Historical Society of Rockland County’s “Small Wonder” Doll House Holiday Exhibition Opens Today

If you like doll houses, you’ll want to head over to the Historical Society of Rockland County’s 44th annual holiday exhibition which opens today Executive Director Susan Deeks says “Small Wonder” is from artist Catherine Cook and features doll houses decorated down to the tiniest detail…

The exhibit opens today and runs through March 1st on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, from noon to 4 pm. For more information, just click here. Admission is $5, and on Sundays that includes a guided tour of the 1832 Jacob Blauvelt house, which has been decorated for the holiday season.

Clarkstown Police: 15 year-old in Chile Called in Threat that Sent Felix Festa into Lockdown

Kids playing an online video game led the Clarkstown school district to put Felix Festa Middle School on lockdown last month. Supervisor George Hoehmann told “The Morning Show” yesterday a Clarkstown student was involved in the hoax…

The Clarkstown Police Detective Bureau identified a 15 year-old boy from the country of Chile as the one who called the Middle School claiming there was a gunman inside. Clarkstown Police Detective Peter Walker says he and an unidentified Clarkstown student had met while playing a video game on the internet…

The case against the Clarkstown student will be handled in Youth Court but police say they are unable to extradite the teen from Chile. There were no injuries involved in the incident.

Man Briefly Escapes from Custody While at Rockland County Courthouse

A 33 year-old suspect briefly escaped custody while at the Rockland County Courthouse yesterday afternoon. Clarkstown police say Christopher Palumbo was captured shortly thereafter. No word specifically on why he was in court, but Palumbo is reportedly a veteran who was arrested back in 2014 on weapon possession charges in New York City. He was reportedly in Rockland with the New York State Police Mental Health Office under the Rockland Psychiatric Center’s supervision.

Delay for Criminal Justice Reforms Not Likely, Predicts Rockland County Executive

It’s not likely the state legislature will delay the implementation of new laws that could upend the criminal justice system. That’s according to Rockland’s County Executive Ed Day, who says state lawmakers are reluctant to put the brakes on the new bail and procedural rules that are set to take effect January first…

Many law enforcement groups across the state have been seeking a moratorium so that they could provide input before the laws are enacted. The bill was pushed through the budget process last spring with no public discussion. Advocates of the changes argue they are long overdue and will help bring fairness to the criminal justice system.

Rivertown Film to Screen Toni Morrison Biopic, “The Pieces I Am” on Wednesday

Rivertown Film will be screening a biography on Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison, formerly of Nyack, who passed away in August. Much like her own writing, the film “The Pieces I Am” takes viewers through an exploration of race in America and down through history. Bill Batson is on Rivertown Film’s Creative Advisory Board, and says he was touched a few years ago when Morrison came to Nyack to help launch her “Bench by the Road” project…

After the film Batson will moderate a discussion about the film. The screening is being held at the Nyack Center on the corner of Depew Avenue and South Broadway tomorrow at 8pm. For more information, including ticket prices, click here.

Spring Valley Police Investigating Death of Homeless Man

In Spring Valley, the police department’s detective bureau is investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who was found dead on Madison Avenue near the Post Office. Published reports said the 59-year-old man was believed to have been homeless. Police told DailyVoice.com the man’s death does not appear to be suspicious.

Rockland’s County Executive Approves 2020 Budget with 2.9% Property Tax Increase and Pay Raises

Rockland’s county executive says residents will get to have their say on proposed raises for various elected and county officials, including himself, before they become official. The legislature approved the pay hikes when they adopted the budget by a 15-2 vote last week. County Executive Ed Day says the raises shouldn’t overshadow the other parts of the $730 million spending plan that got approved and he signed on Friday…

The $730 million budget is under the NYS property tax cap and calls for a 2.9% property tax increase. The county executive says that comes out to about $36 more a year for the average household. A public hearing on the raises is scheduled for December 17th.

Rockland Food Pantry Seeks More Donations After President Cuts SNAP Benefits

People to People, Rockland’s largest food pantry, is looking to stock up on more food after the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week imposed stricter work requirements for those who benefit from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP. Diane Serratore runs People to People in Nanuet, and she’s anticipating a surge in the number of Rocklanders who will need help…

This change is expected to save around five-and-a-half billion dollars over five years, but that’s not what concerns Rockland and Westchester state senator David Carlucci…

Estimates suggest 107,000 New Yorkers could be affected by the rules change, which is set to go into effect April next year. Senator Carlucci is hosting a canned food drive to benefit People to People at his New City office through January first. For information on how to help People to People, contact them at 845-623-4900.

Suffern Honors 99 year-old Pearl Harbor Survivor

The village of Suffern yesterday marked the 78 years since the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. Ramapo supervisor Michael Specht says special guest of honor 99 year-old Armando Gallella survived the attack…

The attack killed more than 24-hundred people and prompted the U-S to enter World War Two.

Actor René Auberjonois, Formerly of Rockland, Dies

An actor who lived in Rockland, known for his roles on the TV shows Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Benson, and the 1976 remake of King Kong, died yesterday of lung cancer. René Auberjonois also played Father John Mulcahy in the film MASH. He was 79.

Snow Closings Updated Regularly

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