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Clarkstown cop Bill Sherwood resigns under OT cloud

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

A veteran Clarkstown police officer has resigned rather than challenge potential departmental accusations that he filed for several hours of overtime and didn’t work the hours, authorities confirmed.

William “Bill” Sherwood, a decorated officer for more than a decade, filed for routine overtime of four hours allowed for a scheduled appearance before a Rockland grand jury, authorities said.

“We came across a discrepancy in his overtime,” Police Chief Michael Sullivan said. “We did an investigation and some overtime he submitted he didn’t work.”


Hillcrest firefighers’ Christmas Party for kids set for Sunday

Monday, December 10th, 2012

The Hillcrest Fire Co. will hold its annual children’s Christmas party on Sunday at the Mount Ivy Firehouse, 16 Thiells-Mount Ivy Road, Pomona.

The volunteers’ party starts at 3 p.m.

Aside from gifts, food, drink and entertainment, the hightlight of the party is Santa Claus visting the firehouse in his firetruck and talking to the children.

Read more about the Hillcrest Fire Department.

Bronxville, 19 local schools makes list of top high schools

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

There are several of these that come out about this time of year, lists of local schools that have reached a benchmark for excellence according to a general interest publication.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast have released their top 1,000 public high schools, with New York scoring 118 of the slots, second only to California.

Among the top 10 from among the New York schools is Bronxville High School, number 40 on the list.

The others on the top 10 were City Honors School in Buffalo at 11; Jerico High School at 41; Hunter College High School at 44; Bronx High School of Science at 50; Locust Valley High School at 55; Great Neck South High School at 56; Pittsford Sutherland High School at 61; The Wheatley School in Old Westbury at 62; and Stuyvesant High School at 66.

A bunch of other area schools made the list as well. Here are those that made the top 1,000 even if they didn’t make the top 10 in New York: Rye, 77; Irvington, 79; Edgemont, 142; Rye Neck, 155; Pleasantville, 173; Hastings, 227; Clarkstown South, 348; Clarkstown North, 358; Tappan Zee, 403; Yonkers, 409;

Dobbs Ferry, 286; Croton Harmon, 311; Eastchester, 314; Pelham Memorial, 330; Mamaroneck, 532; Somers, 718; Hendrick Hudson, 747; Sleepy Hollow, 986; and Mahopac, 987.

The schools were chosen based on four-year on-time graduation rate, percentage of 2011 graduates accepted into college; percentage of students taking college-level courses and special examinations including Advanced Placement and their average scores; average SAT and ACT scores; college-level curriculum available at the school.

All of the New York schools can be seen here.

“The continued success of our public high schools is a direct result of the hard work by our outstanding teachers and other committed education professionals working in classrooms across News York state who dedicate themselves, day-in and day-out, to ensuring their students receive the best education possible,” said Richard C. Iannuzzi, president of New York State United Teachers.

This Weekend: Birdall House in Peekskill

Friday, December 16th, 2011

So this time of the day on Fridays, I’m thinking…where should we eat this weekend. And there’s no better Friday night hotspot than Birdsall House in Peekskill. The place is known for amazing craft beers and unconventional Southern inspired menu. Chef Matt Hutchinson was leading the charge in the kitchen until recently when he left to pursue his own entrepreneural endeavors. Now March Walker, another CIA hotshot who has worked in many of Manhattan’s renowned restaurants (the Grammercy Tavern among them), has taken over the reigns. So, is Birdsall still worth a Friday night?

You bet. I stopped in recently and had a pumpkin beer (how seasonal!) that hit the spot. My friend had something darker.




Does that look like Friday night material or what?


Next, I tried my favorite thing on the Birdsall menu: the pulled pork nachos. They comes with black beans, barbeque pulled pork, and apple salsa. I love the roasted jalapenos they add, too. And I always ask for sour cream on the side.



They were just as good as I’ve ever had them at Birdsall. We also tried the corned beef sandwich, which was good but I loved the fries — fresh cut and delicious –even more.




So if you’re up for an interesting night out — one that includes a great beer and an off-beat menu — Birdsall is the place to head tonight. And if you miss it this weekend, no worries: Birdsall is one of the few places in the area that’s open on Mondays.


Here’s more on Birdsall.



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.

Concordia College to undergo accreditation visit

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

The teacher education program at Concordia College will host an accreditation visit by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in November.

Interested parties can submit comments addressing substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs at the college.

Anyone who submits comments must state their relationship to the school and the comments are due Sept. 1, 2011.

They can be sent to Board of Examiners, NCATE, 2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20036-1023 or by emal to

The Last Time Terry Collins Won

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Considering how long it felt since the last time the Mets won a game-the penultimate game of the 2010 season, for those keeping score at home- one can only imagine how the purgatory between victories felt to Terry Collins. The last time he won as a manager was August 23, 1999.
Interestingly, that game was filled with foreshadowing of future Met performers.
The first RBI of the game, a 6-5 Anaheim win over Detroit, came on a run-scoring groundout by Mo Vaughn. Little did the Mets know that just a few years later, John Olerud long since dispatched, Vaughn would make sure the team got its money’s worth on its insurance.
Damion Easley put up the first run for Detroit, thanks to a single that scored Frank Catalanotto. Easley went on to have several vaguely useful seasons for the Mets as a backup infielder, though he wasn’t the star he appeared he’d be early in his career. Back in 1999, he was in his age-29 season, and completing his third straight season with 20-plus home runs. He went on to restore “Too Legit to Quit” back to Shea Stadium as his at-bat music.
Naturally, no one can forget Catalanotto’s brief 2010 tenure on Jerry Manuel’s bench. That cost Nick Evans one of his options, which is why Lucas Duda is the man to fill in for Jason Bay on the current squad.
Even C.J. Nitkowski, a pitcher born in Rockland County’s Suffern, NY, and who went on to pitch in five games for the 2001 Mets without allowing a run, got into the game for Detroit.
The game’s only home run? Karim Garcia, who joined Shane Spencer as part of the team’s two-headed effort to make fans forget about Vladimir Guerrero prior to the 2004 season. The effort proved less effective than Gob Bluth’s Forget-Me-Now.
As for the Mets, they won a walkoff that day, 3-2 over the Astros at Shea Stadium, thanks to a game-winning single by Matt Franco. Edgardo Alfonzo homered. Rickey Henderson started in left field. Armando Benitez got the win. Carl Everett homered for Houston, and Tim Bogar started for the Astros at shortstop. Now, how long ago does that seem to you? Imagine how Terry Collins feels.