This week in the villages: The mayors have spoken. Nyack Mayor Don Hammond has an update on Nyack projects and village board plans for 2018. South Nyack Mayor Bonnie Christian asks if the village’s annual election should be changed to coincide with the November General Election Day. Applications are now being accepted for 1) the Rockland Youth Bureau’s Summer 2018 Conservation Corps Program, 2) the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship, and 3) The 2018 Nyack Community Garden.
As many of you know, I ran for mayor with the clear vision that we would focus on priorities we’ve identified for improvement throughout our village and finish the truly impactful projects that have already begun. In my first month back in Village Hall we’ve dug pretty deeply into those priorities, Focusing on communication, village infrastructure, parking and innovative new partnerships (more on that below) with an eye towards finishing critical village projects like paving, streetscape improvements, business development, and more. And in both cases we’re working with intention to broaden our reach into the community, with expanded health, education, and anti-bias programs. Each board member and our amazing village staff have been working diligently on these issues. — by Don Hammond, Mayor of Nyack
Last month Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings announced that Rockland County’s bond rating would be in the A- category this year, up from the county’s previous BBB+ rating. The rating upgrade is the county’s sixth consecutive since 2014; at that time, Rockland’s bonds were rated just above junk and the county had a $138 million deficit.
So what does the rating upgrade mean for the county?
It’s a weekend to look to the skies…or gaze into your lover’s eyes. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, enjoy a romantic night out with Anna Veleva at the Union Arts Center. Buy a peace of world history at the FOR Estate Sale or groove to 80’s tunes with DECOSTER at Nyack´s Art Cafe. Look to the skies above Croton Park Point at the Hudson River Eaglefest. On Saturday, celebrate Mardi Gras in Nyack with great musicians, food, drink and dance.
The Orangetown Bike Study, a five month effort which included input from more than 500 residents, will present preliminary findings and recommendations on Thurs at 7p in Orangetown Town Hall. Bike study consultants Parks & Trails NY (PTNY) will detail a proposed bicycle network that connects schools, parks, village centers and neighboring communities via a mix of protected, striped and shared cycling facilities.
by Bill Batson
My first Nyack Sketch Log, published on August 23, 2011, was an early exercise in truth telling. Liberty Street is Aptly named tells the story of how my African American family achieved middle class status in Nyack in the 1880s, a stunning accomplishment when you consider that slavery was only 17 years dead, and racial discrimination in American was in its infancy. As a memoir, the column gave me a way to explore my personal history, conducting research I might not have ordinarily embarked on, and it let me shine a light on the history of thousands of other black families who live outside of the comprehension of strangers and neighbors not shackled by the stigma of bondage.
On February 22, I will begin teaching a memoir writing class at the Nyack Center that encourages other to write their truths. During the six week course, I will help students use words and images to tell their stories. Scholarships are available. Contact me at wrbatson@gmail if you’d like to participate.
This week in the villages: Attn parents: It’s time to sign up your kids for the Winter Recreation programs. Attn gardeners: The Nyack Community Garden is accepting applications until Feb 23. Attn Orangetown: Six months in the making, the Orangetown Bicycle Study holds an information session with analysis and recommendations on Thursday night.
This year’s flu season is the most serious in more than a decade. On Tues Feb 6, Nyack Hospital hosts a free flu clinic at the Nyack Center from 10a-12n and at the Waldron Terrace Community Room from 1-2:30p . These clinics are open to all residents of Rockland County, age 9 and older.
According to CBS News, this winter’s flu epidemic is surging, with 42 states now reporting high levels of activity. Over 50 children have died as a result of this year’s strain.
The Nyack Center is at the corner of Depew and S Broadway. Waldron Terrace Community Room is located at at 15 Highview Court in Nyack.
This weekend kicks off Black History Month with a First Friday Nyack Art Collective themed art show, an artist of the month, an opening reception, a panel discussion and a celebration. There’s family fun with an outdoor scavenger hunt and a mystery to be solved. Jazz fans won’t be disappointed with two offerings.
by Mike Hays
Marta Renzi, the choreographer and filmmaker behind Plow Plant Reap, Thaw, and most recently, Her Magnum Opus, lives in Upper Nyack, which also happens to be the backdrop to many of her films. “I choose to shoot around here for the same reason I live here,” she says, ” access to nature, a low-stress environment compared to the bustling city nearby, and access to professionals who live in that high-stress city.”
Renzi and her husband, the writer Daniel Wolff, discovered Nyack in 1981. They were introduced to the town by Sally Poundstone, the Mamaroneck librarian (Wolff grew up in Mamaroneck). In the same year, Renzi and Wolff found a fixer-upper near Poundstone’s house, where they have lived ever since.
Renzi is a choreographer who began making films 30 years ago. Since 2005 she has self-produced over two dozen short videodances, which have shown at film festivals nationally and internationally.