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.
by Tal Axelrod
Who knows what to expect in the Middle East? As the son of an Israeli immigrant, I have travelled to Israel many times and know firsthand how unpredictable the region can be. But I had never traveled to an Arab country before, and I was a bit nervous about being Jewish, American, and of Israeli descent.
by Bill Batson
Twelve million bees and 1,500 trees keep Richard and Debbie Focht of Hummingbird Ranch busy 365 days a year. This Nyack Farmers’ Market vendor also has some “colorful” ideas about combatting bee colony collapse disorder.
Meet beekeeper, tree tapper, and, wait for it, …dance instructor, Richard Focht.
by Ashley Tedino
Most of us try to lose weight just in time for the summer, but with all the barbecues and outings with friends, we find it a challenge to stay the course. The month of August features some great workshops, in and around Nyack, that offer ideas about food choices that are fun and healthy and won’t leave you feeling guilty!
Last month the members a North Jersey environmental action group traveled to Clarkstown to take a look at one of the sources of their drinking water. Bergen SWAN (Save the Watershed Action Network) received permission from United Water of NY and NJ to take a small flotilla of kayaks around Lake DeForest.
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 Scott Massarsky.
” I have never limited myself to one medium. When I choose materials or a form to create in, I seem to find a way to make it my own.”
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.
by Bill Demarest
Building on the momentum from their Misfits concert and fundraiser, organizers behind the effort to build a skateboard park at Nyack’s Memorial Park recently received a $25,000 grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation.
The original goal of “Walk to the Beat” founders Anna de la Paz and Heather Cornell was to produce a percussive musical event in Nyack that would bring people to their feet. They were so stomping successful that Walk to the Beat goes on this Saturday, July 26.
by Bill Batson
On June 26, 2014, Nyack Hospital and Montefiore Health System issued a joint press release announcing a merger. When the process is complete, Nyack will have a medical institution informed by over two centuries of history in health care.
Will the philanthropic and progressive impulses that characterized the creation of nonprofit hospitals in nineteenth-century America endure? Will the services that we receive be enhanced or diminished?