Archive | February, 2014

Potholemania Hits Ramapo

Posted on 26 February 2014 by Editor

The ragged Rockland County roads are in the middle of some much needed TLC as the call to fix potholes has echoed from village to town.

The Ramapo Highway Department out Wednesday filling potholes / @RamapoHighway

The Ramapo Highway Department out Wednesday filling potholes / @RamapoHighway

NY State Senator David Carlucci, D-New City, put out the work Monday, February 24, for residents to report potholes to the NY DOT. Residents can report potholes to the NYDOT at 1-800-Pothole. Continue Reading

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Lafayette Theatre Celebrates 90 Years In Suffern

Posted on 26 February 2014 by Editor

oldlafayettetheatrewmIt weathered the Great Depression, WWII, Bobby Sox and CinemaScope, and best of all, the theater avoided the wrecking ball. Now Suffern’s Lafayette Theatre celebrates its 90th birthday with 25 cents admission to Sunday’s gala, featuring a special screening of The Wizard Of Oz in 3-D. Continue Reading

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A Pothole For Every Car

Posted on 25 February 2014 by Editor

NY Sen. David Carlucci has encouraged Rockland residents to report potholes to the NY Thruway at 1.800.Pothole.

NY Sen. David Carlucci has encouraged Rockland residents to report potholes to the NY Department of Transportation at 1.800.Pothole.

One common complaint heard by many Sloatsburgers is the condition of local roads. The winter weather and recent sewer work has created perfect conditions for asphalt upheaval. Rt. 17 in front of the Sloatsburg Library is especially treacherous, with potholes near large enough to sink a tire. Continue Reading

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A Ragged Revolutionary War Winter In The Ramapough Pass

Posted on 24 February 2014 by Editor

Replicas of the Revolutionary War huts that troops lived in during the severe winter of 1779-80.

Replicas of the Revolutionary War huts that troops lived in in Morristown, NJ, during the severe winter of 1779-80.

Even with the upper atmospheric Polar Vortex bearing down on the Hudson Valley this year, the winter of 1779 was one for the record books. Forget Valley Forge in 1777-1778. Many historians consider the winter when General George Washington’s troops camped at Morristown, NJ, in 1779-1780 to be the most severe winter of the 18th century. Continue Reading

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Another Day In Rockland Politics

Posted on 23 February 2014 by Editor

The sudden warmer weather throughout the Lower Hudson Valley has apparently also heated up the political landscape.

Day&LoweyChris Day, son of newly-elected Republican Rockland County Executive Ed Day, just announced his bid to unseat longtime Democratic Congresswoman Nita Lowey, who currently represents the weird ribbon of New York’s 17th Congressional District. The district includes all of Rockland County, slices of Westchester County, including all of White Plains, and used to be the stomping ground of Representative Eliot Engel. Both Representatives Engel and Lowey were redistricted this past year into their current districts. Continue Reading

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A Garage Full Of Wonders BackHome

Posted on 21 February 2014 by Editor

Debby Antonelli and Alison Rose, who operate the popular antique store The Garage, downstairs at BackHome Antiques.

Debbee Antonelli and Alison Rose, who operate the popular antiques store The Garage, downstairs at their space at BackHome Antiques in Tuxedo, NY.

There’s a growing trail of antique shops that meanders from a roadside garage in Suffern through Sloatsburg (think Blue Barn) and up into Tuxedo, stopping off at BackHome Antiques. Continue Reading

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Roadside Snow Banks Still Hazardous

Posted on 20 February 2014 by Editor

Large snow banks at roadside intersections can be a hazard.

Large snow roadside banks and uncleared sidewalks can be a hazard. Use caution.

There are many winter weather road hazards — black ice, slippery roads, chunky potholes. This winter add dangerous roadside snow banks piled higher than usual from the recent heavy snow.

roasidesnowpack3Even though the next few days promise warmer weather and possible rain, the past weeks of heavy plowing has created snow packs at intersections that can obstruct drivers from seeing oncoming cars. Use caution.

Wednesday night, February 19, saw an accident at the intersection of 1 Liberty Rock Road and Rt. 17 at the Sloatsbug Public Library. With views obstructed from both directions, a car pulling onto Rt. 17 was hit causing a minor fender bender. There were no injuries.

Additionally, some village sidewalks have yet to be cleaned by the Department of Public Works, especially north of village center, causing pedestrians walk along the edge of Rt. 17. Again, use caution.

The warming weather and a renewed effort by the DPW should help clear village intersections and sidewalks.



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Resident Clears Snow From Hydrant To Help Fight Fire

Posted on 20 February 2014 by Editor


An electrical issued is believed to be the cause of this morning’s fire at 71 Medway Ave., Congers. / Brian Duddy via Nyack Free Press

NyackFreePresslogoCONGERS – Volunteer firefighters said that the efforts of a Congers resident to shovel snow away from a fire hydrant saved precious time when a fire broke out at a home on Medway Avenue on Monday morning.

A Congers resident saw a social media message about shoveling out fire hydrants and took the time to clear a hydrant nearby.

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Ice Dams All Around

Posted on 19 February 2014 by Editor

It’s a common winter occurrence in many parts of the north: the notorious roof ice dam. As the past few weeks snow piled up and temperatures fluctuated, ice dams have grown and grown on many local roofs. Some houses have stretches of icicles that nearly run from the roof to the high snow banks beneath the eaves. Continue Reading

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Walkill Marijuana Seized

Posted on 18 February 2014 by Editor

NyackFreePresslogoWALKILL, NY – State troopers have seized cash, 12 pounds of marijuana and arrested four New York City residents after a traffic stop in a parking lot in Orange County, police said.

Walkill Pot BustState troopers from Troop F based in Middletown – which also covers the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Rockland County – stopped a car in the Orange Plaza parking lot in the Town of Walkill at 5:45 p.m. Friday. An investigation uncovered the marijuana and cash.

All four in the car are charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana. They are:
– Jahfari A. Jones, 22

– Hakiym L. Colon, 22

– Candace A. Cannon, 19

– Dashana I. Vailes, 19

They were arraigned in the Town of Wallkill Court by Judge Joseph Owen and were ordered held in the Orange County Jail.


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