Community Notebook

The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network (YPN) will hold a special networking event on Tuesday, Dec 1, from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at Biggie’s (1315 Route 17 South, Ramsey, NJ.) The event is sponsored by TD Bank. Attendees will network in a relaxed atmosphere with great food, door prizes and a cash/credit bar. MRCC’s YPN welcomes young business people under the age of 40 that are in various types of industries in the New Jersey and New York area. YPN members are encouraged to bring other business professionals, meet their peers, develop their skills and build relationships. Chamber members and non-members may register online at The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Rockland Section presents recognized expert Debra Kagan-Birkland, Licensed Master Social Worker and Care Consultant, who will enlighten the audience about memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The program will provide information about disease detection, causes, risk factors, stages, and treatment. The program starts at 2 PM on Wednesday, Dec 2, at Reform Temple of Rockland (formerly Temple Beth El), 415 Viola Rd., Spring Valley. Refreshments, Free, Open to the Public. Optional — bring a bottle of laundry detergent for donation to the homeless. For more information go to

Vendors are needed for a Holiday Boutique at New Hempstead Presbyterian Church, 484 New Hempstead Road, New City, New York, on Saturday Dec 5, from 10am-3pm. Cost is $25 for a 3’ x 6’ table. Contact (845) 354-2372 or email

The Congers’ Hometown Christmas Boutique and Craft Fair, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court # 2571, will take place on Sat. Dec. 5 from 10am to 3pm at the St. Pauls/St. Ann Parish Center, 82 Lake Rd. Congers, NY. New Items, Homemade and Handmade Crafts and Goodies, Food, Music, $1 raffles, and our famous $300 Cash Money Tree, Lottery Scratch-Off Sleigh, and Basket of Cheer Raffle!

On Saturday, Dec 5, Hope Community Church, 109 N. Middletown Road, Nanuet, NY, will hold a Christmas Bake Sale, between 9AM and 3PM. There will be Scandinavian Specialties, a White Elephant Table, and more. Foe more details call 845-623-5866.

The Friends of Harmony Hall – Jacob Sloat House, 15 Liberty Rock Road, in Sloatsburg, NY, invites the public to a free Victorian Holiday Party, on Sunday, Dec 6, from 1-5PM. There will be entertainment, games and children’s crafts, as well as food and beverages, raffles, and the Harmony Hall Holiday Gift Shoppe. Proceeds from the raffles and Gift Shoppe will benefit the continud restoration of Jacob Sloat ‘s historic mansion. For more information call 845-712-5220 or visit

On Sunday, Dec 6, from 8AM until 12 noon,The Ladies Auxiliary of Orangetown Fire Company #1, 90 Depot Place, South Nyack, NY, will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast with Santa Clause. Adults/$10; Seniors/$8; and Children under 10/$5. For more information call 845-358-8286

The Town of Ramapo – Israel Twinning Committee is sponsoring the Town of Ramapo Annual Jewish Heritage Night on Wednesday, Dec 9, at Ramapo Town Hall, 237 Rt 59 in Suffern. The program includes presentations to Honorees from synagogues and Jewish organizations who have made significant contributions to the Town of Ramapo. There will also be music and refreshments. Admission is free and open to all.

The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 11 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 3 Executive Boulevard, Suffern, NY. The luncheon is being sponsored by the Good Samaritan Hospital. The cost for the luncheon is $45 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited so we recommend that you register now. Please contact the Chamber office at 201-529-5566 or for reservations and more information.

The Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday, Dec 11 from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, 3 Executive Boulevard, Suffern, NY. The luncheon is being sponsored by the Good Samaritan Hospital. The cost for the luncheon is $45 for Chamber members and $60 for non-members. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited so we recommend that you register now. Please contact the Chamber office at 201-529-5566 or for reservations and more information.

On Saturday, Dec 12, The Ladies of Trinity Episcopal Church, 28 Chapel Street, in Garnerville, are holding their Annual Christmas Tea and Holiday Boutique. The Boutique opens at 3PM, and the High Tea starts at 4PM. There will be a wide variety of food, home made bread and cakes, crafts and door prizes. There is a $10 donation and reservations are preferred by calling 845-429-3851 between noon and 7PM.

The Maywood Station Historical Committee, located in Maywood, NJ, would like to announce they will have Santa Claus at the station on Saturday, Dec 12, from 10am-12noon. The Maywood Station is located at 269 Maywood Ave in Maywood, NJ. For more information please check out the website at

On Sunday, Dec 13, at 2:30PM, the United Church of Spring Valley, 11 East Church Street in the Village of Spring Valley, invites the public to a free “Messiah” sing-a-long concert. The concert will include the familiar “Hallelujah Chorus.” Anyone wishing to sing may go to a warm-up rehearsal at 1:30PM at the church. For more information call 845-356-2863.

On Thursday, Dec 17, the Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a Speed Networking Breakfast event at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Sponsored by TD Bank, the event will be held from 8:30am to 10am at the Ramapo College Trustees Pavilion, 505 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ. Attendees of this MRCC event will enjoy a hot breakfast and an opportunity to meet and network in a format that enables participants to deliver an elevator pitch to multiple people, develop business contacts and build new relationships. The event is free for MRCC members and $20 for non-members. Door prizes will be given away and advance registration is preferred. For additional information, please call the Chamber office at 201-529-5566. You can join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or visit us at

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 Adult Learning Center of Rockland is an organization of retired Seniors who volunteer to teach other Seniors (and over 50s) how to use computers. They are now accepting applications for our November/December 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, Picasa, Genealogy, and Using Windows 10. More advanced classes will be given if requested. 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. Their 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.

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.

The West Clarkstown Jewish Center, located at 195 West Clarkstown Rd., in New City, NY, is having it’s Membership Drive on Fridays at 6PM and Saturdays at 9:30AM. They welcome you to visit them on Shabbat and partake in our services. For further information please call (845) 352-0017 and leave your name and phone number.

Beth Am Temple in Pearl River invites families to Yaldeinu, a free early childhood program offered on a monthly basis. Yaldeinu, (our children) is designed for preschoolers as an age appropriate introduction to Judaism. Parents join their children in a variety of activities including music, visual arts, snack, dance, yoga, drama and more. Yaldeinu is scheduled one Sunday each month through 2015 and 2016 from 9:30 am to 11 am. The sessions are set for December 6, January 10, February 7, March 6, April 3 and May 8. Come and discover Jewish learning that is meaningful, fun and engaging for the youngest members of the Jewish community! RSVP’s are requested. Beth Am Temple membership is not required. Please respond or send your questions to Beth Am Religious School Principal Barry Shainker at Beth Am Temple is located at 60 East Madison Ave in Pearl River, NY. Beth Am is a Reform temple, which embraces tradition and draw its congregation from throughout Rockland County and northern Bergen County, NJ. Visit for more information.

Beth Am Temple, located at 60 East Madison Avenue, in Pearl River, NY. hosts Bingo on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. The Bingo games are open to the public. For more information, contact the Beth Am Temple office at 845-735-5858.

The 30th Annual Science, Inventions & Technology Exhibition will be held this Spring. Registration begins on Dec 1, for Grades 5 – 12. There will be cash prizes, electronic prizes, and Rockland Boulders tickets. For more info visit

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

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.

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.

Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 11:30AM : Fun and Games- Dominoes

Saturday, Nov 28 at 2PM: AnitaLaugh – Improvisational Comedy Troupe

Sunday, Nov 29 at 2PM: “Houdini: My Hero Magic Show” with Escapist Tom Yurasits

The Library is showing movies, just released on DVD, on Thursday mornings and afternoons.
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:

Jane E. Foreman exhibits Under the Tor Mountains, a collection of paintings of places in Haverstraw, during December. She will host an Opening Art Reception on December 3, from 4 pm to 8pm, in the Library’s Community Room.

Attend Wine Lovers Journey ­ You Be the Judge, December 1, 7 pm. Blind taste test and learn how to judge wines. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $3 non­refundable fee due at registration. MUST BE 21.

Attend Share the Holidays with Jeff Sherer’s Memory Lane, December 2, 2 pm. Enjoy standards such as “White Christmas” and stars such as Darlene Love in a great video format.

Attend One Fine Tapestry ­ A Carole King Tribute, December 6, 2 pm. Gerard & Diane Barros perform Carole’s hits and chart toppers that she composed for other performers.

James Gannon presents Stealing Secrets, Telling Lies, Garnerville, December 7, 7 pm. Hear the full story of how espionage, codebreaking, and intelligence breakthroughs have altered the course of history in the 20th century.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees Personnel Committee meets December 8, 7 pm. Open to the public.

The Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library Board of Trustees holds its monthly Board Meeting at the Library, December 8, 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

The Empire Safety Council conducts a 6­Hour Defensive Driving Class, December 8 & 9, 5:45 pm ­ 8:45 pm. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $23 fee due at registration. Both sessions must be attended to receive credit.

Chef Shawn and wine expert Joann DeGaglia pair winter food and wine geared for the holidays at a Food & Wine Pairing, December 15, 6:30 pm. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $3 non­refundable fee due at registration.

Attend Rockin’ Around the Holidays with Nina Et Cetera, December 20, 2 pm. Hear classic holiday tunes by Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and more, in 21st century fashion.

Attend Numerology with Shira Plotzker, December 21, 6:30 pm. Learn about the 9 numerology cycles, how they provide insight into the year ahead, and get insight into your personal vibrational year. REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

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

Tuesday, Nov 24 at 7PM: Genealogical Society Celebrates 25 Years

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:

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.

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:

Friday, December 11, at 12:00 noon: General/Vocal Music teacher Donna Cardillo will bring the Cherry Lane School Bell Choir to perform.

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. Next Monthly 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. Next Monthly Breakfast:
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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