This Week in The Villages: Forget what happened on Nov 8 — Tuesday’s vote is the one that really counts if you happen to be a parent or a property owner (about half of a typical property tax bill goes to support local schools). Don Hammond reports that Memorial Park will have a new gazebo in time for July 4th. And Congresswoman Nita Lowey paid a visit Nyack’s HRH Care Community Health Center to discuss an NIH research project.
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This Week in The Villages: You may have to wait two and four years to cast your vote for significant political change at the national level, but locally there is a very important election coming up: the Nyack School Board. Throughout the week we’ll be hearing from candidates. Protect your health by attending a cancer screening or yoga class at Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Protect your sanity by signing up for your town’s Do Not Knock list. Protect your health by attending a cancer screening or yoga class at Montefiore Nyack Hospital.
by India Perez-Urbano
The opioid epidemic isn’t a problem that happens somewhere else. It’s happening here in Rockland County — and even in Nyack, too.
Last year, Rockland County lost 35 lives to opioid overdose, an 875% increase since 2003. Among 8th and 10th grade students in the Nyack School system, the use of prescription drugs for non-medical purposes is more than double the county average.
by Max Cea
In response to a MoveOn.org petition urging the Nyack School Board not to “pave over the MacCalman Field baseball diamond for a parking lot,” Nyack School Board President Karen Hughes stated that there have been no formal discussions regarding such plans, but that the hospital has contacted the BOE.
This Tuesday, May 17th, Nyack voters passed the school district’s $80,700,000 2016-2017 budget and voted affirmatively for two propositions regarding the Capital Reserve Fund, which is essentially a “rainy day fund.” The first proposition allows the district to expend up to $5,000,000 (the current balance) from the Capital Reserve Fund, created in 2010 and increased in 2014. The second proposition allows the district to increase the capital reserve fund from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 and increase the probable term from 10 to 11 years.
by Rick Tannenbaum
My daughter learned a hard lesson in school politics this year. She attends Nyack Middle School, where she is an eighth grader. She plays violin seriously. She has a private teacher. Lessons twice a week for the last four years. And she spends summers playing music at sleep-away camps.
But this past year of music class has been a source of education in politics more than in music. The lesson has been that rewards seemingly go to students whose parents are paying district school teachers for extra help.
by Becky Christner and Tina Magrabi
Miss Mara lifts up Sylvia, twirling her around and exclaiming, “You look so beautiful today! Did you get your hair done special?” Dressed in blue jeans and a hot pink t-shirt with a heart emblazoned on the front, Sylvia proudly pats her updo hairstyle. Mara Cohen, a former music teacher with three children of her own, shares a natural rapport with the toddler.
Since the 1980s, military veterans have received property tax exemptions. In December 2013, New York State passed legislation to extend such tax exemptions to school taxes: The Alternative Veterans’ Tax Exemption. The AVTE authorizes school districts to grant veterans a partial exemption from school taxes.
By Lisa Mininger Retallack
Everyone in the Nyack community has a voice in our school district’s ongoing pursuit of educational excellence. The Nyack Public Schools Community Priorities Survey has launched, and candid feedback from all community members is requested and encouraged. Under the leadership of Dr. James Montesano, Superintendent of Nyack Public Schools, administrators and a collaborative leadership team are looking for feedback regarding what knowledge, skills and character a graduate of Nyack High School must possess in order to be successful in a changing and increasingly complex world.
by Kaete Nazaroff
Xavier Bynum is one of the sweetest 7 year old boys you will ever meet. He’s a small guy with a huge personality. He jokingly refers to himself as “Mr. Muscles,” knowing that he will always get a smile out of someone for saying so. Xavier is kind and respectful with an infectious smile.
Xavier is your typical 2nd grade boy in the classroom across the hall. But a few months ago Xavier began to have tremors in his right arm. They got so severe that his ability to write became limited. Quickly they progressed and moved down into his right leg making him walk with a noticeable limp.
Then the headaches began.
Please help Ride To Give raise what is needed to carry Xavier and his mom through this difficult time.