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The Villages: Rockland to Enter Phase 1 on Tuesday

This week in the villages: Today is a unique, somber Memorial Day. In a year full of grieving, we pause to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice while in the service of the United States armed forces. This year, ceremonies and memorials are limited to small gatherings and virtual viewings reflecting the true meaning of the holiday. Meanwhile, Rockland County has met the requirements of the NY Forward Reopening Plan and will enter Phase 1 on Tuesday. The Town of Clarkstown is reopening its town hall to the public on Wednesday and will be holding virtual Comprehensive Plan workshops in the next few weeks.

Rockland Enters Phase 1 of NY Foward Plan on Tuesday

Rockland County and the Mid-Hudson Region will enter Phase 1 of the NY Forward Reopening Plan on Tue, May 26, 2020. As part of the requirements to enter Phase 1, 335 existing Rockland County employees have completed the Johns Hopkins contact tracing training program. Businesses included in the Phase 1 reopening include: construction, manufacturing, retail with curbside pickup only, wholesale trade, agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting. The Office of Economic Development and Tourism has been working to ensure local businesses included in Phase 1 understand the NYS Guidelines, have created business safety plans, and submitted affirmations to the state. A safety plan template for businesses may be found on governor.ny.gov.

Village of Nyack

Memorial Day

Although there is no parade this year, the spirit of the holiday may be seen all through the village with Nyack’s first ever Military Tribute Banners, as well as American flags and flower baskets. A number of generous individuals and the Nyack Parks Conservancy are responsible for the flower baskets. If you would like to plant flowers in a loved one’s honor, you may donate to the Nyack Parks Conservancy at nyackparks.org. The donation is tax deductible. And there’s still time to order a Military Tribute Banner to honor a loved one. Banners may be ordered at militarytributebanners.org. Parking fees are suspended for the holiday. However, all safety and traffic regulations remain in effect. There will be no trash collection on Mon, May 25, 2020. Trash collection will resume on Tue, May 26.

Thurs, May 28, 2020 Virtual Village Board of Trustees Meeting

A Village Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Thurs, May 28, 2020 at 7:30p. Information on how to join the meeting via teleconference may be found on nyack-ny.gov. An agenda for the meeting may also be found on nyack-ny.gov.

Parking Permits

Parking permits will be required for village lots starting on June 1, 2020. Applications for new or renewal parking permits may be found on nyack-ny.gov. Call (845) 358-3851 or email parking@nyack-ny.gov for more information.

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A Show of Support for Montefiore Nyack Hospital

In order to provide a small bit of joy to the staff of Montefiore Nyack Hospital, the hospital is looking for musicians from the community who would be willing to do a short, solitary set of music during the hospital shift change around 7:15a and 7:15p each day. The musician would stand on the corner of Haven Court, near the hospital (but a very safe distance away), and play or sing a set of their choice.

Interested musicians and vocalists may sign up here. The sessions will also be shared with the hospital on a Facebook page that recognizes the bravery of our first responders and hospital employees. If you have any questions, please contact Melody Patrick, Recreation Director, Village of Nyack.

The Village of South Nyack

Tue, May 26, 2020 Virtual Village Board of Trustees Meeting

A Village Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 7:30p. Information on how to join the Tue, May 26 7:30p Village Board meeting via teleconference may be found on southnyack.ny.gov. An agenda for the meeting may also be found on southnyack.ny.gov.

Free Face Masks 

The Village of South Nyack has face masks for South Nyack and Grand View residents. Reusable cloth masks are available for senior citizens, and non-sterile surgical masks are also available for any other resident.  The masks may be picked up at South Nyack Village Hall, 282 S Broadway from 9a-4p M-F.  Visit southnyack.ny.gov for more information.

Village of Upper Nyack

Face Masks Available at Village Hall

The Town of Clarkstown has provided the village with a limited number of cloth face masks at no cost. If you would like a free mask, please email Village.Clerk@uppernyack-ny.us. The clerk will make one available to you for contactless pickup.

Town of Orangetown

Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

The parade is cancelled this year, but on Friday the Town of Orangetown held a virtual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor those that lost their lives serving in the American armed forces. Please take a moment to watch the ceremony on the Town of Orangetown Facebook Page and remember those who fought for us.

Virtual Memorial Day Concert

The Tappantown Historical Society is commemorating Memorial Day with a virtual concert of colonial era music performed by the Ministers of Apollo on May 25 at 1p. Ministers of Apollo members Erik Lichack, Eliza Vincz, and Eric Paul played the fife and drum and performed Revolutionary War military music at past parades. They have also been demonstrators at Colonial Day for several years, and Erick and Eliza presented a program of colonial music and arts at the Tappantown Historical Society Annual Meeting in 2018. Please register for this event on the Tappan Library website. You do not have to watch the concert at the scheduled time of 1p. You will receive a recorded copy of the concert to watch at your convenience. Until everyone can gather safely at events in the future, more programs will be offered through the library.

Orangetown Highway Department Drop-off Center

The Orangetown Highway Department Drop-off Center is now open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. The Drop-off Center will be closed on Mon, May 25, 2020 but will be open on Tue, May 26. A list of COVID-19 Access Regulations and Safety Guidelines may be found on orangetown.com.

Town of Clarkstown

Town of Clarkstown Town Hall Reopening to the Public

Clarkstown Town Hall will reopen to the public on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 9a. Social distancing is required. Hygienic barriers are being completed and the public will be allowed to enter for normal business. Masks are encouraged to be worn and will be available to visitors. Residents are still encouraged to do as much business as they can online.

2020 Comprehensive Plan Workshops

The Town of Clarkstown will be holding Comprehensive Plan workshops via teleconference over the next few weeks. There will be four meeting dates where residents are asked to voice their opinions and share ideas for the future of the town. Residents are encouraged to participate by phone or by watching through Facebook Live on the Town of Clarkstown Facebook Page. To learn more and submit comments, please visit compplan2020.clarkstown.org.

Reopening Clarkstown: A Helpful Guide for Small Businesses Webinar

The Greater Nanuet Chamber of Commerce, the New City Chamber of Commerce and Supervisor George Hoehmann recently hosted a webinar to discuss the process of reopening small businesses after COVID-19 closures. If you missed the webinar, it may be viewed on the Town of Clarkstown YouTube channel. A copy of the powerpoint presentation may be found on town.clarkstown.ny.us.

Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

The Town of Clarkstown will be hosting the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony virtually on Fri, May 22, 2020, beginning at 10a. The event will be streamed live on the Town of Clarkstown Facebook Page.

Community Centers

The Clarkstown Recreation Department has been filming activities for residents to enjoy while home and social distancing. They will be broadcast every day on the Town of Clarkstown Government Access Channels (Cablevision/Altice Channel 78 and Verizon Channel 35). A schedule for the week may be found on town.clarkstown.ny.us. There will be other recreation activities broadcast on FB Live (on the Town of Clarkstown Recreation & Parks) led by recreation staff and volunteers at 11a each day. Videos will also be on the town YouTube Channel.

Clarkstown Mulch Site Open

Residents of the Town of Clarkstown may pick up compost and wood mulch during regular park hours for use at their residence at Germonds Park, 185 Germonds Rd, West Nyack.

Rockland County

Memorial Day Transportation Changes

On Mon, May 25, 2020, Transport of Rockland (TOR) buses 59, 91, 92, 93, 94, and Loop 3 will operate on a Saturday schedule; Loop 1 and Loop 2 will operate on a weekday schedule; there will be no service on TOR 95 and 97. Hudson Link buses will operate on a weekend schedule; and Metro-North continues to operate hourly service. Additional transportation changes may be found on rocklandgov.com.

Rockland County Veterans Cemeteries Open for Memorial Day

Rockland owned Veterans Cemeteries will be open on Memorial Day to allow for visitation. The public is invited to pay their respects to our fallen heroes by driving through either the Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery or the Gary Onderdonk Veterans Memorial Cemetery. The Frederick W. Loescher Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located at 220 Brick Church Rd, Spring Valley and will be open from sunrise to sunset. The Gary Onderdonk Veterans Memorial Cemetery is located on the grounds of Rockland Community College and will be open from 7a–4p. Visitors should use the entrance on College Avenue to access the cemetery.

Residents are required to maintain social distancing and if they are able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain social distance. As a reminder, gatherings of more than 10 people are still NOT allowed in Rockland County.

SAVE THE DATE: Police & Patrol Officer Civil Service Examination on Sept 26, 2020

Rockland is now accepting applications from candidates interested in a career in law enforcement. A written competitive examination for the Civil Service positions of police officer and patrol officer is scheduled to be held on Sat, Sept 26, 2020, but may be subject to change based on the current health crisis. There are also examinations for Spanish, French/Creole, and Yiddish speaking officers. If interested, applications to take the examination must be received by Wed, July 15, 2020. An online application may be found at mycivilservice.rocklandgov.com. You may also apply by mail at Rockland County Department of Personnel, 50 Sanatorium Rd, Building A, 7th Floor, Pomona, NY 10970. The application fee is $30. For questions, contact the Rockland County Department of Personnel at (845) 364-3737 or at RCPersonnel@co.rockland.ny.us.




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