One year ago, just as the pandemic was beginning, Nyack lost a beloved local fixture, Mike Rogozik. Although his death was not caused by COVID-19, the complications of our nation-wide shutdown contributed. Rogozik was an Air Force veteran, artist, and friend of many. On the one year anniversary of Mike’s untimely death, prints and cards emblazoned with his artwork are on sale at Main Street Beat, 95 Main St (organized by Kris Burns, proceeds will go to Soup Angels; printing was donated by Harrington Press).
Once you learn, through his words and some never before seen photos, how martial arts and music inform Preston Powell and his Teagevity brand, the benefits of tea drinking, how to make a perfect cup of tea, and his plans to preserve the legacy of his grandfather, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. you’ll agree that he is the Bruce Lee of Loose Tea
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Piermont Library is inviting village residents (through Zoom) to have a voice in how Piermont is remembered. Organizers hope Piermonters will consider Mother’s and Father’s Day as an opportunity to help their parents tell the stories of yesteryear.
I am honored to have been invited to organize this project along with my colleague, David e. Bell. Here are a few vivid recollections from as far back as the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and information on how to participate.
As opening arguments have begun this week in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd, hundreds of residents of this county, many of whom protested Floyd’s death in late May 2020, have been dedicating time and collective effort to end racial bias in policing in Rockland.
Here is a link to the full report, “End Racially Biased Policing, Improve Public Safety” and a synopsis of the 11 demands of immediate action.
When Jeff Rucker bought Koblin’s in November 2013, many feared a Nyack tradition was coming to an end: the friendly neighborhood pharmacy. The expectation of having a pharmacist that knew your name and what ailed you goes back almost 150 years in this location.
The physical appearance and legal status of the John Green House has markedly improved since this 2012 Sketch Log illustration. Massive wooden beams hold the structure in place, as volunteers donate sweat equity, cleaning debris from the interior. And last month, the building was designated as an official Village of Nyack landmark.
One year ago, on Thursday, March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic. From the first moments, it was clear that we would have to fend for ourselves. Responsible Americans stepped up, entering a quarantine from which we have yet to fully emerge.
Diana Green, founder of The Children’s Shakespeare Theatre, has announced she is leaving the stage. A statement from the CST board praises the thespian tour-de-force for creating a “treasured vehicle for both artistry and arts education for children and adults alike.”
The Biden administration announced on January 25, 2021, that it would accelerate the process of adding Harriet Tubman’s portrait to the $20 bill. The previous administration had sidetracked the plan to, for the first time ever, put a Black woman on paper money. But the American people spoke, and now the slave holder will be replaced by the abolitionist on the twenty. People might just start saving money again, reluctant to part with the first batch of Tubmans issued by the treasury.
Unending battles over Confederate flags, monuments, and the National Anthem suggest that the issues contested in the Civil War and Civil Rights Movement remain unresolved. A polarized nation expressed its allegiance to different historic narratives, and even different flags, during this last year