This week in the villages: It’s Labor Day, a federal holiday to honor the American labor movement and the contributions of laborers. Government offices, banks, and post offices will be closed. Today, HudsonLink buses will run on a weekend schedule–and there are other transportation schedule changes due to the holiday. The Nyack Public Schools begin the school year remotely on Wednesday. On Friday, we pay tribute to those lost in the Sept 11, 2001 terror attacks. In Orangetown, it’s time to sign up for early fall recreation programs. And the last day to file a claim with O&R for food and medicine spoilage due to Tropical Storm Isaias is Tuesday.
Labor Day Transit Schedule Changes
On Mon, Sept 7, 2020 HudsonLink buses will operate on a weekend schedule; 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; and Metro-North will operate on a Sunday schedule.
Nyack Public Schools
The Technology Department will be distributing computer equipment to students in first grade who did not pick it up already on Tue, Sept 8, 2020 from 10a-3p at the Central Administration Building at 13A Dickinson Ave. If your child already has a device that was given to them by the district, you may bring it in at this time so a technician can verify it is up to date with all the necessary programs. Please call the Tech Help Desk at (845) 353-7075 if you need further assistance. Visit the Reentry to Schools Page on nyackschools.org for the most current information on the reopening of schools.
Village of Nyack
Mayor Don Hammond will hold his weekly Communication Meeting via Zoom on Thurs, Sept 10 at 9a and his Saturday Morning Meeting on Sat, Sept 12 at 10a at Village Hall.
The Village Board of Trustees will hold a pre-meeting workshop on Thurs, Sept 10 at 6:30p with the regular board meeting to follow at 7:30p.
There will be a Hometown Heroes observance to honor those who lost their lives due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001 on Fri, Sept 11, 2020 at 6:30p in Memorial Park.
Village of South Nyack
Village of Upper Nyack
The Board of Trustees holds a workshop on Thurs Sept 10 at 7p. More info at uppernyack-ny.us.
The Village of Upper Nyack is hiring a Motor Equipment Operator I. Details on the job and how to apply may be found on uppernyack-ny.us.
Save the Date – Village Election Tue, Sept 15, 2020
The Village election shall be held at the Old Stone Meeting House, 347 N Broadway on Tue, Sept 15, 2020 12n to 9p. There will be no separate registration day. The following individuals were nominated for Trustee (2 to be elected for a term of 2 years):
- Kennon Rothchild III, 300 Ellen St (Bell Tower Party)
- Jeffrey Epstein, 115 Locust Dr (Bell Tower Party)
August 27 Board of Trustees Workshop
In case you missed it, a video recording and a transcript are available for the August 27, 2020 Village Board of Trustees Workshop.
Town of Orangetown
On Thurs, Sept 10, 2020 at 7:30p, “Pack the Park” with Orangetown Parks & Recreation Department for its Late Summer Concert Series featuring Asbury Fever, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. All attending groups must fit into a 10 x 10 ft social distancing space without a mask, but a mask must be worn when entering and exiting the venue as well as when moving around the venue. There is no indoor site. Cancellations and postponements will be posted on the Town of Orangetown website, Facebook page, and Twitter page.
9/11 Memorial Ceremony
The Town of Orangetown will hold a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Fri, Sept, 11, 2020 at 6p on the lawn at Town Hall, in front of the Memorial. Social Distancing will be in effect. If attending, please wear a mask. The Orangetown PBA will provide water for those in attendance. For those who are unable to attend, the ceremony will be streamed live on the Town of Orangetown Facebook Page.
Early Fall Recreation Programs
Registration for the Orangetown Parks and Recreation Early Fall Programs, which are listed in the back of the summer brochure, began on Sept 1, 2020. The brochure and the on-line registration button may be found on orangetown.com. A Fall Program book will be available on-line within the next couple of weeks.
Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives is Reopening
The Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives at The Depew House, 196 Chief Bill Harris Way, Orangetown, is reopening to the public on Thurs, Sept 10, 2020 from 10a-2p. The reopening exhibit will be Orangetown Suffragist about the fight of American women to get the right to vote. It was fought on many fronts, including in Orangetown. Learn about this fascinating movement within the context of how women lived and were perceived at the time as 100 years of womens’ suffrage is celebrated. The museum is open on Tue & Fri from 10a-2p and on Sun from 1-4p. Admission is free, but donations are graciously accepted.
Town of Clarkstown
Town of Clarkstown Summer Concert Series
…continues on Wed, Sept 9, 2020 with Kick Start Charlie. The concert begins at 7:30p at the Lake Nanuet Ballfield. Appropriate spacing will be maintained and it is suggested that all attendees wear masks. The town will have masks available upon entrance for those who need them. In case of inclement weather, all concerts will be held indoors at the Pascack Community Center at reduced capacity. Residents should bring their own chairs.
9/11 Remembrance Ceremony
On Fri, Sept, 11, 2020 at 5p, the Town of Clarkstown will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave, New City. Guests are welcome to attend in person wearing masks and practicing social distancing. The ceremony will also be shown on Facebook Live.
Back to School Drive
The Town of Clarkstown is collecting school supplies to help the local not for profit People to People distribute supplies to students in need. A donation box is located in the lobby of Town Hall, 10 Maple Ave, New City until Sept 24. A list of supplies that are needed may be found on peopletopeopleinc.org. If you prefer, you may make a virtual donation at peopletopeopleinc.ejoinme.org/BTSWD.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program Status Update
Clarkstown, Orangetown, and the Nyack river villages are pooling their electricity demand to leverage the collective buying power of their residents. Rockland Community Power is a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that enables participants to pay less for renewable energy than they’ve historically paid for traditional (or “dirty”) electricity.
Official letters from each community will be mailed to all households in early September. Please be aware that any letters that residents have received about energy contracts are not from the Rockland CCA program, which does not require any action to participate. If you have any questions about something you have received or have been offered, call the Rockland Community Power phone hotline at (845) 859-9099, or email the Community Coordinator at email@example.com, or visit RocklandCommunityPower.com.
Rockland Community Power is inviting residents and businesses in the villages, Clarkstown, and Orangetown to enroll in their 100% renewable Community Solar program to save up to 10% annually on their electric bills. Community Solar is available to anyone with a residential or small business utility account. For every enrollment in this program, a $50 donation will be made to the Rockland Community Foundation which is providing relief through grants to combat COVID-19 challenges in Rockland County. Learn more at the Community Solar page at RocklandCommunityPower.com.
Last Day to Submit Claim Forms to O&R for Food and Medicine Spoilage from Tropical Storm Isaias Power Outages
Just a reminder that Tue, Sept 8, 2020 is the last day for customers who were without power for 48 hours or more due to Tropical Storm Isaias outages to file a claim to receive reimbursement for food and prescription medicine spoilage. Claim forms for both residential and business customers may be found on oru.com. Residential customers may receive reimbursements for up to $235 with an itemized list, or up to $540 with an itemized list and proof of loss (with receipts, photos etc.). Commercial customers are eligible for up to $10,700 for losses of perishable merchandise spoiled due to lack of refrigeration (with receipts, photos, invoices, etc.). If you do not have computer access but wish to file a reimbursement form, call O&R Customer Service at 1-877-434-4100.
Child Care Subsidy Program is Now Accepting Applications
The Department of Social Services Child Care Subsidy program is open and accepting applications for low income Rockland families. Families may be eligible for subsidies provided by the Department of Social Services if they are meeting income thresholds and the parent/caregiver is working a minimum of 20 hours per week earning at least minimum wage. Please call 845-364-2797 to be prescreened and to receive an application or email RocklandCCR@dfa.state.ny.us for general information about the program. Effective Aug 19, 2020, school aged children are now eligible to receive childcare during school hours if they are attending a childcare program and participate in remote learning. More information about the program and income thresholds may be found on rocklandgov.com.
If you or someone you know has not yet completed a census questionnaire, please do so as soon as possible at my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020. It’s easy and only takes about 10 minutes to complete. When you respond to the census, you help your community get its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works, and other vital programs. Businesses use census data to decide where to build factories, offices, and stores, and this creates jobs. Census statistics help determine the number of seats each state holds in Congress and how billions of dollars in federal funds will be allocated by state, local, and federal lawmakers every year for the next 10 years. Read more about what can happen if no one responds to the census in Why the 2020 Census Is So Important.
2020 General Election
The 2020 General Election is Tue, Nov 3. This year, you may vote 3 ways: (1) vote early from Sat, Oct 24 through Sun, Nov 1 at any of the 4 early voting centers in Rockland; (2) vote by mail (apply by mail by Oct 27, vote by Nov 3); or, (3) vote on election day. The last day to register to vote is Oct 9 (if application is mailed it must be received by Oct 14). You may also request an absentee ballot in person until Nov 2.
The Rockland County Board of Elections is in need of poll workers and election inspectors. In order to serve, you must be 18 yrs old and a registered voter enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican Party. Poll workers are paid for their time spent working on the election and attending required certification classes. The work day begins at 5:30a and ends after the polls close at 9p. The Board of Elections pays poll workers $200 per election and $25 for every required class. For more information on how to become a poll worker or election inspector call (845) 638-5172. Read more at Poll Worker Shortages Pose Election Challenge.