O&R Reminds Residents: 8-11 – Call Before you Dig

Today, 8-11, August 11th, is “National Call 811 Before You Dig Day.” That’s the number to call to make sure you’re digging in an area that is free of underground pipes or other equipment that can be very dangerous if damaged. Orange & Rockland Utilities’ spokesman Mike Donovan says indicators such as paint on the ground or small color-coded flags will show the location of, for example, gas mains or service lines. Donovan says those who don’t plan ahead before they dig face hefty penalties…

Audio clip: Mike Donovan

For more information about the 811 One-Call Notification System, visit call811.com.

R/C Plane Show in Haverstraw Saturday (audio)

Radio-controlled airplanes take flight tomorrow at the Hudson Valley Radio Control Club’s annual air show at the Haverstraw model aerodrome in the Riverfront Park. Supervisor Howard Phillips told The Morning Show that kids of all ages can even sign up to fly a plane with the group’s flight instructors…

Audio clip: Howard Phillips

The free event is being held tomorrow from 10 to 4pm. For more information visit the club’s website at HVRCC.com.

Stony Point’s Supervisor Encounters Bear in his Driveway (audio)

Today’s lesson in “what to do when you encounter a bear in your driveway” comes to us courtesy of Stony Point’s supervisor. Jim Monaghan told The Morning Show yesterday that he was met by a bear in his own driveway early Wednesday morning as he was heading out to the gym for his morning exercise…

Audio clip: Jim Monaghan

Monaghan was able to snap a picture of the bear with his cell phone before it got too far away.

No Injuries after Bus Engine Starts Smoking

Some tense moments on a TOR bus yesterday in Nanuet, and it could have been worse. Officials say the bus was traveling westbound on Route 59 near Smith Street around 2:15 yesterday afternoon when smoke started coming from the engine compartment. The county executive’s office says there was no sign of a fire and no melting of any part of the bus. The Nanuet Fire Department responded, determined that it was a non-event and left the scene. All 20 passengers got out of the bus safely and were put on another bus travelling the same route. The County Executive Ed Day directed TOR bus operator, Brega Transport, to immediately report the incident to the Public Transportation Safety Board.

Route 59 Safety Improvements

Speaking of Route 59, the new Tappan Zee Bridge brings with it many improvements to the entire corridor east-to west. But County Executive Ed Day says the tragic death of a three-month-old baby in Ramapo in June underscores the need to do even more…

Audio clip: Ed Day

To help relieve congestion in specifically the Monsey area of Route 59, a local group called “Improve59” which has a website, Improve59.com, suggests creating an additional lane of traffic in each direction, adding an additional lane of traffic on Route 306, synchronizing traffic lights opening a Route 59 bypass road, sidewalks, safe pedestrian crossings and more.

Rockland BOCES’ Pool Referendum Passes

Rockland BOCES’ pool referendum made a big splash with voters yesterday, approving the plan to spend $3.9 million on an aquatics facility at the Kaplan School in West Nyack by a whopping 88% margin. The final vote was 1,013 for the pools and just 136 against it. Bids will be awarded this fall, and BOCES expects to break ground and begin construction in early 2018.

Tax Issues Concern Local Officials

The New York State office of Real Property Tax Services, whose job is to ensure the proper allocation of State Aid to Education funds, annually goes through what’s called an “equalization” process. The process compares locally assessed values to the ups and downs in the real estate market. For residents of Orangetown, that could mean a double-digit increase in Nanuet and Nyack school district taxes, because property values there have gone up. On The Morning Show earlier this week, Clarkstown supervisor George Hoehmann said officials were able to get a bill signed by the governor to protect Clarkstown residents from that process…

Audio clip: George Hoehmann

Hoehmann said Clarkstown is the only town in Rockland County to get that done. On yesterday’s Show, Orangetown deputy supervisor Allan Ryff said the process isn’t fair, since neighbors in the same town in similar houses but different school districts could see dramatic differences in their tax bills…

Audio clip: Allan Ryff

A final decision could come this month.

Sheriff James Kralik’s Funeral to be Televised

If you missed Sheriff James Kralik’s funeral last week you’ll be able to see it on TV and online today and next Thursday. The Town of Ramapo will be replaying the funeral service, officiated by Cardinal Timothy Dolan, tonight and next Thursday at 8pm on Verizon channel 32, Cablevision channels 77 or 78, and live-streamed on Ramapo.org. On The Morning Show yesterday, Sheriff Lou Falco praised his mentor…

Audio clip: Lou Falco

Once again, the Sheriff Kralik funeral service will be shown again tonight and next Thursday at 8pm on Verizon channel 32, Cablevision channels 77 or 78, and live-streamed on Ramapo.org. Sheriff Kralik passed away July 24th at the age of 74.

Off-duty NJ Police Officer Killed after Motorcycle Accident with Deer

An off-duty Pompton Lakes Police officer was killed early Wednesday morning, after striking a deer in Wayne. 40 year-old Sargent Peter Kamper was riding his motorcycle on Lakeside Avenue around midnight when the accident occurred. He had reportedly just left his job and was heading home when the accident occurred.

Sloatsburg Man Found Dead in Ramapo River

Police officials say a local man was found dead early Tuesday afternoon in the Ramapo River. The body was found near Waldron Terrace in Sloatsburg behind the Thruway rest area. No additional information was available.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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