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The Summer of 2012 AmeriCorps for Rockland County

Posted on 30 June 2012 by Geoff Welch

Thirty six AmeriCorps Environmental interns gathered in Rockland County this past week as part of training and placement for a six week environmental program throughout Rockland County. The students will fan out across the county to various agencies, such as town and village highway departments, the Rockland County Drainage Agency, and the Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority, where they will engage in environmental projects as part of their Americorp training. Continue Reading

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Scout Blazes Roads to Mark Fire Hydrant Locations

Posted on 27 June 2012 by Geoff Welch

Daniel O’Leary has started his Eagle Scout project, which involves blazing roads throughout Sloatsburg to mark fire hydrant locations. The yellow street tags are exceptionally helpful to fire department personnel by indicating with a bright yellow street design just where the village’s 100 hydrants are located. When the yellow blazes appear on a street near you, know that they’re being hand painted as a community project by a local Boy Scout who’s about to get his wings.

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Get A Kick Out Of Summer Reading

Posted on 24 June 2012 by Editor

Now that school is out for the summer, Annmarie McAnany, children’s librarian at Sloatsburg Public Library, kicks it up a gear as the summer reading season starts. For more than a few years now McAnany has been a literacy pied piper, building up the Sloatsburg Library’s annual summer reading program into a well-attended, active community outreach initiative that draws in elementary age students from across the village.

“Last year we had 180 kids involved in the Summer Reading program,”  McAnany said. “There were some 3,200 books read and I’m hoping to try and beat that this year. Every year I try to beat our record and encourage the kids to read a little more.”

With the help of sponsors such as the Friends of the Sloatsburg Library, McAnany has developed a unique incentive device, which draws students to read and compete for prizes — nice prizes such as a tablet, mp3 player and HD video camera.

“Since I started the grand prize program,” McAnany said, who herself remembers participating in the Sloatsburg Library Summer Reading Program as a kid, “a lot of parents have come in and said that the kids absolutely love it. It’s been encouraging them to read more.”

This year’s kick-off features the Jester Jim Show, a high energy performance by the young juggling ace who blends together comedy, magic, and beat boxing to crowds across the state. Jester Jim is currently on a barn burner tour of libraries throughout the Mid-Atlantic region kicking off their own summer reading programs. The Jester visited some 72 libraries last summer and earned rave reviews as well as being voted Best Family Entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America.

Sloatsburg joins some 1,100 other local libraries throughout New York State that take part in the summer reading initiative, which is funded in part through the Federal Library Services and Technology Act, with funds awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The New York State Library is a program of the Office of Cultural Education in the New York State Education Department.

The program brings children and families into local public libraries for reading and activities, with the State Library coordinating the program among the state’s 23 library systems by providing a summer reading theme, promotional materials, a creative idea manual, and state-level support.

This summer’s theme is Dream Big READ!, aimed at elementary school kids, and Own the Night, a tween and teen oriented reading program. McAnany said that this year Sloatsburg is participating in the teen effort.

“We don’t normally target this audience because it’s very hard to get the kids in,” said McAnany, describing one of the program’s features as a nationwide teen lock-in where libraries across the country host a teen night. “My program will be a ghost hunting in the library,” she said. “It’s going to be a couple of hours on a Friday night after we’re closed where I have a ghost detective and a ghost investigator come.” McAnany said that, if approved, the ghost hunt will teach the teens about all the different technological tools used in the industry as well as show various photographic evidence of cases the ghost hunters have worked on.

“And then, hopefully, they’ll do their own investigation of the library,” said McAnany.

McAnany has shepherded many a Sloatsburg student through the reading program and probably knows nearly every student in the village. “It’s definitely a vital part of the library,” she said. “That’s where we get most business from, the kids coming in during the summer. There are a lot of kids who don’t come in except in the summer and they end up having a love of reading because the summer reading program encouraged them. ”

The Sloatsburg Public Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Party takes place Monday, June 25 @ 11:00 a.m. and features Jester Jim and Boulder Bird, the Rockland Boulders’ mascot. For more information, call the Sloatsburg Public Library at 845-753-2001.

 

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Jessie’s Bagel Changes Locations And Look

Posted on 23 June 2012 by Editor

Gone is the close quartered chaos of the old Jessie’s Bagels, where weekend mornings the double doors would swing open and close with customers coming and going. After 20 years in the same spot, owner Tony Grippo decided it was the right time to expand the shop, try something new and move. Next door. Less than two weeks ago, Jessie’s Bagels made their long anticipated move across the parking lot to the abandoned building that used to house Pacific Pool & Spa. Continue Reading

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New Directions At Tuxedo Park Library

Posted on 21 June 2012 by Editor

The library gods must have been pleased when the Tuxedo Park Library appointed Diane Loomis as its new director. Whenever found behind the checkout desk, Loomis nearly always has a smile or encouraging word for patrons. As former head of Tuxedo Park adult programs and reference, as well as library webmaster, Loomis brings a quiet veteran competency and enthusiasm to the job that should serve her well as library leader. She replaces former director Claudia Depkin, who has filled that same position at Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public Library. Continue Reading

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The Saga Of John Layne, Or How To Poison The Village Well

Posted on 18 June 2012 by Editor

In less than two weeks the twisted tale of former Village of Sloatsburg Building Inspector John Layne will begin winding its way through the justice system. Layne, 59, of Rustic Drive in Airmont, is due to make an appearance before Justice Thomas J. Newman, Jr. at Justice Court Wednesday, June 27 at 5 p.m., to face felony charges for public corruption related to his tenure in Sloatsburg. The felony counts against Layne carry a maximum of four years in state prison. Continue Reading

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Lunch Lady Sentencing Postponed

Posted on 18 June 2012 by Editor

The sentencing for Ann Milliaressis, the lunch lady who pleaded guilty in March to skimming thousands of dollars from Sloatsburg residents, will be postponed according to this report. Continue Reading

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A Bit Of Soulful Celebration, Sunday

Posted on 16 June 2012 by Editor

Take some down time Sunday afternoon, June 17, and visit Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg for some soulful Summer Solstice celebration. The Great Lawn at the old Jacob Sloat House will be the setting for some intriguing music that preludes the approaching summer solstice this coming Wednesday, which will be the longest day of the year. Continue Reading

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Fresh Food And Fun Down At The Market

Posted on 15 June 2012 by Editor

Early Saturday morning — we’re talking early, as in when the birds begin chattering loudly in unison at first light — people will already be packing up their goods and heading to Tuxedo for market day. The Tuxedo Farmers’ Market celebrates its opening day of the season June 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a market day full of produce, song and other surprises. The market is the perfect place to pick up hand-made rolling pins and cutting boards to interesting herbs and cheese products or grass fed beef and tasty fresh tomatillos to mix up some weekend salsa. Continue Reading

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Sloatsburg Eagles Set The Bar High For New Cubs

Posted on 14 June 2012 by Editor

In scouting lingo, guys start out mere cubs but eventually get their wings and become eagles. The in-between takes a lot of hard work. This week features a perfect dovetail of the whole scouting process, as Cub Scout Pack 46 hosts a member recruiting ice cream social this Friday while Suffern High School junior Justin Leanza, from Boy Scout Troop 46, holds his Eagle Scout Court of Honor ceremony. Continue Reading

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