Community Notebook

The Haverstraw Farmers’ Market runs Every Sunday, Now through October, from 9AM – 1PM. Vendors Wanted. For information on becoming a vendor, call 845-947-8532 ext 103. For more info visit

Join experienced Rockland County Trail Guides for Free Guided Walks in Rockland County this Fall:
Saturday, Oct 1, from 9AM until 1PM: Fitness Walk along Nyack Beach Trail – Walking Towards Haverstraw. Meet in the parking lot by the Firehouse at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers.
Saturday, Oct 15, from 10AM until 12PM: High Up on Hi Tor! At High Tor Mountain State Park in New City – Meet at the trailhead on Central Highway. Parking is free but limited along the side of the road.
Saturday, Oct 22, from 9AM until 11:30AM : Autumn Delights! Taking Nature Photos at Dater Mountain Nature Park in Sloatsburg – Meet at the end of Johnsontown Road in Sloatsburg in the circular parking area.
For more general information or to pre-register for any of the walks call 845-708-7307.

On Saturday, Oct 1, at 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:00pm), the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival returns to Rockland at the Palisades Community Center located at 675 Oak Tree Road in Palisades, NY. This 19th Annual International Film Festival features 10 short films selected from 844 entries from 52 countries. Over the years, many of the short films have gone on to become Oscar nominees and winners. Worldwide audience members on six continents will have the opportunity to vote for the winning film. Advance purchase recommended. Advance sale tickets: $20. At the door: $25. Includes refreshments. To purchase tickets, visit For further information visit .

On Sunday, Oct 2, from 11AM until 3PM, The Senior Citizens of Thorpe Village on Rt 340 in Sparkill, NY, are holding their Annual Craft Fair for the benefit of the South Orangetown Ambulance Corps and the Sparkill Fire Dept. Featured will be baked goods, special raffle prizes, bric-a-brac items, handcrafted items, silent auction, gift baskets, and much more. All are welcome.

National Council of Jewish Women, Rockland Section, is sponsoring an educational meeting on Wednesday Oct 5, at 7:30PM, at JCC Rockland, 450 W Nyack Rd, in West Nyack, NY. Commissioners of Elections, Kristen Zebrowski Stavisky and Louis Babcock, will speak about the election process, how it works and what their roles are. Both Stavisky and Babcockl are members of the New York State Election Commissioners Association. They will speak about the responsibilities of their jobs, the Electoral College, and other voting issues. The event is sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Rockland Section. Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public. . For more information go to

On Saturday, Oct 8, from 5 until 7PM, Trinity Episcopal Church, 28 Chapel Street in Garnerville, NY, is holding its Annual Family Style Pork Roast Dinner. Adults/$15; Children/$7.50. Take-Outs available and reservations are preferred. Call 845-947-1090.

On Wednesday, Oct 19 at 7PM, the Orangetown Jewish Center Sisterhood presents Supper in the Sukkah and program “ A Good Uplift.” The event is free of charge. RSVP at 845-623-8379 by Oct 9.

Mahwah Public Library, 100 Ridge Rd. in Mahwah, N.J., has the following events:

The Mahwah Library Writer’s Collective meets every Tuesday from 6:30-8:30PM. The Writer’s Collective is now accepting new members. Call 201-529-2938.

Second Saturday of Each Month: “Classic Book and Film Society” facilitated by Carolyn Epstein and Rich Thieker

Forth Saturday of Each Month: “Knit One, Drop In” with Carolyn Epstein

Tuesdays at 7PM: “Neighbors Helping Neighbors” – Career Transition Support and Networking Group.

Tuesdays from 7:30 PM: Drop In Meditation – Join us for a short meditation session and feel renewed, refreshed and invigorated for the rest of the week. Drop in on as many sessions as you like. Registration required. Seats are available on a “first come” basis.

Every First and Third Wednesday of Each Month: Current Events Discussion Group with Marialuisa Finardi.

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 11:30AM : Fun and Games- Dominoes

Saturday, Oct 1 at 10:30AM : “Newport, RI _ A City Built to Entertain, Educate, and Inspire” with Travel Writer David E. Kriso.

Sunday, Oct 2 at 2PM: Scarborough Fair – A Simon & Garfunkel Experience with the Guthrie Brothers.

Saturday, Oct 8 at 2PM: “What is it Worth and How Do I Sell It?” with Mark Aiosa, independent auction consultant.

Sunday, Oct 9 at 2PM: Documentary Film Screening – “Joshua Breakstone Soft Hands”

Sunday, Oct 16 at 2PM: Hudson Shakespeare Company “Tales of Edgar Allan Poe”. Running time aprox. 70 mins for ages 12 and up.

Sunday, Oct 23 at 2PM: Latin/Tropical Sounds of Latin Grammy Nominee 3D Rhythm of Life.

Wednesday, Oct 26 at 7PM: “Historic Haunts of Central Jersey” with author and lecturer Gordon Thomas Ward.

Saturday, Oct 29 at 2PM: “Crazy About Patsy Cline” with Maggie Worsdale

Sunday, Oct 30 at 2PM: Richard Reiter Swing Band

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings at 10:30AM and Thursday afternoons at 2PM.

Sept 29: “Eddie the Eagle” Rated PG-13 1hr 46min
Oct 6: “Hello My Name is Doris” Rated R 1hr 35min
Oct 13: “Miles Ahead” Rated R 1hr 40min
Oct 20: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Rated PG-13 1hr 34min
Oct 27: “A Hologram for the King” Rated R 1hr 38min

These films are free. The Library will provide snacks. No tickets necessary. Seats are available on a “first come” basis. (Movies may change due to availability so call first.)

These programs are free. No ticket or registration is needed (except for author receptions). Seats are on a “first come” basis. Doors will be closed when concerts begin. Latecomers at seated at the first possible convenience.

For information on all events call 201-529-READ

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, 10 W. Ramapo Rd., Garnerville, presents the following programs:

The Rockland County Dept. of Health presents Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, Thursdays, September 8 ­ October 27, 2 pm to 4 pm. Learn how to reduce fall risk factors, and exercises to increase strength and balance. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Call 364­2501.

Take a Gentle Yoga, September 30, 3:30 pm. Chairs provided if needed. Bring a mat and water.

Take a Jewelry Making class, September 26, 6:30 pm. Make a crystal pendant necklace, using Swarovski crystals and glass beads in our choice of colors. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $10 materials fee due at registration.

The New City Library, 220 N. Main Street in New City, presents the following Programs:
Fridays, 5-6:30PM : Teen Program – Gaming Competition

Wednesday, Sept 28 at 2PM: Aging in Place – Learn long term options that allow people to grow old in their own homes.

Wednesday, Sept 28 at 6PM: Navigating Key Genealogy Websites with certified genealogist Anthony Lauriano.

Thursday, Sept 29 at 7PM: A Taste of Change – Handwritten Cookbooks as Documents of Social and Family History with Peter G. Rose.
Sunday, Oct 2 at 2PM: Oktoberfest Concert with the Florian Schantz Jazz Combo. Registration required starting Sept 19. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Tuesday, Oct 4 & 11 at 7PM: Act Your Age – Commedian Bette Glenn draws on the fundamentals of classic improve comedy to teach participants to discover their own funny bones. Registration required starting Sept 19. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Oct 5 at 7PM: Tales From The Desert – Peter Biedermann performs pieces from his latest recording and will discuss the history of steel guitar playing.

Sunday, Oct 9 at 2PM: Music & History of the West African Kora – Sean Gaskell plays this ancient 21 stringed harp from West Africa. Registration required starting Sept 26. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Sunday, Oct 16 at 2PM: Jewish Renaissance in Sicily & Sardinia with Travel Writer Irene Shaland. Registration required starting Oct 3. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Oct 19 at 7PM: Following in Their Footsteps – Explore a series of photos in the exact place where an original photo was taken up to 100 years earlier with George Potanovic, Jr.

Tuesday, Oct 25 at 7PM: Relative Finder/Cousin Finder – How to use your Autosomal DNA Results with Nora Galvin.

Thursday, Oct 29 at 7PM: The Ghosts of Undercliff – Historical interpreter Eric Nelson sheds light on the forgotten people and places of the Palisades riverfront with images and narrative.

Call 845-634-4997 or visit for more information on all events.

The Finkelstein Memorial Library, 24 Chestnut St. in Spring Valley, has the following events:

Call to Artists: The Library’s Art Advisory Committee is seeking artists who would like to show their work at the library. Call 352-5700 X274 for submission deadlines and more info.

The Library is now offering GED classes to help people pass the GED in French or Spanish. For more information visit the Library, go to the Library website or call 532-5700 ext 265.

Call 352-5700 for more information on all events at The Finkelstein Memorial Library.

The Tappan Library, 93 Main Street in Tappan, has the following events:

Congers resident, Jane Aguilar Murphy, will be displaying her Wildlife/Nature Photographs during the month of August at the Tappan Library. Her work will be in the display cabinets as soon as you walk in and on 2nd Floor. The Tappan Library is located at 93 Main Street, Tappan, NY. The phone number is 845 – 359 – 3877. Library hours are Monday -Thursday 10:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m. Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday & Sunday 12:00 -5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays from 7-8PM: “Share a Book with your Child”. An adult/child book discussion for ages 9 and up.

Pre-register online at or call 359-3877 for more info on all events.

West Nyack Free Library, 65 Strawtown Rd. in W. Nyack, has the following events:

Monthly Scrapbooking Craft Sessions (ages 14 & up) will take place on the 1st Tuesday of each month from 7pm-8:45pm.

Origami (Japanese paper-folding)workshops will be held on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:30am-12:30pm.

Open Knitting and Crochet sessions will take place (ages 14 & up) Wednesdays from 7pm-8:45pm and Thursdays from 2pm-4pm. Adults and teens over age 14 are welcome.

For more info, call 358-6081.

Rockland County GRASP (Grief Recovery After a Substance Abuse Passing) provides an outlet to address those tragic deaths from alcohol and other drugs – to ease the pain in any way for those left to cope. The group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month, 6:30PM – 7:30PM, at Rockland Council On Alcoholism & Other Drug Dependence, Inc., 25 Smith Street, Suite 101 (Main Entrance) Nanuet, NY. Pre-registration is required for new attendees, call 914-262-0146. For more information visit or

The Tappan Zee Thrift Shop, 454 Piermont Avenue, in Piermont needs volunteers to man the shop. The Tappan Zee Thrift Shop is a huge supporter of Hi Tor Animal Care Center, and a number of other non-profit organizations. Please contact Laurie at if you would like to volunteer. Also remember, your purchases and donations to the shop also help the homeless animals at the shelter. Please visit and support both the pets and Tappan Zee Thrift Shop.

Meals on Wheels Needs Volunteer Drivers – Please consider volunteering to deliver meals to your homebound neighbors. Volunteer drivers are needed to deliver meals in Suffern, Nanuet, New City, Sparkill and Orangeburg Monday through Friday. Delivery of the meals ONLY TAKES ONE HOUR OR LESS between the hours of 10a-1p. You can volunteer for any single day of the week, every other week or for multiple days. For more information please call 624-6325.

The New York State Office for New Americans, 24 West Street, Spring Valley, is offering FREE Citizenship/Naturalization Application Assistance. To apply for U.S. Citizenship you will need to have had a Permanent Resident Card for 5 years or be married for 3 years to a U.S. Citizen. For more information and to apply call 845-352-5897 ext 24 (English & Spanish) or 845-352-5897 ext 14 (English & Creole).

The Rockland Independent Living Center announces the PFC Joseph P. Dwyer Peer to Peer Counseling Program. The mission of the program is to reduce or eliminate the negative impact that trauma related symptoms have on veterans and their families. The peer to peer services are free, confidential and available to all veterans and their families residing in Rockland County. For information on the next 15 hour Peer to Peer Mentor training program or information on how interested veterans can take advantage of the services provided by the Peer to Peer Program, call 845-624-1366 ext 112 or 845-608-5154.

Beth Am Temple offers a full schedule of High Holy Day services with some requiring tickets for attendance and others open to the public to worship. Erev Rosh Hashana services begin on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 8 pm. The evening service commemorating the Birthday of the World is open to all. On Monday, Oct. 3, tickets are required for the 10 am service. Following that, parents and children up to eight years old are welcome to attend the Young Children’s Program. No tickets are needed for the lively 45-minute service led by Rabbi Daniel Pernick and Cantor Marcy Kadin which begins at 2:15 pm. The Tuesday, Oct. 4 Rosh Hashana service at 10 am is open to the public. Beth Am Temple’s Yom Kippur observance begins with Kol Nidray services on Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 8 pm and Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 10 am. Both services require tickets. Wednesday’s spiritually moving Healing service with Cantor Emerita Geri Zeller and Ruth Pernick at 12:45 pm; the Young Children’s service at 2 pm; Yom Kippur Afternoon service at 3:30 pm; Yizkor service at 5 pm, and Neilah Closing service are open to all. Beth Am Temple is located at 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY.

Bingo fans can now play FUN Bingo on one Thursday a month at Beth Am Temple in Pearl River. Upcoming dates are Oct. 6, Nov. 3 and Dec. 1. FUN Bingo joins the temple’s ongoing Sunday and Tuesday night Bingo sessions. All Bingo games are open to the public. Six games and a 50/50 Raffle will be played during FUN Bingo. Packages priced at $25 and $35 include all six games plus admission. Doors open at 5 pm and games begin at 7:30 pm. Ongoing Bingo on Sunday and Tuesday nights features 10 games. A full admission game board package costs $42. The package includes all game boards to be played that evening plus specials and the $1,000 jackpot. All game boards are paper with electronic verification. Additional boards for the 50/50, Progressive Bonanza games, jackpot and specials can be purchased separately. Progressive Bingo starts at 48 numbers with a $1,000 payout. On Sundays, doors open at 5 pm and games begin at 7 pm. Upcoming Sunday dates are: Sept. 18, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 and 20. On Tuesdays, doors open at 5:30 pm and games begin at 7:30 pm. Upcoming Tuesday dates are: Sept. 20 and 27. Due to the Jewish High Holy Days in October, the games will be switched from Tuesdays to the following Thursdays: Oct. 6 (FUN Bingo), 13, 20 and 27. Free coffee and tea are available at all Bingo sessions. Players can bring their own food but no pork products or shellfish are permitted. On Tuesdays, light meals, snacks and beverages are sold. For more information, call 845-517-9549. Bingo is played in the temple’s fully air-conditioned and heated ground-level social hall. Cushioned seating is provided, the room is well lit and has its own sound system. The building is handicapped accessible and the large parking lot is brightly lit. Beth Am Temple is a reform temple, which embraces tradition and draws its congregation from Rockland County and northern Bergen County, NJ. It is located at 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY. Learn more at or call 845-735-5858.

The Bereavement Support Group at Rockland Jewish Family Service provides a safe space to grieve the passing of a spouse or partner, in an understanding and supportive community. Six weekly sessions, open to people of all faiths and led by a licensed, experienced bereavement therapist. Held at the Rockland Jewish Community Campus, 450 West Nyack Road in West Nyack. Sessions are insurance reimbursable. For more information call 845-354-2121 ext. 142 or visit

The Mental Health Association of Rockland, 140 Route 303 in Valley Cottage, NY, invites you to join their Compeer Program which provides one on one volunteer supportive friendship and mentoring relationships to adults with behavioral health challenges. Change your life and someone else’s by volunteering 4 hours a month or just a friendly call weekly. To find out how to became a volunteer call 845-267-2172 ext 277, or go to or

The Mental Health Association of Rockland holds a monthly support group in Valley Cottage for individuals age 18 and older who have lost someone to suicide. The SOS (Survivors of Suicide) group will be professionally facilitated and will offer participants a welcoming place to discuss their loss and discover how they can re-engage with those parts of life that hold meaning for them. The SOS Group will meet on the first Wednesday of the month from 7PM until 8:15PM, 140 Rt 303 in Valley Cottage. For more information call 212-267-7172 ext 465.

Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland, Inc. (MOW) has opened it’s Mutts n’ Meows Pet Food Pantry. In addition to delivering healthy meals to homebound clients, MOW now, whenever possible, also delivers food for their pets. To help fund the many programs and services of MOW, please make your donation directly to Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland, Inc., 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY 10954.

Grace Baptist Church, 20 Demarest Avenue in Nanuet, has opened a Food Pantry for anyone in need of non-perishable food items. The pantry is open from 11AM-4PM Tuesdays through Fridays. If you know of anyone who could use some food items please give them the church information. For additional information call 623-3897.

Come visit the Hudson Valley Humane Society Thrift Shop, 200 Quaker Road in Pomona. Open Monday and Thursday from 2-6PM, Saturday and Sunday from 10AM-4PM. You’re sure to find something you need. Donations are accepted during store business hours. Proceeds from sales are dedicated to the care and maintenance of the animals at the HVHS, a no-kill, full service animal welfare organization. Visit for more info.

Come in and browse the Thrift Shop at the Thiells United Methodist Church, 102 Rosman Road in Thiells. Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10AM-2PM. You’ll find something for everyone! Donations are gratefully accepted during store business hours. Call 942-1481 or 354-9133 for more info.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program Thrift Shop, located in the Rockland Community College Bldg., 185 N. Main Street in Spring Valley, is open on Monday and Thursday from 9:30AM until 2PM. RSVP mobilizes volunteers 55+ and assigns them to assist non-profit organizations. The Thrift Shop, a fundraiser project for RSVP, offers a variety of merchandise including household items, toys, clothing and more. For additional information call 356-6818.

The Rockland Community College Senior Citizens Club, located at the Tech Center Ellipse on the Rockland Community College Campus, will hold the following events:

Biweekly meetings take place on the second and forth Friday of each month at 12 Noon. Meetings are free and open to people of any age.

*Please note change of venue. The Tech Center Ellipse is located at the Rockland Community College campus. Designated parking will be indicated in the staff lot in front of Academic I.

The Seniors Book Club meets every Monday from 1pm-3pm.
For more info, call 356-3482.

The New Hope Christian Church, 57 Main Street in Monsey, holds a monthly Saturday Men’s Breakfast. For all Christian men who want to experience deeper Christian brotherhood, fellowship, and discipline to Christ are invited to join in discussion over a free breakfast. Men who are seekers of truth, whether they are Christian or not, will be warmly welcomed. The breakfast will be held on the third Saturday of every month.

Suffern’s Fromm-Maxwell-DeBaun American Legion Post #859 will hold monthly meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8pm at the Post Headquarters, located at the top of Pavillion Rd, just off of Rt. 202, in Suffern. Eliglible area Veterans who are not Legion members are invited to “look us over.” Refreshments served after the meeting.
Also, they will hold monthly Fund Raising Breakfasts on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 8am-12pm. Proceeds will go towards the Post’s Scholarship and School Awards Program. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children ages 2-12, children under age 2 get in free.
For more info on all Post events call 357-6707.

The New City office of the Alzheimer’s Association sponsors Family Support Groups:

The first group meets on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month from 6:30pm-8pm at Sunrise Senior Living, 233 N. Main St. in New City. For more info, call 639-6776.

The second group meets at the Pearl River United Methodist Church at the Corner of Franklin & John Streets in Pearl River on the last Tuesday of each month from 7:30pm-9pm. For more info, call 735-5368 or 639-6776.

The third group meets every Wednesday afternoon from 1-3pm at Meals on Wheels, 121 W Nyack Rd in Nanuet. Registration is required. For more info, call 639-6776.

The fourth group, which is the Association’s Spanish group, meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 7pm-9pm at the Community Action of Partnership of Rockland (CAPROC) offices, 37 Clove St in Haverstraw. For more info, call 639-6776.

The Espalanade Assisted Living, 640 Oak Tree Rd. in Palisades, will hold a Support Group on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month at 4pm. For more info, call Kerry Mills at 365-6500.

Information is now available for the Early Stage Patient support group by calling 639-6776.

HANDS (Healing And Nurturing Distraught Survivors), 9 Scott Dr. in New City, sponsors a free bereavement support group for parents who lost a child. It meets on the 1st Wednesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8pm. There are also 10 week group sessions available for the newly bereaved. Also, a Grieving Fathers Group is now established for fathers who lost their sons. Call 634-6706 for further information. Finally, a Widows and Widowers Group has also been established, with meetings taking place every Monday night. For more info, call Ann Carucci at 634-6706.

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