Yesterday, the state Department of Health announced a “Don’t Eat” fish consumption warning in regards to walleye fish captured between the Tappan Zee Bridge and the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in the Hudson River near Catskill. In addition, the department of health warns that residents not eat walleye fish caught near the Rondout Creek just below the Eddyville Dam. Testing revealed that walleye fish near these locations display increased amounts of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs. These chemicals have been proven to be cancer causing in animals and are connected to serious health problems, causing harm to the reproductive system, the nervous system and the immune system. The state Department of Health recommends limiting walleye fish consumption to one meal per month.
Big news today, the WRCR family is welcoming in a new cohost to the morning show! Meredyth is moving on to the Big Apple to further pursue a career in acting, but fear not, Jordan Baker, a Rockland County local, will be taking over. Hailing from New York City, Jordan now lives with her husband, actor Kevin Kilner in Tappan. Jordan is also an actress with experience in film, television, and theater. Her most recent work includes a film titled “5 Flights Up” starring Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman. WRCR, which recently moved to a 10,000 watt signal on 1700 AM over the summer of 2015 and reaches more than 12 million people from Rockland County to New York City, is thrilled to welcome Jordan to the team!
According to Orangetown Police two people were injured when their vehicle crashed on Route 303 over the weekend. Around 7:40 on Sunday morning police discovered a gold Mitsubishi hidden from view of the road, and determined the single car accident occurred hours prior, around 4 AM. The driver and passenger were taken to Nyack Hospital for serious injuries where they were in critical condition, and police are investigating the cause, which officials stated was likely related to the use of alcohol. Anyone with information on the accident can call Orangetown Police at 845-359-3700.
Rockland County Executive Ed Day delivered his State of the County address this week, speaking about the future of the economy, housing safety, and business plans. Presenting to the Legislature and other county officials, Day stated that the economy is improving and the unemployment rate of 3.8% represents that, in part thanks to his administration’s work to consolidate local government. Day also spoke about the Summit Park Hospital, which closed at the end of 2015, after a $32 million sale fell through. In his proposals the County Executive recommended turning the empty buildings into a center that will house Health and Human Services. Day’s address also referred to the continuation of the Rockland Codes Initiative, which will add to the already existing regulations against illegal housing, by having properties with more than three renters register with the county. Along with continuing to tackle the county’s fiscal issues, including fighting welfare fraud, Rockland will be putting more money into tourism to attract new visitors.
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Dominican College will be closing at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, February 15 due to inclement weather.
According to Ramapo Police, they are investigating a shooting in Ramapo that apparently left one person dead and another in the hospital. Officials stated that officers from the Ramapo Police Department and the Sheriff’s as well, responded to a home in Wesley Hills following reports that a man allegedly shot his wife while she was in bed in their home on Deerwood Road. The man then allegedly shot himself at the home and was rushed to the hospital.
A second school in Rockland County has stopped showing a video that allegedly portrays antisemitic ideas. Last week the Clarkstown School District sent home a letter of apology to parents of 9th graders in the high school who were shown a video of the Roman Empire released by study.com, that spoke about Jewish vs Christian people, and referred to Jews in a negative light. On Wednesday Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski wrote a letter to the company that created the website, urging them to make changes to their videos, and recommended that every district in New York stop using them until then. This week Nyack pulled two videos that were shown to sixth graders in the Middle School and Superintendent James Montesano released a statement apologizing and informing parents that the school has been in touch with the company.
State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia and Regent Judith Johnson will be visiting the East Ramapo School District today. According to her office Elia will be touring the troubled district, especially focusing on the buildings, which many parents and students claim are in desperate need of repairs. Currently Ramapo High School is waiting for $1 million in funds found by Senator David Carlucci to repair a leaking roof, which school officials stated a recent inspection determined does not have mold. Elia will visit the high school and two elementary schools. This will be her second time in the district and when appointed she stated to parents that East Ramapo would remain a focus for the Board of Education.
Clarkstown School District officials released a statement this week, apologizing for a video shown to students that was allegedly antiSemitic. The video was shown in a high school history class, and was from the point of view of Romans comparing Christians’ and Jews’ experiences in the time of the Roman Empire. Superintendent Thomas J. Morton apologized to the district, after parents and residents complained about parts of the video, which states, for example, “Jews held themselves aloof, as a result the Jews were easily labeled as violent extremists to be attacked.” Local government and religious leaders have come out against the video, saying that the antisemitic statements are historically inaccurate and teach students negative and hateful things. Morton agreed in his apology, stating, “The video depicted Judaism in a demeaning and historically inaccurate way.”