Ramapo Children Receive Free Bikes Before Boulders Game

83 lucky boys and girls from the East Ramapo School District left Provident Bank Park with brand new bikes and helmets Sunday.

The bike giveaway was organized by the East Ramapo School District’s Family Resource Center and was sponsored by the Barnum Financial Groups for Life.  The Connecticut-based nonprofit believes that “children should be getting exercise as well as exploring their communities.”  The Westchester Human Resources Management Association also chipped in $2,000 to cover the cost of free Boulders baseball tickets for the kids and their parents.

The children had no clue about the bikes, thinking they were just going to a Boulders game, but were quickly surprised with the brand new two wheelers before the game.  A few kids even took a spin through the stadium before the Boulders took the field against the Capitales.



Ramapo Activist Group Demonstrates to Break Cultural Lines

On Friday, a group of 25 local residents shook up cultural lines walking single-file into a Kosher Grocery Store and choosing items to buy.

The “stop and shop” demonstration at Rockland Kosher Supermarket off Route 306 was the kickoff event by a new group called Wake up Rockland.  The organizers said their purpose was to combat the growing phenomenon of segregation between Hasidic and non-Hasidic communities in the county, more specifically the East Ramapo Central School District.

The store owner wasn’t very supportive of the effort, steering demonstrators toward the door, initially saying “you have no right to do this.  Get out of here.”  As demonstrators left, he did thank the group for patronizing the store.

The group will be planning more events to get its message out.

Boulders Defeated at Yogi Berra Stadium 5-2

The Boulders were defeated last night at Yogi Berra Stadium 5-2 by the New Jersey Jackals.

Pat Moran started on the mound for the Boulders giving up seven hits and three runs in seven innings with six strikeouts.  He was relieved by Alex Kreis who gave up two more runs in the eighth.

Shortstop Nick DelGuidice cut the Jackals lead to one in the seventh with an RBI to right field, but that wasn’t enough.

The Boulders go on to play the Jackals again tonight at 8:05 pm.

West Nyack Man Charged with String of Car Break-ins

Clarkstown Police have charged a 21-year-old West Nyack man for a string of car break-ins.

Jeffrey Konan was arrested by Clarkstown Police Monday after he was seen sitting in the Driver’s seat of a vehicle parked in the driveway of a Fawn Court home in West Nyack.  The homeowner called police with a description of Konan who ran from the scene.

Clarkstown Police found the man matching the homeowner’s description and connected him to several other break-ins in New City, Valley Cottage and West Nyack.

Konan is awaiting arraignment in Clarkstown Town Court.

16-Year-Old Boy’s Death Determined Accidental

New York State Park Police identified the 16-year-old boy from Brooklyn who accidentally drowned in Hessian Lake after he left his classmates during a field trip.

Jean Fritz Pierre, a ninth grader at international high school in Prospect height was on a class trip hiking at Bear Mountain when he and another student broke away from the group.  According to witnesses, Pierre was last seen diving off a rock into the lake with “swimming is not allowed” signs in the area.

The Rockland County Medical Examiner’s office said an autopsy showed Pierre had “significant medical conditions and suffered no bodily injuries.”  Toxicology results for drugs and alcohol will take several weeks to determine.

It is not known if Pierre knew how to swim.

No Confirmation on What Caused Nyack College Explosion

South Nyack-Grandview Police continue to investigate the cause of the explosion at Nyack College.  Top officials in the department are still not able to tell what the cause of the accident was.

On June 4, five college employees and two students were injured in an explosion at Sky Island Lodge on the college’s campus.  No one was seriously injured.  That same night Orange and Rockland Utilities said it found evidence of fresh excavation work on the grounf above the 2-inch pipe they found that may have been struck and pulled by heavy equiptment.

Nyack Police Chief Brent Newbury said that the nyack college groundskeepers could have caused the pipe break but that the department is also looking at other causes.

Son of Ramapo Councilwoman Arrested for Burglary

Ramapo Police arrested the son of Ramapo Councilwoman Brendel Logan in connection with a burglary at a Hillcrest grocery store.

Krystafer Johnston, 23, was charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal mischief Monday for a September burglary at the Bravo Supermarket.  Details of the burglary are not available, but investigators did say that there were no reported injuries during the incident.

Johnston was released on bail pending a future court appearance.  Logan who was sworn in as councilwoman in January 2012, is married to Bernard Charles Jr.  and East Ramapo Board of Education Trustee and Spring Valley mayoral candidate.

16-Year-Old Boy Drowns at Bear Mountain State Park

A 16-year-old boy drowned in Hessian Lake in Bear Mountain State Park yesterday during a school outing.

State Parks Department Spokesman Dan Keefe confirmed the boy’s death saying that witnesses saw the boy diving off a rock into the lake, but would not provide information about the events leading up to the incident.

Authorities arrived at the scene at about 3 pm. The teen was recovered by a member of the Thiells Fire Department Dive Team and pronounced dead by paramedics minuets later.

The boy, whose name was not released was on a class trip with the Brooklyn International High School.

Boulder’s Beat Trois Rivieres in Final Game of Series 10-6

Rockland defeated Trois Riveires yesterday in the final game of their series.

They started from behind but managed to get their act together and take down Trois Rivieres 10-6.  The Boulders made their comeback in the seventh with Chris Edmonson doubling to centerfield and Stephen Cardullo hitting a two-run homer.

The starting pitcher for yesturday’s game was Dan Sausville.  He pitched six innings and gave up six runs and eleven hits with two strikeouts.  Garret Johnson went on to replace him in the seventh, giving up one hit in his two innings pitched.

The Boulders are off today.  They are currently in 2nd place behind Quebec one and a half games.




Both Houses OK Lottery “Spin-Up” Money for East Ramapo

East Ramapo may see that advance of $3.5-million dollars in state lottery money if Governor Andrew Cuomo Ok’s the bill.

On Friday, both the assembly and senate voted in the bill that will hopefully bring the struggling district closer to restoring programs for next year.  Normally, East Ramapo would receive that money September 2014, but district officials asked Senator David Carlucci this Spring to draft legislation to relese the money earlier to June 2014.

The money would be deducted from future lottery allocations over a 30-year period.


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