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Volume 20, Issue 12 • December 2019


Real Estate by Design

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Stephen McArdle Lic.Associate Real Estate Broker Member of REBNY mcardle@compass.com 646.641.3343 design-buildteam.com 2 / Rivertown Magazine October 2019

Stephen McArdle is a real estate agent affiliated with Compass. Compass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by equal housing opportunity laws.

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CITY TALK

with STEPHEN MCARDLE

A Guide To Buying, Selling and Renting in New York City

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elcome to the “Welcome Home” edition of City Talk with Stephen McArdle. What an appropriate theme for this month as it is officially a BUYER’S MARKET!

subway line has transformed the neighborhood. You can count on the 4/5/6 trains to make commuting to midtown and downtown a breeze.

Third quarter 2019 NYC data is available, and the year-overyear statistics are clear:

The UES has become a great opportunity for buyers in the last year, with median prices for condos decreasing by 8% from the list price. Also, half of the available units on the market have been listed for a minimum of 120-180 days. Co-ops are holding strong and have actually increased slightly in value since last year.

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Overall sales volume decreased by 12% 9% of the units selling in the last year sold for $3M and above—the fewest since 2015 33% of all units took more than 180 days to enter into contract The market is at the same price per SF levels as last seen in 2015 Average interest rates have fallen more than 1.5% since Nov. 2018 Current 30-year fixed-rate mortgages are around 3.375% Current 10/1 adjustable-rate mortgages are around 2.875%

This combination of available units, price decreases, pressured sellers, and cheap money all add up to: It’s a Buyer’s Market! If you’re considering purchasing, now may be the time. Many of us instinctively wait for “the bottom.” I don’t know when and where that is, but I do know that rates have rarely been this low in a buyer’s market.

The opportunity here is to make offers on multiple properties. As a wise person once said, “There is no such thing as a distressed property, just a distressed seller.” I am committed to finding that seller with you. ■ Q3 2019 CONDO & CO-OP RECORDED SALES: UPPER EAST SIDE

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ABOUT THE UPPER EAST SIDE For the third installment of our neighborhood series, we’ll cover the Upper East Side (UES). The UES is well-known for its upscale elegance, shopping, medical centers, restaurants, and proximity to Central Park. The UES is the area bordered by 59th Street to 96th Street (south to north) and Fifth Avenue to the East River (west to east). Residents enjoy a relaxed, yet vibrant pace of life. Home to some of the world’s finest museums such as the Guggenheim, the Met, Neue Galerie, and The Frick Collection, to name a few, the UES offers a wealth of history and culture. The beautiful new Second Avenue

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STEPHEN MCARDLE is a licensed Associate Real Estate Broker and member of REBNY. You can contact him by phone at 646-641-3343 or by email at mcardle@compass.com. Compass is a licensed real estate broker and abides by Equal Housing Opportunity laws. All material presented herein is intended for informational purposes only. Information is compiled from sources deemed reliable but is subject to errors, omissions, changes in price, condition, sale, or withdrawal without notice. No statement is made as to the accuracy of any description. All measurements and square footages are approximate.

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A Letter From The Publisher

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s the year winds down, we are still beaming over the excitement of how it all began. This was a very special inaugural year of publishing for Rivertown Magazine, since being purchased at the tail-end of 2018. And, we are so proud of the rebranding, the upscaling, and the improved strength of our team—absolutely none of which could’ve been made possible without the dedication and hard work of such a passionate assembly of talent. As its publisher, I am so impressed by and truly grateful for the rousing and positive responses we receive each and every month, from our advertisers and readers, alike. And, guess what? We are not nearly done… While the buzz of this past year wanes and we welcome in the new year, I firmly believe that Rivertown Magazine will persist in being one of the greatest works in progress—evermore striving to be an eminent voice of and for Rockland, Orange, and Bergen Counties. Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season; and, I hope that we can all, in our celebrating, take a moment to remember those who are less fortunate than ourselves. Thank you to our dedicated readers and advertisers. I can’t wait to unwrap the surprises Rivertown Magazine has in store for you all in the year 2020!

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EXCLUSIVE Q&A WITH DVINE BAR CHEF AND CHOPPED! CHAMPION CHRISTOPHER HOLLAND STORY BY JEANNINE DERAMO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

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he only thing more interesting and inspiring than his food is his story. Rivertown Magazine’s Jeannine Deramo caught up with Chef Chris Holland on the heels of his third Chopped! win for an intimate look at the motivation behind his culinary magic. Jeannine Deramo: When did your love of cooking begin? Chris Holland: I’ve loved cooking since I was a little kid. Some of my earliest memories are watching my father make tomato sauce in our kitchen. It was always my first love; there was just something that drew me to it. But how I became a chef is kind of a long, winding story. JD: Can you share some of that story with us? CH: When I was 24, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). I was enjoying a very successful career, and I was making a lot of money. I was a rising star in my law firm, on my way to law school. But after my diagnosis, I became depressed and self-destructive. I began to abuse prescription drugs—leading me down a road that would eventually ruin my life. I lost my job, my friends, and my place to live. After getting sober in 2009, I was able to put my life back together and come to terms with my diagnosis with the help of friends and family. JD: What was your next step? CH: I got another job in a law firm, and then I came home from work one day and said to my wife, “I really want to try to become a chef.” She told me to do it…that I would never forgive myself if I didn’t at least try. So, I walked into a kitchen and told them I’d work for free, which I did for 6 months. I eventually started getting paid, and I worked there for 2 years as the chef. It was difficult because I had to learn to be a chef by being a chef. I didn’t go to school for it. I didn’t train under anybody. I basically had to learn how to do this on my own. Fortunately for me, I was pretty good at it, and now I can make a living doing something I love, which is an amazing thing.

I had to learn to be a chef by being a chef. I didn’t go to school for it. I didn’t train under anybody. I basically had to learn how to do this on my own. Fortunately for me, I was pretty good at it, and now I can make a living doing something that I love, which is an amazing thing. —Christopher Holland, Chef, DVine Bar

decided to take a big chance on a very unknown chef. That was 5 years ago. It paid off well for the both of us. JD: So that’s where your DVine fame began, but what about your Chopped! stardom? CH: I’ve watched Chopped! since it’s been on the air. I’ve watched every single episode. Even when I was in dark times, I would watch and think “I’d do anything to be one of these guys.” Alton Brown is my idol. I love the guy. I’ve gone to his personal shows. I had dreamed about this, and now it was coming true—on national television cooking for my idol with the chance to win $50,000. It was very surreal. JD: I imagine that was also slightly terrifying? CH: The stuff that I’ve been through in my life...being on television, cooking in a competition, they don’t even scratch the surface. I live with one of the most unpredictable diseases in the world; I have almost been paralyzed, almost gone blind, and almost died a couple of times. Doing what I love to do in front of cameras is nothing compared to that.

JD: So how did you land at DVine Bar? JD: Do you have a favorite Chopped! moment? CH: I had a customer who was a PR representative, and she told me her friend Joe Printz was looking for a chef. He said to send over my résumé. But I told him I’ll do one better, and I drove it over there and handed it to him in person. I basically bugged him nonstop until he gave me a chance to cook for him at his house a few times. He

CH: At the end of the first episode I was on, I started crying when I was talking to Alton Brown and thanked him for everything. He basically, in the nicest way, told me to shut up and gave me a hug. A hug from your idol is a pretty cool thing. I’ll never forget that.

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before I can even do anything in the morning. JD: Favorite Netflix show? CH: I’ve easily watched the full season of The Office about 45 to 50 times. I can recite every episode. JD: If we scrolled through your music playlist, what would we find? CH: I’m an enormous Nine Inch Nails fan. Actually, my son, Maximillian Miles, got his name from a line in the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt.” The line says, “If I could start again, a million miles away, I would keep myself. I would find a way.” That line is very symbolic of how I look at my life today. Also on my playlist is Guns & Roses from my childhood days. I’m an 80s rock and 90s alternative guy. Pearl Jam and Bon Jovi. And I gotta give love to Bruce Springsteen, too, because of Jersey. JD: You’re on a desert island and can only bring 3 things. What are they?

JD: When you’re not in the kitchen at DVine Bar or starring on the Food Network, where can we find you? CH: With my son. He’s the center of my universe. Any free time I have, I’m with him. Every minute I can get away from the restaurant I spend with him. I push myself on those days when I’m really exhausted—I think about him. My life now is about making a better life for him. That’s basically why I’m on this earth now. He loves to cook, so we do that together.

and fancy cheeses. So, when mommy’s not home, we’ll go to the store and get a charcuterie board to pig out on. Every Sunday is Daddy and Max day, when my wife works. So, we cook together. Every Sunday, I ask him what eggs he wants. Sometimes, he wants pork roll and eggs with the runny middle, or, if he wants an omelet, he calls them French eggs. We make eggs together because he can help with it. Max cracks the eggs into the bowl, I get the shells out, and he mixes them. Eggs are the first thing I ever learned to cook.

JD: What do you cook together?

JD: What’s your coffee order?

CH: I’ve introduced him to charcuterie

CH: Black and sweet. Three cups

CH: Hmm. I’ll bring my cell phone with my music playlist, since I love music. Probably my Keurig with unlimited coffee pods. Oh, and a cooktop so I could cook all the local ingredients and the island stuff for dinner. I could have seafood every day. JD: Any final words of wisdom? CH: I speak at a lot of schools, and the one thing I always stress to the students is: if you have the opportunity to get paid to do what you love, do it. That’s much more important than how much money you make or what kind of car you drive. Being able to enjoy what you have to do every day is a blessing. E

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Everywhere you go, people are talking about the Zagatrated restaurant located in Old Tappan, New Jersey. One recent diner raves, “This place is a gem! Benny Qosaj, the owner, is a great host. The double-cut pork chops were very tasty and they serve an extremely generous portion. The homemade tiramisu is super good. You’ll end up taking home food, or else you’ll waddle out! Their buy one, get-one-free dinners are a delicious bargain.” “We have a tremendous wine list,” notes Qosaj. “Our crusted New Zealand rack of lamb with mustard, herbs, and our rib eye steak are favorites. So is the Chicken Danzis with apples, dry raisins, and sherry sauce. Our customers rave about our half roast duck with apples, raisins, and cherry sauce. The shrimp risotto with asparagus, garlic, and white wine sauce, the branzino francaise over spinach in a lemon wine sauce, and the escargot with shrimp in a fra diavolo sauce keeps customers coming in,” he adds. Vicolo Ristorante, in business for 9 years, is available for any type of private party, such as anniversaries, holiday parties, birthdays, graduations, bridal parties, and more. “You don’t have to travel to Italy this year to enjoy fine dining. Vicolo Ristorante has the warmth, charm, and friendliness of a neighborhood Italian restaurant without the passport,” says Qosaj. Vicolo Ristorante is open noon to 3PM for lunch and 4PM to 10PM for dinner 7 days a week. There is live entertainment on Friday and Saturday evenings. Call (201) 497-8777 for a reservation, or just stop by. E

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Ingredients Needed: 2-3oz Frozen Lobster Tails cut in half / Spanish Pimenton, also known as Paprika (Sweet) / Olive oil / Garlic, thinly sliced / White Wine Mild hot Sauce / Kosher Salt QUICK TIPS You can do these with larger tails if you prefer, just remember cooking time will be longer. Make sure you fully defrost the lobster tails and use caution when placing them in hot oil. Add salt to your taste.

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oil and place on stove over a medium heat.

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lobster tails‌shell side down first. After a minute or two sprinkle a light dusting of Spanish paprika over the cut side, a pinch of salt and add garlic slices, turn tails over to cut side on the pan so it can cook.

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THE WELL FED YOGI Say “I Love You” over the holidays with this sensational dinner-dessert duo. Recipes for our mushroom bourguignon seared in red wine then topped with fresh tomatoes and herbs along with our luscious chocolate cake, draped in the most decadent frosting, will say the words for you. Turn up the heat in your kitchen and bring out your Dutch oven. Being at home for the holidays means gathering around the table and indulging as a family. Together, enjoy this dish fit for the season and don’t forget the dessert; spoil and be spoiled, sans the guilt, forgivable this time of year.

CHOCOLATE CAKE

For the Sponge • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour • 1/2 cup of cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s.) • 1 1/3 cup of cane sugar • 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking soda • 1/2 teaspoon of salt • 1 1/4 cups of almond milk • 1/2 cup of milk chocolate chips • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon of instant coffee granules • 1/4 cup of maple syrup and canola oil • 1/4 cup of canola oil • 1 teaspoon of white wine vinegar For the Frosting • 4 ounces of vegan butter, room temperature • 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract • 2 tablespoons of almond milk • 1 cup of cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s.)

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Method: For the Cake Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 8-inch cake pans. Mix flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Over medium heat, stir the almond milk, chocolate, vanilla extract, coffee granules and maple syrup in a saucepan. Do NOT allow the mixture to boil. Stir just until the chocolate chips have begun melting. Remove from heat. Add the canola oil with white wine vinegar. Stir well. Pour wet ingredients into the dry batch and gently mix everything to a smooth batter. (Avoid beating.) Fill the two prepared cake pans with batter. Place pans in the center rack of preheated oven. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until a toothpick, when inserted into the middle of the cakes, comes out clean. (Avoid over-baking.) Remove from oven and let sit for 5 to 10 minutes in the pan. Then, gently turn them out onto a baking rack in order to cool thoroughly before frosting. For the Frosting Place all ingredients into a bowl, and beat with an electric mixer with a paddle attachment until smooth. You will want to start off slow, as the confectioners’ sugar and cocoa powder mixture can fly out and shower you! A Few Tips: If the frosting is too thin, add more confectioners’ sugar. If it is too thick, add a little more almond milk. Taste as-you-go and make sure it’s divine.

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MUSHROOM BOURGUIGNON

For the Stew • 2 tablespoons of vegan butter • 1 tablespoon olive oil • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped • 1 tablespoon of Kosher salt • 3 sticks celery, cut into chunks • 4 large carrots, peeled and diced into chunks • 1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper • 3 cloves garlic, trimmed and well-chopped • 1 1/2 cups of red wine • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste • 2 cups of vegetable broth • 1 sprig of fresh rosemary • 3-4 large sprigs of fresh parsley, tied together with kitchen twine For the Mushrooms • 1 tablespoon of vegan butter • 1 tablespoon of olive oil • 1 pound of fresh mushrooms (I use cremini and shiitake.) • 2 tablespoons of cornstarch • 2 tablespoons of vegan butter • Fresh parsley for garnish

Method: For the Stew Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Heat a layer of oil and butter in your Dutch oven. When ready, toss in the onions. Stir well and sprinkle in 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt. Cook on medium to low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions begin to turn gold. This can take some patience, generally needing around 15-20 minutes. However, it’s worth the wait, as the gold and caramelized onions produce a lovely depth of flavor for this dish.

When the onions are caramelized, add the celery, carrots, and freshly ground black pepper. Stir well and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add 1 more tablespoon of oil if the pan is too dry. Add the red wine, broth, tomato paste, rosemary, and the bundle of parsley. Stir well and bring to a boil. Then, turn off the heat. Cover the Dutch oven with a lid and place, as a whole, into your preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes. You will want the carrots to become tender. Remove from oven when this is achieved. For the Mushrooms Heat 1 tablespoon of vegan butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauce pan. Then, add the mushrooms, but do not overcrowd the pan. If needed, opt to do this step in two batches. An overcrowded pan will cause the mushrooms to steam. When this happens the mushrooms will not brown properly, which is a crime! Sauté the mushrooms for about 6 to 8 minutes (depending on the portion). Then, add the mushrooms to the stew along with all the juicy and delicious byproduct left over on the pan. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons of vegan butter and 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into a paste. Add 1 tablespoon of the stew into the paste. Mix altogether and then pour it all back into the stew. Stir well. Heat until stew simmers. It will take about 5 minutes to fully cook the cornstarch in the mixture. The stew will thicken into a luscious sauce. Remove the bundle of herbs. Serve with mashed potatoes, and garnish the finished dish with freshly chopped parsley. E RivertownMagazine.com / 27


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Audi’s newly completed $1.5M renovation.

AUDI NYACK Rockland’s Premier Luxury Destination STORY BY JEANNINE DERAMO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

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ith a newly completed $1.5M renovation project, and an unwavering commitment to customer service, it’s easy to see why Audi Nyack is the third-fastest growing dealership in the United States. Family owned and operated, the Pepe Auto Group just celebrated its one-year anniversary in the new space. The Pepe Group owns five luxury automotive dealerships in Westchester, and this first Rockland County location is on track to lead the way, with numbers up a staggering 116% from just one year ago. The light-filled hangar-style showroom boasts spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows. Audi’s welcoming hostess greets customers and offers cold beverages. An in-house boutique showcases luxurious merchandise ranging from clothing to vehicle accessories and personal accessories. The nearby waiting area boasts a sleek redesign that blends luxury and functionality; high-top workstations offer charging bases and there are spacious desk areas, just steps away from an extensive refreshment station complete with coffee bar, cold drinks, snacks, and fresh fruit. “We watched how customers do business with us, and we noticed a lot of people bring their cars in and then stay to work,” says Jimmy Macagna, Audi Nyack’s general manager. The amenities don’t stop there. Macagna adds, “For convenience, we offer pick up and drop off for our customers. We pick their car up from their house, drop them off a loaner car and drop their car off when it’s done. They never have to come into the dealership.” Additionally, Audi Nyack offers a shuttle service for those customers needing to leave the site. “We can shuttle you anywhere,” says Macagna.   Part of the facility redesign included a complete lighting overhaul. “We converted every light in here to low-energy LED lights. We had in mind to be efficient and sustainable and responsible. We actually partnered with Orange & Rockland Utility Company,” shares Jimmy Macagna. Speaking of local partnering, Audi Nyack is not just located in the community, but prides itself on being part of the community. Audi works together with local charities, schools, and community groups to make a difference, and the dealership is a proud supporter of organizations such as Good Samaritan Hospital, Keep Rockland Beautiful, and South Orangetown Little League, among others. December is the perfect time to capitalize on the Season of Audi event that presents the best offers of the year. The experienced sales staff are eager to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with customers. As Macagna says, “Our customer service is paramount. Anyone can buy a car anywhere, but our goal is to provide customers with a luxury experience. We are doing a lot of great things here and we want to keep our customers coming back.” RivertownMagazine.com / 33


Browse New Model Inventory in Rockland’s Expanded State of the Art Showroom

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Audi Nyack is conveniently located at 127 Route 59 in Nyack, NY. Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 9AM–7PM, and Fridays and Saturdays, 9AM–6PM. Visit audinyack.com to check inventory, view incentives, and to schedule service. S

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Home for the Holidays Gift Guide Let Rivertown Retail be your ultimate shopping companion this holiday season. Delight in these local finds that will bring comfort and joy to your home, family and friends in the true spirit of home for the holidays. S

Mini Duo Notebook Set, Poinsettia $4.95

This delightful duo includes two 80page notebooks with lined pages. Featuring gorgeous poinsettia artwork, each festive cover is embellished with gold foil stamping. This tiny two-pack makes a perfect stocking stuffer, party favor, or hostess gift. Barnes & Noble (Palisades Center)

Frasier Fur Votive Candle, 2 oz.

$13 Mountain fresh and glowing, this scented Frasier Fir Votive Candle fills your home with crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes holiday memories, or makes the perfect hostess gift. Maria Luisa (Nyack)

Kiehl’s 2-Piece Nourishing Dream Team $18

A simple, perfect gift for anyone! The classic Creme de Corps body lotion is the leader in hydration for winter, while lips are sealed with the iconic Lip Balm #1. Lord & Taylor (Palisades Center)

McCrea’s Gourmet Caramels 6-piece Box $8 Choose from delectable and unique flavors such as Single Malt Scotch, Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt, Black Lava Sea Salt, Dark Roasted Mocha and Tapped Maple. Pied à Terre (Nyack)

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Jute Round Baskets (set of 2) $143.99 Accent your holiday home decor while adding organization to your living space. These joyful red and white wide stripe baskets have long handles for maximum functionality. Saffron Trading Company (Nyack)

Dash Snowflake Mini Waffle Maker $14.50 As cute as it is clever, this mini waffle maker will have you whipping up some tasty treats in minutes. Compact size fits easily into dorm rooms or small apartments— and makes a great stocking stuffer. Sur la Table (Shops at Nanuet) Tunisian Bath & Beach Towels $22 (guest size) $50 (large size) The more you wash and dry them, the softer and more absorbent they become. Use as a towel, wrap, throw, sarong, or scarf. Archive Home (Nyack) For more fashion and lifestyle tips, visit jeanninederamo.com RivertownMagazine.com / 37


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with BEST HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR HIM UNDER $150! Image Specialist/NY Realtor “Ask Ryan” Paige of the “Ask Adam” Team at William Raveis Baer & McIntosh shares his best Holiday Gifts For Him Under $150! S

THE TWILL WEEKENDER $98-$115 The perfect carry-on! This bag, which comes in three colors, is a great size! I’ve owned this bag in multiple colors and I take it with me every day. From my apartment, to the office, to the gym, to the airport, this bag easily holds all of my essentials and more for the day, or for an extended trip. Crafted with durable leather straps and 100% water-resistant non-slub cotton twill, it’s sure to become a favorite! (everlane.com) UGG ASCOT SLIPPER $110 A great holiday gift! With the look of a loafer, but the comfort of a slipper, the rubber sole allows for indoor or outdoor use, making it highly versatile. Perfect for hanging out with the family during the holidays, the Ascot slipper will serve year-round for lounging on the weekends. I had never thought about buying slippers until a family member got me a pair of these as a gift a few years back. Now I put them on the second I get home and don’t take them off until I go to sleep! Made with water-resistant suede and a wool lining, these are sure to please! The Ascot slippers, extremely durable and functional, are currently available in 8 colors. (Ugg.com) DRAKE’S LAMBSWOOL/ANGORA KNIT HAT $85 Another winter essential! Currently available in five colors and 2 styles (ribbed and cable knit), it adds the perfect finishing touch to your winter wardrobe. The angora in the hat makes for a very comfortable fit, and I like this particular piece because of the rich texture. Todd Snyder offers timeless men’s clothing blending fine tailoring with a downtown New York aesthetic. (ToddSnyder.com) 40 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

EVERLANE MEN’S CASHMERE SCARF $98 This winter essential that’s perfect for the cold weather is available in 8 colors! Where can you find 100% grade-A cashmere for under $100?! Everlane makes timeless classics for men and women by sourcing the finest materials that are designed to last. I have several products from this company and they’ve lasted for years. The company offers excellent products at fair prices, without the traditional retail mark-up. (everlane.com) OFF-WHITE CABLE-KNIT SWEATER $139 An essential winter item, cut in a slim fit with ribbed cuffs and hem, this sweater is perfect for family holidays or the office. Cozy and classic, it’s made with a wool and alpaca blend, so it’s great as a warm layer or simply on its own. Suit Supply makes great suits and menswear essentials for all occasions. I typically look to shop here for suits, but always find myself buying other clothing as well. (suitsupply.com) ROLAND PINE SOY CANDLE $28 Made locally in New York! The scent was inspired by our very own Harriman State Park. Bring some holiday warmth into your home with notes of Siberian fir, pine, and cilantro. The average burn time of the candle is approximately 65 hours. Soap & Paper is a local business making vegan products. (Shop Local! Available at Saffron Trading in Nyack, and Abigail Rose & Lily Too in Piermont)


BARRY’S JEWELRY GIVES BACK

10% OF ALL DECEMBER SALES STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM RILEY

“Lung Cancer is one of the world’s leading causes of cancer deaths. I’m a 49-year-old woman, and I’ve worked as a manager in the medical field for 25 years. I’m the Director of Operations for the Bon Secours Medical Group, WMCHealth. I had an incidental finding in my left lung of stage IIIA cancer in 2015. I had lung surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Cancer returned in my right lung just months following treatment. It turns out that I have a mutation gene, and after a testing was done of my tumor, I was prescribed a targeted therapy to block that mutated gene. This is a caption box

I was given Tagrisso. It has been three years since starting the therapy, and I’m living a fantastic life. I would not be here if not for the research done for this type of cancer over

Barry Fixler is a man for all seasons. So many people

the years. Proceeds from Barry’s generosity will fund even

have been helped by his generosity in the past 25 years.

more critically-needed research through the Lung Cancer

This Vietnam Marine combat veteran has raised nearly

Research Foundation (lungfund.org),” said Jeanne.

$500,000 for wounded veterans through the sale of his book, Semper Cool.

One happy customer was not shy in expressing his excellent experience at Barry’s Estate Jewelry. “My wife loves the

Barry, the owner of Barry’s Estate Jewelry, located at 295

new addition to her jewelry collection and gets so many

Route 304 in Bardonia, now has a new cause. He is donating

compliments. I couldn’t have done it without Barry. Thank

10% of all sales from the 1st to the 25th of December, this

you, Barry!”

year, to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in NYC. Barry is a Certified Gemologist with more than 30 years of Jeanne & Michael Coffey are his good, long-time friends

experience. If you own jewelry that has been stored away

and when Jeanne came down with lung cancer due to a

and untouched for 10 years, bring it over to Barry’s Estate

mutated gene, Barry offered to step up to the plate and

Jewelry. Make a bit of spending money, perfect for the

pledged 10% to the cause. Barry’s legendary legacy of

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giving is on display again.

I would not be here if not for the research done for this type of cancer over the years. — Jeanne Coffey

Would you like to help Jeanne & Michael Coffey in their effort to defeat lung cancer? Get in touch. Call: (845) 323-1086 Email Jeanne: jeanne.may@hotmail.com Call Barry: (845) 624-7100 Email Barry: barrysestate@gmail.com Visit his website: barrysestatejewelry.com

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WHAT TO DO WHILE YOU’RE

Home for the Holidays

With winter break just around the corner, Rivertown Magazine has taken the time to plan some family activities, both inside and outside the home, to help ensure everyone makes the most of their holiday time! STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

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Take a Trip to NYC

There’s no place like New York City during the holidays! From visiting the tree at Rockefeller Center, catching the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall, walking through the snow-covered hills of Central Park, or visiting the heart of the Big Apple: Times Square, there is never a dull moment or lack of things to do during a family trip to NYC. So, take the time and plan a day with the family in this bustling city located only a few short miles from Rockland County.

Go Ice Skating at Bear Mountain

Located just 25 minutes north of Nyack within Bear Mountain State Park, alongside the Bear Mountain Inn, is the seasonal Bear Mountain Ice Rink. It’s open November 2nd – March 1st, with skate rentals and concession stand. Each session is 90 minutes, and the views are spectacular!

Shop at Local Holiday Markets

December is the perfect time to shop our local vendors at seasonal craft fairs across the Hudson Valley. With the holidays quickly approaching, local vendor markets provide the ideal situation to get those special and unique gifts for your whole family.

Get Baking

What better way is there to spend some quality family time than being together in the kitchen, whipping up some tasty desserts? We here at Rivertown Magazine can’t think of anything better! For some added fun, host your very own bake off and challenge each other to see who can make the best dessert! A cookie swap is also a lot of fun!

Take Some Holiday Photos

Whether you hire a professional, a family friend, or set up the self-timer on your phone, taking holiday pictures is a great way to bring the family together. Annual family photos are also a great way to see how everyone has changed from year-to-year!

Head To The Mountains

Grab your hat, scarves, and gloves before heading out for a day on the mountain. Whether you hit Mountain Creek in Vernon, NJ or Mt. Peter in Orange County, there’s room for every skier, snowboarder, and tuber alike.

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Bring the Kids to an Indoor Playground

During the bitter cold of the winter, parents struggle to keep their little ones entertained and, more importantly, physically active. One way to keep kids moving during the winter is to take them to indoor playgrounds and amusement parks where they can run around and play. Places like Billy Beez in the Palisades Mall, The Castle Fun Center in Chester, NY, and The Big Playhouse in Westwood, NJ provide great indoor fun for kids of all ages.

Go to a Show

Spend a night out on the town and go see a local production with the family! You can hit local theaters like the Elmwood Playhouse in Nyack or the Penguin Rep Theatre in Stony Point, or head into NYC and see a Broadway play! Want to see some stand-up instead? Make your way to Levity Live, and catch a comedy show! Watching live performances with your family is a whole new way to be entertained!

Movie Night!

Pop some popcorn, make some homemade pizza, grab a beverage, and cuddle up in the living room to watch a movie with your family. Make movie night into movie marathon by sitting down at the table and allowing each member to pick a movie!

Play in the Snow

Nothing says winter like bundling up in layers and heading outside to play in the snow! Whether you have a snowball fight, make snow angels, build a snowman, or go sledding down the closest hill, nothing is more fun than embracing the winter with your family. Afterward, be sure to warm up with a mug of hot cocoa!

Volunteer

The holiday season is the perfect time to give back to your local community. From organizations such as People-toPeople, the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, and local soup kitchens, there’s so much value in the donation of your time. In addition, it’s a great lesson for the whole family to show the importance of giving to those less fortunate than yourself.

Make Holiday Cards

The season of giving calls for ribbons, bows, wrapping paper, and tags. Sometimes, the best gifts don’t need fancy wrapping, but rather, some time and creativity. Break out the art supplies and make personalized cards for all your family members. Not only is it a great activity to do together, but it helps show the value of a gift from the heart over a gift from the wallet. 44 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019


Go to an Art Gallery, the Zoo, or a Museum

Get the kids out of the house and head to a local art gallery, zoo, or museum to view the latest exhibits. Take your time to learn and discuss with each other what you’re seeing. Have fun and just enjoy your time together!

Make a Family Scrapbook

In the middle of the digital age, almost every aspect of our lives is documented, so what better way is there to relive the previous year than to go through those images and create a family scrapbook! Start by sitting at the table and creating a timeline, then together go through images that fall into each section. Head to a craft store to get your supplies, like stickers and colorful paper, and start creating a page-by-page review of your life in the past year. Make scrapbooking a family tradition by reliving the previous year before starting the next book. This tradition will bring the whole family!

Go on a Winter Hike

Embrace the sunshine and the cold by taking the family on a nice hike through one of the several state parks in our area. Whether you go to Hook Mountain State Park to view the Hudson River, or Tallman State Park to view the marshland surrounding Piermont, or take a drive to Harriman State Park to walk along the trails of New York’s 2nd largest state park, there are so many amazing winter views of the Hudson Valley worth exploring! L

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Kevin O’Donoughe, Saloonkeeper

TAKE OVER THE LEGACY Raising the Bar: O’D’s Tavern Sets the Standard for Nyack Pubs STORY BY JOSEPH KUHN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH 46 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019


HERE’S THE STORY

It’s a little unusual to call an Irish pub a pillar of its community, especially in a community like Nyack. In a village defined by trendy restaurants and a thriving art scene, a vintage watering hole like O’D’s Tavern almost seems out of place. But O’D’s isn’t your run-of-the-mill Irish pub. Founded before the days of Prohibition, and situated at the tail end of Main Street, O’D’s has been a part of the Village of Nyack for a long time. It has had a profound and positive impact on the village, thanks in large part to its owner and former manager, Kevin O’Donoghue. A Rockland native, Kevin purchased O’D’s from his father more than 30 years ago. He has spent almost half his life managing the pub and befriending the people of the village. Kevin has, literally, made O’D’s his home, as he and his wife reside in the apartment above the bar, and he treats his patrons more like friends than customers. “All I wanted was a good old-fashioned Irish pub,” said Kevin, while reminiscing on his choice to take up the family business. Over the decades, he has established O’D’s as a relaxed alternative to noisier sports bars. You won’t see any TVs in the pub or hear any music loud enough to drown out your voice. Instead, you’ll find a friendly bartender happy to strike up a conversation, and dedicated barflies catching up with each other.

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“I’d rather be able to talk to customers,” explained Kevin, who half-jokingly called himself the town therapist. He’s proud of the welcoming and familiar atmosphere he’s cultivated at O’D’s, and Kevin strives to make his pub as accessible as possible. He’s kept the bar open during hurricanes and snowstorms, always ready to cook a meal or pour a drink for a customer. His clients are equally loyal, some of them even riding snowmobiles to get to O’D’s for a beer during blizzard conditions. All of this is understandable, given O’D’s impressive selection of classic Irish food and innovative drinks. Kevin, a self-taught chef, can cook everything from homemade corned beef hash to Thai food, and he buys most of his kitchen’s ingredients fresh from the Nyack Farmers Market. Kevin has even been known to drive to Massachusetts to source Concord grapes in order to serve vodka fermented with the fresh fruit. O’D’s diverse menu and casual aesthetic make it a great choice for families looking for dinner, or drinking buddies planning a night out. “We never turn anyone away,” said the owner. O’D’s has long been a community hub for Nyack, and you can tell from the moment you step in the door that the place is rich in history. Photographs of former owners and customers line the walls, and the hardwood floors and seating lend the pub a sense of timeless class. Kevin is always happy to talk about O’D’s storied past. He might tell you how the former mayor of Nyack used to sneak Canadian whiskey into the building during the 1920s, when the pub was nothing more than a shed attached to the firehouse, or he may even drop the name of a movie star who has popped in for a drink.

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After years of running the tavern, Kevin and his wife are ready to retire, and they will be heading to Tennessee next year. He plans to spend his retirement volunteering with at-risk teens and making new friends. The Nyack bar scene won’t be quite the same without him…or will it?

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66 Main Street, Nyack, a mixed-use building, is now for sale, listed by “Ask Adam” Blankfort.

HERE’S THE OPPORTUNITY, DREAM AWAY...

If you’ve ever thought of being a saloonkeeper, a restaurateur, or an investor in iconic real estate, here’s your chance. Listed by “Ask Adam” Blankfort of William Raveis Baer & McIntosh, this unique property offers many fantastic options.

He continues, “This story speaks for itself, because it offers instant recognition of a place steeped in history, with the added attraction of either operating the restaurant and bar, or leasing them out. The operation is profitable, and I would be happy to discuss its future with you. The total package is listed at $1,250,000.”

“We’re looking for a capable entrepreneur with the talent to own the entire package, which includes a 2-bedroom apartment above the bar, and an amazing 20’ x 20’ outdoor deck featuring total Hudson River views. The new owner may or may not choose to operate the legacy of the famous O’D’s Tavern,” says Adam Blankfort.

“Ask Adam” Blankfort for a private tour by calling his cell at 845-641-3255 L

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with Phil Bunton taking several photos of my successful jobs so as I wouldn’t forget the next time. Why do we have to have so many decorative pillows? One article on the Internet says there are at least 12 different ways to display the displays. Ha! My wife knows at least 144!

Now that I’m semi-retired, I’m learning a lot of things I never knew before. For a start, I never knew we had an Everything Drawer in our house. I was looking for some batteries the other day and my wife said, “They’re in the Everything Drawer.” “Where’s that,” I asked. “Don’t you live here?” Candice replied. She pointed it out. And there it was right next to the stove. Where apparently it’s always been. Who knew? It had been there for at least 5 years. What is an Everything Drawer for? Funnily enough, it’s for everything. Everything that doesn’t belong somewhere else. So in our drawer we have paper clips, Scotch tape, several different types of super glue. A bunch of batteries. Lots of computer cables. Some matches. And a partridge in a pear tree. Well, not that. That’s a joke. So here’s another thing I’ve learned: how to make the bed. As every man knows, that’s the most complicated thing on earth. Even Stephen Hawking, the world’s smartest person, wouldn’t have been able to master the many permutations of 12 pillows! I ended up 50 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

Then there’s the business of emptying the dishwasher. What is this pink curly thing? Oh, it’s a corkscrew. My wife points out that it belongs in the drawer with all the other openers: can openers, corkscrews, beer can openers, etc. “Don’t you live here?” my wife asks. Again. How am I supposed to know? Most of these objects seem to have a life of their own. I only see them on special occasions, like Christmas or Thanksgiving. The rest of the year they hide out somewhere in the kitchen for months on end, with nobody ever seeing them. As a Scotsman, I’m used to all the jokes about how tight-fisted we are. If you’ve ever been to Scotland, you’ll know that the opposite is true. We’re surprisingly generous and friendly. Oddly enough, I enjoy most of the jokes we’re subjected to. Our neighbor Roberta, who’s also Scottish, sent me the following: A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says: “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing. Forty-five years of misery are enough.” “Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams. “We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says. “We’re sick of

each other and I’m sick of talking about this. So call your sister in Leeds and tell her.” Frantically the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone: “Like hell they’re getting divorced,” she shouts. “I’ll take care of this.” She calls Scotland immediately and yells at her father: “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back and we’ll both be there tomorrow. Until then don’t do a thing. DO YOU HEAR ME?!” The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife: “Sorted! They’re coming for Christmas and they’re paying their own way.” Merry Christmas to all my readers. L


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HEART Cardiac Care with Dr. Kedar Sankholkar

Does the heart know if you’re being naughty or nice? Inevitably, you will have an opportunity to drink eggnog and peppermint mochas, and eat heavy meals during this holiday season. While sitting at the dinner table, if you’re wondering if that extra serving will cause a heart attack, the answer is: no. One fatty meal or one extra cookie doesn’t cause heart disease. It takes years, even decades, to build the plaque in your arteries that causes heart disease. This means that it’s the overall pattern of your lifestyle that matters, and not simply one holiday indulgence. According to Dr. Kedar Sankholkar, Medical Director of Cardiology for Valley Medical Group NY, “I tell my patients who have no heart disease to plan their meals. If you know you have a holiday event coming up and will be engaging in ‘dietary indiscretion,’ you should also make it a point to eat healthfully in the days surrounding that time. Assuming you are cleared by your doctor, consider increasing your exercise around this time to compensate for those extra calories.” Dr. Sankholkar also recommends that if you have hypertension, your daily sodium intake, generally

speaking, should be less than 1500 milligrams. He notes that a good start is to decide not to add salt to your food, and to consider downloading the MyFitnessPal app to log what you eat everyday as it will tell you your daily sodium intake. If you have dyslipidemia (high cholesterol) or coronary artery disease, he advises minimizing saturated fat and trans fats (e.g., cheese, red meat, and fried foods). Finally, if you have diabetes or are trying to manage your weight, reduce sugary foods and drinks (e.g., soda and sweets). Dr. Sankholkar continues, “In general, women should have no more than two alcoholic drinks per day and men no more than three in one day. I am not recommending completely avoiding these around the holidays, but I do recommend moderation.” When you meet your loved ones and your friends this holiday season, you’ll remember why it’s worth taking care of your own heart. Dr. Sankholkar adds, “If you’re concerned about your risk for heart disease, feel free to write to me on Twitter or book a consultation.” L

Kedar Sankholkar, MD, MS, FACC is Medical Director of Cardiology for Valley Medical Group New York. He sees patients for consultation and performs various cardiac tests including stress tests, echocardiograms and cardiac monitors in his Manhattan office on 57th St. & 7th Avenue, across Carnegie Hall. He is also an avid magician and triathlete. To book an appointment, call 212-HEART-DR (432-7837). @KedarSankholkar 52 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

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To a joyful present and a well remembered past. Best wishes for happy holidays and a magnificent New Year.

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THE ROLE OF A SPEECH LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST STORY BY REX TURNER | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY HUDSON VALLEY ADVANCED AUDIOLOGY 54 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019


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hen potential patients or family members initially call my office, they often have myriad questions. As a licensed speech language pathologist with more than 30 years of experience, I have had the pleasure of evaluating and treating a wide range of conditions and problems, thereby improving the quality of life for my clients. With the hope of helping more patients, I’d like to answer some common questions I have received on a regular basis over the years.

Q: My child mispronounces words. Can you help? Speech is a motor act. It involves coordinated and complicated movements of the articulators, i.e., the tongue, lips, and teeth. Our brains are uniquely built for language and speech learning, a quite amazing process. Along the learning path, children sometimes misarticulate words. Common misarticulations include omissions, substitutions, and distortions of sounds. A very common substitution is “th” for “s,” as in “thun” for “son,” and “w” for “r” as in “wabbit” for “rabbit.” If a child of two or three years of age mispronounces some words and sounds, that does not necessarily mean that speech therapy is needed. An older child, however, with persistent articulation errors, may need the service. These children are sometimes difficult to understand; parents will often say their child sounds as if s/he has an accent. Therapy teaches the child new skills in order to make the sounds correctly.

Q: My Child Stutters. What can be done?

prolongations of sounds, syllables, words, or phrases. Sometimes secondary characteristics such as blinking, eye raising, or finger tapping accompany these dysfluencies. These behaviors are often seen in young children between the ages of 2 to 3 years old who are still acquiring language. If, however, the stuttering behaviors persist, a speech evaluation and follow-up therapy are strongly recommended.

Q: My child’s voice is hoarse and gravelly. Can this be corrected? Common voice disorders include hoarseness and a raspy voice. Children who “scream” at recess often become hoarse over time. How do you limit this behavior? Children with voice problems need child-friendly therapy to help them change the habits causing the improper vocal quality. Adults can also develop chronic hoarseness from using their voices improperly. Therapy can reverse the damage and help encourage healthier use of the voice.

Q: My child understands what is said to him/her, but is not speaking like other children his/her age. What does this mean? Communication involves the understanding, processing, and expression of language. Receptive language is the understanding of information that has been spoken. Verbal expressive language is the use of vocabulary, syntax, and sentence structure to communicate with those around you.

Stuttering is defined as hesitations, repetitions, or

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In children with expressive language difficulties, vocabulary may be concrete or redundant. Very often, the vocabulary is limited. “Ya know that thing...you know.” They may not be able to give supporting details, or they may go off on tangents. Communication difficulties may affect a child’s progress in school, as well as the ability to interact well with others. Speech and language therapy are important to help children progress in social skills and in learning.

Q: I think my child might have a processing disorder. Can you test for that? Yes! “Processing disorder” is a broad term that is used to describe receptive language disorders. Processing the information in a timely manner must occur for conversation to make sense. Parents may note that their child has difficulties in the classroom or in large groups. A delayed response from the child may be perceived as incorrect if the communicator has moved on to another statement or question. Children with receptive language problems tend to become frustrated and may withdraw from the conversation. Many of these children who are slow to process verbal information often have difficulties with comprehension, memory span, sequencing, and working memory. During a language processing evaluation, all these processes are examined, and treatment approaches are recommended.

Q: My husband recently received a cochlear implant and needs auditory verbal therapy. Auditory verbal therapy (AVT) is simply “learning to listen.” This specific therapy is a necessity following cochlear implantation as the individual is now learning to hear and listen via a brand-new input to the auditory system. AVT is appropriate for all ages when indicated and can also benefit individuals with traditional hearing aids.

communicate both at home and in school. A formal report is completed that outlines the results and the treatment recommendations. Parents are an important part of therapy for children, since they can help ensure that progress continues outside of the therapy room.

In summary... So much of who I am is what I do. I have seen many, many clients over the years, and their feedback is ALWAYS so fulfilling. I still remember a young client who described me as the “Teacher of my Mouth.” To this day, it always makes me smile. One of my professors in graduate school once said that we, as professionals, should see the client as an individual and not identify them by their speech difficulty or disorder. My approach to therapy is based on that principle. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office!

Profile Bobbi Lieberman has been in private practice more than 30 years, evaluating and treating children and adults with speech, hearing, language, and voice disorders. Additionally, she provides auditory verbal therapy (AVT), an auditory-based teaching approach for new recipients of cochlear implants. She is a cum laude graduate of Queens College, with a degree in communication disorders, and she received a Master of Arts degree from Hofstra University in speech and language disorders. Bobbi has worked in the Hofstra University Speech and Hearing Center and Mt. Sinai Speech and Hearing Center. L

Q: What can I expect from a speech and language evaluation? A typical speech or voice evaluation takes approximately one hour. In the case of young children, the child may be seen for a second visit to assess the consistency of the behavior. A speech/language evaluation is even more extensive and may require 3 or 4 visits. It is the responsibility of the speech/language pathologist to determine if speech, language, and/or voice therapy is needed. The use of standardized tests as well as general observation help the therapist see how the child’s functioning compares with developmental norms. It’s also important to determine how the speech, language, or voice problem is interfering with the child’s ability to 56 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

Bobbi M. Lieberman, M.A., C.C.C., Speech-Language Pathologist 11 Medical Park Dr., Suite 205, Pomona, NY (845) 354-2133 hudsonaudiology.com/about-us


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rguably the heart of Rockland County, Nyack is a place that brings together small town charm and busy New York City streets. It is home to some of Rockland County’s best restaurants, shops, activities, and views of the Hudson River and the Tappan Zee Bridge (Mario Cuomo Bridge). Whether you’re a resident or a first-time explorer, here are some great ways to spend a day in Nyack.

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Nyack Memorial Park

6AM Wake up in the Time Hotel Nyack

Wake up surrounded by four walls bursting with modern industrial charm with a stay at The Time Hotel - Nyack. Built within the framework of a former factory, the hotel provides guests with all the necessary amenities while allowing for a relaxing stay in a contemporary environment. With 133 rooms and suites, some with balcony views of the majestic Hudson River, you can unwind and relax during the day before taking a trip to the heart of Nyack, just a short walking distance away. thetimehotels.com/nyack

7AM Watch the sunrise over the Hudson from Village of Nyack Memorial Park Watch the sunrise above the beautiful eastern mountains along the Hudson River at Nyack Memorial Park. With panoramic views of the Hudson, the Mario Cuomo Bridge, and Westchester County, this is an unbeatable view and the perfect way to start your morning in Nyack. nyack-ny.gov/parks

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8AM Take a Yoga Class

What better way is there to start your morning than a relaxing yoga class that will help you feel zen and centered before your busy day exploring Nyack. Playful Yogi Space welcomes yogis of all ages and skill levels to connect to oneself and your surroundings. With classes for anyone from beginners to experienced yogis, you have the opportunity to truly relax before starting your busy day in Nyack. playfulyogi.space


Nyack Beach State Park

Hickory Dickory Dock in Nyack

Maria Luisa in Nyack

Rockland Center for the Arts

Edward Hopper House

Edward Hopper House

10AM Shop Main Street and Broadway

The best small towns are adorned with a wide variety of shops and activities for locals and visitors alike and Nyack is no exception. There is truly “something for everyone” along Main Street/Broadway. Whether you are looking for the next good read at Pickwick’s Book Shop, the newest piece of home décor at Colin Holmes, the perfect gift at Hickory Dickory Dock, the newest accessory or outfit for a night out at Maria Luisa or Metal and Stone Jewelers, Nyack has what you are looking for! marialuisaboutique. com, pickwickbookshop.com, hickorydock.com, colinholmesnyack.com, metalandstonejewelers.com

12PM Hike Nyack Beach State Park

Spend some time along the Hudson River at Nyack Beach State Park. With 61 acres of riverfront property, visitors can hike, picnic, bike or fish all while viewing the Hudson River, Hook Mountain, and the Mario Cuomo Bridge. Boat launching and kayaking is available with a permit. In the winter, trails are open to cross country skiing. parks.ny.gov

2PM Take an Art Class or view an exhibit at Rockland Center for the Arts

4PM Tour Edward Hopper House

Take in some history by taking a tour of Edward Hopper House, the family home of famous artist Edward Hopper. Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the house celebrates the artist through artifacts of his home, photography, and exhibitions. In addition to tours of the House, the museum also offers the Walking Tour of Edward Hopper’s Nyack, a great way to see the most historic points of Nyack. Edwardhopperhouse.org

7PM Shop at the Palisades Center Mall

Located 20 miles north of New York City, Palisades Center Mall is home to Shopping, Dining and Entertainment. Whether you shop in your favorite stores like Macy’s or Lord & Taylor, and Barnes & Noble, eat at some classic restaurants such as The Cheesecake Factory, Chili’s or Chipotle, or participate in some fan favorite activity such as viewing a movie at the AMC, riding the Ferris Wheel, or climbing the rope course, you can certainly find plenty of activities to keep you busy. In addition, check out the Palisades Center website for upcoming events hosted at the mall. palisadescenter.com L

Rockland Center for the Arts (ROCA) embraces their mission to “inspire, educate and enrich the community through creating, teaching, and presenting the arts” by offering a wide variety of exhibits, workshops, and classes that are open to the public. With classes for all ages on a wide selection of topics, the whole family can participate. rocklandartcenter.org RivertownMagazine.com / 59


ADORE YOUR BODY YOGA Why are There so Many Different Kinds of Yoga? I recall when I began yoga being advised to go to Word-I-Don’tUnderstand Name Yoga. It was a bit confusing but I soldiered on because I had a problem to solve—migraine headaches—and had been told yoga would help. Vinyasa, Hatha, Hot Power, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Forrest Yoga, Kundalini, Restorative, Nidra…what are these unfamiliar words, what do they mean, and how can you decide which style of yoga is right for you? Many people arrive at yoga because they, like me, have a problem that needs solving. A medical issue. Managing stress or anxiety. Simply feeling at a loss for what to do in life. While most yoga’s do lead to the same place—self-discovery—not all yoga styles work the same or work well for all problems. How can you decide which one is right for you? In the next few articles, I’ll

provide information that will help you make an informed decision.

knowledge), and Raja Yoga (the yoga of all these paths).

To begin, it might be useful to backtrack just a little. Did you know that “Yoga,” as it materializes in practice might mean many things? There’s Hatha Yoga (the yoga of postures), Bhakti Yoga (the yoga of devotion), Jnana Yoga (the yoga of

One of the reasons there are so many various styles is because they engage differently with the content of yoga (postures, devotion, knowledge). Some are more focused on asana (postures), some on lifestyle practices, some on reading and understanding

Who is Erica Mather? Erica Mather is a natural-born teacher who began teaching at age 17 and now studies pedagogy through education, learning and leadership. She believes that our bodies are our foundational relationship, and created programs, services, and has written a book to support this philosophy. The Adore Your Body System resolves body image challenges; The Yoga Clinic supports students, teachers, and health professionals to learn about empowered self-care for the body; and her forthcoming book (New Harbinger 2020) covers these topics as well. 60 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

Erica is a Forrest Yoga Guardian, hand-picked by Ana Forrest to become one of a handful of senior teachers in the Forrest Yoga tribe. She teaches at PURE Yoga in New York City, and maintains a full schedule of Yoga Clinic clients, and private Adore Your Body coaching.

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the yogic texts. It’s a vast field of study and can take a lifetime or two to learn about! That’s why different styles of yoga tend to be specialized. To further complicate matters, there are also “Eight Limbs” of yoga, which articulate a path toward self-discovery. Various styles give more or less attention to these limbs. The Eight Limbs are described as follows: 1. Yama: healthy habits of engagement with others (there are 5)

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2. Niyama: healthy habits of the self (5 here, too) 3. Asana: the study of yoga postures 4. Pranayama: the study of breathing and energy management 5. Pratyahara: drawing the 5 senses inward, in preparation for meditation 6. Dharana: focusing on one thing (concentration) 7. Dhyana: becoming absorbed in the object of your concentration 8. Samadhi: merging with the object of your concentration As you learn about the various styles of yoga, these 8 Limbs will be relevant to you solving the problem that brought you to yoga in the first place. Yoga is, above all, a life path of discovery! Have fun! L RivertownMagazine.com / 61


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UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH LUANN DE LESSEPS

STAR OF BRAVO’S THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NEW YORK AND “COUNTESS & FRIENDS” CABARET SHOW STORY BY JEANNINE DERAMO

With a fully packed cabaret show schedule and filming for Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York, Luann de Lesseps relishes the downtime spent in her recently purchased respite perched upon the Hudson River. “It’s like you could be on the back of a boat. I’m at the widest point of the river. I see all the ships passing by and the sailboats. It’s just really special,” she shares. So how come the Manhattan socialite and cabaret star decided to buy a home in one of New York’s river towns? “I kept hearing people talk about upstate, and the Hamptons are so busy. My niece bought a house up there near Woodstock, and I had stayed at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz. It was love at first sight. I loved the hiking and the mountain activities; both are so different from the Hamptons. I just fell in love with the area and started looking for homes,” Luann tells Rivertown Magazine. She instantly fell in love with the Port Ewen home, which she purchased in 2018. The home was built in the 1960s by a German architect and its most fascinating feature is the unique shape: it’s round! Luann explains, “You know, animals live in round things, such as trees, and Eskimos have their igloos and Indians lived in teepees, so it’s got great energy to it.” As far as the home’s interior, Luann describes it as “right out of Mad Men. It’s very mid-century, and that’s how I decorated.” When asked about her favorite aspects of the new home, she says, “It’s got amazing skylights, so the light is just beautiful. The windows are so large that they give you a panoramic view of the river 64 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

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And just the architecture of the home itself is beautiful and something I was drawn to. It’s got heated black slate floors and a modern gas fireplace. And, again, the views are just stunning.” It’s the perfect place for Luann to unwind and truly enjoy being home for the holidays. L


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YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE YOU’LL SEE RIVERTOWN

Evan Smith and his father, Jordan, love to read Rivertown when at DSZ Barber in Nyack!

Jeanne & David Marks celebrate their 30th Anniversary atop the Mohonk Mountain House.

Nancy Nicks and Caitlin O’hara of Stony Point cruised to Orlando, Florida to Universal Studios.

NYS Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee & NYS Senator David Carlucci at the Taste of India Festival in Nyack.

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Fernande Mona Ronald in Miami, FL.

Lynn & Andy Krakaur of Pomona took their Rivertown to the Magic Kingdom/Walt Disney World in Orlando.

America’s Got Talent Finalist John Pizzi with Giovanni Zuccato.


Bernasconi & Kavanagh family vacation to Disneyland Paris, they also visited Rome with a day trip to visit family in Southern Italy.

Judy Scandiffio helped arrange a trip for Saint Catharine’s Prep, Blauvelt, to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Long Live Rock!

Daniella Giorgio from Garnerville, Debbie Carson from South Carolina and Jennifer Tidmarsh from Colorado take the Rivertown Magazine to see the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

Franke Kitchen Systems brought sales representatives from around the country to a Predators hockey game in Nashville, TN.

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THE POETRY OF PLACE

ILLUSTRATION BY BILL BATSON, DESIGN BY AARON LEOPOLD.

The unexamined place is not worth inhabiting.

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am fascinated with every building and every soul that dwells within the one square mile of the village where I live. In each person is a story, a poem, a screenplay, a song that has yet to be written, seen, or heard.

Art and literature which focus on the communities we reside in have the ability to fundamentally heighten awareness of one’s surroundings. On NyackNewsAndViews, every week, I publish a sketch along with a short essay that explore a local person or a place of interest. Since August 2011, I have contributed over 400 entries; and, in these logs are inventories on the poetics of

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place, the beauty of built and natural environments, the extraordinary lives of people we pass every day, the value of public arenas such as markets and town squares, as well as the unique character of our shared spaces that has been collectively constructed over generations. When we become observant of our environments, our communities, and attuned to the poetics of place, we may become exceedingly cognizant of her needs and zealous in her defense. From Bill Batson’s Artist Statement for the Arts Council of Rockland exhibition of his work, Poetry of Place (in the juror’s room of the Rockland County Courthouse through January 30, 2020).


“When we become observant of our environments, our communities, and attuned to the poetics of place, we may become exceedingly cognizant of her needs and zealous in her defense.”

Left to right: The Haverstraw home that inspired Alfred Hitchcock via Edward Hopper; the home of Piermont Historical Society; South Nyack’s Hand-Ross Mansion; Pomona’s Orchards of Concklin, the oldest family business in New York State, and the eighth oldest in America. Author, artist and activist Bill Batson has published a sketch and short essay every week on nyacknewsandviews.com since 2011. Follow him on Instagram @nyacksketchlog. Buy his books and Nyack gear at nyackgift.com.

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Yudy Veras Bueno, best-selling author of The Becoming of a Light Warrior.

LIGHT MAKES RIGHT The Joyful Shaman Shares Her Path To Happiness STORY BY JOSEPH KUHN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH 74 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019


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udy Veras Bueno was unhappy with her life. Though she had a fulfilling career in the Pharmaceutical Industry and a loving family, Yudy felt a fundamental disconnect with the world around her. She was depressed, anxious, and nearly consumed by the all-too-common sense of feeling lost. It was around the time she recognized those feelings that Yudy suffered a heart attack. “It was my rock bottom,” said the best-selling author of The Becoming of a Light Warrior. After her recovery, Yudy decided it was time to change her life. To the shock of her friends and family, she left her job and spent the next few years burying herself in, “Books, self-help classes, seminars, self-development programs, and college degrees,” all in search of inner peace she said. It was an extensive process, but after years of study and intense self-reflection, Yudy redefined herself and discovered a new purpose in her life. After finding her passion and becoming The Joyful Shaman, the guru/writer has found the resolve to confront her negative feelings and create a happy life. What’s more, she’s dedicated herself to helping others do the same. The first step, for her and the hundreds of people she has inspired, was looking inward. Modern society “is suffering a crisis of a deep disconnect from ourselves and others.” explained Yudy, who feels that too often people seek external solutions to internal problems. During her studies she came to understand that “people are more afraid of their potentials than their limitations.” It was this epiphany that led her to discover what she calls her “light warrior,” the inner fortitude necessary to make real and lasting changes to your life. “Awakening the warrior” is the process of accepting yourself, letting go the need for validation, and following your true passions.

If you’re not growing, then you’re dying. —Yudy Veras Bueno, author of The Becoming of a Light Warrior.

“We all have an inner GPS,” said the Joyful Shaman, who believes devoutly that “human beings have an innate answer” their own challenges. That answer, however, can be drowned out by stress and apathy. Yudy says the key to unlocking those answers is to recognize our selfimposed limitations. “People become addicted to stress because they conflate it with a feeling of importance,” explained the guru. “They accept unhappiness because they become conditioned to it,” she continued. “And people mistakenly believe it’s their natural state of being. But of course that’s not true. Stress and unhappiness are symptoms of solvable problems.” Accepting that truth and then taking the steps to embrace it may be a painful process. Yudy also noted, “If you’re not growing, then you’re dying.” Yudy’s approach to self-healing is rooted in the most fundamental tenants of shamanism. She encourages her followers to meditate, spend time in nature, and basically reconnect with their surroundings. “Nature is not a resource, it is the source,” believes Yudy, who feels that an appreciation for the natural world is vital to breaking the cycle of unhappiness. It may sound simple but learning to appreciate life’s smallest pleasures and slowing the tempo of your day-to-day routine can have tangible positive effects on one’s mental state. It’s worked wonders for the Joyful Shaman. Yudy was initiated as a shaman by her father at an early age, who was a practitioner of those ancient principles. ​ She is a certified neuro-associative programming (NAP) and neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) practitioner, as well as a Reiki Master practitioner, and her healing circles, retreats, and writing had helped countless people rediscover their passion for life. R Yudy has her practice here in Nyack, she also has clients from all over the world via her online classes. Yudy Veras Bueno Emotional & Spiritual Guide, Joy Holistic Wellness (845) 642-1298 | joyholisticwellness.com | becomingalightwarrior.com RivertownMagazine.com / 75


Chad (left) & Gary Wollman, the owners of Bullet Security have been taking a bite out of crime for for 37 years

BULLET SECURITY TAKES A BITE OUT OF CRIME STORY BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY BULLET SECURITY


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ullet Security Inc. has been taking a bite out of crime for 37 years. The company helps more than 4,000 customers get a good night’s sleep, because their customers know Gary, Chad, and their security company, Bullet, are on the job 24/7 securing their homes and businesses. The company slogan−“Call Us, We’ll Shoot Right Over”−has given customers peace of mind for nearly 4 decades. One of the foremost security-camera design and installation companies in the tristate area, Bullet provides security for movie theater chains, car dealerships, motels, hotels, school districts, government facilities, businesses, and yes, residential homes, too. What’s more, every system they install has the capability of being remotely controlled by the end user. “We work closely with law enforcement and provide video surveillance when needed,” said Gary. “We do closed-circuit camera installations that allow for off-site viewing. In fact, you can view your home or business from anywhere in the world that has Internet access. People really like our Home Automation System that controls the thermostat, lights, home theater, and energy use in your home from your smart phone. You’ll enjoy the savings it provides in climate control, lighting, security, and entertainment. It’s eco-friendly and you can adjust the maximum intensity of light loads, thereby increasing efficiency,” he continued.   Chad added, “Our state-of-the-art smart home automation is in great demand. Imagine saying, ‘Alexa, goodbye’ and now all your TVs and lights are turning off, your thermostat adjusts appropriately, and the alarm arms, saving you the time that would have been required if you had to do all of that manually! And that’s just a few of its features.”

Arthur, Gary and Chad in a Planning Session at Bullet Security

As far as the actual system goes, Chad notes, “It’s wise to have your security system professionally installed. Every device is tested thoroughly, and all wires are out of sight. Our life safety devices actually notify someone off-site, so first responders are able to respond as quickly as possible. All professionally installed intrusion and life safety systems are monitored by our 24/7 Five-Diamond Certified U.L.-listed central monitoring station. Professionals know the systems they are working on inside and out, so you’ll always get the necessary support.” “Our burglar and fire alarm systems have saved numerous lives over the years,” continued Gary. We also offer personal emergency response systems that allow seniors to live in their own homes despite medical conditions. Should an emergency occur, Bullet will talk to them through the central station. People are fortunate to have the trained personnel Bullet Security has provided for more than 37 years throughout the region. We offer you the best systems and services at an affordable price, and we will continue to do so.” You can reach Bullet Security by calling (845) 627-0300 or (877) ALARM-60, or through their website at bulletsecurityinc. com. If you prefer, email Gary at Gary@bulletsecurityinc. com, or send him a fax at (845) 627-0603. Bullet Security is located at 400 East Route 59 in Nanuet. R

Bullet Security 400 East Route 59, Nanuet, NY (845) 627-0300 or (877) ALARM-60 gary@bulletsecurityinc.com bulletsecurityinc.com Gary and Chad Wollman invite the public to visit the Zoo—just don’t feed the animals.

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OCCULTIC ACOUSTICS: NYACK’S NEWEST

RECORD STORE IS SOMETHING SPECIAL STORY BY JOSEPH KUHN | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

Lee Bartow is taking the old school approach to selling music. In an age of digital downloads and customized playlists, Bartow wants to recapture the excitement of walking into a store and discovering a new band for the first time. That’s why he’s opened Monomer Audio Emporium, an interesting little shop in the Nyack-onHudson Mall that offers “a veritable bounty of esoteric cultural artifacts,” including vinyl records, vintage toys, and comic books starring Jeffrey Dahmer. As you’d no doubt notice upon stepping into the store, Lee’s commitment to physical media is about the only thing traditional about Monomer Audio. The store’s inventory and esthetic are downright Gothic in nature, and macabre curios, like Hellraiser bobble heads displayed prominently next to cutting-edge music equipment and new albums from underground death metal bands. Lee’s store is packed with personality and is clearly a labor of love; the musician turned entrepreneur has been a part of NYC’s underground music scene for decades and founded his own record label back in 1997. Through Annihilvs Power Electronix, Lee has “released quality material by artists working with the varied substrata and strains of obscure, dark electronic music,” and his new store has enabled him to promote those sub-genres. 78 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019


In fact, it appears Lee is driven to keep his shop as wonderfully weird as possible. He gleefully insists that his merchandise was discovered as a part of the estate of the eponymous Dr. Polyphemus Monomer, “a brilliant theoretical physicist and student of the occult” who disappeared during an expedition to Antarctica. Though he allegedly died in the 1920s, Dr. Monomer amassed quite a collection of CDs, model robot kits, and horror memorabilia that Lee has now acquired and put up for sale. It’s small details, like the aforementioned back story he dreamed up, that make Lee’s store so special. He and his partner, Gretchen Heinel, have created a perfect space for those seeking art and entertainment outside of the mainstream. “Bi-monthly rotating exhibitions of visual art” curated by Gretchen—herself an accomplished photographer—and monthly live music salons featuring obscure bands, have established Monomer Audio Emporium as more of a cultural institution than a music shop. The store now serves as headquarters for Lee’s record label, and he plans to establish the space as “a hub for underground music and arts.” Lee has already begun planning a myriad of performances and salons, and eagerly anticipates any opportunity to share his passion for “unorthodox” music. Monomer Audio Emporium is the go-to destination for musicians seeking new and customized equipment, music buffs who want to expand their horizons, and thrill seekers of all ages. Dr. Monomer’s collection has something for all of these and more, and “his” store is a one-of-a-kind destination. Come check it out! R

Doc Monomer Audio Emporium 85 S Broadway, Suite 3, Nyack, NY (845) 875-7774 docmonomer.com E @whoisdocmonomer

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DE MOYA & ASSOCIATES, P.C.

THE LEGAL TEAM YOU CALL FOR DIVORCE/FAMILY LAW, BANKRUPTCY, AND IMMIGRATION SOLUTIONS STORY BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

“Our motto at de Moya & Associates is ‘Good Thinking and Practical Solutions.’ We advocate for our client’s rights, however we’re very realistic and acutely aware of the emotional, mental, and financial toll litigation has on our clients. Our firm is here to help, not bury our clients in legal fees, or make an already difficult situation worse. That’s why, in addition to our free divorce and bankruptcy consultations, we offer affordable payment plans. Ninety percent of our clients are referred by existing or former clients. I attribute our thriving practice to listening well, and legitimately caring about our clients. We provide personal and professional counsel to every client, taking the time to build a strong relationship in order to understand their specific legal needs and objectives. Our goal is to become your family attorney, the lawyers you turn to when a legal issue arises,” said Desirée de Moya, Esquire. The five (5) attorneys who are part of the expanding team at de Moya & Associates P.C. include de Moya, who has been practicing law for 25 years, Irene Martinez, Amanda Casella, Ivon Anaya, and Alexandra Bisesi. Martinez specializes in divorce/family law, criminal law, and immigration law. “I joined de Moya & Associates in 2015, a couple of years after graduating from Pace Law School. Since then I have helped hundreds of clients through stressful divorce and family law proceedings, and guided clients facing deportation and the complexities of the immigration laws. One of my priorities is to form a strong relationship with my clients−their case is as important to me as it is to them. I take pride in the work I do for my clients whether it is divorce or family or an immigration matter. These are life-changing events and that is how I approach them,” said Martinez. Casella assists the divorce/family law and immigration law teams. She is a graduate of Western New England University School of Law where she participated in a family mediation clinic assisting clients in resolving custody, visitation, and support disputes. “For more than a year 80 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

Desirée de Moya: “We offer affordable payment plans.”

Left to Right: Ivon Anaya, Esq., Irene Martinez, Esq., Desirée de Moya, Esq., Alexandra Bisesi, Esq., Amanda Casella, Esq.

I worked within the NYS Senate, assisting constituents in matters involving children and family issues. I am fully committed to advocating for my clients through personalized and dedicated legal representation and I look forward to beginning my legal career at de Moya & Associates,” noted Casella. Anaya practices bankruptcy, foreclosure defense, and immigration law. “I received my master’s degree in law


Left to Right: Amanda Casella, Esq., Ivon Anaya, Esq., Desirée de Moya, Esq., Alexandra Bisesi, Esq., Irene Martinez, Esq.

(LL.M) from Pace Law School, where I volunteered in the predatory lending and mortgage foreclosure defense program. I was also involved in the HUD-certified agency HDSW, which is where I gained extensive experience in foreclosure defense; bankruptcy was a natural extension of my. I am committed to zealously assisting my clients, and I pride myself on being sensitive to their needs. I approach each legal issue diligently, efficiently, and realistically, stated Anaya” Bisesi is the senior associate at the firm. She is an integral part of the divorce and family law team, and also handles some of the criminal law and traffic violations/DWI cases. “We support each other and brainstorm about our cases all the time. In this office, we offer a continuum of care from a legal perspective. There is a lot of excitement, passion, and motivation to do the right thing for our clients and to get them everything to which they are entitled under the law,” said Bisesi. An elected officer of the Rockland County Women’s Bar Association and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Rockland County Courthouse Child Care Center, Bisesi continues, “I bring energy, enthusiasm, and a fresh, practical

perspective to every case I handle. I advocate zealously on my client’s behalf to achieve their goals.” “In addition to divorce/family law, bankruptcy, and immigration, we handle just about any individual legal problem a person might have via our legalhousecalls.com service. Legalhousecalls.com allows us to offer our clients legal services that include, but are not limited to, criminal, personal injury, nursing home abuse, dental and medical malpractice, workers compensation claims, Social Security disability claims, and negligence claims (motor vehicle accidents, dog bites, and slip-and-falls)” said de Moya. R

de Moya & Associates, P.C. 163 South Main St, New City, NY (845) 639-4600 demoyalaw.com

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NORTHWELL HEALTH PHYSICIAN PARTNERS EXPANDS CARE INTO ROCKLAND COUNTY STORY BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

Left to Right: Dr. Stephen Thorp, M.D., Dr. Jack Hershman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Northwell Health Physician Partners (NHPP) is proud to announce that two of their expert physicians, Stephen Thorp, MD and Jack Hershman, MD, FACS, are now seeing patients in New City at 301 N. Main Street. Dr Thorp is board certified in pain management and anesthesiology; Dr Hershman is board certified in urology. As the leading provider of healthcare in New York state, Northwell Health now brings exceptional resources, research, and advances to the care of patients in Rockland County. NHPP, the employed physicians and staff of Northwell Health, work together to provide exceptional, comprehensive, and quality clinical care to patients, families, and communities through an integrated approach and with a commitment to exceeding expectations. Both physicians see patients in New City and Sleepy Hollow. Should surgical procedures be needed, they are performed at Phelps Hospital, conveniently located in Sleepy Hollow. Phelps Hospital was a top-rated hospital in Westchester County in 2019. The institution received a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the federal Department of Health and Human Services, as identified on the federal web site medicare.gov/hospitalcompare. 84 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

Dr. Thorp is looking forward to caring for patients in Rockland County. He noted, “There is no reason for anyone to live with pain all the time. As an NHPP provider, we use an individualized approach in caring for people. We help them with rehabilitation and dietary changes.” Dr. Thorp uses state-of-the-art pain management procedures like injections, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and radio frequency ablations to get patients, including athletes, back on their feet and engaging in life. Dr. Thorp also uses small surgeries, dietary and exercise strategies, and a variety of holistic options for easing pain with the latest proven techniques.   Dr. Hershman recently stated, “I’m the new face on the block, but I’ve been the director of prostate ultrasound and biopsy at Phelps Hospital in Westchester for 20 years. I bring state-of-the-art surgery to our patients using laser and telescopy to treat urological conditions. My pleasure comes from helping people and bringing about very good outcomes. With the new drugs and chemotherapy that are available, we are bringing about more favorable outcomes every day.” To make an appointment, call 914-269-1780 for Dr. Thorp and 845-638-0400 for Dr. Hershman. Both doctors take most insurance plans and their offices are handicap accessible. R


Dr. Stephen Thorp, M.D.

Dr. Jack Hershman, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Clarsktown Medical 301 N Main Street, New City (914) 269-1780 (Dr. Thorp) (845) 638-0400 (Dr. Hershman)

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN PREPARING YOUR WILL If you have been meaning to prepare a will but just haven’t gotten around to it, I assure you—you are not alone. Many individuals and couples postpone the issue. However, once you get over the initial hesitation and finally get your will prepared, you will feel a whole lot better. Here are several important points to consider when planning how to structure your estate: Specific Gifts: Are there specific items, perhaps your wedding ring or your stamp collection, that you wish to leave to someone in particular? If so, you can designate those gifts in your will. Residuary Estate: Any belongings or assets (including real estate) that are not given by way of a specific gift will be part of your residuary estate. Usually, this is done by leaving a share or a percentage of your residuary estate to someone or to more than person. Trusts: The subject of trusts is a very complex one. However, wills often dictate that, if a minor is inheriting a property, that property will be placed in a trust. It will not be released until the minor reaches the age designated by—although income from the asset (such as rents or interest) may be used for the care of the minor. Executor/Trustees: You will need to determine someone as the Executor (the person in charge of your estate) or the Trustee of any trust that is established by your will.

Guardianship: Your will can determine the guardian(s) of minor children in the event that both parents are deceased. Mirror Wills: Married couples may ensure that property will be equally distributed, regardless of which of them is the first to pass away. Thinking through these points in advance will help make the process easier when you discuss your estate with your attorney. R

Just for Laughs Courtroom testimony can be riveting, mundane or, sometimes, very funny. Here are a few real exchanges from trial transcripts: Lawyer: Now sir, I’m sure you are an intelligent and honest man— Witness: Thank you. If I weren’t under oath, I’d return the compliment. L: Was that the same nose you broke as a child? W: I only have one, you know. L: Isn’t it true that on the 5th of November last year, you rode naked through the streets on top of a dustcart, letting off fireworks, and singing, “I did it my way,” loudly? W: What was the date again?

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Scott Forman I’m going to paint a picture; it may sound familiar. You love your home, but it’s small, the layout is not ideal for your family, and you’re not in love with the neighborhood. You think your family is ready for an upgrade, so it’s time to give your old realtor a call. The next thing you know, your Realtor is taking you to see a few houses that very weekend! In the blink of an eye, you walked through the doors of your dream home. It’s perfect! But wait, I must sell the house I own already first, right? In the current housing market, characterized by strong demand and low inventory, competing to purchase a new home may be challenging, especially when you have a home to sell first. One potential solution is the use of a home-sale contingency, which gives you the flexibility to cancel the purchase contract in case you don’t find a buyer for your current residence. Given the current environment, however, the home-sale contingency is likely to be a dealbreaker. Sellers seek transactions that come with as few headaches as possible and a high probability of closing. Although you might be willing to hold two homes for a few months thinking this is no big deal, your mortgage lender might not give you an approval. Including the

mortgage payment on the exit property could potentially cause your debt-to-income ratio (DTI) to exceed underwriting guidelines.

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 In the high-flying realJersey where he is the estate market of the Co-President of The early 2000s, short-term Montvale Chamber of financing was available Commerce. to “bridge” the closing of the purchase of the new home and the sale of the current residence. In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, however, this type of financing is not an option for most buyers. Talk to an experienced lender. There are now parameters in place that will allow you to exclude the monthly mortgage payment on your current property from the debt calculation. This may help you buy a new home, while still in the process of selling your current one. Importantly, it will give you the comfort of knowing you have the option to compete in a tight real-estate market without imploding the deal by utilizing a home-sale contingency. R

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A PARTNERSHIP IN CARING

#PALISADESCARES

STORY BY JEANNINE DERAMO | PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY PALISADES CENTER

One of the most impressive features of the Palisades Center is its ongoing campaign with approximately 75 (and growing) non-profit organizations called #PalisadesCares. Through the Palisades Center, this partnership has provided meeting space and fundraising opportunities for nonprofits, and hosted thousands of community events over the past 2 years, from blood drives, to flash mobs, to awareness campaigns in the food court. Just some of the community organizations that have partnered with #PalisadesCares include the Indian Cultural Society, the Armed Forces, Camp Venture, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Buffalo Soldiers, People to People, and many more. Some past highlighted events include Laps for Literacy with the United Way of Rockland, gift wrapping with the American Cancer Society, and a flash mob with the Center for Safety and Change. One of the long-time groups comes from Nyack Hospital, holding their weekly Parkinson’s support group there for the past 20 years! An additional special feature for organizations is that #PalisadesCares will donate exclusive coupon booklets to nonprofits, totaling more than $100 in savings at a variety of Palisades Center merchants. “Giving back to the community is important to the Palisades Center team,” says Darrin Houseman, general manager of Palisades Center. “Palisades 90 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

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Toys for Tots Drive Every Weekend

(Date TBD) HiTor Pet Night With Santa

Dec. 7 and 8 - Rockland County Music Teachers Guild Performances

Dec. 20 - Rockland County Pastors

Cares is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the local nonprofit organizations throughout Clarkstown and Rockland County.” For nonprofit organizations looking to get involved with #PalisadesCares, assistant marketing director Catherine Horvath assures, “No request is too big or too small. Palisades is where community comes together.” R


OUR MISSION. Rivertown Magazine is the voice for real people and local businesses, connecting Rockland County’s vibrant lifestyles to all residents and visitors within an hour’s drive from NYC.

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TAPPAN REFORMED CHURCH

A Pillar of the Community in the Tappan Historic District STORY BY JEANNINE DERAMO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

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Rich in history and tradition, yet committed to forwardthinking progress, the Tappan Reformed Church was built in 1694 and has been serving the community ever since. The newer sanctuary was built and dedicated in 1835, but the manse, manse barn, and cemetery are all still in their original locations and offer a modern-day glimpse into the past. The manse is one of the oldest in the United States, and the manse barn is home to many local committees, organizations, and theatrical productions. The cemetery is also one of the oldest in the United States, with some tombstones dating back to the Revolutionary War. On October 24, 2019, the Tappan Reformed Church celebrated its official 325th anniversary, though the celebrations were hardly limited to that day. Pastor Donald Hoover (in residence since 2007) shared some of the highlights of this anniversary year: 92 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019


• On September 29, there was a re-enactment of the André trial. For those unfamiliar with the event, Major John André was a British army officer executed as a spy for acting in collusion with Benedict Arnold. “We made it part of our service that day,” shares Pastor Hoover.   • October 18 featured a festive community concert by music director Jeremy Wall. The concert featured recording artist Vaneese Thomas and Phil Hernandez (the only actor in Broadway history to have played both Jean Valjean and Inspector Javert in Les Misérables).   • At Orangetown Day, on October 19, many members of the community and the church came out to celebrate. “That’s very typical of what we do,” says the pastor. “Dutch churches are the center of the community− they invite everybody in during the fall and hold a big festival. There were bands and we had more than 5,000 people, from early in the day to late in the evening. Most people may not have realized it, but that’s very much part of our tradition,” the pastor added. • On November 1, the Tappan Reformed Church had the opportunity to share some of its storied history. Pastor Hoover explains, “We gave a little talk about the cemetery down at the historic district in town. We raised some of the headstones, some of which date back to 1800 or so, because many of those stones are brownstone, and they tend to fall down.” In addition to the celebrations, the completion of the sanctuary renovation was timed to coincide with the anniversary. “We’ve been planning and doing our restoration of the sanctuary for the last 10 years, and the last thing we were going to tend to, right before the celebration, was the interior work. Our paint restoration specialist, Sandra Griffin, came upon a paint scheme from the turn of the century. There was a church in Connecticut of the same era−vintage 1835, federal style−so we copied that paint style of gray and blue.” The result is the perfect blend; the inviting sanctuary is both historical and contemporary. The all-inclusive, welcoming parish has approximately 100 members. Two families have been members for nearly 50 years. This speaks to the true sense of belonging and commitment to moving forward together that the Tappan Reformed Church embodies. “We thought about the 200th anniversary of the church in 1894 and how they were very much forward thinking. The Civil War was over, and the church wanted to move ahead. So, we adopted that same

motif—that we want to look ahead to the future. While tradition is important, and the anniversary is important, we want to emphasize our place in the community and always keep looking ahead,” noted the pastor. R RivertownMagazine.com / 93


DOUBLETREE BY HILTON IN NANUET

A NEW YEAR’S GALA YOU WILL NEVER FORGET! STORY BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH

With a complete renovation, including new lighting and design, the DoubleTree by Hilton in Nanuet is now a destination place! Located at 425 East Route 59 in Nanuet, the DoubleTree will be holding what many call the best New Year’s Eve Gala in the Hudson Valley. “Our great chef, Doug Mulholland, at the Windsor Grille, and Sherry Jones, our food-and-beverage director, are at the top of their game, and are preparing a sumptuous feast,” said owner Jeff Weinberger. “Johnny Leone and his band, who tour all over America playing rock-and-roll and funk classics that make people just want to get up and dance, will bring in the New Year. Don’t forget to reserve a New Year’s Eve Room Accommodation Package that includes a great night’s sleep, a delicious breakfast, and use of the hot tub and pool. This way you can party and take the elevator home,” said Jeff. “After we completed our top-to-bottom renovation, we sought out the best chef and food-and-beverage director, and just got out of their way. Doug and Sherry have transformed our reputation for great cuisine and corporate service. We’ve spent more than $100,000 renovating and updating just our kitchen. For Thanksgiving alone, Doug prepares more than 500 covers 94 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

for our customers to rave reviews. We have a Wine Special for 2 that includes a 3-course dinner and dessert for $50 on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays,” Jeff noted. Doug continued, “The food for our restaurant, banquets, and room service is all prepared in the Windsor Grille kitchen. The grille is an American cuisine bistro with an international flair. I like to cook real food and then let the food speak for itself. I want the restaurant to be not just an amenity to the hotel, but a destination itself where the locals feel comfortable and the food is delicious. I just hired Gerardo Hernandez as my assistant, so my staff is in place for what’s expected to be the best New Year’s Eve Party ever!” Sherry has 25 years of experience running her own restaurant at a golf club upstate. “I know every aspect of my employees’ jobs in the bar, kitchen, and bathrooms, and my entrepreneurial spirit ensures that every banquet is treated as if it were my own. We do a lot of banquets here, and every weekend is filled with business and corporate events where breakfast, lunch, and dinner are required. We have all the necessary audio-visual equipment we need, and occasionally call in a tech if


needed. We have lots of sweet 16s, birthday parties, reunions, anniversaries, and corporate events. Guests can accumulate Hilton Honor points, and we also have drink specials and comedy club nights,” said Sherry. Jeff is a real estate developer with his brother, and has built in Rockland, Orange, and Bergen counties. He is currently building the Resorts at Arden Place, single-family homes for those 55 and over. “My dad built this hotel with a partner and later bought him out. We’re one of the largest hotels in Rockland with 154 rooms and 50 suites,” he said.  Join their New Year’s Eve celebration, and you’ll soon be holding all your events at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Nanuet. R

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton 425 E Rt 59, Nanuet, NY (845) 623-6000, ext. 7020 hilton.com/doubletree/nanuet L to R. Doug Mulholland, Executive Chef; Jeff Weinberger, Owner Double Tree by Hilton Hotels; Sherry Jones, Food & Beverage Director

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20TH Annual PHILANTHROPY DAY On November 7th 2019, the Rockland Development Council celebrated a local Rockland County philanthropist at the 20th Annual Philanthropy Day Breakfast which took place in the Crowne Plaza in Suffern, NY. Over 220 people attended the event and watched as keynote speaker Genevieve Piturro, Founder of The Pajama Program, gave a moving speech before the RDC awards. The RDC awards were presented to yet another four local philanthropists for their amazing contributions to individuals in need!

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ROCKLAND YOUTH DANCE ENSEMBLE TO CELEBRATE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NUTCRACKER PERFORMANCES;

ALUMNI TO RETURN FOR SPECIAL SHOWS STORY & PHOTOGRAPHY BY RYDE

The Rockland Youth Dance Ensemble (RYDE) will celebrate 40 years of bringing the beauty of The Nutcracker to Rockland County this December. The Nanuet-based nonprofit organization will celebrate the milestone with a party after the 7pm show on Saturday, December 14th, which will include performances by alumni from the past four decades. Many of RYDE’s alumni have gone on to perform on Broadway and across the globe. “The Nutcracker is a family event that is anticipated with great excitement all year long, but this year will be extra special. We have the oldest continually running student Nutcracker performance in the United States, and that’s a huge milestone for us to celebrate. We’re thrilled so many alumni have expressed interest in performing and attending,” stated Artistic Director Diane Coupé Frankel. She added, “Every year we hear from people who say our performances rival those they have attended in New York City. We have hundreds of talented students from Rockland, Orange, Bergen, Westchester, and Manhattan who participate each year and it is a wonderful opportunity to partake in a family favorite, stay close to home, and experience local talent.” The performances will be held at the Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Theatre at 145 College Avenue in Suffern; the celebration will be in the atrium outside the theatre. Tickets for every performance are reserved seating; $28 preferred seating, all other tickets $25 when 98 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

purchased online at showtix4u.com. Special tickets will be available for those who would like to attend the party. More than 220 ballet students ages 7 to 18 will perform in The Nutcracker this year. A number of the are high school seniors and many have performed in the Nutcracker every year for the past 11 years, starting out as angels and with several now playing the coveted role of the Snow Queen, Sugar Plum Fairy and the Dew Drop Fairy. Numerous families have multiple children performing in the Nutcracker this year including families with three siblings dancing. Alumni that will perform will be announced at a later date. RYDE, a nonprofit organization, was founded to offer a forum for students and emerging artists in dance and theatre, to develop their talents in a fully integrated environment of education and performance. In addition to putting on full theatre productions for the public to enjoy, RYDE supports qualified artists in their development of new projects and original performance works and offers Arts in Education workshops and residencies in schools for grades K through 12, as well as a Master class series for post-high school students. RYDE also provides opportunities for under served students; More information may be found at their website at  rocklandyouthdanceensemble.org. At the helm of RYDE is the famed Diane Coupé Frankel, founder of Coupé Theatre Studio based in Nanuet. Coupé, who performed on Broadway with such stars as Barbra


Streisand, Angela Lansbury, and Zero Mostel, founded her studio nearly 50 years ago. Along with her staff, CoupĂŠ has trained thousands of children and adults from around the area; her studio offers everything from ballet, pointe, jazz and tap to musical theatre, hip hop, voice and drama. R

Nutcracker Performances Junior Company: Saturday, December 7: 1PM (Narrated) & 4PM Sunday, December 8: 1PM (Narrated) Senior Company: Friday December 13: 7PM (Narrated) Saturday, December 14: 1PM (Narrated), 4PM & 7PM (Gala Reception follows the 7PM show.) Sunday, December 15: 1PM (Narrated), 4PM Tickets: Purchase online at showtix4u.com

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The perfect holiday gifts FOR THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY D.S.Z. BARBERS

When it comes to grooming products, men don’t always splurge on themselves, so that’s exactly why grooming products are the perfect holiday gift! From shaving products to styling tools, check out our curated list of holiday grooming gifts for the most important men in your life. For Your Husband or Father: Choose something that he’ll be excited to use every morning. Most men who have corporate or service jobs are required to look wellgroomed with little to no facial hair. Our top pick this season is the Proraso Vintage Gino Tin. Pop the lid and you’ll find three full-sized shaving products from the oldschool Italian shaving brand to ensure silky smooth skin.

Included in the tin are a pre-shave, shaving cream, and an after-shave balm. For Your Son or Brother: Younger men usually choose to simplify all aspects of personal grooming, so when it comes to hair maintenance, owning a hair dryer isn’t exactly something they might consider on their own. Depending on their hairstyle, a nice comb and some hair products might be all that’s necessary to achieve their signature look. For guys sporting longer locks, however, a good blow dryer may be just what they need to whip their mane into shape. For a pomade or paste to be most effective, it needs to be styled in dry hair, so using a blow dryer will help prevent the greasy, oily look some people get when they use pomades incorrectly. When it comes to hair products, select something water-soluble, like Reuzel’s Red Pomade, which is crafted from natural oil, so it gives the shine and hair control young men need. The added bonus is that it washes right out, without leaving residue or an oily build-up.

STEVE ZUCCATo owner of D.S.Z. Barbers Inc in Nyack, (845) 348-1500


For Your Boss or Client: Bring something new to the corporate gift-giving season! This year, give the gift that will not only make him feel like a million bucks, but will make him look like it, too! Your boss and clients are sure to appreciate a gift certificate from D.S.Z. Barbers Inc. in Nyack for a Hot Towel Straight Razor Shave. This gift shows them that you want to give them something unique, masculine, and, what’s more, it says, “You deserve this special treatment!” Whether you’re gifting or getting, these fine selections are certain to surpass the excitement of last year’s tie or socks! D.S.Z. Barbers Inc. carries a full selection of products, including badger shaving brushes, specialty soap bars, beard oils, mustache wax, hair creams, pomades, and more! Happy holidays! R

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M E IR YE D ID’S

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MAGIC, GAMES, PUZ ZLES, ILLUSIONS, HACKS & SCAMS FOR ENTERTAINMENT PU RPOSES ONLY! There is a branch of magic that specializes in hidden mathematical principles used to create impossibilities. There are even magicians who refer to themselves as “Mathmagicians.” What you are about to read will seem very complicated, but I promise that by the end, you’ll be able to do a cool and funny magic trick with practically no effort. The number nine is perhaps the most interesting number in all of mathematics, and its unique features are often used to create the impossible. Here are some interesting facts & tricks: You can figure out the total of any single-digit number when multiplied by 9 simply by looking at your fingers: Hold both hands palm up. Let’s say you want to find out what the product is of 4 x 9. All you have to do is bend the finger in the position that you want to multiply, in this case it will be the fourth finger from the left (your left ring finger) and look at your hands. As seen in photo

1, there will be 3 fingers to the left of the bent one and 6 fingers to the right, so the answer is 36! Try it! It will work with anything up to 9 x 9. Nine is a perfect square (3 x 3=9). To find out if a number is divisible by nine, all you have to do is add up the digits and if the total is a multiple of nine then the original number is divisible by nine. For example: To find out if 2,538 is divisible by 9 all you have to do is add up the digits: 2+5+3+8=18. Since 18 is divisible by 9, it means that 2,538 is also divisible by 9! In this case, the answer is 2,538x9=282! If you add up the digits of any number that is divisible by nine and keep doing that until you end up with a single digit the total will always be nine! Here it is from the example above using the number 2,538. If you add up all the digits you get: 2+5+3+8=18. Now add up those two digits: 1+8=9! This will work with any number that is divisible by 9. If you subtract the digital sum of any number from the original number, the total is always a multiple of 9. Sounds complicated, but this is an important principle and is very useful in magic. What it means is that if you take any 2-digit number (let’s say 38) add the two digits together (3+8=11) subtract that from the original number (38-11=27). Notice that 27 is divisible by 9! This will happen every single time!

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There are many other characteristics of this magical number that can be very fascinating, fun, and educational. I recommend you search the web for more information.

Meir Yedid is an award-winning magician and writer. He is also the CEO of MyMagic and Gambling Incorporated. You can reach him at MeirYedid.com

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THE 4½ TRICK What your friends think they see:

What really happens:

Your friend will think of a number and do some simple math until they have a total that only they know. You tell them that the total number of gummy bears under the cup is exactly the number they’re thinking of, which will seem impossible, since they’ll be thinking of 4½. Under the cup they will find 4½ gummy bears!

Using the devious mathematical principles explained earlier, you will force your friend to think of 4½.

You will need a cup that you can’t see through, a bag of gummy bears, and a pair of scissors.

If they say it’s a one-digit number, then they’re already thinking of the number 9 and you can skip the next step.

Using the scissors, cut one of the gummy bears in half the long way as seen in photo 2 and put it back into the bag of candy, so it sits on top.

If they’re thinking of anything else, you want them to add up the 2 digits of their new number. Once they do this, say something like, “The number you’re thinking of is probably still too big, but let’s make this tough. Add up the 2 digits of your number, for example if it’s 12, 1+2=3. Are you done?”

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Begin by reaching into the bag and remove the half gummy plus 4 others and place them under the cup. Don’t let anyone see how many you placed under the cup! Just tell them it’s your prediction.

Now have them think of any 2-digit number. I usually say something like, “Think of any 2-digit number like your age, your friend’s age, your parent’s age or any other 2-digit number you like. It’s up to you.”

This is when the number they must be thinking of is 9. You can, of course, have 9 gummy bears under the cup as your prediction, but if you take it one step further, then it will appear you made a mistake and it will make the ending that much more impressive and even funnier. Now have them think of one-half of the number that’s in their mind. One-half of 9 is 4½. As soon as they do the math in their head you will see a smile on their face because they will realize that you messed up. There is no way you have 4½ gummies under the cup.

Let’s say they’re thinking of a large number like 78. Now have them add up the two digits of their number. You might want to say, “You’re probably thinking of a number that’s much larger than the number of gummy bears I have under the cup. I want you to add the 2 digits of your number together. For example, if you’re thinking of 12, then add the 1 and the 2 to get a total of 3. Do you understand?” They will add up the two digits 7+8 to get a total of 15. You now want them to subtract their new total from their original number. At this point I may say something like, “I want to make this really impossible. I want you to subtract this new number from your original number. You can use your phone’s calculator if you like.” They will now subtract 15 from their original number of 78 to get 63. You now have to find out if they have a one-digit number or a two-digit number as in the example. I usually ask something like, “Is the new number you’re thinking of a large one or a one-digit number?

But you do! Before lifting the cup and revealing the 4½ gummy bears (as seen in photo 3), I say something like, “Before we started, I took a handful of gummy bears and put them under the cup. You then thought of any number you wanted and kept adding the digits until you ended up with one number. You then cut that number in half. There is absolutely no way I could have known in advance what you thought of, but believe it or not, under that cup is the same exact number of gummy bears as the number you’re thinking of. Now, for the first time, please tell everyone what number you’re thinking of.” Photo 3

When they say 4½, everyone around them will laugh, knowing that you messed up. But when you lift the cup and show everyone the 4½ gummy bears, you’ll get the last laugh! R

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RIVERTOWN FILM AT NYACK CENTER

WED. DEC. 11 – 8PM AT NYACK CENTER TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM Directed by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders USA, 2019, 120 minutes, documentary, PG-13 Rivertown Film cordially invites you to join us in remembering Toni Morrison (1931–2019), preeminent novelist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and a longtime local resident. Made before she died, the film includes extensive interviews. As Toni Morrison did in her writing, the film leads viewers through an exploration of race, America, history, and what it means to be human. After the film, Bill Batson will moderate a discussion with Dr. Craig Stutman, Joshua Leach, and Dr. Tracyann Williams, Chair and members, respectively, of the Toni Morrison Society’s Bench by the Road Project. Community Partners include the Nyack Library, Nyack NAACP, Nyack Center, and Nyack Sketch Log. Members of the NAACP will receive the Rivertown Film member discount on tickets. R 106 / Rivertown Magazine December 2019

“She is candid, funny, and sometimes guarded—GreenfieldSanders and Morrison’s friends and colleagues are scrupulous about respecting her privacy— with the charisma of someone who knows what she’s talking about.” – A. O. Scott, The New York Times

Information Broadway at Depew, Nyack, NY All films presented digitally 845.353.2568 or rivertownfilm.org Tickets at the door, in advance from 800.838.3006 or online at rivertownfilm.org. 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.


Rivertown Raves Broadway Reviews for Theatre Lovers THE LIGHTNING THIEF BY TOM RILEY | PHOTOGRAPHY BY MATTHEW MURPHY

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he Lightning Thief is a stunning Broadway interpretation of Rick Riordan’s first young adult novel in the hit Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Riordan’s novels have sold more than 175 million copies in 42 countries, and his inaugural book is now galvanizing Broadway-goers as a rock musical. It is currently playing at the Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street) for a limited 16-week holiday engagement. Already nominated for three Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, The Lightning Thief is brought to life on the stage with outstanding performances by Chris McCarrell as Percy Jackson, Izzy Figueroa, Jorrel Javier, Ryan Knowles, Sam Leicht, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, James Hayden Rodriguez, Jalynn Steele, T. Shyvonne Stewart, and Kristin Stokes. “With one foot in Harry Potter and another in Dear Evan Hansen this winning adaptation of the best-selling DisneyHyperion novel by Rick Riordan is ‘electrifying,’” acclaims The Chicago Tribune.

“Fans cheer like the ball is being dropped on New Year’s Eve.”

“Fans cheer like the ball is being dropped on New Year’s Eve,” according to New York Magazine. “It hits the sweet spot,” The Wall Street Journal raves. These and other accolades have been generously given to The Lightning Thief, a well-told story about growing up and finding your place in the world. This endearing coming-of-age tale is illuminated by the spellbinding music and the dazzling special effects. It tugs at the heartstrings of all, young and old. Director Stephen Brackett keeps this two-hour show traveling at warp speed. Joe Tracz and Rob Rokicki have well-captured the narrative of a troubled teen with ADHD and dyslexia, who eventually overcomes his fears. It is a celebration of the things that make you different and how it is possible to turn those qualities into your greatest strengths. With the holidays coming up, consider bringing the entire family to watch The Lightning Thief. R Charles Isherwood of Broadway News described the play as “a thoroughly endearing family-friendly musical”

– New York Magazine

“It hits the sweet spot.” – The Wall Street Journal

THE LIGHTNING THIEF Longacre Theatre (220 W. 48th Street) For more information and to buy tickets lightningthiefmusical.com

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NYACK HALLOWEEN PARADE PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAMANTHA FINCH & THE NYACK CHAMBER

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce hosted its 32nd annual Halloween Parade on Saturday, October 26 in the heart of Nyack. The event, organized by the Chamber and sponsored by leading local merchants, once again broke records for color, creativity and the sheer size of the spectator crowd—estimated at over 20,000. “Travel Channel ranks Nyack’s parade in their top Halloween events nationwide,” said Roger Cohen, President, Nyack Chamber. “After this year’s performance, Nyack’s celebrations could well move up a notch just based on the ‘wow’ factor—which gets more spectacular every year.” The Nyack Halloween parade and contests are made possible by generous support from Guinness/Oak Beverages, Better Homes and Gardens/Rand Realty of Nyack, Rivertown Magazine’s First Annual Foodie Fest (October 27 through November 16), Lauren Murray Law Offices, Greenbush Construction, Time Hotel Nyack, Nyack Boat Charter and Nyack Sketch Log. R

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Best Group The Nook Family “Circus Family”

Best Costume Sarah Omer, Monsey NY “Moana”

Best Costume Runner-Up Tara Rourke “Snack Machine”


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NOVEMBER 6, 2019 • DVINE PIE, PIERMONT

On November 6, Rivertown readers, advertisers and friends gathered together at DVine Pie in Piermont, NY, for the November Rivertown Exchange. The event ended up being a fantastic time with great beer, food and networking. R

WHO’S WHO 1. Rob Dalaba & Patrick D’Auria 2. Judith Scandiffio smiling after winning the gift

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9. Dvine Pie Grilled Cheese Pizza is a must have. 10. Debra Richardson grabbing a slice at DVine Pie. 11. Mike Starvaggi & Adam Kalendar 12. The DVine Pie chalkboard is fun for everyone. 13. DVine pie staff passing around delicious pizza. 14. Jeannine and Dave Deramo

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DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS December 1, 2019

Amy Kaslow, Life After War: Disturbed Vassar College’s Old Bookstore Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY. Visit amykaslow.com for more details.

Winterfest Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club, Sloatsburg, NY. 1PM–6PM Breakfast with Santa hosted by WMC Health Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY. 9AM–11AM.

Holiday Festival – 2019 Cornwall, NY, 3PM–5:45PM Pet Nights with Santa Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY. 9AM–11AM

December 2, 2019

Meditation on the Inner Light with Dr. Frank Pawlowski, Ed.D Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY. 12PM–1PM

Nutcracker 40th Anniversary Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY. Find showtimes and tickets at showtix4u.com

December 8, 2019

Trucks-N-Trees, The Warwick Food Truck Festival St. Stephen-St. Edward School, Warwick, NY. 11AM–4PM Breakfast with Santa Villa Venezia, Middletown, NY. 9AM–1PM

Pet Nights with Santa Palisades Center, West Nyack, NY. 9AM–11AM

Nyack Holiday Gift Fair West Gate Restaurant, Nyack, NY. 10AM–5PM

December 4, 2019

Christmas Concert Dominican College Hennessy Center, Blauvelt, NY. 3PM

Wednesday Movie Matinee Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY. 1PM

December 6, 2019

Surviving the Holidays, Holiday Self Care Nanuet, NY. 7:15PM –8:30PM

Adult Gingerbread House Party Pennings Farms, Warwick, NY. 7PM–8PM, $25 includes gingerbread house and 1 adult craft beverage.

Messiah Sing by Grace Music Grace Church Nyack, NY. 4PM

“Much Ado About Nothing” Bergen Community College’s Anna Maria Ciccone Theatre, Paramus, NJ. 7:30PM

Armchair Art Tour: Meet George Washington Tappan Library, Tappan, NY. 2PM, register at taplib.org or call 359-3877.

December 10, 2019

December 7, 2019

December 12, 2019

Jersey Jubilation Tappan Library, Tappan, NY. 1:30PM, register at taplib.org or call 359-3877.

Office for the Aging Satellite Office Tappan Library, Tappan, NY. 12PM, register at taplib.org or call 359-3877.

Christmas In The Village Museum Village, Monroe, NY. 12PM–5PM

December 14, 2019

Winter Fest Adams Fairacre Farms, Inc, Newburgh, NY. 11AM–5PM.

Winter Wonderland Light Festival Congers Lake Memorial Park, Congers, NY. 6PM

Sugar Loaf Holiday Celebration Sugar Loaf, Chester, NY. 12:30PM–4:30PM

Holiday Lights in Nyack Veterans Park Gazebo. 4PM–6PM. Suffern Christmas Parade Downtown Suffern, Lafayette Ave, NY. 6:30PM–8:30PM Christmas Wonderland Festival and Vendor Market Rockland GAA, Orangeburg, NY. 2PM–10PM

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Holiday Party hosted by Rockland Road Runners Paramount Country Club, New City, NY. 2PM–6PM Holiday Parade Orangeburg Fire Department, Orangeburg, NY. 6PM–9PM


December 15, 2019

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One Fine Tapestry: A Carole King Tribute Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY. 2PM–3PM Rockland County Brunch Pier 701 Restaurant and Bar, Piermont, NY. 11AM–2PM

December 18, 2019

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia Tappan Library, Tappan, NY. 6PM, register at taplib.org or call 359-3877 Wednesday Movie Matinee Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY. 1PM

December 21, 2019

Winter Solstice Event Rockland County Pride Center, Nyack, NY. 4PM–7PM

December 27, 2019

Mike Lombardi & Friends Ole Tapas Bar, Suffern, NY. 8PM–11:30PM

December 31, 2019

11th Annual Ring in the New Year at Noon New Roc, New Rochelle, NY. 10:30AM–12:30PM. $10 donation per family for New Rochelle Public Library Foundation

On-going Events... December 11–March 1

44th Annual Holiday Exhibition Historical Society of Rockland County, New City, NY. 12PM–4PM

November–March

Ice Rink Bear Mountain Inn, Tompkins Cove, NY. Times Vary.

Thursday’s, April–December

Nyack Farmers Market 8AM–2PM. Nyack, NY.

Now–December 14

The Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston is collecting winter accessories to be donated to local children in need as part of its annual “Mitten Tree.”

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HERO OF THE MONTH SUSAN MURPHY

Gary Parahus, the owner of Gary’s Gutter Services presents a Plaque honoring Susan Murphy as December 2019 “Hero of the Month” at a luncheon in Del Arte Restaurant in Orangeburg, NY.

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usan Murphy was chosen for her outstanding devotion to children with special needs. Five years ago, with the help of Wendy O’Sullivan, Joanne Hodges, Allyn Flaherty, Bernadette Doaran, and Teresa Finucane, Susan established Sinead’s Green Heart Foundation. The foundation is in memory of her daughter, Sinead, who had just passed away at the age of 11 after a courageous fight against a rare genetic disorder. The mission of the foundation’s is to help special needs children, as well as the organizations that offer help and support to them. Other recipients are Justin, from Queens; he received a motorized car seat. Another boy, Rafa, in Nyack, received several music therapy scholarships. The foundation has also contributed to the fight against Duchenne muscular dystrophy in Ireland. Presently, the foundation’s goal is to build playgrounds for children with special needs for Venture. If you would like to donate your time as a volunteer or donate funds to Sinead’s Green Heart Foundation, please call Susan at (845) 642-3569. You may also email her at info@Sineadsgreenheartfoundation.org. To visit the website, go to Sineadsgreenheartfoundation.com. If you would like to mail in a donation please send it to Sinead’s Green Heart Foundation, P.O. Box 183, Pearl River, NY 10965. R

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To Date, Beneficiaries Of The Sinead’s Green Heart Foundation Include: 1.

Jawonio, New City – It’s mission is to serve individuals with developmental disabilities, behovoral health challenges, and chronic medical conditions.

2. Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, Valhalla, received a donation for its Creative Arts Therapy Program. 3. Children of Promise Stables, Nanuet, received several scholarships.


THEY GOT WHAT?!

By Donna Cox of Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty Cell: (845) 641-8613 sweet treats and restaurants that are happy to host or cater your affair, we have it all here in the river towns. Also, please remember our local charities. People-to-People, the Nyack Center, Soup Angels, and many other local organizations need our help to make the holidays special for our neighbors in need. I wish you all the happiest of holidays, and a joyful, healthy, and prosperous New Year. With that, here are the homes that sold in the river towns in October. R

Our river villages are amazing all the time, but they’re simply magical during the holidays. When holiday shopping, remember our wonderful local businesses. By shopping locally, the money we spend keeps our businesses thriving and that helps the home values in our area. Our store owners thrive on outstanding service and personal attention, and they offer a wealth of ideas for the perfect gift for everyone on your list. From clothing, jewelry, and home furnishings, to

OCTOBER 2019 SALES IN THE ROCKLAND COUNTY RIVERTOWNS Style

Location

Address

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List Price ($)

Sale Price ($)

Colonial

C. Nyack

1 Cindy Lane

4

1.1

488,500

465,000

Colonial

U. Nyack

629 N. Broadway

4

3.1

899,000

899,000

Colonial

U. Nyack

201 Elm St.

4

2.1

650,000

685,000

Farmhouse

U. Nyack

346 N. Broadway

3

1.1

549,000

580,000

Colonial

Nyack

34 S. Midland Ave.

2

2

529,900

515,500

Colonial

Nyack

37 Lydecker St.

2

1.1

524,900

520,000

Two Story

Nyack

245 South Blvd.

4

3

499,900

466,000

Contemporary

Nyack

530 N. Midland Ave.

3

2.1

499,900

352,500

Ranch

Nyack

231 N. Highland Ave.

3

1.1

337,977

325,000

Condo

Nyack

290 High Ave.

1

1

169,000

161,000

Victorian

S. Nyack

118 Depot Place

5

2.1

699,000

699,000

Co-op

S. Nyack

3 Salisbury Place #3B

1

1

342,900

315,000

Ranch

S. Nyack

6 Lowland Dr.

2

1

263,900

190,749

Colonial

Piermont

900 Piermont Ave.

4

3.1

1,275,000

1,200,000

Contemporary

Piermont

280 Hudson Terrace

4

2.1

859,000

825,000

Condo

Piermont

203 Harber Cove

2

2

629,900

600,000

Condo

Piermont

101 Devries Court

2

2

479,900

483,000

Condo

Piermont

1 W. Lawrence Park Dr. #11

1

1

179,000

176,500

Condo

Piermont

65 Roundtree Circle

1

1

165,000

155,000

Colonial

Palisades

439 Oak Tree Rd.

4

2.1

599,000

580,000

Colonial

Palisades

86 Closter Rd.

3

2.1

548,000

540,000

Ranch

Palisades

7 Indian Hill Lane

4

2

449,000

435,000

October 2019 YTD vs. October 2018 - Single Family Homes

October 2019 YTD vs. October 2018 - Condos/Co-ops

The number of homes coming on the market increased 2.7% (229 YTD 2019 vs. 223 YTD 2018). The number of sales increased 12.2% (129 YTD 2019 vs. 115 YTD 2018). The average price decreased 12.3% to $701,220, and the median sale price decreased 6.3% to $590,000. Overall, the average price in Rockland County (inclusive of the river towns) was $494,152, down 0.9% over the same period last year. The median sale price in Rockland (inclusive of the river towns) was $456,500, down 0.8% over the same period last year.

The number of condos coming on the market increased 1.4% (73 YTD 2019 vs. 72 in 2018). The number of sales decreased 12.2% (36 YTD 2019 vs. 41 YTD 2018). The average price increased 0.6% to $413,171. The median sale price increased 34.2% to $369.000. Overall, the average price for condos/co-ops in Rockland County (inclusive of the river towns) was $256,146, up 4.1% over last year. The median sale price for condos/co-ops in Rockland (inclusive of the river towns) was $225,000, up 4.7% over the last year.

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WINING & DINING RESTAURANTS 8 North Broadway 8 N. Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-1200. 8northbroadway.com The ‘76 House 110 Main Street, Tappan. 845-359-5476. 76house.com AJ’s Crab Shack & Bar 125 Main Street, Nyack. 845-643-8888. Alain’s Bistro 88 Main Street, Nyack. 845-535-3434. alainspetitbistro.com Amici Restaurant and Pizzeria 303 Route 59, Nyack. 845-353-1650. amicinyack.net AquaTerra Grille 420 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-920-1340. aquaterragrille.com Babe’s 73 W. Railroad Avenue, West Haverstraw. 845-429-8647. Basque Tapas Bar and Restaurant 587 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-395-3100. basquetapasbar.com Banchetto Feast 75 W. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-624-3070. banchettofeast.com Bongo’s Fries 917-806-9063. bongosfries.com Broadway Bistro 3 South Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-8361. 3broadwaybistro.com Brookside Tavern 107 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-8797. brooksidetavern845.com Bunbury’s Coffee & Tea Shop 460 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-398-9715 BV’s Grill The Time Nyack. 400 High Avenue, Nyack. 845-675-8740. bvsgrillny.com Caked Up 40 Main Street, New City. 845499-2929. cakedupcafe.com Confetti Ristorante & Vinoteca 200 Ash Street, Piermont. 845-365-1911. confettiofpiermont.com Crossroads Gastro 724 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-512-8185. crossroadsgastro.com Del’Arte Restaurant 20 Mountainview Avenue, Orangeburg. 845-365-2727. delarterestaurant.com El Cuano 233 Main Street, Nyack. 845-405-9086. Grub Asian 724 W Nyack Road Suite #3, West Nyack. 845-535-3580. Hudson 303 116 NY-303, Tappan, NY. 845-848-2441. hudson303.com

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J Petal 85 Main Street, Nyack. 845-353-8500. Joe & Joe Restaurant 65 East Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-620-1800. 173 Main St, Nyack, NY. 845-535-3888. joeandjoerestaurant.com Kobe Sushi 195 S. Main Street, New City. 845-638-2202. kobenewcity.com La Fontana Family Italian Restaurant 93-95 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-3770. lafontanaofnyack.com La Terrazza Restaurant 291 S. Main St., New City. 845-638-0757. laterrazzarestaurant.com Lynch’s Restaurant 79 S. Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-553-9300. lynchsny.com Marcello’s Ristorante 21 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern. 845-357-9108. marcellosgroup.com Mount Ivy Cafe 14 Thiells Mount Ivy Road, Pomona. 845-354-4746. mountivycafe.com Mumbai Dreams 9 Ingalls Street, Nyack. 845-643-8333. mumbaidreamsnyack.com Nanuet Restaurant 211 Main Street, Nanuet. 845-623-7177. OD’s Tavern 66 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-0180. ods-nyack.com Pasta Cucina 32 S. Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-786-6060. mariospastacucina.com Petey Wheaty’s 145 S. Main Street, New City. 845-708-5554. Pier 701 701 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-848-2550. pier701ny.com Quinta Steakhouse 24 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-5565. quintasteakhouse.com Restaurant X & Bully Boy Group 117 N Route 303, Congers. 845-268-6555. xaviars.com Rivertown Taphouse 5 Roundhouse Road, Piermont. 845-848-2923.   rivertowntaphouse.com Salud Wine Bar 159 Main Street, Nyack. 845-353-2525. Sonoma Grille 100 Thiells Mount Ivy Road, Thiells. 845-354-8900. sonomarockland.com Sparkill Steakhouse 500 Route 340, Sparkill. 845-398-3300. sparkillsteakhouse.com Sushi & Kimchi 328 NY-59, Nyack. 845-535-3800. sushi-kimchi.com

The King & I 93 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-8588. kingandinyack.com The Whiskey Kitchen 60 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-535-3666. thewhiskey-kitchen.com Two Henry’s at the Hilton Pearl River 500 Memorial Drive, Pearl River. 845-735-9000 Union Restaurant & Bar 24 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-4354. unionrestaurant.net UNoodles Snack Bar 14 Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-947-7625. unoodles.net Vibes Cafe 17 N. Franklin Street, Nyack. 845-535-3750. vibescafenyack.com Vicolo Ristorante 216 Old Tappan Road, Old Tappan. 201-497-8777. vicoloristorante.com Y’s Lounge 296 NY-17, Hillburn. 845-357-4270. mtfujirestaurant.com West Gate Restaurant 26 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-8100. westgaterestaurant.com CATERERS Jason’s Kitchen 917-656-0456. jasonskitchen.net 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. townandcountrycaterers.com CAFES, DELIS, BAKERIES DD Patisserie 9163 Main Street, Nyack. 845-353-2031. Dean’s Coffee Co. 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-920-8043. deanscoffeeco.com The Outside In Cafe 249 Ferdon Ave, Piermont. 845-398-0706. MUSIC UP Lounge Restuarant & Bar 91 Main St. Nyack. 845.535.3266. Uploungeny.com. West Gate Lounge at the West Gate Inn Nyack, 26 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-8100. westgatelounge.com


SHOPPING & BUSINESS GUIDE See our full list of Rivertown approved businesses at RivertownMagazine.com ACUPUNCTURE New City Acupuncture & Wellness Center 125 South Main Street, New City, 845-579-2428, newcitywellness.com ART CENTERS Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts 4 Bell Lane, Orangeburg NY. 845-596-0870. bellans.com Penguin Rep Theatre 7 Cricketown Rd. Stony Point, NY. 845-786-2873 ASSISTED / SENIOR LIVING Dowling Gardens 190 Kings Highway, Sparkill. 845-365- 1662. Dowlinggardens.org Esplanade at Palisades 640 Oak Tree Road, Palisades. 845-359-7870. esplanadeatpalisades.com. Fountain View 2000 Fountainview Drive, Monsey. 888-701-8442. fountainview.org Nyack Ridge 476 Christian Road, Valley Cottage. 845-268-2712. 845-268-6861. nyackridge.com Promenade at Chestnut Ridge 168 Red Schoolhouse Road, Chestnut Ridge 845-620-0606. promenadesenior.com Promenade Senior Living at Blue Hill 582 Veterans Memorial Drive, Pearl River. 845-735-6846. promenadesenior.com ATTORNEYS The Bachman Law Firm 245 S. Main Street, Suite306, New City. judith@thebachmanlawfirm.com. 845-639-3210. thebachmanlawfirm.com Valerie J. Crown 151 N. Main Street, New City. #402 vcrownlaw@aol.com. 845-598-8253. valeriecrown.com DeMoya & Associates 163 S Main Street, New City. 845-639-4600. demoyalaw.com. Gary Lipton, Esq 55 Old Turnpike Road, Suite 304, Nanuet. 845-624-0100. garyliptonlaw.com Mediation Associates of NY & NJ, LLC 877-666-9601. starrmediation.com Starvaggi Law Offices 845-589-9456. starvaggilawoffices.com

AUTOMOBILES & MOTORBIKES 202 Collision 16 Wayne Avenue, Suffern. 845-368-0040. 202collisionny.com. Audi Nyack 127 Route 59, Nyack. 845-689-3399. 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. lukesautobody.net

CAMPS / DAY CAMPS Amazing Grace Circus 130 First Avenue, Nyack. 845-721-5059. amazinggracecircus.org Rockland County YMCA Summer Camp, 35 South Broadway, Nyack. rocklandymca.org

ANTIQUES / COLLECTIBLES Awesome Antiques 2 B Franklin Avenue, Pearl River. 845-499-4593, 845-920-1244. awesomeantiques.wixsite.com

CARPET / FLOORING Carpets Plus Color Tile 205 Route 9W, Congers. 845-267-0800. carpetsplusofny.com

BEAUTY 122 Park Salon 122 Park Avenue, New City. 845-499-2080. 122parksalon.com Bella Tu Med Spa 172A Main Street, Nyack. 845-547-0634 European Wax Center 5105 Fashion Drive, Nanuet. 845-623-6000. waxcenter.com Innovative Esthetics 274 N. Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-735-2610. innovativeesthetics.com Lief Beauty Boutique 85 S. Broadway, Suite 7, Nyack. 845-641-9540. liefbeautyboutique.com Salon Allure 368 New Hempstead Road, New City. 845-708-5878. salonallurenewcity.com BED AND BREAKFAST Bricktown Inn 112 Hudson Avenue, Haverstraw. 845-429-8447. bricktowninnbnb.com BRIDES A Personal Touch 44 Franklin Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-4200. partyrentalspearlriver.com Bridal Accents 87 Maple Avenue, New City. 638-3956.

CARDS & GIFTS Hallmark Gift & Card Gallery 232 South Main Street, New City. 845-634-3447. stores.hallmark.com

CHIMNEY CLEANERS Pete’s Chimneys & More 845-267-3333. CHIROPRACTORS Dr. Lynn C. Friedman 6 Medical Park Dr, Pomona. 845-786-2022. drlfriedman.com Gregory Chiropractic 5 Grandview Avenue, Nanuet. 845-623-3939. 634-8877 gregory-chiropractic.com CHURCHES / SYNAGOGUES First Reformed Church 18 S Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-5518. nyackreformed.org St. John the Baptist R.C. Church 895 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-359-0078. stjohnspiermont.org stjohnspiermont@optonline.net Tappan Reformed Church 32 Old Tappan Road, Tappan. 845-359-6506. tappanreformed.rcachurches.org The Reform Temple of Rockland 330 N Highland Avenue, Upper Nyack. 845-358-2248. Temple Beth Sholom 228 New Hempstead Road, New City. 845-638-0830. tbsrockland.org Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockland County 130 Concklin Road, Pomona. 845-354-1789. uurocklandny.org

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CLEANING Merry Maids 50 North Harrison Avenue #11, Congers. 845-634-4322. merrymaids.com CLOTHING Dusty Rose 70 S Main Street, Suite 2, New City. 845-638-1133. Maria Luisa 77 S Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-4122. Women’s clothing and accessories. marialuisaboutique.com COMPUTER EagleTech Computers 62 S. Main Street, Pearl River. 845-735-1381. eagletechcomputers.com CONFERENCE CENTERS Crestview Conference Center 440 W Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-620-7207. crestviewconference.org HNA Palisades Premier Conference Center 334 Route 9W, Palisades. 845-7326000. hnapalisades.com CONSIGNMENT STORES Designer Consigner 302 Route 304, Nanuet. 845-507-0245. designerconsignerny.com CONSTRUCTION APEX Contracting and Remodeling Solutions Inc. 457 North Liberty Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY. 914-262-7077 Empire State Builders & Contractors 18 West Route 59, Nanuet. 845-425-0003. empirestatebuilders.com Frank Fuchs Construction Garnerville 845-893-5448. frankfuchsconstruction.com COUNTRY CLUBS Edgewood Country Club 449 Rivervale Road, Rivervale, New Jersey. 201-666-1200. edgewoodnj.com DANCE STUDIO Coupe Theatre Studio 430 Market Street, Nanuet. 845-623-2808. coupedance.com. Studio Jacked Dance Company 149 Main Street, Unit K, Nanuet. 845-623-5225. studiojacked.com

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DENTISTS / ORTHODONTICS Dental365 Ira M. Bernstein, DDS 195 South Main Street, New City. 845-354-6969. GoDental365.com. Dr. Todd W. Auerbach 16 Squadron Blvd. Suite 100, New City. 914-200-8136. Nyack Pediatric Dentistry 265 N. Highland Avenue, Rte. 9W, Suite 101, Nyack. 845-512-8434. nyackpediatricdentistry.com Rockland Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics 238 N Main Street, New City. 845-634-8900. rocklandpediatricdental.com Rockland Smile Builders 1 Mariner Way, Monsey, NY. 845-362-7645. rocklandsmilebuilders.com Smile For Life Family & Cosmetic Dental 27 Townline Road, Pearl River. 845-623-4848. thesmileforlife.com Smile More Dentistry 140 Oak Tree Rd, Tappan, NY. 845-675-1512. dentist-tappan.com 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. tlcdentalrockland.com. Smile More Dentistry 140 Oak Tree Road, Tappan. 845-675-1512. dentist-tappan.com DOCTORS Advanced Audiology of NY 102 E Route 59, Nanuet. 845-501-7337. advancedaudiologyofny.com Clarkstown Pediatrics 35 Smith Street, Nanuet. 845-623-7100. 200 E Eckerson Road, New City 845-352-0527. Stony Point 845-786-5776. clarkstownpeds.com Clarkstown Medical Care 301 North Main St. New City. 845-638-0400. Clarkstown Urology 301 N. Main Street, Suite 2, New City. 845-638-0400. Crystal Run Healthcare (3 locations) 2 Centerock Road, West Nyack. 845-348-1100. 6 Liberty Square Mall, Stony Point. 845-786-5544. 48 New Main St., Haverstraw. Gramercy Pain Management 67 S. Main Street, Pearl River. 845-368-0800. gramercypain.com Hudson Valley Audiology Center 11 Medical Park Drive, Suite 205, Pomona. 845362-1350. hudsonaudiology.com 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. rocklandent.com Rockland Pulmonary 2 Crosfield Avenue, Suite 318, West Nyack. 845-353-5600. rocklandpulmonary.com Skin Center Dermatology Group 200 E Eckerson Road, New City. 845-352-0500. skincenterderm.com Stony Point Medical 43 South Liberty Drive, Stony Point. 845-241-5700. stonypointmedical.com Walk-In Medical Urgent Care 236 South Main Street, New City. 845-678-3434. urgentcareofny.com Dr. Jeffrey Wechsler 153 Franklin Tpk, Mahwah, NJ. 201-529-5999 Dr. Howard Werfel 40 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern.845-368-4100 EDUCATION Rockland Teacher Center Institute 20 George Street, Garnerville. 845-533-9516. rockteach.org Head Start of Rockland, Inc. Preschool Education, Haverstraw, Nyack, Spring Valley, 845-429-4122. headstartofrockland.org Haverstraw Head Start 845-429-2225. Nyack Head Start of Rockland 845-358-2234. Spring Valley Head Start 845-352-6671 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING AMC Electric 50 North Harrison Avenue, Suite 15, Congers. 845-729-4262. amcelectricinc.com Hush Electrical Contracting 14 Wayne Street, Haverstraw. 845-942-4874; cell: 845-721-3476. hushcorp.com ENTERTAINMENT Pine Ridge Dude Ranch 30 Cherrytown Rd, Kerhonkson, NY. 866-600-0859. pineridgeduderanch.com New City Bowl & Batting Cages 90 N Main St., New City. 845-634-4977.


Nyack Boat Charter 845-535-1675 nyackboatcharter.com Rockland Band Camp 42 S Franklin St. Nyack. 845-353-4701. eyevolution.com EYE CARE Eyevolution 30 Cherrytown Rd, Kerhonkson, NY. 866-600-0859. pineridgeduderanch.com FENCING Yaboo Fence Route 95 West Nyack Way, West Nyack, NY 10994. 845-358-0118. yaboofence.com FINANCIAL ADVICE Chestnut Investment Group 4 Executive Boulevard, Suite 204, Suffern. 845-3690016. chestnutinvestment.com O’Brien Capital Management 48 Burd Street, Suite 209, Nyack. 845-358-4930. obriencm.com Wells Fargo Advisors 17 Squadron Boulevard, New City. 845-638-4400. home.wellsfargoadvisors.com FIRE ALARM SYSTEMS / EQUIPMENT Bob’s Security 135 Route 304, Nanuet. 845623-0005. bobssecurityasap.com Bullet Security 400 East Route 59, Nanuet. 845-627-0300. bulletsecurityinc.com Inter County Alarm Systems 200 Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-8900. intercountyalarm.com FLOWERS & PLANTS Schweizer/Dykstra Beautiful Flowers 165 N Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-735-4079. schweizerflorist.com Tappan Zee Florist 176 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-2544. tappanzeeflorist.net FLORAL DESIGN Astilbe My Heart 85 South Broadway, Suite 5, Nyack. 845-664-5888 astilbemyheartdesigns.com FUNERAL HOMES George M. Holt Funeral Home 50 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-2159. gmholtfuneral.com T.J. McGowan Sons Funeral Home 71 N Central Highway, Garnerville. 845-429-6665. tjmcgowansonsfh.com Sorce Funeral Home 782 West Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-358-4433. sorcefuneralhome.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN Arlene Levine Design 3 Main Street, Nyack. 917-312-7002. arlenelevine.com. GUTTERS Gary’s Gutter Service 4 Gala Court, Congers. 845-450-1006. garysgutterservice.com HAIR & NAILS 122 Park Salon 122 Park Avenue, New City. 845-499-2080. 122parksalon.com Christine Cordey Salon 66 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-675-7950. christinecordeysalon.com D. Anthony Hair Studio 126 Main Street, Nyack. 845-535-3900. danthony.com DSZ Barbers Inc. 140 Main Street, Nyack. 845-348-1500. dszbarbersinc.com G.C. Hair & Co. 8 First Street, New City. 845-499-2552. gchairco.com Hair by Andrea 908-391-7704. hairbyandreanyack.com Maureen’s Hair Studio 646 Main St. Sparkill. 845-365-3257. New Synergy Salon 8 Second Street, New City. 845-893-5803. blondehairexpert.com Shear Magique Hair Studio 14 Thiells Mount Ivy Road, Pomona. 845-429-1798. shearmagique.com Toria Hair Salon 580 Route 303, Blauvelt. 845-359-7535. toriahairsalon.com HEARING Advanced Audiology of NY 102 E Route 59, Nanuet. 845-501-7337. advancedaudiology.com Hearing Solutions of Rockland 219 S. Middletown Road, Nanuet. 845-623-5020. hearingaidsrocklandny.com Hudson Valley Audiology Center 11 Medical Park Drive, Suite 205, Pomona. 845-362-1350. hudsonaudiology.com Pearl River Hearing 1 Old Middletown Road, Pearl River. 845-735-3277. pearlriverhearing.com HEALTH & FITNESS Dr. William Johnson, B.S, D.C. Nanuet Wellness and Weight Loss Center 221 S. Middletown Road, Nanuet. 845-623-0026. Nanuetfatloss.com. doctorwilliamjohnson.com

Rockland Hypnosis Center Hypnotherapist 11 Medical Park Drive, Pomona. 845-323-2766. rocklandhypnosiscenter.com Mind.Body.Massage 1 South Broadway, Suite B, Nyack. 914-772-4176. christeycurran.massagetherapy.com JCC Rockland 450 W Nyack Road, West Nyack. 845-362-4400. jccrockland.org Lazur LaVie 267 Main Street, Nyack. 845-623-6140. lazurlavie.com Nyack CBD Boutique 48 Burd Street, #204, Nyack. 917-863-2084. Nyack YMCA 35 S Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-0245. rocklandymca.org Pilates Central 5120 Fifth Avenue, Nyack. 845-358-1166. pilatescentralnyack.com Rockland Vein Center 873 Route 45, Suite 105, New City. 845-499-2333. palisadesveincenter.com Rosemary Narcisi Anne Penman Laser Therapy Center. 99 Main Street, Nyack. 845-675-7900. annepenman.com/nyack. nyannepenman@gmail.com Sundala Center for Wellness 39 W Thirty Second Street, Suite 1702, New York. 845359-4694. sundala.com Wholeness Center 7 New Lake Road, Valley Cottage. 845-268-7532. wholenesscenter.com 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. johnnyfixit.com Maye’s Painting & Powerwashing 845-735-1001. Nyack Wide Plank Floors 48 Burd Street, Nyack. 845-358-3566. wideplankflooring.com Westrock Pools 21 N. Middletown Road, Nanuet. 845-367-9377. westrockpools.com HOME & FURNITURE Fireplaces By Design 120 Route 59, Hillburn. 845-357-6062. fireplacesbydesigninc.com Furniture Medic 382 Route 59, Tall Pines Industrial Park, Airmont. 845-674-2329. furnituremedic.com Restoration 845-535-9249. The Outside In 29 Ferdon Avenue, Piermont. 845-398-0706. theoutside.in RivertownMagazine.com / 119


HOME INSPECTIONS Home Inspection Services 845-821-4063. abetheinspector.com HOTELS DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton 425 E Rt. 59, Nanuet. (845) 623-6000, ext. 7020. hilton. com/doubletree/nanuet West Gate Inn Nyack 26 Route 59, Nyack. 845-358-8100. westgateinnnyack.com Candlewood Suites 20 Overlook Blvd., Nanuet. 845-371-4445. ihg.com Time Nyack Hotel 2400 High Avenue, Nyack. 845-675-8700. thetimehotels.com Woodloch 109 River Birch Ln, Hawley, PA. 1-800-966-3562. thelodgeatwoodloch.com INSURANCE Allstate Don Dietrich Inc 240 Main Street, Nyack. 845-353-2244. agents.allstate.com Bauer-Crowley 643 Main Street, Sparkill. 845-359-4114. bauercrowley.com Emerald Medicare 15 N Mill St, Nyack. 845-358-1220 MJD3 Associates LLC 7-11 Suffern Place, Suffern. 845-533-2255. mjd3insurance.com Juan Santos Farmers’ Insurance 48 S. Main Street, Pearl River. 845-735-1000. agents.farmers.com Andy Sprauer 689 S. Mountain Road, New City. 845-323-8000. INTERIOR DECORATING Apex Contracting & Remodeling Solutions 914-262-7077. California Closets 83 South Main Street, New City. 917-592-1001. californiaclosets.com INVESTMENT BROKER J. Christopher Haera - Wells Fargo 17 Squadron Blvd, New City. 845-639-7238. home.wellsfargoadvisors.com Joseph Daniel Sassano 6 North Lawn Avenue, Elmsford. 914-202 3317. JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES Barry’s Estate Jewlery 295 Route 304, Bardonia. 845-624-7100. barrysestatejewelry.com The Jewelry Gallery 32 S Liberty Drive (Route 9W), Stony Point. 845-429-2613. thejewelrygalleryonline.com

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KITCHEN & BATH EZ Kitchen & Bath 301 W. Route 59, Nanuet. 845-501-7123. ezkitchenbath.com Grande Central Showroom - Fine Decorative Plumbing Fixtures & Hardware 575 Chestnut Ridge Road, Spring Valley. 845-573-0080. centralplumbingspec.com LAWN & GARDEN Danny Clapp Landscaping 59 Schriever Lane, New City, NY. 845.638.3614. dannyclapplandscaping.net The Bonsai Shack at Down to Earth 1040 Route 45, Pomona. 845-304-2183 thebonsaishack.com Majestic Lawn Care 424 Buena Vista Road, New City. 845-708-2988 or 845-627-3880. majesticlawnandlandscape.com Michael L. Naclerio Landscaping 110 North Greenbush Road, West Nyack. 845-627-3880. nacleriolandscaping.com LIGHTING & REPAIRS Lites Plus 210 E Rte 59, Nanuet. 845-215-9903. litesplusonline.com LIQUOR, WINE, BEER STORES Nyack Wine Cellar 43 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Nyack. 845-353-3146. nyackwinecellar.com MEDICAL SERVICES Montefiore Nyack Hospital 160 N. Midland Avenue, Nyack. 845-348-2000. montefiorenyack.org Hudson Valley Radiology Association 18 Squadron Blvd. New City. 845-634-9729. radnet.com Nyack Integrated Medical Services 300 E Route 59, Suite 112, Nyack. 845-353-3267. hudsonvalleyintegratedmedicine.com Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Therapy 577 Chestnut Ridge Road, Woodcliff Lake, NJ 201-478-1171 MORTGAGES CrossCountry Mortgage, Inc 102 Chestnut Ridge Road, Suite 200, Montvale. 201-505-0843. formanteam.com Wells Fargo Home Mortgage 50 Main St., White Plains. 914-286-4911. wfhm.com MOVING SERVICES Slattery Moving & Storage 845-727-1800.

NETWORKING Rockland Business Women’s Network (RBWN) 845-535-1011. rbwn.org PAINTING Maye’s Painting & Powerwashing 845-735-1001. PET CARE Camp Bow Wow 101 Route 304, Nanuet. 845-507-0068. campbowwow.com Canine Country Retreat 221 Craigville Road, Goshen. 845-615-1093. PEST CONTROL R. Dana Pest Control 845-786-5224. Pest Shield 51 Wayne Avenue, Suffern, NY. 845-357-4105. wekillbugs.net PHARMACY Koblin’s Pharmacy 96 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-0688. mygnp.com PHOTOGRAPHY Samantha Finch 845-492-7739. photographybysamanthafinch.com PHYSICAL THERAPY Access Physical Therapy & Wellness 200 E. Eckerson, Suite 290, New City. 845-578-9898. accessphysicaltherapywellness.com Advanced Physical Therapy 36 College Avenue, Nanuet. 845-627-8220. advancedphysicaltherapyofrockland.com Englewood Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Surgery 370 Grand Avenue, Englewood, NJ. 201-567-5700. englewoodsportsmedicine.com Joint Movements Physical Therapy 34 West Ramapo Road, Garnerville, NY. 845-271-4785. jointmovements.com. PICTURE FRAME SHOP Corner Frame Shop 40 S. Franklin Street, Nyack. 845-727-1240. thecornerframeshop.com PLASTIC SURGERY Dr. Michael Kalvert 339 S. Main Street, Suite 8, New City. 845-638-2101. kalvertplasticsurgery.com Plastic Surgery Center of New City 125 S. Main Street, New City. 845-634-4554.


PLUMBING & HEATING .CV Plumbing,  Heating & Air 50 Fairmount Avenue, Haverstraw. 845-271-2301. cvplumbing-heating-ac.com PROPERTY TAX CONSULTANT Richard O’Donnell 914-779-4444. retiredassessor.com PSYCHOTHERAPIST Hudson Valley Psychotherapy 99 Main Street, Nyack. 845-500-8675. hudsonvalleypsychotherapy.com Dr. Sally Nazari 845-236-5612. drsallynazari.com REAL ESTATE “Ask Adam” Blankfort 97 S. Broadway, S. Nyack. 845-641-3255. adam.baerhomes.com Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 46 South Broadway, Nyack. 358-7171. 19 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-3020. Donna Canfield - Weichert Realty 174 S. Main St., New City. 845-634-1668 Debbie Blankfort - William Raveis Baer & McIntosh 97 S. Broadway, S. Nyack. 914-522-5426. Donna Cox - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 46 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-641-8613. donnacox.com Ellis Sotheby International Realty 76 N Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-4250. ellissothebysrealty.com Frank Mancione - Lydecker Realty 914-953-0494. Friedberg Properties 213 Rivervale Road, River Vale, NJ. 201-666.0777. friedbergproperties.com Gail Bohlke - Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty 268 S. Main Street, New City. 845-589-5290. gailbohlkerealestate.com HBC Landmark Realty 3 W. Cavalry Drive, New City. 914-447-0714. Margo Bohlin - Better Homes & Gardens Susan Jackson - William Raveis Baer & McIntosh 12 Maple Ave, Warwick. 845-987-2000 Mark Dari - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 268 S. Main Street, New City. 914-772-1471. mark.dari@randrealty.com Noemi Morales Barile - Coldwell Banker 845-494-5015. noemimoralesbarile.com Patricia Sassi 12 Maple Ave. Warwick. 845-800-3937.

Peggy Connolly - Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty 19 E Central Ave, Pearl River. 914-715-5675. bhgre.com Rand Commercial Services 268 S. Main Street, Suite 100, New City. 845-770-1205. randcommercial.com Rand Realty 268 S. Main Street, New City. 845-304-4140. margo@margobohlin.com Rand Realty 46 S. Broadaway, Nyack. 914-629-8581. marylukens.randrealty.com Riso Realty 15 N. Mill Street, Nyack. 845-729-1179. risorealty.com Robin A. Miller 845-596-0459. Stephen McCardle - Compass NYC 646-641-3343, mcardle@compass.com Terry May - Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty 845-729-3030. terrymayrealtor.com SCHOOLS, CAMPS & DAYCARES Theresa Morahan Simmons Center 145 College Road, Suffern. 845-574-4561. sunyrockland.edu Head Start of Rockland, Inc 117 Route 9W, Haverstraw. 845-429-4122. headstartofrockland.org New City Jewish Center 47 Old Schoolhouse Road, New City. 845-638-9600. newcityjc.org Nyack Basics at the Nyack Farmers Market 845-353-7062. nyackbasics.org. Preschool Education - Head Start of Rockland, Inc. Haverstraw, Nyack, Spring Valley. 845-429-4122. headstartofrockland.org 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. rocklandymca.org Rockland Music Conservatory 45 South Main Street, Pearl River. 845-356-1522. rcmny.org RCT Music Group 267 C. Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-1236. rctmusicgroup.com Stage Left Children’s Theater 111 Route 303, Suite 113, Tappan. 845-365-9000. stageleftct.org SECURITY SYSTEMS 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. cooksglass.com SOLAR ENERGY Infinity Solar Systems 6 E Dexter Plaza, Pearl River. 845-250-3512. infinitysolarsystems.com ISI Solar - Solar system designers and installation 22 Third Street, New City. 845-708-0800. cleanenergyauthority.com Solstice Community Solar 866-826-1997. solstice.us/ny SPECIALTY SHOPS Danu Gallery 39 E. Central Avenue, Pearl River. 845-735-4477. thedanugallery.com Design Air 120 Route 59, Hillburn. 845-357-3580. designairinc.com Hallmark Gift & Card Gallery 232 S Main Street, New City. 845-634-3447. stores.hallmark.com Sanctuary 60 S Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-2126. sanctuary-home.com SPECIAL SERVICES A. & N. Rappaport Lock & Alarm Inc. 31 New Main Street, Haverstraw. 845-429-8400. rappaportlocks.com Anne Penman Laser Therapy 845-675-7900. 99 Main St. Suite 218, Nyack. Come Sit Stay 234 Route 9W, Haverstraw. 845-786-3647. comesitstayresort.com Foundations Recovery Community Center 25 Smith Street, #108, Nanuet. 845-215-9788. Jawonio Health Center 260 N Little Tor Road, New City. 845-708-2000. jawonio.org Eric David Laxman 478 Mountain View Avenue, Valley Cottage. 845-304-7615. ericdavidlaxman.com Mosquito Squad 845-215-9248. Cell # 845-405-3344. Rockland Cemetery 201 Kings Highway, Sparkill. 845-359-0172. rocklandcemetery.org Sparks of Life - Jewish Center for Parkinson’s Susan Lust, Managing Director, SPARKStudio. 845-300-4511. sparkstudiony.net SPECIAL ORGANIZATIONS DR Environmental 382 Route 59, Airmont. 845-517-5646. drenvironmental.net RivertownMagazine.com / 121


Historical Society of the Nyacks 845.418.4430. nyackhistory.org 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. centerforsafetyandchange.org Saint Dominic’s Home 500 Western Highway, Blauvelt. 845-359-3400. SPORTING GOODS A&J Arms 304 Route 304, Bardonia. 845-501-7200 or 845-825-0079. AandJArms.com Ski Barn (4 locations) 2990 Brunswick Avenue, Lawrenceville, NJ 609-530-1666 846 Route 17 North, Paramus, NJ 201-445-9070 795 Broad Street, Shrewsbury, NJ 732-945-3900 1308 Route 23 North, Wayne, NJ 973-256-8585 skibarn.com

TAX & ACCOUNTING Joseph A. Lux, CPA 4 Francis Avenue, Nyack. 845-358-1929. joelux.com Gloria Papasophocles, CPA 60 Dutch Hill Road, Suite 11B, Orangeburg. 845-848-2690. gloriacpa.com

WAC Travel 85 S. Broadway, Suite 1, Nyack. 845-535-1300. italygreece.com

THEATERS Antrim Playhouse 15 Spook Rock Road, Suffern. 845-354-9503. antrimplayhouse.com Penguin Repertory 7 Cricketown Road, Stony Point. 845-786-2873. penguinrep.org

Valley Cottage Animal  Hospital 202 N. Route 303, Valley Cottage. 845-268-9263. valleycottageanimalhospital.com

THRIFT SHOP Grace’s Thrift Shop 10 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-7488. gracechurchnyack.org Nyack Hospital Thrift Shop aka New To You 142 Main Street, Nyack. 845-358-7933. montefiorenyack.org Tappan Zee Thrift Shop 454 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-359-5753 TRAVEL AGENCIES Memory Queens, Cruise Planners 201-218-4410. memoryqueenstravel.com Present this ad and receive a FREE ONE-DAY PASS

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VETERINARIANS Pearl River Animal Hospital 19 S. Pearl Street, Pearl River. 845-735-3213. pearlriveranimalhospital.com

WATER SYSTEMS Abbey Ecowater Systems 69 W Church Street, Spring Valley. 845-356-1700. Culligan Water First Street, New City. 845-634-3336. culliganrockland.com WEDDING LOCATIONS Falkirk Estate and Country Club 206 Smith Clove Road, Central Valley. 845-928-8060. falkirkestate.com Paramount Country Club 160 Zukor Road, New City. 845-634-4626. paramountcountryclub.com WINDOW TREATMENTS Beacon Interiors 19 New Street, Nyack. 914-589-9270. Westrock Windows 30 Lake Road, Congers. 845-268-0463. westrockwindows.com


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Rivertown Magazine December 2019  

Rivertown Magazine is Rockland County’s #1 local print magazine, published monthly by Moon Media Group, LLC. With a readership of over 100,0...

Rivertown Magazine December 2019  

Rivertown Magazine is Rockland County’s #1 local print magazine, published monthly by Moon Media Group, LLC. With a readership of over 100,0...