Community Notebook

The Association for the Visually Impaired presents the 2015 Rockland County White Cane Awareness Day on Oct 15 from 9:30AM – 11AM at the Hennessy Center, Dominican College, 470 Western Hwy in Orangeburg, NY. The mission of White Cane Day is to educate the world about blindness and how the blind and visually impaired can live and work independently while giving back to their communities. The event is free and open to the public. Call 845-574-4947 if you plan to attend. For more information on The Association for the Visually Impaired visit

On Friday, Oct 16, The Spring Valley NAACP presents its Annual Freedom Fund Membership Gala, at the Colonial Inn, 545 Tappan Road, Norwood, NJ. Social Hour: 6:30-7:30PM; Program: 7:30-8:30PM; Dinner/Gala: 8:30-11:30PM. For ticket information call 845-362-6227, or email

On October 16, 17 and 18, those who love to dine out can enjoy “New City Nibbles”. This unique event will raise money for Home Aides of Rockland, a not-for-profit organization that helps frail elders and others coping with illness and disability stay safely in their own homes while maintaining independence. The weekend will highlight various eating establishments with the opportunity for event-goers to sample small bites or “nibbles” at participating restaurants throughout the three-day period. Diners can purchase their “Nibble Button” on line at for $25 per person. Children under the age of 12 will participate for $15. The button will let restaurant owners know they are a participant and eligible to receive the special bites prepared for that weekend. Buttons purchased on line may be picked up and will also be sold in person in front of DeCicco’s Family Market on Sunday, Oct 11 from 11-3, Wednesday, Oct 14, Thursday, Oct 15 and Friday, Oct 16 from 11 – 1 and 3 – 6pm. For more information on how to participate visit or call 845-634-2024.

On Sunday, Oct 18, at 12 noon, join the West Clarkstown Jewish Center, 195 West Clarkstown Road, New City, NY, for an afternoon of fun and Play Military Bridge. RSVP the Clarkstown Jewish Center Synagogue Office at (845) 352-0017. Please leave your name and phone number.

On Saturday, Oct 24, Hi Tor Animal Shelter is holding a Bake Sale & Pet Boutique Adoption Event. The event takes place at the shelter, 65 Fireman’s Memorial Drive in Pomona, NY, from 12 – 5PM. The adoption fees will be waived for one day only. For more info visit

On Sunday, Oct 25, the West Clarkstown Jewish Center, 195 West Clarkstown Road, New City, N.Y, is holding a Huge Garage Sale from 9AM until 4PM. For more information, call the Synagogue Office at (845) 352-0017. Please leave your name and phone number.

Hi Tor Animal Shelter presents its Haunted House 2015 on Friday & Saturday, Oct 30 & 31, from 5-10PM at the MacGuffie Mansion, 591 South Mountain Road, New City, NY. Admission is $15 per person and all proceeds will benefit the animal medical fund. For more info visit

On Friday, Nov 6, from 9AM to 5PM and Saturday, Nov 7, from 9AM to 2PM, St. John’s Church, 365 Strawtown Road, New City, NY is holding a Tag & Rummage Sale. Featured will be Electronics, Collectibles, Christmas items, new gifts, jewelry, misc. tools, books, sports equipment, tons of clothing in all sizes, home décor, linens, household, toys. For more information call 845-353-1462 or 845-634-3601.

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.

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.

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

Nyack Hospital and the Rockland County Dept. of Health sponsor Lose to Win, an 8­week program that teaches how to lose weight safely, make healthy food choices, and exercise correctly, Thursdays, September 10 through October 29, 10:30 am. IN­PERSON REGISTRATION, $10 fee due at registration.

Introduction to Mah Jong classes are being offered, Tuesdays, September 22 -­ October 27, 11 am. Learn the fundamentals of the game that dates back centuries. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, space is limited.

The workshop Better Choices, Better Health: Managing Ongoing Health Conditions will be presented by the Rockland County Dept. of Health, Wednesdays, September 30 ­ November 4, 10:30 am. Gain the skills needed to better manage your health conditions and improve the quality of your life. REGISTRATION REQUIRED, call 845­364­2501 to register.

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

Fridays, Sept 11 – Oct 30, 1:30-3:30PM: Mahwah Board of Health in conjunction with the Health Awareness Regional Program of HUMC present “A Matter of Balance.” 8 two-hour sessions.

Wednesday, Oct 14 at 7PM: “The Arts: They Lift Up America” with Dr. James Kane. A slide lecture and poetry recital to celebrate the arts in America.

Saturday, Oct 17 at 2PM: “Tribute to Billie Holliday” with Jane Stuart and the JS Trio.

Sunday, Oct 18 at 2PM: Sicilian Folk Music with Terra Sangue Mare.

Sunday, Oct 25 at 2PM: Theatrical Adaption of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” by Alex Dawson.

Monday, Oct 26 at 7PM: New York, New York” A Photographic Slideshow and Lecture with Ray Turkin.

Wednesday, Oct 8 at 7PM: Celebrate Halloween Season with author Jim Wright.

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

Thursdays, Sept 24 – Oct 29 at 10AM: Introduction To Canasta – Learn the basics of the game with Sharyn Gropper. Registration required, starting Sept 9. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Mondays & Fridays, Sept 21 – Oct 9 at 1AM (no class Oct 5): Introduction To Mah Jongg – With Jill Rosenfeld. Participants must have a 2015 Mah Jongg card. Beginners only. Attendnce at first class is required. Registration required, starting Sept 11. Call 845 634 4997 ext 139.

Friday, Oct 16 at 2PM: American Musical Theater Series: Cabaret. With Art Aldrich, featuring composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb.

Sunday, Oct 18 at 2PM: Seeking a (Happy) Jewish Story in India – with art and travel writer Irene Shaland. Registration is required, starting Oct 5. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Oct 21 at 7PM: Shout Out To The World – An Introduction to Podcasting with Sean Ackerman.

Thursday, Oct 22 at 7PM: Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal. With journalist and author Joseph Alexiou.

Sunday, Oct 25 at 2PM: Cinematic Guitar Poetry. Japanese guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto in concert. Registration is required, starting Oct 12. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

Wednesday, Oct 28 at 7PM: Budgeting For Beginners. With Nathaniel S. Prentice, senior advisor at Altium Wealth management. Teens welcome.

Thursday, Oct 29 at 7PM: Voices of Thinking Jewish Women. A one woman show with Prudence Holmes. Registration is required, starting Oct 15. Call 845-634-4997 ext 139.

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, October 23: Candidates for Rockland County Sheriff: Sheriff Lou Falco and opponent Richard Vasquez. Flu shots will be available with Medicare cards; election of new officers will take place before the meeting.

Friday, November 13: A celebration of “Voices,” the publication of members’ writing, will be presented.

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: 9/10/15
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: 9/13/15
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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