North Airmont Road Closure

North Airmont Road will be closed from Friday July 18 at 10:00 AM until Sunday July 20 at 4:00 PM. According to an announcement released by the town of Ramapo work will be going on to repair the Norfolk-Southern Railroad tracks that pass through the road, and according to Supervisor St.Lawrence they could be finished working as early as Saturday afternoon. A detour will take drivers to the New York State Thruway and local traffic and business will be able to use the road. Electronic signs will be used to designate detours and the closure to motorists. Skip Vezzetti, Rockland’s Highway Superintendent, stated that the work could have taken weeks if they didn’t choose to close the road for the weekend. For more information or questions regarding the closure call 357-5100 x201.

Judge Rules Spring Valley to Allow Summer Camp

State Supreme Court Judge Gerald Loehr made a ruling on the dilemma in Spring Valley on Wednesday morning. Last month the village was facing the closure of its summer camp at the Louis Kurtz Center after the clerks office stated that they had not received the proper paperwork in time. Mayor Demeza Delhomme blames Youth Director Sonia Barton, whom he had earlier suspended from the position, though she stated that the mayor told her someone else would take care of it due to her suspension. Delhomme stated that he set up an agreement with the Martin Luther King Center to hold a program there, and at a July 2 meeting Trustees Vilair Fonvil, Emilia White, and Asher Grossman voted to reinstate the original program and to hire Barton as an independent contractor. Delhomme and Deputy Mayor Anthony Leon were absent from the meeting but were ordered by Loehr to honor the resolution. The trustees hope the camp will start July 14 will allow fifty children to attend for no cost. Barton stated that she is not sure yet whether she will be accepting her former position as youth director because she is worried about her situation with Delhomme, and was unable to further comment, though her union representation stated appropriate legal action is being taken.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders traveled to Quebec last night for the first of a three game series against the Capitales. In the first inning Quebec scored two runs and the Boulders attempted to catch up scoring one run in the third inning and another in the fourth. The seventh inning started with a score of 5-2 with Quebec in the lead and the Boulders took the lead for a short time until Quebec won the game with a final score of 9-7. Rockland’s loss pushes them back into second place behind the New Jersey Jackals. The two teams will play again tonight in Quebec.

Palisades Parkway to be Repaved

According to officials with the New Jersey Department of Transportation they are dispatching crews in late July or early August to begin repaving the Palisades Parkway. The Palisades Interstate Parkway Commission does not have the money to fix the roads, which haven’t seen much repair in past years, so according to Steve Schapiro, a spokesman for the New Jersey DOT, the agency will be paying the $11.2 million cost. The Parkway Commission has a budget of $7.7 million for 2014, built mostly on revenue from the New Jersey Legislature. Residents of Rockland County, as well as New Jersey, who use the Parkway to commute to New York City have long complained about the patch jobs completed over the years, and stated that they are looking forward to the repaving being done. The New York State DOT stated that they have no plans to repave the section of road in their state, which was last done in 2001. New Jersey officials stated that they will try to complete construction during the day and night hours, to avoid rush hour.

Chemical Spill in Pomona Lab

Haverstraw Police, fire departments, ambulance corps, and a Rockland hazmat team responded to a chemical spill at Barr Laboratories in Pomona on Tuesday evening. According to officials a scientist working at the labs under contract was mixing a liquid solution with powdered Potassium Cyanide when it boiled over and splashed onto another scientist’s face around 4:50 PM. By 6:45 the situation was under control and all victims were taken care of. Rockland’s Deputy Fire Coordinator Chris Kear stated that the facility’s decontamination unit was used and the man was conscious during emergency response and was transported to Nyack Hospital. Kear stated that the two other scientists exposed to the spill were treated, as well as four volunteer firefighters with the Hillcrest Department. Potassium Cyanide is a potentially lethal substance, which hinders the ability to use oxygen, but according to Denise Bradley, Vice President of Teva Pharmaceuticals, who operates the lab, the facility was cleaned and treated and was working normally Tuesday night.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders played their third and final game in their away series against the Trois Riveres Aigles last night, Jerrod Edmundson breaking the Can-Am Record with 70 career hits. During the fifth the Boulders scored two runs, with the Aigles following closely with one run in the same innning. In the eighth inning the Boulders scored three more times, with the Aigles scoring twice making the final score 5-3, giving Rockland the win. The Boulders now travel to Quebec to face the Capitales at 7:00 tonight and will return home on July 11.

United Water Ordered to Clarify Request for $56 Million

A State Administrative Law Judge ordered recently that United Water New York has until July 30 to back up their request that tax payers pay a $56 million bill for work done in attempts to build the proposed water treatment plant on the water treatment plant on the Hudson River, as well as $4 million in interest. Critics of the plant expressed concern on the company’s claims that the details of expenses are confidential and cannot be released to the public. George Potanovic, the founder of one of the major opponents of the plant in the county, the Rockland Water Coalition, stated that the company is hiding the information that would ensure the money is being used how it should be and since they are asking for public money, the public should have access to that information. Spokeswoman for United Water Deb Rizzi stated that the company released the information to all those relative to the confidential agreement and the further release of pricing and conditions could potentially harm the situation. According to Rizzi the costs are for the development of the plant, such as, “The selection process, preliminary design, engineering, permitting, pilot plant testing, and extensive regulatory process.” The town of Ramapo hired attorney Daniel Duthie to fight the proposed surcharge, who stated that the bills are blacked out in so many places that it is impossible to tell for sure what the company is charging for.

Vandalism at Chestnut Ridge Religious Camp

According to police reports the pools recently built for a religious summer camp were vandalized over the weekend. Ryan Karben, the lawyer representing Camp Shalom based out of New Jersey, one of four pools, which are located at the CHestnut Ridge Middle School which the camp is renting for $125,000, was slashed in seven different places. Karben is asking that the police investigate the vandalism as a hate crime, especially when the camp claims harassment towards its workers and on social media sites. According to Detective Sargent John Lynch with the Ramapo Police they are questioning neighbors in search of potential witnesses and information and looking for security footage that could identify the person or persons involved. Last month the camp faced out-lash from community members when the allegedly began construction on the above ground pools without the proper permits. Last week the County Health Department stated that they would allow the camp to build and now they are just waiting to complete a full inspection of the finished pools so that campers can swim. According to Catherine Quinn, Associate Public Health Engineer for Rockland County, the department received emails with complaints of food and garbage littering the property, though when inspected nothing was found. Ramapo Police ask anyone with information on the incident call 845-357-2400.

Boulders Recap

The Boulders lost their first home game against the New Jersey Jackals on Friday, with neither team scoring for the first three innings. In the fourth inning the Jackals gained a 3-0 lead and in the fifth inning they added five more runs, and the Boulders were able to bring in three runs making the final score 8-4. On Saturday things started looking up for Rockland, in the fourth inning taking a 2-1 lead against the Trois River Aigles. Continuing the lead with a score of 5-3 in the sixth inning the Boulders ended the game winning 8-6. On Sunday the Boulders continued their away series against the Aigles, scoring six runs in the first inning alone. The Aigles got in one run in the seventh inning and the final score of 15-1 put the Boulders into first place in the Can-Am League. The two teams continue tonight at 7:05 and the Boulders will return home to Provident Bank Park on July 11.

New Hempstead Road Construction Nears Completion

According to Skip Vezzetti, the Rockland Highway Superintendent, the construction on New Hempstead Road will be finished this month, the contractor has until July 31 to finish. Officials stated that the work was supposed to be done last month, but rain and utility issues held up the date. The $42 million project began in 2011 and reconstructed two miles from Main Street in New City to the Palisades Parkway Interchange and, according to Vezzetti, is a complete rebuilding, widening, straightening, and installation of a new bridge, sidewalks, crosswalks, and landscaping that could make the road last 80 to 100 years. Once the work is completed it will be the first time in three years that the road is construction free for travelers, and the installation of turning lanes will help cut down on traffic as well. Vezzetti stated that much of the $33 million spent on construction will be reimbursed by utilities and the federal government repairs and final numbers are not yet known.