Nyack College has been named a “2014 Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education for the fourth consecutive year. The college also received high marks in the areas of compensation and benefits, confidence in senior leadership, job satisfaction, respect and appreciation, supervisor and department chair relationship, work and life balance, and in a new category, professional development programs.
by Nadine Lemmon, Tri-State Transportation Campaign
A couple of weeks ago, New York State Thruway Authority Chairman Howard Milstein was asked how high the tolls will go on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. The Chairman replied, “Do the math, and you’ll find out that it’s not going to be a high number.”
But doing the math is pretty much impossible when basic numbers about how the bridge will be funded are kept from the public and when requests for information are met with a sea of black ink that blocks out all relevant information.
Nyack’s Skateboard Plaza continues to gain momentum. On the heels of a sold-out Misfits fundraiser in May and the announcement of a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation in June, an important meeting will be held at Village Hall on Wed., Aug. 6, where the rubber of the recreational project will meet the road.
Here’s a run down of what to do and where to do it this weekend.
As part of Nyack Jazz Week, local legend Sam Waymon performs at the Nyack Library, 59 S Broadway, Nyack from 7:30-9:30p. Tickets at rcjbs.org.
- The Nyack Saturday Farmer’s Market features local farmers, florists, vendors and artists from 8a-1p in the Main Street parking lot. Musical performances by Jesse Frayne from 8:30a until 11:30a and at noon rock-n-roll campers from School of Rock perform classic Judas Priest and Ozzy tunes.
- The Walk to the Beat Festival hosts percussive music and dance at venues across the village from 11a-6p. There are also concerts at the Hopper House, Memorial Park gazebo, and Main Street gazebo.
- Nyack Jazz Week, Bill O’Connell-piano Latin Jazz Allstars with Conrad Herwig- trombone, Ralph Bowen-tenor sax, Harvie S- bass, Richie Morales- drums at the Hudson House, 134 Main Street, 8 & 10p. Tickets at rcjbs.org.
- ETA featuring Stevan Swann, 6:30 – 8:30p Franklin St. Park, 90 Depot Place South Nyack. ETA is a band that consists of seven basic pieces: male and female lead vocalists, keyboard, guitar, drum, bass, saxophone.
- The Closing Night Party for Nyack Jazz Week features the Bob DeVos Organ Trio at the Turning Point Cafe, 7:30-10:30p, 468 Piermont Ave, Piermont.
Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland will celebrate the delivery of their 9 millionth meal on Wednesday, July 23 at 10a. And for dessert, they will celebrate their 40th anniversary of providing meals and services to seniors.
By popular demand, the big wheel of river rose will keep on turning. The Historical Society of Rockland County has added a second voyage of “The Tappan Zee Bridge Experience: Past, Present and Future” on Thursday, September 4, 2014. The first trip, scheduled for August 12, sold out in hours. Book your tickets aboard the floating history and policy seminar before they sell out…again.
by Thomas P. Zugibe, Rockland County District Attorney
News 12 last week aired a special report focusing on recent disturbing incidents of sexual abuse in the Village of New Square. The six-minute feature spotlighted the criminal case of Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld, an accused predator indicted by a Rockland County Grand Jury for the repeated molestation of a young male victim over the span of several years. Unfortunately, News 12 Reporter Tara Rosenblum provided more fiction than fact in her poorly produced bit of “infotainment.”
The Arts Council of Rockland is hosting a series of workshops for artists seeking grants. The Community Arts Grants initiative is a local re-grant program made possible by funds from the New York State Council on the Arts.
The 4th of July plus 20 artists at 12 venues equals this month’s First Friday in Nyack. In addition to the art works on display on the walls of businesses throughout downtown, you can enjoy music and children’s activities at the gazebo on Main Street. This monthly festival that celebrates the freedom of expressions that is at the heart of our democracy is sponsored by Nyack Art Collective.
The Montefiore Health System’s Board of Directors has approved a letter of intent to acquire Nyack Hospital, an agreement previously approved by Nyack Hospital’s Board of Directors. Montefiore owns six hospitals and an extended care facility with a total of 2,059 beds, a School of Nursing, as well as a network of primary and specialty care providers at 150+ locations. Montefiore also serves as the university hospital for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.