The Nyack Street Fair was held in perfect weather conditions, but not everyone came away from the event all smiles. Orangetown Police say two street vendors were nabbed selling counterfeit goods bearing “Michael Kors” and “Otterbox” trademarks. Otterbox makes mobile phone and tablet cases while Michael Kors is a luxury handbag and accessories brand. Ross Biernick of Poughquag, NY and Bencilla Powell of Hillside, NJ were arrested and released on bail. They are due back in court on May 2nd.
The Hungry Hollow Road–New York State Thruway overpass has been given the all-clear from structural engineers, after the bridge was struck by a car carrier yesterday. There was no serious damage to the overpass when a van on top of the carrier struck the overpass between Old Nyack Turnpike and Jon Leif road, the van, however, was heavily damaged. No one was reported injured.
Veterans in the Rockland County area are invited to RCC’s first-ever FREE Veterans Job Fair. It’s being held Wednesday, April 26 from noon to 2pm at the College’s Student Union. Different industries will be represented, offering a variety of positions. The deadlines have been extended so there’s still time to register for the event, whether you’re a company with jobs to fill or a veteran looking for work. Click here to register and find additional information. Or, call RCC’s Stephanie Siddi at 845-574-4369.
New York State Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski is pleased the new state budget gives a thumbs-up to on-demand driving services across all of New York state. So far, companies like Uber and Lyft could only operate in New York City. Zebrowski noted the scarcity of taxis in our area, calling them “nonexistent in many parts of Rockland.” Uber and Lyft let users secure a ride using a mobile app, and under the new budget they can expand statewide in 90 days. That’ll give the state Department of Motor Vehicles time to create various regulations.
Residents of Newburgh could decide whether to make sparklers, an Independence Day tradition to many, a thing of the past. That’s according to the Times Herald-Record, which reports the city has set a public hearing for later this month to determine whether Newburgh should become the second Orange County city – following Middletown’s lead – to ban the sale and use of sparklers. Orange County legalized them two years ago when the state Legislature relaxed laws on all fireworks, leaving it up to the counties. Penalties could range from a misdemeanor to a felony for those selling banned fireworks and a violation for anyone using fireworks, unless they’ve gotten a permit. Rockland and Putnam had opted to allow sparkler sales to people 18 and older; Westchester has not.
A program that helped seniors and disabled Rockland residents with small home maintenance tasks has a new home. Home Aides of Rockland had, for the past five years, formerly run the CHORE program but they closed last month. Thanks to a combination of volunteers, a grant from the County Office for the Aging, and the generosity of local businesses and residents, the program lives on through BRiDGES, a community-based, not-for-profit in New City dedicated to advocacy and providing services on behalf of people with disabilities. For more information visit www.bridgesrc.org or call 845-624-1366.
The Bergen County Audubon Society is hosting a free spring nature walk at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy at 9:30 on Easter Sunday morning. The Teaneck Creek is a 40-acre wetland area home to many different types of wildlife and flora. For more information visit www.TeaneckCreek.org.
Ramapo police say three men were arrested and charged with Third Degree Assault following an early morning fight in Spring Valley on Sunday. Spring Valley police responded to the scene at East Eckerson Road and Route 45 in Hillcrest where they say they found an assault in progress. A man was on the ground getting kicked, punched, and stomped on by numerous other male subjects. The victim was taken to Nyack Hospital with numerous injuries, including lacerations to his head requiring more than 25 stitches.
If you’re looking for a job in the Hudson Valley, it might pay to look for the jobs that are on the rise in the area. According to a recent list from the state Department of Labor, physical therapists ranked #1. Not far behind were registered nurses at #2 and accounting and auditing, which came in at #3. Other top jobs in the region include Pharmacists, Computer Systems Analysts, Meeting-Convention-and Event Planners, and Interpreters.
The Rockland County Historical Society of announced the winners of the 27th annual Rockland County Executive’s Historic Preservation Merit Awards, being held next month. They are:
- Alice Gerard, Palisades: Margaret B. and John R. Zehner Award for contributions to the county’s history, and for underscoring the value of historic preservation to the community
- The Hon. George Hoehmann, Supervisor, Town of Clarkstown: Preservation Leadership Award for individuals, groups, and government agencies that display outstanding leadership or continuing contribution to the preservation of historic resources in Rockland County
- Village of Upper Nyack, Nyack Joint Fire Commission, and Jan Degenshein: Preservation/Restoration Award for Empire Hook & Ladder, Upper Nyack
- Joe Brancato and Andrew Horn: Rehabilitation Award for the Penguin Repertory Theatre, Stony Point
- Lake Tappan Development: Adaptive Use Award for the Perry Blauvelt Seth House, now the Club at Pearl River Community Center, Pearl River
- Michelle and Joseph Natale: Adaptive Use Award for the William Felter House, now the Bricktown Inn, Haverstraw
- Palisades Community Center: Adaptive Use Award for the Palisades School House, now the Palisades Community Center, Palisades
- Tina Traster: Special Commendation for her documentary film This House Matters
The awards recognize outstanding historic preservation efforts in the county. They will be presented next month at the Jacob Blauvelt Homestead in New City.