Tanning addiction is a recently studied phenomenon within the dermatological and oncological fields. According to skincancer.org, frequent tanners show signs of dependence, similar to the way frequent drug users exhibit physical and psychological dependence and withdrawal. “Also supporting this idea of psychological dependence is a recent study in which 21 percent of 14–17-year-old indoor tanners reported difficulty quitting,” reports skincancer.org.

In an article by the Poughkeepsie Journal, a mother expressed concern about her daughter’s tanning habits, a concern that has raised considerably since her daughter left for college and is no longer under her mother’s supervision.

Mothers like her might be more worried knowing that tanning salons are mere walking distances from schools like Marist, Vassar, and SUNY New Paltz. Better Tan is less than a mile from Vassar’s campus, Beach Body Tanning is located across the street from Marist’s South entrance, and Sunny Tanning Inc. is located just over a mile off of SUNY New Paltz’s campus. The vicinity of these tanning salons to college campuses make them hot spots for students, especially during formal and graduation seasons. …


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Courtesy of Sarah Bradshaw-Colomello (Health Quest).

Breast Cancer Awareness month is upon us. With walks, fashion shows, and collegiate sports games promoting awareness, there is no shortage of support for survivors and research organizations. But what is breast cancer, and what do people actually know about the disease?

Courtesy of plannedparenthood.com

According to Planned Parenthood, breast cancer is a disease that attacks breast tissue when cells stop working properly. The cells can grow at an abnormal rate and form lumps or tumors in one or both breasts. Planned Parenthood also notes that while anyone can develop breast cancer, “the disease occurs almost entirely in cisgender* (cis) women.” Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer, while skin cancer is the most common form of the disease. According to Planned Parenthood, “over 240,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer each year in the U.S. and 40,000 people die from the disease.” Breast cancer is also the second deadliest form of cancer for cisgender women. …


In honor of Breast Cancer awareness month this October, Sparkle My Head Scarves and Lorraine Tyne Bridal will co-host their 5th Annual Pink Kiss runway event. The event will showcase bridal designs as well as headwear and accessories while also celebrating local breast cancer survivors. A portion of the proceeds will go to Sparrow’s Nest, a Nonprofit organization that delivers home cooked meals to families and caregivers of cancer patients.

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Photo courtesy of Keisha Miles

Sparkle My Head Scarves is a Beacon-based company selling soft head scarves specially made for women with conditions causing hair loss like cancer treatments and alopecia. The soft scarves embellished with rhinestones and beading give women who are frustrated with the lack of fashionable, comfortable headwear an option that makes them feel beautiful. They proudly boast that “Sparkle My Head Scarves are designed to empower women to sparkle & shine…” Sparkle My Head Scarves does an overlooked service to the female community suffering from these conditions: making them feel beautiful. …


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Flyer from milesofhope.org

While September is not yet over, Breast Cancer awareness organizations like Miles of Hope and the American Cancer Society are already preparing for their walks and events across the Hudson Valley, making it easy for residents to raise awareness for the widespread disease. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and organizations, sports teams, and local businesses and schools typically participate by donating money, wearing pink for support, or participating in a number of charity events.

On Sunday October 1, Miles of Hope will host their annual Walk for Hope in the James Baird State Park in Pleasant Valley, NY. …


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Giant’s Workshop is among the many trails within the Mohonk Preserve. I had done the Lemon Squeeze and Bonticou Crag, but never one quite like this. The four of us slapped on our yellow park pass wristbands and headed out of the visitor’s center and towards the trails.

We took a bend out of the parking lot and immediately started climbing up the rocks as if the massive grey boulders were carefully stacked to form a stairway. As I followed my three fellow hikers from the back, the cool air suddenly became unbearably hot and I realized how truly out of shape I was. …


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You’d think a chilly, cloudy day would prevent visitors from enjoying the Walkway Over the Hudson, but in fact it brought quite the opposite. Parents supervising children on bicycles traversed the bridge alongside older couples, tourists, students, and dog-owners. People talking, music playing, and children laughing brought the bridge to life on this overcast afternoon.

People with cameras took every opportunity they had to capture the beautiful view of the Hudson River. I realized while listening to people speaking different languages that they were on vacation making new memories with their families.

While the entrance to the bridge from the Poughkeepsie side seemed sparse with people, as I approached the middle of the walkway I understood where the crowd formed. Every bench had at least one occupant resting while overlooking the water or the Mid-Hudson Bridge. Children gripped the metal guard rail while pointing their fingers through the bars at the boats floating below us. Dogs jumped, begging their owners to keep walking despite being a little winded and probably a little cold. …

Marcella Micillo

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