Community Notebook

The Rockland County Department of Health encourages everyone to shop at on or more of these local Farmers’ Markets. They are open rain or shine through late fall. This is a chance to get fresh, affordable produce while supporting local farmers.
Haverstraw Farmers’ Market: Haverstraw Village Hall on Maple Street. Open Sundays 9AM-1PM through mid October.
Nyack Farmers’ Market: Municipal parking lot on Main Street. Open Thursdays 8AM-2PM through Nov. 26 and on Sundays 8AM-1PM through Nov. 26.
Pearl River Farmers’ Market: River Church, 253 Ehrhardt Road. Open Fridays9AM-2PM through October 31.
Piermont Farmers’ Market: Corner of Piermont Ave. and Ash Street. Open Sundays 9:30AM-3PM through Nov. 23.
Ramapo Farmers’ Market: Eugene Levy Park, 920 Rte 45 in Pomona. Open Sundays 9AM-4PM through October 26.
Spring Valley Farmers’ Market: Memorial Park community parkinglot, 1 Veterans Drive. Open Wednesdays 8:30AM-3PM through Nov. 19.
Stony Point Farmers’ Market: Stony Point Town Hall, 74 East Main Street. Open Saturdays 9AM-2PM through October 25.
Suffern Farmers’ Market: Corner of Lafayette and Orange Avenues. Open Saturdays 8:30AM-1PM through October 25.
For more information about Rockland’s Farmers’ Markets visit or call the Health Dept. at 845-364-2500.

On Sunday, Sept 7, from 12 noon until 3:30PM, bring your dog to the 11th Annual K-9 Pool Party at the Spook Rock Pool, on Spook Rock Road in Suffern. Come and cool off your canine! All participating dogs must be accompanied by an owner who is at least 18 years of age. Written proof of current vaccinations is required, and all dogs must be on a leash at all times when not in the pool. Town residents are being asked to donate $5 per dog and $10 for nonresidents. All proceeds from this event will go to the Hudson Valley Humane Society, Hi-Tor Animal Care Center and the Doggone Safe Program. For more information call the Parks & Recreation Dept. at (845) 357-6100.

On Sunday, Sept 7, the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Nam Knights of America will hold their Annual Benefit Fundraiser Picnic at the Tappan Masonic Fairgrounds, 89 Western Hwy, in Tappan. The event takes place from Noon until 5PM. Admission is $25 per person. Children under 12 are free, but must be accompanied by a parent. There will be food, raffles, vendors and much more. All proceeds will benefit local charities and families in Rockland County. For more information call 845-359-4005.

What happens when conflicts arise between patient and physician, or patient and hospital, or patient and the law? Join the National Council of Jewish Women when Mary Lou Dillon from Georgetown University will speak about Bioethics and who directs a patient’s care decisions. The program will be held at 7:30PM on Sept 10, at Temple Beth El, 415 Viola Road, Spring Valley. Bioethics is the study of the application of technology to healthcare, and the challenges that arise. Just because something can be done, does that mean it should be done? This interactive presentation will examine making choices that challenge long held beliefs, ethics and faith. Free, open to the public, refreshments.

The Town of Ramapo’s 13th Annual 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will take place on Thursday, September 11, at 8PM, at the 9/11 Memorial Plaza which is located at the front entrance of Town Hall. In case of inclement weather, the 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony will take place at Ramapo Town Hall in the Town Council Room, 237 Route 59, Suffern, at 8PM.

On Friday, Sept 12, from 6- 9PM, Hi Tor Animal Shelter will sponsor “Designer Bag Bingo” at the Suffern Community Center, 41 Washington Ave. in Suffern. Join them for nine games of bingo (bingo dabber included), with additional bingo sheets available for purchase. Prizes include bags by Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors and Valentino — plus a special grand prize bag. Also featured will be a 50/50 raffle, and drinks and homemade food will be on sale. Coffee and dessert are included. Admission is $30 in advance/$35 at the door (Tables of 10 available). For more information visit

The Town of Ramapo Israel Twinning Committee is sponsoring an Essay Contest, and plans to send a contingent of Town of Ramapo students to Israel, to serve as “student ambassadors” for approximately 10 days in Dec. 2014. The contest is open to students who will be 10th or 11th graders in Sept. 2014, who are residents of the Town of Ramapo, legal residents of the USA, and have never participated in a tour of Israel. Students will need to be in good academic and behavioral standing at school, have parental and school permission, medical clearance for travel, and a valid US passport. Students will be expected to participate in the Twinning Committee upon their return. Students should submit an essay of about 500 words, typewritten and double spaced to the Town of Ramapo Israel Twinning Committee, 237 Rt. 59, Suffern, NY 10901, before Sept. 30, 2014. The essay should be titled “What Educational, Government and Societal Issues would I like to learn about in my visit to Israel?” and should include subtopics of “How I see myself as an Ambassador of Good Will” and “Why should the Committee select me.” Each essay will be assigned a code number when it is received and students are to write their name, address, home phone number, school and grade in pencil on the back of each page. Semi finalists will be notified and interviews will be scheduled in Oct. Winners will be announced and publicly introduced through the Town of Ramapo. The Israel Twinning Committee will judge the essays and its decision will be final.

The Adult Learning Center of Rockland is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach other Seniors (and over 50s) how to use computers. Hosted by Meals on Wheels.
They are now accepting applications for our September/October 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.
They teach Introduction to Computers, Word Processing, Excel, Internet and E-Mail, Digital Imaging, Photo Editing Using Picasa, Genealogy – Finding Your Ancestors and Using Windows 8.
More advanced classes will be given if requested.
Introduction to Computers includes shopping on-line, Skype, Facebook, e-mail and searching the internet for useful information on any subject.
They also teach 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 $20.00 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. They will answer computer questions and fix laptops and PCs.
For more information, call 845-623-5467.

On Sunday, October 26, PEACE OUTside Campus, The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation will sponsor the 10th Annual 5K Lindsey Run/Walk to be held at Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, NY. The event begins at 8:15AM. Register in advance at to get the early bird rate and an event T shirt. Awards and prizes are given to the first three overall male and female finishers and for each age division. In addition to the 5K run/walk, participants enjoy a pre-run/walk warmup, hot, buffet breakfast, massages, music, raffle and silent auction. PEACE OUTside Campus, The Lindsey M. Bonistall Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting peaceful and safe living environments in college communities.

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:

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

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

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.

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 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 at 10:30AM and 2PM : Screening of New Movies on DVD.
Flash Back 1970′s Thursdays!
Aug 28: “Chariots of Fire” PG, 124 mins. 10:30AM ONLY
Aug 28: “Bull Durham” R, 108 mins. 2PM ONLY

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

Mondays, July 21,and 28 and August 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 10AM: Warm Up America – Crocheters and knitters will create items to be donated to county non-profit organizations.

Thursdays, July 17 & 24, and August 7 & 14 at 10AM: Introduction to Canasta. Learn the strategies and techniques.

Mondays, Aug 11, 18, 25, Sept 8 at 7PM: Write Here, Write Now – Author Howard Whitehouse leads a four session workshop designed to spark your creativity. Limited registration. Call 634-4997 ext 139.

Wednesdays, Sept 10, 17, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, Nov 5: A Matter of Balance – Elevate your quality of life by learning ways to improve balance and exercises to increase strength. This 8 session class offered by the Rockland Co. Dept. of Health is designed for seniors. (Not recommended for those with medical issues.) Registration required. Call 845-364-2501.

Wednesday, Sept 10 at 2PM: Herb Gardening with Master Gardener Jan Krasilovsky of Rockland’s Cornell Cooperative Extension.

Saturday, Sept 13 at 2PM: Confessions of an Urban Archeologist with Greg Van Antwerp.

Sunday, Sept 14 at 2PM: 3D Concert – A Latin Tropical Review. The bilingual dance band 3D Ritmo de Vida will perform, led by drummer Michael Tate.

Tuesday, Sept 16 at 7PM: Eureka! The Invention Show – Explore the Industrial Revolution and Mechanical Era.

Wednesday, Sept 17 at 7PM: Sports Night with Marc Ernayof 1010 WINS.

Monday, Sept 22 at 2PM: Post Impressionism – An art history presentation with Joan Quinn.

Tuesday, Sept 30 at 7PM: The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease. With Debra Kagan-Birkeland of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Call 845-634-4997 or visit 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 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, August 8: Barbara and Wes Gottluck will speak on “Amusement Parks other than Coney Island.”

Friday, August 22: There will be a presentation and discussion by Brian Conybeare, Special Advisor to the Governor on the new Tappan Zee Bridge.

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 . 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.

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