Palisades Community Center News: Dec. 2023

675 Oak Tree Road Palisades, New York

Board members:
Carol Baxter, President, Michele Balm, VP, Marco Jo Clate, Secretary, Carol Knudson, Treasurer, Sabelle Frasca, Leo Keegan, Erin Mullahy, Sunny Park

Rental Coordinator:
Eileen Larkin, ileenog@aol.com

Website:
www.palisadescc.org

E-mail:
PCC@palisadesny.com

Instagram:
@palisadescommunitycenterny

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Palisades Free Libraty News: Dec. 2023

Palisades Free Library
Member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System
19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY 10964
845-359-0136
www.palisadeslibrary.org

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Bulletin Board, Dec. 2023

New Bus Routes
Covid-19 put a dramatic halt to the already dismal bus service to New York City, diminishing it to two buses in the morning and two at night. As of mid-October, the bus service has expanded, adding many more routes. The real test will be whether Rockland Coaches will provide reliable, on-time service. To keep this bus service alive and well, consider leaving your car at home on occasion, and taking the bus.
To Port Authority Bus Terminal: (approx. 58 min) 6:42 am, 7:22 am, 7:52 am, 8:22 am, 8:52 am, 10:52 am, 12:52 pm, 2:52 pm and 4:52 pm
To GWB: (approx. 27 min) 7:03 am, 8:03 am, 9:48 am, 11:48 am, 3:48 pm
From Port Authority Bus Terminal: (approx. 48 min) 4:15 pm, 4:45 pm, 5:15 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:15 pm
From GWB: (approx. 26 min) 8:45 am, 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm
Tickets can be purchased online: Adult: $8.75, (0-14) $5.50, Senior/Special needs $4.35

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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: Dec. 2023


Pastor: Reverend Erin Moore; Sunday Worship: 10:00 am
Tel: 845-359-3147, Email: ppc10964@gmail.com, Website:
www.palpresny.org
Follow us on: www.facebook.com/ThePalisadesPresbyterianChurch@palisadespresbyterianchurch

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New Interim Director Named at Lamont-Doherty

Steven Goldstein, the Higgins Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences and a member of the LDEO Geochemistry Division, has recently been appointed Interim Director of Lamont-Doherty, replacing Maureen Raymo who resigned to focus on her research.

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Holtec & Hochul: A David and Goliath Story

Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant in Buchanan, N.Y. previously owned by Entergy, was sold and transferred to Holtec International, LLC in 2021. Indian Point was closed for financial reasons and for the safety of the environment: air, water, soil AND for the health and safety of the public and workers. This issue had been studied since 2012.

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Understanding the Blue Machine

"The Blue Machine" is the title of a book by British oceanographer and physicist Helen Czerski in which she describes the ocean engine that distributes equatorial heat around the world by means of gigantic ocean currents. A lot of the work establishing the existence of these currents was done by scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, located in Palisades. My husband Sam Gerard participated in some of this research, working with other scientists, including Wallace Broecker.

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Our New Neighbor: Grace Knowlton’s Steel Twist

Drivers, bikers and pedestrians entering the Village of Piermont from points South are greeted by Grace Knowlton’s spectacular sculpture, Steel Twist, newly installed at the intersection of Ferdon Avenue and Rockland Road. Knowlton’s iconic work presides over this gateway to our village, resting on a plinth of massive granite blocks, thanks to the generosity of the artist’s family and our neighbors. The story of how this came to be stretches back more than a dozen years.

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Looking for the Light

As far back as we go in human history, we find people marking the midwinter solstice, the coldest time of the year in temperate climates, with rites and celebrations. Many of these celebrate light. Early cultures were aware that the day was getting shorter, and afraid that light might disappear permanently without the performance of special ceremonies. When it was clear that the days had stopped getting shorter, and that the terrifying changes were reversing themselves, everyone celebrated. Perhaps they were luckier than we are: nature always came through for them, the light always returned, and their fears were allayed. Some of these celebrations lasted for days and raised everyone’s spirits in spite of the cold weather and temporary darkness.

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Palisades Community Center News: Oct. 2023

Are you new to the area? Welcome! To those who do not receive our e–blasts, e–mail us at PCC@palisadesny.com to receive PCC and Palisades Alerts.

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
During this season of thankfulness, thanks to all those who have supported the PCC’s restoration efforts this year through membership, financial donations, and attending our events. Thank you, as well, to the Friends of the PCC who lent a hand this year by volunteering their time or donating many quality items to our Community Estate Sales: And to our PCC Friends: The next generation…Arielle & Averie Celona, Lulu & Benji Dickey, Owen & Eric Epstein, David & Tommy Fowler, Hanna & Henry Frasca, Jack & Frank Mullahy, Bella & Nina Vasquez, Wyatt & Jude White

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In Memoriam — Gust Babalis

Konstantinos (Gust) John Babalis passed away peacefully from natural causes at his home in Santa Monica, CA, on June 30, 2023, surrounded by family and his beloved dogs Django and Billie. Active right up until the end of his 98+ years, Gust’s gentle departure was a testament to the man he was.

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In an Emergency Are You Prepared?

The world watched in horror at the unimaginable devastation on the island of Maui. Raging forest fires have become an annual occurrence in California and Oregon. In the last two years, “Red Flag” warnings in Rockland County have become more frequent. The National Weather Service posts alerts when a combination of low humidity, warm temperatures and strong winds are expected, conditions that can cause fires to spread rapidly.

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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: Oct. 2023

Pastor: Reverend Erin Moore -Sunday Worship: 10:00 am
Tel: 845-359-3147, Email: ppc10964@gmail.com, Website: palpresny.org
Follow us on: www.facebook.com/ThePalisadesPresbyterianChurch@palisadespresbyterianchurch

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Bulletin Board, Oct. 2023

VOTE! VOTE!
General Election for local positions on November 7
Oct 28–30 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Oct 31 Noon - 8:00 pm
Nov 1 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nov 2 Noon - 8:00 pm
Nov 3–5 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Election Day Voting
Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 6:00 am – 9:00 pm Palisades residents vote at Sparkill/Palisades Fire Department: 520 NY Route 340, Sparkill, NY.

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Palisades Free Libraty News: Oct. 2023

Palisades Free Library
Member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System
19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY 10964
845–359–0136
www.palisadeslibrary.org

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Barefoot Walking Meditation

Several times while on the Tallman trail I passed as many as six people walking barefoot on the dirt path. These middle–aged and older Asian men and women walk together in silence. When I approached the group Jennifer Kim introduced herself and offered to answer some of my questions. That is how I ended up at the Bulkwang Zen Meditation Center in Tappan on Route 303 on a summer Saturday.

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Community Conversations

Building on the history of the Palis-Agers, the March 2023 issue of 10964 included a poll asking readers about their desire to hold regular, participant-led conversations to share joys and concerns, strengthen relationships and discuss topics of interest in the community. The survey results were quite positive and four gatherings were held last spring, with a group of 15–20 in a wide range of ages participating each time. Topics ranged from spotty cell phone service to humorous high school anecdotes.

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When Scripture Meets the Stage Happily: After Ever

Back in the 1970’s I served as co–director of Willowbrook Ministries, an innovative interreligious storefront ministry at Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, NJ. We used various educational, social justice and artistic techniques to address issues that were emerging in sprawling suburbia in the final decades of the 20th century. We developed a theatrical technique – ensemble improvisation - to move (mostly “troubled”) young people toward self–empowerment. Not just a therapeutic exercise, we also created quality, engaging theatre.

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Palisades Community Center News: May 2023 2022

Palisades Community Center
675 Oak Tree Road Palisades, NY

15th Annual Mother's Day Plant and Gift Sale Saturday, May 6, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Featuring a wide selection of beautiful plants:
Annuals, perennials and heirloom plants from local nurseries
Plants from neighborhood gardens
Herbs and vegetable plants
Flower arrangements
Special Thanks to Hey Hoe Garden Design

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Palisades Free Library News: May 2023

Palisades Free Library
Member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System
19 Closter Road, Palisades, NY 10964
845-359-0136
www.palisadeslibrary.org

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