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Students Haunt Store Fronts

Store front_RW_aFor the last 50 years students  have haunted the store fronts in downtown Nyack…with brushes and acrylic paint. This year about 30 business on Main Street and Broadway have been adorned with colorful paintings of ghouls, goblins and ghosts.

The paintings were created on Thursday, October 24, in time for last weekends Halloween Parade and for Halloween on the 31. In 2012, Hurricane Sandy’s devistationing wind and rain wiped all the windows clean a day after they were painted. This year’s milder weather gives you time to see the entire creepy collection. Here is a  list of painted businesses to help you stroll the outdoor gruesome gallery of wicked windows.

Poltergeists in the Produce?

Author and Ghost Investigator Linda Zimmermann will be signing books at the Nyack Farmers’ Market this Halloween, October 31, from 11a-1p. Trained as a Chemist, Zimmermann is the author of over 30 books and has made numerous appearances on television and radio, and has starred in an award-winning UFO documentary based on her book, In the Night Sky.

Zimmermann titles that dwell on more local haunts include Rockland County: Century of History, Ghosts of Rockland County, and Hudson Valley Zombie Apocalypse.

The Farmers’ Market is the perfect place for Zimmermann, who is a vegetarian.  “If an apocalypse occurred and I became a zombie,” Zimmermann says, “I would have to subsist on brain-flavored tofu.”

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Some frieghtening fun facts

  • This year’s theme is Halloween Around The World.
  • Over 150 students submitted proposals for paintings this year and 51 students were selected for windows on 28 different Nyack businesses including:
  • Students in the middle school and high school work alongside one another. This tradition of including Nyack Middle School students in the village painting project started seven years ago.
  • Over 120 students participated this year, including painters, helpers, photographers, video artists and an MSG Varsity film crew.
  • It takes three buses to get all the students and teachers into town for this project, which takes place all day from early morning until the end of the school day. Some students decide to work on their paintings into the late afternoon in order to complete them.

 Bedeviled Businesses 

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  • Avispa
  • Back to Earth
  • Casa del Sol
  • Halo Hair Salon
  • Harbor Hill
  • Herb Lack Paints
  • King and I
  • Koblin Pharmacy
  • Lydecker Realty
  • McManus Pharmacy
  • Nyack Gourmet
  • Nyack Medical Center
  • Nyack Pour House
  • Nyack Public Library[/column]

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  • O’Donoghue’s
  • Olde Village Inne
  • Olive’s
  • Pickwick Books
  • Pink Entourage
  • Runcible Spoon
  • Saur Kraut
  • Starbucks
  • Strawberry Place
  • Sweet Spot
  • Tarantella Pizza
  • Turiello’s Pizza
  • Village Market
  • Weld Realty[/column]

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Faculty Advisors

  • Kathy Buckley, NHS
  • Mary Burke, NMS
  • Sue Foss, NHS
  • Joe Fusaro, NHS
  • Deirdre Kenna, NHS
  • Sean Sweeney, NHS
  • Jacqueline Mahan, NMS
  • Ed Walsh, NHS

Photos: Ray Wright




Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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