Hudson Valley Weather for Saturday, Feb 25, 2017

Today-Cloudy. A chance of rain with patchy drizzle this morning…then rain with possible thunderstorms and drizzle this afternoon. Patchy fog. Visibility one quarter mile or less at times this morning. Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph this afternoon. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Tonight-Cloudy with rain with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the evening…then partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain after midnight. Cooler with lows in the mid 30s. West winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of rain 80 percent.

Sunday-Mostly sunny. Much cooler with highs in the lower 40s. West winds 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

Sunday Night-Mostly clear in the evening…then becoming partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Monday-Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph. Gusts up to 20 mph in the afternoon.

Monday Night-Mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 30s.

Tuesday-Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain showers. Highs in the lower 50s.

Tuesday Night-Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 40s.

Wednesday-Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 50s.

Wednesday Night-Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the upper 30s.

Thursday-Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 40s.

Thursday Night-Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming mostly clear. Lows in the upper 20s.

Friday-Mostly sunny. A chance of rain showers in the afternoon. Highs in the lower 40s. Chance of rain 30 percent.

East Ramapo Central School District Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program

The East Ramapo Central School District is now accepting applications for next year’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten program (UPK) for children who will be four years old on or before December 1, 2017. The East Ramapo Central School District contracts with more than 50 pre-schools and child care centers in Rockland County to help your four-year –old develop socially, emotionally, physically, culturally, and intellectually. The UPK program is conducted with a qualified teacher and an assistant in every class. The children attend five (5) half days for 2 ½ hours each day, for 180 school days per school year, AT NO COST TO YOU! (There are also a limited number of 5-hour programs available for those eligible). If you are an East Ramapo resident wishing to register your child or seeking more information, please contact the UPK office at (845) 577-6158 or stop by the UPK office at 461 Viola Road (side entrance, lower level). The deadline for applying is April 7, 2017.

The PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Counseling Program

The Rockland Independent Living Center announces the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Counseling Program. The mission of the program is to reduce or eliminate the negative impact that trauma related symptoms have on veterans and their families. The peer to peer services are free, confidential and available to all veterans and their families residing in Rockland County. For information on the next 15 hour Peer to Peer Mentor training program or information on how interested veterans can take advantage of the services provided by the Peer to Peer Program, call 845-624-1366 ext 112 or 845-608-5154.

East Ramapo Schools Looses Another Round in Special Education Needs Case

The East Ramapo School District has taken another hit. This time in the fight against the state over the placement of special education students within the district. The fight has been on going with the state claiming that the district settles to easily, sending students with special needs to private schools when they’re supposed to be educated in the most main stream setting possible, according to law. The school board president stated in part that there has been many on going issues with the state on how to provide the best education for these students, going on to say that tremendous progress has been made. Many Ultra- Orthodox and Hasidic parents have argued, saying they want their kids in a private school environment rather than in public schools. The district settles with these parents, saying that is costs no more to send these students to schools outside the district and would cost much more to fight these cases. In 2013 the school district settled 21 out of 27 cases, however the court said the district does not have the right to challenge the states power to enforce these laws. This comes at a time when the school district is also fighting the possibility of a state monitor overseeing the school boards decisions.

Former Rockland Jail Officer Files Federal Lawsuit

A former female Rockland County Jail Officer has filed a federal lawsuit claiming that former male colleagues sexually taunted her and spread explicit rumors about her. Valerie Russell is claiming that there were sexual taunts made by male officers as well a rumor spreading that she had sex with 13 officers. When she approached Anthony Volpe, who is now the jail chief with the complaint he told her that the claims were unsubstantiated and if she went to Sheriff Lou Falco with the complaint she would likely be terminated. Russell has hired attorney who has won other similar cases on behalf of female corrections officers. The lawsuit also states that the taunts and rumors continued even after other officers were reprimanded by a lieutenant. Russell’s lawsuit also states that she applied for the patrol unit but was not called. She claims the Sheriff Falco told her he did not want to “waste his time” and have her going elsewhere after he found out she also applied for the Clarkstown Police Department. Falco, Volpe and Ed Day are named in the lawsuit, only the initials of the officers are listed in the lawsuit but their names will be released at the trial.

Haverstraw Woman Lies About Being Robbed

A 38-year old woman from Haverstraw has been sentenced to five-years probation and ordered to pay back 1,815 dollars after pleading guilty to fourth degree grand larceny. Dulce Santos, the former manager at McDonalds in Haverstraw told police two men robbed her when she was depositing money from the restaurant at the Chase Bank on 9W in Haverstraw. However, after investigating her claim detectives became suspicious after there were many inconsistencies with her story, as well there being no sign of a robbery on the banks surveillance tape. When questioned, Santos told investigators she stole the money to catch up on her rent and because her father was sick. She must also preform 200 hours community service.

Water Main Break

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.

Murder Guilty Plea

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.

Clarkstown Electronic Tracking Device

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.

Search for Eugene Palmer

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.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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