Listing of Palisades organizations


We didn’t get many responses to our call for comments or concerns, but here’s one that we think sums up what many residents feel about living in our little corner of the world:


In Our Backyard: the Esplanade

My first exposure to the Esplanade, an independent living facility set back amongst the trees along Oak Tree Road, was a common one in our community; it is where I went to vote. That changed a year and a half ago, when my 86-year-old mother could no longer manage on her own in Williamsburg, Virginia. With remarkable courage she agreed to relocate to Palisades, and to give the Esplanade a try. Here are some observations of her adventure thus far.


Palisades Community Center News: December, 2017

PALISADES INDOOR WINTER FARMERS’ MARKET returns for our 10th season!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2 9:00am-1:00pm

We are pleased to not only make available to you just-picked, local produce DIRECT from the farm and artisanal food products but to offer you a cozy gathering place during the cold winter months. Throughout December we will also have a mini Craft Bazaar. So come by for holiday gift shopping, pick up veggies and enjoy a cup of coffee and a market treat with your friends. Your patronage enables us to bring the FARMS to YOU every Saturday! See you!


Letter to the Editor: Business As Usual?

As a twenty four year resident of Palisades, I have noted that there has been little in the way of commercial enterprises here, but a few have endured. Buying a postage stamp has never been under threat and although we can no longer buy gas at the old gas station, having an excellent café in lieu is indeed a much better alternative. Yonderhill antiques too has reinvented itself, catering for a series of businesses that allow its owner to keep the building in good repair. These businesses however, continue to be attacked by a small group of Palisades residents.


The Hidden Homeless and Hungry in Rockland County.

There were thirst and hunger and you were the fruit; there were grief and the ruins and you were the miracle.
Pablo Neruda

In January of 2016 Gov. Cuomo signed a mandate stating that during cold weather months everyone must be given clean, warm and safe shelter. In actuality it is a controversial mandate to forcibly move those who appear homeless to shelters or warming centers, one even Mayor De Blasio, with his championing of homeless solutions, refused to comply with. Until this month Rockland County has been shelterless for our general homeless population. After years of pressure from local organizations and the Governor’s mandate, the County has offered up Building D in Pomona as a warming center between November and April for overnight stays. When temperatures are below 32° the center will remain open a full twenty-four hours.


Letter to the Editors: Firefighters Seek Support For Firehouse Expansion

In 1969, John Paulding Engine Company’s firehouse located on Route 340 in Sparkill was built to more effectively serve the residents and visitors to the Sparkill-Palisades Fire District. Over the past 48 years, we have expanded to include Thorpe Village, IBM, Lamont, S.T.A.C., Venture, Dowling Gardens Senior Home, and numerous new housing developments, parcels, and streets. We now have 40 active volunteer firefighters who answer the call for over 120 alarms a year, working tirelessly and without compensation.


It's Time to Get Involved

November 8 saw the end of the most divisive, polarizing election cycle I can ever remember. Members of both political parties are worried about the future of their families and of the country. Many of us feel that America is changing in ways that are hard to accept. Faced with the current situation, some people are protesting in the streets. Others, dealing with reality in more practical ways, are waiting to see if the ship of state can right itself under the coming administration and find a safe haven that’s good for everyone. The one choice we should avoid making is to close our eyes to what’s happening around us.


Letter to the Editor: October 2016

Keep Palisades the Same? Stay Informed!

While scanning through the archives of our Palisades Newsletter I realized that March, 2017 will mark the 40th anniversary of the founding of 10964. I read through the first copies printed in 1977 only to find that many of the issues that faced the community back then still face us today. Traffic and speeding, concern for our historic areas and the community’s character, the future of the Palisades School, development and loss of green space, all led to the formation of multiple organizations like the Palisades Community Action Group, the West Hudson Environmental Association, the Palisades School Council, and the Palisades Historical Committee, just to name a few, whose stated goals were that of saving our hamlet. But it is the formation of the Palisades Civic Association in 1985 that would come to have the most comprehensive and powerful voice, short of incorporating as a Town, that represented the community before Town Boards and other government entities with the greatest success. Its history and accomplishments can be read in an article in this issue by Alice Gerard.


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: October 2016

Sunday Worship Service: 10:00 a.m.

Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study: Wednesdays 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal: Thursdays 8:00 p.m.
Pastor: Reverend Angela Maddalone
Please check out our Facebook page!
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


A New Civic Association

Recent stories in 10964 have dealt with two current threats to our community: the increasing size of homes, and the destruction of our historic houses. A proposal to build a huge house — originally 12,500 square feet — was first reduced in size under pressure from the Historic Areas Board of Review (HABR) and then abandoned. A charming house on Woods Road was slated to be torn down by its new owners but now there are plans to re-erect it in a new location.



Thank you to our community! Thank you to all who have become members of the PCC and have given financial donations. Since volunteers operate the PCC, all donations and membership go directly to the up keep and restoration of this historic building. We invite everyone to become a member! Thanks to all who donated to our Annual Earth Day Tag Sale and our Annual Spring Clothing drive for People to People and pet supplies for Hi- Tor Animal Shelter.




Carol Baxter, President
Alice Buchanan, Vice President
Carol Knudson, Secretary
Andrew Nelson, Treasurer
Michele Balm, Keith Buterbaugh, Dr. Leo Keegan, Dr. Jeffrey Levine, and Lynn Sandhaus
Honorary Board member: Dr. Virginia McCauley

Eileen Larkin

PO Box 222
Palisades, NY 10964
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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: December 2015

Palisades Presbyterian Church
117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12 - 5:00pm


In Our Backyard: Groomington Coat Factory

A white van with bright pink lettering and black paw prints speckling the side rumbles down our driveway. An hour later, our household princess, a small one-year-old Havanese, is runway ready. Washed, trimmed, brushed and fluffed, she is stress and mess free – definitely better groomed than her owners.



Palisades Presbyterian Church Annual Strawberry Festival

The Palisades Presbyterian Church will host its annual strawberry festival on Saturday, June 13, from 2:00 – 6:00 pm, rain or shine.
Come join us as we serve up our delicious strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream – a truly memorable treat! Quarts of tasty strawberries will also be on sale.


Update on the Palisades Cemetery

The Board of the Palisades Cemetery Association has been meeting regularly and dealing with the many tasks necessary to make the cemetery operational again. On May 16, as part of History Day at the Palisades Community Center, Carol Knudson will lead tours of the cemetery, starting at 10:00 am. We hope that many of you will take the opportunity to visit the cemetery and learn more about the former residents buried there. The grounds will have had their spring cleanup by that date, and if the flowers and foliage cooperate, you will see how beautiful the cemetery can be.


Slow Down

A few weeks back, a couple walking their dog on Washington Spring Road had to literally jump off the road to avoid being hit by a car speeding past them. This is not an unfamiliar story in Palisades. For the last ten years, at every Palisades Community Center Annual Meeting, traffic safety has been the most heated discussion item with speeding at the top of the list. In 2009, a traffic study on Oak Tree Road revealed that 85% of cars were traveling at least 10 mph over the 30 mph speed limit.


Palisades Free Library News: March 2015

Palisades Free Library
Member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System
and ANSER Network
19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY 10964
845-359-0136, Fax 845-359-6124



Palisades Presbyterian Church
117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687



THANK YOU to all those who donated books and household items to our recent sales! Also, Michael Tersigni for his architectural design services, David Palachek and Paul Goldman for their graphic design services and volunteers Kathy Sykes, Elizabeth Quinn, David and Thomas Fowler, Bailey and Scarlet Ottley and their goats, Alex Chin, Vienna and Ellis Guzewich and Bernie Doyle. Along with the efforts of our board members, we could not run our programs without the help of Eileen Larkin, Joyce Gavin and Susan Nemesdy.

Watch for the new 2015 PALISADES COMMUNITY DIRECTORY mid-winter!


Alex Chin's Cemetery Project

The Palisades Cemetery, one of the hidden gems of the hamlet, is the final resting place for many individuals who have had a major impact on our small community as well as the entire Hudson Valley. I have chosen the Palisades Cemetery as my Girl Scout Gold Award Project because I am fascinated with the history behind the people who have been laid to rest here.


Bright Horizons Preschool

Youʼve passed it many times. Maybe it even caught your eye - that glint of white through the evergreens off Route 9W, just south of the light at Washington Spring Road. Formerly the “Tree Ring Lab” division of The Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory Campus, this single story structure is now home to Bright Horizons, a Daycare/Preschool facility accredited by the NAEYC (National Association of Education for Young Children).


Palisades Community Center (PCC) News: Dec.2013

Thanks to your financial, goods and services donations and volunteer involvement, we have come a long way with our restoration projects. Our last phase is the installation of a handicap bathroom and a renovated kitchen (that is currently unusable.) With your help we can achieve this goal!


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: December 2013

117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687

Office Hours:
Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


December 2013 Bulletin Board

Greta Nettleton's book The Quack's Daughter has been picked up by the University of Iowa Press and will be coming out in a second edition in the spring of 2014 under that imprint.

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