Demonstrations in the wake to the refusal of two grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed civilians are taking place today across the country. Nyack resident and poet Jim Glaser offers his impression of the events surrounding the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island in a poem called, Sad and Gentle Giant.
The Village of Nyack has just approved the creation of New York’s first public food forest in Memorial Park and 6-8 communal garden spaces on Main Street and Franklin Street. Planting will begin in the spring of 2015.
Suzanne Barish will be at the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, November 15 to inform the community about this initiative of the Please Pick movement.
New York State may soon recognize a “state visual artist.” If adopted by the New York State Legislature, a citation named for Nyack native son Edward Hopper would acknowledge the work of a contemporary artist with an honorarium of $10,000. The chosen artist will also give two public showings within the State, one of which will be at the Edward Hopper House Art Center. Assemblymember Ellen Jaffee (D-Suffern) visited the Hopper House last week to announce the establishment of the Edward Hopper Citation of Merit for Visual Artists.
Did you miss the Halloween Parade or want to relive it all over again? We’ve got you covered in a new feature called “ICYMI.” Follow the links to lots ‘o pictures by local photographer Ray Wright of the 2014 Nyack Halloween Parade and the annual Halloween window artwork from Nyack High School students.
Elevation Burger donated 400 Meals to People to People in early September. The meals were created during staff training at Elevation Burger’s newest location at the Palisades Center in West Nyack. This year, People to People is celebrating 25 years of fighting hunger in Rockland County.
The Nyack Library celebrates your freedom to read with Banned Books Week from September 21 – 27. On Tuesday, September 23, from 3:30 – 8p, local celebrities, community members, library board and staff will read excerpts from a banned or challenged book of their choice. On Wed, September 24 author and filmmaker Mary Murphy will discuss the impact of “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
The Memorial Park playground will reopen on Saturday, September 20. A rededication ceremony with face painting, music, bubbles and free ice cream will take place between 11 and noon. The group that is marshaling an ambitious campaign to further enhance Memorial Park, the Nyack Park Conservancy (NPC), will host an event to support those efforts at a Hudson River home from 5-7p later Saturday.
Here’s a run down of what to do and where to do it this weekend.
- The Nyack Saturday Farmer’s Market features local farmers, florists, vendors and artists from 8a-1p in the Main Street parking lot.
- Visit Piermont’s historic railroad station. Learn about Piermont’s unique railroad history as well as the station’s inhabitants. 12n-3p, 50 Ash Street, Piermont.
- Carnegie Concert Series, Underground Music Festival: Nyack natives DJ BABL (Jake Sokolov) and FlapJak (Brittany Raglin) team up for two sets of insane music. BABL, a recent graduate of Bard College for Music, is a classically trained Cellist who’s eclectic and far reaching musical influences give his own music a singular appeal. FlapJak, a member of the vehement Brooklyn based rap group Inner City Kids, has a relaxed flow and a truthful and undistorted message. 9-11p, Carnegie-Farian Room, Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway.
Fri Sept 5: Nyack’s Artopee Way Municipal Parking lot gets a one night makeover into a FREE drive-in theater, for a showing of Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Viewers can sit in their cars and tune into a simultaneous podcast of the film on their radios or bring lawn chairs and picnics and sit under the stars. Members of the Suburbia Roller Derby team will skate delectables provided by local vendors right to your seat.
by Joan L. McDaniel
Several years ago, I was run down, overworked and so sick I could hardly breathe. As a Licensed Practical Nurse, I was determined to eat my way back to health. I became interested in coconut oil after reading an article my neighbor gave me. It was from her friend’s son, who had retired from the Center for Disease Control. I learned that coconut oil has tremendous health benefits which can compete with current medical drug industry solutions.
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.