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The Villages: Scholarship Time

This week in the villages: It’s that time of year when high school seniors start receiving college acceptance letters.  To help defer some of the costs of a college education, some area organizations award scholarships to deserving students. Suez Water Company is awarding scholarships to students interested in the water industry and The Rockland Community Foundation administers a variety of scholarships, including the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship.

Village of Nyack

Military Tribute Banners

It’s time to order your Military Tribute Banners for 2020. These banners make a beautiful tribute to honor your veterans, active-duty, reserve, and National Guard members. Banners will be displayed from Memorial Day to Veterans Day in the village downtown area. Orders must be placed by Mar 1, 2020. For more information, contact Ann Marie Tisty at 845-358-0548 or at

Village of Upper Nyack

Dogs at River Hook Preserve

Leashed dogs are always welcome at River Hook, but dogs cannot run free. It is a shared public space and not everyone is comfortable being approached by a dog. Your pet must be under your direct control at all times. There is also a growing problem with dog waste on the Preserve. Please bag and remove dog waste. It does not just “wash away.” Dog waste stations are positioned at either entrance.

February 2020 Green Committee Newsletter

The February 2020 Upper Nyack Green Committee Newsletter has some tips on why and how you can use up leftover food and reduce food waste. To get more earth friendly news, sign up to receive Nyack News and Views’ Earth Matters newsletter delivered to your mailbox every Thursday.

Village Elections – Save the Date

The Village of Upper Nyack elections will be held on Wed, Mar 18 at Village Hall, 328 N Broaday from 12-9p. There will be no separate registration day. You must register with the Rockland County Board of Elections by Fri, Mar 6. Two trustees will be elected for a two year term. The two candidates from the Bell Tower Party are Jeffrey Epstein and Kennon Rothchild III.

Comprehensive Plan Update Available for Public Review

Recently, the Village Board of Trustees accepted the draft of the comprehensive plan update. It is now available for public review on or at the Nyack Public Library and Valley Cottage Public Library. A public hearing is planned for Mar 26 at 7p at the Upper Nyack Elementary School.

Town of Orangetown

Community Choice Aggregation Public Outreach Meeting

Orangetown is taking part in a New York State-supported partnership program to help its residents and small businesses save money on electricity bills while also supporting renewable power produced in New York. The program is enabled by a New York State regulation called Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), which allows cities, towns, and villages to source energy on behalf of their residents and small businesses. There will be an Open House Q&A meeting on Tue, Feb 25 from 6-7p in the Orangetown Town Hall, Courtroom 1, 26 W Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg. For more information, visit, email, or call 845-859-9099.

This will be the last public outreach meeting in the area. Read Earth Matters: Community Choice Aggregation is Happening to learn about the next steps towards, and popular misconceptions about, Community Choice Aggregation.

Rockland County

SUEZ Scholarships

SUEZ and the National Association of Water Companies are offering seven $3,000 scholarships to New York high school seniors who plan to pursue a degree in a water industry related field. Completed applications must be submitted by March 31. Please visit for more information.

ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship

The application for the 2020 ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship program is now available to graduating female students in Rockland County. The ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship recognizes Rockland County high school female seniors who, through their actions or beliefs, embrace the principals of ML by Maria Luisa: civic and community involvement, commitment to social justice, social equality, and environment/eco-friendly lifestyles.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded: one to a promising woman who is a senior attending a private or public Rockland County high school (must be a Rockland County resident) and one to a promising woman who is a senior attending Nyack High School. The scholarship will assist with costs in attending a college of the students’ choice. The application deadline is March 31, 2020.

In addition to the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship, there are other scholarships available through The Rockland Community Foundation.

New York State

The Bag Ban Is Coming – March 1, 2020

Starting March 1, 2020, a new bag waste reduction law will take effect in New York State, where over 23 billion plastic bags are typically used each year. More information on the Bag Waste Reduction Law may be found at

Mario M. Cuomo Bridge News

Gantry Installation Scheduled Within Interchange 10 in South Nyack Will Temporarily Impact Local Traffic

Construction crews are scheduled to install a new overhead sign gantry within Interchange 10 in South Nyack this week. Weather permitting, the work will begin on Wed, Feb. 26 and conclude on Fri, Feb. 28, resulting in traffic delays in the immediate area between 10a and 3p.

During this period, motorists should expect traffic approaching the New York State Thruway on-ramps to be reduced to a single lane controlled by flag persons, along with periodic 15-minute traffic stops. Multiple stops will be required to safely install the new gantry over the roadway and remove an existing gantry. Beginning Monday morning, Variable Message Signs will advise motorists of the upcoming operation.

Bicycle/Pedestrian Path

Construction of the shared bicycle and pedestrian path continues. At the Rockland landing, construction continues at the welcome center, along the side path, and by the Exit 10 off-ramp from the northbound Thruway.

Here are the municipal events in Upper, South, and the Village of Nyack for the week of 2/24. 

Village of Nyack

  • Mon 2/24, 7p: Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Tue 2/25, 5p: Justice Court
  • Wed 2/26

7p: Nyack NAACP Meeting (Nyack Center)
7p: Parks Commission Meeting

  • Thurs 2/27

6:30p: Village Board Pre-meeting Workshop
7:30p: Village Board Meeting

Nyack Village Hall is located at 9 N. Broadway.

Village of South Nyack

Tue 2/25, 7:30p: Board of Trustees Regular Meeting

South Nyack Village Hall is located at 282 S Broadway.

Village of Upper Nyack

Thurs 2/27, 7p: Board of Trustees Workshop

Upper Nyack Village Hall is located at 328 N Broadway.

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