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Dead Body in Nyack Marina Identified, Nyack’s Favorite Football Sons (and More Rockland Stories)

This week in the Villages we identify the dead body of a woman found floating in Nyack Marina and look into her life. Plus, we highlight how two of Nyack’s favorite football sons are giving back to the community and other local stories.

This week in the Villages, we identify the woman whose body was found floating in Nyack Marina and look briefly at her life. Plus, we highlight two of Nyack’s favorite football sons who are giving back to the community, other local stories, quotes of the week, a weather prediction, a COVID update, upcoming meetings, and more. Thanks for being here!

Editor’s note: We would be remiss if we didn’t offer a hearty shoutout and the deepest condolences to our friends in Hawaii dealing with a heart-breaking and deadly wildfire. Our thoughts are with you.

‘Tragic accident’ leaves Connecticut woman dead in Nyack’s marina

The mystery of who ended up dead in the Nyack Marina on the morning of July 30 has been solved. After contacting her family, Orangetown police identified the woman as Frances Bradley, a 49-year-old resident of New Fairfield, Connecticut.

Francesca Bradley, a 49-year-old Connecticut resident ended up dead in the Nyack Marina. (Photo courtesy of Danbury Memorial and Cremation Services.)

It remains unclear exactly how her body ended up in the marina. A spokesperson for the Orangetown police department said “the circumstances of her death are not suspicious” but said they are awaiting the cause of Bradley’s death from the medical examiner’s office.

An obituary posted online by the Danbury Memorial and Cremation Services says Bradley “died suddenly in a tragic accident at the Nyack Marina” but doesn’t provide further details.

Bradley grew up in New York City, graduated from high school in the Bronx and then earned her bachelor’s degree at Iona University, according to the obituary. She worked in the finance industry until 2014. She had recently worked part-time at a number of different jobs, including on the overnight shift at BJ’s Wholesale Club. The obituary describes “Fran” as “an extremely hard worker with dynamic skills.”

Bradley was a huge Yankees fan who loved to travel, the obituary notes. It goes on to say that, “Above all else, Fran was a wonderful daughter and loving sister. She was a true friend to many and had childhood friends whom she truly loved.”

Shoutout to Nyack’s favorite sons!

Back here in Nyack, we wanted to take a minute (or two) to shift our perspective back into a positive direction and highlight two of our most beloved and positively influential native sons: the McCourty Twins — Devin and Jason.

For the 10th summer, these Super Bowl champion, pro bowl attending, TV celebrity brothers have brought their time, energy and resources to fledgling Nyack football players.

Check out the videos and photos below and you’ll see two people genuinely giving back to their community. It’s a joy to watch and an inspiration.

After retiring from football, both Devin and Jason went into the broadcasting business, carving out a name for themselves as individuals and a duo. But they haven’t forgotten their roots here in Nyack.

Keep up the great work, McCourty Twins!

Stay tuned and reach out at info@nyacknewsandviews.com if you have questions or news tips.

In other news:

We are running out of time this summer! Eat ice cream!

This sounds like a potential true crime podcast. Send the FBI info and then email us: info@nyacknewsandviews.com.

The Grand Rebbe Harav Chai Yitzchak Twersky was quite a popular dude.

Apparently, it’s Starlink, Elon Musk’s satellite cell phone system. But still . . . creepy.

ICYM NNV’s weekly features: Bill Batson’s latest “Nyack Sketch Log”; Mike Hays’ most recent “Nyack People & Places”; and our coverage in our last edition of “The Villages”; Our latest Nyack Schools Report. 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 (through August 20)

Rain Thursday night and into Friday morning, then clear skies and plenty of sunshine for the rest of the weekend. Enjoy! Eat ice cream! [Click here for the National Weather Service‘s latest 7-day forecast for the Nyack area. Click here for the latest Air Quality Index report for Nyack.]

Covid Update! (threat level: still “low”)

According to CDC data of recent hospitalizations and cases, Rockland’s community threat level of Covid-19 is now considered “Low” and has been for six months now. With a low designation, the CDC recommends getting tested if you have symptoms or have contact with someone who tests positive. Otherwise, live your life. 

77 Days Later: Still looking for answers in the death of Sean Harris

We continue to look into the case of Sean Harris, who died under suspicious circumstances after an hours-long standoff with police on May 30.

Watch the video from Truth 2 Power below to learn more about what happened and why family, friends and police reform advocates say they want answers.

Here’s our breakdown of what happened.

Here’s Lohud reporter Nancy Cutler’s in-depth piece on Harris and his mother’s suspicions about her son’s death here.

Village updates

Nyack

  • Here’s the list of all upcoming meetings posted for the Village of Nyack.
  • If you could use help paying your water bills, click here.
  • 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

  • Thanks 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

Check out our latest Nyack Schools Report, a new regular feature we will post bi-monthly.

Find out what else is going on in Nyack-area schools at Home Page – Nyack Public Schools (nyackschools.org)

Rockland-wide

A rare polio case was recently discovered in Rockland County last summer. 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.
  • Fill out this survey to help the county provide better digital services.

Musical Outro

Check out the Scott Wendholdt/Adam Kolker Quartet at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar this Friday, Aug. 4th. Here’s a taste:

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