The East Ramapo Central School District is now accepting applications for next year’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program. The UPK is a special Early Childhood program established by the New York State Education Dept. and contracted school districts, to provide an early learning experience for children who will be 4 years old on or before Dec 1, 2015. The UPK program is conducted with a qualified teacher and an assistant in every class. The children attend 5 days a week, for 2 1/2 hours a day, for 180 days per school year, at no cost to you. If you are an East Ramapo resident wishing to register your child, contact the UPK office at 577-6158, or visit the UPK office at 461 Viola Road, Spring Valley. Registration ends April 23, 2015.
Officials say Sickletown Road in Blauvelt will remain closed until further notice following yesterday afternoon’s water main break. A 16-inch water main gave way, creating havoc for area residents and school buses during the afternoon. The pavement in the southbound lane of the two-lane road just north of the one-way tunnel buckled, causing county officials to shut the road down from the tunnel near Fifth Avenue to O’Grady Court.
As of 7pm last night, several homes in the areas of Sickletown Road, Rolyn Hills Road and Abbey Road were under a “boil water order” by the Rockland County Health Department. United Water said that after the repairs are complete, it could take three to five days to administer water analysis tests, so it is important for customers in the affected area to continue to boil water until further notice. Repairs to the roadway are expected to begin on Friday. No timetable for completion has yet been set.
In what could be called a gift for the prosecution, one of the four women charged in the death of Peggy Nadell of Valley cottage has pleaded guilty. Diana Nadell, the alleged mastermind of the killing and the daughter-in-law of the victim, has been charged with first degree murder.
Tanisha Joyner has admitted to hindering prosecution, a lesser charge than what she was initially charged with: conspiracy and providing Diana Nadell with an alibi. The felony hindering charge carries a maximum penalty of two-and-one-third to seven years in prison.
Peggy Nadell was found murdered in her Valley Cottage home in January. Diana Nadell, who is being held without bail in the county jail, is believed to have hatched the plot to kill her mother-in-law to get at her husband’s share of an inheritance. Her husband, Peggy Nadell’s son James, has not been charged and authorities reportedly do not suspect he knew about his wife’s plan. The DA’s office is currently presenting evidence to a grand jury.
An electronic tracking device is being credited with helping Clarkstown police quickly locate an elderly Nanuet resident after she wandered away from her home Monday evening.
Earlier this week, Clarkstown police reportedly received a call about the missing Alzheimer’s patient at 7 p.m. on June 3rd. The woman was located in a wooded area not far from home is under 6 minutes.
She had only been wearing the device for a week. The device is part of a program called Project Lifesaver, which was designed to assist in cases just like this.
The radio transmitters emit a unique tracking signal that helps locate a missing person. Police say the system greatly helps reduce search time, which can turn out to be the difference between a safe return and serious injury. There is a fee to participate in the program. For more information contact the Clarkstown police or town clerk.
Missing murder suspect Eugene Palmer was the target of a search by authorities yesterday in Woodbury, but he was not found.
Acting on a tip, police officials searched a former chemical plant for Palmer, who was reportedly seen on the property. Police suspect the 74-year-old fatally shot his daughter-in-law, Tammy, of Haverstraw back in September 2012. The 39-year-old mother of two was found shot to death in the front yard of her home.
Some family members have said Palmer never made it out of Harriman State Park after leaving the scene and going into hiding. They believe major health issues ultimately contributed to his death.
A $2,500 reward is being offered by New York State Crime Stoppers for information leading to Palmer’s arrest and conviction.
50 year-old Diana Nadell of Florida entered a plea of not-guilty yesterday in Clarkstown Justice Court for her arraignment on the upgraded first degree murder charge in connection with the slaying of her mother-in-law, 80 year-old Peggy Nadell of Valley Cottage.
According to reports, Diana Nadell and Andrea Benson made an early-morning cell phone call to get Peggy Nadell to open her door in the late January incident, and then stabbed her. Diana Nadell, the wife of Peggy’s son James, reportedly wanted to get her hands on money her family expected to inherit.
The other three charged in Peggy Nadell’s murder have already been arraigned in Clarkstown Justice Court. Benson was arraigned June 2 on second-degree murder and conspiracy charges.
Diana Nadell was originally charged with second-degree murder and second-degree conspiracy. Eltia Grant and Tanisha Joyner were arraigned last month. They were charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit murder. Bail was set for Grant and Joyner at half-a-million dollars. Diana Nadell is being held without bail at the county jail. She’s due back in court July 14.
Come mid-July you might want to check with the Google maps or MapQuest or pay closer attention to the WRCR traffic report as a major road closure is expected to hit the Town of Ramapo.
Railroad track work on northern Airmont Road is expected to partially shut the busy roadway over a three-day period, from July 18 through the 20th. The area in question is right between Route 59 and the Thruway exit.
Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence says area businesses will be accessible but drivers will have to use different routes to reach them. Montebello and Spook Rock roads will reportedly serve as the primary detour routes.
Norfolk-Southern Railroad will be upgrading the tracks in the area, removing 120 feet of existing track and replacing it with a single unit to be assembled on site. Drivers can expect a gentler ride thanks to a new, rubberized material that will be surrounding the tracks, once the project is complete.
A confirmed case of acute Hepatitis A has been identified in a food handler at the La Fontana restaurant in Nyack. Patrons and other employees may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus between March 19 and April 1, 2014.
The Rockland County Dept. of Health is offering free Hepatitis A vaccines to restaurant patrons and employees starting Saturday, April 12 from 11AM–5PM, Sunday, April 13 from 11AM-3PM, and Monday, April 14 from 9AM-12PM at the Rockland County Fire Training Center, 35 Fireman’s Memorial Drive in Pomona.
The Rockland County Dept. of Health recommends that all people who ate at the restaurant on March 29, March 30 and April 1, 2014 receive a Hepatitis A vaccine.
For additional information call the Div. of Disease Control & Prevention at 845-364-2997.
At a news conference today, Congresswoman Nita Lowey called for an end to the government shutdown at a Rockland County vaccine facility that faces delays in securing approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for its flu vaccine for use by Americans 50 years and older. With FDA employees furloughed due to the shutdown the delay in approval for new vaccines increases the chance the vaccine may not be available before next year’s flu season. Congresswoman Lowey spoke at the Pearl River manufacturing facility of Protein Sciences, a biotechnology company whose vaccine Flu blok was approved by the FDA last year for use by individuals 18-49 years old. The company is now seeking approval for its flu vaccine technology to be used by Americans of all ages. But with FDA employees furloughed due to the shutdown, the FDA is currently not issuing approvals for new vaccines.
Firefighters responded to a house fire at Skye Place in Chestnut Ridge early Sunday morning. A neighbor called Ramapo police around 2:40AM to report smoke and flames coming from the windows and roof. It took firefighters about 35 minutes to bring the blaze under control, and crews from Orange and Rockland Utilities had to secure a downed power line leading to the house. Police said the homeowners were away at the time, and there were no injuries. The Ramapo police and the Sheriff’s Department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation Arson Unit was working together to determine the cause of the fire.