Area Earth Day Celebrations

This Saturday marks the 48th annual Earth Day celebration, and many area residents take the day to do something special for the planet or their small area of the world. In Orangetown, supervisor Andy Stewart says local volunteers from Keep America Beautiful will be cleaning up public areas around town as part of the Great American Cleanup. Some from the group will be meeting at 9AM at the gazebo on Main Street in Nyack to clean up around the village…

Audio clip: Andy Stewart        

To find out about cleanups in your area and how you can help, visit www.KeepRocklandBeautiful.org.

Jury Selection Begins in CSL Fraud Trial

Jury selection begins today in White Plains for Ramapo Supervisor Chris St. Lawrence’s federal corruption trial. U.S. District Court Judge Cathy Seibel will be presiding over the case and expects to seat 12 jurors and four alternates. The case is expected to last about six weeks. St. Lawrence was charged in a 22-count federal indictment with wire and securities fraud, and conspiracy.

Jaffee: Families Need More Funds for Childcare Services

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee is pleased with some of the items in the new state budget…raising the age of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18, for example, and the concept of the free college tuition plan for state schools, though she acknowledged the plan still needs work. Jaffee was a guest on The Morning Show yesterday, and said she was disappointed the budget didn’t restore funds for child care assistance to those families living below the poverty line…

Audio Clip: Ellen Jaffee   

Jaffee said she would be holding hearings to talk about the child care needs of the state. Besides being a benefit to working families, Jaffee said increased subsidies would help the economy and create jobs.

Seniors Urged to Consider EPIC Program

The fastest growing demographic in Rockland: senior citizens. That’s according to Senator David Carlucci, also a guest on the Morning show yesterday. Carlucci urged seniors to be aware of the Elderly Pharmaceutical and Insurance Coverage program, also known as EPIC, which helps defray costs of prescription drugs. The income eligibility for participation in EPIC used to be under $35,000 a year, but, Carlucci said…

Audio Clip: David Carlucci  

Carlucci said under the program, drug co-pays could be as little as two dollars. Call his office at 845-623-3627 for more information or assistance in signing up.

Top Suburbs in Rockland (according to Niche.com)

Several communities in Rockland County made the Top 100 list of the top suburbs in New York State, though none made the Top 100 for the nation. The ones from Rockland that made Niche.com’s top state list include Bardonia at #49, Suffern at #54, South Nyack came in at #55 and Piermont 60th. New City finished 63rd, Upper Nyack at 75th and Tappan came in 96th. The #1 suburb in New York was Kensington, out on Long Island. Tops in New Jersey was Short Hills at #1, followed by Ridgewood at #3 and Tenafly at #6. Some others of note, Alpine came in 33rd, Ramsey 45th and Woodcliff Lake, 47th. Niche.com ranks areas based on various data available on U.S. schools and neighborhoods.

Earth Day Event @ NJ Botanical Garden

The New Jersey Botanical Garden in Ringwood is celebrating Earth Day Saturday April 22 with a series of events. There’s a free 1’o-clock “Early Spring Wildflower Walk” followed by a jazz-pop concert in the Carriage House Visitor Center. The concert isn’t free – tickets are $25 at the door, unless you buy ahead of time. For more information visit NJBG.org.

Off-duty Spring Valley Police Officer Arrested for DWI

New York State Police in Monroe say an off-duty Spring Valley police officer was arrested for drunken and drugged driving with a child under the age of 15 in the car. Police say they got numerous calls about an erratic driver on Route 17. Troopers located 46 year-old Marc Miller of Nanuet at a Chester gas station. Police say Miller looked disoriented and impaired. They searched his car and found an unknown amount of cocaine. He was charged with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Aggravated DWI with a child. He was released and is due back in court April 27th.

Stony Point: Two Arrested after Fight

A fight between a Stony Point man and a teenage girl ended with them both being arrested Sunday night. Published reports said police responded to the scene and arrested 21 year-old Michael Coskey and an unnamed 16-year-old girl. Coskey reportedly had hit the girl with a pipe and threatened her with a hatchet and she slashed his back with a sharp object, requiring stitches. Both were treated for their injuries and various charges were filed against both. The girl was released while Coskey was jailed on $30,000 bail. Both are due back in court later this week.

Clarkstown Pool to Open Early

The warm weather has people thinking about swimming a little earlier than usual. Clarkstown Supervisor George Hoehmann was on Monday’s Morning Show, and said this summer will feature a first for the town’s residents who enjoy the area’s pools…

Audio clip: George Hoehmann

The Town Recreation and Parks Department also has a new computer program called Communitypass that will streamline the registration process for the pool and other programs. For more information about visit their website.

UPDATE: Orangetown Police: Missing Senior FOUND

The Missing Adult Alert activated for Victoria DeSimone has been canceled. She was reportedly located in New Jersey at a former residence.

Earlier: Police are searching for a missing Orangeburg woman who was last seen yesterday afternoon. Orangetown Police say 83 year-old Victoria DeSimone has early onset dementia and may be in need of medical attention. She was last seen near Parkway Drive South in Orangeburg around 4 o-clock yesterday when she was walking to St. Catherine’s Church on Western Highway. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall, and weighs 121 pounds. She is white, with gray eyes and gray hair with red tips. She was last seen wearing a coal-colored jacket. If you have information on her whereabouts call Orangetown police at 845-359-3700 or 911.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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