The Rockland Co. Dept. of Health Warns of Possible Hepatitis A Exposure at Local Restaurant

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.

Stony Point First Responders Blood Drive

Stony Point’s First Responders are looking for your help! Please consider donating lifesaving blood at their upcoming drive on Saturday April 26, 9AM-3PM at the Stony Point Fire Substation located at 199 Central Highway in Stony Point. The Stony Point Police Department, Fire Department and The Volunteer Ambulance Corps are proud to serve the residents of Stony Point, but now they are looking for your help. Please come to the Blood Drive and help them increase the community’s blood supply.

The East Ramapo Central School District UPK

Help your child prepare for Kindergarten. The East Ramapo Central School District has 25 openings for This Year’s UPK (Universal Pre-Kindergarten.) UPK is a free, 2 ½ hour daily program. If your child’s birth date is between 12/2/08 and 12/1/09, you can enroll them for March, April, May, and June in UPK. Call 845-577-6158.

2/14/14 SNOW CLOSINGS AND DELAYS

-VA HUDSON VALLEY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM’S COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS will open at 10AM. The main campuses will be remain open and clinics will open at 8AM. Patients are encouraged to call their VA Medical Center or outpatient clinic to reschedule appointments if necessary.
-The RCC Senior Citizens Club is cancelled
-North Rockland Central School District Closed
-Nyack School District Closed
-Pearl River School District Closed
-South Orangetown Central School District Closed
-Clarstown Central School District Closed
-Nanuet Public Schools Closed
-East Ramapo Closed
-Ramapo Central School Closed
-Dominican College Closed
-Rockland Community College Opening at noon
-St. Thomas Aquinas College Opening at 10:00
-Camp Venture Day Programs Delayed Opening
-Robin Hill Nursery Closed
-A Starting Place Pearl River no AM classes, no transportation, staff report at noon
-TOR, Tappan Zee Xpress running on Saturday Schedule
-TRIPS buses suspended until 9 AM, only transporting medical and dialysis patients
-Town of Haverstraw Justice Court Garnerville Closed – staff must report
-Jawanio Early Intervention and Preschool Closed, no transportation, staff on 1-hour delay. Adult services, including health center are on a 2-hour delay

2/13/14 SNOW CLOSINGS AND DELAYS – updated 12:30 PM

-TOR and T-Z Express bus service has been suspended.
-Rockland Community College All Classes and Activities are cancelled for 2/13/14.
-Dominican College will be closed all day 2/13/14.
-Nanuet School District is Closed 2/13/14.
-East Ramapo Central School District is Closed. No transportation will be provided and all building permits are canceled 2/13/14.
-Clarkstown Central School District is closed
-South Orangetown School District is closed
-North Rockland School District is closed
-Nyack Public Schools are closed
-Pearl River Schools are closed
-Ramapo Central School District
-Rockland BOCES is Closed 2/13/14.
-VA HUDSON VALLEY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM’S COMMUNITY BASED OUTPATIENT CLINICS will be closed on Thursday, February 13, 2014 due to the impending inclement weather. The main campuses will be remain open. Patients are encouraged to call their VA Medical Center or outpatient clinic to reschedule appointments if necessary.
-Camp Venture Day Programs Cancelled
-No Garbage pick-up in Unincorporated Ramapo 2/13/14.
-Jawanio Early Intervention and Preschool closed, Adult Services and Health Centers are open- no transportation- staff must report
-Nanuet 1 Senior Meeting
-Rockland Independent Living Center Both Offices Closed
-A Starting Place in Pearl River is closed
-MASS TRANSIT/BUS SERVICE:
TOR: Service is suspended until further notice. We hope to resume
service later today.
TZx: Service is suspended until further notice. We hope to resume
service later today.
TRIPS: Service is cancelled for the day.
For the most current updates on all TOR and TZx bus services please call the Rockland Transit Information Center at 845-364-3333 or visit www.rocklandbus.com.
-Please note the following cancellations and updates for the Town of Clarkstown due to today’s snow storm.
•All garbage and recycling collection is cancelled for tomorrow. Pick up will be on residents next regularly scheduled day.
•The Justice Court Office will be open until 4PM tomorrow. However, please note that all court sessions are cancelled including: Small Claims Court, Traffic Court and Criminal Court. Please contact Justice Court at 845.639.5960 with regards to rescheduling a court appearance.
•All Recreation Programs are cancelled tomorrow.
•All Clarkstown Recreation facilities are expected to be open tomorrow; however, please call before arriving.
oCentral Nyack Community Center 845.358.2500
oCongers Community Center 845.268.9700
oPascack Community Center 845.371.6650
oStreet Community Center 845.634.3039
•Mini Trans will be running on regular schedule tomorrow until further notice.
•The following roads will be closed at midnight:
oCasper Hill Road, Valley Cottage
oStorms Road, Valley Cottage

**FOR UPDATES ON CLOSINGS IN THE COUNTY YOU CAN CHECK ROCKLAND.GOV**

Congresswoman Lowey Speaks at Flu Vaccine Facility

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.

House Fire in Chestnut Ridge

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.

Arrests Made at Monsey Yeshiva

The head of a Monsey yeshiva and two other rabbis were among at least four men arrested in an FBI investigation into a group that is accused of using kidnapping, along with other methods, to force Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, the group planned to kidnap and torture a man they thought was the husband of an Orthodox woman. The woman was actually an undercover FBI agent. One of those arrested was Rabbi Martin Wolmark, the dean of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, which was one of the locations raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Also charged was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, a prominent ultra-Orthodox divorce mediator in Brooklyn, along with two others. They were scheduled to appear in US District Court in Trenton, NJ this afternoon.

Arrests Made at Monsey Yeshiva

The head of a Monsey yeshiva and two other rabbis were among at least four men arrested in an FBI investigation into a group that is accused of using kidnapping, along with other methods, to force Orthodox Jewish men to grant their wives religious divorces. According to a criminal complaint unsealed Thursday, the group planned to kidnap and torture a man they thought was the husband of an Orthodox woman. The woman was actually an undercover FBI agent. One of those arrested was Rabbi Martin Wolmark, the dean of Yeshiva Shaarei Torah in Monsey, which was one of the locations raided by the FBI on Wednesday. Also charged was Rabbi Mendel Epstein, a prominent ultra-Orthodox divorce mediator in Brooklyn, along with two others. They were scheduled to appear in US District Court in Trenton, NJ this afternoon.