Ramapo Patrick Farms Development Blocked by Court

Last week’s court decision bringing development of Ramapo’s large Patrick Farms housing plan to a halt is being praised by the county executive. Ed Day said on The Morning Show last week that the developers kept falling behind on the taxes they owed on the land…

Audio: Ed Day

The decision by a state appellate panel sends Scenic Development LLC’s proposal to build 470-plus housing units outside Pomona back to the drawing board. Ramapo communications director Phil Tisi said the down-zoning of the land to allow for such high-density development will probably be re-considered…

Audio: Phil Tisi

The head of the Rockland Business Association Al Samuels said he thought the decision may bode well for the future of construction in Ramapo…

Audio: Al Samuels

The county attorney’s office may take legal action against the developer to collect the taxes currently owed. In January 2010, the Town Board down-zoned the property to allow eight multiple-family homes per acre from one single-family home per acre.

Rt. 340 Sidewalk Project in Orangetown Complete

The town of Orangetown has completed its massive sidewalk installation project on Route 340. Supervisor Andy Stewart says it extends from Route 303, passed Saint Thomas Aquinas College, and into Sparkill…

Audio: Andy Stewart                 

Stewart, who is leaving office at the end of this term, called the project complicated but wonderful.

6 year-old Killed in Bus Accident in Kiryas Joel

A 6 year-old Brooklyn girl was killed Friday morning after she crossed in front of the school bus she had just exited in Kiryas Joel. Published reports said she abruptly changed directions out of view of the bus driver. She was struck by the bumper and died at the scene. The girl had reportedly been staying with relatives as her parents were in Brooklyn attending a wedding. Video footage from a nearby livery cab’s dash camera will aid in the investigation.

Veterans Job Fair at RCC Tuesday

Rockland Community College is hosting a Veterans Job Fair tomorrow. Stephanie Siddi of RCC Student Career Services says the job fair is designed to assist veterans in their return to workforce after serving our country…

Audio: Stephanie Siddi

The fair is free for all U-S Veterans and is being held tomorrow from noon to 2pm in room 3214 of the Student Union. For more information call Stephanie Siddi at Student Career Services, the number is 845-574-4369. RCC is also hosting an Admissions Open House tomorrow night from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Technology Center Ellipse. For more information on the job fair, click here: www.sunyrockland.edu/go/vetsjobfair

Spring Valley Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Road Rage Incident

A Spring Valley man will spend 15 months to four years in state prison for the road rage death of a Ramapo infant this summer. Rockland D-A Tom Zugibe says 63 year-old Albert Gomez pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree felony manslaughter. He reportedly was angered after being cut off by a cab on Route 59 near Robert Pitt Drive. He began to chase the cab and struck the family of Mayer Braun as he was being pushed in a stroller along the roadway. Braun died a few weeks after the incident, his sisters and mother were injured but are recovering. Sentencing is scheduled for February 6th.

Rocklanders Honor Area Veterans

There are lots of events around the region marking Veteran’s Day this weekend, among them The American Legion Leo Laders Post 130 ceremony at Calico Hill in Garnerville. Haverstraw supervisor Howard Phillips urges everyone to come out and honor our veterans…

Audio: Howard Phillips

The service is being held at 11 am. The guest speaker is Senior Chief Mary Cavanagh.

Budget Proposal Rejected, Stony Point Library Has Options for Future

The vote was close, but Stony Point voters turned down a proposal to greatly expand the Rose Memorial Library. Supervisor Jim Monaghan said the plan was just too ambitious, and perhaps the vote demonstrated there needs to be an alternative……

Audio: Jim Monaghan

Had the proposition passed, taxes for each household on average were projected to increase by about $60 dollars a year.

Montebello Blood Drive Sunday

A blood drive is being held Sunday in Montebello in memory of Harper Fried, the granddaughter of WRCR friend Sandy Fried of the Spring Valley Tire Warehouse. Fried says when you give blood you save lives, and that’s like saving the whole world…

Audio: Sandy Fried          

The blood drive is being sponsored by the Congregation Shaarey Israel Men’s Club located at 18 Montebello Road in Montebello from 10 to 4pm Sunday. To make an appointment call Lois Price at 917-817-4145 or the synagogue’s office at 845-369-0300.

HAPAC Presents TPS Immigration Forum Saturday in Spring Valley

The Haitian American Political Alliance for Change is hosting a Temporary Protected Status Immigration Forum tomorrow afternoon in Spring Valley. An immigration attorney will be on hand to discuss TPS issues and another will be discussing issues specific to Canadian immigration law. It starts at 4 and is being held at the Kurtz Center at Main Street and Madison Avenue. For information call 845-300-9760.

“Keep Rockland Beautiful” Cleans up Spring Valley Park

“Keep Rockland Beautiful” is hosting its final Fall Waterways Cleanup campaign at Spring Valley Memorial Park at 10 on Sunday morning. Cleanup Coordinator Kevin Lowenwirth was a guest on the Storm Water Consortium show yesterday and said people don’t often realize when garbage isn’t discarded properly, it can get in the various waterways and create other problems…

Audio: Kevin Lowenwirth 

To help out or find out more information, register at KeepRocklandBeautiful.org or call 845-708-9164.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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