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The Villages: Santa’s Coming, Opportunities to Give

This week in the villages: With the colder weather and the holiday season upon us, there are many opportunities to donate clothing, food, and gifts to those who are less fortunate in our community. The last two Community Choice Aggregation Public Outreach Meetings are scheduled for Saturday. And Santa will be making an appearance at two holiday events this week.

Final Community Choice Aggregation Public Outreach Meetings

The Villages of Nyack, South Nyack, and Upper Nyack are joining a “Community Choice Aggregation” (CCA) Program to lower costs and bring 100% renewable electricity to residents and small businesses. By pooling demand along with the Towns of Orangetown and Clarkstown, this new CCA program uses economies of scale to negotiate a supply contract on behalf of residents. Come and chat with the CCA program representatives to find out more about how the seamless move to cheaper, 100% renewable energy will benefit the villages and reduce our carbon footprint at the following informational meetings:

  • Sat, Dec 14, 10-11:30a, Nyack Village Hall, 9 N Broadway, Nyack
  • Sat, Dec 14, 1-2:30p, Old Stone Church, 437 N Broadway, Upper Nyack

See also: Earth Matters: Renewable Energy for the Nyacks

Village of Nyack

Nyack Homeless Project

The Nyack Homeless Project continues to collect coats, hats, gloves, new socks, toiletries, and boxed/canned food through December 22. A list of donation box locations may be found at

Holiday Shoppers Parking 

On Saturdays through December, parking will be free in the Municipal Lots on Artopee Way. Lots will be clearly identified as free parking. Parking on the streets will require payment through the MuniMeter or FlowBird App. Parking is always free on Sundays. Happy holiday shopping!

Military Tribute Banners

In 2020, Nyack will join the ranks of communities honoring our veterans with military tribute banners in the downtown. These banners, which are sponsored by local veterans’ organizations and families of veterans, will be displayed in the downtown between Memorial Day and Veterans Day 2020. For more information about this program, and how you can sponsor a banner for a veteran, please visit or contact Ann Marie Tlsty at 845-358-0548 or

Village of Upper Nyack

Food Drive for People to People

The Village of Upper Nyack will accept non perishable food items for People to People. Please bring items to Village Hall for collection M-F from 9a-12p. A list of items may be found at

Town of Clarkstown

Clarkstown Cares Coat Drive

The town is collecting coats for kids and adults with the help of four local dry cleaners. The cleaners will clean the coats free of charge, and then forward them to three distribution agencies: Martin Luther King Center, People to People, and Advocates for Change. A list of participating cleaners and organizations to contact for those in need of a coat may be found at The program runs through December 20.

Tree Lighting and Winter Wonderland Kick-Off Event

The Town of Clarkstown’s annual Winter Wonderland display in Congers Lake Memorial Park kicks off on Thurs, Dec 12 at 6p with the lighting of the tree, a visit from Santa, roasting marshmallows, horse-drawn wagon rides, an ice carving demonstration, and more. Donations of canned soups and socks will be collected for People to People. Visit for more information. The rain date is Fri, Dec 13.

Visit Santa at the Budke House

On Sat, Dec 14 from 10a-12p, tour the newly restored Budke House and have your picture taken with Santa by the fireplace. At 11a, Santa’s elf will read Twas the Night Before Christmas. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Parking is available at the white farmhouse. 131 Germonds Rd, West Nyack.

Rockland County

People to People Project Joy

People to People of Rockland is collecting new toys and gifts for boys and girls ages 0-18. In addition to toys, they are collecting $25 gift cards from Target, Wal-Mart, Old Navy, Barnes & Noble, and Kohl’s as gifts for older children. Project Joy! donations can be delivered to the Project Joy site, the former Sears Automotive building located on Route 59 in Nanuet in the Shops at Nanuet through Dec 11 from 10a to 4p.

3rd Annual Department of Social Services (DSS) Toy and Clothing Drive

The DSS announced that the county will be accepting new, unwrapped toys, gifts, and clothing during its 3rd Annual Toy and Clothing Drive to begin Mon, Nov 25. The drive takes place each year to ensure that every child in Rockland County has a gift to open for the holidays. Toys and gifts are requested for children 18 or younger. The drive will run through Fri, Dec 20. A list of drop off locations may be found at

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South, and the Village of Nyack and the Nyack Public Schools meetings for the week of 12/9.

Village of Nyack

  • Tue 12/10, 5p: Justice Court
  • Thurs 12/12

9:30a: Justice Court
4:30p: Board of Water Commissioners Meeting
6:30p: Village Board Pre-meeting Workshop
7:30p: Village Board Meeting

  • Sat 12/14

10a: Mayor Hammond’s Saturday Morning Meeting (Hudson Market on Main)
10a: Community Choice Aggregation Public Outreach Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

  • Mon 12/9, 3:30p: Justice Court
  • Tue 12/10

6p: Police Board Meeting
7p: 2020 Organizational Meeting
7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

  • Wed 12/11, 7:30p: Planning Board Meeting

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway. 

Village of Upper Nyack

  • Thurs 12/12, 7p: Board of Trustees Workshop
  • Sat 12/14, 1p: Community Choice Aggregation Public Outreach Meeting (Old Stone Church)

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

Nyack Public Schools

Tue 12/10, 7:30p: Board of Education Meeting

The Board of Education Meeting will be held at Upper Nyack Elementary School, 336 N Broadway, Upper Nyack.

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