For three children, Nyack’s coldest tradition can feel like its warmest. Each year, at the tail end of winter, community members from Rockland, Westchester, New York City and Bergen County prove that they have ice water in their veins by, well, jumping into ice water. The Penguin Plunge is an annual benefit to help three children with serious illnesses — each of whose courage puts a cold swim into perspective.
by Bill Batson
On December 28, 2015, Rockland County lost civic leader Dr. Willie Bryant. Dr. Bryant was a driving force behind the effort to preserve the legacy of an important education desegregation case that took place in Hillburn, NY. This Sketch Log, that describes some of his work, is reposted in his honor.
The Village of Nyack has declared a Snow Emergency in anticipation of the blizzard predicted for Thurs Feb 9, 2017.
Any cars parked on streets that are in the snow emergency zone must be moved either into private driveways or into the village lots until the emergency is lifted. If you don’t have off street parking where you live, you can park for free in village lots until the snow emergency has been lifted.
by Peggy Kurtz
The Trump administration wants to privatize municipal infrastructure. But there’s lots of evidence corporations don’t manage communities’ water in the public interest.
Rockland County is a case in point. Suez North America owns most of our water infrastructure. Residents are angry over high rates, frequent service interruptions and often unusable water, and Suez’s flawed conservation plan, on which New York’s Public Service Commission is about to rule.
Did Donald Trump Wear Rockland County Coat-tails?
by Elijah Reichlin-Melnick
On Election Day, voters in Rockland weren’t just choosing a new president. Among the many other races on the ballot were elections for NY State Senate and State Assembly. Thanks to the gerrymandering of New York State legislative districts, Rockland is divided between two state senate districts and four assembly districts. How did local candidates fare — and did the Trump Effect impact local races?
by Win Perry
For most of the last two decades the Historical Society of the Nyacks has been blessed by the enthusiastic participation of James Hershberger on its Board of Directors. A man of many talents, Jim always stepped forward to do what was needed to help the organization run smoothly.
Sadly, Jim died Friday morning of a heart attack with little advance warning and apparently no suffering. He will be sorely missed as we try to carry on not only his work for the community but also his kind and helpful spirit.
Nyack, Nov 9 — US Senator Charles Schumer, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, NYS Senator David Carlucci, and NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee won re-election in the 2016 general election.
In Nyack, Democrats re-elected Louise Parker and replaced deputy mayor Don Hammond with newcomer Donna Lightfoot Cooper.
by Dr. Matthew Watson, Eyevolution Optique
“Reading is boring!” she said, rolling her eyes upward and tossing her curly hair back for maximum effect. Ellie (not her real name) was a third grader whose 8th birthday was just a few weeks away. Her pediatrician had recommended an eye exam even though Ellie could read the 20/20 line on the distance chart. Her case history was un-remarkable with the exception of allergies and occasional headaches.
After her eye exam, her parents that learned Ellie needed a significant prescription to help her see up close. Her headaches were caused by the eyestrain she suffered while reading. And because Ellie got headaches when she read, she avoided reading, which affected her grades. It also lowered her self esteem because Ellie couldn’t keep up with the rest of her class.
by Nancy Sall
It’s alive! Well, at least the orchestra is.
For one night only, three of Rockland County’s dedicated non-profit arts groups are coming together to present a screening of the classic 1931 horror film Frankenstein starring Boris Karloff, accompanied by a live orchestra performing a new score on Friday, October 28 at 8p in the Nyack High School Auditorium.
You’ve probably seen Mary Poppins, Robert Stevenson’s 1964 Academy Award-crushing blockbuster (starring Julie Andrews) about the OG British super-nanny who, through magic and charm, transforms the lives of a couple precocious children in a dysfunctional family. (If you haven’t, we recommend a teaspoon of sugar.) This Friday at 7:30p, Rivertown Film will host a sing-along screening (appropriate for all ages) at Nyack’s Artopee Way Drive-In (aka Nyack Municipal Parking Lot at Artopee Way). Admission is free and popcorn is a mere tuppence a bag.