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 www.villageofhaverstraw.com.


The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Rockland Section features speaker and Civil War reenactor Sue Hegmann, dressed in period costume as a Southern lady, providing factual accounts of women during this time in our country’s history. This intriguing program starts at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, Sept 7 at JCC Rockland, 450 W Nyack Rd, in West Nyack. Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public. For more information go to ncjwrockland.org.


The annual Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Festival takes place Sept. 8-11 on the church grounds at 10 Mill Road in New Rochelle, NY. The festival features authentic Greek food, pastries, live music, DJ music and dancing; a marketplace with jewelry, clothing, giftware, toys and more; a flea market for bargain hunters; and Dreamland Amusements games and rides for all ages. Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8, 6 p.m. to midnight Sept. 9, 2 p.m. to midnight Sept. 10, and 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 11. Festival admission is a $2 donation and free for accompanied children under 12. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus one free ride. Rides take 3-5 tickets each. A free shuttle bus to and from the festival site is available at Ursuline School and Anne Hutchinson parking lots. For more information, call 914-235-6100 or visit http://htgocnr.org.


The New City Rotary will host the 3rd Annual Wine & Food Festival on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4 – 7pm, to Help Feed Rockland’s Hungry Families, and benefit other charitable causes in Rockland County and internationally. The event will take place at Rockland Country Day School, 34 Kings Highway in Congers, and will feature live music and entertainment. Sponsorship and Journal Advertisement opportunities are available on the Festival website — www.newcityrotaryfestival.org . Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance on the website or pay $55 at the door. Questions should be directed to info@newcityrotaryfestival.org.


The Rockland Lodge 2176 of the Sons of Italy will host the 7th Annual Blauvelt Sons of Italy Italian Feast, Carnival at Tappan Masonic Park Fair Grounds, 89 Western Highway in Tappan, NY, September 15th through the 18th. The event draws thousands of people from around the tri-state area during the four-day celebration of all things Italian and has been recognized as one of the biggest events in Rockland County. The festival also features a variety of vendor and gift booths, great Italian food, carnival rides and games for all ages, as well as games of chance for the adults and so much more. Admission is $5.00 for adults and free for children under 12. Hours for the festival are Thursday 5pm – 11pm, Friday 5pm – midnight, Saturday 11am – midnight and Sunday will begin with an outdoor mass at 10:30am and the Festival will be open from noon until 9pm. Advance sale bracelets will be available for purchase at the Lodge every Wednesday evening from 6pm – 9pm and on Sundays from 10am until Noon. The Lodge is located at 46 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt. More information can be found at www.blauveltsonsofitaly.org


On Sunday, Sept 18, the Fred Hecht Post #425 Jewish War Veterans will sponsor the “Thanks to Vets” food bag program. It will take place at the Sloatsburg Village Hall, 96 Orange Tpke, Sloatsburg, NY, from 9AM until 11AM. The food bags will include turkey, potatoes, vegetables, and dessert and will be distributed first come, first served. For more information call 845-357-2990 or 845-357-5100 ext 201. Also visit www.RocklandUSMC.com .


On Friday, September 23, the RocklandRockytops Square Dance Club is sponsoring a FREE Introductory Square Dance, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 323 South Main Street, New City, NY. Families, Teens, Singles and Couples are welcome. No partner or experience is necessary. Call 845-353-2987 for more info.


On Saturday, Sept 24, the Marine Corps League Rockland Detachment will host the “Inaugural 5K Run/Walk with Marines” to support Toys-for-Tots and Veterans in need. Advance registration online is $25 at Active.com and runningtheusa.com, and $30 the day of the race. Race Day registration is 7:45am – 8:45am. There is a Salute to America and our Troops at 8:45am. The race begins at 9am at the Kearsing & Edwards American Legion Hall, 20 Station Road in Pomona, NY. T-Shirts for the first 200 registrants and Dog Tag Finisher Medals to ALL.


On Saturday, Sept 24, United Women of Rockland are hosting a Motorcycle Run for Women in Need. The run begins at Hudson Valley Harley, 33 Rt 304 in Nanuet, NY, with registration and sign-in at 9AM, and Kickstands up at 10AM. The ride ends at the American Legion Post 1600, 20 Station Road in Pomona, NY, with an after party beginning at noon. Pre-registration (recommended) is Rider/$25; Passenger/$20, and Day Of Run is Rider/$35; Pasenger/$25. All participants receive a T Shirt/Pin and admission to the after party. Walk-ins to the after party is $25 per person. Pre-register at www.unitedwomenofrockland.com.


Join the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, 496 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY, for a day of fun with the family at their annual Fall Festival on Saturday, September 24. The Festival will begin at 10:30 AM and last till 4 PM.


On Saturday, Sept 24, and Sunday, Sept 25, The Masons/Shriners, along with the Venture Foundation, present their “Rodeo and Western Day in the Park” at German Masonic Park, 89 Western Hwy, Tappan, NY. Gates open at 10:30AM. The Rodeo starts at 1PM with a Flag Parade, Bull and Bronco Riding, Barrel Racing and Clowns. Featured will be a Wild West Show with a Shoot Out at the OK Corral, A Mechanical Bull, a Chuck Wagon, a Strong Man Hammer, Western Skits by the Venture Players, Refreshments, and more. Special Group Rates available. For more information call 845-523-3123 or visit www.shrinersrodeo.com. Don’t miss the fun, get your tickets early!


Join the West Clarkstown Jewish Center, 195 West Clarkstown Road, New City, NY, Sunday , Sept 25, at12 Noon, for an Afternoon of Fun and MILITARY BRIDGE. RSVP: Synagouge Office: (845) 352-0017. Please leave your name and phone number. Lunch, Refreshments and Prizes. Cost: $20.00


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, Sept 10 at 10:30AM : How to Use Ancestry.com (Ancesrty Library Edition) with Peggy Norris

Saturday, Sept 10 at 2PM: “The 350+ Year Evolution of Salsa” with Jose Obanda
Sunday, Sept 11 at 2PM: “Music Americana” with the Triple Plat All-Stars

Monday, Sept 12 from 7-8:30PM : Singing Bowls and Drumming (a very special Drop In Yoga) with Joan Tarrant and Mary Ann Gebhardt

Wednesday, Sept 14 at 7PM: Regenerative Foods for Energy and Weight Loss with award winning nutrition author Karen Ranzi, M.A.

Sunday, Sept 18 at PM: Ragtime – The Music of Scott Joplin and Other Ragtime Composers with the City Winds Trio

Monday, Sept 19 at 6:30PM : Mahwah Public Library Craft Workshops – Canvas Painting with Sorin Lungu from Creatively Yours of Ridgewood, NJ. For Adults. Registration Required. $10 Supply Fee.

Tuesday, Sept 20 at 7PM: “Electing the President: The Electoral Collage” with Leonard Rosenberg, Professor Emeritus William Patterson College

Sunday, Sept 25 at 2PM: The Bergen Winds Quintet perform classical works by Beethoven, Faure’, and Mozart

Tuesday, Sept 27 at 7PM: Selling on Ebay with Richard Feingold

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings at 10:30AM and Thursday afternoons at 2PM.
Sept 1: “Hail Caesar” Rated PG-13 1hr 46min

Sept 8: “Race” Rated PG-13 2hr 14min

Sept 15: “Sing Street” Rated PG-13 1hr 46min

Sept 22: “45 Years” Rated R 1hr 35min

Sept 29: “Eddie the Eagle” Rated PG-13 1hr 46min

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:

Attend Lunch & a Movie, September 6 & 20, 1 pm. Watch a movie on our big screen. Bring lunch ­ beverage and popcorn provided.

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.

Donate blood at a Fall Blood Drive, September 12, 1 pm to 7 pm. Sponsored by the NY Blood Center and Girl Scout Troop 40683.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees Policy Committee will meet September 13, 7 pm. Open to the public.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly Board Meeting, September 13, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

Attend Mediumship with Shira, September 14, 6:30 pm. Get closure with those who have passed in your life. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, 1 reading per family.

Take a Relaxation Through Meditation class, September 15, 7 pm. Learn how meditation can evoke a deep state of relaxation and peace, and learn a meditation technique.

Kevin Woyce speaks about the history of Lighthouses, how they were built, how they work, and more, September 19, 7 pm. Program includes originals photographs.

Take a Tai Chi class, September 20 & 27, 7 pm. Wear comfortable clothing.

Take a Gentle Yoga, September 23 & 30, 3:30 pm. Chairs provided if needed. Bring a mat and water.

Take a AARP 6­Hour Defensive Driving class, September 24, 10:15 am to 4:45 pm. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION. $20 fee for AARP members, $25 fee for non­members, payable by check, due at registration.

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

Friday, Sept 9: Grown Up Coloring Party

Wednesday, Sept 14 at 7PM: Mastering The Art of Networking with personal coach Natasha Nurse.

Sunday, Sept 18 at 2PM: Inside Emily Dickenson – Her Poetry and Her Life with performer Ginger Grace.

Tuesday, Sept 20 at 2PM: French Through Music – Learn French while listening to popular French songs with Amy Kanarek.

Tuesday, Sept 20 at 7PM: Victory Of Pan: Picasso in Occupied Paris with artist and lecturer Cliff Tisdell.

Wednesday, Sept 21 at 6PM: Introduction to Genealogy with certified genealogist Anthony Lauriano.

Wednesday, Sept 21 at 7PM: The American Presidency with author and history professor Dr. Walt Brown.

Monday, Sept 26 at 7PM: Author Talk – Discuss All Things Murder with the book’s writer and Rockland resident Jeanne Quigley.

Tuesday, Sept 27 at 7PM: The Connected Genealogy of the Onderdonk-Tallman-Budke House Owners with Tim Adriance.

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.

Call 845-634-4997 or visit www.newcitylibrary.org 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 http://www.taplib.org 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 www.rcadd.org or www.grasphelp.org.


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 laurie@hitor.org 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, located at 60 East Madison Avenue, in Pearl River, NY. hosts Bingo on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. The Bingo games are open to the public. For more information, contact the Beth Am Temple office at 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 www.rjfs.org.


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 www.mharockland.org or www.compeer.org.

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 www.hvhumane.com 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.


If your non-profit group or organization would like to have your announcements included in WRCR’s “Rockland Community Notebook”, send the information at least 2 weeks in advance – on your letterhead – to:

WRCR Radio
Community Notebook
5 Provident Bank Park Drive
Pomona, NY 10970
Information on your letterhead may also be faxed to: (845) 362-5073 .
You can also send E-mails to: neil@wrcr.com , and please type Community Notebook in the header.

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