Archive | August, 2013

Take A Day Off, You Worked For It

Posted on 30 August 2013 by Editor

Thank Eugene V. Debs, early American patriot and labor leader, and the Pullman Strike for the long Labor Day weekend.

Born amid the bloody confrontations between federal troops and striking union railroad workers in 1894, Labor Day was enacted by Congress and designed to celebrate the “spirit de corps” of trade and labor unions and dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American worker. The weekend now signifies a seasonal shift; the end of summer and a general sense of the ebbing of vacation season. Continue Reading

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On The RockBeat: Is It True What They Say About You?

Posted on 29 August 2013 by Editor

People can get worked up and passionate about politics. Sometimes a person discovers that his or her co-worker is all fired up, puts money to mouth and donates a hundred dollars to a favorite local campaign.

And sometimes a bunch of co-workers get inspired and, say, without discussing anything with one another, donate $4000 to a candidate running for Rockland County Executive. Continue Reading

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Got You Covered

Posted on 28 August 2013 by Editor

The Sloatsburg Village Board of Trustees had a full agenda Tuesday evening, with discussion ranging from old utility poles to an estimate to resurface the Community Field tennis courts to Ramapo Police Department coverage throughout the village. Continue Reading

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Sloatsburg Burglaries

Posted on 27 August 2013 by Editor

Take a moment to lock that door, as someone around the village has apparently developed a case of the hot hands.

HazelwoodThere have been recent whispers and rumors of a rash of break-ins throughout Sloatsburg. Mayor Carl Wright said that the Ramapo Police Department met with him Monday to give a brief report of two official incidents in the Pine Grove Lakes neighborhood that took place on Friday, August 23, on Hazelwood and on Ann Place. Continue Reading

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Sloatsburg Sewer Work

Posted on 25 August 2013 by Editor

There may be sewer blasting on a street near you — if you live in the vicinity of Sloatsburg Elementary School.

mikes@meetingCalls from the Rockland County Sewer District 1 rang around Sloatsburg Friday evening. The alerts were part of an information effort by the District related to continuing sewer project work in the neighborhood of Grant Street and the area adjacent to the elementary school. The call from Sewer District Asst. Director Mike Saber’s office alerted residents about possible upcoming blasting for sewers. Additionally, the call mentioned a home inspection company called PEACE, which is working with the Sewer District on the Sloatsburg project and may be soliciting home inspections related to the upcoming work. Continue Reading

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Court Rules Dagan Lacorte Out For County Election

Posted on 22 August 2013 by Editor

The court gavel has officially hammered down the feisty bid by Suffern Mayor Dagan Lacorte to win the Democratic nomination for Rockland County Executive.

New York’s outdated petition laws make it hard for candidates without party backing to get on the ballot and they are enforced by party-appointed Boards of Election. — Statement by Dagan Lacorte

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Mario The Magician Gets His Moment

Posted on 22 August 2013 by Editor

Updated Monday, August 22

Sometimes you’re in the moment. And sometimes it is your moment to shine. Mario Marchese, known in most circles as Mario The Magician, was the focus of a recent successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign and will now be the subject of a documentary film. For Mario, the magic moment is at hand.

mariothemagicianLoHud writer Alex Taylor just published an extensive article on Marchese’s Kickstarter effort, spearheaded by Mario’s wife and manager Katie Marchese. The project grew out of Nyack filmmaker Kal’s short film on Mario, Building MagicA popular  street magician who works all over NYC, Marchese also books events throughout the New York City and Hudson Valley but prefers to travel the streets on skateboard and in top hat, with nothing but his suitcase of magical instruments.

Building Magic (Official Trailer) from Kal on Vimeo.

Kickstarter is an increasingly popular crowd-sourced site for the artists and non-profit groups looking for an alternative way to finance projects. The site launched in 2009 and has grown in scope, with recent celebrity efforts to use Kickstarter to jump start projects, including Kristen Bell and Robb Thomas who raised money to make a film version of the popular kind of cultish series Veronica Mars.

Katie Marchese kicked the whole magical Kickstarter effort into high gear as the project’s deadline approached on August 7, using an extensive social media effort that reached out to friends and neighbors and businesses and fellow entertainers — all who responded in the crunch.

Mario is known for making all of his own unique props — it’s all handmade magic.

mariothemagiciansign“Magic is a handcraft,” said Mario during Kal’s short film Building Magic on his magical creative process. “Magic is creating a moment for someone else . . . a total moment of being astonished.”

When the dust settled and the Kickstarter campaign ended, the effort had just exceeded the $35,000 goal by raising $36,000 dollars from 321 supporters. All donations will go toward producing a 60 minute documentary feature on Mario that will be shot by Kal.

The short version of Mario’s magical life is certainly worth the six plus minutes it takes to watch Kal’s film. Mario’s brand of handmade magic is a gift that keeps on giving in the hearts of minds of the kids and everyone else that sit amazed at his entertaining sleight of hand.

As Marchese said, it’s all about reinforcing each kid’s natural instinct to believe. And that each magic trick he performs, each handmade prop he labors over and each gesture of controlled chaos sends that message to the kids — believe in the magic of life and in creativity.

Still photos of Mario The Magician courtesy of Kal‘s short film Building Magic.


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Tuxedo Mulch Site Today

Posted on 19 August 2013 by Editor

It was back in March of 2012 that a massive fish kill at Four Corners Pond occurred. Dead fish floated on the surface of the pond, washing ashore and the pond smelled foul. Continue Reading

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Let’s All Be Miserable

Posted on 15 August 2013 by Editor

You know the story: doom, despair, misery — all wrapped up in an epic story sung sweetly by summer stock theater students.

newgenerationtheatreThe New Generation Theatre has been rehearsing this summer’s huge student production of Les Miserables at the Helen Hayes Studios in Nyack. Now the show is ready for the public and will be premiered tonight, August 15, at North Rockland High School on Hammond Road in Thiells, NY

Co-produced by the popular dynamic duo of Sol Block and Justin Boccitto, the production had most every theater kid throughout Rockland County hustling to audition. The cast is huge, the production bold and the show is certain to be quite entertaining.

New Generation Theatre promotion for its summer production of Les Miserables.

lesmizNew Generation is one of the area’s outstanding summer theater intensive experiences for young performers. This summer’s Les Miserables auditions attracted so many tryouts that the production team had to hang a closed-to-females out because of the large number of interested students. New Generation attracts 8th grade through 12th grade kids throughout the area.

Les Miserables tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students/seniors. Performances take pace at North Rockland HS Thursday & Friday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, August 17, at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Think about checking it out. You got one more day, at least, to make it happen. Support the arts, as they touch the heart.


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Red Knights Ride To The Rescue

Posted on 12 August 2013 by Editor

Shine your boots and clean your duds because the Red Knights NY 18 are hosting a down home country dance party.

RedKnightsThe first responder motorcycle club will host its 9th Annual “Benefit” Fundraiser with a boot-stomping Country Western Night Saturday, August 24, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Pomona American Legion Hall. The evening will feature live country rock with Tequila Rose as well as twangy tunes from DJ Doug Volpi.

This year’s event will benefit Sloatsburg Fire Department‘s own 24-year old Sean Connell, recovering from cancer, to help with medical bills. As anyone without the best possible insurance policy can attest, health costs can rapidly accrue. Connell was also the recipient of funds from this year’s 2nd Annual Classic Car Show.

All proceeds from Country Western Night go towards Connell.

Tickets cost $20 per person pre-event or $25 at the door. And you don’t have to ride a bike to enjoy the party.

Sponsors include the Palisades Mall Outback Steakhouse, which will be donating plenty of food for the evening’s event. For more information, call the Red Knights at 845.558.1971 or email or go online to

Step up and get out by buying a ticket to some country fun for a cause and join the Red Knights NY 18 for some country stomping.


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9:00 am Veteran Holiday Baskets @ Sloatsburg Village Hall
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