BPD Expo 4.0 Donates to Riverkeeper

Blue Print Denim, specializing in denim washes, is holding a special two-day event, BDP Expo 4.0 They want to do their part to help the Hudson River. Wednesday, December 7 from 10 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, December 8th from 10 a.m.– 7:30 p.m. at 530 Broadway in Soho.  There will be a cocktail party both nights and if you make a $20 donation to Riverkeeper you receive a 15% discount off vintage denim and if you donate $50 to Riverkeeper you receive a 20% discount. So get to Soho have some fun, donate to a good cause and keep our river safe and clean.

Hope Community Church Bake Sale

If you are looking for some holiday treats and gifts — Hope Community Church in Nanuet is hosting a Christmas Bake Sale with Scandinavian Specialties and a White Elephant table this Saturday December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. they are located at 109 N. Middletown Road in Nanuet – and if you need more information or would like to participate you can call 845-623-5866

Man Carrying Arrows Arrested in Suffern

In Haverstraw, on Thanksgiving Day a 24-year old man, with a warrant for his arrest was found walking behind his Hillside Avenue property in Suffern near the Mahwah River. The young man was wearing camouflage clothing and carrying arrows. Suffern police arrested him and did not make his name public. He was turned over to the Haverstraw Police.

Spring Valley Man Arrested on DUI

Then over the weekend, Ramapo Town Police arrested and charged a 66-year-old Spring Valley man with a DUI following an accident on Route 59 in Monsey. The man’s name has not been released. According to police records the man showed signs of intoxication and further investigation revealed he was wearing his shoes on the wrong feet. The man has been released on bail. A court date has not been determined.

Spring Valley Nursing Home on U.S. News Top List

U.S. News & World Report has been busy evaluating over 15,000 nursing homes to create of a list of a little over 2,000 of the best in the country. In New York state 624 nursing homes were evaluated and 16 in the Hudson Valley have made the list with one right here in Rockland. Pine Valley Center for Rehab and Nursing located in Spring Valley. World Report analyzes statistics from Nursing Home Compare at federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They look at overall performance ratings and services over a 12 month period ending in October 2016. U.S. News issued a Nursing Home Finder. For more information visit: http://health.usnews.com/best-nursing-homes

(Pearl River Patch)

Wieder Asks FCC for Review of Local Radio

Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder is calling upon the FCC to help ensure that residents have easy access to local radio programming. Wieder says, “Many people who are not on the internet, especially senior citizens and the poor, now have no access to local programming” he added, “People are not cut off from local news and do not have access to sometimes important local announcements.” Wieder is asking the FCC to do a review and offer solutions.

RCC to Receive $1.1 M Rebate from O&R

It looks like Rockland Community College can leave the lights on – Orange & Rockland utility has committed to an a $1.1 million energy-efficient rebate to the college – the largest rebate in the company’s history. RCC’s Viola campus has an $11.1 million plan over the next 18 months to replace high-energy-using equipment with upgraded new technologies and energy-efficient equipment. Ecosystem the company installing the upgrades has estimated that the new technologies will create an annual savings of $558,000.

Legislator Paul Returns from Haiti Relief Trip

Rockland County Legislator Aney Paul a Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and 12 local medical relief volunteers have return from their six-day mission to Haiti providing health services and food for the starving. Paul knew the devastation was going to be terrible, but visiting the communities devastated by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti was nothing short of shocking. She said, “Homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, everything – just everything – was destroyed in the places we visited” she added, “The people are desperate and we must help them.” Many residents of Haitian descent live in Rockland, and many have relatives living in Haiti, who were impacted by the storm. As many as 1,000 people were killed and 1.4 million were left in need of humanitarian assistance. To get involved check out: rocklandcountyhaitirelief.org

B.R.I.D.G.E.S. Needs Your Support for Wheelchair Vans

As we head into the final month of the year and we start thinking about our final donations here’s one you might want to consider as well – B.R.I.D.G.E.S., a non-profit organization in New York dedicated to providing advocacy and leadership for people with disabilities, needs your help. They have an immediate opportunity to secure two wheelchair accessible vehicles if they can raise the remaining funding. They have already raised $80,000 through a grant from the New York State Department of Transportation, but here’s the catch — the grant requires 20% matching funds that must be supplied with the final grant paperwork in December. This is your chance to be a holiday hero. Each van is equipped for seven passengers, including two individuals in wheelchairs. These vans will widen the reach BRIDGES can provide and greatly improve capacity to provide services that advance autonomy for people with disability. For more information:

Ways to Donate: Click “Donate Now” on the website www.bridgesrc.org

Click “Donate” on the fundraising site www.razoo.com/us/story/Bridges-Vans

Mail a check payable to “BRiDGES” and send to: BRiDGES, ATTN: VANS 873 Route 45, Suite 108; New City, NY 10956

Call BRiDGES at 845-624-1366 x116 and indicate you would like to financially support this project.  All major credit cards are accepted.

Funding for Re-Entry Programs

The state has announced $10 million in funding to support programs providing job training and other re-entry services to individuals currently under community supervision. The grants will also create a, state-supported, county Re-Entry Task Force in Queens, and allow 19 other existing Task Forces across the state, including Orange, Rockland, and Westchester counties, to assist more people returning to their communities after serving state prison sentences. Governor Cuomo said, “Expanding these services we will be able to help more at-risk New Yorkers break the cycle of recidivism and incarceration, helping them to lead more productive lives and increasing the safety in our communities.”

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

Please click on the image below to view all snow closings for Rockland County.