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Nyack Sketch Log: Thank You, Nyack Mask Makers

by Bill Batson

If the group photo was not on the list of casualties of COVID-19, you would be looking at a wide-angle image of 400 volunteer mask makers who kept our community safe in 2020. In my last column of this insufferable year, I thank, by name, the Nyack Mask Makers for embedding mask hygiene into the local culture. From my post as manager of the Nyack Farmers Market, I see 100% mask compliance every week, without the need for signage or enforcement. Without the selfless efforts of 400 neighbors, and an additional 200 donors, to make mask wearing a wide-spread custom, we would have experienced much more hardship as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Nyack Mask Makers began with a sleepless night that inspired fevered dreams. Donna Timm and I came together on March 20, 2020, our immediate goal to provision Personal Protective Equipment to Montefiore Nyack Hospital. We were able to meet that goal in a head spinning 3 weeks, and leaving unsolicited dozens of masks at every nursing home in Rockland County by the end of April. We then coordinated with the Village of Nyack to provide masks for all. When the Nyack Farmers Market reopened in May, we gave out about 100 masks a day for the first 2 months and collaborated with Nyack merchants to give out masks at Safe Haven Street Closing.

What was the effect of all this mask making and wearing? To paraphrase Montefiore Nyack CEO Dr. Mark Geller, COVID cases bent, but did not break our local hospital. Groups like Nyack Nourishes (which provided meals) and Hear Some Noise (music and applause) and Nyack Mask Makers and Mask Warriors (PPE), buttressed the efforts of the staff to avoid rationing health care in Nyack.  And while many factors contribute to this ultimate result, in early December 2020, there were only 80 COVID cases in Nyack. Too many for comfort, at slightly more than 1%, but much less than many other areas of the country. We did well and we are keeping the rate down, simply by wearing masks.

So to those who made masks and distributed them for free, before you could buy one from Target to Petco to Vista Print, thank you.

Donna Timm and Bill Batson receiving a recognition on behalf of the Nyack Mask Makers from Gary’s Gutter Service. Sign by Peter Cheney.

Out of an abundance of caution, we have put aside a small stockpile of masks and can quickly rally the troops once more, if need be. However, we sincerely hope to be out of the mask making business for good. If another outbreak occurs, it would mean that the public gave up on masks before health officials gave the all clear. When citizens work together, any emergency, no matter how catastrophic can be overcome. But if people begin to completely disregard their civic responsibilities, a crisis can unfold that is too great to mitigate.

Here’s a list of our makers and some links to columns that describe their exploits. We thank them for answering the alarm bell that Donna and I rang 9 short months ago. And we cannot wait until the day when we might be able to gather, safely, and share a few hours of communal time, feeling the camaraderie of being volunteers and veterans of the front line of the battle to defend Nyack from COVID-19 (and the historic collapse of our federal government).

*If you contributed your time and talent, sewing machine or car to this effort, and do not find your name, or if your name is spelled incorrectly, we apologize for the oversight. Please a note with your name to Donna Timm at Donna@nyackmaskmakers.com.

The Nyack Mask Makers:

          1. Kathleen Maier
          2. Laura Appelbaum
          3. Alicen Penzes Noselli
          4. Christa Waring
          5. Alicen Noselli
          6. Tamar MacCallan-Finkelman
          7. Liz Van Wynen
          8. Robyn Donohue
          9. Danielle Cassidy
          10. Suzette Martin
          11. Mary Hoffer
          12. Sheryl LeRoy
          13. Phoebe Rossiter
          14. Shana Dunbar
          15. Robert Timm
          16. Donna Timm
          17. Bill Batson
          18. Mark Mangan
          19. Tristan Dunnigan
          20. Donna Lightfoot-Cooper
          21. Marisol Simard
          22. Lainie Murrell
          23. Rose Croke
          24. Christine Klinger
          25. Anne Marie Mot
          26. Phoebe Rossiter
          27. Debra Sadowsky
          28. Maria Whittingham
          29. Margaret (Maggie)Carney
          30. Lenora Mesibov
          31. Shari Stanford
          32. Bonnie Caul
          33. Julie White
          34. Megan Bell
          35. Cari Perez
          36. Janet Fenton
          37. Triny Hertzberg
          38. Steve Taylor
          39. Elvira Etienne
          40. Judy DePalma
          41. Roxanne Drown
          42. Alicia Hanford
          43. Diane Sesti
          44. Mary ann Gray
          45. Marta Renzi
          46. Maria Weinstein
          47. J Tedesco
          48. Megan Artin
          49. Doris Greenberg
          50. Carole Brill
          51. Jacqueline Solomon
          52. Dana Vergara
          53. Mary ann Gray
          54. Susanna Bozhkov
          55. Jill Remaly
          56. Louise Male
          57. Rebecca Finnell
          58. Sally Minniefield
          59. Mary Lovera
          60. Skye Leith
          61. Amy Delia
          62. Helen McElroy
          63. Tiffany Fillhart
          64. Abby Mor
          65. Lisa Jenner
          66. María Jesús Muñoz Pardo
          67. Jennifer Pfeiffer
          68. Carol Napier
          69. Laura Pakaln
          70. Carrolita Porter
          71. Nancy Waack
          72. Angela Bernhardt
          73. Michelle Ordynans
          74. Caroline Murphy
          75. Candice Lewis-Warner
          76. Peter Cheney
          77. Susan Beckwith
          78. Andrea Mendez
          79. Mootsy Elliot
          80. Alayne Fitzpatrick
          81. Sue Ridge
          82. Billie Berman
          83. Peri Karkheck
          84. Gayle Yodowotz
          85. Joan Bernstein
          86. Gwen Keeble
          87. Kim Osborne
          88. Lori Gale
          89. Noreen Cordaro
          90. Deirdre MacCallan
          91. Sally Savage
          92. Cora Bodkin
          93. Gretchen Reinheimer
          94. Marjorie Feldman
          95. Aycha Rae
          96. Anne Lindstrom
          97. Ebony White
          98. Annie Gerard
          99. Susan Strange
          100. Patti Barrett
          101. DebbieVermilyea
          102. Kenneth Kimmel
          103. Elizabeth Co
          104. Nicole Cardish
          105. Jackie Rivera
          106. Nancy Diaz
          107. Zachary Masters
          108. Marcy Lawrence
          109. Julie Nimal
          110. Gloria Scherma
          111. Carol Cesta
          112. Phyllis Stahl
          113. Leslie Linkie
          114. Brenda Reuchekderfer
          115. Sandra Blejer
          116. Syndi Bergstein
          117. Mary Alice Barna
          118. Ellen Miret
          119. Maria Eugenia Barrionuevo
          120. Maria Persik
          121. Meryl Dinowitz
          122. Alice Fuller
          123. Joanne McNally
          124. Laura Fries
          125. Rachael Solomon
          126. Brittnay Alter
          127. Barbara “Bobbie” Procida
          128. Sharon Kelly
          129. Marian Fass
          130. Lisa Jankun
          131. Joanne McNally
          132. Susan Collins
          133. Mary Foisy
          134. Melanie Rock
          135. SetsukoToda
          136. Beverly miller
          137. Julie Kassel
          138. Cameron Spier
          139. Kate Gorman
          140. Marie Thorpe
          141. Franziska Hesse
          142. DanielaDi Iorio
          143. David Cohen
          144. Eleanor Sterling
          145. Tiffany Kogen
          146. Debra Schwartz
          147. Gloria Bristol
          148. Marjorie Kennedy
          149. Olivia Ray
          150. Dawn Arno
          151. Julia Trahan
          152. Kathy Minnerop
          153. Margie Raab
          154. Rita Cohen
          155. Lynne Foley
          156. Margaret Handler
          157. Diana Green
          158. Helene Davis
          159. Patricia Cunningham
          160. Marjorie Galen
          161. Betsy Walker
          162. Maija Kupris
          163. Barbara Valente
          164. Kate Gorman
          165. Anna Hall
          166. Kathi Kivi
          167. Anita Szeto
          168. Donald Roeseke
          169. Lorraine Freeman
          170. Shelly Siedner
          171. Susanna Willingham
          172. Bernadette Dizzine
          173. Gely Franke
          174. Kay Stephan
          175. Cameron Spier
          176. Pat Shinners
          177. Tanya Garzia
          178. Jesse Stevenson
          179. Shep Ringer
          180. Luis Bruno
          181. Ann Sparanese
          182. Dianel Angmuir
          183. Sharon Gross
          184. Virginia Soehnel
          185. Barbara LaBrake
          186. Subha Sujith
          187. Noemi Simpson
          188. Linda Style
          189. Adele Marino
          190. Laura Sommers
          191. Abigail Chapin
          192. Jill Drocea
          193. Josie Rothman
          194. Rose Gavigan
          195. Abby Perry-Zeik
          196. Tanya Garzia
          197. Jackie Rivera
          198. Jamie Matusow
          199. Susan Smolin
          200. Valeria Picerno
          201. Rachel Grob
          202. Susanne Clark
          203. Suzanna Frosch
          204. Teresa Scott
          205. Mellen Lovrin
          206. Amy Kanarek
          207. Maria Passarotti
          208. Carol-Ann Stadt
          209. Jennifer Foley
          210. Carol Finn
          211. Lilo Kassel
          212. Victoria Locovare
          213. Kyra Saulnier
          214. Lillian Croyle
          215. Ann Endress
          216. Lise Petricone
          217. Kate Jacobs
          218. Nicole Schmidt
          219. Terri Wanamaker
          220. Linda Ros
          221. Lillian Clements
          222. Maureen Kirby
          223. Joyce Santoro-Falborn
          224. Danielle OConnell
          225. Heather Grymes
          226. Laura Pakaln
          227. Helen Potter
          228. Amelia Martin
          229. Barry Koch
          230. Trine Giaever
          231. Nancy Ramputi
          232. Wendy Kyvik
          233. Claire Jacobson
          234. isabel Degenaars
          235. Mary Ellen McDermott
          236. Lori Frohmann
          237. Patricia Casey
          238. Debra Thompson
          239. Laurie Gessner
          240. Ana Gonzalez
          241. Tina Sadler
          242. Marsha Zion
          243. Barbara Scheulen
          244. Diane Vero
          245. Beverley Colgan
          246. Kathy Sanders
          247. Jenn McCormack
          248. Norma Costa
          249. Gin MacCallum
          250. Shirley Quinn
          251. Linda Lichtenstein
          252. Colleen Quinn
          253. Elsa Deutschkron
          254. Joanne Thompson
          255. Valerie Schmidt
          256. Victoria Zazyczny
          257. Maria Collins
          258. Nata Traub
          259. Annette Benzvy
          260. Laurie Carney
          261. Miriam Cinquegrana
          262. Mae Chin
          263. Anna Brodley
          264. Jennifer Walker
          265. Laurence Hybel
          266. Mayra Bloom
          267. Patricia Ballner
          268. Anabell Couffardi
          269. Barb Jordan
          270. Maritzade la Vega
          271. Margaret Winslow
          272. Loretta Tito
          273. Giuliana Lonigro
          274. Lisa Buckley
          275. Nicole Davi
          276. Patricia Bradford
          277. Laura Murphy
          278. Viviennevon Wiederhold
          279. Alissa Ryan
          280. Ruth Yannelli
          281. Maura Raff
          282. Mia Casino
          283. Sharon Woudenberg
          284. Neena Raizada
          285. Karen Lynch
          286. Jennifer Lore
          287. Nicole Leach
          288. Bonnie Block
          289. Chris Carroll
          290. Cathy Heider
          291. Karen Johns
          292. Orliir Gang
          293. Erna Ostrom
          294. JillKolodin
          295. Darryl Owens
          296. Madeleine McCann
          297. Gloria Powell
          298. Jeanie Shrager
          299. Carolyn Watson
          300. Anna Hammond
          301. Deirdre Rafferty
          302. Nellie Donnelly
          303. Anne Glicksman
          304. Julie McDonald
          305. Melissa Lucido
          306. Liz Kallen
          307. Jill Rosendfeld
          308. Cynthia Bryant
          309. Guerline Plaisir
          310. Sally Doran
          311. Eunice Turnbull
          312. Patricia Carney
          313. Sandy Volpe
          314. Sondra Nadohl
          315. Lisa Lockwood
          316. Tina Tankersley
          317. Yvonne Rode
          318. Jackie Rivera
          319. Rachel Beers
          320. Christine Marlow
          321. Jackie Rivera
          322. Suzanne Allen
          323. Daphna Epstein
          324. Heather Kono
          325. Nikki Siegel
          326. Heather Cornell
          327. Liel Eliad
          328. Meg Mayo
          329. Liel Eliad
          330. Lazuli Leith
          331. Donna Brophy
          332. Maureen Danzig
          333. Lily Chapin
          334. Chana Berkman
          335. Wendy Courtney
          336. Connie Kozelek
          337. Mary Lynn Hetsko
          338. Emelia Ruyle
          339. Laura Neil
          340. Christine Halecky
          341. AnnMayo-Kiely
          342. Julie Tomich
          343. Jessica Sanchez
          344. Tracy Herb
          345. Kate Cahill
          346. Mary Mark
          347. Barbara Erdsneker
          348. Rochelle Kepes
          349. Christine Wetzel
          350. Rekha Balapal
          351. Mirna Rodriguez
          352. Mara Cohen
          353. Ann Trudell
          354. Jennifer Gebbia
          355. Sophia Lee
          356. Beth Kinsley
          357. Rachel Lee
          358. Diane Churchill
          359. Samra Ullah
          360. Joanne Niebanck
          361. Samra Ullah
          362. Fiona Santos
          363. Deirdre Mclary
          364. Joyce Giraud
          365. Rahat Chaudhry
          366. Lori Weisberg
          367. MicheleHamilton
          368. Lisa Demarest
          369. Rosemarie Gatzek
          370. Karen Allen
          371. Rose Fox
          372. Amy Bezunartea
          373. Debbie Ceresnak
          374. David Schloss
          375. Analyse Veras
          376. Denise Oswald
          377. Ann Nordon
          378. Meredith Wisner
          379. D Sampat
          380. Frances Leiter
          381. Zoe Levine
          382. Anne Jones
          383. Kara Burns
          384. Ronnie Pascal
          385. Frany Khani
          386. Barbara Pfingst
          387. Maggie Colquitt
          388. Salmaan Syed
          389. Tyler Kehoe
          390. Shannon Kenefick
          391. Nellie Donnelly
          392. Barbara Erdsneker
          393. Kara Onativia
          394. Valerie Bernan
          395. Shayne Foster
          396. Annemarie Bettica
          397. Franki Gallo
          398. Laura Alcazar
          399. Kiesha Parker
          400. Nadine Schneider
          401. Jeff Rubin

*If you contributed your time and talent, sewing machine or car to this effort, and do not find your name, or if your name is spelled incorrectly, we apologize for the oversight. Please a note with your name to Donna Timm at Donna@nyackmaskmakers.com.

      1. Nyack Sketch Log: March 24, 2020: Nyack Mask Makers
        Nyack Sketch Log:March 17, 2020: Special COVID-19 Edition: Wash Them, Do Not Shake Them
        Nyack Sketch Log:April 7, 2020, Nyack Sketch Log: #Masks4All
    1. Bill Batson is an activist, artist and writer who lives in Nyack, NY. “Nyack Sketch Log: Thank you Nyack Mask Makers” © 2020 Bill Batson. Weld-Sponsor-Graphic_Final




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