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The Villages: A Spring Celebration

This week in the villages: The Villages of Nyack and South Nyack are holding Board of Trustee meetings. Last week, residents of Upper Nyack re-elected Mayor Karen Tarapata and Board members Laurie Dodge and R. Michael Esmay to 2 year terms. On Sunday, Nyack is kicking off a spring celebration with shopping and dining specials and fun for the entire family. And the Home Energy Assistance Programs have been extended through April 30.

Nyack Area COVID Update for March 20

20-Mar 13-Mar 6-Mar 27-Feb 20-Feb 13-Feb
Active cases by community
Nyack 71 50 59 48 54 69
Valley Cottage 26 28 38 39 27 41
West Nyack 66 60 42 32 33 33
Piermont 9 8 12 10 11 11
Rockland County
7 day postivity rate 5.5% 6.1% 5.2% 5.0% 5.1% 5.2%
Active cases 2,014 1,909 1,648 1,432 1,592 1,743
Hospitalized 51 41 39 33 50 59
COVID-19 deaths (total) 910 901 896 887 872 858

Source: Rockland County Health Department / NYS Health Department, 3/20/2021

The Rockland County Department of Health (RCDOH) will post registration links for the COVID-19 vaccine on the COVID-19 webpage. The links to make appointments will remain on the COVID-19 webpage to make it more accessible for residents to book new appointments whenever they become available and when cancelations occur. For up-to-date alerts on when the RCDOH COVID-19 vaccine appointments become available, follow/like facebook.com/rockhealth or twitter.com/rockhealth.

Village of Nyack

The Nyack Business Council will hold a meeting via Zoom today (Mon, Mar 22, 2021) at 4p.

And the Village Board of Trustees will hold a pre-meeting information workshop about our water on Thurs, Mar 25, 2021 at 6:30p. Then, Zoom into the Village Board meeting at 7:30p.

Nyack Spring Fling Kicks Off

On Sun, Mar 28, 2021, Nyack will be kicking off the Nyack Spring Fling, a 13-week event aiming to make Nyack look and feel more springy. The event will feature receipt raffles for a chance to win prizes every Sunday. There will be a scavenger hunt for kids, a spring edition Nyack Fan Card valid from Apr 1 through June 30, 2021, a window decorating contest, and Spring Fling specials every Sunday.

Village of South Nyack

The Police Board will meet on Tue, Mar 23, 2021. Read the full agenda before Zooming into the meeting at 6p.

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The Board of Trustees will also meet on Tue, Mar 23, 2021. Read the full agenda before Zooming into the meeting at 7:30p.

Village of Upper Nyack

March 16, 2021 Election Results

Elections were held in the Village of Upper Nyack on March 16, 2021 and Mayor Karen Tarapata and Trustees Laurie Dodge and R. Michael Esmay were all re-elected for 2 year terms.

Town of Orangetown

2021 Spring Recreation Programs

The Orangetown Parks & Recreation Spring brochure is now available on orangetown.com. Visit the Parks & Recreation webpage to register.

School Crossing Guards Needed

School crossing guards are need in the Town of Orangetown for one hour in the morning and/or afternoon. The pay is $18 per hour and there is paid training. Please call Pat Quinn at the Orangetown Police Department at 845-359-3726 if you are interested.

Free Easter/Passover Dinner Bags for Veterans

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021 from 12:30-2p, military and veteran families can pick up free Easter/Passover dinner bags at Town of Orangetown Town Hall, 26 W. Orangeburg Rd, Orangeburg. Please RSVP to Supervisor Teresa Kenny’s Office at 1 845-359-5100 x2293 or email Veteran@Orangetown.com.

Town of Clarkstown

Outdoor Dining Permits

The Clarkstown Town Board has recently voted to renew outdoor dining permits for restaurants. Owners who previously applied for a permit need to obtain renewed permission from your landlord. For more questions, please contact the Building Department at 845-639-2100 or Economic Development at 845-639-2063.

Free Easter/Passover Dinner Bags for Veterans

On Sat, Mar 27, 2021 from 10a-12p, there will be a drive thru pick up for free Easter/Passover dinner bags for military and veteran families at Street Community Center, 31 Zukor Rd, New City. Please RSVP to Supervisor George Hoehmann’s Office at 845-639-2050

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Rockland County

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Programs) Extended to April 30, 2021

Rockland County families with low incomes can apply for grants to help pay for their heating bills under New York State’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The amount of the benefit depends on income and family size and payments are made directly to the utility company. To be eligible, single persons living alone must have a monthly gross income no higher than $2,610. Monthly income limits for larger households may be found at rocklandgov.com. Anyone who is living in federally subsidized housing or who is enrolled in the Section 8 Voucher/Certificate Program where heat is included in the rent may be eligible for a $21 benefit if they have an electric bill in their name.

New and returning HEAP applicants can apply online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov or by mail. New HEAP applicants will be called for a phone interview. In person interviews are not required; there are no in person appointments at this time. Please call the HEAP Department at 364-3480 or 364-3212, Mon through Fri between 8a and 5p if you want a paper application or if you have any questions.

Up to 2 emergency benefits may also be available for those households that are without the means to pay their bill and who have received a Termination Notice from their utility provider. Households heating with oil, kerosene, or propane may receive an emergency HEAP benefit if they have ¼ of a tank or less of heating fuel. The emergency benefit ranges from a $140 heat related benefit to a maximum of $675 per household for heating with oil, kerosene, propane. The emergency benefit is $490 for gas and electric accounts. Applications for Emergency HEAP will be accepted until 5p on April 30, 2021.

Residents who receive a Termination Notice from their utility provider should fax the notice to the HEAP Unit at 845-364-3130 or email a copy of the notice to RocklandHEAP@dfa.state.ny.us. Households heating with oil, kerosene, or propane should contact the HEAP department if they have ¼ of a tank or less of fuel so they can apply for an emergency benefit. Everyone should provide a daytime phone number along with the Termination Notice. TA/SNAP recipients should also include their Case Number. Individuals will be contacted for an Emergency HEAP phone interview to determine if they are eligible for the emergency benefit.

Emergency Operations Center Activated to Assist in Managing the Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist

Rockland residents age 65+ can sign up for the Senior COVID-19 Vaccine Waitlist by calling the Rockland County Office for the Aging at 845-364-2110, Mon-Fri (except holidays), 8a-5p. In addition, residents can sign up at rcklnd.us/c19-waitlist.

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.


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