Unpublished Neighborhood Notes


There is a heat advisory in effect starting July 16

.  As always, Clarkstown residents are welcome to visit their nearest community center during normal business hours (hours below) to keep cool.  If further assistance is required please call the Police Department at 639-5800.  
Monday - Friday
All community centers 
8am - 10pm
Congers, Pascack and Central Nyack Community Centers
11am to 6pm
Street Community Center
10am to 5pm
Congers Community Center
11am to 6pm  
Residents are encouraged to make a special effort to check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, and who spend much of their time alone; especially seniors, young children, and people with special needs.
Protective Safety Measures
• Slow down.  Strenuous activities should be reduced or eliminated.
• Dress for summer. 
• Stay indoors as much as possible and limit exposure to the sun.
• Drink plenty of water or other non-alcohol fluids. 
• Eat well balanced, light, and regular meals. 
• Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician. 
• Spend more time in air-conditioned places. 
• Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
• Conserve energy (during periods of extreme heat, electricity use rises).
• Make a special effort to check on family, friends, and neighbors who do not have air conditioning, and who spend much of their time alone; especially seniors, young children, and people with special needs.
• Be aware of your pet's needs for water and shade.
• Be prepared for a possible power outage.
• Listen to local weather forecasts.
• Should you have an emergency contact 911 immediately.



Palisades Interstate Park Commission

Senate House State Historic Site

History Camp 2013

Senate House State Historic Site in uptown Kingston is offering special activities for children ages 8-12. It will give children an opportunity to learn about life in 18th century Kingston. This three-day program runs from August 6-8, 10am-3pm. Activities include hearthside cooking, churning butter, making wampum and cornhusk dolls, 18th century games, and more. The fee is $75 per child and registration is required. Please call the site at (845) 338-2786 to register. Hurry, the program is limited to 20 participants.

Senate House is one of New Yorks outstanding historic sites. The former home of Abraham Van Gaasbeek was the first meeting place of the New York State Senate in 1777. It was burned, along with the rest of Kingston, in October 1777. In addition to the Senate House the site consists of a Colonial Revival art museum with the worlds largest collection of art by Kingston native John Vanderlyn, and other objects donated to the site over many years.



Cruise Beckons New York Family Caregivers

Family caregivers understand all too well the stress of caring for an aging loved one. What better way to relieve that stress than a getaway?  Thats why New York residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers including themselves for the opportunity to win a free, four-night, five-day cruise.

Home Instead, Inc., franchisor of the Home Instead Senior Care® network, is sponsoring the cruise for one lucky caregiving hero and guest. Submit your nomination and vote by Aug. 24, 2013, at http://cruise.caregiverstress.com/.

The Caregiver Cruise is scheduled for Feb. 3-7, 2014, on the Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. The cruise will set sail from Cape Canaveral, Fla., with stops in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. In addition to the cruise, the winning recipient will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional CAREGiverSM for his/her senior loved one while away.

The stress of caregiving can have debilitating effects not only on family caregivers, but also on the older adults who are receiving that care, said President Jeff Huber of Home Instead, Inc. Thats why its important for caregivers to take care of themselves. And what better way to do that than during a tropical getaway.

The cruise offers a relaxing retreat with a number of optional activities such as putt-putt golf, cocktail hour, cupcake decorating and scavenger hunts, along with support groups and one-on-one consultations with family caregiving expert Dr. Amy DAprix.

To take a caregiver distress assessment and learn how you can help guard against the potential dangers related to caregiver stress, go to FamilyCaregiverStressRelief.com.

For more information about the Home Instead Senior Care network, go to www.homeinstead.com.


Participate in Annual Chili Cook-off at Bethel Woods

BETHEL, NY (July 17, 2013) – Do you think you have the winning chili recipe? Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is looking for not-for- profit or community organizations to participate in this year’s Annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 12 from 12:30 – 5 PM in the Event Gallery.  

The Chili Cook-off is a Bethel Woods festival favorite in the region.  Each year contestants vie for the bragging rights of the People’s Choice for the “best chili.” Organizations will compete in a friendly competition of culinary skills and team spirit.  The event encourages teaming up of restaurants and culinary programs who would like to support a not-for-profit or community organization by preparing the chili. Participation is free, and proceeds raised from the tasting donation benefits participating organizations and their missions. Contestants must secure the appropriate Department of Health permits.

The inaugural Bethel Woods Craft Beer Festival will take place on the same day.  This outdoor beer, food and music festival designed to stimulate and educate your palate through local food and unbelievable New York beer will be held in beautiful Market Sheds. Craft beers from over 25 breweries will be available for sampling against a backdrop of live music and the site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Tickets to the Craft Beer Festival are not required for admission to the Chili Cook-off.

For more information on how you can participate please contact Kasia Zalewska at 845-583-2196 or kzalewska@bethelwoodscenter.org. All registration forms must be received by August 15.  

August-September 2013 Exhibits & Events at Edward Hopper House


Edward Hopper House is seeking Volunteer Docents
Docents give talks about the house and Edward Hopper’s art and life. Details and applications are available at http://www.edwardhopperhouse.org/docent-program.html.

Artist Memberships

Become an artist member and receive special benefits, including a profile on our website and special exhibit opportunities. Visit the support section of our website for details: www.edwardhopperhouse.org/support.


Film in the Garden
Child of Giants: My Journey with Maynard Dixon & Dorothea Lange
Date: Friday, August 2, 2013 at sundown (rain date: Sat. August 3)
Organized by Kristina Burns. Please bring a chair or blanket.
As a child, Daniel Dixon, the son of iconic photographer Dorothea Lange and visionary Southwester paint Maynard Dixon, came to recognize his parents’ extraordinary gifts, but his view of them changed dramatically during the Depression, when he and his younger brother were “farmed out” to a series of foster homes, never knowing when they might see their parents again. This film is sponsored by Orange & Rockland, Education Sponsors for Dorothea Lange’s America.

Music in the Garden summer jazz concert series
Dates: Four Thursdays at 7:30: July 11, Scott Reeves; July 18, Erik Lawrence and Friends; July 25, Mike Holober & Balancing Act; and August 1, Matt Haviland Quintet.
The 33rd year of free summer jazz concerts at Edward Hopper House; $5 donation suggested.
Please bring lawn chair or blanket. Rain location: Grace Church, 130 First Ave., Nyack.


In the main gallery:
Dorothea Lange’s America
Dates: through August 18, 2013
Edward Hopper House Art Center hosts an exhibition of original prints by legendary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). Lange’s iconic portraits of Depression-era
subjects gave a human face to that troubled period and influenced the development of documentary photography as a whole. One of Lange’s most famous works, Migrant Mother (right), stands as a symbol of pride and resilience in the face of abject poverty.

The exhibit is organized by Art2Art Circulating Exhibits (http://www.art2art.org/) and will comprise 30 original photographs on loan from the collection of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg. Funding was provided by First Niagara Bank, Corporate Sponsor; Eileen Fisher, Exhibition Sponsor; Barbara Hertz Friedmann, Exhibition Sponsor; Orange & Rockland, Education Sponsor; and Jo & Peter Baer; Victoria Hertz & Rod Greenwood; Adam & Denise Lipson; Donna & Don Riley; Kate Whitney & Franklin Thomas.

In the Hopper Hallway Gallery:
The Documentary Continues: Women in Social Issues Photography—presented in the Hopper Hallway Gallery as a sidebar to the Dorothea Lange exhibition
Dates: through August 18, 2013
Curator: Arthur H. Gunther
The exhibition features photo reportage by local female photographers, including Collette Fournier, Yohanna Henriquez, Emma Karlewicz, Sarah Omer, Laurie Peek, Kayla Rudess, and Sally Savage.

In the Sanborn Gallery:
My Dear Mr. Hopper: The Story Starts Here
Exhibition dates: through October 20, 2013
Curator: Elizabeth Thompson Colleary
Edward Hopper House Art Center presents an exhibition of 20 original letters from Alta Hilsdale (1884-1948) to Edward Hopper (1882-1967) that document their previously unknown romantic relationship and provide a new context for understanding the work he created during the decade the letters span, 1904-14.
This exhibition is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

In the main gallery (following the Lange exhibition)
Small Matters of Great Importance juried exhibition
Exhibition dates: August 24 – October 20, 2013
Juror: Susan Cross, Curator, MASS MoCA, A celebration of small works that make big statements despite their size. All media included with a maximum size of 12 x 12 in.

About Edward Hopper House

Edward Hopper House is the birthplace of renowned American artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967) and was his primary residence until 1910. Since 1971 the Edward Hopper House has been a not-for-profit art center with a mission to preserve Edward Hopper’s birthplace and to encourage community engagement with the arts. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Visitor Information

Location: 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960
Gallery hours: Thursday-Sunday, 1-5 PM or by appointment (During Lange 12-5 Thurs-Sun)
Admission: Free for members and children under 16 free; $2 students: $8 adults; $5 seniors.
Contact/social - general inquiries: info@hopperhouse.org - 845-358-0774 - www.edwardhopperhouse.org; Twitter: https://twitter.com/ @hopperhouse;
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edwardhopperhouse

For press images, to schedule a press visit, and for additional information, contact Carole Perry, Executive and Artistic Director - caroleperry@edwardhopperhouse.org - 845-358-0774.


Legislator Day Officiates
Big Brothers Big Sister 2013 Graduation Program 


New City, NY (July 8, 2013) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rockland
(BBBSR) held their annual mentor/mentee graduation ceremony at the
County Legislature at the invitation of County Legislator Ed Day. 
BBBSR, the local chapter of the national organization, carefully pairs
children between the ages of six and 18 that are facing adversity with a
caring adult mentor to establish a one-to-one supportive relationship to
help the child avoid risky behavior and to serve as a positive role
model by providing counsel, friendship, constructive example and

“Role models make a difference in the lives of children who face
adversity,” said Legislator Day who serves as the legislature’s
liaison to the organization. “National studies show that BBBS programs
serve this need through its strategic programs and the well-thought-out
pairing process of one child in need to one caring adult.  Studies show
that educational performance improves, as do relationships with family
and peers, interests broaden and the child experiences success, often
times a commodity they have not experienced in their short lifetime.
Executive Director Gillian Ballard, along with the professional staff
and the Board of Directors, lead by the Honorable Judge Scott Ugell has
done an excellent job to carry out the mission of the organization. ”

Each mentor and mentee pair spoke about how their relationship
developed through conversations, shared activities, and outings.  All
pairs acknowledged that the relationship had mutually positive impact
and all looked forward to continued friendship.

Legislator Day said those interested in learning more about BBBSR can
visit the website at bbbsofrc.com, call or email the New City office at
845-634-2199 or info@bbbsofrc.com. 


Palisades Interstate Park Commission Upcoming Events

“Behind the Times”
at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern
Tuesday evenings, July 9, July 16, & July 23
7 to 9 PM
Living history open-house evenings with light refreshments, games for all ages, music with Mr. MacGregor, reading aloud with Mr. Nelsen, and more. Takes place outside the historic Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (Alpine park entrance/PIP Exit 2 - click here for detailed directions). Free. To confirm if weather seems questionable: 201 768-1360 ext. 108.


“Camp Palisades” is coming back!
Mon. – Fri., Aug. 19 – 23
We are accepting reservations for our summer nature day camp for children ages 8 to 12, held Monday through Friday, August 19 through August 23, each day from 9 AM to 3 PM.


16th season of the Rockland Shakespeare Company at Rockland Community College offers a repertoire of alternating performances of Macbeth and Twelfth Night, beginning Thursday, July 11.

Beginning July 11 – Shakespeare – Macbeth and Twelfth Night
free and open to the public
Co-directed by Christopher Plummer and Patty Maloney-Titland, all performances are on the lawn behind RCC’s Cultural Arts Center at 7:00 pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy some Bard under the stars this summer.
July 11, 13, 19, 21
Twelfth Night
July 12, 14, 18, 20


Second Session of Kids College & Sports Academy Begins July 22
First Session Special Events – July 12 & 19

Camps for children in grades 2-9 are in full swing at RCC, with the first session special events scheduled before camp ends on July 19. Some spaces are still available for kids in the second session which begins on July 22 and runs through August 19.
The camps take full advantage of the RCC campus, which includes an Olympic pool and regulation athletic fields along with all the other art and educational facilities. All buildings are air-conditioned for comfort in hot or inclement weather and that includes the 90,000 sq. ft. Fieldhouse.
Kids College offers the Art Institute, Performing Arts, Computers or Awesome Science, and this is the 40th year of the Sports Academy! Special events mark the conclusion of each session and families are welcome to come learn more about our programs and see the accomplishments of our campers! On July 12, the entertaining singers, dancers and actors of Performing Arts will put on a Jungle Book based show, while the young artists of the Art Institute hold an exhibition of their work. July 19 is the date for the Awesome Science campers to launch their own rockets (let’s hope for clear weather)!
Friday, July 12
9:30 am Performing Arts - Jungle Book, Cultural Arts Theater
11:00 am Art Institute - Art Exhibition - Cultural Arts Center – second floor Rm. 7200

Friday, July 19
10:00 am Awesome Science - Rocket Launch -RCC Baseball Fieldz
For more information please call 845-574-4451 or see www.sunyrockland.edu/go/summercamps


Exciting Lecture at Fort Montgomery

The Palisades Parks Conservancy

Archaeology and the Second Battle of Sackets Harbor: Why the Militia Deserves Its Due
Thursday, July 18th at 7 PM

During the War of 1812, Sackets Harbor, New York served as the principal American shipbuilding facility on Lake Ontario. A rag-tag team of volunteers, militia, and American regulars repulsed attacking British-Canadian forces in May 1813. The battle left numerous casualties, American ships and stores burned, and no clear victor. Later testimonies placed some of the blame for British advances on the American volunteers who "rose from their cover and fled." A soldier at the battle later remarked, however, that "the truth is never more than half told--that the most important held back." Presenter Matthew Kirk directed an archeological study of the battlefield that provided alternative archeological evidence at odds with the historical record.

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Thursday Night Speaker Series, seating is by reservation only and is limited to the first 50. You may reserve seats by calling 845-446-2134. Please leave your name, phone number and number of people in your party.


Wednesday Matinee Movies

July 24 at 2pm

To Rome with Love

Romance! Adventure! Hilarity! Italy! Woody Allen leads this all-star cast on a rollicking ride through the streets of one of the world's greatest cities. Lovers and Fianc,es Opera Singers and Architects the talented and the famous and the youthful and the wise are all players within this ensemble tour-de-force as their stories and lives magically criss-cross and collide throughout this engaging film. Also starring Alec Baldwin Roberto Benigni Pen,lope Cruz Judy Davis Jesse Eisenberg Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page in a movie as incredible as Rome itself.

Rated: R
112 minutes.
Movie for Book Discussion 

THURSDAY, July 25 at 2pm

Read the book - see the movie!

Future. Present. Past. Everything is connected. An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.The story is a time-shifting weave of six interlinking narratives with diverse settings from the savagery of a Pacific Island in the 1850s to a dystopian Korea of the near future. Based on the New York Times best-selling novel "Cloud Atlas" written by David Mitchell.

Rated: R
172 minutes.

The discussion takes place at 7pm on July 25 with scholar, Dr. Vara Neverow.

Books will be available for checkout approximately one month before.
Memory Lane:A Special Independence Day Celebration! 

THURSDAY, July 25 at 6:30pm

Memory Lane features a special presentation with Jeff Sherer celebrating America, summertime and dancing under the stars to the "big bands." Join Jeff for a mind-blowing audiovisual presentation of your favorite music from the 40s to now. 

Please visit our website at www.vclib.org to register.
Book Discussion: A British Invasion of Authors

THURSDAY, July 25 at 7pm

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

From Mitchell, the Booker Prize nominee and award-winning writer, comes a work of mind-bending imagination and scope. In his captivating third novel, Mitchell erases the boundaries of language, genre and time to offer a meditation on humanity' s dangerous will to power, and where it may lead us.

Discussion led by Dr. Vara Neverow.

Books will be available for checkout approximately one month before.
Hip-Hop Fitness for Teens!

Hip-H.O.P.pin' T is the latest teen dance fitness craze that combines hip-hop, zumba, and dance. Join us Wednesday evenings in July for these fun and effective one-hour workouts.

Wednesdays, July 24, and 31 @ 7:30 pm 
Please visit our website at www.vclib.org to register.
Saturday Morning Crafts!

Most Saturdays, we'll offer a craft program at 11am. There is something for everyone and some of the Hudson Valley's most talented artists will be running these programs!
July 27 @ 11am: Scrapbooking with Carolyn Travers
Please visit our website at www.vclib.org to register.
Manga Drawing!

Perfect for anyone interested in graphic novels, manga, or art: Manga is a style of comics that emerged from Japan. Each teen will receive individualized instruction by an experienced artist to create their own characters. No experience is necessary and all supplies will be provided!
July 22 @ 7pm
Please visit our website at www.vclib.org to register.
XBox Tournaments

Join us for our popular tournaments. Our 1st place prize is 2 Gold Movie passes; 2nd place takes home 2 Silver Movie passes. 

Wednesdays, July 24 @ 4pm 
Please visit our website at www.vclib.org to register.



(SPRING VALLEY, NY---July 8, 2013) The Jamaican Civic and Cultural Association of Rockland, Inc. (JAMCCAR) will celebrate its 23rd anniversary and commemorate Jamaica’s 51st year of independence on Saturday, August 3, 2013, 8:00 p.m. at The Sheraton Mahwah, 1 International Boulevard, Mahwah, New Jersey. The elegant black tie gala, featuring a grand cocktail reception (with island vibes, display and sale of Jamaican art by Artists Paul Blackwood and Courtney Morgan), a sumptuous plated dinner of duet entrees, the highly anticipated annual scholarship awards, mesmerizing entertainment by the renowned JAMCCAR Ekklipse Steel Band, and dancing to music by Soul Tone Disco With DJ Prentice, will be held under the Distinguished Patronage of the Honorable Herman LaMont, Consul General of Jamaica To New York. Mr. Irwin G. Clare, Sr. and Ms. Jamila Hall McKnight will preside as the Master and Mistress of Ceremony for the gala.
Mr. Clare is co-founder and managing director of the New York-based Caribbean Immigrant Services, Inc., and is renowned in the Jamaican Diaspora for his work in advocacy, policymaking, public service, and television. Ms. Jamila Hall McKnight is a former Assistant United States Attorney and is currently an Associate at Jones Day. She is also a member of JAMCCAR’s Advisory Board, who is actively engaged in community service and several other philanthropic initiatives in the legal community. Ms. Hall McKnight is a former active member of JAMKids (JAMCCAR’s young adults group), and is a past recipient of the JAMCCAR Scholarship Award.
JAMCCAR’s annual independence gala is the main fundraiser for the organization’s scholarship fund. This year, scholarships will be awarded during the gala to four (4) deserving high school graduates to further their education. The 2013 scholarship recipients are: Alexandria Andrean; Joannamour Auguste; Zulecka Thompson; and Nicholas Youngblood (a JAMCCAR’s Ekklipse Steel Band member for many years). The public is invited to call (845) 222-5973, (917) 806-9375, or (917) 562-6771 for tickets and information. Tickets are $135.00 for JAMCCAR members whose dues are paid in full prior to July 15th, 2013; guest tickets are $140.00 per person and $1,300.00 for a full table of 10 guests. All tickets must be purchased before August 3rd. A raffle drawing, featuring many substantial prizes, including a donated grand prize of a 7 days-8 nights stay at Holiday Inn Club Vacation at Orange Lake, Kissimmee, Florida will be held as part of JAMCCAR’s scholarship fundraising activities during the gala.


Dr. Clover Hall, Gala Co-Chair, Past President and current JAMCCAR Board Member at Large, stated, “It’s very heartwarming to realize that we have presented scholarship awards to more than 110 deserving college-bound students, since the inception of this annual Gala. We thank all our JAMCCAR members and friends who year after year come out and have a great time, while also helping to support our deserving young people. We know this year will be no exception.”
Reflecting on JAMCCAR’s 23 years of service to the community and the 2013 theme of Jamaica We Love, Sonia Tracey-McCallum, Gala Co-Chair, and a Founding Member and Past President of JAMCCAR said, “We proudly celebrate the renewal and continuity of our noble heritage and the vast achievements as a nation here at home and abroad. Join us in an evening of dramatic elegance, and cultural rhythms; an event not to be missed.” Guests attending JAMCCAR’s celebration on August 3rd, 2013 can enjoy special overnight rates at The Sheraton Mahwah (Standard Rooms: Single [$119.00-room only, $149.00-room & breakfast]; Double Occupancy [$129.00-room only, $159.00-room & breakfast for 2]; Deluxe rooms: Single and double occupancy [$149.00-room only, $179.00-room & breakfast for 2]; call 201-529-1660 for reservations before July 15, 2013).
JAMCCAR also invites everyone to join in the other free celebration activities, beginning on Friday, July 12, 2013. These include: Showcasing and Recognition of JAMCCAR’s 2013 Scholarship Recipients on Friday July 12, 2013, 7:30 p.m. at Spring Valley Youth Bureau – The Louis Kurtz Civic Center, 9 North Main Street, Spring Valley, New York. Free; The Annual Kay Baxter Memorial Cricket Match at Memorial Park, off Route 45 in Spring Valley, New York on Saturday, July 27th at 6:00 p.m. Free; Thanksgiving Service, followed by a free community reception with tasting of Jamaican food on Sunday, July 28th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 26 S. Madison Ave, Spring Valley, New York.
JAMCCAR’s President Millicent Johnson-James said, “We hope members of the community will join us on August 3rd as we celebrate! One of our main objectives is uplifting our youth and we take great delight in congratulating and honoring these four young adults who have shown such academic excellence and positive commitment to the community. We congratulate them on earning the 2013 JAMCCAR Scholarship Award. We also extend deep appreciation to the young adults in our acclaimed Ekklipse Steel Band.”
As JAMCCAR celebrates its 23rd anniversary and Jamaica’s fifty-one years of existence as an independent nation, the organization acknowledges and thanks the broad-based supportive network of Jamaicans, Jamericans, friends, collaborative and/or cooperative relations with associates in the African Diaspora, arts, business, culture, education, faith, government, and media sectors of the community.
JAMCCAR, Inc. is a non-profit, community organization with a mission of fostering good relations with Jamaican-Americans and friends in the metropolitan area, with the purpose of promoting the civic, economic, and cultural aspects of the Jamaican, Caribbean, and Pan-African cultures.



Maywood, New Jersey - The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is searching for just 3 more men and an additional nurse who may be seeking a rewarding and memorable experience this summer to join their summer camp. Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases and help them enjoy a fun-filled week at MDA summer camp, which will take place from August 3rd through August 9th, 2013 at Happiness is Camping in Hardwick, NJ.   With less than 25 days until camp begins we need volunteers to sign up now!
                Volunteer applicants must be at least 18 years old and able to lift and care for a young person between the ages of six and 17. As a volunteer counselor, one will have the opportunity to become a close companion to a camper affected by muscle disease and help them with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing. Counselors will also assist campers with recreational activities such as arts and crafts, swimming, and adapted sports.

MDA Seeks MALE Volunteers and an Additional Volunteer Nurse for Summer Camp/Page 2
Camp Nurses are needed to maintain Campers medical logs, administer medications and assist in the medical needs of our Campers.  Camp nurses function
more independently and autonomously than nurses in hospitals, clinics, or home health settings. Physical facilities, supplies, and support services can be limited in the
camp setting. Camp nurses need the ability to work without the institutional structure of hospitals and to manage the high and complex levels
of responsibility inherent in the camp setting. The successful candidates will be able to adapt quickly to the spontaneity and camaraderie of camp life.  MDA summer
camp is a special week when children with muscle disease can enjoy themselves in true peer group and can participate in
full range outdoor activities adapted to their abilities,” MDA Camp Coordinator, Gloria English said. “Besides being great fun, camp helps youngsters grow and develop
emotionally and socially— it’s truly the highlight of the year, for both campers and volunteers.”

MDA is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also
provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and far-reaching professional and public health education.
                Volunteering as a counselor at MDA summer camp is a rewarding and life-changing experience. The friendships formed and the memories created will last forever. To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA’s summer camp program, call your local MDA office at 201-843-4452. Additional information about volunteering at MDA summer camp is available online at www.mda.org. For more information, contact Gloria English at genglish@mdausa.org or 201-843-4452. 

MDA Summer Camp is a one-week sleepover camp for young people between the ages of six and 17 who are affected by neuromuscular disease. Volunteer counselors become a close companion to campers and assist them with a variety of activities, including arts and crafts, swimming, and adapted sports.
To read one fathers testimonial click on the link below:  http://www.timesdispatch.com/powhatantoday/opinion/the-smiles-that-make-us-all-richer/article_ff803b9a-de73-11e2-8aed-001a4bcf6878.html


“River Seining”
Sunday, July 21
There will be a Hudson River fishing program with the Trail Crew on Sunday, July 21, 11 AM to 1 PM at the beach at the northern end of Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (Alpine park entrance/PIP Exit 2 – click here for detailed directions). Learn what lives in your river!

Appropriate for all ages, with no advanced registration needed. Free admission, $5 parking (cash only).
• For more information: 201 768-1360 ext. 110 or trails@njpalisades.org. 

“Behind the Times”
at Mrs. Kearney’s tavern
Tues. evenings, July 16 & 23
7 to 9 PM
Living history open-house evenings with light refreshments, games, music with Mr. MacGregor, reading aloud with Mr. Nelsen, and more. Takes place outside the historic Kearney House at Alpine Picnic Area & Boat Basin (Alpine park entrance/PIP Exit 2 – click here for detailed directions). This is a free program, open to all, with no advanced registration needed. To confirm if weather seems questionable: 201 768-1360 ext. 108.

“Thunder Moon Hike”
Monday, July 22
There will be a guided night hike with Brian Kellner on Monday evening, July 22, meeting at 8 PM at Park Headquarters in Alpine (Alpine park entrance/PIP Exit 2 – click here for detailed directions). This hike covers about 4 mi. in about 2.5 hrs. over easy trails. Bring flashlights! This is a free program, open to all, with no advanced registration needed.
• For more information: 201 768-1360 ext. 110 or trails@njpalisades.org.

“Camp Palisades” is coming back!
Mon. – Fri., Aug. 19 – 23
We are accepting reservations for our summer nature day camp for children ages 8 to 12, held Monday through Friday, August 19 through August 23, each day from 9 AM to 3 PM. "Camp Palisades" is led by our Trail Crew.
• Click to download an information sheet and reservation form.
For more information: 201 768-1360 ext. 110 or cfehre@njpalisades.org.


New York’s Hudson Valley Tourism Business Grows

Hudson Valley, N.Y. (July 16, 2013) - Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. reports a continued boom in tourism, making the region one of the hottest in New York State. According to a recent study commissioned by the New York State Department of Economic Development, over 81,000 people were employed in tourism jobs in the 10-county Hudson Valley region at the beginning of 2013, and spending by tourists totaled over $4.75 billion the previous year.
Mary Kay Vrba, president of Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc., commented, “The growth of tourism is very beneficial to our local economies, with the Hudson Valley realizing over $318 million in local taxes benefiting small towns as well as larger cities. Our organization has been promoting tourism for over 25 years, helping the region increase jobs and revenue.”
National Geographic Traveler has named the Hudson Valley as one of the must-see twenty places in the world to visit this year. Lonely Planet ranked Hudson Valley number two in its top ten travel destinations.  Designated as a National Heritage area, the Valley is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a burgeoning food, wine and farmer’s market scene.  Tourism officials have capitalized on these designations in advertising, press releases, articles, and web promotions. Record numbers of tourists are expected to visit the Hudson Valley throughout 2013.
Additional information can be obtained from the Hudson Valley Tourism web site at www.travelhudsonvalley.com. Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, or by calling 845-615-3860.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks HackensackUMC as the Number One Hospital in NJ
Among Top Three New York Metro Area Hospitals

HACKENSACK, N.J., July 16, 2013 - U.S. News & World Report today reported that Hackensack University Medical Center is the number one hospital in New Jersey and one of the top three New York metro area hospitals.
The strong rankings for HackensackUMC appear in the 2013-14 U.S. News Best Hospitals, published online today.
“This year’s rankings demonstrate, once again, that New Jersey residents don’t need to cross the Hudson to get the best possible healthcare,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of Hackensack University Health Network. “Further, our ranking in the top three hospitals in the entire NY Metro area, among some of the best hospitals in the world, suggests residents throughout the region should actively consider HackensackUMC for their health needs.” 
Climbing from number four to three in metro New York, the hospital also garnered 10 national rankings—up from the last year’s lists.
In addition to the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital recently being named among the top 50 best children’s hospitals for neurology and neurosurgery, HackensackUMC received nine national rankings in this year’s review.  They are:
•             Cancer
•             Cardiology & Heart Surgery
•             Ear, Nose & Throat
•             Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
•             Geriatrics
•             Neurology & Neurosurgery
•             Orthopedics
•             Pulmonology
•             Urology
The medical center was also listed as high-performing in the New York metro area in: Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gynecology, and Nephrology.
“These rankings are not only a testament to the world-class care our HackensackUMC team implements, but also reflects the supportive and encouraging environment that HackensackUMC provides to its medical team,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer.
U.S. News evaluates hospitals in 16 adult specialties. In most specialties, it ranks the nation’s top 50 hospitals and recognizes other high-performing hospitals that provide care at nearly the level of their nationally ranked peers.  The Best Hospital rankings, now in their 24th year, recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients.
“A hospital that emerges from our analysis as one of the best has much to be proud of,” said Avery Comarow, U.S. News Health Rankings editor. “Only about 15 percent of hospitals are recognized for their high performance as among their region’s best. Just 3 percent of all hospitals earn a national ranking in any specialty.”
U.S. News publishes Best Hospitals to help guide patients who need a high level of care because they face particularly difficult surgery, a challenging condition, or added risk because of other health problems or age. Objective measures such as patient survival and safety data, the adequacy of nurse staffing levels and other data largely determined the rankings in most specialties.
The specialty rankings and data were produced for U.S. News by RTI International, a leading research organization based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Using the same data, U.S. News produced the state and metro rankings.
The rankings have been published at http://health.usnews.com/best-hospitals and will appear in print in the U.S. News Best Hospitals 2014 guidebook, available in bookstores and on newsstands August 27.