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.

DA Upgrades Charges Against Murder Suspect

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.

Airmont Road to be Closed

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.

Hi-Tor Animal Shelter Announces Extended Hours

Hi-Tor Animal Shelter has announced that, to be more accessible to the public and volunteers, it is extending its hours of operation. The animal shelter will be open to the public on the following schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Closed (except to volunteers)
The shelter is located at 65 Firemen’s Memorial Dr., Pomona, NY 10970. All of Hi-Tor’s adoptable animals can be seen on its website: www.hitor.org.

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.

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.