This week in the villages: Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! The influential civil rights leader’s birthday marks a federal and state holiday, meaning closings of government and state offices, banks, post offices, and public schools. Also, TZx and Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses will operate on a regular weekday schedule, but Metro-North will operate an enhanced Saturday schedule. And in Nyack, today marks the start of the Nyack Record Shop Project, an effort to collect oral histories of African Americans in the village. And construction of the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge continues with a lane closure on River Road and overnight re-striping of the westbound lanes on Friday.
In Nyack, this Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks not just a remembrance of America’s foremost Civil Rights leader, but the beginning of a collection of new African American remembrances. That’s because this Monday, Nyack News & Views’s Bill Batson has spearheaded the Nyack Record Shop Project. The project, which will be hosted by Kiam Record Shop, aims to gather local black oral histories through one-on-one interviews. As Batson wrote in Monday’s Nyack Sketch Log, the project aims to “elevate the practice of recording the personal history of our elders to the status of an essential and routine civic undertaking here in Nyack and other places.”
In honor and anticipation of the Nyack Record Store Project, we are publishing an excerpt from one such oral history. In the following interview, from 1994, Hezekiah Easter tells Jean Pardo about coming to Nyack in the 1920s.
Put on your dancing boots and head on over to the Union Arts Center for Dancing Lance’s Family HoeDown. See the stars without being outside or go on an underwater adventure without getting wet. There’s an east coast premier, an art exhibition opening, a comedy show for a cause, jazz, rock ‘n roll, choral music, and fusion. For those who like to be hands (or feet) on join a group sing or run or walk for a cause.
This week in the villages: The holidays are over and it’s back to business as usual with municipal meetings in all three villages and a Nyack school board meeting this week. The DPW is still playing catch up with trash pickup after Winter Storm Grayson and now is the time to dispose of your Christmas trees. Upper Nyack will be holding elections for two trustee seats in March.
by Blaine Friedlander
PIERMONT, N.Y. — Sometimes, it takes a village – to save itself.
Residents of Piermont are staring down the barrel of climate change, as Hudson River flooding begins to encroach their waterfront streets. Cornell undergraduates presented concepts at a Dec. 12 open house on how to handle the environmental incursion.
It’s a week of firsts. The Nyack Art Collective kicks off the weekend with the first First Friday of the year, the Edward Hopper House features their artist of the month and the Rockland Chess Club holds its first meeting. If you want to prolong the holiday season, don’t miss the Sparkill Salon Series celebration of Russian Christmas with Oxana Mikhailoff and Vassily Primakov on Sunday at the Union Arts Center. You can keep up those resolutions with a run or learn about healthy eating and just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t get fresh produce with two indoor farmers markets.
This week in the villages: It’s 2018, and it’s back to work as usual as a new mayor and new town supervisor. Orangetown is looking for volunteers for its land-use and various other town boards. Roadway construction will be suspended again for the holiday weekend, making traveling a little easier. Mass transit takes a break today — no TZx service on New Year’s Day. For Tappan Zee Express schedule info on any other day, visit tzxBus.com.
This weekend offers a music lovers’ feast serving prime (cold!) cuts of folk, adult alternative, reggae, jazz and rockabilly. Before you head out, you can work off a few pounds too.
Orangetown and Clarkstown residents will be able to prepay their 2018 town and county taxes before Jan 1, allowing them to fully deduct their town property tax on their 2017 income taxes before the new federal tax reform rules limit state and local tax deductions to $10,000.
Clarkstown Town Supervisor George Hoehmann says Clarkstown’s clerk’s office will accept payments in person on Thurs-Fri Dec 28-29 from 9a-7p. Andy Stewart, the outgoing Orangetown Supervisor, says his town is making plans to accept payments in person or online for Thursday and Friday as well.
How does this effect you? Nyack CPA and tax consultant Joe Lux has some answers.
This week in the villages: There will be village hall closures and changes to the trash and recycling pick up schedule this week. Drivers get a gift of suspended road construction over the holiday weekend to make going over the river and through the woods to get to grandma’s house a little easier. New Nyack mayor, Don Hammond, shares his thoughts for the future.