Community Notebook

Help your child prepare for Kindergarten. The East Ramapo Central School District has 25 openings for This Year’s UPK (Universal Pre-Kindergarten.) UPK is a free, 2 ½ hour daily program. If your child’s birth date is between 12/2/08 and 12/1/09, you can enroll them for March, April, May, and June in UPK. Call 845-577-6158, or visit the UPK office at 461 Viola Road, Spring Valley..


All are welcome to attend Easter Sunday service at United Church of Spring Valley on April 20, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The church is located at 11 East Church Street, near Memorial Park, in the Village of Spring Valley. Easter service will feature two choirs and the congregational singing of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus. For more information, please contact the church office at 845-356-2863.


On Thursday, April 24 at 6:30PM, the Nyack Branch of the NAACP presents its 55th Annual Membership Renewal, Recruitment and Freedomfund Dinner. This year’s theme is “Calling Conscience to Action.” The event takes place at the Pearl River Hilton, 500 Veterans Memorial Drive in Pearl River. Adults/$80; Youth Non-Members/$60; Youth Members/Compliment of the Chapter. For ticket information call 845-268-6626. Your contribution is tax deductable.


Stony Point’s First Responders are looking for your help! Please consider donating lifesaving blood at their upcoming drive on Saturday April 26, 9AM-3PM at the Stony Point Fire Substation located at 199 Central Highway in Stony Point. The Stony Point Police Department, Fire Department and The Volunteer Ambulance Corps are proud to serve the residents of Stony Point, but now they are looking for your help. Please come to the Blood Drive and help them increase the community’s blood supply.


On Saturday, April 26, from 4-8PM, The Hudson Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights of America will hold its 9th Annual Spaghetti Dinner. The event takes place at Hillcrest Fire Company #1, 16 Thiells-Mt. Ivy Road in Pomona (Exit 13 on the PIP). Donation is $20/Adults; $10/Ages 8-12 (under 8 free). All net proceeds will benefit the Hudson Valley Branch of the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant a wish to a child in Rockland Co. For more info call 845-359-4005.


On Thursday, May 1 at 7PM, the Five Libraries of South Orangetown will present an evening with Best-selling author Christina Baker Kline, who will talk about her most recent book, “The Orphan Train” and present a slideshow of photos and other materials from orphan train riders. She will be available to sign copies of the book after the presentation. The event takes place at the Manse Barn located at 32 Old Tappan Road in Tappan, and is sponsored by the five libraries in South Orangetown. The event is free and open to the public but pre-registration online is required. For further information and to register, please visit www.tinyurl.com/cbkevent or call 845-359-3877.


The Stony Point Ambulance Corps Auxiliary presents its 2nd Annual Mother’s Day Boutique on Saturday, May 3, from 10AM-4PM. The event will be held at the Stony Point Ambulance Corps building located at 47 South Liberty Drive (Route 9W-South) in Stony Point. Admission is fee. Call 845-786-5990 for more information.


On Sunday May 4, the West Clarkstown Jewish Cente,195 West Clarkstown Road in New City, is holding an “Elegant Vintage Jewelry and Garage Sale” from 10AM to 4:PM. Vintage jewelry as well as new sterling silver jewelry will be featured, along with elegant, gently used items such as toys, baby clothes, small appliances, paintings, craft supplies and other useful items. For more information call 845-352-0017.


The 4th Annual Bill Fortune Memorial 10K Run and 5K Run/Walk takes place Saturday, May 10 at 8AM at Rockland Lake State Park and will help raise money to benefit Meals on Wheels. The race celebrates the life of Bill Fortune, a 40-year Pearl River resident who became a nationally acclaimed runner at age 51. Join Rockland Road Runners, Meals on Wheels and Bill’s daughter, Mary Scanlon, the proud new race director, for a fun morning! For more info, visit Fortunerun@rocklandroadrunners.org or call (646) 208-4262. Registration is now open through May 5.


The 2014 Haitian Day Parade of Unity takes place on Sunday, May 18 in Spring Valley, NY. Show your Haitian Pride and Celebrate Haitian Day and Ethnic Diversity in Rockland County. Participants and volunteers are needed. For more information contact I.F.G. Productions, Inc at 845-323-9343 or HASCO at 845-352-5897.


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.


On the First Tuesday of Every Month, Jimmy’s on Main in Nanuet will donate 10% of all Lunch, Dinner and Take-Out Sales to Hi Tor Animal Shelter in Pomona.


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).


Northern Manor, a skilled nursing facility in Nanuet, NY is looking for a few volunteers to play chess with a bed bound male resident who is on a ventilator. He has chess moves and strategies memorized. Northern Manor is an affiliate of Northern Services Group, a not-for-profit organization in Rockland County. Anyone interested in filling this request should contact Brenda Greenberg, Director of Volunteer Services, at 845-426-6757 or by email at brendag@northernservicesgroup.com.


On Thursdays at 5:30PM, Reach One presents “Nights Out”, a free, weekly social gathering program at the Palisades Mall at 1000 Palisades Center Drive in West Nyack. “Nights Out” welcomes those who want to meet new people and try new things. Activities will be presented each week to stir the curiosity of participants and introduce them to different pastimes, potential hobbies, and other fun or interesting things to do. The goal is to awake the passions of participants as well as providing a venue in which they can mix with others in a safe and friendly environment. The only requirement for admission to “Nights Out” is a desire to meet new people and a willingness to try new things at one’s own pace. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost. For more information, call The Mental Health Association of Rockland at 845-267-2172, x292.


Rockland Jewish Family Service announces new therapy groups for women and adolescents with eating disorders, and their families. The Eating Disorder Therapy Groups are forming now at the Jewish Community Campus in West Nyack. The therapy groups will be led by licensed mental health professionals from Rockland Jewish Family Service. The RJFS therapy groups for females with eating disorders will meet twice per week for eight weeks. Clients will participate in group therapy with their peers in a safe and supportive environment where they will develop strategies for healthy coping, work on issues related to self-esteem and body image, and deepen their understanding of the disorder through education about physical and emotional health. During this eight-week program, family members will learn how to support their loved one during and after the therapeutic process. For more information call 354-2121 ext. 160.


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 Adult Learning Center of Rockland, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach other Seniors (and over 50s) how to use computers. They are hosted by Meals on Wheels.
They are now accepting applications for our March/April, 2014 classes.
Classes are 2 hours, once a week for 6 weeks at a cost of $60 for the course. More advanced classes are 4 weeks at a cost of $40.
Classes include Introduction to Computers, Word Processing, Excel, Internet and E-Mail, Digital Imaging, Picasa, Genealogy and Using Windows 8.
More advanced classes will be given if requested.
Also available are one-time only 2-hour classes on How to Use Your Digital Camera, Computer Maintenance, How to use E-Bay, How to make full use of your Cell Phone, How to use Kindle, and How to use your iPad and iPhone. These classes cost $15.00 each.
Classes are small – only 8 students per class, with 1 instructor and 2 coaches.
Open House is the first Thursday of each month, 1:00 to 3:00 PM. We will answer computer questions and fix laptops and PCs.
For more information, call Eileen Herkes, Director of Education, at 845-623-5467 or 845-356-4198.


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

Students in grades 3 – 12 from Rockland Country Day School will exhbit a variety of artwork at the Library during the month of September. On display will be: “Personal Labyrinth”, a painting collection; “Creative Visualization: Internal Landscape Self-Portraits”, a collection of masks, ceramics, charcoal drawings, collages and more.


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.

Mondays at 7:30PM : Yoga (beginning Jan 7 thru Mar 25) A weekly series to learn the basics of Yoga. Bring a mat, towel, water and a positive spirit. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Space is limited to 25. Registration required.

Tuesdays from 7:30PM-8:30PM : Meditation (beginning Sept 11) 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.

Thursdays & Fridays at 1:30PM : Screening of New Movies on DVD.
April 17 & April 18: “Philomena” Rated PG-13, 98 mins.
April 24 & April 15: “Inside Llewyn Davis” Rated R, 104 mins.

The Mahwah Library presents “Movies You Might Have Missed” on Saturdays at 2PM.
April 26: “Wadjida” PG, 98 mins.
May 3: “Children of Men” R, 109 mins.
May 10: “The Great Beauty” Not Rated, 142 mins.
May 17: “Never Let Me Go” R, 103 mins.
May 31″ “Oldboy” R, 120 mins.

Wednesday, April 23 from 2PM – 7PM: Blood Drive at Good Samaritan Hospital. Register in person on the day of the drive. For information about eligibility call 845-368-5178. All donor receive 2 tickets to a Rockland Boulders home game this summer.
Wednesday, April 23 at 7PM: “Treating Turf with a Modified Organics Program: A realistic Approach to Environmentally Friendly Lawn Care”
Sunday, April 27 at 2PM: The East Lyme Theater Company Victorian Magic with Robert Aberdeen.
Wednesday, April 30 at 7PM: Chocolate Tasting with Annette Van Loon.

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

Wednesday, April 16 at 2PM: Armchair Tour – Jewish New York with Marty Schneit. Travel back in time to the Brownsville Girls, Temple Emanu-El, Rebbe Schneerson, Zabar’s, Brighton Beach and more.

Thursday, April 17 at 1PM: Documentary Film Series “Houdini” 60 mins.

Tuesday, April 22 at 2PM: Art History for Travelers – Italy

Thursday, April 24 at 1PM: Documentary Film Series “Blackfish” 83 mins.

Tuesday, April 29 at 7PM: What About Me? Caring for the Caregiver with Alison Jacobson

Wednesday, April 30 at 7PM: Zen Buddhism & Psychotherapy

Call 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.
*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.
Friday, April 11: Ed Day, Rockland County Executive will speak.

Friday, April 25: The Music Makers will perform their “Make Believe Ballroom Time.”
Friday May 9: Preventing and Treating Lyme Disease will be discussed by Patricia Parke.
Friday, May 23: The Jawanio Pros, a Young Adult Troupe, will perform “Old Time Radio Show.”

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: Oct 10

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: Oct 13

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
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