NWS Forecast for Rockland / LHV – Sat., Sept. 21, 2019

Sunny, with a high near 83. Light and variable wind.
Clear, with a low around 56. Light and variable wind.
Sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning.
Sunday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 66. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Monday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 74.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 54.
Sunny, with a high near 76.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Sunny, with a high near 79.

Judith Andreas Identified as Airmont Woman in Fatal One-car Crash on Route 59

76 year-old Judith Andreas of Airmont, a frequent caller to “The Morning Show with Steve & Jeff” and a WRCR staple for many years, was killed in a one-car crash on Route 59 yesterday afternoon. Ramapo Police say the accident occurred near the Planet Fitness in Airmont shortly before 5pm. She was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The accident is under investigation by the Ramapo Police Crash Investigation Team.

NJT Investigating Car-Train Accident in River Edge Yesterday

New Jersey Transit is investigating a train-car collision yesterday that sent a father and son to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The crash occurred at the height of rush hour in River Edge New Jersey and brought the Pascack Valley Line to a halt yesterday morning for two hours. The 1610 train was heading to Hoboken from Spring Valley. No one on the train was reported injured.

Rockland Emergency Services Run Through Simulated Freight Train Disaster Scenarios

Rockland Emergency Services, area utility companies and others went through a four-hour simulated training exercise Wednesday at the Fire Training Center to review procedures in case of a freight train derailment in North Rockland. Stony Point supervisor Jim Monaghan says the event was pretty realistic…

Similar exercises were conducted last night covering the Tappan area in Orangetown. Chris Jensen is the Program Coordinator for the Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services, and says they work with New Jersey responders from Old Tappan and Northvale since Tappan is right on the border…

CSX, Orange and Rockland and Suez New York also participated in the simulations.

HNA Conference Center in Palisades For Sale

The HNA Conference Center in Palisades, formerly the IBM Conference Center, is up for sale. Supervisor Chris Day says the China-based company that owns the 100-acre property, has been trying to unload several properties they own here in the United States. At a public hearing earlier this week, Day said a Brooklyn bidder that was looking to buy the property hasn’t been able to get the money together…

The town had changed its zoning last year, allowing HNA to sell its rooms to daily travelers even if they weren’t staying at the center for a conference, a requirement under previous zoning rules. Town councilman Tom Diviny says the town should hold a public hearing and consider changing the zone back…

The center is located between Route 340 and Route 9W in Palisades and pays about $1.6 million in property taxes each year to the town.

Blood Drive Today at Palisades Center in West Nyack

If you’d like to donate blood you can do so today at a blood drive at Palisades Center in West Nyack. The drive is being held from 2-4pm in the Adler Room on the fourth floor. For more information and to register just click here.

Hi Tor’s Adoptable Pets – 9/19/19

Nova has been at the shelter for a long time. She is one of our special dogs who has been listed as a “Rescue Only” because she has been returned for guarding her favorite human. Nova is a gorgeous terrier mix who would make a single person with a quiet home a great companion. She likes other dogs and gets along with cats. Her only issue is her overwhelming attachment to just one person in the family. If you think you could make Nova your furry partner in life, we would love to see her get her second chance.

Syre is a 4 year-old goofy meatball who just needs to find the right fit for him. He is gentle, happy and has an equally-balanced personality between playful and calm. He doesn’t mind other friendly dogs but does get nervous around some men. Once there is a proper introduction, he becomes a lovable squishy face. He would do best in a home with older teens or adult couple.

Soltan is new to the shelter. He is three years old and was surrendered about a week ago because his family moved. He is friendly and playful. He would love a family with no other pets but kids over 10 would be great! He still needs some leash training here but would be a great dog for the right family! Email Doug@hitor.org to meet Nova, Syre or Soltan.

Harry is a long haired tabby who is about 9-10 weeks old. He was a little difficult when he came to stay with his foster mom. He spit and hissed for the first day. His foster had to syringe-feed him. He is the smallest of the bunch. He just learned to go up and down the stairs. He is now happy-go-lucky Harry. He also loves to love bite on your fingers. If you are interested in Harry email Kristine@hitor.org.

Linus is a 15 month old male cat. He is very sweet but can be a bit shy. He loves to play and has lived with other cats and a dog before!

Get ready to fall in love with this face! Fawn is a female cat who is about 2 years old. She is very sweet playful and loving. She likes other cats but would need to be tested with dogs. If you are interested in Linus or Fawn please email Amber@hitor.org.

Delays in Reporting Nyack Swastika Could Make it Harder to Find Perpetrator

Delays in reporting a crudely-carved swastika on a men’s room wall at the Nyack Starbucks could prevent the perpetrator from being discovered. Rockland Sheriff Lou Falco says an extended amount of time passed before the incident was reported, and in that time valuable data could have been lost. While he’s a big fan of the New York State Police, Falco says getting them involved as the governor promised, is probably not necessary…

The Starbucks incident comes after a video with what many feel was anti-semitic imagery was posted on and then removed from the Rockland GOP’s Facebook page. Since then, Clarkstown police have been investigating bags containing dog feces, rusty nails possibly representing the crucifixion of Jesus, and fliers calling legislator Laurie Santulli a Nazi were found on her and her neighbors’ lawns.

Rockland County Legislature Passes “Rockland’s Future Summit” Along Party Lines

The Rockland County Legislature voted along party lines 10-7 Tuesday to hold what’s being billed as a “Rockland’s Future” summit next year. The summit would include meetings that bring community leaders and residents together to focus on issues that are tearing the community apart. The meetings will likely focus on overdevelopment, anti-Semitism and other expressions of hate, local schools, home values, poverty, assimilation versus segregation and cultural diversity.

Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals Approves Controversial Bluefield Extension Housing Project

A controversial high-density housing development has been approved by the Ramapo Zoning Board of Appeals. Lohud.com says the Bluefield Extension would include 15 to 20 units on about an acre off Union Road, across the street from the Bluefield complex of multiple family townhouses. The project’s been in the works for more than five years. The local CUPON activist group is considering taking legal action against the project.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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