Pomona Middle School Approved for Emergency Repairs

The East Ramapo School District’s Board of Education voted on Tuesday night to approve emergency repair for Pomona Middle School. According to District Clerk Cathy Russell, the ceiling in the auditorium is considered a safety hazard for faculty and students when it was discovered this month that it began separating from the roof, so the board voted to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation to demolish and rebuild it. The district will most likely replace the ceiling at a different time, which will cost about $300,000 or more, and will be spending $19,905 in repairs in repairs in time for the school year to start on September 4.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played their first game against the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks last night. In the first inning the Redhawks loaded the bases, though got no runs before the inning was up. In the third inning Rockland took the lead with a score of two nothing. The Redhawks didn’t score any runs until the eighth inning when they brought in one, but only after the Boulders scored two more runs, making the final score 4-1 with the victory going to Rockland. The two teams play again tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Tappan Zee Bridge Work Suspended

Tappan Zee Constructors have stopped work on the new bridge project for the time being. According to Bonnie Christian, Mayor of South Nyack, she was not informed that mitigation tests were being done at the site, which created high noise levels above the agreed maximum of 90 decibels. The construction team has been researching ways to keep the noise down for neighbors of the project for the past week and a half, suspending work. Christian stated that she has received multiple complaints of work going on, though it was supposedly suspended, Tappan Zee Constructors Spokeswoman Carla Julian stated that all work on the Rockland shores has been and will be on hold until a solution is found, and they are currently using a noise wall and testing the idea of using a vibratory hammer and shrouded pile driver.

Shopping Center Case Between Pomona and Haverstraw Ordered to Continue

State Supreme Court Justice Victor Alfieri made a decision recently on the Town of Haverstraw’s plans to build a shopping center on property that would place it on Route 202 right on the border between Ramapo and Haverstraw and would include a new Walmart. The Village of Pomona filed several lawsuits against Haverstraw, one after developers were allowed variances by the Town Zoning Board of Appeals that would enable the to build less parking than town code ordered. Alfieri made a decision that this case would continue if the village wins the overall case against the town. Pomona’s suit states that the town zoning board did not complete appropriate environmental research. The judge also denied Haverstraw’s request to dismiss one of the seven lawsuits against them. Pomona is also appealing a decision made by Justice Gerald Loehr on the approval of proposed development.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played a great group of games this weekend, winning 12-0 in their second game against Les Quebec Capitales on Friday. Unfortunately the team lost the first game of their doubleheader on Friday 7-2. On Saturday Rockland won again in a close game, with a score of 10-9 and once again on Sunday 11-5. With the series against Quebec over the Boulders now play the Fargo Moorhead Redhawks in a three game series starting tonight at 7:00 at Provident Bank Park. Listen live at WRCR 1300 AM or online at wrcr.com.

Spring Valley Disagreements Cause Lag in Payments

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.

New Grants Allow School Districts to Lessen Written Tests

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.

Boulders Recap

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.

No Evidence Found at Scene of Thruway Crash

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.

Accident on Route 45 Caused by Deer Through Windshield

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.