DON’T COMPLAIN...DO SOMETHING!

Rockland County is looking for people who would like to work as election inspectors. It’s sort of like passing Go in Monopoly; as a paid volunteer, you get $200 for your service on election day, plus $25 for taking the training class. If you hurry, you can get trained in time to work on both 2021 elections; the primaries are in June and the general elections are in November. Classes are still being offered until May 24 at the county office buildings in New City, off of Route 45. I did the training in March, and I found it to be both fascinating and inspiring. We are lucky to have a great group of people to administer our elections.

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Palisades Community Center News: May 2021

Palisades Community Center Celebrating 150 years! 1870-2020
We are still collecting memories of the “Old School.” Did you or a family member go to school there? Do you have photos? Memories or stories to tell? Please e-mail us at: PCC@palisadesny.com Help us document this period of our Palisades history!

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PALISADES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, MAY 2021

PALISADES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687 Palisades, NY 10964
Phone: 845-359-3147
Email: ppc10964@gmail.com
Website: www.palpresny.org

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Bulletin Board, May 2021

SUMMER ARTS CAMP @ ROCA
Open House Saturday, May 15 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (rain date May 22 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)
Meet the Camp Director and Staff! Tour the facility.
Arts Camp @ RoCA is one of the area’s most sought after, unique and praised day camps. Dates for the 2021 season are: June 28 - August 20. Campers can attend a 2, 4, 6 or 8-week session (3 or 5 day-a-week options). The two-week sessions are June 28 - July 9, July 12 - July 23, July 26 - August 6, and August 9 - August 20. RoCA accepts campers entering Kindergarten through 9th grade in 2021. Measures have been put in place to assure that COVID-19 Prevention Guidelines are met.
For more information go to rocklandartcenter.org

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Palisades Free LIbrary News: March, 20211

POTS AND PANS IN PALISADES 4TH EDITION COOKBOOK Thank you to everyone who contributed. We received over 100 submissions from 80 Palisades residents. Keep an eye out for the publication date.

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Sounds of Music, 2021

Music is a family affair in this Heyhoe Woods house. Even before the Yamin family moved to Palisades in 1995, their house on Heyhoe Woods Road echoed with the sound of music. The original 1939 owners, Jean and Edith Cooley, were musicians. Leigh Gibbs Gore, a conductor, lived in the house prior to the Yamins.

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Outdoor Theater, Dance and Music in the Hudson Valley

It’s several months until indoor performances will be commonplace again, but as the weather warms, the Hudson Valley has some great options for live theater, dance and music. Here are a few:

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Police Reform Report: Meaningful Actions But No Budget Cuts

On June 12, 2020 Governor Andrew Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 203 requiring each local government to “adopt a policing reform plan that will maintain public safety while building mutual trust and respect between police and the communities they serve.” Every locality was required to adopt a plan by April 1, 2021 to be eligible for future state funding. To comply, Orangetown formed the Police Reform and Reinvention Collaborative.

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On the Local Environmental Front: Good News and Bad

In 2013, HRNERR – the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) agency that oversees four marshes on the Hudson River – came out with a plan to eradicate up to 200 acres of Phragmites in the Piermont Marsh, most likely by spraying a glyphosate herbicide. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round-Up and the subject of multi-million dollar lawsuits. Local opposition quickly manifested itself and, organized by the Piermont Marsh Alliance, mounted an eight-year campaign to put a stop to this plan. While HRNERR has not officially committed to abandoning the plan, it first reduced the size of the proposed eradication, then pivoted to funding a study – the results of which confirmed that Phragmites serve an important function in absorbing the force of storm surges – and eventually settled on a small project using geotextile rather than herbicide. In a Zoom meeting last summer, the new head of HRNERR essentially admitted that the original plan was a bad idea. Also in 2020, New York passed a law forbidding the use of glyphosate on state land. Overall quite a vindication for the local community that opposed the plan from its inception. But there is bad news too. Once again – as previ- ously happened in 1993 – a “turf war” has erupted

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High Drama at Hi-Tor

Hi-Tor Animal Care Center in Pomona has been the primary shelter for Rockland County’s stray or abandoned animals since 1972, and a “low kill” shelter for the last decade. But a stalled new multi-million dollar facility, rapid board turnover, accusations of poor management and even a lawsuit have cast a pall over the shelter in recent years. Orangetown, citing poor management and ongoing disputes between the shelter’s board and shelter staff, is withdrawing its financial support, and for 2021 will contract with Hudson Valley Humane Society for animal control services (dogs only).

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HNA Palisades Conference Center Update

Since 2018, the impending sale of the HNA Palisades Conference Center on Route 9W has been of great concern because of the potentially dramatic change it could have on the semi-rural feel of our hamlet. Built in 1989 by IBM as a secluded and luxurious state-of-the-art executive training center, this use proved harmonious to Palisades for three decades. The 106-acre property was sold in 2016 to the HNA Group, a Chinese airline and hospitality conglomerate known for acquiring $150 billion worth of property worldwide. But in 2018, the HNA Group, in a financial crisis, put the idyllic property on the market. In 2019, Vasco Ventures, a Brooklyn-based real estate investment business, was set to purchase the property for $40 million, but the deal fell through the day before closing.

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Palisades Community Center News: March 2021

Palisades Community Center
675 Oak Tree Road

Your friends at the Palisades Community Center wish you and your family continued health. Are you new to the area? Welcome! We invite those who do not receive our e-blasts to e-mail us at

Thank you to Larry Bucciarelli, Rich Rasmussen, Susan Nemesdy, Owen and Curt Epstein and Tommy Fowler for lending a hand this snowy winter!

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Palisades Swim Club

The Palisades Swim Club is happy to report 2020 was a successful year. Amid financial uncertainty and a global pandemic the staff put together an amazing year that was certainly the highlight of the summer for many local families.

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Bulletin Board, March 2021

STUDENTS & MEMBERS EXHIBITION
ROCKLAND CENTER FOR THE ARTS
FEB. 15 TO MARCH 22, 2021

The Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) exhibition will be both onsite and virtual. Artwork will include pottery, glass beads, drawing, painting and sculpture. To visit Gallery One and Gallery Two, which will feature 50 works of art, visitors should call for an appointment.

Masks and social distancing are required. To view these works virtually, go to RoCA’s website, www.rockland-artcenter.org

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PALISADES FREE LIBRARY NEWS: MARCH 2021

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

Board of Trustees: Marjorie Galen, President; Margaret Cook, Vice President; Andrew Goffe, Treasurer; Paul Riccobono, Secretary; Sarah Buterbaugh; Marty Nealon; Kathryn Shattuck; Library Director: Maria Gagliardi. The next board meeting is Wednesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm via Zoom and streamed live on Facebook.

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Bunker Die-Off Leads to Investigation

The Atlantic menhaden is no stranger to our part of the river. Also known as bunker, they are a species of schooling fish that swim in large, (really large) groups. This important species is arguably one of the most vital parts of the aquatic food chain model bridging the gap between microscopic organisms and larger predators. These abundant filter-feeding fish convert plankton into a much sought-after source of protein for birds, mammals and larger fish. Seals, birds, striped bass and even whales rely on this abundant food source. The Atlantic menhaden fish stock is very healthy and so abundant that they are still harvested for use as fertilizer and animal feed.

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New Businesses in Palisades (despite the pandemic)

Spring is around the corner, yet the Corona Virus rages on wreaking havoc on both our health and our economy. While many businesses have fallen victim to this cruel pandemic, a few are optimistically hoping persistence and hard work will carry them through these difficult times.

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Tallman Mountain and Palisades Safety Alert

I used to belong to a gym. I went to classes including spin, weightlifting and barre. The pandemic hit; gyms closed. I joined the strolling, loping, jogging, walking, biking, hiking and otherwise displaced formerly fluorescent-lighted gym-goers outside in our forest, Tallman Mountain State Park. I began trekking there and always parked in the dirt lot off 9W. It is always very crowded. Cars stretch for nearly a half mile some weekend days. According to New York State Park attendance figures, in 2019 Tallman had 361,922 visitors. Contrast that with 2020. Last year Tallman attendance exploded to 545,969. Locally this is only exceeded by Bear Mountain State Park which has over 2,000,000 visitors annually.

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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: March 2021

PALISADES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH UPDATE

Rev. Leslie Mott, the interim pastor here at Palisades Presbyterian Church, has been on board now for six months, yet she has met only a handful of our congregation in person, and even those at a proper social-distance. Members like me have not seen each other in person for even longer – not since the Farewell Party for our former Pastor Angela Maddalone, which we slid in on March 15, the day before going fully remote.

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A Shot in the Arm

As of early February, appointments for Covid vaccines in our area are as elusive as snow leopards. Many of the approximately 7.1 million New Yorkers currently eligible are not yet vaccinated due to a frustrating maze of websites, cancelled appointments, and of course, limited vaccine supply. But with new vaccines emerging and supply increasing, this could change quickly. Governor Cuomo has said that New York State is capable of administering 100,000 doses a day when supplies allow. In the meantime, here is information that may help you snag that appointment as supply increases.

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