Archive | November, 2015

Sloatsburg Thanksgiving and the face of George Washington

Posted on 28 November 2015 by Editor

A morning fog tip toes in at sunrise to a just-waking Sloatsburg.

A morning fog tiptoes in at sunrise to a just-waking Sloatsburg.

Now that the holiday meal has been digested along with most of the leftovers, here’s a look at some of Sloatsburg’s recent moody weather.

With ice storms in the midwest, give a few thanks for these late dulcet days of November. From blue sky spring to morning fog, it’ll soon be back to cold, ground hardening December.  Continue Reading

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Suffern’s Mary Hennelly places 4th at state XC Championships

Posted on 24 November 2015 by Editor

Young Suffern speedster Mary Hennelly continued her cross country success by placing 4th at last Saturday’s New York Federation Championships, the big cross country meet held at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

An 8th grader at Suffern Middle School, Hennelly already is considered a state and national standout. She and her brother Patrick Hennelly, a senior at Suffern High School, became the first brother/sister duo in Rockland County history to win county championships back at the end of October.

It’s easy to see where Mary gets her speed as brother Patrick took the boys county championship in 16:17.25. In the county meet, Hennelly outpaced North Rockland’s Katelyn Touhy (also just an 8th grader) to win the three mile race and become Rockland’s female champion in a blistering 17:21.67.

Congrats to Suffern High School and the local running community which will get to witness four more years of Hennelly/Touhy races.  


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Tuxedo Supervisor Mike Rost Delivers Sobering Fiscal News

Posted on 23 November 2015 by Editor

The Tuxedo Town Council recently voted to adopt its 2016 budget. The good news is that the town’s administration has finally gotten to the heart of the money matters — a combination of an apparently incompetent auditor that helped produce a conga line of uninformed fiscal decisions by the municipality over time.

The bad news is that the average Tuxedo homeowner will see a property tax increase in 2016 of between $365 to $389.

There will not be any Genting gifts to bail the Town out this year. Continue Reading

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Ramapo Teachers Association Still Without A New Contract

Posted on 20 November 2015 by Editor

To paraphrase master Dickens, it’s both the best of times in the Ramapo Central School District and the worst of times. We have everything before us, student achievement in the classroom and beyond, dedicated teachers, residents with a vested interest in the district’s success. Hopefully, it won’t be a winter of despair. Continue Reading

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A Landscape Picture Book of Conservation in Tuxedo Park

Posted on 19 November 2015 by Editor

Book Review by Geoff Welch
Tuxedo Park
The Gift of Nature

Recently released by Carol Monderer Publishing, Tuxedo Park The Gift of Nature is a beautiful new book by Chiu Yim Hempel with over 200 splendid color photographs by Greg Miller, a master at capturing various and wondrous light qualities in his landscapes. Continue Reading

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Tuxedo Lady Tornadoes Have Winning Volleyball Season

Posted on 19 November 2015 by Editor

The Tuxedo Lady Tornadoes showed spirit and capped a winning season with a gritty showing in the Section 9 Class D Volleyball Finals in early November. 

Emily Dowling of the George Baker High School Tornadoes goes up high for a block in recent tournament play. The Lady Tornadoes finished the year with a winning season.

Emily Dowling of the George Baker High School Lady Tornadoes Vollyball team goes up high for a block in recent tournament play. The Lady Tornadoes finished the year with a winning season.

After taking the OCIAA Division III volleyball title, the George Baker HS girls team then beat Webutuck in three sets on November 6 for their first Sectional Semifinal Game at the Mount Saint Mary College tournament.

Next for Tuxedo was Pine Plains. The Tornadoes gave up a distinct height advantage, more so when senior outside hitter Emma Meore left the court due to a health issue.

Tuxedo girls were game and fought Pine Plains in the sectional games to near ties, losing in four tough sets 3-1: 23-25, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-18.

Coach Michelle Hines praised the team’s tenacious tournament play.

“We are so proud of these girls,” Hines said. “They never gave up. They fought until the very end. This is what Tuxedo is all about.”

George F. Baker High School Principal Jason Schrammel said the team serves as an inspiration to all Tuxedo students.

“This team’s work ethic is an example for all of our students,” Schrammel said.

“Tuxedo consistently demonstrates its ability to excel with dedication and perseverance. Our team’s Division III volleyball title (the 1st since 2003), and advancement to Class D finals, shows this school can hold its own against other schools in sports.”

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From Access Road to Retail Complex, Tuxedo Farms Raises the Stakes in Sloatsburg

Posted on 17 November 2015 by Editor


Image via Tuxedo Farms website.

Between the pitch and the plan is a woody stretch of land with a rock crested hump of hill and small Village. Continue Reading

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Sweet Grass Season in the Torne Valley Medicine Garden

Posted on 13 November 2015 by Editor

Chuck Stead and Ramapo College students at the Torne Valley Medicine Garden braiding newly harvested ceremonial Sweet Grass.

Educator Chuck Stead with Ramapo College students at the Torne Valley Medicine Garden braiding newly harvested ceremonial Sweet Grass.

Add the fresh aroma of newly cut Sweet Grass to your list of good Fall things. Continue Reading

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Houses by the dozen — even Tuxedo Park gets the housing blues

Posted on 12 November 2015 by Editor

TuxedoParklogo(Updated 11/12) Could it be a case of canary in the coal mine or perhaps a season of As the Trophy House Rusts?

Hema Easley, writing for the Times Herald Record, delves into the real estate market up in well-heeled hills of Tuxedo Park, where some 50 properties are reportedly for sale.  Continue Reading

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Scatch Made Food Just for You at Dottie Audrey’s

Posted on 09 November 2015 by Editor

For a long time Duck Cedar Inn just north of Tuxedo along Rt. 17 sat all lonely — more invisible duck blind than mini shopping mecca. Continue Reading

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