Nyack July 21 — There will only be one Southbound lane open tonight on the Tappan Zee Bridge. Repair work scheduled for 8p will limit traffic into Westchester to only one late. The emergency work, necessitated by Tuesday’s crane collapse on the TZB, should be completed by 5a Friday morning.
by Shauna R Bahssin
It can be hard to believe that more than twenty years have passed since the advent of Pokemon, the Japanese anime universe in which Pokemasters catch and train fictive dinosaur-like creatures and battle other Pokemasters. But it’s harder still to believe that Pokemon, originally conceived as a GameBoy game, is now experiencing an epic resurgence. On July 6, Nintendo released Pokemon Go, an augmented-reality game built for smartphones; within 24 hours the game topped mobile application downloads. Pokemon trainers — people trying to catch and raise Pokemon, build strong teams of the digital creatures and face off against competitors– are suddenly everywhere. They are easily identifiable — any person under 30 years old who is walking around, absently with their phone open is likely to be a member of the Pokemon Go community [Editor’s note: Not every Millennial with their phone out is playing Pokemon Go]. And around Rockland County, Nyack in particular has been something of a haven.
by Larry M. Elkin
There have been many calls for dialogue and empathy in the wake of last week’s horrible events in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Dialogue and empathy are excellent and useful things, but two black men did not die at police hands last week because of what someone did or did not say or feel; they died because of what the police did. The protest march at which a dozen Dallas officers were shot – five fatally – by an apparent lone sniper was not made necessary because America was unaware that it has a problem with the way it polices African-American communities. Nobody missed the irony that the Dallas police became targets even as they were providing exactly the selfless and sympathetic public protection that the marchers were demanding for the rest of the country.
by Peter Henry
Have you ever seen a hawk flying through Nyack, towards the huge mountain that’s always looming in the north, and wondered, What does it see, hundreds of feet in the air? I have. And the answer is available, atop Hook Mountain. There, you can see Hudson Valley neighborhoods and landmarks, such as Nyack’s old high school, Rockland lake, and the Tappan Zee Bridge; each become miniscule, model versions of the actual structures. The view from the top of the Hook puts Nyack in a new perspective. But the Hook itself, with its winding hiking trail that extends from Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, to Nyack Beach State Park, all the way to Haverstraw, and its ample animal and plant life, is itself a monument to behold.
Nyack, July 6 — This just in from O&R, our local Con Ed power subsidiary. It’s hot outside and people are running their air conditioners. O&R predicts we will end the day at 85% of O&R’s all-time electric demand record. At 2:30p the temperature was 90 (WeatherUnderground says it feels like 95) with a predicted high for the day of 92. The DEC has also declared an Air Quality alert for today until 11p tonight.
July 5 — The Village of Nyack’s recently revised garbage pickup schedule has a special post-holiday present for residents: Trash Tuesday. You can take out your trash today because regular Monday pickup shifts to Tuesday whenever a national holiday falls on a Monday.
The Village of Nyack’s new trash pickup schedule starts today. Beginning on Monday, June 20, the DPW will pick up trash from every home in the village each Monday and Thursday. Bulk pickup will now be available the first Friday of each month. You can also drop off bulk items any day at the Village of Nyack DPW on Catherine Street.
by Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky
Last Sunday I spoke at Gay Pride Rockland, a joyous occasion celebrating our diversity and shared humanity. But our happiness on that day was also tinged with sadness for Orlando. As we celebrated, 49 families in that city grieved and another 53 families kept vigil, praying for the survival of their loved ones injured in the attack. It is incomprehensible to me that during this month long celebration of Pride, a madman entered a club and slaughtered innocents. Gay Pride Rockland is a celebration of our community — this year should have been particularly exciting and meaningful as we prepare to open a Pride Center in Nyack. Instead, we mourn and stand with our brothers and sisters in Orlando.