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 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.

The rabbis of Rockland County’s three Reform temples are co-teaching an Introduction to Judaism course on Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm beginning on October 27. The 16-week course is designed for interfaith couples, individuals seeking greater understanding and knowledge of Judaism and those considering conversion to Judaism. Participants do not have to be Jewish or temple members. The class is open to the public. The course, which will comprehensively cover Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, traditions and beliefs, is being co-sponsored by Beth Am Temple in Pearl River, The Reform Temple of Rockland in Upper Nyack and Temple Beth Sholom in New City. Rabbi Daniel Pernick will teach the first five two-hour sessions at Beth Am. Rabbi Benjamin Sharff will teach the next five meetings at The Reform Temple. The following five classes will be taught by Rabbi Brian Leiken at Beth Sholom with the final class co-taught by all three rabbis. The course costs $180 for members of the three temples and $225 for non-members (individual or couple). The only book required for the class is the Jewish Publication Society Tanakh (The Jewish Bible), any edition is acceptable. Other course materials will be provided. Hebrew is not part of the curriculum and will be offered separately at a later date. To register or for additional information, contact the rabbis or their congregations: Beth Am Temple / 845-735-5858 /; Temple Beth Sholom / 845-638-0770 /; The Reform Temple of Rockland 845-358-2248 /

National Council of Jewish Women, Rockland Section, is sponsoring an educational meeting on Wednesday Nov 2, at, 7:30 PM. Thomas Zugibe, Rockland County District Attorney, will speak about issues of financial fraud and youth initiatives for crime prevention, that have become models for other cities. Come listen to how you can stay safer in this increasingly complex world. The event is Free, Open to the Public. The event takes place at JCC Rockland, 450 W Nyack Rd, West Nyack. For more information go to

On Thursday, Nov 3, Hi Tor Animal Shelter presents Pocketbook Bingo, 6:30PM – 9PM, at the Raso Room on the 4th Floor of the Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY. $40 per person admission includes 10 games of bingo/3 cards per game, plus door prizes, 50/50 raffles, desserts and coffee, and more. For info on purchasing tickets call 914-671-5353 or visit All proceeds go to the Hi-Tor Animal Care Center General Fund.

Need a special holiday gift for that special person in your life? The Stony Point Ambulance Corps Auxiliary is pleased to announce that it will hold its Annual Fall Boutique, located at the Stony Point Ambulance Building at 47 Liberty Drive, Stony Point, New York, on Saturday, Nov 5, from 10AM-4PM. Vendors will display handmade items, such as crocheted and knitted items along with Tupperware, Avon, Mary Kay, and Scentsy. Light refreshments will be served. For additional information, call 845-786-3907.

On Sunday, Nov 13, from 9AM until 12:30PM, The Ladies Club of Haverstraw Elks Lodge #877, 877 Elkks Drive, Haverstraw, NY, is sponsoring a Breakfast/Boutique. Includes French Toast, Bacon, Eggs, Sausage, Home Fries, Cereal, Danish, Coffee, Tea and Milk. Adults/$10; Seniors/$8; Children under 10/$5; Children under 5/Free.

On Sunday, Nov 13, at 12 Noon, The West Clarkstown Jewish Center, 195 West Clarkstown Rd, New City, NY, presents MAH JONGG MADNESS. Cost: $30.00 includes Lunch, Refreshments and Prizes. RSVP: Synagogue Office: (845) 352-0017 Please leave your name and phone number.

On Saturday, Nov 19, from 7:30PM until 11:30PM, The Ladies Club of Haverstraw Elks Lodge #877, 877 Elkks Drive, Haverstraw, NY, is sponsoring its 7th Annual Cerebral Palsy Benefit Concert with the Beatles Tribute band “Ob-La-Di”.$30 per person. Dancing. Open Bar. Bring your own food and snacks. Call 845-269-9111 or 845-596-3133 for more information.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Orangetown Fire Company #1 will sponsor a Pancake
Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec 4, from 8am until 12 noon, 90 Depot Place, South Nyack, NY. Menu: Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Orange Juice, Coffee & Tea. Adults $10.00, Seniors $8.00, Children under 10 $5.00.

Join the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt at our Autumn Lecture Series. Each Wednesday at 1 PM, a different Sister will lead a discussion on topics such as “Praying with Nature,” “Conscious Evolution: From Ferguson to Palestine, Black Lives Matter” and “God’s Gifts: Grief and Gratitude.” These discussions will take place at 496 Western Highway in Blauvelt, NY, in the Huston Room of the Motherhouse. When you enter the building, please use the Lavelle entrance. These discussions are free and open to the public.​

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

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.
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, Thursday, ­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.

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

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.

Tuesday, Nov 1 at 7PM: The Controversial Presidential Election of 1800 – with writer and history buff Richard Burnon.

Tuesday, Nov 1 at 7:30PM at Clarkstown Town Hall: Share, Listen, Learn / Clarkstown Stories – Celebrating Clarkstown’s 225th Anniversary

Monday, Nov 7 at12PM or Thursday, Nov 10 at 6PM: Individual Career Exploration – with career counselor Eileen Grimm. Registration required starting Oct 24. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Nov 9 at 7PM: Mischlinge Expose – with pianist Carolyn Enger. Registration required starting Oct 26. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Nov 9 at 7PM: Millennials: Not Scary After All – with author Michelle Petrazzuolo.

Tuesday, Nov 15 at 7PM: The Roots of the Modern Mystery Novel – with author Con Lehane.

Wednesday, Nov 16 at 7PM: Honoring Our Heritage: Celebrating The People, Science, & Innovation at Pearl River – George Potanovic, Jr. discusses his book about the history of Lederle Laboratories.

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:
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, 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY, 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’s shorter monthly family service is proving to be very popular. The service held on the first Friday of each month begins at 7:30 pm and ends at 8:15 pm. It is followed by a delicious Oneg. The service, which was updated last year, now emphasizes Jewish music and uses a song sheet instead of prayer books and includes a Torah reading. The lively 45-minute service is scheduled for the following Fridays: Oct. 7, Nov. 4 and Dec. 2. Non temple members are welcome to attend the family friendly gathering.
Join the welcome of the harvest season at Beth Am Temple’s Erev Sukkot service on Sunday, Oct. 16 at 7 pm. The short, celebratory service will usher in the Biblical festival. Attendees can visit the outdoor Sukkah decorated by Beth Am’s Religious School students. During the weeklong holiday, the Sukkah will be used for eating, learning and socializing. Another joyous service, Erev Simkhat Torah begins at 7 pm on Sunday, Oct. 23 at Beth Am Temple. The celebration of reading and learning Torah features singing and dancing and the ceremonial unrolling of the Torah scroll while it is held up by everyone at the service. Simkhat Torah marks the end of the annual cycle of reading Torah and begins the new cycle with the story of creation and Genesis Chapter 1. The Erev Sukkot and Erev Simkhat Torah services are fun, brief, and appropriate for children and open to the public.
Bingo fans can now play FUN Bingo on one Thursday a month at Beth Am Temple, 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY. 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. 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:
Friday, October 28th, at 12 noon in The Tech Center Ellipse. Bob Baird will speak on the 35th anniversary of the Brinks Robbery.

Friday, October 28th, at 12 noon in the Tech Center Ellipse. Flu shots are available at 11. Please bring your Medicare card. Bob Baird, former Journal News columnist will speak about the 35th anniversary of the Brinks Robbery.

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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