Resources for new & long-time residents

General Moving Resources | Adjusting & Settling In | Commuter & Travel Resources | Daycare | Directions & Finding Local Services | Healthcare | Home Maintenance/Decorating/Remodeling/Organizing | Immigration | Job Information | Local History | News Media | Professional Associations & Organizations | Recreation | Safety | Spanish Resources | Support Services | Tax Information | Town Information | Volunteering | Voting

General Moving Resources

Relocation Central - relocationcentral.com
Information, advice, and guidelines for making a successful move.
American Moving & Storage Association - www.moving.org
An organization that can help with general moving needs.
Moving Tips
Tips and checklists for an organized move.
Mover's Guide - US Postal Service
Change your address online, purchase packing supplies, organize email forwarding, and order cable or satellite tv service.

Adjusting & Settling In

Helping Your Child Adjust to the Move - Monstermoving.com
Created by two psychologists, this checklist offers practical ideas for assisting children during a move.
Understanding Children: Moving to a New Home - National Network for Childcare
Discusses the impact of moving on children of various age levels and what parents can do to help. Includes a bibliography of books that address moving issues.
New Home, New Community: How to Fit In - ivillage.com
Offers six steps to make a new community feel like home.
Making New Friends After a Move - MSN House & Home
Tips for meeting like-minded people in a new location. Encourages newcomers to view their move as an by opportunity for growth through meeting new people and accomplishing personal goals.
Welcome Wagon - welcomewagon.com
Official site of Welcome Wagon International, an organization that has welcomed new families for over 75 years. Type in your city or zip-code to find links to local businesses and services.

Commuter & Travel Resources

Airports in the Hudson Valley
Small and large airports located in the Hudson Valley.
Airports in and around NYC
"NYC airport guide."
Airport Shuttle Service - Airport Service.com
"The Worldwide Airport Limousine Directory."
AAA Limos - NYC Limousine Service - Airport shuttle service
"Serving NYC, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut with Sedans & Stretch Limos."
Amtrak - Northeast
Plan and book a trip, find out fares, learn travel policies and more.
NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Renew a driver's license, permit, or vehicle registration, register a vehicle, replace a title certificate etc...
Make Good Use of Commute and Break Times
Tips for using travel and break time to your advantage.
Metrocommute.com
Check traffic delays for major roads, view live traffic cams, check current weather conditions, create customized traffic reports, and get email updates on road conditions.
Metro-North Railroad
Travel fares, group rates, stations etc...
Metropool Commuter Services
Answers to FAQ's about commuting, tips for commuters, park-n-ride lots and more.
Public Transportation Resources (Mid-Hudson Valley)
Columbia: Transportation for Columbia County
Greene: Greene County Transit
Dutchess: Dutchess County Mass Transit
Putnam: Putnam County Transit
Ulster: Ulster County Area Transit
Roads of Metro New York
"gateway to New York's expressways and parkways."
Travel Ideas & Assistance - Hudson Valley Network
Find guidebooks, driving tours, walking tours, an online calendar of events and much more.

Daycare

Childcare Councils (by county) - NYS Office of Children and Family Services
Need help finding childcare? Each NYS county has a childcare council dedicated to helping parents locate quality providers. Scroll down this alphabetical list to find your county, along with the name, location, contact information, and website of your local childcare council.
Daycare.com
A resource for both parents and daycare providers. Offers an easy to use daycare finding tool, as well as helpful articles and resources.
Adultcareproviders.com
" Nation wide directory of nursing homes and assisted living centers . Site was created to assist persons needing to locate quality elder care sources."

Directions & Finding Local Services

Google Local
Type in your address or zip code to find local services. Search by name or subject. Includes links to maps and related websites.
Mapquest.com
Provides directions, maps, and road trip planners.
Superpages.com
Online yellow pages, white pages, maps, and driving directions.
Yahoo Maps
Maps and driving directions.

Healthcare

Search for a Physician - NYS Physician Profile Page
Find area doctors, learn about their education, what health plans are accepted, and if legal actions have ever been taken against them.
Search for a Physician - Massachusetts Physician Profile Page
Find doctors in Massachusetts, learn about their education and practice, and if legal actions have ever been taken against them.
Search for a Physician - Connecticut Physician Profile Page
Find doctors in Connecticut, learn about their education and practice, and if legal actions have ever been taken against them.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine - MHLS Health Information Project
Links to various alternative healthcare resources.
Consumer Health Information - MHLS Health Information Project
A highly organized listing of consumer-health information websites.
HealthGrades.com
View hospital and nursing home report cards for over 5,000 hospitals and 16,000 nursing homes.
eHealth Insurance.Com
An online health insurance service which offers general information, online instant health insurance quotes, comparison of health plan prices and health plan benefits side-by-side, and an online form to apply and buy health insurance.
Health Hotlines - National Library of Medicine
"online database of health-related organizations operating toll-free telephone services; includes information on services and publications available in Spanish."
Hospitals and Medical Centers (1)- in the Hudson Valley
A listing of hospitals and medical centers within the Hudson Valley.
Hospitals and Medical Centers (2) - in the Hudson Valley
A listing of hospitals and medical centers throughout the Hudson Valley; offers some additional medical facilities not listed in the previous link.
Massachusetts Hospital Directory
Map, directory, and links to hospitals in Massachusetts.
Connecticut Hospital Directory
Listing of hospitals in Connecticut with direct links to their homepages.
National Center for Assisted Living
"Your source for leadership in the assisted living profession." Find out critical information needed when selecting a quality Assisted Living Facility for family or friends.
NYS Insurance Department
"The Insurance Department is responsible for supervising and regulating all insurance business in New York State." Having a problem with your insurance company? Click on How to Contact Us, then select the city closest to you to find out how to file a complaint about your insurance company.
Water Testing
How Can I Get My Water Tested & Other FAQ's About Ground and Drinking Water
Laboratory Information - Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP)

 

Click on the HOMEACCESS button, pick your county, then type in your MHLS library card number.

Search newspaper and magazine articles for current health information through the Health & Wellness Resource Center.

Home Maintenance, Organizing, Remodeling & Decorating

Home Maintenance Tips & Advice - Monstermoving.com
Learn how to reduce pests, care for a septic system, address hard water problems, or make the most of closet space etc. This link is filled with practical resources for maintaining a home.
Better Homes and Gardens - Decorating Gallery
Tools to help you create your dream home. Use online tools to arrange rooms and preview room fabrics and colors, check out the how-to repair guide, view home solution slide shows, read expert advice on home improvement projects etc.
Home Improvement - Better Homes and Gardens
A step-by-step repair guides.
Lowe's.com
Offers project calculators, product demos and instructions, and interactive how-to tutorials.
Home Maintenance and Repair - Michigan State University's Database
Practical tips and explanations for many home maintenance and repair problems.
Home Organization - Lowe's.com
Articles, tips, and ideas for organizing and maximizing your living space.
1-2-3 Sort It - Residential Organizing
Steps and suggestion for organizing every part of the home.
The Clean Team
Speed cleaning, clutter control rules, cleaning products, and answers to cleaning questions.
The Frugal Designer - frugaldesigner.com
The online resource for the do-it-yourself home decorator.

Recycling Resources:
Local recycling coordinators in NY State
Dutchess: Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency
Putnam: Putnam County Recycling
Ulster : Ulster County Resource Recovery Agency

Remodeling Magazine - remodeling.hw.net
Link to Remodeling magazine that offers information and ideas for remodeling projects.
ServiceMagic.com
Site helps "buy and sell local services." Use it to locate someone to clean your home, remove junk from your yard, clean/inspect your chimney or fire place, do plumbing work etc... Professionals listed are pre-screened . Just select the service you're interested, type in your zip code, fill out the online form and receive a list of possible service providers emailed to you.

Immigration

Immigration - Firstfind.org
How to get a green card, find a lawyer or support group, become a citizen, and information on everyday life in the USA.
ForeignBorn.com
"Your best resource for entering & living in the USA." Contains resource guides for banking, health insurance, social security, drivers license, schooling and more.

Job Information

Get Help Finding a Job in the Hudson Valley & Beyond
Links to area newspaper job classifieds, regional and national job banks and more.

Local History

Historic Hudson Valley
Guide to six major historic sites in the Hudson Valley. Offers lodging and restaurant guides, ticket purchase options, group tour arrangements, and site searches based on interest areas.
History in the Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley Network
Listing of historic sites with background and contact information for most locations.
Castles in NY State
Listing of various castles throughout NY with links to their web pages.
Wineries in the Hudson Valley
Listing of Hudson Valley wineries with contact information and tour schedules.

News Media

Mid-Hudson Central.com
" portal site designed to give viewers easy access to Web sites of the Journal Register Company's publications in the Mid-Hudson River Valley, New York; one great advantage of midhudsoncentral.com is the opportunity to access the collective classified sections of several publications simultaneously."
News media in the Hudson Valley
Lists newspapers, radio stations, and tv stations for several counties in the Hudson Valley.

Professional Associations & Organizations

Associations on the Net - Internet Public Library
Links to associations online.
Gateway to Associations Online - American Society of Association Executives
Searchable and browseable database of association links.

Recreation

I Love NY Tourism website
Use this link to search for accommodations, activities, and events in the Hudson Valley.

Biking in the Hudson Valley
Offers biking routes, maps, clubs, and tour guide services.
Mountain biking in the Hudson Valley (mountain biking)
Location and contact information for mountain biking excursions across the Hudson Valley.

Boating in the Hudson Valley
Hudson River Cruises, boating clubs, publications, and general boating links.
Castles in NY State
Listing of various castles throughout NY with links to their web pages.

County Tourism Agencies:
Columbia: Columbia County Office of Tourism
Greene: Greene County Tourism
Dutchess: Dutchess County Tourism
Ulster: Ulster County Tourism
Putnam: Putnam County Visitor's Bureau

Golfing in the Hudson Valley
Golfing listed by location.
Hiking in the Hudson Valley
Learn about hiking trails and clubs in the Hudson Valley.
Shopping in the Hudson Valley
Interesting places to shop in the area.
Things to Do in the Hudson Valley - Hudson Valley Network
Select an area to search by and then choose activities from an organized list. Use the calendar to learn about upcoming events in the region. Very comprehensive site!
Wineries in the Hudson Valley
Listing of Hudson Valley wineries with contact information and tour schedules.

Safety

New Neighborhood Safety Tips - NYS Dept. of Criminal Justice
Brochure offering safety tips for parents to communicate to their children, in order to create a secure and comfortable transition into a new community.
Home Safety Council
"Helping our neighbors make their homes into safe havens for themselves and their loved ones."
Home Safety - Safewithin.com
Simple tips for making your home more secure and healthy. Provides links to additional safety sites.
New York State Sex Offender Registry
"provides an overview of sex offender registration law and how to obtain information about sex offenders."
Water Testing
How Can I Get My Water Tested & Other FAQ's About Ground and Drinking Water
Laboratory Information - Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP)

Spanish Resources

Recursos Electrónicos en Español
Information and services in Spanish.

Support Services

Department of the Aging
Columbia: Columbia County Office for the Aging
Greene: Greene County Dept. of the Aging
Dutchess: Dutchess County Office for the Aging
Putnam: Putnam County Office for the Aging
Ulster: Ulster County Office for the Aging
Nolo - Legal Resource
"Putting the law into plain English." Nolo provides self-help legal information through reliable forms, books, and software.
United Way Directories
United Way Offices can provide information about human services within the local community.
Columbia/Greene: United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties, Inc
Dutchess: United Way of Dutchess County
Putnam: United Way of Westchester & Putnam
Ulster: United Way of Ulster County

Tax Information

Local tax information - NYS Office of Real Property Services
Find local officials and other county, municipal, and school district tax information. Select a county and view county-wide information, or go further and search by city, town, or village name.

Town Information

Town websites in NY State - NYS Citizen Guide
"The site presents links to the official government websites for counties, cities, towns, villages in New York State." Search for a town alphabetically or by county.

Volunteering

Hands On! The Hudson Valley
HANDS ON! recruits, interviews, trains and places volunteers in non-profit agencies in the Hudson Valley.
United Way Directories
United Way Offices can provide information on volunteer opportunities within the local community.
Columbia/Greene: United Way of Columbia and Greene Counties, Inc
Dutchess: United Way of Dutchess County
Putnam: United Way of Westchester & Putnam
Ulster: United Way of Ulster County
VolunteerMatch
Nonprofit, online service that helps interested volunteers get involved with community service organizations throughout the United States. Enter your ZIP code to quickly find local volunteer opportunities matching your interests and schedule.

Voting

Register to vote - NYS Board of Elections
Register to vote using the form provided..
League of Women Voters - NYS Chapters
State and local organizations which advocate to keep women active and informed in the political arena.

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This website was developed as part of Your Library: Gateway to the Community, an outreach project to new residents in the Mid-Hudson Valley from the Mid-Hudson Library System,
funded by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.