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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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


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.


Palisades Free Library News: December 2017

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 11-9, Friday - Saturday 11-5, Sunday 1-5


Two exciting Lamont projects

The Lamont Hall Project

Lamont Hall, the majestic 1929 vintage mansion, has been the intellectual, cultural, and emotional center of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory campus for nearly 70 years. Its corridors hold the echoes of Observatory founder Maurice Ewing and a legion of groundbreaking Earth scientists. It was originally built as country home for financier Thomas Lamont. The building is richly appointed with brownstone, clapboard, and slate roof on the exterior, lath and plaster interior with intricate crown molding, millwork finishes and hardwood floors.


The New York Proposition

This November, New Yorkers voted on whether to convene a state constitutional convention, which we are obliged to do every twenty years by state law, and once again, we rejected the referendum, which we have done every opportunity since 1938.


The Black Panthers: Portraits From an Unfinished Revolution, edited by Bryan Shih and Yohuru Williams

Palisadian Bryan Shih, photographer and journalist, formerly of The Financial Times and NPR, photographed surviving Black Panthers, all rank-and-file members of the party, over four years, and interviewed them about their work and its impact on their lives. The resulting book, The Black Panthers: Portraits From an Unfinished Revolution, was published last year on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party of Self-Defense in Oakland, California.


Nuclear Weapons: A Subject With Dire Consequences

With the Iran nuclear agreement now in question and North Korea testing its rapidly developing nuclear arsenal, the terrifying possibility of a nuclear war should be of major concern to all of us. Silencing the Bomb: One Scientist's Quest to Halt Nuclear Testing, just released by Columbia University Press and written by Dr. Lynn R. Sykes for a general audience, is particularly relevant with all that is going on today.


Palisades Presbyterian Church News: Oct. 2017

PO Box 687
117 Washington
Spring Rd.
Palisades, New York 10964

Office Hours: 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, Tuesday and Thursday


Palisades Community Center News: October, 2017


Our Fourth Year!
You are a judge!
Saturday, October 7 7:00 pm
Doors open at 6:30 pm
Advance Sale $20
PCC members $17
At the Door $25 (Includes wine and snacks)


Palisades Free Library News: October 2017

Palisades Free Library • 19 Closter Road • Palisades, NY 10964
Phone: 845-359-0136 • Fax: 845-359-6124 • E-mail:
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11:00am-9:00pm, Friday and Saturday 11:00am-5:00pm, Sunday, 1:00-5:00pm
Holidays: Closed Mothers’ Day, May 10, and Memorial Day, May 25
Member of the Ramapo Catskill Library System and ANSER Network


Bulletin Board: October 2017

Cristina Biaggi Installation at The Saunders Farm Project 2017

Collaborative Concepts held a mid-run reception on September 23 for its outdoor sculpture exhibit at the Saunders Farm Project 2017 in Garrison. Featured among 60 other works is Cristina Biaggi’s hilltop installation “Triptych Portal” overlooking 140 acres of rolling farmland. The exhibit is open daily to the public from 10:00 am until dusk. Season ends Saturday, October 28 and admission is free.


Preserving Orangetown’s Past and Future

Change is inevitable, but we value our historic past in Palisades. Many people see the increasing size of homes here and the possible destruction of our historic houses as threats to the nature of the community. Last spring three local historians, Mary Cardenas, Orangetown Historian; Carol LaValle of the Tappantown Historic Society; and Alice Gerard of the Palisades Historic Committee suggested reviewing the present Orangetown Historic Law to determine if it could be strengthened against these threats.


The Rockland Sample: Landmark Brain Research in Orangetown

The Rockland Psychiatric Hospital property has been in local news for years: What to do with this semiabandoned 600-acre property in the middle of the Town of Orangetown? Constructed in 1927 and originally called Rockland State Hospital, at its peak in 1959 with 9,000 residents and a staff of 2,000 it was considered “among the best planned psychiatric hospitals in the world.” Today, driving through it, it feels like a ghost town, but on the property is a very active and renowned research facility: The Nathan Kline Institute.


Department of Transportation Comes to Palisades

In January, after years of near misses and accidents ranging from fender benders to fatalities on Route 9W, Avi Barak, Carol Baxter, and Susan Nemesdy, along with dozens of concerned residents, engaged in a reinvigorated redress of grievances to the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT).


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: