Palisades Presbyterian Church News: May 2017

Pastor: Reverend Angela Maddalone
Sunday Worship: 10:00 am
Sunday School: 10:00 am
Choir Practice: Sundays 11:00 am
Bible Study: Every Wednesday 12:15 pm -1:30 pm
Parent Support Group: First Wednesday of the Month 7:30 pm
Office Hours: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm Tuesday and Thursday


The Taxman Cometh

High taxation near one of the country’s largest metropolitan areas shouldn’t be surprising, but according to the real estate research firm Zillow, Rockland residents shoulder one of the heaviest tax burdens in the entire nation. On average, only Westchester residents pay more “all-in” annual tax; “all-in” meaning a taxpayer’s total tab for school, town and county, and, if applicable, village and city taxes.



Never prepared for a birthday or Christmas, my husband is, and always has been, a last minute impulse shopper. While always appreciated, his gifts are for the most part extravagant, but unfortunately useless. So this past Christmas the family watched intently for my reaction as I unwrapped my mystery gift. I was speechless, but my sons could hardly contain their excitement as there on my lap, sat the DJI Phantom 4 Drone. The boys' imaginations instantly ran rampant, but all I could say is "Where's the receipt?" After some intense convincing by way of Youtube, we charged the battery, and went out into the yard. With a glass of wine in my hand, I watched my new "toy" hover over the Hudson as it filmed our Christmas Day salute from several hundred feet over our heads. For once, Dad's impulse was spot on!


Bulletin Board: May 2017

Mark your calendar: Tuesday, May 9 at 8:00 pm at the Town Hall located at 26 Orangeburg Road in Orangeburg. This is your opportunity to make your voice heard at the Town Board Workshop on Palisades traffic safety issues, particularly those affecting the Route 9W corridor between the New York State line and Tallman Mountain State Park. A marked increase in pedestrian, bicycle and commercial traffic in this area means the time is right for the Town to revisit traffic safety issues with the Department of Transportation. Your attendance is important in our efforts to help prevent the next accident. For more information e-mail:



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

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11-9, Friday - Saturday 11-5, Sunday 1-5 (closed summer Sundays starting June 18)

Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees: Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 pm at the library. Open to the public.

Closed: Mother’s Day, May 14; Memorial Day, May 29; Independence Day, July 4; Labor Day, September 4

Director: Maria Gagliardi; Board of Trustees: Marjorie Galen, President; Beverly Warwick, Vice-President; Christopher Keywork; Treasurer; Jen Citrolo, Secretary; Natalie Barak; Margaret Cook; Suzanna Frosch; John Guzewich; Matthew Miller


A New Organization Combats Old Problems

Here we go again… Since the inception of 10964 in 1977, there have been countless articles about traffic safety concerns, specifically on Route 9W, Route 340 and Oak Tree Road. Over the years, the community has rallied to convince the Town of Orangetown and the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to correct what many feel are dangerous situations.


Calling All Women to Join for a Cause

“It all started with an idea, a bunch of passionate broads and a little wine,” says Donna Schmidt, a member of the Planning Committee for Women Dine for a Cause (WDFC). Liz Kallen and Paula Davis were the first to come up with the idea to support local Rockland County non-profits with an event every other month at someone’s home or a community gathering place. The non-profits selected would be those that support women, children and families. They quickly roped in Rochelle Spooner, Donna Schmidt, Emily Dominguez, Kathy Jaffe and Sandy Weiner, all of whom now work tirelessly for the organization. “This is the most dedicated group of people with whom I have ever worked,” comments Liz Kallen. “Each of them works on the events as if it was their own private event. It is extraordinary!”


William Anthony Gerard, 1954 — 2017

William Anthony Gerard, called Tony by friends and family, was born on January 4, 1954 in New York City. He lived in Palisades, New York his entire life. Tony never married, but is survived by his mother Alice Gerard and sister Annie Gerard.


Lamont News

PROFESSOR MARK A. CANE, a climate scientist at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and S. George Philander, an oceanographer at Princeton University, have been awarded the prestigious 2017 Vetlesen Prize for Achievement in Earth Sciences.


Palisades Free Library News: March 2017

HOURS: Monday to Thursday 11:00 to 9:00, Friday, Saturday 11:00 to 5:00, Sunday 1:00 to 5:00 Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees: Wednesday, April 12, at 7:30 pm at the library. Open to the public.

HOLIDAYS: Closed Good Friday, April 14, Easter Sunday, April 16

Director: Maria Gagliardi; Board of Trustees: Marjorie Galen, President; Beverly Warwick, Vice President; Jen Citrolo, Secretary; Chris Keywork, Treasurer; Natalie Barak, Margaret Cook, Suzanna Frosch, John Guzewich, Matthew Miller.


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: March 2017

Ash Wednesday Service, March 1, 7:00 pm

Easter Sunday, April 16.

6:30 am sunrise service at the Ludington's house
10:00 am service at Palisades Presbyterian Church


Bulletin Board: March 2017

Art by Suzanna Frosch will be featured in Edward Hopper House show, Rock, Paper, Scissors, which runs from March 10 to May 21, 2017. The show features the work of three artists, Suzanna Frosch, Polly King and John Rosis, who create space and depth through the use of collage and layered materials.

Suzanna’s found objects mark the passage of time and, she relates, “possess their own narrative, each a silent reminder of their personal history.” Hopper House, 82 North Broadway, Nyack. Opening Reception: Thursday, March 9, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.



An Afternoon with Al Perlmutter- A PBS Retrospective
It’s almost impossible to imagine life without PBS. Producer, Executive Director, and winner of 6 Emmys and 5 Ace Awards, Al helped to shape what PBS is today, beginning with The Great American Dream Machine and Bill Moyer’s Power or the Myth, just to name two of his lifetime achievements. Join us as he shares footage and remembrances of his work in the early stages of PBS. .

Sunday, April 30
4:00 pm
General Admission: Advance sale $12/At the door $15
PCC members, students and seniors $10
Refreshments served


Skunk Hollow Historical Marker Repair

Palisades is not a Levittown, conceived on a developer’s drawing board. We see that in such aspects as our roads that don’t always take a direct route to where we need to go - many designed for horses rather than SUVs. Our town is blessed with a rich and diverse history that has sculpted a unique and irreplaceable setting. Native Americans who lived for thousands of years in the area watched Henry Hudson sail up the river 167 years before George Washington spent time hiding at a Palisades blockhouse as he led the Revolutionary War.


The Art of the Deal in Rockland

If you are befuddled by national politics these days, take a close look at Rockland County’s 2017 budget battle. It may enlighten you. The back and forth of the budget approval process is a microcosm of a familiar ethos; “I’ll give you this, but only if you give me that.” In this case, lack of funding for a collection of beloved Rockland County nonprofits is linked to the stalled sale of a crumbling building in New City. Two entirely unrelated issues, right? Enter the Art of the Deal.


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: December 2016

117 Washington Spring Road
PO Box 687



Palisades Community Center (PCC) News

Palisades Indoor Winter Farmers’ Market Returns for our 9th season!
Saturday, Jan 14 9:00 am-1:00 pm

We are lining up our favorite farmers and have a waiting list of new guest vendors. We will be adding special events and workshops to our schedule, so stay tuned! We are pleased to not only make available to you just-picked, local produce and artisanal food products but to offer you a cozy gathering place during the cold winter months.

Your patronage enables us to bring the farms to you every Saturday! See you!


Palisades Free Library News: December 2016

On Display in the Marie H. Firestone Community Room
The Artist's Way Meetup Exhibit, featuring the artwork of participants in the Library’s The Artist’s Way Monthly Meetup, will be on display in the community room December 1 – December 31. All are invited to the opening reception: Sunday, December 4, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.


This House Matters

Tina Trastor, producer and director of the film This House Matters, believes that “Historic preservation is not for sissies.” This 30-minute documentary, shown at the Palisades Community Center on October 16, tells the stories of four old sandstone houses in Rockland County threatened with destruction. One was destroyed; the other three have been saved because of the dedication and hard work of local preservation groups.



Blooming Hill Organic Farm Delivery
While we wait for our Winter Farmers’ Market to return mid-January, every Friday morning individual bags of just-picked organic fruit and veggies are dropped off at the PCC.

Bags are $45 each. We offer Balthazar Bread and organic eggs. Order when you want. If you would like to try it, e-mail us at <<.

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