Archive for June, 2011

Larrinaga serving state’s Masons as chaplain

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Rockland County’s Ronald Steiner, who does public relations for the New York Grand Lodge of Masons, keeps us posted on significant events.

He let us know that New City’s the Right Worshipful Federico Larrinaga is the newest grand chaplain of the Grand Lodge of Masons of the State of New York.

Larrinaga is a longtime member of Athelstane Lodge 839 F&AM in Pearl River. He was presented with his commission during an investiture ceremony conducted by Most Worshipful Grand Master of Masons Vincent Libone before some 900 Masons and guests this past weekend in Utica.
Larrinaga holds the rank of major with the Salvation Army, which his wife Marie also serves as a chaplain. Both served at ground zero for many months during and after the 9/11 disaster at the World Trade Center.  As grand chaplain, Larrinaga will be assisting in offering prayer and service to Masons and Masonic Lodges throughout the state when called upon at Masonic and other public ceremonies, meetings and functions.

Nyack Jazz Week – you could get some free tickets!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

Lou Donaldson is to perform July 29 at the Hudson House in Nyack.

The Rockland County Jazz and Blues Society has such a deal for you!

The society has already mapped out its plans for Nyack Jazz Week 2011 from July 24 to 31, and it’s offering a special promotion to society members, musicians and friends – but it’s only through July 5.

Here’s the deal: join as a new member or upgrade/renew your current membership and receive free tickets to jazz week events.

Now, there are some specific details, but suffice it to say that the basic membership of $25 will save you $12 in admission to hear pianist Fred Hersch. The silver membership includes more enticements and a chance to hear Hersch and saxophonist Lou Donaldson (shown above) for free.

For the other details about the offer and the jazz week lineup, visit

St. Dominic’s eighth-graders graduate

Friday, June 24th, 2011

John Eccleston shares this graduation story with us:
“Bitter sweet.”  That  is how one St. Dominic School eighth-grader described her graduation from the Blauvelt school she has attended since second grade.
She was not alone in her feelings as the 20 students moving on to high school carried big smiles and joy mixed with tears and heavy hearts upon their graduation on June 16.
During the unique ceremony, teachers and student counselors shared touching words about the academic and personal growth of each student, and some students took to the microphone to thank the school and staff. Many students received special awards for academic achievement and citizenship, including ones from President Obama’s “Education Awards Program.” The  graduates will now enter public and private high schools in their respective school districts.
Operated by the nonprofit Saint Dominic’s Home, St. Dominic’s School is a kindergarten- to eighth-grade day school that helps children with special needs and learning challenges to succeed academically by providing a nurturing and personalized educational environment. The school serves students from New York City, Rockland, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley.

Some of the eighth-grade Class of 2011 celebrate after their graduation.

Rosary Academy holding Oct. 22 reunion

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

The Domincan Sisters are inviting graduates from the Rosary Academy High School to a reunion from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 22.
The school was located on Route 340 in Sparkill from 1964-1981.
The all-school reunion will be held at the Dominican Convent on Route 340, across from the former location of the school.
For information visit the Dominican Sisters’ website, email Sister Peggy Scarano at; or call 845-359-4173.