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St. Augustine's School in New City will close its doors permanently on Wednesday, but pieces of the school will live on -- in other classrooms, in tornado-ravaged Oklahoma and even in Haiti.
Parents, teachers and students got the bad news in January when the Archdiocese of New York announced 26 schools it sought to close down for financial reasons, including about a dozen Catholic schools...Read more »
Being disabled doesn’t mean you’re not “abled."
That's the message 26-year-old Nyack-based hip-hop artist Marquis Julien (who drops the 's' in his first name when performing) is trying to send in his recently released music video. In a departure from typical hip-hop anthems, Julien is using his musical platform to raise awareness about potential budget cuts for the disabled, including...Read more »
Westchester is getting more international, while Rockland is having a baby boom.
That's the takeaway from new Census Bureau data released this week.
Westchester added 12,557 people from July 2010 to July 2012, increasing its population by 1.3 percent to an estimated 961,670 people, as births exceeded deaths and people arriving from abroad outnumbered those who moved to another part of...Read more »
Spring Valley Mayor Noramie Jasmin may have to look to other avenues to pay for her legal fees as some residents aren’t eager to open their wallets for her legal defense fund.
“She ruined Spring Valley,” said village resident Colette Lamar, 42.
“She’s been caught red-handed and she has to face the consequences. It’s outrageous to ask the public for funds," said Lamar, who went as...Read more »
Parents and administrators from a dozen lower Hudson Valley school districts are aiming to flood Albany with letters about high-stakes testing, the tax cap, teacher evaluations and the loss of local control in school districts.
“Parents have to get involved,” said Tracy Pyper, advocacy chairwoman for the Westchester East Putnam Region PTA and chairwoman of the consortium, said in a news statement....Read more »
South Orangetown secondary school students may not be getting enough sleep and that may be affecting their ability to focus in the classrooms in the morning, according to a study by the school district released in December.
The district began studying changing start times to see if it could save money by consolidating school bus runs, Superintendent Ken Mitchell said in an email. However,...Read more »
Rockland bus riders are about to see the light – of solar-powered bus shelters.
Four new monocrystalline solar panels are charging up the busy Clarkstown bus shelter on Route 59 East at the Park & Ride lot for Exit 14 of the New York State Thruway.
Since their installation was completed on Dec. 13, they have been providing enough electricity to keep the shelter lit around the clock,...Read more »
In the latest annal of the East Ramapo citizens' lawsuit, Advocates for Justice is asking Judge Cathy Seibel to toss the school board's pricey attorney, David Butler, off the case.
Almost 200 residents of the school district filed the suit in August, accusing board members of "numerous schemes to siphon off public money to support private religious institutions."
Butler charges...Read more »
Shoppers can start swiping their credit cards at The Shops at Nanuet starting Oct. 1, 2013.
The date was recently set after developers at Simon Malls have seen work on track for the projected fall 2013 opening, a company spokesman said.
The site -- which formerly held the Nanuet Mall -- was razed earlier this year to make room for the new 80-store complex. The company touts it...Read more »
Forget moving to another country if a candidate doesn't win. Disheartened voters are looking to stay right where they are and form new governments altogether.
Nearly 12,000 people have signed a petition on the White House website backing the notion that the State of New York should withdraw from the U.S. and "create its own new government."
The Empire State is not alone; similar...Read more »