Diane Mitchell's Blog Posts

Fresh Food During The Winter Near Nyack

Just because there is snow on the ground and the air can be frigid doesn't mean that you can't find fresh, local produce and unique items. Many of the area "farmer's markets" have moved indoors for

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Selling Your Nyack House Now Instead Of In The Spring

It is a question that Realtors get all the time: What's the best time to put my house on the market? And it doesn't matter if the house is in Nyack, Piermont, Palisades, Garnerville, Suffern, or

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Items To Fix Before The Inspector In Nyack Notes Them

Regardless of where the house is located, these are items that, unless resolved prior to listing your home, may cost you money in the sale price and the sale-ability of your home. The sooner you

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River Road In South Nyack Has Reopened

It is wonderful news that, after nearly a month being closed, River Rd under the Tappan Zee Bridge has reopened! It reopened Friday afternoon, November 3rd, following completion of the

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Deer Activity Season Requires Awareness Around Nyack

We've all seen the deer brazenly crossing the road or street or highway in total disregard for cars or people. It's because deer breeding season (October through early January) is underway, making

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Nyack Halloween Parade Is Coming Soon

Travel Magazine just rated Nyack's Halloween Parade among the top 10 in the country! It is the 2nd largest parade of its kind, being dwarfed only by the Greenwich Village event. And this year

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Flu Shots Available Around Nyack

It's time to roll up those sleeves and get a flu shot! The Rockland County Health Department offering a number of flu vaccine clinics.The clinics, which begin this month, will offer shots to

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Finding Excellent BBQ Near Nyack

If you want to try something apart from the well-known smokehouse in Blauvelt, here are some new options to consider. Woody's Bar-B-Q is opening soon at 114 East Rte 59 in Nanuet. They

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Get Up To 500 Dollars From Orange And Rockland In Nyack

Actually, it applies to all of O&R's territory. O&R is offering rebates for replacing old, inefficient furnaces, boilers, hot water heaters, etc. with new, efficient gas units. You can learn all

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Speed Week In Nyack

"Speed Week" began 2 days ago and will continue until August 8th. During that time, local police and New York State Troopers in marked AND unmarked cars will beginning pulling people over for an

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Jazz Week In Nyack

8 days of music will fill various locales in Nyack until July 30th. Come on out and enjoy. See you!

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Open House In Nyack This Sunday

What's not to love?  Park your car in your garage. Walk to the village.  Or relax on your deck, overlooking your fenced back yard. Enjoy everything about this lovingly restored and updated

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Clarkstown Has A Farmers Market

I'm so excited to know about this!Starting June 17th through October 28th, there is a market with locally grown, fresh from the farm goodness in West Nyack! Saturdays from 9am to 1pm at

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A Taste Of Nyack June 6th

Next Tuesday evening, starting at 6PM, a $40 ticket gets you into 11 different restaurants and Palmieri's Wine & Spirits in Nyack. The evening concludes with Dessert & gift card raffles at 9:30PM at

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Housing Inventory Issues Continue In Rockland County

The shortage of listings continues in Nyack, Suffern, Tappan, Tomkins Cove and all places in between. The statistics presented below are national, but are relative for this area as well. If you

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Sellers Market Returns To Rockland County

Has the seller's market returned to the Nyack area, New City, Blauvelt, and other locales in Rockland County? There are many signs of it -- low inventory, multiple offers on many houses (ones

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Free Secure Paper Shredding In Rockland County

Sponsored by Rockland Recycles, this program is open to all Rockland County Residents (no businesses), whether in Tappan, Palisades, New City, Nyack, Stony Point, Suffern, or any place in between.

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The Time Is Again Upon Us For Nyack Street Fairs

'Tis the season! Nyack's Street Fairs start this coming Sunday, April 9th. Then, May 21st, July 9th, September 10th, and October 8th. All street fairs run from 10AM to 5PM, rain or shine. So, come

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5 Projects To Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Whether your home is in Nyack, Palisades, Tomkins Cove, Suffern, or anywhere between these points, a little effort prior to putting it on the market will go a long way toward a quick sale at a

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Rivertown Film Festival Shows Wiener Dog In Nyack March 8

This comedy/drama will be shown this Wednesday, March 8th at 8PM in the Nyack Center. It stars Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn, and others and follows the exploits of a dachshund through a variety of

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Getting Your House Ready For The Spring Market

Whether in Nyack, Palisades, Stony Point, Suffern, or anywhere in between, these 10 tips can make a difference in going to the closing table or being an "also ran." Before you put your house on

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Your New Home In Nyack Or Anywhere Else

You've gotten through all the craziness leading up to the closing table -- the negotiation, the inspection, the contract, the mortgage process, the sleepless nights (anticipation, writing out To Do

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How Accurate Are Zillow Zestimates For Nyack

Zillow provides only one source of information when you are looking to sell or to buy a house.  They derive their information from public records, including tax assessment. One issue with

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TARA Cat Spay And Neuter In Pomona January 12

Thursday January 12 2017...T.A.R.A., Inc. will be holding another low-cost spay/neuter clinic for cats hosted by Hi Tor Animal Care Center, Inc. in Pomona, NY. DROP OFF TIMES between 7:30 and 8.

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Making A Difference This Christmas In Nyack

As everyone scurries around in Nyack, Valley Cottage, Nanuet, New City or anywhere in the vicinity, looking for the "perfect" gift for friends, family, clients, or whomever, it is great to know that

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Nyack Farmers Market Moves Indoors For The Winter

From December through the end of April, Nyack's Farmer's Market moves indoors at the Nyack Center (corner of Depew Ave and S. Broadway). With many of the same vendors participating as you

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Free Holiday Parking In Nyack

The village of Nyack typically requires shoppers, diners, and other visitors to the village to pay the parking meters between the hours of 11 and 6 every day except Sunday (that is 11AM to 6PM and

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Avoid Hitting A Deer In Nyack This Fall

Whether you are in Nyack, Piermont, Palisades, Stony Point, Suffern or anywhere in between, deer mating season (fall months) can be a dangerous time for drivers, deer and car hoods. According

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Nyack Halloween Parade This Saturday Oct 29th

Parade starts at 5:30, but the fun begins around 3PM. Be sure to stop by in front of Wright Bros. office for free cookies and hot cider. A good time is always enjoyed by all!;

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2016 Wine Tasting In Pearl River November 5th

ShopRite Liquors in Pearl River is hosting their Fall wine tasting on Saturday afternoon, November 5th from 1 to 4PM. There are always lots of lovely wines (100+) to sample from, great prices for

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Valley Cottage Cookies Make A Difference

There's a place in Valley Cottage where 80% of the purchase price of these amazing chocolate chip cookies goes toward sending a terminally ill child and their family to the Florida theme parks. The

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Local Apple Picking In Congers

Apple picking time of the year is with us again! And right in Congers, you can pick directly from the trees at Dr. Davies Farm on Rte 304. They are open from 10AM to 4PM every day. Right now, the

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Slide The City In Nyack

The last time I mentioned that "Slide the City" was coming to Nyack, one of my friends misunderstood and thought that a slide was being run from Nyack to NYC. Hahaha. That would be some slide! But

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Weekend Day Trips Near Nyack

After the "stinky" hot/humid weather we've had the past couple weeks, this weekend is SUPPOSED to be reasonably nice, weather-wise. A friend of mine makes these GORGEOUS scarves/shawls/wearable-art

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Is Your House Overpriced

A house that is priced correctly gets activity (showings) and offers. Do you have your house listed and no one is showing it? Or it is being shown but no offers are coming in? Or offers are coming

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Painting Your House To Sell

Whether in Nyack, Palisades, Suffern, Stony Point or anywhere in between, the look of your house will help to sell it. A fresh coat of paint is the fastest and most inexpensive way to make your

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Nyack Family Bike Day And Bike Drop Off

Nyack Family Bike Day, celebrating bicycling and family fun, is scheduled for September 10th from 11 to 3 at Nayck Memorial Park. Attendees will have numerous activities to pass the

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Rude Drivers

So, as someone cut in front of me in West Nyack, nearly clipping my bumper for the 3rd time in one day, I have started to ask myself when drivers became so impatient, so oblivious to their

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Phishing Scams

A Nyack friend's son got a call today from the "IRS" to let him know that he "owed $5,000 in back taxes." (Be aware, that the IRS does not make phone calls -- they send letters.) The "IRS

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Brand New Home In Tappan

Gorgeous new construction in Tappan. The last of 4 homes built in 2015/2016 by SMK Homes. 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. At 3244 SqFt, this home is 50% larger than the average house in Tappan.

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What Affects Your Homes Value

Ever wonder what features in your neighborhood may be affecting the value of your home? Well, Realtor.com has published a study with these results:The following neighborhood features emerged as the

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6 Herbs For Repelling Mosquitoes

The nasty, biting mosquitoes will be back among us before you know it. And I've never been a fan of the commercial bug repellents because of the chemicals (i.e. DEET) they contain. So, for the past

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Spring Wine Tasting In Pearl River April 16th

ShopRite Liquors in Pearl River is having their semi-annual wine tasting Saturday, April 16th from 1 to 4PM. Typically there are over 100 wines from which to sample. My advice, get there early

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Is March 7 To 20

OK, so it's more like 2 weeks, but the deals are amazing -- and over 200 restaurants are participating!  No coupons or passes are needed. 3 courses for $20.95 (lunch) or $29.95 (dinner),

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5 Quick Staging Tips To Help Sell Your Home

People tend to think huge dollar signs when they hear the word "staging," but, in reality, setting the stage for buyers to see your house does help to get it sold! The five basics for staging that

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15 Free Minutes Of Parking In Nyack

Ever been in Nyack, need to run in somewhere for just 5 minutes and hate to have to pay for parking? Well, a new program has been instituted by the Village of Nyack that gives you 15 minutes of free

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Custom Home In Palisades

I'll be holding an Open House today at this phenomenal home at 1 Kopac Lane in Palisades, NY. With a 2-story entrance, 10' ceilings on the first floor and 9' ceilings upstairs, 4 full bathrooms, a

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Do You Know What Graupel Is

This was a new one on me, although I've seen Graupel many times before -- in Nyack and many other places. Graupel is the snow that looks like little microbeads or styrofoam pellets. They bounce

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5 Things Buyers Can Do To Help Their Realtor

Buying a home, whether in Nyack, Nanuet, New City, Suffern, or elsewhere, is a serious endeavor, but it can also be fun.  There are several things that can be pitfalls in the process, but your

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12 Items To Help You Organize Or Downsize

I've lived in Nyack for more years than I've lived anywhere during my life. I've moved 14 times and each time I swear I'm going to get rid of stuff. So far I've only been able to really do that

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Thanksgiving Giving In Nyack Nanuet And Beyond

Did you know that for a mere $25.00, People to People can provide a full Thanksgiving Dinner to a family of 4? Or that $100 can feed a family of 4 for 3 weeks? Did you also know that 95% of the

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Fall Wine Tasting In Pearl River

Saturday, November 7th, ShopRite Liquors in Pearl River will hold their fall wine tasting from 1 to 4PM. With over 100 wines to sample, it's a great opportunity to try the ones you have yet to

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Free Cookies And Cider At Nyack Halloween Parade

Saturday October 24th, Wright Bros. office will become "Fright Bros." in honor of the Halloween Parade in Nyack. We will have balloons for the young and the young-at-heart and we'll be sharing

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Staging Tips For Selling Your Home Comes To Nyack

My friend, Claudia Jacobs, Stager extraordinaire, is holding her "Staging Tips for Selling Your Home" class for BOCES at the Nyack Campus. Cost is $45, class is from 6 to 9PM this coming Tuesday,

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Hudson Valley Apple Picking

Fall has always been my favorite season. There's something about warm days, cool nights, turning off the air conditioner, and the crispness in the air. Add in the fact that the apples are ready for

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Fall Cleanup Shredding And Electronic Recycling In Clarkstown

The town of Clarkstown has announced that on Saturday, Oct 3rd, they will provide free shredding and a chance to recycle some electronic equipment that may just be gathering dust in your house. It

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6 Ways To Save By Going Green At Home

There are many benefits to going green. You help the environment, protect the planet for future generations, and – let's face it – you can save money on energy costs and a variety of other

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Craigslist Rental Scammers Are Back

A friend brought a Craigslist ad for a rental in West Nyack to my attention earlier this week. It was a very long ad, with few details on the property, calling out the fact that the For Sale sign in

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Bacon Bash Hudson Valley

About an hour's drive from Nyack, there is an afternoon of reveling in bacon  and all things bacon-related coming up on October 3rd, from 2 to 6PM, I'm already salivating just thinking about

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Picking The Right Chicken Breed For Eggs Or Meat

I have a number of friends in Congers and the Nyack villages who are actually raising chickens in their yards so that they can have fresh eggs and meat that they know is free of growth hormones

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Farmers Markets In Nyack Haverstraw And Beyond

Finally, I have found a comprehensive list of Farmers' Markets that are held in Rockland County!  Since I grew up eating farm-fresh fruits and vegetables all summer long (from my Grandparents'

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A Taste Of Nyack Walking And Dining Tour

Good food with good people, for a good cause! The evening's proceeds benefit the Rockland County YMCA youth programs, helping provide learning opportunities for children in need. The YUMCA is

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Nyack Hospital Again Offering Free Mammograms

On Friday, June 26th from 8AM to 3PM, The Breast Center at Nyack Hospital will offer free breast exams, mammography, and, if needed, pelvic exams with PAP tests for women ages 40 and over who have

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Clarkstown Shredding And Electronic Recycling Event Repeat

The last one (April 18th) saw people turned away as early as 11AM for shredding, so the town has decided to fill up 2 trucks with shredded papers  for a 2nd event on May 9th. Location is

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Spring Wine Tasting In Pearl River

ShopRite Liquors in Pearl River has 2 large wine tastings each year. The spring tasting is Saturday, April 25th from 1 to 4 PM.  According to Anthony Palmieri, wine manager for ShopRite,

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The second part of my"Real Estate" research was in Phoenix and Tuscon Arizonia. The desert setting and weather was fanastic!  As you can see from this photo, during  my climb up the

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Real Estate In St Petersburg

Upon Returning from my winter vacation and escaping all the snow, this was a welcome memory of the tropical site while in St. Petersburg, Florida at the boat dock! Patricia Paikin,

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Free Paper Shredding And Electronic Recycling For Clarkstown Residents

The town of Clarkstown is, once again, providing an opportunity to get rid of your paper and electronic stuff. Saturday, April 18th from 9AM to noon at Germonds Park, the town will shred up to 3

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Sonnys At The Lake In Congers Adds Lunch Menu

Sonny's on 9W in Congers has added a lush lunch menu with prices from $4.95 (appetizers) to $10.95 (the most expensive entrees).  All entrees are served with either soup or salad. Entrees

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Hudson Valley Spring Restaurant Week Features Nyack And Piermont

Mark your calendars for March 9 to 22!  The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is almost here again.  There are more than 200 restaurants participating, so there will be something for

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Free Rabies Shots For Dogs Cats And Ferrets In Rockland County

Calling all Dog, Cat, and Ferret owners from Palisades to Tomkins Cove from Suffern to Nyack!  Rockland County's Health Department is, once again, holding Rabies Shot Clinics for Cats, Dogs,

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Post Super Bowl Driving Alert In Rockland

The snow, sleet, rain, and ice storm (winter storm Linus) with a beginning that coincides with kick-off for tonight's Super Bowl XLIX is expected to blanket Rockland County from

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Gorgeous New Home In Pearl River

How would you like to be within walking distance of all that Pearl River affords? And in a brand new, 3300 SqFt home, to boot?  Situated on a corner lot at Mountainview and Orangeburg Rd

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Fine Dining On The Lake In Congers

If you liked La Triestina on Swartout Lake in Congers, you are going to love Sonny's At the Lake. Same location, new owner, great food, and improved wine list!  Late last summer, La Triestina's

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Nyack Skatepark Design Approved

Nyack's Village Board approved the final design of a 5,000 SqFt concrete skatepark to be built in Memorial Park. The park, the first of its kind in Rockland county, is schedule to be completed

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Best Cookies In Valley Cottage

Having been raised baking everything from fresh bread to cookies, cakes, and pies, it takes a lot for a cookie to impress me. Today I found one that is very worthy of mention. A local Valley

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Learning About Brining A Turkey In Nyack

I normally do not cook the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner, but this year I have company from out of state visiting for the holiday and I will be preparing the majority of the meal. Everyone is

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Going From Nyack To Macys Balloon Inflation Activities

I haven't done this for a few years, but I have company coming to town for Thanksgiving week. We are planning to go watch the big balloons for Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade get inflated the evening

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Nyack Halloween Parade October 25

Tomorrow is the big annual Halloween Parade in Nyack! Streets start closing at 4PM and the Zombie Apocalypse Crawl starts at 5PM with the parade kicking off from Memorial Park around 5.

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A Night Of Music And Great Food In Piermont

I just found out about a series of gourmet dinners with cabaret-type performances that will be held at Piermont's Pier 701 between now and the middle of December. This is a first-of-its-kind supper

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Smoke N Fire Food Fest In Pomona

On October 11, there is a festival at Provident Bank Park in Pomona called Smoke-N-fire Food Fest.  A portion of the ticket sales benefits a local Clarkstown Charity called

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I Love Being A Realtor In Nyack

Recently, someone asked me how long I had lived in Nyack and when I gave the reply, I realized that I have now lived here longer than I have lived anywhere else, including childhood homes.  I

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Hub And Spoke Gourmet Opens In Valley Cottage

Calling all gourmands in or visiting Rockland County! Next trip up 9W towards the south entrance of Rockland Lake in Valley Cottage, be sure to stop in and be hungry!  Today, August 23rd,

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Arriving Safely In Nyack

When I worked for a large chemical company, we went through intensive, 3-day safe driving courses every couple of years. The course was taught by retired NYC policemen who drilled the 5 rules for

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Hudson Valley Chalk Festival In New Paltz

I'm always mesmerized by the 3-D chalk works that you see on the internet and in social media. Now, this weekend, we have the chance to see these street drawings live and up close! The Hudson Valley

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Summer Concerts At The Shops At Nanuet

Last Thursday kicked off the concert series at The Shops at Nanuet. There are free concerts scheduled at 6PM every Thursday between now and August 28th. Location is in Nanuet Plaza at

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Car Break Ins In Nanuet

Clarkstown Police Department has reported an increased number of automobile burglaries recently in the Nanuet area - they weren't specific other than Nanuet. I had my car stolen once and it is not a

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Help Rebuild Hi Tor Event In Congers

Bring your dogs and cats to PetScentrix Grooming and Supplies on Lake Road in Congers for a Pet Pedi and help to raise funds to rebuild Hi-Tor!  On Sunday June 22nd between 10AM and 3PM you can

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Nanuet Hosts Craft Beer Festival

50+ breweries will be coming to the outdoor area of Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe in Nanuet on Saturday June 7th!  There are 2 sessions: 12 to 4 PM (this one is sold out) and a 2nd from

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Orange And Rockland Digging In Nyack

Well, the streets are a mess anyway, after the ravages of this past winter, so O&R has started digging up several of them to replace aging gas mains in Nyack. Work will be performed from

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Tappan Zee Bridge Update

For the latest update on the construction of the new New York Bridge 2014 (formerly the Tappan Zee Bridge) enjoy the video on the internet www.newNYBridge.com, and view the "New NY Bridge 2014

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U Drive U Text U Pay And Speed Week In Clarkstown

Clarkstown PD has been participating all week in a campaign to get drivers to (imagine this) pay attention to what they are doing while behind the wheel.  I personally have seen the police

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March For Babies

For a heart-warming experience and a chance to enjoy some early spring exercise join the March of Dimes "March for Babies" on May 4th at the Blue Hill Plaza in Pearl River. 

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Smart Home Smart Choices In Clarkstown

The town of Clarkstown is having an expo on affordable energy saving and water conservation actions and practices for inside and outside your home. The expo will be Saturday, April 26 from 9AM to

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Upscale Shopping In Nanuet

Upon returning from my winter vacation in Arizona and Florida, I made a visit to the new mall, "The Shops at Nanuet".  After their recent opening this past fall, the new mall will 

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Wine Tasting In Pearl River

The perfect way to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring is to attend the "Spring Tasting" at the ShopRite Liquors in Pearl River.  The event is scheduled for Saturday, March

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Free Rabies Shots In Pomona Again

Three times each year, the Rockland County Department of Health and the Rockland-Westchester Veterinary Medical Association sponsor a rabies clinic at the Fire Training Center on Memorial Drive in

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All This Snow In Nyack

I'm originally from the Midwest and snow never bothered me when I expected to have it start snowing for Halloween and to do so, intermittently, until April or so. Having lived in the Mid-Atlantic

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Buffalo Chicken Dip For Super Bowl In Nyack

I love spicy food.  And Buffalo Chicken is one of my favorites - whether it is wings, on pizza, or in this dip. The first time I got to sample this wonderful party food was on New Year's Eve in

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In Nyack Watching Ice Hockey At Yankee Stadium

As my Grandfather would have said . . . "Now I've seen everything!"  Who would think that one of the most iconic baseball fields would see outdoor ice hockey during January?  But, today

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Winter Emergency Kit For Your Car

Given that Nyack and the rest of Rockland County are supposed to get slammed with Winter Storm Hercules (when did they start naming winter storms???), I realize that it is time for me to put

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Pfizer Campus

Enjoyed an enlightening, well-organized session at the Pfizer campus (formerly Lederle Laboratories) in Pearl River.  Since Pfizer only uses a portion of the 'campus', they are 

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Driving In Nyack With Slippery Roads

I worked for a major corporation with an objective of keeping their employees safe.  Since I was driving a company car in the wintry states, that company sent me to somewhere in the middle of

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Basic STAR Exemption Deadline Approaches

Throughout New York State. including all the locations in Rockland from Palisades to Tomkins Cove, Nyack to Suffern, resident homeowners need to apply to the NYS Taxation Department for their 2014

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Giving Thanks In Nyack

2013 has not been one of my favorite years so far, but I still have much to be thankful for. I'm thankful for a loving, wonderful Mother who made such a huge and positive impact on my life. She

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First Experience With Red Bull In Nyack

I drove myself and my 2 chocolate labs from Nyack to the Iowa/Illinois border last Tuesday to attend my nephew's wedding. It's about a 14.5 hour trip and I normally make it without an overnight.

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Avida Wine Bar In Nyack

Nyack has a wine bar!  If you haven't been yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out. The name is Avida Wine Bar.  It is located at 159 Main Street, across from the Catherine Street

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CryptoLocker Hits Nyack

There's a new virus making its way to a computer near you unless you are careful.  The name of the virus is CryptoLocker and it is "ransomware."If this virus infects your computer, it will

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Celebrating The Arts In Sparkill

A very special event to support keeping the arts in our schools is coming up. It is from 10AM to 4PM Saturday, Sept 28, 2013 at St. Thomas Aquinas College, Romano Student Center,  125 Rte 340,

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Clydesdales Coming To New City

The 101st annual Rockland County Volunteer Firemen's Association will be held in New City on September 7th.  The parade is also a celebration of the 125th anniversary of the New City Fire

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Fine Dining In Congers

From an unassuming location along Rte 9W, La Triestina shines! About a year ago, they acquired a new chef.  The food is absolutely fabulous - fresh, varied, imaginative, as well as the "

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Beach Boys Play Pomona

Provident Bank Park in Pomona will host The Beach Boys in concert with Liverpool this Wednesday, August 14th.  Tickets are on sale at tickets.com or at the Provident Bank Park box office.  

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Candy Crush Saga In Nyack

I admit it - I am addicted to Candy Crush Saga. There, now I've said it. I started playing the game when a friend of mine from West Nyack mentioned it. And I wish she had never said anything about!

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Aldi Is Coming To Stony Point

I nearly drove off 9W the other day when I noticed the sign that Aldi is coming to Stony Point in August.  This is, indeed, good news for those who want fresh food at a reasonable price.  

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Top Female Chefs Cookbook Available In New City

I'm a sap for cookbooks - especially those that come with little personal snippets from the chef. I read the ingredients and directions and can imagine the taste, texture, and appearance.  Now

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Theatre Summer Camp In Nyack

I wish such a thing had existed when I was of an age to be able to participate! Helen Hayes Youth Theatre is again holding its summer theatre camp. Kids between the ages of 4 and 18 attend,,

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West Nyack and Nanuet April Speed Traps

The Clarkstown Police Department will increase traffic enforcement on the following streets during the month of April: Strawtown Road, West Nyack Prides Crossing, New City Grandview Avenue, Nanuet

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Real Estate Shenanigans in Nyack

Sometimes you just have to shake your head. I'm going to get on my "soap box" here for a minute.  As in any field, there are some people who give everyone a bad reputation. Realtors are no

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Free Rabies Clinic in Pomona in April

It's that time again! Rockland County Department of Health is providing free rabies shots for dogs, cats, and ferrets. A $5.00 donation per shot will help defray the costs.  There is no

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Pet Palace in New City

While minding my own business at PetSmart in Nanuet last week, an out-of-control little Miniature Doberman Pinscher (MinPin) jumped from his 6 inch height and bit me on the hand. To say that the

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New Years Eve in Nyack

I've never been a big New Year's Eve celebrator - my personal philosophy is that every evening is the night before another chance to "do it over" and make it better. I also never understood the need

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Christmas in Nyack or in Illinois

This is my current debate with myself.  See, my family is scattered all across the United States and although we keep in touch by phone and email, it is always nice to get together from time to

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Winter Requires Some Car Preparation

I hate the thought of cold, snowy, icy days, but they will be here soon enough! So, before they arrive, here is a list of things to do to make sure you're ready, in case you need to drive through

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Thanksgiving is a Time to Give Thanks

This year is truly a year to give thanks: for life, health, happiness, family, friends, colleagues, and thanks for everything associated with surviving the past year! What have we gotten through?

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Pets Get Vaccinated in Pomona for Free

The Rockland County Health Department is holding another rabies vaccination day on October 14th from 10 AM to 1 PM.  It will be at the facilities on Fireman's Drive in Pomona. Bring your dogs,

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Excellent travels in West Nyack

YAY!!! Rte 59 has zero orange & white barrels, zero traffic cones, and I watched the crew remove the last of the "Road Construction" signs this morning!  The road is now fully open and can

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Free Mammograms in Nyack

Nyack Hospital is once again providing free mammograms and clinical breast exams to uninsured and underinsured women over the age of 40.  The free exams will be provided this Friday, September

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West Nyack Roadwork Nearly Complete

How long has it been since the Rte 59 work began and the route became a disaster area in West Nyack? I'm talking about the part between Crosfield Avenue and the entrance to ShopRite, not the part

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Farmers Almanac Predicts Cold Wet Winter for Nyack

I know I just wrote about summer coming to an end, but today I received the forecast from the Farmer's Almanac about the coming winter.  Now I wish summer wasn't coming to an end! I grew up on

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Summer is coming to an end in Nyack

I can't believe it is nearly the end of August!  Where did the summer months fly off to? I must admit that I have a love/hate relationship with summer.  I love the ability to leave the

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July Speed Traps in Clarkstown

Operation Slow Down is targeting new streets in Nanuet, New City, Valley Cottage, Bardonia, West Nyack, & Congers this month. Traffic control efforst will be stepped up on the following:

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Free Rabies Clinic in Pomona

OK, so it's probably too late to make it for today's clinic where cats, dogs, and ferrets can receive their rabies vaccination for free (they request a $5.00 per animal donation, but it is not

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Free Mammograms at Nyack Hospital

This Friday, September 28th, Nyack Hospital's Breast Center (160 N Midland Avenue, Nyack) will again be providing an incredibly valuable service to uninsured and underinsured women in the county.

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TARA holds Spay Neuter Clinics in Pomona

Being a "dog person", as compared to being a "cat person", I was unaware of the services provided by T.A.R.A. (The Animal Rights Alliance).  They have a mobile van that performs low cost spay

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Speed Traps in Clarkstown

I think it is very nice of the Clarkstown Police Department to announces, in advance, the roads where they will be monitoring speed and handing out tickets.  During the month of May, the

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Fairway Market Coming to Nanuet

It was made official today - Rockland County is getting a Fairway Market!  It will be one of the anchor stores at the "new" mall: The Shops at Nanuet.   With opening scheduled for the

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Salsa Dance Lessons in Nyack

Did you know that every Monday night there is an affordable way to learn Salsa dancing in Nyack?  Actually it is Afro Cuban Salsa dancing, but the classes are a great way to learn something new

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DeGraw and Caillat Concert in Pomona

Gavin DeGraw and Colbie Caillat are starring in the first concert to be held June 7th at Provident Bank Park on Old Pomona Road in Pomona.   DeGraw, best known for his hits "Chariot" and

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Nyack’ Body Inkorporated Doing Tattoos for Charity

Everyone’s heart goes out when a child gets sick. Dina DiGiacomo, the owner of Body Inkorporated in Nyack, has pledged 100% of the profits from tattoos and other permanent cosmetic procedures

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Guided Walks at Nyack Beach Park

Now, I've lived in Rockland for quite a while, but just recently was introduced to this website: www.rocklandsteps.org/walks where you can get information on a series of guided walks through several

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Penguin Plunge in Nyack

This will be the 5th year in a row that adventurous people will take a cool dip in the Hudson to raise money to benefit local, ailing children. This year's event is set for March 4th from noon to

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Stony Point Polar Plunge

Swimming in the Hudson at any time of year is just not my "thing."  Swimming in the Hudson on Super Bowl Sunday when the temps are typically at or below freezing, seems absolutely crazy.  

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Mild Winter in Nyack

This winter season has been so confused!  This year in Nyack and vicinity we had snow in October and then 50+ degree temperatures in January! My snow shovel is feeling neglected, as it has only

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Art Cafe in Nyack

Working just 2 doors from Art Cafe is a wonderful place to be! The food is fresh, delicious, and unique. The staff is friendly, helpful, and considerate. Their salads are creative and fabulous,

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New Years Resolutions in Nyack

I always make resolutions for the start of each new year and it doesn't take too long into the new year for me to forget about them or to relax about those resolutions.  I have figured out why

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Holidays and Dogs in Nyack

Holidays are tough on dogs. Take my 2 labs, for instance. Normally, trees in Nyack are outside and are meant to be a target for certain activities. But in December, there is one in the house and it

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Thanksgiving and Family in Nyack

I am really looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday this year!  I look forward to it every year, but this year is special, as much of my family is making the trip from as far away as

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Storm Cleanup in Nyack

Given the amount of damage from last weekend's freak snow storm, some of the people and companies who clean up and remove fallen trees and branches seem to be taking advantage of peoples' needs

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Free Mammograms in Nyack and Suffern

With this being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Breast Centers at Nyack Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital (Suffern), in conjunction with Cancer Services Program of the Hudson Valley. are

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Congers Has Happy Hour

La Triestina, a wonderful restaurant on 9W in Congers, has instituted a Happy Hour, complete with a menu of snacks and "bar food". Hours are from 4PM to 7PM and prices are reduced from their normal

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Italian Festival Coming to Congers

It's that time of the year again!  The 5th Annual Italian Festival is scheduled for October 2nd. Starting at 11AM, it will be held at Congers Station Park along Burnside Avenue at Lake Road

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Enjoy New City Street Fair

Are you looking for something fun for the entire family to do this Sunday? Come out to New City's newly revitalized Main Street and enjoy the Chamber of Commerce's Street Fair. Vendors from

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Alains French Bistro in Nyack is Fabulous

If you are looking for a wonderful meal in a quiet restaurant where you can actually hear the people you're dining with, you need to check out Alains French Bistro in Central Nyack. It is located in

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Italian Heritage Night in Pomona

The Rockland Boulders will be having an Italian Heritage night at Provident Park in Pomona Wednesday, August 24th. Game time is 7:05PM. Gates open at 6PM. The Congers Valley Cottage Rotary Club will

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Jazz Week in Nyack and Piermont

Having lived in Kansas City and Chicago (both are very important jazz locales, believe it or not), I miss having an occasional evening of good jazz close by. Next week - Sunday to Sunday the last

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Hitchcock Classic in Nyack

"Psycho" will likely remain the scariest movie that I have ever seen. Certain scenes still evoke a response, even all these years after the first time I saw it. Tonight, July 18th, in Nyack, as

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Nyack Exit from Thruway

I've been reading with great interest, over the past few months, about the proposed changes to the current Exit 11 from the Southbound lanes of the NYS Thruway. The proposals vary from completely

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Nyack Hospital Rockland Motorcycle Ride and Picnic

If you're looking for something fun to do, while being outdoors, and contributing to a good cause, this may be just the thing for you! On Sunday, June 5th, motorcycle riders can complete a 62

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South Nyack Community Yard Sale

I have so much stuff waiting at my Nyack home to be sold at a good yard sale that this news is truly welcome! It sure beats me having to organize a yard sale and advertise it! Saturday, May,

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Ghost Army in New City

No, it's not an invasion, but a chance to learn some new things in history. The Historical Society of Rockland County has an exhibit that tells a (until recently) top secret story. In 1944, an

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Tappan Zee Project Overview in New City

The Town of Clarkstown is hosting the New York State Department of Transportation on April 5th and May 3rd at Town Board Workshops. The purpose is to provide a complete overview of the Tappan Zee

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Nyack and Rockland Pets Get Rabies Clinic

On Sunday, April 10th from 10AM to 1PM at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona, pet owners can get the rabies vaccine for their cats and dogs. There is no charge for the vaccination,

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Fundraising Dinner in Spring Valley

The Spring Valley Rotary Club will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fund raiser this coming Wednesday March16th. The dinner is being held at Elmwood Elementary School (43 Robert Pitt Drive) in Monsey.

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Great Italian Food in Congers

If you haven't yet discovered La Triestina on 9W in Congers, you are in for a treat! This family-owned and operated restaurant is a delightful place to enjoy an afternoon or an evening. From the

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Sunny Nyack Day!

I can almost see and smell the spring flowers blooming in the back yard of my Central Nyack home! It's a gorgeous sunny day - the kind with a clear blue sky, bright sunshine, and my dogs going out

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Cherish the Ladies in Pearl River to Benefit Breast Cancer

If you're looking for a fun way to spend a Friday evening while enjoying one of the foremost Irish traditional music groups in the world, and contributing to a good cause? Look no farther! This

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Environmental Summit in West Nyack

Being on the "green" bandwagon is gaining in popularity as people learn more about how to protect our ecosystem. On Saturday March 5th, from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm, at Clarkstown South High School in

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Changing of the Guard for Clarkstown Police

Chief Peter Noonan has retired after serving New City, Congers, Valley Cottage, Bardonia, Upper Nyack, Central Nyack, West Nyack, and Nanuet since 1978 in varying capacities. He has been Chief

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Spring is coming - get ready for spring cleaning

With all the snow that is still on the ground in Nyack and the rest of Rockland County, NY, it can be difficult to think spring will ever arrive, but it will get here! And with it will come the

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