Palisades Free Library News: October 2016


Open Mah Jongg Play
The Mah Jongg group meets every Tuesday. Advanced, beginners, and experienced players welcome for casual, noncompetitive play. No instruction is provided and we recommend that you bring your own National Mah Jongg League card.
Tuesdays, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Bulletin Board: October 2016

2016 Presidential Election: Tuesday, November 8
Please remember to vote in this crucial election. Palisades residents vote at the Palisades Esplanade on 640 Oak Tree Road from 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Part II: Different Town, Same Accident: What Is Being Done?

This past summer on Friday, June 3, only 200 yards away from a school in Mosier, Oregon, a set of broken bolts in a railroad bed could no longer handle the stress of another Union-Pacific train carrying oil from the Bakken formation in North Dakota. Fourteen of the 96 DOT-111 tanker cars ruptured, releasing 42,000 gallons of crude oil.


The 25 Percent Myth

*Lynn Sykes forwards this response by Roger Witherspoon, a journalist specializing in matters related to energy use and production, to Entergy’s assertion that Indian Point provides 25 percent of the electrical power consumed by New York City and Westchester County, and that closing the power plant would force the city to buy dirty energy produced by coal. The original document has been abridged by 10964 because of space*.


Suez Water NY Wants Its Money Back

After years of local opposition, the plan for a multi-million dollar desalination plant in Haverstraw, New York is officially belly up. But who picks up the roughly $50 million tab for the cancelled project’s legal, engineering, and planning costs? Look closely at that water bill in the next few years because it will be you, the customer.


Palisades Free Library News: May 2016


Please join neighbors and friends of the Palisades Free Library for a festive afternoon Saturday, May 14th (rain date May 15) to celebrate our 125th anniversary.


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: May 2016

Strawberry Festival
Saturday, June 11, is the date for this year’s Old Fashioned Strawberry Festival at the Palisades Presbyterian Church. The Festival runs from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, rain or shine, on the Church grounds. Enjoy strawberry smoothies, lemonade, and of course the famous strawberry shortcake (with homemade whipped cream) while having fun with neighbors and friends. Face painting and other children’s activities make this a great family outing too. For more information, contact the Palisades Presbyterian Church at 845-359-3147, or visit the Church website at


Letter to the Editor: May 2016

If you live in Palisades, you know what a special place it is, protected from the unbridled development trampling northward through New Jersey by only a state line and zoning laws that a vigilant community want seriously enforced.


Bulletin Board - May 2016

The Palis-Agers will meet in the Community Room of the Palisades Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, May 18 at 1:45 pm. Gerri Miras will speak to us about folk tales, which go back to the beginning of recorded history. She has given a course on the subject at the Learning Collaborative. As usual, we will share coffee, cookies and conversation.


Letter to the Editor

When in 1977 a group founded 10964, it was envisioned as a newsletter that would unite this incredibly diverse community. It was never intended to be a place for divisive, unsubstantiated personal attacks such as what was recently published in the May issue by Susan Nemesdy. To characterize Prominent Properties Sotheby's International Realty as a company that "represents the glitzy luxury lifestyle most of us moved here to get away from" without a scintilla of evidence to support the claim is virtually slanderous. At a minimum, it violates the intended spirit of 10964.


Bulletin Board - MARCH 2016

Update on Anellotech
Cost effectiveness has won the day regarding expansion of Anellotech’s research and development facility in Pearl River. After the project’s controversial approval by the town last year, five construction companies were approached to bid on the job. In a January statement, Anellotech’s CEO David Sudolsky said “all the quotes were signifi cantly above our target.” The company will build its new facility in Silsbee, Texas citing lower operating costs, better infrastructure and easy access to a highly skilled workforce.



Palisades Community Center Board members:
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

Rental Coordinator:
Eileen Larkin


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: March 2016

Palisades Presbyterian Church
117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Please check out our facebook page!


Palisades Free Library News: March 2016

Saturday, May 14. Help us celebrate the library’s 125th anniversary with a plant swap and book sale, food and music and much more. Stay tuned for more information. Please contact the library if you are interested in volunteering to help out in preparation for, or on the day of, the event.

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

Hours: Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Friday - Saturday
11:00 am - 5:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
Next Meeting of the Board of Trustees: Wednesday, April 13 at 7:30 pm. Open to the public.

Holidays: Closed Good Friday, March 25, Closed Easter, March 27, Closed Mother’s Day, May 8, Closed Memorial Day, May 30.

Director: Maria Gagliardi; Board of Trustees: Helena Power, Treasurer; Mary Ann Brueckner, Secretary; Marjorie Galen; Holly Seeger; Beverly Warwick. Elected to the Board at the 2016 Annual Meeting: Jen Citrolo, Suzanna Frosch, John Guzewich, Christopher Keywork


Protecting Our Historic District

Palisades residents, turning out by the dozens, filled the room at three Historic Areas Board of Review (HABR) meetings in September, October and November to contest the building of a 12,000 sq ft house in the Palisades Historic District. The property is located on a 2-acre land-locked lot behind the cemetery. The main concern of the community was the proposed size, which was three times the average size of the historic homes surrounding the area. In addition, the design of the home was not “in harmony” or compatibility with the surrounding his-toric homes. There was great concern that the approval of this 12,000 sq. ft. house would set a precedent for future new construction in the Historic District. Three times, the architectural plan was denied by HABR.


Tallman Beach and Pool Club

The Tallman State Park swimming pools are reopening this summer thanks to Billy Procida. After this wonderful community landmark sat vacant and abandoned for the last several years when New York slashed funding to the State Park system during the Recession, Procida has signed a twenty-year lease with the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to reopen and manage the adult and kiddie pools. Tallman Beach and Pool Club LLC will be operated as a public-private partnership between Procida Funding and the State Park System.


Williston Oil Shipping Through Area

Williston, North Dakota is a small city of 15,000 over 1,800 miles away from Palisades. We don’t share much in common with this community aside from huge quantities of crude oil passing through our communities daily. Williston has been ground zero for the American oil boom brought on by the controversial method of hydraulic fracturing, more popularly known as “fracking.” This boom has made America the world’s largest oil producer by volume. In 2015, the North Dakota oil fi elds fl ooded the market with one million barrels a day; that equates to over 50 million gallons every 24 hours.



Palisades Community Center (PCC) News


Sunday, December 20 15th Annual Christmas Caroling and Pizza Party
Meet at 11 Horne Tooke Road at 2:30pm sharp. Sheet music provided. Carolers will sing thru the streets and then bring holiday cheer to the Esplanade and Jawanio ending at the PCC for a Pizza Party For further info:


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: December 2015

Palisades Presbyterian Church
117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687

Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12 - 5:00 p.m.
Please check out our facebook page!


Bulletin Board - December 2015

Elections: Two years ago, Orangetown Supervisor Andy Stewart was re-elected by only two votes; this time he defeated his opponent by 1200 votes. There were two contested seats on the Orangetown Town Board. One was won by Democrat Gerry Bottari and the other by Republican Paul Valentine. Eileen Larkin, who worked at the polls that day, tells us that only 25% of the registered voters came to vote. Elections matter; let’s do better next time.

Thomas Mazziotti, Palisades resident and film director (“Charlie Hoboken”) will be hosting a new after hours series called “Little Known Films” at the Palisades Free Library. Read the film review first in Tom’s column of the same name in 10964, then come with your friends and neighbors to see the film. This issue’s title, Gemma Bovery, will be shown free of charge on December 5th at 5:00 pm in the Marie Firestone Community Room on the library’s third floor. Light appetizers and discussion to follow.