New Horizons Resources 2018 Community Leadership Award Winners Honored at Annual Breakfast

New Horizons Resources presented Muriel Horowitz and Frank Van Zanten with the 2018 Community Leadership Award on Thursday, October 25th at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel. The award is given annually to individuals in the community who are chosen “for their spirit, dedication and leadership in fostering a better life for all residents of the Hudson Valley.”

Muriel was a reading/literacy teacher in the Arlington School District for more than 25 years. She also taught kindergarten and middle school English. After retiring from Arlington, she continued working as a reading/writing teacher in the Rhinebeck School district. She has since become a teaching fellow and has led workshops for the Mid-Hudson Writing Project.

For the past 18 years Muriel has also been a storyteller, performing in a variety of venues, locally and regionally. She has worked in classrooms and conducted workshops for parents, teachers, seniors and families.



Muriel with her son Jon.

As a community volunteer, Muriel served on the ARC Board and a number of the DDSO committees. She was a member of the group that founded the rec club as an aging out program and was on the self-advocacy/self-determination committee at NHR. She helped her son Jon form a circle of support, helping him get his own condominium as one of five initial self-determination projects in Dutchess County.

Frank spent his entire professional career in library services and was Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System from 1978 until his retirement in 1996. Since retiring he has continued to help the library, volunteering and managing annual library book sales. He also has been an active volunteer in the Meals on Wheels program. His friends admire him not just for his hard work but for his organizational and management skills.



Frank Van Zanten

Frank also has a tremendous passion for gardening. He was born and raised in the Netherlands where his father taught him to grow tulips. Later he studied horticulture to grow his skills and learn about other flowers.





















Past Honorees

2016 – Maureen Kangas, Ellen & Rocco Staino, Miriam Zimet-Aaron
2015 – The Bottini Family, The Hahn Family
2013 – Vincent J. Miller, Cora Mallory Davis & William Davis
2012 – John & Gloria Golden, Karen Hansen Simon, Kelly Traver, Esq
2011 – Tony Campillii, Barbara & Stephen Lumb
2010 – Stacey Langenthal, Rita McPeck & Lisa Morris
2009 – Michael H. Graham, Lorraine M. Roberts, Gail V. Webster & Roderick J. MacLeod
2008 – Linda & Owen Clarke
2007 – Eleanor & Martin Charwat, Tim Dean, Marie Traver
2005 - Carol & Joseph DeVirgilio
2004 - Mary & Kennon Moody
2003 - Jackie Chatfield and Larry Hughes
2002 – Bea & Edward McCormick
2001 – Timmian Masse
2000 – Kathy & James Tallman
1999 – George Decker, Silver Jubilee Recipient
1998 – JoAnn Feigenheimer & Tom Sipos
1997 – Joan & Vincent DiMaso
1996 – Eileen & Dan Hickey, Sr.
1995 – Polly Gage
1994 – Helen & Hamilton Meserve

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