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The Villages: Presidents’ Day 2021

This week in the villages: It’s a quiet day at village and town halls near Nyack with closings and transit changes for the Presidents’ Day federal holiday. But later in the week there will be public hearings on local laws in Upper Nyack, a Police Reform Committee meeting in Orangetown, and an informational meeting for Rockland Community Power. The Nyack Community Garden is accepting applications for new gardeners until Sat, Feb 22. And the Nyack Tree project is seeking donations to help with spring tree planting. Applications are also available for the ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship and several other scholarships administered by the Rockland Community Foundation. And support your local restaurants this week with special food and special discounts as Nyack Feasts.

Nyack Area COVID Update for February 13

13-Feb 6-Feb 30-Jan 23-Jan 16-Jan 9-Jan
Active cases by community
Nyack 69 84 105 96 81 73
Valley Cottage 41 66 62 76 86 71
West Nyack 33 42 49 61 89 61
Piermont 11 14 16 13 8 5
Rockland County
7 day postivity rate 5.2% 5.6% 6.1% 6.8% 7.0% 7.9%
Active cases 1,743 2,092 2,311 2,514 2,786 2,449
Hospitalized 59 78 76 89 89 106
COVID-19 deaths (total) 858 845 836 821 806 790

Source: Rockland County Health Department / NYS Health Department, 2/13/2021

Presidents’ Day Transit Schedules

On Mon, Feb 15, 2020, Hudson Link buses will operate on a regular weekday 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 regular weekday schedule; there will be no service on TOR 95 and 97; and Metro-North will operate on a weekend schedule. TRIPS paratransit buses will operate A.D.A. service only. For additional information on Presidents’ Day transit schedules, visit

Village of Nyack

The Wed 2/17 Architectural Review Board will consider requests for signage at 2 locations, and a request for an awning. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7p.

Mayor Don Hammond will hold his weekly Communication Meeting via Zoom on Thurs, Feb 18, 2021 at 9a.

Nyack Community Solar Informational Meeting

If you haven’t already signed up for the Rockland Community Power 100% renewable energy program and would like to learn more about the program, there will be an online information session to discuss the program and answer your questions on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 from 6:30-7:30p.

For every enrollment in this community solar program, $50 will be donated to a Nyack Sustainability Fund, which will help Nyack raise money for a future sustainability project. Each $50 donation is made by Joule Community Power which administers Rockland Community Power on behalf of the partnering municipalities.

Enrolling in community solar is a way to take action from home, to reduce your electricity bill, and to help support our community and our environment. Since each solar farm can generate only so much power, residents are encouraged to enroll soon before the solar farms become fully subscribed. Please RSVP for virtual meeting details.

Nyack Feasts

Nyack Feasts will run from today (Mon, Feb 15) to Sun, Feb 21, 2021 for lunch and dinner. 16 participating restaurants will offer a variety of options including discounts of up to 20% on indoor dining and pick-ups, special menus at special prices, free items to accompany orders, as well as family meals for 4 ready to-go at a discounted price.

During the event, the village will provide special free parking for grab-and-go orders. Free parking is also available throughout the village on Mon, Feb 15 and Sun, Feb 21.

Nyack Community Garden

The Nyack Community Garden is a community-based, nonprofit organization that provides residents of the Nyack School District with an opportunity to grow vegetables and flowers in a safe, friendly environment. It is accepting applications for new gardeners until Feb 22, 2021. New gardeners are encouraged to mail in completed applications as soon as possible, as priority on the waiting list for plots is determined by the dates of postmarks on the completed applications. Email to request an application.

Help Fund Spring Tree Planting in Nyack

The Nyack Community Tree Project is seeking donations in any amount for their spring planting or consider giving the gift of a tree where for $100 an 8-10 ft tree will be planted within the Village of Nyack on your recipient’s behalf. A beautiful printed card will be sent to the recipient with a message letting them know you have given the gift of a tree. To make a donation or gift a tree, please visit tree project.

Nyack “Fan Card”

Nyack has a new initiative to help make next year a little less tough on the local businesses we all know and love. It’s called the Nyack Fan Card, and the idea behind it is simple: For $20, you get a shopping card (purchasable online, or at 15 participating establishments listed here) that gives you significant discounts at participating shops and restaurants–savings well beyond the $20 cost of the card. The cards go live on January 1, 2021 and remain valid until March 31, 2021.

Village of South Nyack

Request for Bids for Collection and Disposal of Garbage and Trash for the Village of South Nyack

The Village of South Nyack is seeking bids for collection and disposal of garbage and trash. Sealed bids may be submitted to the Village Clerk, Village of South Nyack, 282 South Broadway, South Nyack, New York 10960 until 10a on Fri, Feb 19, 2021 at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. The title of the bid must be specified on the outside of the envelope. All bids must be accompanied by a Statement of Non-Collusion in conformity with the requirements of Section 103-d of the General Municipal Law, as amended. Specifications, bid blanks, and all necessary information may be obtained at the Office of the Village Clerk between the hours of 9a and 4p Mon through Fri, exclusive of holidays. Bid documents are also available on

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Village of Upper Nyack

The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 8p. More info at

The Planning Board will meet on Wed, Feb 17, 2021. Read the full agenda at before Zoom-ing into the meeting at 7:30p.

Notice of Public Hearings

The Board of Trustees of the Village of Upper Nyack will hold a public hearing on Thurs, Feb 18, 2021, at 8:30p to consider an extension of the “Temporary Moratorium on Commercial or Residential Land Use Applications for Property Located in the Office Business (OB) District, Laboratory Office (LO) District and the R-4 Residential District that Abuts the 9W Corridor in the Village” pending review and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan update and related zoning laws pertaining to said subject matters. This law will also be known as Local Law #2 of 2021.

There will be a second public hearing on Thurs, Feb 18, 2021 at 8:45p to consider an extension of the “Duration of the Temporary Moratorium on Commercial or Residential Land Use Applications Requiring New Special Use Permits and Special Use Permit Renewal Applications” pending review and amendment of the Comprehensive Plan update and related zoning laws pertaining to said subject matters. This law will also be known as Local Law #3 of 2021.

The meetings will be held via videoconferencing, and transcripts will be provided at a later date. The public will have the opportunity to see and hear the meetings live and provide comments. To access the meetings: Please visit the Village’s website for ID# and Password. Meeting agendas will be posted on the Village’s website. Comments and questions can also be provided via email before the meetings to Carol G. Brotherhood, Village Clerk at

Town of Orangetown

Police Reform Committee Public Meeting

On Tue, Feb 16, 2021 at 6p, the Town of Orangetown invites the public to share their ideas and suggestions to create a better understanding between the police and the community.

To join the meeting, go to You may also dial in at 1 877-309-2073 with access code 929-115-453.

Military Tribute Banners

Orders may now be placed for the Town of Orangetown Military Tribute Banners. If you previously subscribed, you can renew at any time. Feel free to email or call (845) 359-5100 x 2293 for more information.

Town of Clarkstown

COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance for Seniors

Supervisor Hoehmann has implemented a program with BOCES nursing students to assist eligible senior residents having trouble with the online registration. Seniors can call the office at (845) 639-2050 to be added to the list for assistance.

Rockland County

ML by Maria Luisa Scholarship

The application for the 2021 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. Candidates who identify as women will be considered regardless of sex assigned at birth. The scholarship will assist with costs in attending a college of the students’ choice. The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

Help Scheduling a COVID-19 Vaccination

For those in need of help setting up an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccination, the NYS Department of Health has set up a NYS COVID-19 Vaccination Hotline at (833) 697-4829. You may also call the Rockland County Office for the Aging at (845) 364-2110, (845) 364-2115, or (845) 364-2108.

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