Community Notebook

The Rockland County Dept. of Health has announced that January is Radon Action Month, a good time to learn about radon and its risks, and get your home tested. The Health Department’s Healthy Neighborhood Program provides free radon testing at your home for low to moderate-income families and seniors. Although there is no cost for testing, a brief home safety survey is required. To schedule a free radon test, while supplies last, call 845-364-3292 or 845-364-3290. To learn more, call the New York Department of Health at 1-800-458-1158 or visit www.health.ny.gov/environmental/radiological/radon/radon/htm .


The 2015 American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Rockland Kick-Off Dinner takes place on Friday, Feb 6, at 7PM at the David B. Roche Fire Department, 99 Rt 202 in Thiells. To sign up a team or to get more information visit www.relayforlife.org/rocklandNY or call 914-397-8803. All are welcome.


On Saturday, Feb 7, The Town of Ramapo will host the 88th Annual NY Daily News Golden Gloves, the oldest and best known amateur boxing tournament in the world. The event will take place at the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community, Health & Sports Center, 115 Torne Valley Road in Hillburn at 3PM. Tickets are $20 for Adults; $10 for First Responders, children 14 and younger, and senior citizens 60 and over. Tickets will be available at the door, or in advance at Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Route 59, Suffern, NY. All proceeds of this event will go to the NY Daily News Charities, the Vietnam Veterans of Rockland County, and the family of Mickey DeSimone, a Suffern High School Counselor and Coach, who died this past December. For more information call 845- 357-5100 ext. 201.


On Sunday, Feb 8, from 4PM until 8PM, Meals on Wheels Programs and Services of Rockland invites you to the Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe, 148 Rt 59 West in Nanuet, to test the pouring skills of their guest bartenders. There will be raffles and prizes, and all tips earned by the guest bartenders will help the Meals on Wheels Drive Away Senior Hunger program.


The Stony Point PBA Blood Drive takes place Monday, Feb 23, from 3PM until 9PM, at the RHO Building at Patriot Hills, 5 Clubhouse Lane in Stony Point. Walk-ins are welcome! For medical eligibility questions call 1-800-688-0990. For more details call 845-786-2422.


The 8th Annual Penguin Plunge takes place on Sunday, March 1, at Memorial Park, 53 Piermont Avenue in Nyack. The event takes place from 12PM until 2PM, with the Plunge at 1:30PM. Volunteers will dive into the icy waters of the Hudson River to raise money for three local families who have children who are battling seriousl illnesses. For more information on how to participate or make donations, call 845-358-0206 or 845-216-0132, or visit www.penguinplungeny.com .


On Saturday, March 21, from 7pm until 10pm, Meals on Wheels Programs & Services of Rockland, will hold their first annual Art Auction at Dominican College Rosary Hall, located at 470 Western Highway in Orangeburg, NY. A vast selection of artwork will be supplied by Marlin Art. A preview of art will begin at 6 pm, while you get to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, dessert and a wine cash bar. Admission tickets are available for $20 per person or $35 per couple. There will even be door prizes! Join us for this unique opportunity to purchase art for your home or business. All funds raised will benefit the programs and services provided by Meals on Wheels for seniors and homebound of Rockland County.


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.


Hi-Tor Animal Shelter has announced that, to be more accessible to the public and volunteers, it is extending its hours of operation. The animal shelter will be open to the public on the following schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: Closed (except to volunteers)
The shelter is located at 65 Firemen’s Memorial Dr., Pomona, NY 10970. All of Hi-Tor’s adoptable animals can be seen on its website: www.hitor.org.


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 Mental Health Association of Rockland is looking for new volunteers to help out at The Friendship Club, a social program for adults with developmental challenges. They meet on Thursday nights at 140 Route 303 in Valley Cottage from 6PM until 9PM. To find out how to became a volunteer call 845-267-2172 ext 296. You must be 18 years or older.


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 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.


The Rockland Audubon Society is offering the following Field Trips and Nature Programs in 2015:

*** Audubon in the Parks***
Sunday, Feb 1: First Sunday Walk at Piermont Pier – Meet at 8AM at the parking lot by the ball field at the Piermont Pier entrance. 845-358-3659.
Saurday, Feb 7: Winter Birding at Shawangunk Grasslands NWR – Meet at 2PM at the Commuter car Lot, Rt 303 N, West Nyack for car pooling. 914-656-2509.
Saturday, Feb 14: Owl Prowl at Stony Pt Battlefield – Meet at 7PM at the main parking lot at the end of Battlefield Rd. Advanced reservations only, and limited to 35 people. Call 845-786-2521 before Feb 13 to register. Free admission. Children must be 10 yrs or older.
Monday, Feb 16: Presidents’ Day Birding at Kennedy Dells County Park – Meet at 8AM at the main parking lot of Kennedy Dells in New City. 845-268-2990.
Sunday, Feb 22: Congers Lake Memorial Park in Winter – Meet at 10AM at the main parking lot of Congers Lake Memorial Park (6 Gilchrist Rd). 845-735-5411 or 914-715-6399.

***Monthly Nature Programs / First Friday of the Month***
Community Center, Congers Lake Memorial Park, 6 Gilchrist Rd, Congers
Feb 6 at 7:30PM: Bird Medicine with speaker Evan Pritchard.
March 6 at 7:30PM: Reading the Woods with speaker Donald “Doc” Baynes.
April 10 at 7:30PM (SECOND Friday) : Fungi of the Palisades Park Region with speaker Ray Clyne.

For more info visit: www.rocklandaudubon.org


Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library, 10 West Ramapo Rd. in Garnerville, has the following events:

David Jermann exhibits Realist Art of David Jermann, a fine art print collection of landscapes and still life during the month of January.

The Rockland County Dept. of Health will hold Lose to Win workshops, Tuesdays, January 6 through February 24, at 11 am. Get tips on making healthy food choices, exercising correctly, and changing behavior, all leading to successful and safe weight loss. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $10 fee due at registration.

Quartetto Ducati and singer/guitarist Dave Anthony Setteducati perform the Great American Songbook, January 25, 2 pm. Enjoy the wonderful music of Italy sung in the original Italian, much of the featured music were hits on American radio.

Dr. Frank Pawloski conducts a Meditation for a New Year workshop, January 26, 7 pm. Learn effective techniques that can make finding inner peace a reality.

Therapist Diane Lang discusses 8 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues (SAD), January 29, 7 pm. SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder, is a feeling of depression and sadness during the winter months. Learn the symptoms and how to prevent them.

Michelle Germano exhibits Life in Technicolor, an exhibit of digital photography during the month of February.

Enjoy a performance of Etta James’ jazz, soul, and blues hits at To Etta James with Love, from Rhonda Denet, February 1, 2 pm. Concert performed by Rhonda Denet & the Silver Fox Songs Trio.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees meets for their monthly Board Meeting, February 10, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

The movie A Matter of Life and Death: Stairway to Heaven (1946) will be shown, February 18, 1 pm. The movie is part of the Library’s Winter Film Series: Love, Cinematically.

Breakneck Annie performs a concert, February 22, 2 pm. This five-piece band plays “good-time” music, not quite bluegrass, not quite old-time, not quite folk, but always fun!

Attend Non-Essential History, an irresistible presentation by Dr. James Kane, February 23, 7 pm. Why is New York called “The Big Apple?” Why is the South called “Dixie?” Way are jeans called denim?” Get the answers to these historical questions and more.

Empire Safety Council holds a 2-part 6-Hour Defensive Driving Class, February 25 & 26, 5:45 pm – 8:45 pm. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit. IN-PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee, payable by check to Ian Prastien, due at registration.


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:

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.


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 7:30PM-8:30PM : 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.

Sunday, Jan 25 at 2PM: “Joyce Kilmer on Stage” starring The Joyce Kilmer Players. (snow date 1/31)

Monday, Jan 26 at 7PM: Selling on Ebay with Rick Feingold.

Wednesday, Jan 28, 1PM – 7PM: Blood Drive – Help a local student earn a scholarship by donating blood. For information call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org. Walk-ins welcome.

Sunday, Feb 1 at 2PM: “Many Rivers to Cross” – Celebrate Black History Month with a musical presentation with Monique McDonald and friends.

Monday, Feb 2 at 6:30PM : Valentine’s Day – How to keep yourself and your loved one happy AND healthy with a sampling of traditional recipes with a modern twist with Wendy Gordon, MA Ed and Sherrill Wilson, PhD. Limited seating and registration is required.

Sunday, Feb 8 at 2PM: “The Wit and Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln” with Bob Gleason, American Historical Theatre.

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings and afternoons during the months of January and February.
Jan 29 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “The Good Lie” Rated PG-13, 110 mins.
Feb 5 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Gone Girl” Rated R, 149 mins.
Feb 12 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Fury” Rated R, 134 mins.
Feb 19 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “Cavalry” Rated R, 102 mins.
Feb 26 at 10:30AM & 2PM: “My Old Lady” Rated PG-13, 107 mins.

Saturdays at 2PM – Directors Picks – Movies You Might have Missed:
Feb 7: “Guardians of the Galaxy” Rated PG-13, 121 mins.
Feb 14: “Only Lovers Left Alive” Rated R, 123 mins.
Feb 21: “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” Rated PG-13, 130 mins.
Feb 28: “Don’t Move” Not Rated, 125 mins.

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

Wednesdays in January at 10AM: Chair Yoga with Rochelle Spooner. Learn how to improve both your physical and mental well-being by doing yoga in a chair. Limited registration begins Dec 29. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Tuesday, Jan 27 at 6PM: World Building in Science Fiction & Fantasy – Author C.A. Sanders will share secrets for developing a convincing and compelling world with words. Registration required. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Tuesday, Jan 27 at 7PM: The Civil War in Rockland: A History for Genealogists with local history librarian Brian Jennings.

Wednesday, Feb 4 at 2PM: The History of Islam – Iraqi-born author Silas Saul Fathi explores this ancient religion.

Saturday, Feb 7 at 2PM: Concert: Immortal Love Songs – The Capital Heights Lyric Opera will perform.

Wednesday. Feb 11, from 9AM until 3:30PM: AARP Defensive Driving – Save money on your insurance bill or just refresh your driving skills. AARP members/$20; non-members/$25. Limited registration begins Jan 21. Call 634-4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Feb 18 at 2PM: The Bronx:The Way It Was – A nostalgic visual presentation with author Steve Samtur.

Friday, Feb 20 at 1PM: Eve, You & Every Woman with Prof. Karen Edelmann.

Thursday, Feb 26 at 7PM: Writing The Family Story – Find the right narrative voice to relay your personal history using genealogy charts, timetables, family stories and records.

Saturday, Feb 28 at 2PM: Green Cleaning – Learn how to make environmentally friendly and economical cleaning products using household items. $15 materials fee. Limited registration begins Feb 20. Call 634-4997 ext 139.

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


The Mental Health Association of Rockland Co welcomes new members to its Friendship Club, a socialization program for adults with a developmental disability who are living at home or with family. The Friendship Club meets every Thursday evening from 6-9PM at the Mental Health Association, located at 140 Rte 303, Suite E, in Valley Cottage. To register call 267-2172 ext 284.


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.

Friday, Jan 23: Sharon Ryan will speak about updates on medicare and answer your questions.

Friday, February 13, Dr. Cliff L. Wood will speak of new developments at RCC.

Friday, February 27, Bob Baird, columnist, will speak about his experiences in Rockland County through the years.

*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.


“Harmony on the Hudson”, the Women’s a Capella Chorus, invites women of all ages to experience the joy of singing a capella harmony. Reading music is not required. Rehearsals are held every Thursday at 7PM in the Community Center RHO Bldg, 5 Clubhouse Lane in Stony Point. Call 893-8873 for more information or visit www.HarmonyOnTheHudson.org . Come participate in fun, friendship and song!


Nyack Toastmasters provides a fun, low-pressure environment where adults can enhance their communication and presentation skills. Members build their confidence by practicing before an audience of friendly and supportive peers. Toastmasters learn by doing, polishing their own skills by helping others to improve as well.

Nyack Toastmasters meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 7:00 to 8:30PM in the Nyack Library, 59 South Broadway in Nyack.

Call 358-1175 or 548-1769 for more info.

Guests are always welcome.


Parents Without Partners, Pascack Valley Chapter #548 in Park Ridge, NJ is holding the following events:

Singles Dance, ages 50’s & up, every Thursday night, 7:30 – 11:30PM, at the Paramus Elks, Rt 17 North, Paramus, NJ (behind Raymour & Flanigan)

Music by a different DJ every week – 60’s, 70’s, 80’s music as well as Latin, Jitterbug, and Country Line Dancing. Last Thursday night of the month is Jean Night!

Like to dance and meet friendly people? …then this is the place to be. Snacks, Coffee & Cake included in the $10 price for members and $12 for non-members. Call 732-278-6046 after 5PM for more info.

Call for more information.

Orientation is always available for prospective members upon request.

Call 201-391-9440 for further details and directions.


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. Next Meeting: Feb 12, 2015
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 $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, $5 for children ages 2-12, children under age 2 get in free. Next Breakfast: Feb 8, 2015

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.

COMMUNITY NOTEBOOK airs seven days a week, on WRCR AM1300, Radio Rockland.

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