Mary Barber's Blog Posts

WOULD YOU LIKE A GREAT CIDER EXPERIENCE

With fall and the apple season here, maybe you would like to take a trip to the Applewood Winery in Warwick, N.Y. and experience their Naked Flock Ciders,  which are now

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FAMILY FRIENDLY BOWLING ALLEYS IN ROCKLAND

What more could you want from a great night out with your family or friends than to head out to one of our local bowling alleys and  play a few frames.Bowling is "recreation" for most of us,

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Nyacks Halloween Parade Is Around The Corner

Fall is one of the nicest times of the year-weather giving us cool, crisp days, and if it's Halloween, that is a BONUS.On Saturday, October 24, more than 20,000 spectators will gather in Nyack

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Are You A Couch Potato Football Fan

Are you a couch potato weekend football fan lying around in the warm and cozy confines of your family room watching football?  This usually begins around noon and lasting the remainder of the

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ENJOY A FUN DAY AT WARWICK APPLEFEST

Warwick will be having it's annual Applefest event on Sunday, October 4 from 10 am to 5pm - Rain or Shine!  This festival is produced by the Warwick Chamber of Commerce and Warwick Valley

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STONY POINT HUDSON RIVER RAMBLE

On Saturday, September 12, Stony Point parks & recreation will host it's annual Hudson River Ramble from 1 to 3 p.m. At 1 p.m. there will be a guided walk of the first lighthouse build on the Hudson

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KIDS SUMMER GOLF CAMP ROCKLAND LAKE GOLF COURSE

 Summer Golf Camp at Rockland Lake Golf Course is tailored for kids of all ages and abilities.  The golf teaching staff has an unrivaled combination of experience and success.  Jimmy

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THE HAVERSTRAW RIVER ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Haverstraw River Arts & Music Festival seeks to bring the community together through an artistic celebration  of the Village of Haverstraw and the river that runs through it.  It was

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Rockland County Hazardous Waste Drop Off Facility

We all want to work together in keeping Rockland  "clean" and "green".From Nyack to Stony Point, many residents participate. I feel comfortable saying, taking care of the environment unites all

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ROCKLAND COUNTY AND LYME DISEASE

Lyme disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria that is carried inside deer ticks.  From May thru September, one should watch for immature ticks - about the size of a poppy seed.To

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NYACKS AWESOME WITCH WAY RACE

The awesome Witch Way Run/Walk 5K will be held Saturday October 25th at 9 a.m. in Nyack.  This is a race which promotes the Power of Happiness, and all the proceeds will go to benefit "The

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ROCKLAND TOWNS ARE GEARING UP FOR HALLOWEEN

This year in Rockland there will be a number of Halloween events to attend, so I decided to list a few which may be of interest to some.Memorial park in Nyack will be hosting their Hip Hop Halloween

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PUMPKIN PICKING TIME

Now is the perfect time to visit orchards or pumpkin patches to harvest your own taste of fall. To many, pumpkin picking is the ultimate symbol of fall.  As we all know, this staple can be used

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FALL RIVER TOWN ACTIVITIES

Like everyone says, the river towns of Nyack and Piermont are a perfect place to plan a day trip or weekend getaway.  For dining and entertainment, you will find great experiences at any of the

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ARE WE BORN TO ENJOY EXERCISE

Do you like to exercise?  Some studies suggest that  motivation to exercise may be partly inherited.For years I have wondered why so few people regularly exercise when we know that we

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ARE YOU FEELING OVERTAXED

Are you one of many Americans who feel overtaxed?  As you well know, there is more than one way to be taxed.  For instance, if you have ever received a traffic ticket in any of our towns-

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THE AGING POPULATION AND HOUSING

With the aging population, a demand is put on alternative housing in Rockland County.  This baby boomer aging group will be posing quite a challenge for our municipalities to come up with more

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SHOULD YOU SEND YOUR CHILD TO DAYCARE

Some parents get a little bit pre-occupied with trying to provide their children with the "best" possible start, with exposure to the best resources, and forget their child's needs are really very

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Cuomo Announces Ninety Million To Improve State Sites

Governor Cuomo has announced New York State will spend $90 million on state parks, and $18 million has been earmarked for the Hudson Valley Region.  The purpose of this project is to repair and

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CHILDHOOD OBESITY EPIDEMIC WHO IS RESPONSIBLE

Eighty per cent of processed foods on our store shelves contain added sugars--is this partially responsible for the rising obesity rate and type-II diabetes in the United States?A new documentary

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Introducing Golf To Children

The game of golf provides parents an opportunity not only teaching their child to deal with frustration, positive and negative experiences, it also teaches the child important core values that will

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MARCH TO HELP BABIES

The March Of Dimes will be sponsoring a March To Help Babies Walk on May 4 at 10 a.m. in Pearl River, at 1 Blue Hill Plaza.  Registration will start at  9 a.m.,and anyone may participate ,

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NYACKS BEST WELLNESS CHIROPRACTOR

"Thank God" for Bruce Handelsman, whom I consider Nyack's best chiropractor.Being athletic is enjoyable, but could be strenuous if you have a liking for all sports.  My being active has caused

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WANT TO JOIN A RUN WALKING CLUB

The Rockland Road Runners Club was organized in the early 80's as a small cohesive group of runners, to promote fitness, competition, and friendship.  Many members come from all over Rockland

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CHILDRENS PARKS IN NYACK AND CONGERS

Kids love to run, jump, climb and just be active.  So I have decided to zero in on a few parks in Rockland County.Nyack Memorial Park is located on Piermont Ave in Nyack, and for kids who are

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JUNIOR GOLF CAMP AT ROCKLAND LAKE GOLF COURSE

With summer vacation upon us, Rockland Lake Golf Course in Congers is proud to announce their 2013 Junior Golf Programs which are open to golfers from age 7 to 17.  Students need not worry

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Walking In Nyack Piermont West Nyack Surrounding Towns

Where to walk in Rockland County?  One should find great walking trails and enjoy and take advantage of them.  Some like "shopping walks"  in downtown areas like Nyack, Piermont and

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Nyack Street Fair Returns This Month

The Nyack street fair, which has something for everyone, will be held again Sunday, May 19th - and it is also held rain or shine.This unique street fair features a large selection of arts and.

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ROCKLAND AND ORANGE COUNTY FALL EVENTS LINEUP

Hi everyone, welcome back to the start of the Fall Season Events. Check out the list below to see which Events may be of interest to you. Sept 21-23  Klown Klub of New York Shriners Circus at

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BACK TO SCHOOL GUIDE

For parents from Nyack to Spring Valley, to Ramapo, there are tricks for getting your kids to school on time.  As a former teacher, I learned for kids, it was all about separation. I'm not

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SOUTH NYACK TEN MILER AND CHILDREN'S FUN RUN

The 24th annual South Nyack "Ten Miler" will be held on Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. The ten mile is on a scenic out and back route along the Hudson River, which begins and ends at

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UNCLAIMED FUNDS DUE TO NYACK ROCKLAND COUNTY RESIDENTS

Chances are you have money that is owed to you by New York State.  It may seem hard to believe, but some people actually lose track of their money for one reason or another. Most states

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New York State Parks Has Free Offerings For Disabled

New York State Parks and Recreation offers an Access Pass to residents of New York State with permanent disabilities. The type of disabilities are defined in their application.  This Access

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Womens Annual Distance Run Walk Race

This Saturday, July 14- 8 a.m, at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers, the Rockland Road Runners Club will present the "25th Anniversary Women's Distance Festival", which will be a 5k run/walk race

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Rockland Lake State Park Offers Free Senior Access

New York State has what is called the "Golden Park Program", whereby if you are a New York State resident 62 or over, you may obtain free access, weekdays (except holidays), to the following state

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Volunteers Needed For Kids Run

On Saturday, June 9, a kids run is being held at the south parking lot of Rockland Lake State Park in Congers, New York. Anyone wishing to asist and donate their time for this race should contact

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New York I Love My Park Day

I Love My Park Day is a statewide event to improve and bring visibility to the New York State park system, and it's needs.  This event will be held on Saturday, May 5. Volunteers from

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Nyack Eight Year Old Starts Business

Shoulder to shoulder and elbow to elbow 8 year old Jordan Brenner, and his chef father, Kendal, teamed up to create a unique line of hot sauces called Jordan Brenner's Hot-Cha-WAA-Cha Sauces.

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GAS BUDDY APP USEFUL IN ROCKLAND

Utilizing the gas buddy app, one is able to locate gas stations near you with the current, cheapest gas prices. The Gas Buddy App works great, it is an app that can save you money by helping you

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SNOWBIRDS RETURN TO NORTHERN GOLF

Thanks to the good weather this year, many snowbirds are returning to the north earlier to golf.  I may consider mself a beginning snowbird, and have discovered, upon my return, the golf in

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Fall Foliage Is Underway

The Fall foliage season is undergoing across the state.  This Past weekend, while traveling from Piermont, thru the Nyacks, and Rte. 9w in Congers to Stony Point and Cold Spring, we saw the

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Blue Hill Golf Course Has New Look

This past year, the Blue Hill Golf Club in Orangeburg has endured a much needed renovation project of their course facilities.  The project included an improved, expanded clubhouse and updated,

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NYACK ITALIAN RESTAURANT CASA DEL MARE BYO

Nyack's Casa Del Mare Italian Restaurant allows the customers to bring their own wine, plus, they do not charge a corking fee for opening and serving those bottloes.  Bring your own bottle

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UNITED HOSPICE GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES EIGHTY THOUSAND

The 10th annual United Hosplice of Rockland Golf Tournament was held on Monday, September 12 at Paramount Country Club, (the former Dellwood Country Club), in New City.   It is not often that

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Check out Rockland Lake Golf Course, Congers

Rockland Lake State Park in Congers has two state courses, an 18-hole par 3, driving range, practice bunker area and an extremely challenging and picturesque 18-hole professional course. This par 72

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New Direction For Blue Hill Golf Course

Blue Hill Golf Course in Orangeburg is a 27 hole municipal golf course, which is probably one of the best maintained golf courses in the area. This course has pristine greens, which are quite

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Mexican Restaurant in Orangeburg

Fiesta Mexico is a restaurant in Orangeburg, New York, which I can remember visiting since the early 1980's. It seems to have a loyal following and stable management (that is to say, the people are

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Womens Race To Benefit Family Shelter

On Saturday, July 9,2011, The Rockland Roadrunner Club will host it's 24th annual women's 5k run/walk Women's Distance Festival at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers. The proceeds from this

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BIKING ALONG THE RIVER FROM PIERMONT TO CONGERS

One of the most scenic routes along the waterfront from Piermont to Congers is by way of biking. Following the route on a recent Sunday, there was much for us to see and do. Leaving from Piermont

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ROCKLAND LAKE JOGGING IN CONGERS

As an avid sports enthusiast, I had moved on to running early mornings at Rockland Lake State Park in Congers, when most of the world is asleep. I stop by the park on my way to work, just in time to

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Children Golf Day Camps Offered In Congers

If your son or daughter has an interest in golf, you may want to consider sending them to the Golf Day Camp or Junior Golf Clinics which are offered at one of two courses at Rockland Lake State Park

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New York Auto Show In Rockland

Most of the new cars revealed at the New York City Auto show gave me a head start toward finding my ideal high mileage car here at home. Currently I am a Nissan Altima owner, however, Nissan Altima

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