Bulletin Board: May 2018

LYNN R. SYKES HONORED BY COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
Palisades resident Lynn R. Sykes, professor emeritus at Lamont-Doherty, will receive an honorary degree from Columbia University at Commencement ceremonies on May 16. Honorary degrees are bestowed on several individuals each year who exemplify the ideals of the University through their significant scholarly, artistic or societal achievements or contributions. This is the highest honor that the University can bestow.

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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: May 2018

PALISADES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
117 Washington Spring Road, PO Box 687
Palisades, New York 10964
Phone: 845-359-3147
Email: ppc10964@gmail.com
Website: www.palpresny.org
Worship Hours: 10:00 am every Sunday

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Discovering Your Mysterious Ancestors

Genealogical research can help you learn about your recent ancestors, but what about the deeper past? Models vary, but you probably had over 1,000 ancestors living contemporaneously just 300 years ago in 1700. DNA tests can provide great big-picture insights about one’s ancestry going back thousands of years into human history.

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How Smart Are Smart Meters?

Smart phones, smart thermostats, smart door locks - it seems that anything today can start with the word smart if it performs its function remotely. This prefix certainly applies to the new “smart meters” O&R has begun installing in our area. These smart electric and gas meters give the the utility company the ability to switch off the power to our homes remotely and instantly. They are also able to provide the utility company with almost real time access to our power usage. This has caused concern about who has access to this data. For example, knowing the power consumption in your home can easily give someone access to information about whether you are home or not. Also, a controversial episode happened this past fall when victims of hurricane Harvey had their power cut off before the arrival of the hurricane in a pre-emptive move by the grid operator, causing anger and frustration with customers trying to evacuate.

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A GENEROUS GIFT ADDS TO THE LONG PATH

I’m sure at one time or another you may have strolled or biked along the scenic, wooded path in Tallman Mountain State Park, but did you know that that path is part of a 358-mile long hiking trail known as the Long Path? Conceived in 1931 by Vincent J. Schaefer, the idea for the Long Path was to create an unmarked route connecting scenic and historic points of interest stretching from northern Manhattan to the Adirondacks. The opening stanza of Walt Whitman’s iconic poem “Song of the Open Road” inspired the path’s name.

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Palisades Community Center News: March, 2018

PALISADES COMMUNITY CENTER
675 Oak Tree Road Palisades, NY

PALISADES WINTER FARMERS' MARKET
Saturdays 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Not every community can say they have their very own Farmers’ Market. For the 10th year, we bring the farms, directly to you! In addition, we offer a variety of artisanal specialty items, bakery and Balthazar Breads.
IF YOU HAVEN’T BEEN YET, STOP BY!!!!
Market ends March 31

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Bulletin Board: March 2018

Interior Designer ERNIE DE LA TORRE and architect WALTER CAIN have restaged Edward Hopper's bedroom in the historic Hopper House Museum located in Nyack. It will open to the public on March 9.

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LOCAL ROWERS SUPPORT ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM

For the past year Palisades resident GRETA NETTLETON, with the help of many dedicated volunteers, rowers and non-rowers alike, has headed Rockland Rowing Association’s Adaptive Rowing Program. A core group of athletes with physical disabilities including spinal cord injury, head injury, and amputation, has become deeply involved in the sport. Besides practicing on Rockland Lake twice a week, they traveled to a national adaptive regatta in Philadelphia, where they brought home two golds, two silvers and a bronze medal. They also traveled to a November scrimmage with RowNY in Queens. During the winter rowers work out indoors on rowing machines known as “ergs." The team won three gold medals at the Don Bosco Ironman Ergathon in January in Ramsey NJ.

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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: March 2018 2017

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

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Palisades Presbyterian Church Ramp Addition

This past summer, the Palisades Presbyterian Church received a generous donation from one of its members to be used for, among other things, a new covered entrance to the pastor’s office on the east side of the church along with a sidewalk leading to that office and a handicap access ramp off the front of the building. The donors chose architect William Pfaff, a member of the church, to design the project. After church members approved his design the plan was submitted to the Historic Board (HABR) and the ZBA in November.

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Oak Tree Road Sidewalk Addition

Over the years, the Town of Orangetown has made a commitment to improve existing sidewalks and to install new ones on Oak Tree Road in Palisades. The remaining section still in need of completing is identified by the Highway Department as between RT 340 and the J.B. Clarke Rail Trail.

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Palisades Free Library News: March 2018

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

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 and Friends of the Palisades Free Library: check library website.

Holidays: Closed Good Friday, March 30

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; Sarah Buterbaugh

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Rockland Psychiatric Center Land Deal Closes

Former town supervisor Andy Stewart enthusiastically announced closing a deal in October involving a land sale of 60 acres, part of the former site of the Rockland Psychiatric Center. The sale of the property, which has never been on the town tax roll, was sold to JP Morgan Chase Bank for a price of $7.5 million dollars.

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ROCKLAND STATE HOSPITAL: A HISTORY

I’m with you in Rockland
where you scream in a straightjacket that you’re
losing the game of the actual pingpong
of the abyss

I’m with you in Rockland
where you bang on the catatonic piano the soul
is innocent and immortal it should never die
ungodly in an armed madhouse…

I’m with you in Rockland
in my dreams you walk dripping from a seajourney
on the highway across America in
tears to the door of my cottage in the Western
night

excerpts from Howl (for Carl Solomon) by Allen Ginsberg, 1956

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A Bright Idea

On December 8 the first of 2,260 new street lights for our town were installed in Sparkill by All Bright Electric. The $2.3 million dollar investment will save the town an estimated $400,000 a year in utility costs. The new fixtures should end up saving our town millions of dollars over their estimated 20 year lifespan.

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Planning for Orangetown's Future

Chris Day, Orangetown’s newly elected Town Supervisor, was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss his goals and a number of issues important to our community. Here are his comments.

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Community Meets to Discuss Marsh Plan

On February 5, over 150 residents from Piermont and Palisades attended a meeting held at Piermont Village Hall where NYS DEC presented their plans to protect and restore portions of the Piermont Marsh. The DEC’s plan to use the herbicide “glyphosate” was met with great concern by nearly all attending, with several people speaking out forcefully about the known dangers to both humans and wildlife.

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Hey Palisades!

We want to hear from YOU.

What’s on your mind…

What do you love about living in Palisades?

What do you see as its problems?

Tell us in 40 words or less via our email at info@Palisadesny.com

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Palisades Presbyterian Church News: December 2017

Christmas Eve Services
December 24: 10:00 am: Regular Service
5:30 pm: Family Christmas Service
11:00 pm: Candlelight Christmas Service

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Bulletin Board: December 2017

Katie Elevitch Opens Art Gallery
Former Palisades resident Katie Elevitch has opened up 95 1/2 Main, an Art Gallery and Arts Event and Workshop Space in the heart of downtown Nyack.. The next group exhibit opens Friday December 1st, and is titled "Quiet and Noise: Peace in Painful Times" and will feature local Rockland County artists. Also in December: Katie will perform an intimate concert of original music to launch the space's new music and performance series “The Listening Room” on Thursday Dec. 7, 7:00-9:00 pm. Proceeds from this concert will benefit 95 1/2 Main's arts programs and exhibitions.

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