October.  Ms. Zipay, founder and artistic director of Judith Shakespeare Co. in Manhattan, is also directing the three actors.

              The story of Brown and the Verplancks is compelling.  Brown was a slave in Maryland who escaped north in the late 1820’s. He was recognized as a runaway while serving as a waiter at a Verplanck dinner party in Manhattan. The Verplancks made certain that Brown did not return to Baltimore in chains, and they purchased his freedom. He became a free man, a paid employee of the Verplancks until his death in the 1860’s.  


              Ms. Hayes explained that Mary Anna, a woman who never married, was able to purchase property and had about $30,000 in the bank and in stocks at a time when women were totally economically dependent on men. Had she married, that property would have passed to her husband immediately. An independent woman, she managed the Mount Gulian estate for her brother, Gulian, and developed a friendship with her employee, James F. Brown.    

              William Samuel Verplanck helped his Aunt manage the estate. Inheriting his father’s love of collecting and reading, William Samuel spent much of his time in his father’s library and later managed the lucrative Verplanck farms in Dutchess County and their businesses here and in New York City.

              In addition to the performance, visitors will see the homestead’s rooms decorated in period Christmas fashion, with opulent Victorian décor adorning the dining room; see simple, rustic, natural pieces decorating the study; and will view holiday displays embellishing the home’s main room.  Each room, of course, will be lit by candlelight.

Adding to the golden glow of candlelight and the twinkle of holiday decorations, the museum’s collection of fine decorative pieces will contribute to the home’s beauty and comfort.  Refreshments, including wassail and holiday desserts, will be available.  Admission is $10 adult; $8 senior; $6 child (3-15 years); admission free to members of the Mount Gulian Historic Society


For more information call Elaine Hayes, Executive Director, 831-8172 or ehayes@mountgulian.org



Grant Opportunities submitted on behalf of clients of

Arc Business & Writing Services, as of November, 2014:

  • The Luis Munoz Marin Foundation, San Juan, Puerto Rico:  research, grant review and submission editing for Mag Advisors. For major funding of this national historic site for physical plant development and programming. Project begun October, 2014
  • Bank of America, US Trust, submitted for The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts. For major funding of this not-for-profit child advocacy organization. Submitted September, 2014
  • The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site, to continue its highly regarded interactive American History program to elementary school students in the Hudson Valley region. Submitted September, 2014
  • New York State Consolidated Funding Application 2014 (CFA), submitted for

Zumtobel, Inc., for infrastructure improvements, new equipment and staff training. Submitted July, 2014

  • New York State Council on the Humanities, Humanities Programming Implementation Grant, submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site, for new living history presentations, March, 2014
  • The New York State Society of the Cincinnati, submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site, for construction improvements on the House Museum. October, 2013. Received $2500.
  • U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, Grant Implementation, for Mag Advisors’ client United Way of D.C. Capital Region. Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Recovery, Regional 2-1-1 Communication Plan, 2013
  • The Connecticut Society of the Cincinnati, submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site for debates on Constitutional issues, to be held on site. Received $2500.
  • New York State Consolidated Funding Application 2013 (CFA), submitted for Town of Wawarsing, for a study on re-use of the Colony Farm properties. Submission 2013.
  • The Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati, submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site, in support of the project to restore the front and back porches of the House Museum. Received $2500.
  • Federal Center for Disease Control, Grant Submission for Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC, client of Mag Advisors; Cooperative Agreement for the Development, Coordination & Implementation of a Community Based Health Education Transmedia Grant. 2012      
  • U.S. Department of Labor, et al; Grant Submission for The Hudson Valley Center for Innovation, Inc., and the City of Newburgh: Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge Grant, to create WindWorks, a wind energy consortium in the Hudson Valley. 2011
  • Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) National Grant, submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site for living history presentations, film and related research on personages at Mount Gulian. Received $106,000, implemented 2010-2012.
  • The Hudson River Greenway Grant, Won for Mount Gulian Historic Site, for Site Trail Development.  Received $5000, implemented 2010
  • NY State Council on the Arts Grant, Submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site for historic research on James F. Brown, master gardener, diarist and escaped slave who lived at Mount Gulian. Received $7,500 for Phase I, implemented 2007. Received $7,500, for Phase II, implemented 2008.
  • The Lounsberry Foundation Grants, Submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site for Educational Programming & Operating Expenses. Won , $2,500. 2006-2011     
  • NY State Heritage Grant Program, Submitted for Mount Gulian Historic Site’s Society of the Cincinnati Panel Exhibit.  Received $12,000. Implemented 2006.
  • NYSERDA (NY State Energy Research & Development Agency)

                 Grant Submissions for TechCity, Kingston (former IBM site): Best Practices 

                 Facilities Grant For Energy Audit, Site Design & Energy Improvements,       

                2000 & 2001. 




October, 2014


MAJOR SCHOOL PROJECT AWARDED to Arc Business Services client   



The Wappingers Central School District, one of the largest districts in the State with over 12,000 students and 14 schools, has just awarded VERTICON CONSTRUCTION SERVICES of the Hudson Valley, with a LOW-BID contract for a major project worth over $5,000,000.


Coming in with the low bid, but the highest quality, Verticon was named as G.C. Prime Contractor for the aggressively scheduled project, to be completed by mid-2015. The core scope of the project includes:

  • Constructing a new 16,000 SF Pre-Engineered Transportation Facility Building, including all site development work and interior bus lifts
  • Constructing a new 1000 SF Driver Check-In Building
  • Front Entrance Security System Upgrades at all 14 Schools
  • Interior General Construction Work at 2 Schools
  • Asbestos Abatement at 2 Schools
  • Interior Doors, Frames & Hardware at 2 Schools 

Verticon does construction projects for schools, and for utility companies such as O&R/Con Ed, as well as for municipalities, property owners & private developers. The firm also has expertise in construction for the office & medical sectors, retailers, manufacturing, distribution & industrial sectors.


Verticon Construction Services is a full-service general construction firm, GC, project manager and consultant for site planning, pre-construction, renovation and design-build projects. Projects have ranged from construction of major industrial facilities to small office renovations, and everything in-between. Verticon assists clients with spot-on cost estimating and has construction bonding through our relationships with a AAA rated Surety firm, financial institutions and local community banks. Please visit our new website at  www.verticon.net  


For information contact: Harv Hilowitz      845-590-0925         arc@arcbiz.com  

                      Or Irving Zuckerman   845-774-8500    izuckerman@verticon.net




FOR MEDIA RELEASE, OCTOBER 8, 2014                                                                                    Arc Business & Writing Services       

                                                                                                                                     www.arcbizwriting.com 845-590-0925  Stone Ridge,NY                                                      


Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Vs. Westchester County NY, DSS and Staff Filed 

         by Client of The Foundation of the Child Victims of the Family Courts


A Federal Civil Rights law suit has been filed in US District Court, Southern District of NY, White Plains NY, on behalf of plaintiff Ms. Latonia J., and her minor child D.J., clients of The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts, v. Westchester County NY and the Department of Social Services (DSS), alleging deliberate indifference to the Plaintiffs' Constitutional rights, and pain and suffering for a period of over ten years. Plaintiff has asked to be awarded compensatory damages for alleged improper placement, improper medicating and withholding of appropriate education and psychiatric therapy for the child.


Westchester, New York October 8, 2014

A Federal Civil Rights lawsuit has been filed in United States District Court, Southern District of New York, White Plains NY, on behalf of plaintiff Ms. Latonia J., on behalf of her minor child D.J., clients of The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts. (Case 7:14-cv-07635 NSR; Complaint # 14 Civ. 7635 filed before Judge Roman.)


Defendants in the suit are Westchester County NY, and Rosa Hazoury, Elke Knudsen, and Lisa Colin, Esq. Defendants Hazoury and Knudsen are employees with Westchester County’s Department of Social Services (DSS). Defendant Colin had initially been appointed by the Family Court of Westchester County to represent the interests of Plaintiff DJ in a neglect proceeding against the Plaintiff, held before the Family Court.


The suit, brought by the Rubino Law Firm of Manhattan, alleges, “This is a civil rights action, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983, in which plaintiffs seek damages to redress the deprivation, under color of state law, of rights secured them under the Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution. Defendants removed plaintiff Latonia Jones’ infant child from her custody, without her consent, and proceeded to neglect the infirm child for eight years.”


The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts is a 501- C3 not-for-profit organization registered in New York. It is composed of an association of attorneys, forensic law investigators, therapists, counselors, pediatricians and other professionals who are dedicated to directly assisting parties who have been harmed by the abuses of the Family Court system, Social Service agencies and Child Protective Services across the country. Its main offices are located in Manhattan.

The Federal suit alleges that since May 2005 until the present day, the DSS Defendants committed wrongful acts against Plaintiffs including negligence, intentionally and negligently inflicting emotional distress, violating Plaintiffs' Constitutional and civil rights, plus assault, false imprisonment, neglect and abuse, and violations of NY State education law.


The lawsuit alleges a history of gross negligence and professional malpractice on the part of the Westchester Dept. of Social Services, regarding how it allegedly mishandled the removal of plaintiff Latonia J.’s children from the home, how it misdiagnosed the subject minor child, neglected to find proper treatment facility placement for the child, over-medicated, restrained and repeatedly separated the child from the mother, and failed to provide appropriate psychiatric therapy, family therapy, facilitation of contact with siblings or appropriate education for the child. Additionally, DSS allegedly failed to provide reasonable and proper counseling and preparation to ensure a successful foster home placement for the subject child throughout years in their care.


The suit identifies the County and the DSS Defendants, in their official and individual capacities, as allegedly engaging in legal malpractice, failing to exercise professional judgment, and of deliberate indifference to the Plaintiffs' constitutional rights, thus maliciously causing the violation of such rights.     As such, the Plaintiff has asked to be awarded compensatory damages for the alleged pain, suffering, emotional distress, loss of dignity, humiliation, and deprivation of basic human needs and rights endured by herself and her child.


The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts is focused on supporting the beleaguered parent who is fighting to have his or her fair day in Court on behalf of a child, who is far too often the unwitting victim of adult and official actions. The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts can be reached at 866-553-6931, e-mail staff@fcvfc.org     website http://www.fcvfc.org.


The Foundation for the Child Victims of the Family Courts 
275 Madison Avenue 
6th Floor 
New York, NY 10016 






                                              ~ committed to ~  


     The Hudson Valley Region, Northern Jersey, Eastern CT, Northeast PA                                                                                                          September 2014


 Verticon has been a preferred vendor to Orange & Rockland / Con Ed for over forty years. That takes hard work, attention to regulations and detail.

This past summer, Verticon completed these projects for O&R:

  • A major Office Renovation Project at O&R’s Spring Valley HQ
  • Paving Upgrades at numerous O&R Facilities
  • Bathhouse Renovation at the Employee Campus in Forestburgh
  • Major Repair of the Oil Containment System at W. Haverstraw, including special safety interventions for clearance of live lines.
  • And, Verticon has just been chosen to oversee the Renovation of the O&R Conference Center in Forestburgh, Sullivan County NY, including demolition work, roofing, exterior painting, window replacement, and installation of new cedar shake siding.

Verticon performs construction projects for utilities like O&R, as well as for municipalities, land owners & private developers, for the office & medical sectors, retailers, and for the manufacturing, distribution & industrial sectors.


Verticon Construction Services is a full-service general construction firm, GC, project manager and consultant for site planning, pre-construction, renovation and design-build projects. Projects have ranged from construction of major industrial facilities to small office renovations, and everything in between. Verticon assists property owners with spot-on cost estimating, and by accessing financing and construction bonding through our relationships with AAA rated financial institutions and local community banks. Please visit our new website at  www.verticon.net     



January, 2012: Arc Business Services' client, MDRA-Rudikoff Associates, municipal planners, Announces Successful Completion of Solar Thermal, Energy Efficiency & Performance Contract Installation for Beacon Housing Authority

MDRA-Rudikoff Associates, a highly-regarded regional planning firm, announced the completion of a unique energy-efficiency project for the City of Beacon’s Housing Authority. MDRA was instrumental in the identification, application and administration of grants from three funding sources: HUD (Federal Housing & Urban Development); Dutchess County Community Action Partnership; NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research & Development Agency). The HUD grant was won by MDRA after a highly competitive national selection process.

Total funding attracted for the project was a combined $2,435,000, allowing the City of Beacon’s Housing Authority to implement major energy efficiency improvements at both the Forrestal Heights and Hamilton Fish housing complexes, a total of 245 apartments, at no local cost. The project, now completed, consisted of removal and re-installation of new boilers and furnaces, residents’ appliances, thermostats and light bulbs, as well as the installation of high-quality solar-thermal panels, which offer a 40% savings over traditional hot water generation.

Ron Traudt, Beacon Housing’s Executive Director said of MDRA, “They are very good at what they do. Getting the first grant from HUD was key. None of this would have happened without MDRA’s involvement. After they got that grant, the Housing Authority re-hired them to be our administrative consultant, handling all the paperwork and implementation of the improvements. The tenants are very satisfied, and so are we.”

The project is unique in that it is one of the first multi-family housing complexes to benefit from weatherization and alternative-energy funding in the northeast. MDRA coordinated the project’s many players involved in the funding effort. The firm also administered the grants, the contractor bidding and the construction administration paperwork. MDRA facilitated the hiring a Tenant Coordinator for the project, who assisted in working with tenants and worked out contractor schedules in order to minimize tenant disturbance throughout the project. Funding also helped develop a “green buildings” operation plan.

MDRA has been assisting clients for over 25 years, offering the highest level of professional planning, grant identification & administration, economic studies and ecological services in the region. The firm works with municipalities, local and State agencies, corporations and non-profits, offering Environmental Impact Statements, energy efficiency project management, planning consultancy and master planning services.