Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme held a press conference on Tuesday at the Louis Kurtz Center to discuss the village’s summer youth programs. The program normally held at the center was at risk of being cancelled last month after it was stated by officials that there was no one to run it. Delhomme suspended the village’s Youth Director Sonia Barton, claiming he was unhappy with the after school program she was running, which is set up for seventy children though only about twenty-four attend. Just over a week ago a state Supreme Court Judge ruled that the board of Trustee’s decision to hire Barton as an independent contractor to run the summer program must be upheld. Village Attorney Jerrod Miles stated that Barton is the only employee, suspended or otherwise, with the proper certification to run the program. Delhomme stated at the conference that Spring Valley gave $20,000 to the Martin Luther King Center to allow children to attend the youth programs there and that ongoing construction at the Louis Kurtz Center will prevent children from attending camp at that location. Delhomme stated that there was no intention not to provide summer activities for children, but the longterm of the program will benefit from the choices made this summer.
A history teacher with Nyack School District was arrested on Friday night and charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated driving while intoxicated, with a blood alcohol content of .18, after he was reported by Clarkstown Police to have backed his car into a parked car in the lot of a nanuet strip club. 47-year old Donaldson Hains is a popular high school history teacher and golf coach in the district and is facing the possibility of losing his teaching certificate if found guilty at his town court appearance on July 31. This week parents, fellow teachers, an students have stated a mix of emotions towards the case, some supporting the man saying he made a mistake, others saying teachers need to act like role models for students. The board of education will be meeting August 19 where they will most likely make a decision on actions to take against the teacher. Superintendent James Montesano stated the board doesn’t condone the behavior, but they will discuss the issue further.
The Boulders game against the New Jersey Jackals was rained out on Monday night and the teams have been rescheduled to play a double header on Wednesday July 16. Today the teams play what would have been their second game at 11:00 AM at Provident Bank Park and return to New Jersey on Wednesday morning at 11:00 and online at WRCR 1300 AM and online at wrcr.com
Roadwork this week in Rockland County could lead to some delays so give yourself plenty of time to get places. Starting tonight electrical work will result in the closing of two Rockland bound lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge, from 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM. The work will be ongoing in the night hours for the rest of the week. The southbound lane of the Thruway near exit ten will be closed today from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and on Friday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Also on Friday near South Nyack the exit ten southbound entrance for the Thruway will be closed from 8:00 PM to 6:00 AM and drivers will be directed to exit eleven off Route 59. And starting Friday at 10:00 AM until Sunday at 4:00 PM North Airmont Road will be closed so workers from the Norfolk-Southern Railroad can repair the tracks there. Drivers will be directed to Montebello and Spook Rock Roads toward Route 59.
Police stated on Monday that officers reported to the Route 9W Motel in Stony Point on Friday and arrested four individuals on felony charges of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a misdemeanor charge of use of drug paraphernalia. According to Lt. Keith Williams officers found 26-year old Antonio Burch-Pena of Garnerville, 21-year old Shannon Moore of Stony Point, 24-year old Raymond Deforest and 20-year old Amy Pietronuto both of New Hempstead in the motel room with heroin, glassine envelopes, and syringes after Moore’s family called police out of concern for her. Police are hoping that the owners of the hotel continue their plan to clean up the business, and prevent future drug use there. All four arrested are due in court on August 19 for the charges received Friday.
The Boulders played three games this weekend. On Friday they started their three-game series against the Trois Riveres Aigles, winning 8-1. On Saturday, the Aigles started the game with a 3-0 lead by the fourth inning. In the fifth inning the Boulders added two runs to the board and tied the game 3-3 in the sixth inning. The two teams kept the game tied for three innings until the Aigles scored three runs, giving them a 6-3 lead. In the extra inning, Rockland tied the game again 6-6, in the top of the eleventh Trois Riveres scored again and Rockland added two runs, making the final score 8-7. On Sunday the Boulders didn’t make the board, losing the final game in the series to the Aigles 22-0. The Boulders play the jackals in New Jersey tonight at 7:05 and return home tomorrow at 11:00 AM to continue the series against New Jersey.
The meeting for the proposed Tappan Zee Bridge bike and walking path that would connect to South Nyack, which was set to take place at the end of July has been rescheduled for the fall. The meeting was set up to inform residents on several concepts being considered for the site, one of which is the community’s request to use interchange 10 on the Thruway as a connection point for the bike path and the village. Bryan Conybeare, the Special Project Advisor, stated that environmental and design teams are looking into the option. According to officials the meeting was changed to better accommodate more residents who’s schedules change during summer vacation months.
Police responded to a Rose Avenue apartment complex in Spring Valley on Friday morning after a 20-month old boy was reported to be hit and killed by a pickup truck in the parking lot arounf 8:30 AM. The child’s name was not released, police stated that he lived in the complex with his family and was apparently in the care of an older sibling at the time of the accident. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene and his mother was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital for evaluation and treatment after she returned to the complex. No charged have been filed against the 33-year old truck driver who police stated was backing up the vehicle and didn’t see the child. An investigation by the Spring Valley Police and Clarkstown Accident Reconstruction team was opened and continues into the incident and according to Sargent Chris Korba the names of the child and driver will be released to the public when the investigation is finished.
The Boulders played their final game against the Quebec Capitales last night after losing the first two. In the first inning Rockland score two runs and held the lead the rest of the game. Rockland pitcher Stephen Harrold struck out five batters; the Boulders have won six of the seven games Harrold started since the season began. In the fifth inning the Boulders scored another run and in the seventh a two run homer gave them the winning score of 5-0. They return home to Provident Bank Park tonight at 7:00 to begin a three-game series against the Trois Riveres Aigles. And stop by the park tomorrow night at 6:30 for Irish Heritage night. Listen to all the home games live on WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
The Coast Guard announced this week that they approved a two-mile safety zone around the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site. The area is along the Rockland County shoreline where the barges and other pieces of construction equipment are moored, and will be marked by buoys and patrolled by the police and the Coast Guard. The previously set up Regulated Navigation Area, that is patrolled by the Coast Guard will be separate from the safety zone. The RNA allows boaters to travel through the area, which extends 500 yards both north and south from the current Tappan Zee Bridge, but only at a maximum speed of five knots and the Coast Guard can ban boats during construction.