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Nyack’s Free Fridge for All and More Local Stories

Scenes from the latest Nyack Street Fair on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2022. We hope you enjoyed the deep-fried Oreos and supported local makers and businesses! (Photo by Alex Krat

This week in the Villages: Nyack opens a community refrigerator that comes with 24-hour access and no questions asked. Meanwhile, parents confront the East Ramapo school board with rotten food and serious allegations. Plus, we have the newly proposed Rockland County legislative district map, your weekly weather prediction, healthy updates, upcoming meetings and much more!

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The Lede: A Fridge for All

Let’s begin with this heartwarming tale of a community taking care of itself.

While there are a handful groups tackling hunger by providing timely meals and supplies here in Nyack, people with immediate needs can now access free fresh food at an officially unofficial and beautifully decorated Community Refrigerator — located in the back of Nyack Center off of South Broadway.

A collaborative effort by the nonprofit groups Nyack Center and Proyecto Faro (Project Lighthouse), the idea behind a Community Refrigerator (proper noun) is simple: provide people who need it with 24-hour access to fresh food, no questions asked, no identification needed.

The free fridge combats dual needs.

For starters, a remarkable 15.8 percent of Rockland children were recently identified as “food insecure” (and that was in 2020, before inflation super-sized our grocery bills), so there are clearly people, especially young, growing people, who need the food.

The “no questions” part is important as well.

Proyecto Faro is a group working on behalf of immigrant rights and quality of life here in Rockland County. Because they are deemed illegal, many immigrants lack access, or are scared to access, government programs. This fridge gets food directly onto their plates, so they can focus on other pressing issues.

Already, local groups and individuals are pitching in, including the Nyack Community Garden, which has pledged to provide extra produce. Anybody can donate. Just bring fresh fruits or vegetables — or packaged food with original labels on them — to the back of Nyack Center. (Unfortunately, for credibility purposes, no homemade goods.)

Read all of this inspiring story at LoHud and support local journalism.

Stay tuned …

Quote of the Week

The monarch butterfly symbolizes the beauty of migration, and the right of living beings to traverse borders in search of safer habitats.

-LoHud reporter Nancy Cutler, contextualizing why the new Community Fridge in Nyack is painted with butterflies

Clip of the Week

In other relevant news

  • Speaking of our bravest, Spring Valley firefighter Jared Lloyd — the young dad who died in March of 2021 while trying to rescue people at a nursing home during a raging fire that prosecutors say could have been prevented — was enshrined into the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s nation memorial in Maryland over the weekend. LoHud’s Steve Liebman points out that while more honors await Lloyd, there are also significant questions remaining about the ongoing investigations into the circumstances surrounding Lloyds untimely and tragic death. [LoHud]
  • Something did smell right to parents and they expressed it at a recent East Ramapo school district meeting that led to a restraining order and a malodorous glimpse into life inside an East Ramapo public school. So much to unpack in here. We’ll need more time. [LoHud]
  • A little update on a previous politics story. A month ago, we reported on the redistricting effort underway at the Rockland County legislature. There have been a couple of meetings since then and perhaps a vote, but we hadn’t been able to find an actual copy of the map. Laura Incalcattera, the communications director for the Rockland County legislature, let us know that “there are no maps as of yet. Once there are, we will make them public on the website for all to view.” Well, we managed to get a hold of one!
The proposed Rockland County Legislative District Map
The current Rockland County Legislative District Map (since 2012)

ICYM NNV’s weekly features: Bill Batson’s latest “Nyack Sketch Log”, Mike Hays’ most recent “Nyack People & Places”; and our coverage in last week’s “The Villages”. If you haven’t read it yet, please check our vision for the future of Nyack News & Views and how you can help build our coverage and capacity.

Weather prediction

Mostly clear until Wednesday; then a run of rain until the weekend, when, hopefully, we’ll have a couple of crisp, fall days in the low-60s. [click here for National Weather Service‘s latest 7-day forecast for Nyack]

Covid Update

Severe Covid cases and hospitalizations in the greater Nyack area have essentially leveled off, but there’s been a slight uptick in positive cases. As of Oct. 3, the CDC is classifying Rockland County as a “low” Covid threat level. 

Testing Info

  • More than 82.2% of eligible people in Rockland County are vaccinated with at least one dose. To schedule an appointment for a 1st dose, 3rd dose (for immunocompromised), or booster COVID-19 vaccine from any Rockland County Department of Health Clinic visit rocklandgov.com/departments/health/. To search for additional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities nearby visit vaccines.gov.
  • Find a COVID-19 testing site near you, by visiting coronavirus.health.ny.gov. Individuals who have questions regarding eligibility or access for testing should call the New York State COVID-19 Hotline at 1-888-364-3065 or visit the NYSDOH website covid19screening.health.ny.gov.

Village updates

Nyack

  • Powell Sensei of Karate Nyack has announced that his Karate School is offering an “Intro to Karate” program Thursday’s & Saturdays. All are welcome! Seniors, Teens & Adults. For more info, text Powell Sensei at 917 627 8199. Karate Nyack is located at 85 South Piermont Avenue, Nyack, NY. karatenyack.com
  • Drop off humanitarian aid for victims of the war in Ukraine (, including first aid, painkillers, blankets, baby food, diapers, non-perishable food, antibiotics and more, at Village Hall, 9 N. Broadway (or at the Orangetown town hall, 26 W. Orangeburg Rd.).

Upper Nyack

South Nyack

  • Due to reader request, we have re-added South Nyack, which dissolved as an official village earlier this year. Please send us info about what’s going on in South Nyack at info@nyacknewsandviews.com.

Orangetown

Clarkstown

  • The Technical Advisory Committee, which “evaluates the technical adequacy of land development applications and decides their readiness for Planning Board review,” meets most Wednesdays, including this Wednesday, from 10 am to noon, in the town hall’s Historic Map Room.
  • For a calendar list of all Clarkstown meetings and events, click here.

Other Local Updates

South Nyack advocates have filed a petition with the town of Orangetown seeking to show support for a new Elizabeth Place Playground — the grassy play area and dog park just south of 87 and right off the Esposito trail. After South Nyack dissolved in March, the town found the playground equipment at Elizabeth Place was unsafe and not compliant with ADA regulations and removed it. A new ADA compliant park has been proposed and advocates want to see the proposal approved and implemented. Click here to read and/or sign the petition.

Nyack Schools

Rockland-wide

A rare polio case was recently discovered in Rockland County. Here’s some info on how to protect yourself:

  • New Yorkers can pre-register for a free polio vaccination appointment here or call 845-238-1956 to schedule. Walk-ins will also be accepted.
  • Vaccines are also available through local healthcare providers, including Federally Qualified Health Centers.
  • For more information on polio including symptoms and spread, visit NYSDOH’s page here.
  • New Yorkers can learn more about the polio vaccine available in the U.S. at CDC’s page here.
  • The Reviving Rockland Restaurants Grant Program will reimburse businesses between $5,000 and $25,000 for past expenses or fund future expenses for eligible outdoor dining COVID-19 mitigation equipment. Eligible entities include restaurants, food stands, food trucks, bars, saloons, lounges, taverns, bakeries, delis, cafes, breweries, wineries, and other similar places of business. For more information and to download an application visit rocklandgov.com.
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