They say the real election campaign doesn’t start until after Labor Day. At least that’s what supporters of Andrew Cuomo’s challengers are hoping after the release of the latest Quinnipiac University Poll showing New York’s governor crushing the competition if the election were held today. Cuomo handily defeats Republican challenger and Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino by a 2-1 margin (56% to 28%).
Paddlers and sponsors are needed for The Hook Mountain Challenge, a benefit Kayack Race for the Nyack Homeless Project. The fundraising flotilla will hug the Hudson River shore line on Sept. 28, 2014.
by Bill Batson
Imagine the stories that would be told if houses wrote autobiographies.
This stately structure on South Highland Avenue could tell us if slaves were hidden here during the abolition movement. We would know about the political maneuverings and legal strategies of the successive generations of lawyers who called this place home. The downside of having a neighbor who owns a private zoo. The garden could share the secrets of what makes her bloom. But alas, buildings and garden beds don’t write books.
Fortunately for us, this house has a biographer, and her name is Judy Martin.
Orange & Rockland is addressing inventory that disappears with an invisible weapon.
Nationally, copper wire theft may cost industry as much as $1 billion a year. O&R and its parent company, Con Edison, say that when thieves steal the copper wires used to ground and protect the power grid from power surges and lightning strikes, it costs both the company and the consumer. But an invisible paint — which can only be seen under UV light — is helping to combat these thefts.
For over a century, our region has been home to extraordinary artists. Local Arts Index highlights the work of individuals who continue our community’s rich creative legacy.
Meet journalist, photographer and painter Art Gunther.
“There’s a voice in each of us that directs our God-given talents. Sometimes it is awfully low, and often we don’t listen. In fact, it can be decades before we do. But then we hear the voice. And the conversation can be fascinating.”
Here’s a run down of what to do and where to do it this weekend.
- Alicia Crowe visits the AVIDA Wine Bar for an evening of jazz vocals at 7p. 159 Main Street, Nyack.
- Orangetown Parks & Recreation presents a tribute to the music of Simon and Garfunkel at 7:45p. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Veteran’s Memorial Park, 81 Hunt Rd, Orangeburg.
- The Nyack Saturday Farmer’s Market features local farmers, florists, vendors and artists from 8a-1p in the Main Street parking lot. Entertainment by The River Acoustic Band and School of Rock campers perform classic tunes from the Foo-Fighters at noon.
- Lace up your hiking boots and join the 10a-12n Mine Hole Waterfall Hike at Minnewaska State Park Preserve. 5281 Route 44-55, Kerhonkson, NY
- Band leader and percussionist Ethan Linden Cohen teams up with the soulful singer/songwriter Raina Sokolov at 8p for an eclectic mix of familiar and original music at the Nyack Library. 59 S Broadway.
by Nancy Eisen
When the Byrds wrote “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N Roll Star” in 1967, their formula for success was to get an electric guitar and comb your hair just right. Today, if your kid wants to learn to Rock ‘n Roll, they can go to the School of Rock in Blauvelt, NY.
Run by director Shuman Roy and other real life rock musicians, the camp offers several five-day camps with different musical themes, all ending with a grand finale concert for family and friends.
This weekend you can hear Foo-Fighters tunes performed by a band of campers at the Nyack Farmer’s Market on Sat Aug 16 at 12n.
In the Broadway musical called The Producers, two insincere impresarios hatch a scheme to make money from a theatrical flop. Benny Daniels says the owners of Nyack’s Playhouse Market tried a similar strategy at the restaurant they opened last Spring on South Broadway on the former site of the Tappan Zee Playhouse.
Daniels says the principals at the Playhouse Market committed business and tax fraud. “They took money from a lot of employees under the assumption that [the employees] would get a portion of the proceeds from the restaurant. But they took the money and ran.”
by Nate McCarthy
Nyack High School graduates Nate and Ben McCarthy, Anders Fleming and the late Jesse Yanko formed their band Regret the Hour before enrolling at Hunter College.
If you don’t live in New York City, you may not be familiar with the Mercury Lounge on the Lower East Side. Known for launching the careers of NYC bands like the Strokes, Mercury Lounge hosts up-and-coming local, national, and international acts seven nights a week. On Saturday, Aug 16 we will open for the Attic Ends at the Mercury Lounge.