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With barbeque season in full swing, Roost owner and Executive Chef Kevin Reilly and co-owner Maria Santini took Rivertown to their backyard oasis to learn easy BBQ recipes to try at home. Consistent with Roost’s sophisticated, yet casual dining atmosphere, the recipes we share in this issue feature fresh, seasonal vegetables, tender filet mignon skewers and lobsters cooked to perfection. Tag us @rivertownmagazine and show us your Rockland outdoor life. Enjoy! All materials are the property of Rivertown Magazine and Moon Media Group, LLC and may not be copied or reproduced without written consent from the publishers. Copyright 2019.

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On the grill: seasonal vegetables such as baby green zucchini, yellow patty pans, cauliflower, fingerling potatoes, red onions, red peppers and jalapeno; lobster, filet mignon skewers, garlic butter and roasted lemon.

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hat is summer without backyard BBQs? And what is a backyard BBQ without the gathering of loved ones enjoying the perfect combination of seafood, seasonal vegetables and meat on a stick, washed down with a refreshing cold beverage? Rivertown spent an afternoon shadowing the talented Kevin Reilly, owner and Executive Chef at Roost in Sparkill and Sous Chef Stephen Ryan, to discover simple, yet delicious BBQ recipes for your next summer gathering.

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Filet Mignon Skewers with Chimichurri

Serves four Ingredients: 2 lbs cleaned filet mignon, cut into 1 ½ inch cubes 4 heavy wood or metal skewers 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper Method: Thread meat on skewers packing tightly, about 8 oz each. Brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use. When ready to grill, remove from refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Grill on very hot coals about 4 minutes each side for medium-rare. Cooking time will depend on how close your grill is and the heat of your coals. For the Chimichurri: 1 cup packed, cleaned flat-leaf parsley 6 sprigs fresh oregano, stripped off stems 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 large shallot, minced Pinch of hot pepper flakes or fresh fresno chili ½ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice ½ tablespoon aged sherry wine vinegar Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper Method Rough chop parsley and oregano with garlic and shallots. Place in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients adding salt and pepper to taste. Reserve at room temperature.

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Vegetable Skewers

Serves four Alternate a variety of seasonal vegetables like zucchini, yellow squash, red/green peppers and red onion, all cut in 2-inch pieces on a skewer, brush with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Note: If using hard vegetables like cauliflower, potatoes or carrots blanch them in salted water to soften before skewering. Grill over hot coals for about 8 minutes until lightly charred and serve immediately.

Grilled Lobster with Garlic Butter

Serves four Ingredients: 4 – 1 ¼ lb lobsters – lightly steamed and chilled 2 tablespoons olive oil Kosher salt & fresh black pepper Method: Steam lobster 5 to 6 minutes and chill (most good fish markets will do this free of charge). They should be a little raw inside. Twist off claws and knuckles and set aside. Split bodies down the middle to separate. Rinse out head cavity with cold water to remove liver. Keep red roe (eggs) intact if female. Cover claws with a clean towel or plastic film and crack with a mallet or back of a heavy knife. Refrigerate until ready to grill. When ready, brush lobster all over with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Grill over very hot coals for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately with garlic butter on the side. Enjoy!

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Defiant Brewing Co.

6 Dexter Plaza, Pearl River, NY Ringing in as the biggest brewery in Rockland, it’s hard to not find seating, even during the weekends. Defiant has ample space to hold your private events and parties. Can you think of a better place than a brewery to ring in a birthday? Open mic is held on Sundays, and trivia happens on Thursdays. On top of the massive space inside, there is also outdoor seating for those nicer days. They have a large tap selection as well as cans, bottles, growlers, and even half-kegs available for take-home purchase. And for those who are not fans of beer, they also offer wine and cider as well as their ever-famous root beer, sans alcohol. You can’t go wrong with the menu, but definitely try the cornbread. It’s a must-have. Make note: this joint is cash only. There is an ATM onsite, but always better to come prepared.

District 96 Beer Factory

395 S. Main Street, New City, NY Burgers and beer, such a classic combination! We love District 96 for their hazy, juicy IPAs paired with The BURGER Loft burgers. This New City brewery and burger spot, right at the beginning of Main Street, is a local favorite. They’re most popular for the big selection of IPAs, utilizing different fruits. American Pale Ales are a second favorite here. Beer and food can be ordered on either side, as well as the beer garden in the back. Not in the mood for beer? Don’t worry, bourbon and cocktails are offered as well. No cans, but growlers to go are available! / 17

Gentle Giant Brewing Company

7 N. Main Street, Pearl River, NY One of Pearl River’s two breweries, Gentle Giant has an intimate feel to it, allowing for a more personal experience. The Dinosaur-themed brewery usually has a small but very well-rounded beer list. Besides the beer of course, a must-have on their great BBQ menu is their Mac N’ Cheese. If you’re around for lunch, they have a pretty great lunch special at only $10. Drool. There are some classic video games, a cornhole set up outside the entrance and a bunch of board games. Test your Connect Four skills and double check your height against the dino-mural. The only downside of this sweet brewery is that you can’t take any beer home... just means you’ve gotta visit more! 18 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Growler & Gill

148 NY-59, Nanuet, NY Although Growler & Gill is not a brewery, it’s still one of our favorite beer spots that we just have to mention. Located on Rt 59 in Nanuet, this gastropub and craft beer shop has 24 rotating beers on tap, along with a wine list. You’ll always find something new to try, and cans and bottles from all over to bring home. Growlers are available, of course. They host weekly events, such as open mic on Tuesdays and trivia on Wednesdays. The Beer Garden is dog-friendly, so bring your furry friend. They also offer a loyalty program, so be sure to sign up and don’t forget to use it, like we sometimes do! The food is delicious, and we suggest getting the pretzels (we get ours all spicy).


Industrial Arts Brewing Company

55. W. Railroad Avenue, #25, Garnerville, NY Located in a pre-civil war industrial complex in Garnerville off of Rt. 202, this brewery takes into account the change of seasons. With each new season, their beer “landscape” changes to complement it with the correct beer. The food selection is limited to small cheese and meat plates, but you’re welcome to bring your own food. The best part about this brewery? The setting. After you’re done trying a few beers, take a walk around the expanding complex. And they’re super dog friendly! Be sure to bring a camera and bring home some cans of Wrench, their staple IPA.

Naptime Liquid Creation

300 Corporate Drive, #2, Blauvelt, NY Right off Rt. 303 in Blauvelt, this cozy brewery is the perfect hang out spot. There are a variety of different games to choose from inside and out, including darts and cornhole. Although the draft selection is smaller than the other Rockland breweries, there are plenty of cans to choose from. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, so don’t be afraid to ask questions or ask to sample a beer if you’re unsure. No food here, but there’s always delivery. / 19


Amici Restaurant Serving Rockland for Over 20 Years


Amici Restaurant and Pizzeria is named after the Italian word for friends. It’s a fitting choice. With an amiable staff, an intimate atmosphere and a menu full of delicious comfort food, Amici always makes their customers feel welcome. While they are best known for their pizza, Amici’s also offers a vast menu of lunch and dinner options and seasonal specials dreamed up by the head chef. They serve delicious takes on classic Italian style meals like Chicken Française, Chicken Florentine, Eggplant Parmigiana and seasonally fried soft shell crab. They offer Angus steaks cooked tender and served with orzo, fresh seafood liked crispy grilled Branzino and a huge variety of pastas. Amici’s best seller, the eggplant parm is savory and delicious, prepared so tender that it melts in the mouth. The Chicken Française is zesty and refreshing, the lemon sauce lending the dish a light flavor that contrasts nicely with the breaded chicken cutlet. The fried soft shell crab, offered seasonally, is wonderfully crunchy, lightly battered and served with cocktail sauce. Amici’s cooks and serves crabs in their entirety, which results in a meaty dish that’s amazingly tasty.

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Tucked away in the far corner of the Nyack Hub Shopping Center, Amici has been serving meals for more than 20 years and retains a dedicated customer base. They have recently renovated the main dining room, creating an elegant space evocative of old world Italy. The new dining room is lovely and spacious and can be rented out for private parties. Amici offers the quality and atmosphere of fine dining for affordable pricing with something to offer every family members’ taste buds.

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You don’t need to travel to Italy this summer to enjoy fine Italian dining. Vicolo Ristorante has the warmth, charm and friendliness of a neighborhood Italian restaurant, but without the passport. Its “Two Dinners for the Price of One” is bringing diners from New York and New Jersey to the Bi-State Plaza seven days a week.   Everywhere you go people are talking about this Zagat-rated restaurant located in Old Tappan, New Jersey. 24 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Benny Qosaj is the owner of Vicolo in Old Tappan, NJ and Limoncello in Waldwick, NJ and shared his secret to success with Rivertown: “All my chefs are sent to me by my father who owns a restaurant in Torino, Italy. These great chefs with their secret Italian recipes passed down through the ages makes us successful, especially when you offer great service, delicious food, plus wonderful entertainment every Friday and Saturday night from 7:30PM-11PM.”

Nina D. had this to say about Vicolo on Yelp at a recent visit: “This place is a gem! Benny, the owner, is a very good host. The double pork chop was enormous. The duck had really crispy skin, and the risotto... very tasty and an extremely generous portion. The homemade tiramisu is really, really good. You will end up taking home food, or else you will waddle out! Lately it’s been buy one entree, get one free. A delicious bargain!” “We have a tremendous wine list, and we are available for any type of private party such as anniversaries, holiday parties, birthdays, graduation, bridal parties and many more,” said Benny. “We are celebrating our ninth year in business, and I’d like to thank all our loyal customers.” Vicolo’s dinner specials feature favorites like “Homemade Lobster Ravioli” with crab meat, topped in a vodka sauce, “Branzino Francaise” over a spinach lemon wine sauce and “Snapper Fra Diavolo” with clams, scallops over linguini and spicy tomato sauce. Other favorites include “Surf ‘n’ Turf Lobster Tail Filet Mignon” served with mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce, “Broiled Salmon” with crab meat on top in a lobster sauce and “Grilled Sword Fish” with broccoli rabe and beans. Vicolo is also famous for its “Rib Eye Steak” with spinach and fried onion rings and “Porkchop” served with apples in a honey and Jack Daniels sauce. The “Arugula Salad” and the “Seafood Salad” are also very popular. Vicolo Ristorante is open 12-3PM for lunch and 4-10PM for dinner, seven days a week. Make sure you stop by this summer with your friends and family for a true Italian dining experience.

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George is a popular bartender in Nyack. When not bartending, he enjoys working around and maintaining his home, cutting the grass and gardening. He also enjoys going to the gym and staying fit. George was born in Ismailia, Egypt and his favorite drink is Malbec & Caber.

Melvin has been bartending for four years, three of which have been at BV’s Grill and previously at Tony Roma’s. He is quite the charismatic, kind and engaging bartender, super attentive to his patrons at the bar. Melvin is from, and grew up in, Spring Valley, NY, and his favorite drink is a Gin & Tonic. When not bartending he enjoys staying fit at the gym and drawing anime or portraits.

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It’s summer time and the drinking is easy, and no cocktail says summer like a margarita, typically made with tequila. But did you know that a margarita can also be spectacular if made with mezcal? Before we go any further, let me explain the differences between tequila and mezcal. Mezcal is any spirit that is produced from any of the 125 varieties of the agave plant. Each mezcal is produced in a small village, typically in a family-owned distillery dedicated exclusively to producing one brand. The agave plants, called magueys, are roasted in open fire pits, which tends to give mezcal a wonderfully smoky character.

Tequila is a type of mezcal, only made from the Weber Blue agave plant. Most tequilas in the United States are produced from magueys roasted in steel autoclaves, at one of five factory distilleries that do contract distilling in Mexico. Considering there are multiple varieties of agave plants used to make mezcal, and that each brand is made in a small family-owned distillery, I find mezcal to be a far more interesting and diverse spirit compared to tequila. You just have to appreciate a little smokiness in your drink. Whether you prefer mezcal or tequila, both can be used to make spectacular summer cocktails. Here are a few of my personal favorites

El Buho Mezcal Espadin

Owned by Nyack resident John Henry, El Buho is the quintessential mezcal. The Espadin agave are roasted in a stone pit fire for a week and crushed by horse on a tohona stone mill. It is double distilled in a 5th-generation copper still. Drip by drip, bottled by hand in rustic glass. There’s nothing like an El Buho with fresh grapefruit juice on the rocks with muddled jalapeño to make a summer day special. A truly spectacular mezcal.

Calle 23 Reposado

Created by tequila doyenne Sophie Decobecq, a pioneering woman in a male-dominated category, Calle 23 Reposado is double distilled in traditional pot stills, then rested in ex-Bourbon oak casks for eight months, to achieve a well-balanced tequila reflecting a subtle balance between Agave and wood spices, without losing its freshness. An incredible value tequila that should be in every bar.

Fortaleza Blanco

Distilled at a fifth generation tequila distillery that dates back to 1873, this is a blanco that will bring immense pleasure to your palate. Terrific in cocktails, spectacular over the rocks. Pricey, but worth every penny. / 27

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Beautiful fresh vegetables are plentiful in July, lovely little cherry tomatoes and plenty of large luscious leafy greens are appearing at the Farmers Market. Bruschetta is a wonderful way to add greens to your diet. I like to top them lightly cooked on a bed of hummus, with a dusting of lemon zest and a drizzle of really good quality balsamic vinegar. Because I couldn’t decide whether I prefer leafy green or tomato bruschetta best, I’ve included recipes for both. The berry tart makes a beautiful summer treat for a special dinner but it’s easy enough to whip up on any day of the week. I have written directions for vegan ingredients, however the proportions will work for regular dairy ingredients if you prefer.

LEAFY GREEN AND TOMATO BRUSCHETTAS For the bread: • 1 whole wheat sourdough baguette or boule • 1 clove garlic For the leafy green bruschetta: • 1 bunch of your favorite leafy greens chopped– kale, spinach, chard, broccoli rabe, dandelion greens (or a combination is really lovely) • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cloves garlic • Drizzle of really good balsamic or red wine vinegar • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted • Juice and zest of a lemon • Fresh basil and parsley for topping • Really good quality store-bought hummus For the tomato bruschetta: • 1 packet cherry tomatoes, preferably tri-colored • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1–2 teaspoons minced red onion–or more to taste • Scattering of toasted pine nuts • Fresh parsley and basil for topping • Really good quality store-bought hummus

Method: Toast the bread. Cut one of the garlic cloves in half and rub the toast with the garlic. Toast the pine nuts by placing them in a dry pan over a medium heat. Watch them closely and shake the pan every so often so they brown evenly and don’t burn. When golden brown, remove them from the heat to cool. For the leafy greens, place a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add the minced garlic cloves. Saute for a couple of minutes then add the washed greens. Stir and cook until tender. Remove from heat and drizzle over a little REALLY good quality balsamic OR red wine vinegar. Spread some hummus over the toasted bread and top with the greens, squeeze over a little lemon juice, lemon zest, drizzle of olive oil, a few pine nuts and some freshly chopped parsley and basil. Serve immediately. For the tomato bruschetta: 1. Toast the bread. Cut one of the garlic cloves in half and rub the toast with the garlic. Toast the pine nuts by placing them in a dry pan over a medium heat. Watch them closely and shake the pan every so often so they brown evenly and don’t burn. When golden brown remove them from the heat to cool. 2. Chop the tomatoes into quarters, place in a bowl and mix with the olive oil, red wine vinegar, garlic and red onion. 3. Spread some hummus onto the toast, top with the tomato mixture and sprinkle over some freshly chopped parsley and basil, a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of good olive oil. Serve immediately.

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FRUIT TART Pre-heat oven to 350°F For the pastry: • 1 1/2 cups spelt flour • Pinch of salt • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) vegan butter (I use Earth Balance) cold and cut into cubes • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) vegetable shortening, cold and cut into chunks • 3-4 tablespoons iced water For the filling: • 8 oz cream cheese—I use “Kite Hill” non-dairy • 1/3 cup sour cream—I use “Follow Your Heart” non-dairy and it’s quite thick (which is perfect for this filling) • 1/4 cup of organic confectioner’s sugar, sifted • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract • Zest of a lemon • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice For the topping: • Berries of your choice Method: Measure out the butter and shortening and place in bowl together. Make sure they’re really cold not room temperature.

Gently push the pie crust all around the dish, trimming off any excess and replacing any areas that need repair. Very gently poke holes but not all the way through the dough on the tart base. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet and bake in the pre-heated oven for about 20 minutes or until just golden. Remove from the oven an allow to cool thoroughly before adding the filling. To make the filling: Bring the cream cheese and sour cream to room temperature. Place all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix together. I used a wooden spoon but go gently, don’t over beat it. You want the mixture to be smooth and creamy but not too runny. If it looks a little runny add more confectioner’s sugar, just make sure you sift it or the mixture will be lumpy. If it looks a little too thick, add a little more lemon juice. Taste and experiment until you’re happy. Pour the filling into the tart shell. If you’re not serving it immediately, chill in the fridge at this stage before you add the fruit to the top. Add the fruit just before serving and lightly dust with some sifted confectioner’s sugar if desired.

Place flour and salt in a food processor with the “S” blade. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the cold vegan butter and shortening. Pulse about 10–15 times until it resembles very coarse breadcrumbs. Add the iced water while the processor is running. If it looks dry add another tablespoon of water, but if it’s beginning to clump together, stop. Dump the dough onto a lightly floured surface and shape it into a ball. Don’t kneed the pastry, handle it as little as possible. Wrap with plastic wrap and place into the fridge for 30 minutes to “relax.” Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out to a circle. Wrap the dough gently around the rolling pin and then carefully transfer it to an 11 inch pie plate. / 31


Owner/Executive Chef Denis Whitton


he Hudson River serves as a postcard-worthy backdrop for refreshing summer cocktails and creative cuisine at Pier 701. Executive Chef and owner Denis Whitton, along with his wife and coowner Vicki, have been working to fulfill this vision since opening their doors in July 2013. After Hurricane Sandy, Denis completely renovated the restaurant, adding new decking and a tiki bar that draws standing room only crowds from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen Counties. The dynamic seating options range from high top tables to traditional dining tables, some beneath the sprawling awning or umbrellas, and some out in the open for the sun worshippers. Indoor diners are not excluded from the river views, thanks to Denis’ dining room redesign in which he “opened up” the existing wall with windows sprawling along the rear of the deck. One of the biggest summer highlights at the Pier is the Thursday night luau. For a third summer now, diners can relish in a lavish threehour spread along Pier 701’s waterfront white sand beach, lined with tiki torches and beach-themed tables. Starting at 6PM, guests kick off the evening with a onehour open bar as they stroll the beach, indulging in the unlimited

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smorgasboard. Included is a raw bar, open fire pit paella, a traditional full roasted pig and a less traditional alligator prepared with a cajun dry rub. The buffet includes typical barbeque items such as short ribs and brisket, plus a taco bar and baked potato bar with every topping imaginable. Finally, the seafood bake consists of clams, mussels, crawfish, shrimp, crab, corn, potatoes and andouille sausage. Adding to the fun is a “best dressed” luau outfit contest, with the winner receiving a $25 gift card to the restaurant. The riverfront deck is still open for dinner service on luau evenings.  On Pier 701’s regular menu, Denis enjoys experimenting with new dishes. Inspired by frequent visits to New Orleans, Denis has expanded his dinner menu to include N’awlins specialties such as crawfish, gumbo and po boys. / 33

Come fall, Denis has planned a cooking demo series where patrons can learn from his years of culinary experience. “I’m showing. I’m explaining. They ask questions, and they get the recipes. They also get to taste each course and enjoy a glass of wine.” Having grown up with Crohn’s disease, Denis is planning a health-conscious cooking series. His other series will focus on gourmet, French-style cooking, which Denis mastered on the job, under the tutelage of two Michelinstarred chefs and multiple French chefs. Pier 701 boasts two private dining rooms for all types of celebrations. Vicki manages these events as the Head of Events and Catering. In addition to formal events, every day of the week brings a new special: Monday Madness includes $7 Mojitos and $1 oysters, Taco Tuesday serves up $3 Tecates and $7 margaritas and Wednesdays offer 50 cent wings with $6–7 glasses of wine. This summer, whether or not you come for the luau, you’ll stay for many reasons at this rivertown respite. 34 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Pier 701 Kitchen is open Monday–Thursday, 12–10PM, Friday and Saturday 12–11PM and Sunday 11:30AM–9PM. The bar remains open later. The Pier 701 Luau is every Thursday 6–9 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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THE FLAVORS OF HAVERSTRAW Haverstraw Food Crawl 2019



n Sunday, June 2, the Village of Haverstraw opened up its streets to almost 2,000 visitors for its 6th annual Food Crawl, sponsored by Rockland County Tourism. Organized by the non-profit arts organization Haverstraw Riverwide Arts, the Haverstraw Food Crawl was created to challenge the perception that downtown Haverstraw lacked a successful restaurant row. The organization set out to prove that not only does Haverstraw hosts incredible restaurants, but it is a warm and vibrant business district where all are welcome.

This year, 16 restaurants opened their doors to Crawlgoers, offering delectable dishes ranging from $3-$6. West Street served as home to a lively Craft Beverage Garden, with five local New York breweries serving beers and ciders. Fat Boi’s Brass Band entertained the crowd all afternoon, while attendees noshed on delicious southern dishes such as pulled pork and brisket chili from Big Daddy’s Home Plate BBQ.

Owner Nick Lucas of Lucas Candies.

Nap Time Brewery of Blauvelt, NY serves up a New England IPA and a German Pilsner.

Some of the most popular spots on the Crawl were Union Restaurant, Don Coqui and UNoodle, which Cuban Sandwich, UNoodles Snack Bar.

served up delicious plates such as Chicken Tinga Taco and Chicken Lemongrass Dumplings. New to downtown Haverstraw is La Talaye, owned by Michelle Timothee who is also the Executive Chef. About 300 patrons swarmed the new restaurant for a taste of its Caribbean-inspired international cuisine. Food Crawl organizers extended their gratitude to the Village of Haverstraw DPW who helped to set up and disassemble the beer garden. Many patrons contributed to this successful day for the Haverstraw Riverwide Arts Committee and the Haverstraw community.

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District 96 Owner John Potenza (left) and Tommy Cooper with Mayor Michael Kohut enjoying his namesake craft beer.

Chicken Lemongrass Dumplings, UNoodle Snack Bar.

Next up for the Haverstraw Riverwide Arts is a music and arts festival, which will take place September 14, 11AM-5PM in Emeline Park, Haverstraw. All are welcome. For more information, visit

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Bodega Santa Julia We often remark that one of the biggest perks of the wine business is the connection we make with the individuals responsible for producing the wine we sell. Many times at trade tastings we attend, there are winery representatives pouring the samples, and at times the owners and/or winemakers are in attendance. However, trade tastings are very often enormous, hectic affairs and at best you get a quick “meet and greet.” The best perk is a more intimate version, when a dinner or luncheon invitation is extended. Such was our good fortune recently when we attended a luncheon hosted by Julia Zuccardi for whom Bodega Santa Julia is named. Her grandfather, Alberto Zuccardi, started his winery Familia Zuccardi in Mendoza, Argentina in the 1960’s. From the very beginning, his focus was on sustainable farming, respecting the earth and the environment. Alberto was a passionate visionary, always searching for ways to improve efficiency in the winery yet retaining the individuality of his wines. An engineer by profession, he designed an irrigation system to assist the vines in the arid Argentine climate. Julia Zuccardi is third generation so you might say wine is in her blood! From a very early age, it was apparent that Julia would be a part of the Zuccardi winery. Her role has evolved to incorporate her University degrees in English with her responsibilities managing the tourism division for Familia Zuccardi. As she says, her job is “to make people drink wine.” We are happy to report she is very good at her job!

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Our luncheon was held at The Farmhouse Tavern in Katonah on a beautiful spring day. For two hours we ate fabulous food paired with Santa Julia wines. We started with a refreshing rosé sparkler and proceeded to taste through Chardonnay, Cabernet, Malbec, a Malbec Cabernet Franc Reserva blend and Torrontes. Apparently, at the previous night’s wine dinner, the “Julia Spritz” was born. This a delightful mix of Torrontes, bitters, a splash of grapefruit juice topped off with club soda and a piece of grapefruit. It’s the perfect remedy for summer heat! Julia’s passion for these wines was evident, but there was also the pride she takes in the family’s philosophy of respect and fairness. The Santa Julia vineyards are certified organic, and there is great effort to ensure ecologically sensitive practices are utilized throughout the winery. They are also certified ”Fair for Life,” ensuring the workers enjoy good working conditions. Santa Julia is committed to high standards in both wine-making and community. There is much more than just good wine in your glass – there is the goodness of Santa Julia!

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epe Auto Group, Westchester’s largest luxury auto group, has expanded to the Rockland and Northern Bergen County area with its recent acquisition of Audi Nyack. “Since we took over, Audi Nyack has become the fastest growing Audi dealership in the Northeast,” says General Manager Jimmy Macagna. Celebrating its 51st anniversary, Pepe Auto Group was founded by the Pepe Family and continues to be run by Joseph Pepe, COO. With five luxury dealerships in Westchester—two Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Porsche and Infiniti—Pepe Auto Group has earned a reputation for stellar customer experiences. The Infiniti dealership is the world’s largest Infiniti retailer.

Throughout the Pepe Auto Group, our main goal is taking care of our customers and treating them like family. Jimmy Macagna, General Manager, Audi Nyack

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“Throughout the Pepe Auto Group, our main goal is taking care of our customers and treating them like family,” said Jimmy, who has been with the group for nine years. “We want to focus on the customer experience and build relationships within Rockland County. We have a great team, and we are in the process of creating something special here at Audi Nyack.” At 31 years old, Jimmy is one of the youngest Audi General Managers in the country. Jimmy is no stranger to the multiple aspects of running a familyowned business. Having grown up in a family-owned restaurant business, the importance of the customer experience was instilled in him at an early age. His first position with the group was a social media associate for the company, and within three years, he created an in-house advertising agency for the entire group and was the Director of Marketing for five years. Jimmy’s business acumen, strong relationships with the other general managers within the group and excellent interpersonal skills naturally led to his current position.

Jimmy Macagna with the 8-speed, V6 biturbo engine Audi RS 5 Sportback.

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Left to right: Matthew Siderio, Paul Mikula, James Korsgen, Ana Lopez, Jimmy Macagna, Rob Cici, M. Furqan, Conor Mchugh, Don Thompson

“I was very fortunate to have worked with some amazing leaders and mentors within our group that enabled me to confidently take on this new challenge. This dealership is one of the best kept secrets in Rockland County, and we can’t wait to get our name out there and truly become Rockland County’s go-to luxury destination,” said Jimmy.

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while bringing the store up to the Pepe standard in terms of world-class facilities, amenities and experiences. The showroom will remain open while it undergoes a major renovation, which is scheduled to be completed in the fall. Be sure to stop in to meet Jimmy, Sales Manager Don Thompson, Pre-Owned Manager Minas Papadakis, Finance Manager Matthew Siderio and check out all the stunning Audi vehicles currently in the showroom including the E-Tron 100% electric car.

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Beauty Club Salon hair stylist Stacy Breslin with regular customer Eileen Lederman.

Conveniently located on the 2nd floor of the Palisades Center, Beauty Club Salon is your home for all things beauty. With an in-store salon and extensive selection of products, look no further for all your beauty goals. Owner Steven Garbatow made the move to this new location in April, which provided more space and allowed him to include a full-service salon. The salon is designed for men, women and children alike and offers services such as haircuts, color, blowouts and keratin treatments. Hairstylist Stacy Breslin brings her 11 years of experience to Beauty Club Salon. Stacy is known for her expert blowouts, and has a loyal client following. 48 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Eileen Lederman, of Orangeburg, NY, comes weekly for color and a blowout. She says Stacy’s blowout is “incredible and fast, and it comes out so perfectly.” Stacy is certified in Deva cuts and also crafts beautiful up-dos for special occasions. “I love creating up-dos... it’s like an art,” Stacy said. “I just love what I do.” A unique advantage to Beauty Club Salon is that Stacy can walk you through the aisles and share with you her feedback on all hair products and what would work best to maintain your color or style. There is a large range of products to fit every beauty need and budget. Hair product selections for women include high-end products such as Paul Mitchell, Moroccon Oil and the

store’s bestseller DevaCurl. For men, Beauty Club Salon features a full section, with products by the acclaimed American Crew, Clubman and Johnny B. Reuzel brands. First rate offerings for the little ones include Fairy Tales, Paul Mitchell’s “Baby Don’t Cry” and Wet Brush selections. Additionally, you can find a full hair color section for customers in the market. Another aisle is devoted to an assortment of lotions and waxes. In nail care, Beauty Club Salon carries the full line of Essie (most beauty supply stores carry a limited selection) and OPI nail polishes. In addition to products, quality beauty tools are offered at competitive pricing. Some top recommendations for women’s hairstyling include the BaByliss blowdryers, straighteners and curling irons. For men, Beauty Club Salon carries clippers and trimmers from the industryloved Wahl and Andis.

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he beautifully renovated Bath & Body Works shop, located on the third floor of the Palisades Center in West Nyack, NY, opened its doors on Friday, May 24 with much excitement. County representatives, retail/business colleagues and guests were invited to join Bath & Body Works District Manager Ellen Ellefsen, Store Manager Toby Gunn and Sales Supervisor Janette Fenner at the ribbon cutting that day to commemorate the event. The retailer had been temporarily relocated during construction and redesign. The new store is triple the size of the original store, showcasing a chic, new Bath & Body Works concept. Additionally, the remodel of the store included expansion of the White Barn collection. The White Barn Candle Company is a popular home fragrance designer with a range of signature scents and products to choose from, including wallflowers, candles, hand soap and more. The main showcase at the new and improved Bath & Body Works is the fresh, new Gingham collection. The Gingham collection features the iconic checkered design in navy and white. The fragrance is “a fresh blend of bright florals and a hint of sweet citrus.” The extensive line includes products such as shower gel, body wash, hand & body lotions & creams, mists, perfumes and candles. Supervisor Janette Fenner shared, “We have an allaround bigger selection in home care.”   Bath & Body Works has expanded its fragrances of soaps and candles, as well as the popular Aromatherapy and Stress Relief section.  A beachy display of new candles, such as “Salted Ocean Air” and “Tiki Beach,” is just in time 50 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

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Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Beckerle Lumber can help you find just the right products to suit your needs and create a unique look for that dream kitchen. Beckerle’s kitchen design professionals are ready to assist you in choosing the options that match your preferences and offer expert guidance every step of the way. Visit Beckerle’s showrooms in Spring Valley and Haverstraw and its recently remodeled showroom in Orangeburg. Each showroom displays the company’s lines of products in kitchen & bath, windows and doors. Beckerle stocks a variety of brands in kitchen cabinets. That includes its No. 1 seller, Kraftmaid, as well as Bertch, Wolf and other well-respected brands. Kraftmaid and Bertch are more “semi-custom,” providing the customer with more options on colors, door styles and other features. Beckerle can customize the design of the cabinets to meet the customer’s expectations and budget. An attractive, well-crafted countertop also helps define the look of a kitchen. Beckerle offers customers a wealth of choices in style, pattern and finishes. Quartz, an engineered stone with a natural look requiring minimal maintenance, is favored by many Beckerle customers. Granite, a natural stone, is another strong seller. Selecting the right products for your ideal kitchen 52 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

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can be a challenging task, but Beckerle’s seasoned professional staff eases any customer concerns with an attentive, full-service approach. “I’m with the customer the whole way through on the kitchen from start to finish,” says John Sablich, showroom manager of Beckerle’s Spring Valley location, who has 30 years experience in the custom cabinetry industry. “I communicate with the homeowner and their contractors, making sure everything runs smoothly. If we sell them countertops, we’ll coordinate the installation and templating. The homeowners feel a sense of assurance with us walking them through the process. They appreciate that extra helping hand that you give. It goes a long way.” “The purpose is to help the customer from the beginning to the end of the project,” says Sam

Spring Valley showroom manager John Sablich

Bideiwy, showroom manager in Beckerle’s Haverstraw location. He is a 22-year Beckerle employee and 39year veteran in kitchen design. “We go through the design and installation and help the contractor in achieving the best result for material and design. That applies not only to kitchens, but with all the products we sell—vanities, doors, windows and any special orders in our showrooms.” Like its Spring Valley and Haverstraw showrooms, Beckerle’s remodeled Orangeburg showroom is led by experienced managers/designers. Branch manager Scott Lanza has served Beckerle customers for almost 23 years, and assistant manager Rob Levitt has more than 16 years with the company. Robust customer service in every facet of its business has been Beckerle Lumber’s calling card throughout its 79-year history in Rockland County. It’s a primary reason why customers refer Beckerle to friends and family after enjoying a positive experience

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or adults and kids of all ages, summer at the Nyack Farmers Market is a lot like a great day at camp—with live music, crafts, art, environmental education, story time and more. Children are welcome to create and learn, while shoppers explore the top-quality, locally sourced food and artisanal goods. An all-around family friendly—and healthy—experience. Here’s a Market sampler—a glimpse of the people and activities that make the Nyack Market a summer haven (and a lot like camp):

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Music fills the air at the Market during most hours every week, but a clear favorite for the kids is Ian Moore. With blue-grassy folk songs, jolly high-kicking dance steps and infectious energy, Ian will have your children prancing and smiling for days. Weekly.

Environmentalist Chuck Stead

Chuck Stead has 30 years of experience as a teacher of sustainability, environmental history and ecology. Through story-telling, Chuck increases our appreciation and understanding of the world we live in, engaging children ages five through 17 and adults too! Weekly.

Caricature Artist Dan Springer

Dan Springer

It takes just minutes for Dan Springer to create one of his distinctive, stylized likenesses. His portraits of celebrities are on permanent display at New York City’s Ace Gallery, the Gershwin Gallery, and Faces and Names. Dan works periodically at the Market.

Nyack Sketch Log Artist and Author Bill Batson

Bill Batson showcases his collection of drawings and essays that chronicle the life of the village. Bill is on hand to discuss current projects, the history of the village and all things Nyack. Weekly.

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Strawtown Studio

Staff from Strawtown Studio connect young people with the natural world through art and science discovery programs. Based at the foot of Hook Mountain, Strawtown offers Market visitors a sample of their camp and afterschool programming. Kids leave with a unique piece of art, assembled from objects found in nature. Twice a month.

Forager and Painter Paul Tappenden

Strawtown Studio

A true renaissance man, Paul Tappenden combines an encyclopedic knowledge of the natural world with the sensibilities of an artist. On his table, you’ll find displays of the flora he has foraged within Rockland County labeled by type and use. On his easel, you’ll see his latest oil painting, rendered in masterly strokes. Weekly.

Education Programs

The Nyack Public Schools’ Basics program offers literacy-focused activities for kids at the Market on a regular basis. Market sponsors Green Meadow Waldorf and Blue Rock School also offer information and discussion about their programs for children.

CONNECTING WITH THE NYACK MARKET All are welcome to the Market to purchase local food, learn about the ecosystem that produces it, engage in fun activities, enjoy live music and celebrate the rich bounty created in our own community. More information? The Market publishes an e-mail letter every week with details about vendors, activities, music and special events. Subscribing is easy on the Market page at Paul Tappenden

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Stony Point Retreat and Conference Center loves being the Rockland County home for YMCA Staff retreats, Head Start In Service Training, Albertus Magnus HS, CANDLE Common Threads retreats and VCS Anti-racism workshops! We enjoy hosting Rockland BOCES, NRCSD Leadership retreats and the annual Rockland County Child & Adolescent Services Conference. It’s not too early to book your fall family reunions, faith-based retreats, non-profit organization seminars and trainings, and other events with us. Our radical hospitality pays attention to the unique needs of every guest! Welcoming Across Boundaries * Nurturing Inclusive Communities * Cultivating Peace & Justice Home to the Multifaith Community of Living Traditions. Contact Mary Romano, Group Sales Manager at or 845-786-5674, ext 101. / 59


Sister Ursula Joyce

Sister Ursula Joyce is seeing the culmination of a dream come true. In 1979, the Dominican Sisters closed St. Agnes Home and School for Boys in Sparkill, a work they had begun in 1884. They then faced the challenge of finding a new use for the property consistent with their mission of service. The need for affordable senior housing in Rockland County emerged as a priority and a yearslong journey began to make the dream a reality. Sister Ursula coordinated the Sisters’ efforts to secure funding and obtain the necessary zone changes and all the other Town and County approvals needed. Their success can be seen in the two affordable senior living communities that are now part of the Sisters’ Sparkill campus: Thorpe Village, a 200-unit apartment complex on Route 340 and Dowling Gardens, a 111-unit apartment complex on Kings Highway in Sparkill. Dowling Gardens was designed to create a fully accessible housing community with services and amenities that supported the efforts of frail, but otherwise healthy elders, to maintain their independence to the extent possible in a non-medical setting. They enjoy a one bedroom apartment equipped with an emergency call system, a daily dinner with choice of menu served in a 60 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

formal dining room managed by a Culinary Institute of America graduate Dan Semenza, a coffee shop, large print library, hair salon, scheduled transportation to shopping, landscaped grounds, friendly neighbors who watch out for one another and an experienced and compassionate staff. At Dowling Gardens, the importance of socialization and involvement in meaningful activities has always been recognized. The programs offered can best be summarized as “Exercise! Exercise! Exercise! Your Mind, Your Body, Your Spirit.” Visit on any given day and you will find residents caught up in a “News and Views” discussion or in a circle knitting and chatting. Maybe there’s a classical music concert in the Sun Room or a musician playing New Orleans jazz. There could be an art activity, or a local history lecture or a sing-along in the lobby with music blasting from an iPad. Students may be visiting from a local school or maybe it’s the day for the therapy dogs. You are likely to come across a Drumming Circle, Tai Chi, Yoga or Feeling Fit session. There is bingo, of course, and the monthly Birthday Party complete with singing and dancing. Here is what Maureen Kelly had to say about Dowling Gardens: “This is a really warm, lovely place. My grandmother moved there after my grandfather passed away and she often commented on the kindness of the

nuns and staff there. The food was always very good. I’ve been back there recently for a beautiful Veteran’s Day ceremony, and it was really thoughtfully done and decorated. This is a really special place and run by people who genuinely care about everyone who lives there. It is a blessing to have such lovely people caring for such special souls.”

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Phyllis Dodge, founder and owner of V°LITION gallery, gets ready for an upcoming exhibit “Unmasked | The Men Among Us” curated by Jamey Jackson.

BELL-ANS CENTER OF CREATIVE ARTS The Most Creative Community in the Hudson Valley STORY BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH 62 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019


ften described as a beehive of activity by artists, architects, woodworkers, acupuncturists, photographers, iron forgers, yoga and meditation enthusiasts, a vegan culinary company and a special group of rescue farm animals, Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts in Orangeburg is a multipurpose space equipped to frame your creativity, expression, event or special project. Many artists and creative people have been forced to leave their studio space in New York City due to rising rents and its prohibitive cost of living. Once you experience all that Bell-ans has to offer on its 12-plus acres with gallery space, unique, affordable studios and an outdoor haven, you’ll want to move right in. Bell-ans accommodates art exhibits, performances, outdoor weddings, film production, lectures, photo shoots, private functions and community gatherings. “The lighting here is magical and the surroundings radiate energy and goodness. My husband, James Dodge, grew up here. We think out of the box and push the envelope in allowing artists to express themselves, without censorship... Bell-ans has soul and grit,” said Phyllis Dodge, Creative Director. “Bell-ans offers artists and entrepreneurs inspiring, affordable work space less than 30 minutes from New York City.  It’s located a few minutes from the Palisades Parkway in historic Rockland County, in a peaceful rustic setting. Many of our tenants have been here for decades, while some have only recently joined us. Space is available on a month-to-month basis, as well as one-year lease agreements,” said Phyllis.

Some remnants of Bell-ans when it used to be a manufacturing facility.

Bell-ans offers artists and entrepreneurs inspiring, affordable work space, less than 30 minutes from New York City. Phyllis Dodge, Creative Director, Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts

“Bell-ans is the perfect place to work,” says renowned painter Joan Hooker. “I know because I had my studio there for almost 20 years. Precious great spaces, bucolic surroundings and supportive company for the creative spirit to soar! I consider resident pig Kevin Bacon aka ‘Piggy Smalls’ and a precious flock of guinea hens some of my daily delights. They have become subjects in a few of my paintings.” In 2020, Phyllis Dodge, founder and owner of V°LITION gallery, alongside Gallery Director Sona Viola will be / 63

Kevin Bacon aka Piggy Smalls is one of the many rescue farm animals that live at Bell-ans.

celebrating five years since the opening of the gallery at Bell-ans. “V°LITION gallery is about delivering a creative experience, interacting and working together. Each event brings people and artists together with art, expressions of desires and will—created of our own individual and collective volition,” states Phyllis. “Our goal here at the gallery is to give opportunity to all types of artists and curators. We love to collaborate and create thought provoking exhibits, artist talks and demonstrations for all who love and appreciate  the arts.  Bell-ans is such a unique and beautiful community; we couldn’t imagine a better place to celebrate art and creativity,” states Sona Viola. Rescue farm animals such as goats, pigs and ducks roam the 12-acre property.

Long before artists arrived in search of inspiration, Bellans was a bustling manufacturing facility renowned for popping out pills to remedy indigestion and other maladies. Bell-ans pills made John Lanphere Dodge, James Dodge’s great grandfather, incredibly rich. He purchased 150 acres in Orangeburg, and he loved harness racing. The Rockland County Fair was held at Bell-ans for many years.  Today the fourth generation James Dodge and his wife, Phyllis, are continuing the legacy of the family-owned business: Bell-ans is a vibrant part of Orangeburg and Rockland County by welcoming artists, entrepreneurs, businesses and the community for creativity, work, gatherings and collaborations. What they both call a “labor of love.” Celebrate your outdoor event, or schedule a tour for filming and photo shoots, or rental of the gallery for a ‘pop up art exhibit’ at Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts, a true Hudson Valley gem.

Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts 4 Bell Lane, Orangeburg, NY 845-596-0870

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with Phil Bunton

It’s the gorgeous Bricktown Inn, built in the 18th century by one of Haverstraw’s brick millionaires. Owners Michelle and Joe Natale have turned this historic home into a world class B&B.

My 95-year-old mother-in-law Dolores, who thinks I live a much more exciting life than I really do, is always asking me: where are you going on your next vacation? To make myself sound interesting, I’ll say the Casbah, China or Paris. Dolores’ eyes would light up. “I’d love to stroll down the Champs Elysee in my big chapeau.” So she was understandably surprised when I told her our next trip was to Haverstraw. “Duh” was all she could manage to say. But you already live there. I explained that we were selling our home in Haverstraw and were planning to move into a temporary place until the closing. I knew of a fabulous bed & breakfast inn—one of Rockland County’s bestkept secrets.

When you come down to breakfast in the morning, you are likely to be served delicious Apple Praline French toast, or an equally succulent spinach and mushroom quiche. Michelle Natale’s family has been in the hospitality business most of her life. Her father owned a club on 9W which attracted such stars as Glenn Miller and his Orchestra. She has tastefully and beautifully decorated the inn with her handstitched creations. The inn has been renovated to include all modern amenities while maintaining the integrity of the beautiful original architectural features such as a mahogany staircase, ten and a half foot ceilings and plaster moldings.

the comfort of guests. It includes a baby grand player piano which guests are welcome to play. The spacious porch, complete with wicker furniture, rocking chairs and a swing provide guests with a place to relax. The gorgeous garden features a beautiful koi pond. As my wife Candice said: “It’s as if Martha Stewart had opened her own inn—only better.” Absolutely true. We loved every moment of our stay. Michelle and Joe are the friendliest hosts you could find. Many people stay here when they’re touring the Hudson Valley—from Bear Mountain to West Point. Last year one of their guests was actor John Malkovich. Now you can add: Candice and Phil slept here. And LOVED it. Michelle and Joe are looking to retire and sell their dream home after all these years. You can reach them at 845-429-8447. The

Rooms at the inn have been artfully decorated with an eclectic mix of magnificent antiques and family heirlooms. Each room has its own welcoming personality. The parlour is designed for conversation and

address is 112 Hudson Ave, Haverstraw, NY. And if you just want a wonderful summer escape, email the Bricktown Inn at Michelle@ and book early. This place is very popular! / 65



prawling serenity surrounds you at “The Paramount Estate” in New City, sitting on almost two acres of lush landscaping, backing up to the Paramount Country Club. Tucked

away on a quiet cul-de-sac sits a stunning estate with an ivy façade; 6 Glen Eagles Court, a home with an unparalleled luxury lifestyle, only 40 minutes north of Manhattan.

“The Paramount Estate’s” name is derived from the time when Paramount Pictures Corporation founder and president Adolph Zukor owned the property in the early 20th Century. In 1918, Zukor had purchased over 300 acres of land in New City which included a private golf course. Today, the site serves as the membership-only Paramount Country Club and surrounding parcels have been developed into luxury homes.

Now, it’s your chance to live in one of New City’s grand estates, only a “swing” away from the 15th hole. Sunbathe on the bluestone patio surrounding the oversized gunite pool and take in the satisfying sound of a golf ball being hit in the distance–creating a private, entertainment worthy oasis. This is large living at its finest, with over 8,000 square feet of living space and amenities galore, including a four-car garage, home gym, 60” Garland range, Traulsen refrigerator, 2,000 bottle climate controlled wine cellar and so much more… Reminiscent of the Mediterranean mansions nestled in the hills of the French Riviera, enter the grand foyer with a sweeping iron and brass staircase, soaring 22’ coffered ceilings and detailed crown moldings. All complimented by herringbone patterned hardwood floors and dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows, glistening through the back of the home. / 67


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1.95 Acres

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Only 40 minutes from Manhattan, the private home office is the perfect alternative to reduce the weekday commute or avoid treacherous New York winter storms. Custom built-in mahogany bookshelves line the study, creating a warm and functional atmosphere. The Paramount Estate sits at the foot of New City’s famous South Mountain Road, a meandering residential street of private architectural and historical wonders. Easily accessible from Route 9W and the Palisades Interstate Parkway, the home falls in the award winning Clarkstown Central School District. For a private tour of “The Paramount Estate,” which just hit the market for $1,295,000, please contact listing agents Reed Tighe and Adam Blankfort of the “Ask Adam Team” at William Raveis Baer & McIntosh. Taxes are being grieved by Richard O’Donnell.


“Ask Adam” Blankfort Listing Agent 845.641.3255 @askadamsells William Raveis Baer & McIntosh


“Ask Reed” Tighe Listing Agent 845.548.6280 @rivertownsrealtor William Raveis Baer & McIntosh / 69

Taking the Guesswork out of Medicare

With Mark Brownstein, Independent Insurance Agent Specializing in Medicare Health Plans If you are turning 65, retiring or disabled (for 2 years), you may be getting mounds of paperwork in the mail about signing up for Medicare, the health insurance plan for people who are 65 and older or have a long-term disability. There are dates and deadlines to remember, and a lot of confusing terms as well as different kinds of medical and prescription plans to consider. So where do you start? First, you need to know that Medicare is complicated. Knowing when to initially sign up, what plan to enroll in, and when you can change plans are vital if you want to make the most of the plan benefits that are offered. If you already have Medicare, you need to review plans annually to determine if your plan suits your health care needs and budget. As an independent insurance agent specializing in Medicare health plans, I am so pleased to start this journey with you to help navigate the ever-changing world of Medicare and the challenges you or your loved one may face. A little about me: I have been a Nyack resident for 29 years and am currently the Director of Medicare for Emerald Medicare. I have extensive experience working with individuals, financial planners, CPAs, property and casualty offices and trust and attorneys to implement Medicare solutions to meet clients’ changing needs. I am also proud to be a valued resource for Nyack/ Montefiore/Highland Medical offices, their patients and their employees. I was a three-time President of the Financial Planners Association (FPA) of Greater Hudson Valley and was its Chairman for an additional three years. I was also a board member of the Fairfield, CT chapter of the FPA for four years. I am also a Certified Senior Advisor and an elder advocate. 70 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

You may have even seen me around town, at the Nyack Street Fair or doing a local Medicare presentation. I offer free, no-obligation Medicare presentations throughout New Jersey, New York and Connecticut on strategies and solutions to help with Medicare questions and challenges. I am passionate about helping educate seniors with making the best decision about Medicare coverage that best suits their health care needs and budget.

Some topics I talk about include:

• Sorting out Medicare’s conflicting and confusing options. • Providing a simple explanation of the process. • Getting all the Medicare benefits offered by health plans. • Finding the right coverage at a price you can afford. Join me for an upcoming presentation by signing up for my newsletters at, send questions to, or call me to schedule a personal appointment at 845-358-1220. I would love to enlighten you on the complicated ways of Medicare.


SCOTT FORMAN DIVISIONAL VICE PRESIDENT REAL ESTATE INVESTING: BENEFITS OF THE BANK’S MONEY Real estate investing can produce amazing returns. When considering investing in real estate, there are a few things that you should prioritize. 1. It may seem over simplified but your “buy” price is just as important as your “sell” price. Purchasing the property at the right price is the key. Most investors consider capitalization rates when valuating a property. The capitalization rate is the net operating income divided by the purchase price. Most investors consider a 6-10% plus capitalization rate a good investment.

Scott Forman is a Divisional President for CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc., managing a lending group of 40+ locations nationwide. Forman grew up in Rockland County and currently resides in New Jersey where he is the CoPresident of The Montvale Chamber of Commerce.

2. “My Money or Yours” How are you buying the property? What funds will you be accessing to purchase? With today’s low rate environment and the ability to leverage the equity in the property with lenders, financing makes it considerably more attractive to obtain a mortgage to purchase instead of using cash. Putting the minimum required down payment and leveraging the bank’s money will allow you to invest the remainder of your cash into higher performing assets (equities, funds, ETFs, etc.), while still taking advantage of appreciation and potential income from the property. 3. Is the property accessible to you? Make sure that your real estate investments are within driving distance to your personal home. There are times when you, the owner, will have to be available and easily accessible to the property. I like the 90-minute rule. All properties must be within a 90-minute drive. 4. Ensure that you familiarize yourself with the local city and/or municipality. The city and/or municipality services, the building department, zoning board, public works system, etc. Also, just as important, you must fully comprehend the local court system as it applies to real estate. Mortgage rates are down and property prices are very attractive. There are many things to consider when investing in real estate. In my opinion, the four points listed above are the most imperative to deliberate on before making a choice on an investment property. Send in your questions. If your question is selected, we will send you a $100 Home Depot Gift Card. Please email all questions to * All loans subject to underwriting approval. Certain restriction apply. Licensed Mortgage Banker — New York State Banking Department. Licensed by the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance. NMLS 3029, Scott Forman NMLS 12460 ( / 71

How CBD Can Benefit the Health of Seniors Based on the findings from recent research, CBD can provide natural relief for conditions including arthritis, multiple sclerosis (MS), epilepsy, numerous stress-related disorders and more. Because these benefits are uniquely aligned with the conditions generally afflicted by seniors, CBD is positioned as the perfect solution to improving the health and lives of our senior citizens!

1. CBD Can Help Manage Pain CBD has the ability to alleviate a condition that nearly every senior deals with pain and inflammation. Studies have shown that CBD can 72 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

reduce inflammation and alleviate pain from conditions such as arthritis, joint paint and multiple sclerosis (MS). By activating various receptors in the endocannabinoid system, experts have found that patients treated with CBD experience a “clinically significant reduction” in pain related symptoms with little to no adverse effects.

2. CBD Promotes Bone Health As our bodies naturally age, we endure a condition known as osteoporosis. During osteoporosis, our bones experience a loss of vital minerals and become fragile and brittle, making them more prone to breaking. Because of this, seniors can experience severe pain and fractures if they have a fall. In addition to reducing inflammation and promoting cell repair, research has shown that CBD can help strengthen the bones and even promote the healing process if a fracture does occur.

3. CBD Improves Sleep Quality While sleeping disorders like insomnia are suffered by individuals of every

age, they are very common for seniors. Experts suggest that this is caused by the shift in sleeping patterns as one gets older, along with the chemical imbalance caused by medical conditions and prescription medication. Because sleep is the period that our body flushes out toxins and restores itself, conditions that prevent sleep are extremely harmful for seniors. By combatting the conditions that are causing sleeping disorders, CBD can calm the user and naturally promote healthier sleep for seniors. More importantly, it can prevent the need to take harmful sleeping medications.

4. CBD Can Combat Addiction When people are afflicted by a health condition, society’s first solution is to prescribe medication. While this may provide temporary relief, it often requires increasing dosages that leads to further damage to the body and creates dependency on medication. Seniors suffering from a wide range of health

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conditions have been prescribed all kinds of medications. As they continue to rely on medication to alleviate their conditions, they ultimately develop a dependency. Studies have shown that CBD can not only alleviate conditions that often involve harmful medication, it can help combat the dependency that was developed from that medication.

5. CBD Can Improve Heart Health According to the American College of Cardiology, heart disease is the most common condition amongst older adults and the #1 cause of death for this age group. Based on the research from recent studies, CBD may be an effective and natural treatment for high blood pressure. In addition to reducing high blood pressure, studies found that the antioxidant properties of CBD may help reduce cardiac inflammation and can deter cell death caused from oxidative stress. By reducing blood pressure and deterring inflammation and cell death in

often become greatly intensified. Prolonged, there is a high chance that indivdiual could develop a mental illness if they feel that they are disconnected, isolated, neglected and lonely. Based on the findings from numerous studies, CBD may help alleviate this condition. By interacting with the receptors involved in regulating our mood, CBD can alleviate stress, calm the mind and improve cognitive functions.

the heart, CBD can significantly improve overall heart health and serve as a preventive measure against serious health conditions.

6. CBD Can Deter Neurodegenerative Diseases Due to CBD’s interaction with receptors in our brain and central nervous system, experts believe CBD could ameliorate neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and MS. While it’s still early to make a conclusive assessment, studies show promising results supporting CBD’s neuroprotective benefits. In the future, CBD could become one of the primary treatment methods for seniors suffering from neurodegenerative diseases.

7. CBD Can Improve Mood And Alleviate Mood-Related Disorders While we all deal with mood swings as we start to experience the major changes associated with getting older like the decline of health, disabilities or the loss of a loved one, these mood swings can

One important fact that should not be dismissed is we all can often get so involved with our lives that we forget the special elder people. Overtime, this can take a serious toll on their mental, physical and psychological health. While we try to make the most of it, nobody enjoys getting old, especially if they have to do it alone. Whether it be your grandparent or parent, if there’s an older person in your life who you know could use some company, make the effort to spend some time with them. These are going to be some of the most precious moments you can share with them, and it will make a big difference in their health and lives.

The Nyack CBD Boutique values and appreciates the wisdom and experience that elders bring to the equation! We are located at 48 Burd St., Suite #204. Call 917-863-2084 today for an individualized, free consultation. / 73


In Warwick, New York, a wonderful artisan town that is all about the upscale delights of the country, what was formerly a very unique weekend home comes on the market. Originally intended as an escape from the city for a busy New York couple, the property is built to deliver respite amidst the beauty of nature. With easy comforts and an uncomplicated style, an old-world luxury permeates every inch of this elegant home. Extremely well-built with subtle fineries at each turn, this custom-inspired structure borders on art itself. With cobblestone paving up to the front entrance and a gorgeous slated garden patio courtyard lacing the back, this very private 4.2 acre listing is inarguably an entertainer’s delight. “It’s the kind of place that makes you want to sell your own home and move in,” laughs Sandy Glazman, Associate Broker and listing agent for William Raveis Baer & McIntosh who specializes in luxury properties. The home is easily one of his favorites.

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Remarkable French Flair

Provence style is all about a balance of beauty and comfort, with fine details but nothing too fussed. 8 Silo Lane truly fits this bill with keen precision. “The exterior of the home is very pretty,” Sandy comments as he gazes upon the craft wooden shutters against a creamy stucco façade. “It really looks like a vintage French manor.” The frontage overlooks the most gorgeous scene of the private neighborhood pond below. “This is one of the most beautiful streets in Warwick.” Near hiking, biking, a local country club, farm markets, wineries and the streets, shops and restaurants of historic main street, it is undoubtedly a premiere locale. So, while this would be a wonderful home to come to decompress, it is also one where there are boundless things to do locally whether visiting for a weekend, or here for life.

closet and its large and beautiful screened in porch, making first floor living here truly possible. Pineapple garden statues and lovely planters within stone-cobbled walls provide a magnificent almost palatial, outdoor space to perpetuate the European aesthetic. Upstairs, find a beautiful Cape-like second floor with two guest beds and elegant bath; secret nooks and tons of character winding through. Come see this amazing market offering. It is a place of romance, and beautiful garden walks. It’s finery and ease. It’s nature and recreation. It is historic, beautiful New York... and France—all in one.

Simplicity Meets Divine

The 2,726 square foot, 3-bedroom home features a large great room and wonderful rustic entranceway with topof-the-line materials that immediately suggest an overall sense of wealth. Once inside, there are exposed ceiling beams, a focal stone fireplace, sturdy built-ins and an artisan kitchen with a six-burner Viking stove, granite and upgraded cabinetry overlooking the lovely, garden terrace. “Little extras” integrate everywhere, such as the first floor master’s enormous room size walk-in dressing

Make the Move!


2,726 SqFt

2 ½ Baths

3 Bedrooms

Asking $787,000

Just 1.5 hours outside NYC, contact Sandy for a private showing. Sandy Glazman, Associate Broker and Listing Agent William Raveis Baer & McIntosh. 201-394-0169 / 75


Summer Tax Savings Opportunities Summertime offers unique tax saving situations. The weather is warm, kids are out of school and it’s time to think about tax saving opportunities! Here are five ways you can enjoy your normal summertime activities and save on taxes: 1. Rent out your property tax-free. If you have a cabin, condo or similar property, consider renting it out for two weeks. The rental income you receive on property rented for less than 15 days per year is not considered taxable income. In addition, you can still deduct your mortgage interest expense and property taxes in full as itemized deductions! Track the rental days closely—going over 14 days means all rent is taxable and rental income rules apply. 2. Take a tax credit for summer childcare. For working parents, the summer comes with the added challenge of finding care for their children. Thankfully, the Child and Dependent Care Credit can cover 20-35 percent of qualified childcare expenses for your children under the age of 13. Eligible types of care include day care, nanny fees, and day camps (overnight camps and summer school do not qualify).

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3. Hire your kids. If you own a business, hire your kids. If you are a sole proprietor and your child is under age 18, you can pay them to work without withholding or paying Social Security and Medicare tax. 4. Have a garage sale. In general, the money you make from a yard or garage sale is tax-free because you sell your goods for less than you originally paid for them. Once the sale is over, donate the remaining items to a qualified charity to get a potential charitable donation deduction. Just remember to keep a log of the items you donate and ask for a receipt. 5. Start a Roth IRA for your children. Roth IRA contributions are limited to the amount of income your child earns, so earned income is key. This can include income from mowing lawns or selling lemonade. Start making contributions as soon as your child makes some money to take advantage of the tax-free earnings available in a Roth IRA. Taking the time this summer to execute these tips can put extra money in your pocket right away and provide you tax-saving happiness in the future. Ask your CPA how any of this information relates to you. He can help you to add tax savings and profits to your summer fun.

Joseph A. Lux, CPA has been providing tax and accounting services to individuals and small businesses in our community for over twenty-five years. Visit, for more tax saving ideas and tools, or to subscribe to his free monthly newsletter. Free initial consultations are available to new clients.

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Donald Reid visiting Coldfoot, Alaska. County retirees got together to celebrate Virginia Huntley 60 years at R.C. Finance at Gilligans in Pomona, N.Y. Bottom row, Ruth Thompson, Virginia Huntley, Pat Michel; Top row; Arlene Chappell, Sue Lowrey, Diana Churns & Nilsa Negron. 3. James Scuttina & Valorie Barnett after a Memorial Day Ceremony in South Jamesport, NY. 4. Haverstraw Senior group having a perfect day at Coco Cay, Bahamas. 5. “Ask Adam” Blankfort, River Town’s Realtor “Ask Reed” Tighe, Kailee McArdle, Jessica O'Brien & Michael Tighe at Governors Ball Music Festival. 6. Kailee & Collin McArdle enjoying Cancun, Mexico. 7. The Clement Family celebrates their first trip to the Pacific Northwest at Lake Quinault Lodge in Olympic National Park, Washington. 8. Lorraine Brady with her grandchildren Shaina (Appalachian State Univ.) & Sam (NC State Univ.) as they graduate, with their proud mother, Kristine Stein, Gerrie Lynn & Marybeth Christiansen. 9. Michael Cerrato, Jaclyn Nikprelevic, Kozeta Cerrato and Mario & Aida Nikpreljevic in Dubrovnik, Croatia. 10. Barbara & Burt Steinberg with Sheila and Jon Miller at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Israel 11. Frank, Valerie, Frankie & Christopher Luciano at Disney Hollywood Studios.

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Step Right Up! Come one, Come all to The Greatest Little Circus this side of the Hudson! For two weeks only, Amazing Grace Circus will present its 16th annual camp season titled “Mr. Amazing’s Under the Big Top Summer Camp” from August 19– September 2, 2019, on the beautiful property of Marydell Faith and Life Center in Upper Nyack, NY. Registered campers from the ages of 5–14 will learn to defy gravity and soar to success taught by professional circus arts educators that hail from Big Apple Circus, Cirque Le Masque, Circus Moves and many others. All this will happen under a beautiful new Italian circus tent that Mr. Amazing and his wife, Hilary Sweeney, bought just last year (hint: if you attended the PRIDE Rockland Gala last October, you experienced the magic of the tent first-hand). 84 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

The last time Mr. Amazing brought a circus tent to Nyack was 2009 for the Hudson River Quadricentennial Celebration. That time, he walked an elephant down Main Street. This time: no elephants, only relevance. What a great time to send your kids to camp: the last two weeks of August! Just when you needed it most, the circus can take care of your kids while you prepare for the school year. All other camps have already closed… but not the Circus! At the end of each one-week session, campers will put on a ‘Showcase of Talents’ for their parents and friends with costumes, make-up and choreography. On the weekends, and through Labor Day, Amazing Grace Circus will perform two shows a day, at 1pm and 4pm. Get your tickets early. The tent seats 299 souls.

This event is a co-production of AGC (co-founders Janet Hayes and Carlo Pellegrini) and Westchester Circus Arts (owner, Hilary Sweeney). The event and scholarships are supported by the generosity of private donors and grants from Grace Episcopal Church, Episcopal Charities NY and Marydell Faith & Life Center. Amazing Grace Circus is a not-for-profit organization designated by the IRS for educational and charitable

purposes. As a community circus with a social purpose, our mission is to help kids defy gravity and soar to success by building CIRCUS into their lives: Confidence. Imagination. Resiliency. Cooperation. Understanding. Success. Contact Mr. Amazing to see if your child qualifies for a scholarship to camp. May all your days be circus days!

Mr. Amazing’s Under the Big Top Summer Camp August 19–September 2 Marydell Faith and Life Center 640 N Midland Ave, Nyack, NY 845-721-5059 / 85

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n the early sixties, pride might have meant a family, dressed up to go out for Sunday dinner. But the gay teen-aged son, sitting in the back seat, wished he were someplace else as he sat quiet as a mouse in a closet. His paintings and poems were as hidden as his pain from secretly loving his best friend Tom, longing to be with him, wishing Tom could share the portrait he had sketched of him. In Rockland County, 2019 times have changed. The pristine walls of the Rockland Center for the Arts donated two galleries for their PRIDE 2019 art exhibit held on May 19, which they have done for the last 15 years. Many partners and allies of Rockland LGBTQ PRIDE have donated funds, space, professional and legal advice and counseling to grow a safe haven and a new home for LGBTQ individuals. Fund raisers such as the past and present year’s art shows have made this possible. The artists gladly accepted 40 percent of the sales to help the organization gain success, gifting the LGBTQ population with the ability to be oneself, no matter how they dress, whom they love or what they paint.

Executive Director Brooke Malloy and Executive Chairman Hall Parker

Artist Judy Schaefer with Marilyn Benkler of Art for All Studios.

The Director of Client Services at the Rockland PRIDE CENTER, Diana Wilkins, donated three photographs to the art show. Hal Parker, owner of The Corner Frame Shop in Nyack helped set up the show and acted as a judge in the juried competition. Phyllis Frank, “Grandmother” of PRIDE saw her years of work at the Volunteer Counseling Service in New City on behalf of the LGBTQ community blossom into fruition.

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Left to right: Diana A. Wilkins, Loren Klien, Amanda Roman, Eric Pea, Susan Harrington, Phyllis B. Frank, Brooke Malloy, Hal Parker, Paul Adler, Andrea F. Compasto, Matt Kike, Daniel Kaplan


By Ellen Ziegler

Imagine my pride that you are still you– though the clothes you wear are different– though your voice is deep– Your words, your tender heart are you. Inside out, outside in, you are now my son. I won’t pretend to understand, but I am grateful that you have found your place, your pride in becoming your dream self. If I have become less of myself, coming to terms with age and illness: You, are still you. Your strength inspires me. Changing your body has not changed your heart. It has made it stronger, to navigate a divided, frightful world. With the you that’s still you, with the words that are still yours, with the love that is still ours. I pledge my allegiance to your courage... I honor the depths of your devotion to your truth. I love you for still loving me.

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Phyllis shared these words at the art exhibit: “In 1999 we developed PRIDE awareness in Rockland County. Three years ago, VCS recognized the need for a non-profit, freestanding building in Nyack because LGBTQ people could not get into the PRIDE celebrations in NYC.” The idea for a fund-raising art show came when Phyllis and Hal Parker attended a gallery reception. “Why can’t we do this?” they said and the art show and Board of Directors were born. The gallery walls of the Rockland Center for the Arts, hung with over 100 striking works of art, in acrylic, oils, mixed media, watercolor, ink, jewelry, photography and sculpture display the artist’s passion to be “out there,” with PRIDE and without reprisals or fear. “I felt joy to be among the creativity and diversity of the artists,” said Marilyn Benkler, founder of the “Art For All” studios in New City. “It was an honor to find a piece to purchase to help PRIDE and its mission.” All the artists shouted out who they were through their artwork. Nancy Bowen’s mixed media, brightly-colored abstracts are a reminder of the paintings of Frida Kahlo. Nancy sums up her process: “I’m a spontaneous painter. I see and feel images. I believe in Rockland PRIDE, and their aims to help the LGBTQ community. I’m glad to be part of this art show.”


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Westrock owner Andrew Bari has been in the business since he was 14.

Westrock pools is something of a Rockland County institution. Founded in 1967 by Robert Ball, Westrock was one of the first businesses built along Route 59 and was among the first pool stores to open in Rockland. For more than 50 years, Westrock has built and serviced pools all across the tri-state area, helping people from Rockland, Orange, Westchester, Bergen County and even New York City stay cool during the summer. Originally a series of large retail outlets, Westrock has consolidated its business into a thriving warehouse, stocked with over a million dollars’ worth of inventory. Their pool building service is enormously popular and responsible for many, perhaps the majority, of the county’s pools and hot tubs. Unlike its competitors, Westrock is open seven days a week all year round. The staff spends the colder months training in pool chemical use, breaking ground on next summer’s pools and helping customers who are still using their hot tubs. Westrock has highly trained support staff dedicated to maintaining its client’s pools; 90 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

customers can pay to have them opened, closed and routinely cleaned during the season. Westrock’s owner, Andrew Bari, makes it a point of pride to retain his employees during the off season because “you can’t create quality staff laying people off every October.” Andrew himself has been working with Robert since he was 14 years old. A few years later, Andrew’s father became partners with Robert. Then after he graduated college, Andrew took over his father’s share of the business and continues to be co-partners with Robert. Westrock has something to offer customers at every price point. It carries custom above and in ground pools, but it is best known for stunning custom constructions. Movie stars have hired Westrock to create pools, and customers can order top-of-the-line products like heaters that can be remotely activated via smartphone. It offers pools built with steel frames, pools with vinyl liners and pools made of Gunite, a more resilient type

of concrete. The warehouse also holds an impressive variety of hot tubs in a wide range of sizes and prices. “Everyone should own a hot tub,” advises Andrew. “At least anyone who has stress in their life or any form of aches and pains.” Andrew and Robert are proud to be a part of the Rockland community and regularly donate Westrock’s time and money to a number of causes. They’ve gifted a large sum of money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Helen Hayes Foundation and many other local charities. Westrock offers a hero’s discount on all pool supplies in the store to first responders including police officers, firemen, nurses and paramedics. This year Andrew has focused on donating to Jawonio, a nonprofit organization that provides “lifespan services in the Hudson Valley of New York State for individuals with developmental disabilities.” He has already raised more than $10,000 so far. The owners are happy to give back to their community. “Rockland has been good to us,” according to Andrew and Robert. Westrock is the only destination for anyone in the tristate area looking to buy, maintain or fix a pool or hot tub. The friendly and knowledgeable staff, coupled with unparalleled inventory, make Westrock an easy choice for anyone that wants to swim in their own backyard.

From left to right: Karen Jacobs, a Westrock customer, Ronald Orecchio, Brandon Baker, Michael McGuire, owner Andrew Bari, Jeffrey Adler, Kenneth Herrmann and Adam Dykhuizen.

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YOU’LL BE “FLOORED” BY THE RESULTS Nyack Wide Plank Floors is the Best in Wood Flooring, Refinishing and Reclaimed Wood STORY BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

When Kevin Hastings opened Nyack Wide Plank Floors 11 years ago, little did he know he would succeed beyond his wildest dreams. His clientele is as diverse as the selection of flooring offered at his showroom at 48 Burd Street. He works with architects, builders and designers throughout the region, and his professionalism, attention to detail and experience has earned him numerous accolades and glowing testimonials. Here is what St. David’s School in New York City said about his installation and finishing of their hardwood flooring. “Thanks so much for working within our crazy time frame and delivering incredible products and service. It was appreciated by the entire St. David’s team.” 94 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Nyack Wide Plank Floors owner Kevin Hastings



“Kevin and his team does very high quality work at a fair price,” said customer Richard S. “I had him refinish some heavily stained wood flooring. He had to do a deep cut, and the finish looks excellent. Kevin was always on time and did an excellent job of communicating the status throughout the project. I would use him again and highly recommend Nyack Wide Plank Flooring.”

“We only use the best products in the industry. They are the key to the best results when it comes to floor finishing,” said Kevin. Satisfied customer Eileen Phelan can attest to Kevin’s deep knowledge of the business: “I went with all of Kevin’s recommendations, and he was spot on. Kevin and his team went out of their way to make us very happy.”

“Nyack Wide Plank Floors has a great selection of wide plank flooring from custom-milled reclaimed floors, to live sawn oak floors that are sold in longer lengths and wider widths to give your home that special touch we feel is so important. Our floors are solid or engineered wood and can come unfinished or pre-finished depending on the specific needs of your project. We help you determine the best floor for your specific project,” said Kevin.

As the leading flooring retailer, installer and hardwood finishing company in Rockland and Westchester County, Wide Plank Floors’ showroom offers a unique variety of reclaimed floors and a great selection of hardwoods. They install all types of hardwoods from standard Oak floors to Maple, Cherry and Exotic Woods. For the best in wide plank floors, refinishing and reclaimed wood, contact Kevin and his team at Wide Plank Floors.

Kevin’s expertise goes beyond wide plank flooring, and he is particularly skilled at restoring floors of historic homes typically found in Nyack and surrounding areas. “My workers and I have a great passion for refurbishing and finishing the century-old floors that are often found in older homes. These floors require great time and care in order to bring them back to life. There are many different tricks and techniques used in finishing floors that are often found in 18th and 19th century homes. I credit years of experience and several types of wood flooring schools for teaching me the techniques,” said Kevin.

Nyack Wide Plank Floors 48 Burd Street, Nyack, NY 845-358-3566 / 95

Celebrating 50 years of service, Ramapo Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery is located at 84 Route 59 in Suffern, New York.

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r. Carmine Caponigro founded RAMAPO ORAL & MAXILLO-FACIAL SURGERY in Suffern, New York 50 years ago. “I opened the doors in Suffern on July 14, 1969 and received $15 for my first procedure!” Dr. Carmine feels building his practice in Rockland County after leaving the Grand Concourse in the Bronx was the best career decision he could have made. Dr. Caponigro attended Fordham University and NYU College of Dentistry. Afterward, he trained at the Oral Surgery Program at Bellevue Hospital where, as you can

imagine, he saw quite a bit of trauma, giving him a deep understanding of the bones of the jaw and face. This was the perfect opportunity for an oral & maxillofacial surgeon who later would concentrate in orthognathic (jaw reconstructive) surgery and dental implants. The word “Orthognathic” comes from the Greek words orthos, meaning straight, and gnathos, meaning jaws. Over the past 50 years, Dr. Carmine Caponigro and his associates, including his son David Caponigro, DDS, continue to perform many successful orthognathic jaw surgeries and facial reconstructions right here in Rockland County at Good Samaritan Hospital and Nyack Hospital. / 97

Caponigro has had the honor for the past 20 years of being Chief and Section Head of the Department of Dentistry and Oral Surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital. It has been 20 years since Dr. Carmine Caponigro retired, and upon reflection he stated, “I feel so fortunate that my son, David, took over the practice and is continuing the legacy of offering the best oral surgery care in the region. David is a gifted surgeon, and has done an amazing job of building the practice up to what it is today.” Dr. Carmine Caponigro celebrates 50 years of service.

Surgical Dental Implants

Dr. Carmine Caponigro began his practice at a very opportune time. He was in on the ground floor in the use of dental implants instead of bridges and dentures for the replacement of missing teeth. In fact, in 1978, the first Dental Implant  Consensus Conference was held, sponsored jointly by the  National Institute of Health and Harvard University. It was a landmark event at which all existing data on dental implants from Sweden (where this technique originated) was collected and analyzed, and criteria and standards for implant dentistry were established. Since its founding 50 years ago, Ramapo Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery has been a great part of the evolution of dental implants. Titanium and ceramic dental implants have evolved and improved at a rapid pace, making implant placement more predictable, dependable, and more time efficient. When you read about a new technique regarding implant treatment, rest assured the surgeons at ROMS are already aware. Often these techniques were established by them at their current location at 84 Route 59 in Suffern. Dr. Carmine Caponigro’s goal was to provide excellent care to the community, and considering his excellent reputation, he appears to have succeeded. Fortunately, Dr. David Caponigro had the remarkable experience of working with and learning from his father during the first 10 years of his private practice career. After teaching for many years at Columbia Presbyterian School of Dental Medicine, Dr. David 98 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Dr. Carmine Caponigro and his wife, Lydia, divide their time between their homes in Suffern and Amagansett, Long Island. The practice continues employing Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who are highly regarded and expertly trained to care for the needs of Rockland, Orange and Bergen County patients. The surgeons and staff provide exemplary patient care with compassion and integrity resulting in outstanding results. This has been and continues to be the cornerstone of this oral surgery practice. They incorporate the latest technology in order to minimize discomfort and guarantee a successful outcome. Ramapo Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery can handle everything from tooth extractions to dental implants, facial reconstruction, and even the most devastating facial trauma cases, all the time easing pain and reducing recovery periods. Their surgeons are recognized with numerous awards and recognition from their peers and are considered among the most innovative and talented oral surgeons in the country. When you call their friendly staff, be sure to thank them for a half century of service to the community!

Ramapo Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgery 84 Route 59, Suffern, NY 845-357-2070

HERO OF THE MONTH WILLIAM V. MALONEY Owner of the Pearl River Hilton

For 31 years, the Pearl River Hilton Hotel has been the venue of choice for special occasions, weddings, anniversaries, the ARC Taste of Rockland, birthdays and memorable events. Owned by the Maloney family and headed by General Manager William V. Maloney, the Pearl River Hilton Hotel recently received recognition for its dedication to hiring special needs personnel in a very good working relationship with St. Dominic’s Family Services. “I never really thought about it,” said Maloney. “We’ve been doing it since the beginning. On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9AM to 12PM, we bring some students here and expose them to work life. After they graduate or age out, some come to the hotel looking for work. They feel comfortable here, and we see them grow emotionally and acquire social graces. They are wonderful kids and have always been a part of our work force,” said William.

“We also hire people from BOCES, Jawonio and those who use American Sign Language. We have jobs in laundry services, bus boys, kitchen aides, bell hops and other services. We always look for the right fit so they feel comfortable. Sometimes they start out in one area, but we find they excel in another area. We have good people at our front desk and in housekeeping. Different people bring different skills, even those with disabilities,” said Maria Marcolini, Director of Human Resources. Voted seven years in a row for having the best service, the Pearl River Hilton must be doing something right. “Some of my employees have been with us 10 to 30 years,” said Maloney. “We get lots of return people, especially business people coming to our hotel. We also get visitors who want to get out of the city and explore the Hudson Valley.

We have 150 rooms and the largest banquet space in Rockland County, with over 22,000 square feet. Prior to a major renovation of our rooms at the hotel, we donated all the furnishings to St. Dominic’s Home, ARC and many others.” Gary Parahus, the owner of Gary’s Gutter Services presented William V. Maloney with a Plaque as the July 2019 “Hero of the Month” for his dedication to those with special needs. A delicious lunch was served at the Two Henry’s Restaurant inside the Hilton and the plaque was awarded in front of the Fountain at the Pearl River Hilton Hotel. Rivertown Magazine congratulates William V. Maloney on his achievement. / 99


Divorce is arguably one of the most stressful events a family can experience. Courtroom litigation can be a lengthy and draining process, both emotionally and financially.  An alternative for willing couples is mediation, in which a neutral mediator works with both parties to settle terms of the divorce in areas such as custody, child & spousal support, parenting plans and division of assets.  With the contentious nature of these issues, it takes a highly skilled, unbiased mediator to creatively develop possible resolutions. Enter Janice Starr. Janice has been practicing successful mediation for over 20 years. Her background as a therapist, as much as her legal knowledge as an attorney, is the secret behind her popular business.  Janice began her career by earning a Master’s degree in guidance and counseling and with years of experience as a youth and family counselor already on her resume, Janice made a career-shifting decision to attend law school. Upon graduating, Janice spent months in Westchester and Rockland County courtrooms working as a matrimonial lawyer and carefully observing matrimonial litigations to help her decide on the vision for, and direction of, her practice. Disheartened by the bitterness and animosity she witnessed in most cases, Janice was convinced that her vocation needed to be centered around compassion and understanding. She says that mediation was a “great crossover,” combining her counseling qualifications and legal credentials. Janice brings her experience as a family counselor and 100 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

her therapeutic wisdom to each and every mediation. Approximately 80% of Janice’s clients have children, and they are her primary concern in working with her clients. “The kids always come first,” she states. When clients first arrive at Janice’s office, she tells them to work very hard to check their respective hurts, resentments and egos at the door for the sake of the children. “The idea is to have both people walk out feeling ok with the agreement. Nobody is going to be thrilled... it’s never great when a marriage is ending. But believe it or not, when people leave here they will often actually hug each other or shake hands. I think that is what distinguishes us from other approaches to ending a marriage. Here we can customize a creative solution.” Janice truly believes that couples can find a way to reach an agreement if they put in the time/work. One of Janice’s hopes when a couple comes to mediation is that they are able to negotiate in a manner that will serve as a model for their children on how to amicably resolve a dispute. For children living in a home with parents who argue relentlessly, this is “not the example we want to set for how a marriage should be.” In Janice’s latest blog post, But, Isn’t It Better For the Kids if We Just Stick it Out?, she shares: “The children may experience a void in not having the image of what a respectful, loving and affectionate relationship can be.” Janice’s positive attitude and personality lead her to create lasting relationships with her clients. Their deep

Janice Starr, owner of Mediation Associates of NY and NJ, LLC, has been successfully resolving disputes through mediation for over 20 years.

confidence in her unique skills is evidenced by the many clients who have returned to have Janice facilitate and craft prenuptial agreements for a divorced client and his/her new spouse-to-be. She also mediates for couples who never married, but who have a nonmarital child or children in common, and for whom a co-parenting agreement and a child support provision is absolutely necessary. With offices in Rockland (Nyack) and Westchester (Hawthorne), Janice sees clients from all over the tristate area. Janice offers a free consultation to potential clients, where she shares her approach and informs couples of what to expect if they are willing participants.

She believes strongly: “I feel you can do this with little to no collateral damage. You have to get out of your own way and you have to stop looking for vengeance.”

Mediation Associates of NY and NJ, LLC Serving Rockland, Westchester, Orange & Bergen Counties 877-666-9601 / 101


GLF Founder Tom McArdle & President Kailee McArdle

Gary Larsen was a people person. In 2002, when he was suffering from leukemia and told he had only a few months left to him, Gary had only one request for his loved ones. He wanted to see as many of them as possible before his time came. In his final days, Gary’s friends and family traveled from all over the country to say goodbye, and he happily welcomed all of them even as his condition steadily declined. He valued their company more than anything. A few months later, at an impromptu memorial for their beloved friend, the McArdle family came up with the perfect way to honor that sentiment. The Gary Larsen Foundation perfectly embodies the spirit of its namesake. Founded by Tom McArdle a year after his friend’s passing, the organization is dedicated to helping children suffering from leukemia. So far it has raised more than $200,000 to support children afflicted with cancer. The money has helped in a lot of ways. The foundation donated 102 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Gary Larsen (middle) was always the center of friendships.

proceeds to Happiness Is Camping, a “camp for kids with cancer,” where sick children are able to spend some time away from doctors and hospital rooms. They’ve given money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Ronald McDonald House, enough to fund a brand new play room. In recent years, the foundation has focused on supporting the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, “the world’s largest voluntary (nonprofit) health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research.” They specifically donate to the charity’s New Jersey branch, which helped to treat Gary. Most of that money is raised during a single event, a massive Bocce Ball tournament that has become a Piermont community tradition. Once a year for nearly two decades, Gary’s friends and their families have returned to the Hudson Valley to raise money for leukemia relief and enjoy each other’s company. The tournament is a formality. Though they seem a competitive bunch (there is an engraved trophy

cup offered up to each year’s champion), they’re chiefly concerned with having fun and helping the cause. Bocce was chosen specifically because of how accessible the game is to even the most amateur athletes. What matters is that everyone plays together. The tournament has become an important part of the community. Guest speakers have included the town mayor, the chief of police and Tom Conklin, the president of the Hudson Valley Chapter of the Make-AWish Foundation.

old and treat the fundraiser like a holiday. “It’s better than Christmas,” said Kailee, who is also the President of the Gary Larsen Foundation. This year’s tournament starts at 10AM on July 27 at the Goswick Pavilion on the Piermont Pier, 95 Ferry Road in Piermont, New York. Sign up now at

HOW TO REGISTER Team of Two — $150 Includes 2 t-shirts, food & drinks/beer. General Admission Family Ticket — $50/per Family

The tournament originally began with only six teams, but the event has since grown into a much larger bracket. Recent tournaments have had up to 80 participants with 20+ teams competing for “bragging rights.” The tournament is proceeded and concluded by parties that McArdle hosts and caters himself and has become a beloved tradition for Gary’s friends and family. Some of the participants, such as Tom’s daughter, Kailee, have been in attendance since they were less than 10 years

Individual Ticket — $25

General admission includes 2 t-shirts, food & drinks. *All registration fees go towards the foundation’s effort to help children and their families in the fight against childhood cancer. All donations are tax-deductible.

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s part of the celebration of the recent opening of the Camp Shanks Legacy Exhibit, The Manse Barn in Tappan packed the house on Saturday night, May 18 to enjoy the music of The Reflections Jazz & Swing Orchestra featuring Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Woody Herman. Dubbed “Last Stop USA,” Camp Shanks housed 50,000 troops on over 2,000 acres of land as their last place of residence before leaving US soil. The largest World War II Army embarkation camp, it processed 1.3 million service personnel including 75% of those participating in the Normandy Beach Invasion. It also provided thousands of civilians with jobs and later became veteran and studentEvents housing asMarie it transformed By Tia into Shanks Village. The Manse BeBarn sure to check out of Tia’s events served as one a United Service Organization (USO) when World War by visiting ll was in full swing. Largely forgotten today, the Army under The War Powers Act seized over 2,000 acres of land from Orangeburg residents to construct Camp Shanks. The greatest names in Big Band Music performed at Camp Shanks during World War ll when The Manse Barn was a USO Club. The Orangetown Historical Museum in collaboration 104 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

Over 170 guests packed The Manse Barn in Tappan on May 18 to enjoy the music of The Reflections Jazz & Swing Orchestra.

Left to right: Mary Cardenas of Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives, Sara Nugent of Tappan Library, Colleen, Lynne Washevsky of Orangeburg Library, Barry Koch of Blauvelt Library and Anya Berg of Palisades Free Library.

with the Orangeburg, Tappan, Blauvelt and Palisades Libraries did the fundraising for the Big Band Extravaganza. The Reflections Jazz & Swing Orchestra appeared before 170 people at the historic site to reprise the big band tradition made famous by Jimmy Dorsey, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman. Refreshments were served and donations accepted. Pastor Donald Hoover of The Tappan Reformed Church which is

celebrating its 325th Anniversary generously donated the use of the Manse Barn located at 32 Old Tappan Road for the occasion. Admission was free to the community. The Shanks Legacy exhibit is located at the Orangetown Historical Museum & Archives at the DePew House, 196 Chief Bill Harris Way in Orangeburg. Exhibition hours are Tuesdays and Fridays 10AM to 2PM and Sundays 1PM to 4PM.


By Donna Cox of Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty Cell: 845-641-8613

Moving is exciting and challenging, especially with children. How can you help your children through this process? Start with an age-appropriate explanation about why you are moving. Open communication helps. How you’re feeling can influence your child’s attitude as well. A positive attitude is important, but it’s ok to let them know you may feel a little sad, too. “I’m excited about living closer to Grandma, but I’ll miss this house and the friends we’ve made.” Visit

your new home, community and school with your children. If you’re moving too far to visit in person, let them become the online experts of your new community by researching all the exciting things your new community has to offer. By involving your children early on, communicating openly and engaging them in the process, both you and your children can have a stress-free move. With that, here are the homes that sold in the Rivertowns in May.







U. Nyack


209 Elm St.






12 1st Ave.







142 Depew Ave.







38 Fourth Ave. #LD






S. Nyack

13 Mansfield Ave.






S. Nyack

247 Piermont Ave.






S. Nyack

4 Gurnee Ave.





Raised Ranch

C. Nyack

14 Dickinson Ave.






U. Grandview

15 Tweed Blvd






U. Grandview

14 Townsend Ave.







100 River Rd.







28 Stevenson St.







11 Shad Row







47 Orchard Ter.







7-E Lawrence Park







50 Woods Rd.





May 2019 vs. May 2018 - Single Family Homes

List Price ($)

Sale Price ($)

May 2019 vs. May 2018 - Condos / Co-ops

The number of homes coming on the market decreased 5.7% (115

The number of condos coming on the market increased 26.5%

YTD 2019 vs. 122 in 2018). The number of sales increased 21.7%

(43 YTD 2019 vs. 34 in 2018). The number of sales decreased

(56 YTD 2019 vs. 46 in 2018). The average sales price decreased

16.7% (15 YTD 2019 vs. 18 in 2018). The average sales price

7.7% to $803,829. The median sales price decreased 1.7% to

increased 14.9% to $397,760. The median sales price increased

$612,500. Overall, the average sales price in Rockland County

29.9% to $315,000. Overall, the average sales price for condos/

(inclusive of the rivertowns) was $497,657, up 1.7% over the same

co-ops in Rockland County (inclusive of the rivertowns) was

period last year. The median sales price in Rockland (inclusive

$250,218, up 5.0% over last year. The median sales price for

of the rivertowns) was $447,500, up 1.6% over the same period

condos/co-ops in Rockland (inclusive of the rivertowns) was

last year.

$212,000 down 1.0% over the last year. / 105

OUT Rivertown Magazine Checked Out The Local Action Around The Rivertowns!

Relay For Life

L.A.B Fest

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Pearl River Farmers Market

Nyack Street Fair / 107

ASK YOUR REALTOR By Frank Mancione of Lydecker Realty Question: What are the most important factors in getting a house sold? Answer: There are 6 key factors that influence getting a house sold: proper pricing, terms, condition of the house, location of the house, accessibility and the extent of marketing exposure. While some of these factors are out of your control (such as proper pricing, which should be based on recent comparable sales), you can compensate by taking advantage of others, such as a new paint job, to make your property as attractive as possible to prospective buyers.

Question: How do I know if my house is being priced properly? Answer: Proper pricing is essential in real estate. It’s important to challenge your Realtor as to how he/she came up with the list price they recommend to you. If a Realtor asks what price you want him/her to list your house for… RUN! A big part of any Realtor’s job is to choose the correct recent comparable sales in your area, adjust these sales to your home, show you what makes sense as a list price and what you can expect as a sale price. Pricing too high is dangerous because buyer’s agents educate their clients on home values and any mortgage requires a bank appraisal with a value at or above the agreed-upon sale price. Pricing too low usually has the obvious consequence of netting you less than you deserve on your sale.

Question: My taxes are so high! Where can I learn more about the process of grieving my property taxes? Answer: You can grieve your own taxes, or you can employ an experienced tax grievance professional. To do it yourself, contact your local tax assessor’s office for procedures to follow (Clarkstown, 845-639-2040; Orangetown, 845-359-5100; Haverstraw, 845-4292200; Ramapo, 845-357-5100; Stony Point, 845-7862716). You will need to prepare your case and prove to the appeal board that you are being overtaxed. To find a tax grievance professional, do a Google search using keywords such as “property tax,” “grievance,” “Rockland County,” etc. Some of these professionals have very high success rates and years of experience.

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WHAT CONSTITUTES HARASSMENT AND A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT? Over the past several years, the phrases “workplace harassment” and “hostile work environment” have been given significant attention in the media. As a result, these phrases have made their way into the vernacular and have, unfortunately, become misunderstood. The fact is that the dictionary definitions of “harassment” and “hostility” are not the same as their legal definitions. Laws protecting employees from creation of a hostile work environment and/or workplace harassment are based on state and federal civil rights legislation. Therefore, a valid claim under these theories can arise only when the offending conduct by the employer is motivated out of discrimination against the employee based on protected legal categories such as race, ethnicity, gender and religion. A boss who singles a worker out for mistreatment based solely on personality conflicts is not guilty of discrimination in the legal sense. If the motive behind the supervisor’s conduct is not discriminatory in the legal sense (i.e. based on the employee’s gender, race, age or other protected status), there is no claim for harassment or creation of a hostile work environment. Thus, while many workers may legitimately feel a sense of hostility surrounding them in their work environment, that hostility often does not meet the very specific criteria required in order to

establish legal harassment or hostility. Furthermore, even if the behavior of the employer is found to be based on the employee’s protected status, the employee can only prevail if there is sufficient harm caused so as to interfere with “terms and conditions of employment.” Of course, terminating or refusing to hire an employee based on protected class status is de facto harm. However, the Supreme Court has ruled that whether an employee has a claim against an employer for making the workplace uncomfortable depends on “the frequency of the discriminatory conduct; its severity; whether it is physically threatening or humiliating... and whether it unreasonably interferes with an employee’s work performance.” Harris v. Forklift Sys., 510 U.S. 17, 23 (1993). Minor or infrequent conduct will not suffice. The analysis of workplace discrimination is nuanced. However, it is safe to say that the Webster’s Dictionary definitions of harassment and hostility do not always translate to actionable legal claims. Both employers and employees are well served to understand these distinctions in order to avoid wasting resources on unsupported claims. This article is intended for general informational purposes only and shall not be deemed to give individual legal advice.

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MAKING THE CUT HoW TO CHooSE THE RIGHT BARBER Every man needs a reliable, skilled barber in his life. Having a regular barber will ensure that you get a consistent haircut with every visit. As you visit a reputable barber regularly, he will become familiar with the contours of your head, complexities of your hair type and will know how to cut and style your hair just the way you like it. You will be able to walk in and simply ask for “the usual.” Plus, your barber can become a good friend, someone you can be comfortable shooting the breeze with and look forward to seeing every few weeks.

Finding the right barber is vital for any man who wishes to maintain a well-groomed appearance. But how does a man go about forging this important relationship and finding a good barber? Steve Zuccato, Proprietor of D.S.Z. Barbers Inc. has some insider tips! Ask Family and Friends: Seek out recommendations from men who always seem to have great haircuts. Chances are they have a good barber that they would be more than happy to recommend to you. Look for Confidence: Confident barbers will look you in the eyes, smile and give you a firm manly handshake when you first walk in. If a barber you visit for the first time avoids eye contact and gives you the limp fish, it could be a warning sign that he’s not that confident in his abilities. You also want a barber who can confidently tell you what would work best for you depending on your requests and your face shape and structure.

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Master Barber Flori Personal Presentation: Give your new barber the once over. How is his personal grooming? Is his shirt pressed and clean? This kind of attention to detail will carry over into the haircuts he gives. A great barber takes his personal appearance seriously because he’s in the business of helping men with their personal and professional image. Be Specific: Remember to be specific about the haircut that you want when seeing a barber for the first time. For example, do you prefer a neckline that is “natural/ tapered” or a rather one that is “straight or rounded?” Book an Appointment: Call the barbershop in advance to give the barber a heads up that you’d like to be seen and avoid being “just a walk-in” customer. When booking your appointment, describe what type of haircut you’d like to the receptionist so she can recommend the appropriate barber for your age and style. / 111





I will let you in on a secret. In show business one of the biggest differences between great acts and superstars is their stories. Not just life stories but the stories that are built into everything they do. A clear example of this is seen when you compare the DC and Marvel comic empires. DC has, by far, the best superheroes; Superman, Batman & Robin, Wonder Woman, The Flash, and so many others. But Marvel tells much better stories, and now that they are owned by Disney, who are arguably the best storytellers of all time, they have become an unstoppable multi-billiondollar industry. Of course, a key part of the story is that it must be relatable to your target audience. A story about cannibals told to an audience of vegetarians is probably a bad idea. This month’s magic trick incorporates one of the stories that has kept me out of the big time. Enjoy. It starts with a riddle: What weighs more: 100 pounds of feathers, 100 pounds of dog poop, or a 100 pounds of gold? The answer is: they all weigh the same. 100 pounds of anything still weighs 100 pounds. You would be surprised how many people get this simple question wrong. Today we are going to use this riddle and combine it with a physical oddity to create a fun magic trick which I named: Heavy Digits.

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HOW TO PERFORM HEAVY DIGITS What your friends think they see:

What really happens:

You make it impossible for them to lift their finger by apparently putting imaginary weights on it.

It is a little-known human oddity that if you place your hand palm down on a table and curl your middle finger in, it becomes almost impossible for the person to lift their ring finger. Take a look at the photograph and try it.

Have one of your friends place their hand palm down on the table and curl in their middle finger. You then pretend to place the imaginary 100 pounds of gold on their pinkie, 100 pounds of poop on their index finger and 100 pounds of feathers on their thumb.

What really happens: This is a physical limitation that affects almost everyone. If you place your hand palm down on a flat surface and bend your middle finger in, you will be able to lift every finger except the ring finger. To ensure that works, you should have your friend use their weaker hand (usually left) and make sure the hand is as flat as possible and the middle finger is bent as far as possible. As seen in the photograph.

You bring up the riddle by asking them which they think is heavier. The answer will get a chuckle or a laugh. You then ask them to try and lift their thumb with all the imaginary feathers on it, and they will easily lift it and return it to position. Ask them to lift the index finger with the poop and they will, and finally the pinkie with the gold. As a finale, you explain that anyone can lift an imaginary 100 pounds with their finger. But lifting 300 pounds is almost impossible. You then pretend to move the 100 pounds of feathers, poop and gold to their ring finger. Ask them to lift up the ring finger, and it will be almost impossible.

How to perform Heavy Digits: The method and presentation for Heavy Digits has been pretty much explained already. All you have to do is practice and have fun. Although some people are amazed when you perform this for them, most of your friends will likely just laugh it off as a cute stunt.

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CELEBRATING THE JUNE ISSUE JUNE 12, 2019 • UNION RESTAURANT & BAR On June 12th, Rivertown readers, advertisers and friends gathered together at Union Restaurant & Bar in Haverstraw for live music, exclusive giveaways and delicious food.


Empire State Builders owner Tom Christensen and grandson Anthony Giacomaro.

2. Cynthia Germana, Jen Perez and Lisa Harris 3. “Ask Brett”Thompson and baby Abby. 4. The one and only, Phil Bunton—is he coming from or


going to Florida?

5. Refreshing watermelon, feta topped with a balsamic vinegar glaze was served at the Rivertown Exchange.

6. Lance and Debbie Beal 7. Yvonne Sotomayor did a poetry reading during the Exchange.

8. Dave and Jeannine Deramo 9. Brian Keenan, “Ask” Ryan Paige and Octavio Alvarado 10. Mike Starvaggi, Angeline Sheridan, Pete Clemente, Shelia Goldstien, Robert Daba, Marla Paige

11. Delicious pizza with mojito sauce was served during the evening.


12. Chihoe Han (in blue) and Richard Stanfield Jones entertain the audience.

13. Paulo Feteira, owner of Union Restaurant, Octavio Alvarado of WebCorrectly and Rivertown Editor Angeline Sheridan enjoy a full house at the Rivertown Exchange.

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RIVERTOWN FILM AT NYACK CENTER INFORMATION Broadway at Depew, Nyack, NY All films presented digitally 845.353.2568 or Tickets at the door, in advance from 800.838.3006 or online at Unless otherwise noted: $12 general admission, $9 for students, seniors and general Rivertown Film members, $8 for student and senior Rivertown Film members Check locations and ticket prices for each event. Call for group tickets.




MEGAMALL Directed by Vera Aronow, Sarah Mondale, Roger Grange. 2010, USA, 81 minutes If you don’t know the story of the Palisades Center in West Nyack, don’t miss this! If you do know the story, you might want a refresher, because the Town of Clarkstown may be voting on permission to let the mall expand. In 1985 a mall developer came to Rockland County to build its biggest mall on a toxic dump, sparking a citizen uprising that lasted almost 20 years. Megamall is a gripping account of that dramatic grassroots struggle.

BIRDS OF PASSAGE Directed by Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra With Carmiña Martinez, José Acosta, Natalia Reyes. Colombia, 2018, 125 minutes, unrated A film about how the world changes, how individual actions and the forces of fate together bring glory and ruin to a hero and his family. A Homeric tale revolving around the Colombian drug trade from the sixties to the eighties, shady deals, double-crosses, and miscalculations, it becomes a domestic tragedy and a cultural apocalypse.

Discussion with the filmmakers moderated by Nancy Cutler, People and Policy reporter for the Journal News / LoHud.

“The movie is a knockout.” —David Edelstein, New York Magazine “The cultural richness of Birds of Passage is overwhelming, its sense of detail piercingly perceptive, and its sense of drama rigorously yet organically integrated with its documentary elements.” —Richard Brody, New Yorker “Never less than fascinating as a piece of ethnology, with magic-realist dimensions that amounts to an origin story of the Latin American drug trade.” —Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal / 117


The Uncle Brothers with Tommy Gardner – The Dizzy Chicken Show, Tykes Tuesday Summer Concert East Court, on Lvl. 1 near H&M Series, Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY. 11AM

July 5, 2019

David Arrow’s KENNEDY Penguin Rep Theatre, Stony Point, NY. 7:30PM

July 6, 2019

Guy Torry Performance Levity Live, Palisades Center Drive West Nyack, NY, 7PM–9:30PM

240th Storming of Stony Point at Battlefield Demonstration Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point, NY. 11AM–4PM

July 14, 2019

We Can Share the Wine Music Festival Torne Valley Rd. & Torne Brook Rd. Hillburn, NY. Sat. & Sun. 12PM–6PM Nyack Street Fair Main St. Nyack, NY. Stop by Emerald Medicare’s booth. 10AM–5PM

July 16, 2019

Illustrated Talk on How Iron is Made Stony Point Battlefield, Stony Point, NY. 1PM–5PM

Big Jeff, Tykes Tuesday Summer Concert Series Lvl 1. near H&M Series, Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY. 11AM

July 7, 2019

July 17, 2019

July 9, 2019

July 18, 2019

Great American Weekend Festival Church Park, Goshen, NY. 10AM–5PM

The Bossy Frog Band, Tykes Summer Tuesday Concert Series Level 1, near H&M Series, Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY. 11AM CanAm League vs. Frontier League Home Run Derby Palisades Credit Union Park, Pomana, NY. 7:30PM– 9:30PM

1969: Fifty Years Later (A Look Through History) Tappan Library, Tappan, NY. 6PM

Jazz in the Garden at Hopper House Edward Hopper House, Nyack, NY. 7:30PM–9:30PM Two of a Kind, Tykes Tuesday Summer Concert Series Lvl. 1 near H&M Series, Palisades Cental Mall, West Nyack, NY. 11AM

July 23, 2019

July 10, 2019

Rivertown Exchange Beach Bash Pier 701, Piermont, NY. $10 advance purchase, $20 at the door. 6:30-9:30PM

Free Medicare presentation by Emerald Medicare at CityLine Family Restaurant, New City, NY. RSVP to 845358-1220 to reserve your spot.

July 11, 2019

July 24, 2019

July 13, 2019

July 26, 2019

Nyack Classic Car Night Main St. Nyack, NY 5PM– 8:30PM (Rain Date: July 18th.)

The 15th Annual Pleasantville Music Festival Parkway Field, Pleasantville, NY. 11AM–9PM

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Books, Music & Movies on the Go (Take Your Books & Music on the Road) Tappan Library, Tappan, NY 6PM

Levity Live Presents Sinbad Levity Live, Nyack, NY. 7:30PM–9:30PM

June 30, 2019

Aaron Short, Tykes Tuesday Summer Concert Series Lvl. 1 near H&M Series, Palisades Centall Mall, West Nyack, NY. 11AM

July 31, 2019

Movie: Tracking Edith Tappan Library, Tappan, NY. 2PM

On-going Events... July 1 - August 23

Camp Roca Summer Arts Day Camp Rockland Center for the Arts, West Nyack, NY. Rockland County YMCA Day Camp Nyack YMCA, Nyack, NY.

April 28 - Oct. 27

Guided Tours of the Jacob Blauvelt House Sundays 1, 2 & 3PM

May 1 - Sept. 30

Piermont Pier Closed to Pedestrians & Bicycles

Sundays through November

Piermont Farmers Market and Pearl River Farmers Market 10AM–3PM

Thursdays through December Nyack Farmers Market 8AM–2PM

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WHERE TO WATCH FIREWORKS AROUND THE HUDSON VALLEY Independence Day is just around the corner and the Hudson Valley is preparing to celebrate with a bang. Mark your calendar for the following firework displays and celebrate independence the American way. JULY 2 Scarsdale has its annual firework display, starting at 7:30PM at the Scarsdale Pool Complex. The Westchester Band perfoms at 7:30PM; fireworks start at 9:15PM. A $5 fee will be charged to all non-pool members entering the pool starting at 5PM. Nanuet High School kicks off festivities at 5PM. At 8PM, the party band FDR Drive is putting on a free show and the fireworks begin at dusk. (Rain date July 3rd) JULY 3 Yonkers Cross County Shopping Center is putting on a festive fireworks show and concert with the NYC Party Band. The concert takes place on The Green lawn, in the center of the mall from 6:30-9PM. Fireworks will follow immediately after. (Rain Date July 5th.) JULY 4 Pearl River’s annual display is at the E. Central Avenue ball field. A free concert starts around 7PM and the fireworks will go off “just after dark.” Peekskill will be hosting a concert along its scenic waterfront from 7–9PM with fireworks to follow. Tarrytown is putting on a show at Pierson Park. The local rock band “Kick Start Charlie” will perform from 7-9PM, just in time for a fireworks display. Rye Playland is planning a massive firework exhibition at 9:30PM. Show is free with admission to park. ($30) 120 / Rivertown Magazine July 2019

The Rockland County Boulders are putting on a show after they take on the Trios Rivieres Aigles at 6:30PM at the Palisades Credit Union Park. Admission to the game is $49 dollars. JULY 5 Nyack will put on a firework display in Memorial Park at 9PM; their show was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Montefiore Nyack Hospital. Haverstraw’s Bowline Park will have a fireworks show that starts at 9:30PM. JULY 6 West Point is wrapping up the festivities with a concert and firework show on Saturday. The Army’s oldest band is set to play starting at 7:30PM at the Trophy Point Amphitheater. This performance concludes with a spectacular fireworks display over the Hudson River.

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July 1, 2019

July 12, 2019

The Nyack Sessions, Open Jam for all to participate or listen (Irish Celtic & Blue Grass) 9pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

Fred Scholl & Friends 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 3, 2019 OPEN MIC NIGHT. All talent Welcome! 8:30pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 6, 2019 Slippery Chickens (Retro Rock & Roll) 10pm–12pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 8, 2019 The Nyack Sessions, Open Jam for all to participate or listen (Irish Celtic & Blue Grass) 9pm OD's Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 10, 2019 OPEN MIC NIGHT. All talent Welcome! 8:30pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 11, 2019 Music Under the Stars: Thursday Summer Concert Series with Sam Waymon Band 7pm–10pm (rain date July 18) Flywheel Park, Piermont, NY.

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Happy Hour Live with TJ & Tom from The Cellars 5pm–8pm Pier 701, Piermont, NY

BAND TO BE ANNOUNCED 10pm–12am OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 21, 2019 710 Experiment 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 13, 2019

July 22, 2019

Joe D (Eclectic Mix from the 60’s Onward) 10pm–12am OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

The Nyack Sessions, Open Jam for all to participate or listen (Irish Celtic & Blue Grass) 9pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

Mojo Hand 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 14, 2019 Dead Meat 3pm–7pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 17, 2019 The Nyack Sessions, Open Jam for all to participate or listen (Irish Celtic & Blue Grass) 9pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 19, 2019 The Bootleggers 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 24, 2019 Music Under the Stars: Thursday Summer Concert Series with Old No. 7 Band 7pm–10pm (rain date Aug. 1) Flywheel Park, Piermont, NY. Open Mic Night. All talent Welcome! 8:30pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 26, 2019 Gratefully Yours 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 20, 2019

July 27, 2019

Invitational Dead Nights 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

Christian Diana (Indie Pop/ Folk) 10pm–12am OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

Dead On The Tracks 9pm Parkside Tavern, Pearl River, NY

July 29, 2019 The Nyack Sessions, Open Jam for all to participate or listen (Irish Celtic & Blue Grass) 9pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

July 31, 2019 OPEN MIC NIGHT. All talent Welcome! 8:30pm OD’s Tavern, Nyack, NY

WINING AND DINING RESTAURANTS 8 North Broadway 8 N. Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-1200. The ‘76 House 110 Main Street, Tappan. 845-359-5476. AJ’s Crab Shack & Bar 125 Main Street, Nyack. 845-643-8888. Amici Restaurant and Pizzeria 303 Route 59, Nyack. 845-353-1650. AquaTerra Grille 420 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-920-1340. Babe’s 73 W. Railroad Avenue, West Haverstraw. 845-429-8647. Basque Tapas Bar and Restaurant 587 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-395-3100. Banchetto Feast 75 W. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-624-3070. Broadway Bistro 3 South Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-8361. Del’Arte Restaurant 20 Mountainview Avenue, Orangeburg. 845-365-2727. Ella New York Pizza & Pasta 137 South Main Street, New City. 845-638-6184. Gilligan’s Clam Bar & Grill 366 Route 202, Pomona. 845-354-1161. Grille Room at Patriot Hills 19 Club House Lane, Stony Point. 845-429-6050. Hudson House 134 Main Street, Nyack. 845353-1355. American & Continental cuisine. Hudson Water Club West Haverstraw Marina, 606 Beach Road, West Haverstraw. 845-271 4046. Joe & Joe Restaurant 65 East Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-620-1800. 173 Main St, Nyack, NY. 845-535-3888. Kobe Sushi 195 S. Main Street, New City. 845-638-2202. La Fontana Family Italian Restaurant 93-95 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-3770. La Terrazza Restaurant 291 S. Main St., New City. 845-638-0757.

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Lynch’s Restaurant 79 S. Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-553-9300. Marcello’s Ristorante 21 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern. 845-357-9108. Mariella’s Pizzeria 41 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-5220. Matsuhana Japanese Restaurant 328 Route 59, Central Nyack. 845-727-3939. Mount Ivy Cafe 14 Thiells Mount Ivy Road, Pomona. 845-354-4746. OD’s Tavern 66 Main Street, Nyack. 845358-0180. Ole Ole Restaurant Bar & Grille 100 Orange Ave., Suffern. 845-368-3058. Pasta Cucina 32 S. Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-786-6060. Petey Wheaty’s 145 S. Main Street, New City. 845-708-5554. Pier 701 701 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-848-2550. Portuguese Churrasqueira Restaurant 230 W. Route 59, Spring Valley. 845-352-7808. Quinta Steakhouse 24 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-5565. Restaurant X & Bully Boy Group 117 N Route 303, Congers. 845-268-6555. Rivertown Taphouse 5 Roundhouse Road, Piermont. 845-848-2923. Salud Wine Bar 159 Main Street, Nyack. 845-353-2525. Sonoma Grille 100 Thiells Mount Ivy Road, Thiells. 845-354-8900. Sparkill Steakhouse 500 Route 340, Sparkill. 845-398-3300. Sushi & Kimchi 328 NY-59, Nyack, NY. 845-535-3800. Tarantella Pizzeria 128 Main Street, Nyack.  845-358-3583. The Whiskey Kitchen 60 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-535-3666. Turiello’s Pizza 76 Main Street., Nyack. 845358-5440.

Union Restaurant & Bar 24 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-4354. UNoodles Snack Bar 14 Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-947-7625. Vicolo Ristorante 216 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan, NJ, 201-497-8777. West Gate Restaurant 26 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-8100. CATERERS Del’Arte 20 Mountainview Avenue, Orangeburg. 845-365-2727. La Fontanella Ristorante Italiano & Catering 52-54 Route 303, Tappan. 845-398-3400. Regency Banquet and Conference Center 425 E. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-512-1615. Town & Country Caterers 922 Route 9W. Congers. 845-268-9291. CAFES, DELIS, BAKERIES DD Patisserie 9163 Main Street, Nyack. 845353-2031. The Outside In Cafe 249 Ferdon Ave, Piermont, NY. 845-398-0706. MUSIC West Gate Lounge at the West Gate Inn Nyack, 26 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-8100.

SHOPPING & BUSINESS GUIDE See our full list of Rivertown approved businesses at ACUPUNCTURE New City Acupuncture & Wellness Center 125 South Main Street, New City, 845-579-2428, ART CENTERS Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts 4 Bell Lane, Orangeburg NY. 845-596-0870. Penguin Rep Theatre 7 Cricketown Rd. Stony Point, NY. 845-786-2873 ASSISTED/SENIOR LIVING Dowling Gardens 190 Kings Highway, Sparkill. 845-365- 1662. Esplanade at Palisades 640 Oak Tree Road, Palisades. 845-359-7870. Fountain View 2000 Fountainview Drive, Monsey. 888-701-8442. Promenade at Chestnut Ridge 168 Red Schoolhouse Road, Chestnut Ridge 845-620-0606. Promenade Senior Living at Blue Hill 582 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River. 845-735-6846. ATTORNEYS The Bachman Law Firm 245 S. Main Street, Suite306, New City. 845-639-3210. Valerie J. Crown 151 N. Main Street, New City. #402 845-598-8253. DeMoya & Associates 163 S Main Street, New City. 845-639-4600. Gary Lipton, Esq 55 Old Turnpike Road, Suite 304, Nanuet. 845-624-0100. Mediation Associates of NY & NJ, LLC 877-666-9601. Starvaggi Law Offices 845-589-9456. AUTOMOBILES & MOTORBIKES 202 Collision 16 Wayne Avenue, Suffern, N.Y. 845-368-0040.

Clarkstown International Collision 95 Route 304, Nanuet. 845 627 3100. Kevin’s Ace Repairs 52 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-4975. Luke’s Auto Body 22 Maple Avenue, Haverstraw. 845-429-2002. ANTIQUES / COLLECTIBLES Awesome Antiques 2 B Franklin Avenue, Pearl River. 845-499-4593, 845-920-1244. BEAUTY 122 Park Salon 122 Park Avenue, New City. 845-499-2080. Bella Tu Med Spa 172A Main Street, Nyack. 845-547-0634 European Wax Center 5105 Fashion Drive, Nanuet. 845-623-6000. Innovative Esthetics 274 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-735-2610. Lief Beauty Boutique 85 S. Broadway, Suite 7, Nyack. 845-641-9540. Salon Allure 368 New Hempstead Road, New City. 845-708-5878. BED AND BREAKFAST Bricktown Inn 112 Hudson Avenue, Haverstraw. 845-429-8447. BRIDES A Personal Touch 44 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-4200. Bridal Accents 87 Maple Avenue, New City. 638-3956. CAMPS/DAY CAMPS Amazing Grace Circus 130 First Avenue, Nyack. 845-721-5059. Rockland County YMCA Summer Camp, 35 South Broadway, Nyack.

CARDS & GIFTS Hallmark Gift & Card Gallery 232 South Main Street, New City. 845-634-3447. CONFERENCE CENTERS Crestview Conference Center 440 W Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-620-7207. HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center 334 Route 9W, Palisades. 845-7326000. CONSIGNMENT STORES Designer Consigner 302 Route 304, Nanuet. 845-507-0245. CONSTRUCTION Empire State Builders & Contractors 200 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, NY. 914.682.0003. Frank Fuchs Construction Garnerville 845-893-5448. COUNTRY CLUBS Edgewood Country Club 449 Rivervale Road, Rivervale, New Jersey. 201-666-1200. DANCE STUDIO Coupe Theatre Studio 430 Market Street, Nanuet. 845-623-2808. Studio Jacked Dance Company 149 Main Street, Unit K, Nanuet. 845-623-5225. DENTISTS/ORTHODONTICS Dr. Todd W. Auerbach 16 Squadron Blvd. Suite 100, New City. 914-200-8136. Ira M. Bernstein, DMD, LLC 2 Executive Boulevard, Suite 307, Suffern. 845-474-2061. Nyack Pediatric Dentistry 265 N. Highland Avenue, Rte. 9W, Suite 101, Nyack. 845-512-8434. Rockland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics 238 N Main Street, New City. 845-634-8900. / 125

Smile For Life Family & Cosmetic Dental 27 Townline Road, Pearl River. 845-623-4848. Stony Point Dental, PC 32 S. Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-942-1600. stonypointdental. com TLC Dental of Rockland 2 Crosfield Avenue, Suite 418, West Nyack. 845-3583305. Smile More Dentistry 140 Oak Tree Road, Tappan. 845-675-1512. DOCTORS Advanced Audiology of NY 102 E Route 59, Nanuet. 845-501-7337. Clarkstown Pediatrics 35 Smith Street, Nanuet. 845-623-7100. 200 E Eckerson Road, New City 845-352-0527. Stony Point 845-786-5776. Clarkstown Urology 301 N. Main Street, Suite 2, New City. 845-638-0400. Crystal Run Healthcare West Nyack 2 Centerock Road, West Nyack. 845-348-1100. Stony Point 6 Liberty Square Mall, Stony Point. 845.786.5544. Haverstraw 48 New Main St., Haverstraw. Gramercy Pain Management 67 S. Main Street, Pearl River. 845-368-0800. Hudson Valley Audiology Center 11 Medical Park Drive, Suite 205, Pomona. 845362-1350. Dr. Michael Innerfield 156 Route 59, Suite C5, Suffern. 845-348-1100. Steven M Sockin M.D.,PC: Allergy and Asthma Care 500 New Hempstead Rd. #C, New City. 845-362-3222. Nyack Pediatric Associates 311 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack. 845-358-5437. Dawn C. Tobin-Holt, PT 217 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-6010. Dr. Amy Piperato 43 S Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-241-5700. Rockland Ear, Nose & Throat Assoc. 2 Strawtown Road, West Nyack. 845-7271340. Rockland Pulmonary 2 Crosfield Avenue, Suite 318, West Nyack. 845-353-5600. Skin Center Dermatology Group 200 E Eckerson Road, New City. 845-352-0500. Stony Point Medical 43 South Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-241-5700.

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Dr. Howard Werfel 40 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern.845-368-4100 Dr. Jeffrey Wechsler 153 Franklin Tpk, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-5999

FLORAL DESIGN Astilbe My Heart 85 South Broadway, Suite 5, Nyack. 845-664-5888

EDUCATION Rockland Teacher Center Institute 20 George Street, Garnerville. 845-533-9516. Head Start of Rockland, Inc. Preschool Education, Haverstraw, Nyack, Spring Valley, 845-429-4122. Haverstraw Head Start 845-429-2225. Nyack Head Start of Rockland 845-358-2234. Spring Valley Head Start 845-352-6671

FUNERAL HOMES George M. Holt Funeral Home 50 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-2159. T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home 71 N Central Highway, Garnerville. 845-429-6665. Sorce Funeral Home 782 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-358-4433.

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING AMC Electric 50 North Harrison Avenue, Suite 15, Congers. 845-729-4262. Hush Electrical Contracting 14 Wayne Street, Haverstraw. 845-942-4874; cell: 845-721-3476. FENCING Yaboo Fence Route 95 West Nyack Way, West Nyack, NY 10994. 845-358-0118. FINANCIAL ADVICE Chestnut Investment Group 4 Executive Boulevard, Suite 204, Suffern. 845-3690016. O’Brien Capital Management 48 Burd Street, Suite 209, Nyack. 845-358-4930. Wells Fargo Advisors 17 Squadron Boulevard, New City. 845-638-4400. FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT Bob’s Security 135 Route 304, Nanuet. 845623-0005. Bullet Security 400 East Route 59, Nanuet. 845-627-0300. Inter County Alarm Systems 200 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-8900. FLOWERS AND PLANTS Schweizer/Dykstra Beautiful Flowers 165 N Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-735-4079. Tappan Zee Florist 176 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-2544.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Arlene Levine Design 3 Main Street, Nyack. 917-312-7002. GUTTERS Gary’s Gutter Service 4 Gala Court, Congers. 845-450-1006. HAIR AND NAILS 122 Park Salon 122 Park Avenue, New City. 845-499-2080. Christine Cordey Salon 66 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-675-7950. D. Anthony Hair Studio 126 Main Street, Nyack. 845-535-3900. DSZ Barbers Inc. 140 Main Street, Nyack. 845-348-1500. G.C. Hair & Co. 8 First Street, New City. 845-499-2552. Maureen’s Hair Studio 646 Main St. Sparkill. 845-365-3257. New Synergy Salon 8 Second Street, New City. 845-893-5803. Shear Magique Hair Studio 14 Thiells Mount Ivy Road, Pomona. 845-429-1798. Toria Hair Salon 580 Route 303, Blauvelt. 845-359-7535. HEARING Advanced Audiology of NY 102 E Route 59, Nanuet. 845-501-7337. Hearing Solutions of Rockland 219 S. Middletown Road, Nanuet. 845-623-5020. Hudson Valley Audiology Center 11 Medical Park Drive, Suite 205, Pomona. 845-362-1350.

Pearl River Hearing 1 Old Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-735-3277.

HOME INSPECTIONS Home Inspection Services 845-821-4063.

HEALTH & FITNESS Rockland Hypnosis Center Hypnotherapist 11 Medical Park Drive, Pomona. 845-323-2766. Mind.Body.Massage 1 South Broadway, Suite B, Nyack. 914-772-4176. JCC Rockland 450 W Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. Lazur LaVie 267 Main Street, Nyack. 845-623-6140. Nyack CBD Boutique 48 Burd Street, #204, Nyack. 917-863-2084. Nyack YMCA 35 S Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0245. Pilates Central 5120 Fifth Avenue, Nyack. 845-358-1166. Rockland Vein Center 873 Route 45, Suite 105, New City. 845-499-2333. Sundala Center for Wellness 39 W Thirty Second Street, Suite 1702, New York. 845359-4694. Wholeness Center 7 New Lake Road, Valley Cottage. 845-268-7532.

HOTELS West Gate Inn Nyack 26 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-8100. Candlewood Suites 20 Overlook Blvd., Nanuet. 845-371-4445. Time Nyack Hotel 2400 High Avenue, Nyack. 845-675-8700. Woodloch 109 River Birch Ln, Hawley, PA. 1-800-966-3562.

HOME IMPROVEMENT Beckerle (4 locations) 3 Chestnut Street, Spring Valley. 845-356-1600 79 Lake Street, Congers. 845-268-9248 219 Route 303, Orangeburg. 845-359-4633 59 Westside Ave, Haverstraw. 845-942-1492 Johnny Fix It 845-244-1776. Maye’s Painting 845-735-1001. Nyack Wide Plank Floors 48 Burd Street, Nyack. 845-358-3566. Westrock Pools 21 N. Middletown Road, Nanuet. 845-367-9377. HOME & FURNITURE Fireplaces By Design 120 Route 59, Hillburn. 845-357-6062. Furniture Medic 382 Route 59, Tall Pines Industrial Park, Airmont. 845-674-2329. Restoration 845-535-9249. The Outside In 29 Ferdon Avenue, Piermont. 845-398-0706.

INSURANCE Allstate Don Dietrich Inc 240 Main Street, Nyack. 845-353-2244. Bauer-Crowley 643 Main Street, Sparkill. 845-359-4114. Emerald Medicare 15 N Mill St, Nyack. 203-403-6670 MJD3 Associates LLC 7-11 Suffern Place, Suffern. 845-533-2255. Juan Santos Farmers’ Insurance 48 S. Main Street, Pearl River. 845-735-1000. Andy Sprauer 689 S. Mountain Road, New City. 845-323-8000. INTERIOR DECORATING California Closets 83 South Main Street, New City. 917-592-1001. INVESTMENT BROKER J. Christopher Haera - Wells Fargo 17 Squadron Blvd, New City. 845-639-7238. Joseph Daniel Sassano 6 North Lawn Avenue, Elmsford. 914-202 3317. JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Barry’s Estate Jewlery 295 Route 304, Bardonia. 845-624-7100. The Jewelry Gallery 32 S Liberty Drive (Route 9W), Stony Point. 845-429-2613. KITCHEN & BATH EZ Kitchen & Bath 301 W. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-501-7123. Grande Central Showroom - Fine Decorative Plumbing Fixtures & Hardware 575 Chestnut Ridge Road, Spring Valley. 845-573-0080.

LAWN & GARDEN Danny Clapp Landscaping 59 Schriever Lane, New City, NY. 845.638.3614. The Bonsai Shack at Down to Earth 1040 Route 45, Pomona. 845-304-2183. Majestic Lawn Care 424 Buena Vista Road, New City. 845-708-2988 or 845-627-3880. Michael L. Naclerio Landscaping 110 North Greenbush Road, West Nyack. 845-627-3880. LIQUOR, WINE, BEER STORES Nyack Wine Cellar 43 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Nyack. 845-353-3146. MEDICAL SERVICES Montefiore Nyack Hospital 160 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack. 845-348-2000. Hudson Valley Radiology Association 18 Squadron Blvd. New City. 845-634-9729. Nyack Integrated Medical Services 300 E Route 59, Suite 112, Nyack. 845-353-3267. Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Therapy 577 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 201-478-1171 Rockland Diagnostic Imaging 260 N Route 303, West Nyack. 845-353-0400. Rockland Vein Center 873 Route 45, Suite 105, New City. 845-499-2333. MORTGAGES CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc 102 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 200, Montvale. 201-505-0843. Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 50 Main St., White Plains. 914-286-4911. NETWORKING Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN) 845-535-1011. PET CARE Camp BowWow 101 Route 304, Nanuet. 845-507-0068. Canine Country Retreat 221 Craigville Road, Goshen. 845-615-1093. / 127

PEST CONTROL R. Dana Pest Control 845-786-5224. Pest Shield 51 Wayne Avenue, Suffern, NY. 845-357-4105. PHARMACY Koblin’s Pharmacy 96 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-0688. PHOTOGRAPHY Samantha Finch 845-492-7739. PHYSICAL THERAPY Access Physical Therapy & Wellness 200 E. Eckerson, Suite 290, New City. 845-578-9898. Advanced Physical Therapy 36 College Avenue, Nanuet. 845-627-8220. PICTURE FRAME SHOP Corner Frame Shop 40 S. Franklin Street, Nyack. 845-727-1240. PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. Michael Kalvert 339 S. Main Street, Suite 8, New City. 845-638-2101. Dr. Hakan Usal 172 Main Street, Nyack. 845-727-7000. Plastic Surgery Center of New City 125 S. Main Street, New City. 845-634-4554.

Debbie Blankfort - William Raveis Baer & McIntosh 97 S. Broadway, S. Nyack. 914-522-5426. Margo Bohlin - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 268 S. Main Street, New City. 845-304-4140. Gail Bohlke - Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty 268 S. Main Street, New City. 845-589-5290. Donna Canfield - Weichert Realty 174 S. Main St., New City. 845-634-1668 Peggy Connolly - Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty 19 E Central Ave, Pearl River. 914-715-5675. Donna Cox - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 46 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-641-8613. Ellis Sotheby International Realty 76 N Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-4250. HBC Landmark Realty 3 W. Cavalry Drive, New City. 914-447-0714. Stephanie Ferrante Hirsch 18 Laurel Road, Suite 845, New City. 845-639-0300. Friedberg Properties 213 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ. 201-666.0777. Mary Lukens - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 46 S. Broadaway, Nyack. 914-629-8581. Frank Mancione -  Lydecker Realty 914-953-0494. Terry May - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 845-729-3030. Robin A. Miller 845-596-0459.

PSYCHOTHERAPIST Hudson Valley Psychotherapy 99 Main Street, Nyack. 845-500-8675. Dr. Sally Nazari 845-236-5612.

Noemi Morales Barile - Coldwell Banker 845-494-5015. R2M Realty 8 Piermont Avenue, Nyack. 845-535-4195. Rand Commercial Services 268 S. Main Street, Suite 100, New City. 845-770-1205. Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 46 South Broadway, Nyack. 358-7171. 19 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-3020. Patricia Sassi 12 Maple Ave. Warwick. 845-800-3937. Cody VanCampen - Lydecker Realty Cell: 845-558-5864

REAL ESTATE “Ask Adam” Blankfort 97 S. Broadway, S. Nyack. 845-641-3255.

SCHOOLS, CAMPS & DAYCARES Theresa Morahan Simmons Center 145 College Road, Suffern. 845-574-4561.

PLUMBING & HEATING .CV Plumbing, Heating & Air 50 Fairmount Avenue, Haverstraw. 845-271-2301. PROPERTY TAX CONSULTANT Richard O’Donnell 914-779-4444.

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Head Start of Rockland, Inc 117 Route 9W, Haverstraw. 845-429-4122. New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City. 845-638-9600. Preschool Education - Head Start of Rockland, Inc. Haverstraw, Nyack, Spring Valley. 845-429-4122. Haverstraw Head Start 845-429-2225; Nyack Head Start 845-358-2234; Spring Valley Head Start 845-352-6671 Rockland County YMCA Nursery School 35 S Broadway, Nyack, 845-358-0245. Stage Left Children’s Theater 111 Route 303, Suite 113, Tappan. 845-365-9000. SECURITY SYSTEMS Bob’s Security 135 Route 303, Bardonia. 845-623-0005. Bullet Security 400 E. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-627-0300. Inter County Alarm Systems 200 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-8900. SHOWER DOORS & MIRRORS Cook’s Glass Work 15 Van Wyck Road, Blauvelt. 845-359-9339. SOLAR ENERGY Infinity Solar Systems 6 E Dexter Plaza, Pearl River. 845-250-3512. ISI Solar - Solar system designers and installation 22 Third Street, New City. 845-708-0800. Solstice Community Solar 866-826-1997. SPECIALTY SHOPS Danu Gallery 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-4477. Design Air 120 Route 59, Hillburn. 845-357-3580. Hallmark Gift & Card Gallery 232 S Main Street, New City. 845-634-3447. Sanctuary 60 S Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-2126. SPECIAL SERVICES A. & N. Rappaport Lock & Alarm Inc. 31 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-8400.

Anne Penman Laser Therapy 845-675-7900. 99 Main St. Suite 218, Nyack. Come Sit Stay 234 Route 9W, Haverstraw. 845-786-3647. Jawonio Health Center 260 N Little Tor Road, New City. 845-708-2000. Eric David Laxman 478 Mountain View Avenue, Valley Cottage. 845-304-7615. Mosquito Squad 845-215-9248. Cell # 845-405-3344. Nyack Boat Charter 845-535-1675 Rockland Cemetary 201 Kings Highway, Sparkill. 845-359-0172. Rockland Band Camp 30-34 New Street, Nyack. 845-709-5930. SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS DR Environmental 382 Route 59, Airmont. 845-517-5646. Historical Society of the Nyacks 845.418.4430. Rockland Business Women’s Network 845-729-9497. The Center for Safety and Change (formerly Rockland Family Shelter) 9 Johnsons Lane, New City. 845-634-3391. Saint Dominic’s Home 500 Western Highway, Blauvelt. 845-359-3400. TAX & ACCOUNTING Joseph A. Lux, CPA 4 Francis Avenue, Nyack. 845-358-1929. Gloria Papasophocles, CPA 60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 11B, Orangeburg. 845-848-2690.

TRAVEL AGENCIES Memory Queens, Cruise Planners 201-218-4410. WAC Travel 85 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Nyack. 845-535-1300. VETERINARIANS Pearl River Animal Hospital 19 S. Pearl Street, Pearl River. 845-735-3213. Valley Cottage Animal Hospital 202 N. Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-9263. WATER SYSTEMS Abbey Ecowater Systems 69 W Church Street, Spring Valley. 845-356-1700. Culligan Water First Street, New City. 845-634-3336. WEDDING LOCATIONS Falkirk Estate and Country Club 206 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley. 845-928-8060. Paramount Country Club 160 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-4626. WINDOW TREATMENTS Beacon Interiors 19 New Street, Nyack. 914-589-9270. Westrock Windows 30 Lake Road, Congers. 845-268-0463.

THEATERS Antrim Playhouse 15 Spook Rock Road, Suffern. 845-354-9503. Penguin Repertory 7 Cricketown Road, Stony Point. 845-786-2873. THRIFT SHOP Grace’s Thrift Shop 10 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-7488. Nyack Hospital Thrift Shop aka New To You - 142 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-7933. Tappan Zee Thrift Shop 454 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-359-5753 / 129

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