According to officials on Wednesday night the Monsey fire district’s Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to terminate the use of the fire horn is a nuisance rather than helpful, and in April 2011 the board voted to shut it down for three months in july of that year it was turned back on. Monsey Fire Chief Richard LaGarde stated that the alarm is a tool that firefighters and members of the community need. Pagers and cellphones don’t work in areas with bad reception so many volunteers rely on the loud horns and already have to rely on just phones and pagers between 11:00 PM and 6:00 AM when the horns are shut off for the night. According to Ramapo Assistant Fire Inspector Adam Peltz the horn also notifies residents that emergency vehicles will be on the street, driving fast. Peltz stated that if someone is injured or property damaged silencing the alarms will prove to be a hindering to response times.
The East Ramapo School District is announced plans to appeal a ruling made by the state Supreme Court stating that the district broke the law when they placed children with special education needs in private schools instead of utilizing better available options. School Board President Yehuda Weismandl stated that there is no financial reason for the district not to settle with parents and it is actually cheaper in the long run, since tuition for a private yeshiva is the same price as an education in a public school. According to officials paying the tuition to have students attend private schools outside of the district is best for the all students and that most of the parents of children with disabilities are members of the Orthodox Jewish community who would prefer that their children attend yeshivas so that their religious needs can be addressed more easily. The education department has stated in the past that the district’s actions are violating the Individuals with Disabilities Act and the state Supreme Court agreed, turning down East Ramapo’s second challenge in December.
Eighteen employees who handle the day-to-day recycling responsiblities at the Rockland County Recycling Center in Hillburn (through a private contractor), have voted to strike, According to teamsters Local 445 representative Jerry Ebert. Employees are seeking a raise and additional time off. Nearly half of the employees make about $9 per hour and get 7 holidays per year with little vacation. The employees and the Union will set a date for strike to begin.
-South Orangetown School District- no transportation for private schools
-East Ramapo- Closed, no transportation or building permits
-Rockland Community College will open at 4:00 PM
-Dominican College will open at 2:00 PM
-Camp Venture Day Programs- delayed opening
-St. Catherine’s Early Childhood Center Closed
-Stony Point Senior Club 1 cancelled
-New City Library will open at 1:00 PM
-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
-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**
The National Weather Service has issued winter storm warnings for Rockland County from midnight Wednesday through 6:00 AM Friday. The snow is likely to begin early Thursday morning and go until Thursday morning and go until Thursday night, dropping anywhere from 10 to 14 inches on the county with heavy winds and extremely limited visibility. The National Weather Service recommends that if you have to travel do so cautiously and be sure to keep water, food, a flashlight, and extra blankets and clothes in your car during the storm. Also be sure to update emergency kits in your home and workplace.
According to a letter released by the Rockland County Commissioner of Personnel, Joan Silvestri, she is questioning the appointments of certain positions by Spring Valley Mayor Demeza Delhomme. The letter, which was sent to Delhomme on Friday and was written after an anonymous complaint, requests the written board resolutions of approval for the positions of Jerrod Miles as Village Attorney, Aaron Morse as Legislative Aide, and Kathryn Ball as Village Clerk. Silvestri wrote that if she doesn’t receive the resolutions within fourteen days the appointments will be rescinded and until then no paperwork signed by Miles or Ball will be accepted. On Tuesday Silvestri stated that she received the resolution for Morse’s position and her office is waiting for the other two.
Investigations are currently taking place to uncover why a Transport of Rockland bus caught fire in Pearl River on Saturday morning. Carol Breen, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation stated that the department and Orangetown Police will be looking at every part of the bus to figure out what may have caused the fire and the investigation would begin either Monday or today. According to Dave O’Brien, Pearl River’s Fire Chief, the fire seems to have started in the back of the bus,which was corroborated by the driver, who smelled smoke and evacuated all of the ten passengers before the bus broke into full flames. Spokeswoman for Rockland County Department of Public Transportation Susan Meyer stated that the bus had just had its $3,000 mile inspection that Thursday.
According to Ramapo Town Attorney Michael Klein a state Judge ruled that a religious school that was illegally housing students in a single family home be shut down. Judge Margaret Garvey stated Friday that the Congregation Lizensk violated several building codes, including having a dormitory, cafeteria, worship rooms, and classrooms, and was operating the school on Carlton Road with about twenty students residing there in January, despite a certificate of occupancy as a single- family home. Klein stated that if the congregation refuses to vacate the building they will be charged with contempt of court.