According to a vote by the Spring Valley Board of Trustees vendors at the eleventh annual Spring Valley Day will not be receiving payments for their services. The board allegedly voted against payments of $5,800 for the first band and $1,500 for the second to play that day, as well as $320 to Elegant Events Party Rental and $701 for food and beverages. Trustee Vilair Fonvil stated that Mayor Demeza Delhomme did not obtain approval from the board before authorizing contracts and purchases, and Trustee Emilia White stated that the Mayor claimed to be hosting the event so she thought it would be out of his own pocket. Delhomme stated that in past years the payments have always been voted on and approved after the event. According to Village Treasurer Kuruvilla Cherian Spring Valley Day has been unorganized in the past and most years payments were voted on afterwards, and without the board’s approval payments can’t be made leaving merchants and band members to question whether or not they will be receiving money for their time and services.
According to the New York State Education Department Rockland BOSCES was among three schools state wide to be awarded the teaching is core grant which would support art and music teachers in offering daily tests that coincide with the Common Core curriculum, rather than written tests. Since the Common Core took hold in New York State districts have had no way to keep track of students’ progress or teacher evaluations for subjects such as art, music, and gym, so the Student Learning Objectives were instituted and written tests were handed out the first and last weeks of the school year. With the new grants the SLO’s were on a list of tests districts can eliminate from the curriculum. Rockland BOSCES Assistant Superintendent Charlene Jordan stated that new model will keep track of students’ learning with the help of parents and the community. Officials from several districts seem to agree this means less testing for the school year and a more open environment for children to learn in.
The Boulders beat the Trois Riveres Aigeles 8-0 in the first game of their double header on Thursday, and 5-0 in the second game. They play a double header against the Quebec Capitales tonight at Provident Bank Park. Listen to the second game live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.
According to reports on Tuesday’s fatal wrong-way crash on the New York State Thruway, witnesses stated seeing the driver 32-year old NYPD officer Richard Christopher of Suffern, make a U-turn into the Northbound lanes and park in the median during his morning commute, before driving south into oncoming traffic and hitting 59-year old James DeVito of Airmont. According to the Rockland County Medical Examiner’s Office both men were killed in the crash from blunt force trauma. Police are still waiting for toxicology reports, but the accident investigation team has stated that there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs at the scene. State Police Captain Richard Mazzone stated that nothing will be known for sure until the toxicology reports come back, which could take at least two months. Funeral services for Christopher will take place Tuesday at HIggins Funeral Home in New City at 11:00 AM and for DeVito at Sacred Heart Church in Suffern also at 11:00 AM Tuesday morning.
On Thursday morning the Ramapo Police stated that the driver of a Toyota Camry was taken to Nyack Hospital in critical conition after hitting a 180 pound buck that went through the windshield of car and landed in the backseat. According to police 30-year old Elmer Adilio of the Bronx was riving along Route 45 in Spring Valley on Wednesday night when the deer came through the front of the car, leading to the driver crashing into a utility pole. Detective Lt. Mark Emma stated that the man may have been hit by a hoof or another hard part of the deer and he suffered serious injuries to his head and neck. The car was also carrying 36-year old Emerita Najarro, also of the Bronx, who received injuries to her chest, face, and neck, though police stated they were non-life threatening.
County Executive Ed Day announced in a press release this week that Rockland has become the leader in this year’s state Economic Development funding last choice. The Midhudson Regional Economic Development Council has endorsed five projects in Rockland County, meaning the county received 20% of the endorsements for New York State and has a much better opportunity for development. In the release Day stated, “The projects have the potential to generate over $600 million in economic activity for the Hudson Valley.” The five projects are the new Hudson Valley Craft Beer, Cider, and Spirits which will use New York grown crops, and create twenty jobs while expanding their brand. The second is a New York location for Legoland theme park, which could potentially see about two million tourists a year and later lead to a hotel and water park. The third is the expansion of Brooklyn Brewery’s production facility, which is deciding to build a new 1 million barrel brewery in either New York City or Lower Hudson Valley. The Annelotech project will be building a pilot plant to research and develop basic chemicals. And the final project endorsed by the MHREDC is the Jawanio Integrated Health, Wellness, and Work project, which will expand Jawanio’s campus to a larger facility that will eventually be able to provide support for a more expansive employment services division, social enterprises, and health center. The projects will provide about 3,500 full-time jobs and create construction jobs throughout the Hudson Valley.
An informational meeting Wednesday night brought hundreds of parents to Pomona Middle School to hear news on the East Ramapo District’s choice to extend the school day by two hours. The district announced in July that they had received a grant from the state Education Department to fund an extended learning period, which will lengthen the day by two periods, a ninth and a tenth. In response to many parents’ anger at the short notice of the changes, Pomona officials stated that they were informed of the grant much later than expected and only had about three weeks to organize the new school days. Various parents at the meeting brought up concerns such as their children walking home at the later hour, and now being unable to participate in after-school activities such as sports. The final dismissal bell for the coming school year will now go off at 5:21 PM instead of the original 3:14 PM for seventh and eighth graders. Principal Christine Alfonso stated that the school is attempting to keep parents and students informed and will be sending home reminders and more information as the school year gets closer. Several parents stated they understand change, and some are happy about it, saying their children deserve the opportunity to learn more and expand future opportunities by raising their grades.
On Monday it was announced that the U.S. Department of Energy approved the installation of 330 miles of transmission line for hydroelectric power that will connect new York City to Canada after a review of how it would affect the environment. The Champlain Hudson Power Express Transmission Line is proposed to run under Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, until it reaches Stony Point where it will run underground, until it goes back under the river in Haverstraw. The proposal of the line running beneath the county has shown concern from residents who are worried that property values may decrease. The connection to Canada will potentially save New York City ratepayers 2-3% and CEO of Transmission Developers Donald Jessome stated other New York areas may benefit as well. The proposal now faces final approval and permits.
Police released the names of the two drivers who were killed in an accident that backed up traffic on the New York State Thruway for nearly two hours on Tuesday while officers investigated the crash. According to Police Captain Richard Mazzone the accident occurred when off-duty NYPD officer, 32-year old Richard Christopher of Suffern, drove South in the Northbound lanes on his morning commute around 7:00 AM and hit 59-year old Airmont resident James DeVito head on. Police stated that both men were pronounced dead at the scene and neither vehicle had any passengers inside. Officials are continuing investigating where Christopher entered the Thruway, the accident occurred between Exits 14B and 15, and were also waiting for toxicology reports as of Tuesday night.
It was an extremely close game for the Boulders last night, with the Rockland team starting with a strong lead of 3-0 in the first inning. The Jackals quickly followed with three runs to tie the game, until Rockland scored another run followed by a scoreless third inning, and another run from the Jackals. With a tied score of 4-4 it was back and forth until the bottom of the sixth when the Jackals scored the final three runs of the game winning 7-6. The Boulders travel to Canada tonight to play the Trois Riveres Aigles and return to Provident Bank Park on Friday.