Here’s a New Year’s Resolution that’s green in two ways. Save 10% on your annual electric bill by subscribing to renewable community solar energy. The good news is that this doesn’t require any change to your home. The bad news is that there are a limited number of slots for O&R customers to switch to a new community solar facility being constructed in Orange County. Although this might sound like a cable infomercial come-on, it isn’t: the facility is designed to generate one megawatt of power, which translates into 100-200 subscribers. After the solar developer has signed up 1MW worth of customers, they won’t be accepting any new subscribers.
S’now what? We’ve got the latest snow news from the National Weather Service, Weather Underground, Nyack / Orangetown / Clarkstown schools, the Farmer’s Market and the Town of Orangetown abd Clarkstown. And a link to the Snow Rules when snow rules in Nyack.
Here’s the bottom line: it’s snowing and the wind will be blowing. Stay put and stay safe until it’s over.
Former Nyack Mayor Jen Laird White set the directive for developing a zero percent increase in spending in 2016. That’s a remarkable feat for any municipality, made even more impressive by a repeat performance in 2017.
Laird White retires from public office this month after serving eight years on the Nyack Village Board. A lot has changed in her six years as mayor and two years as trustee. Over the next few days, we’ll recap some of the accomplishments during her time in office.
Children in 800 low-income families in Rockland County will benefit from People to People’s Project Joy, helped by St. Thomas Aquinas College students. STAC Communication Arts students will dress in holiday-themed costumes at a #GivingTuesday Santa Fest on Tues Nov 28 to raise awareness and donations for the P2P initiative.
“I am thrilled to partner with STAC students and join the #GivingTuesday movement,” says Diane Serratore, Executive Director of People to People. “Project Joy isn’t just about toys during the holidays, it’s an opportunity to raise awareness of hunger in Rockland.”
by Richard Kuczkowski and Mia Leo for GraceMusic
The evocative & mystical music of Herbert Howells and Ralph Vaughan Williams opens GraceMusic’s 48th season on Sat Oct 21 at 7p at Grace Church.
The concert features the Grace Church Choir singing some of the most beautiful choral works by both composers. Nyacker Korliss Uecker and Tammy Hensrud will perform solo vocal pieces, accompanied by James Rensink, Director of Music at the Reformed Church in Nyack. Organists Brandon Beachamp & Cleveland Kersh will perform some of Howells’ edgy and exciting organ pieces. Saxophonist Jacob Nevill will join Beachamp at the piano for some new arrangements, and you (the audience) will join us in singing a beloved hymn written by each composer.
Help Plan A Safer Future To Get Around Nyack Without A Car
The Nyack river villages and school district are looking for your help to create a “Greater Nyack Bike/Walk Master Plan.” The Village of Nyack has received a grant to hire a consultant to create this plan; community members are invited to join the GNBWMP committee to help select a vendor and provide input to the chosen consultant once the project gets under way.
Residency or employment in the school district or Nyack river villages is not required to be involved in this effort.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack’s mayor for the past six years has accepted a job with the Champlain Hudson Power Express transmission project. Jen Laird White, who announced that she would not run for re-election almost a year ago, will take on the role of Director of Community Relations for Transmission Developers Inc. (TDI), a company that plans to install a power transmission line from the Canadian border to New York City. The Mayor of Nyack is a part time position at which Laird White has worked almost fulltime during her three two-year terms.
by Bill Batson
Upper Nyack’s School Street has enough history to supply a syllabus. The row houses that line the block were built to accommodate the families of 19th century boat yard workers when Nyack was a regional center for ship building. If the corner store where the street meets North Broadway is strangely familiar, it’s because the address was immortalized by Edward Hopper. The school house that gave the street its name is gone, but the sound of the bell that rang from its tower to summon students to class still lingers in memory.
by Bill Batson
Part entrepreneur, part educator, part BBQ evangelist, Chef Kendell Brenner has launched J+K Brenner Sauce + Spice company, along with Hot-cha WAA-cha® hot sauces; created Chefs2Be, a culinary camp for young, budding chefs; and produced events from intimate dinner parties to chili fests. Where there’s smoke, fire, hot sauce and young chefs to be, you’ll find Kendell Brenner.
Chef Brenner will bring his artisanal hot sauces to the Nyack Farmers’ Market on Thursday, July 20 from 8a – 2p in the municipal parking lot on Main St.
by Bill Batson
Like millions of Americans, West Nyack’s Robin Bell dreads her commute. It’s not the time it takes to cover the 26,000 mile round trip. And while she certainly misses her family during the weeks she spends at her remote workspace; that is not the worst part. It’s the carbon footprint from the passenger and ski-equipped cargo planes that troubles her the most. Robin Bell is a climate scientist and air travel is the only practical way for her to get to her “office” at Field Camp Twin Otter in Antarctica.
Closer to home, Earth Day will be celebrated in Nyack on Saturday, April 22 from noon to 5pm in Veterans Memorial Park, Cedar and Main Street. Enjoy live music, food vendors, local artisans, craft projects, unique hands-on activities, learn about recycling and gardening how-to’s. Kids’ activities include art projects and face painting. drop off used battery. Keep Rockland Beautiful, Inc. Great American Cleanup crew prior to to the event.