In Memoriam: Paul Pomeroy

On February 24, 2019, Paul Pomeroy set sail for eternity after 87 years of scientific research. Born August 14, 1931 to Barbara Green and William Octave Pomeroy in Portland, Maine, Pomeroy graduated from Deering High School and received his B.S. in Geophysics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in l953. After serving as an officer for three years at the United States Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratories, he started graduate studies at Lamont Observatory of Columbia University and received his Ph.D. in Seismology in l963.

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In Memoriam: Gordon Kaye

Gordon Kaye, 83, Alden March Professor Emeritus of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Medical College and retired Chairman of the Board and Executive Vice President of WR2, died February 9, 2019 of complications from pneumonia.

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In Memoriam: Frank Cheney Platt

Frank Cheney Platt, advocate for poetry, poets, literature and writers, dedicated husband and father, died on February 26, in Rockleigh, New Jersey. A resident of Palisades for 25 years, Frank helped grow Poets House, a national poetry library and literary center now headquartered in Battery Park City. Poets House holds over 70,000-volumes of poetry and hosts numerous readings and talks intended to welcome the public into a dynamic discovery of poetry. Frank was committed to arts and culture as a means of protecting and cultivating principles of free speech in an open society. His son Arthur eulogized him as “a four-dimensional juggernaut of life, humor, anxiety, art and love.”

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Liz Mayer Unleashes Her Huggable Horribles

One day in her junior year at the School for Visual Arts in Manhattan, Palisadian Liz Mayer found in a Dumbo warehouse stairwell a cast-off costume box containing jewelry and fluffy fabrics. The artist scavenger in her saw the makings of a pillow so she took the stuff home and began stitching.

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A New Citizen After More Than Fifty Years

On Friday, April 5, Nan Michelmore, a lively, warm, 89-year-old Palisades resident and an accomplished artist, became a United States citizen at a ceremony in Pomona, New York. She has lived in this country since 1966. Nan described the event for me, saying, “155 people like me from 43 different countries participated in the ceremony, a joyous diverse crowd, different in size, color and sex. I feel sure it was one of the happiest days of their lives.” She added, “We now can proudly join in voting and being fully part of our communities as American citizens.”

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LOCAL WAR HERO DIES AT 95

Stanley R. Weber was born in 1923 to German immigrant parents in Inwood, N.Y. He was the youngest of four boys, all of whom served in World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1942 “like everyone else at the time,” he recounted, and after basic training was ready for deployment. In 1944 he marched down Oak Tree Road to Camp Shanks in Orangeburg past what would later be named Swan Street. His division sailed to England in July 1944 and he landed in Normandy, France, on July 17, 1944.

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Stamp Collecting

I was seven when my father received a letter from a friend in Trinidad. Its stamp, unlike any I had seen before, started me collecting stamps. It turned into a fascinating hobby and brought about a deeper understanding of both geography and world history. I have stamps from countries that have disappeared such as Serbia and Bosnia before they became part of Yugoslavia after World War II and from Fiume when it was a seaport, which Hungary lost after WWI. I have stamps going back to Queen Victoria and ones from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and Georges V and VI as well as one of Edward VII. A Belgian stamp from my father’s friend has a Nazi cancellation.

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BARBARA MEYER: SAVING LIVES, ONE DOG AT A TIME

Maybe you’ve seen a woman with red hair walking down Closter Road, being pulled by a pack of dogs and yelling at passing cars to slow down. That’s Barbara Meyer. The dogs, Kenny, Lily and Chance, are her failed fosters - “failed” because Barbara fell in love with them and couldn’t let them go.

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OBITUARY: ROBERT STEVENS, 1924-2018

Robert Garrison Stevens (94) formerly of Palisades, NY died on June 26, 2018 in Greenville, SC. Born in New York City on January 26, 1924 to John W. and Matilda (nee Hahn) Stevens, he grew up in New Rochelle, NY.

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ADAM’S STASH: A GOOD YARN IS THE WHOLE STORY

I loiter quietly among the towering, overstuffed yarn cubbies at the Stitchery, Rockland County’s pre-eminent yarn emporium located in Pearl River, waiting for Adam Leber, the second generation proprietor, to be free. He’s in consultation with a customer about ribbon for a baby bootie project. He gently admonishes, “My mother doesn’t care for ribbon on baby clothes. This is what she does instead.” And he shows the customer how to make a cord that’s in fact much more interesting than ribbon. The customer asks him where he learned so much about knitting and he replies, “Everything I know about knitting, I learned at my mother’s knee…or in the streets.”

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FRANK PAWLOWSKI’S SURVIVAL GUIDE

It may be a bit early for New Year resolutions but here is one you might want to consider putting at the top of your list. It promises to reduce stress, improve concentration, enhance clarity of thought and help you become more positive. What could be better in these perilous times?

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In Memoriam: Sophie Breer, 1957-2018

On August 24, 2018, Sophie Breer suffered a cardiac arrest in her hometown of Minneapolis and passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family and devoted husband.

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In Memorian: Joan Konner, 1931-2018

“Follow your bliss, and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” —Joseph Campbell

As she put it herself, Joan was a child of the atom bomb. The blast made her deeply aware that scientific advancement was outpacing society’s moral and spiritual development, and inspired her to devote her life to the pursuit of ideas. However, the way did not come to her in an atomic flash, but from years of living, first as she was supposed to, and then as she determined to, in a relentless quest to know herself and what it meant to be alive.

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The People Who Keep Us Running: Meet Santhosh

Name: Santhosh.

*What’s your official job title?*
Mail Carrier

How long have you been working in Palisades?
11 Years!

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Things are Blooming at Bluefiled Farm

Each Thursday until frost you can find Joy Macy’s beautiful floral bouquets for sale at the Nyack Farmer’s Market. They are grown on her Bluefield Farm in Blauvelt.

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Kathryn Shattuck: Cowgirl Conquers Manhattan

Kathryn Shattuck comes from hardy pioneer stock, growing up in southwest Kansas on a cattle ranch in her family for generations. “We’re an hour’s drive from Dodge City,” she says. In the early 1880s, Enoch Austin Shattuck, her great grandfather, left Erie, Pennsylvania and headed west to Tombstone, Arizona where he formed the Erie Cattle Company. Butch Cassidy was on his payroll. He eventually settled in Kansas where it was greener and the weather kinder.

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Lydia Lawrence Ratcliff: October 12, 1933 – February 14, 2018

Lydia Ratcliff, by all standards, was a driven woman, well ahead of her time. Born and raised in the Captain John’s House in Snedens by her parents John D. Ratcliff and Marie-Françoise Tonetti, Lydia’s first exposure to farm animals was attending to several goats owned by her mother. Graduating from the Palisades Grammar School, Lydia attended Nyack High School for two years. Thereafter, she enrolled at the newly founded Putney School, an alternative, co-educational school in Putney, Vermont. Early educational programs at Putney not only included core subjects, but also required students to actively participate in running the farm owned by the school. It was this early exposure to farming that eventually led Lydia to her second career.

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Neil Balm and The Trumpet

Neil has been described as a virtuoso. He is principle trumpet for the New York Pops and the Mostly Mozart Festival and co-principle trumpet for the New York City Ballet. He made his solo debut at the Kennedy Center in 1991 and has been a soloist on “Live From Lincoln Center.” He plays for Broadway shows, the opera, big band and with chamber music groups. He records for television, radio, commercials, major motion pictures and with numerous ensembles. He even played rock for Peter Frampton in 1979 in front of 60,000 screaming fans.

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The House that Palisades Restored: A Love Story

It started out as a quest to find a new home in the country. Hiroko and Keizo Tsukada were living in a condo in Jersey City with their three-year-old retired Greyhound racing dog, Gavin. When Gavin broke an ankle and had to be carried up and down flights of stairs, the idea of a home with a backyard was alluring.

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In Memoriam: Carol Elevitch, 1928 - 2018

Carol Lee Kageff grew up in Detroit, Michigan with her parents Bertram and Charlotte and younger brother Burt. She graduated high school Valedictorian in 1946 and went on to earn her B.A. at Wayne State University and M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of Michigan, winning a Hopwood Graduate Short Fiction Award for her novelette The Hovering Gulls. In early 1956 she met Morton Elevitch, also a University of Michigan English grad student/writer. By August they were married.

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