On the proposed Riverfront
To The Nyack Villager—
Being directly across the street from the proposed TZVista, I have more at stake than most involved in the TZVista project uproar. Currently, the lot is (and has been for a long time) a tremendous eyesore and magnet for late night problems. I spoke up at the last Village Hall meeting about my feelings and desire to clean up the area.

After I went to Open House and asked questions of the developers and architects, I strongly feel that working together instead of against the developer team is the best opportunity to make this eyesore transform for the long term. I’d be willing to give up my direct view of the river (the extra two floors they are asking for will block my view) in order to get back other positives that will have a lasting impact on the street. Gardens instead of a parking lot, and the opportunity to finally connect Main St. to the Riverfront the right way is significant. A corner eatery and public access to the waterfront where there is nothing but chain link fencing and overgrown weeds will have significant positive impact of the area. Until someone else comes along with the vision and money to make that happen, I am going to be vocal with the guys who own the land and taking the risks to make this property better.

Michael Beckerich (corner Gedney & High St)

More on the proposed Riverfront
To The Nyack Villager—
The Nyack Village Board is now considering a request by the developer Helmer-Cronin to change the village’s waterfront zoning to allow a higher, denser, development on the vacant parcels at Gedney Street. The developer, of the Clermont condominium complex at the foot of Main Street, is asking that the current 45 foot (four story) height restriction be permanently raised to 65 feet (six stories) to suit his proposed development, TZ Vista. The current zoning, the result of Nyack’s previous experiences with waterfront development, should be kept intact to protect the character of our village.

That’s why I signed a petition to Village of Nyack Board of Trustees. Will you sign this petition? Visit this site:

Barbara Cohig

Needed: help for Hi Tor Shelter
To The Nyack Villager—
Once again we find ourselves in desperate need of volunteers to help with the laundry. This is an everyday need, We can go through six to eight bags a day and that starts to pile up very fast. This time of the year we must use more towels and blankets to keep the animals warm and comfortable so the laundry is going to pile up faster. So if you are able to come by the shelter one or two days a week to lend a hand with the laundry, it would help tremendously. Also if you know someone who is not a registered volunteer but still wants to help the shelter, please suggest he/she contact the shelter.

Laurie Sharkey, Hi Tor Volunteer Coordinator
845.354.7900 or e-mail info@hitor.org

What’s with Nyack’s website?
To The Nyack Villager—
Can you find out what’s the situation with the village’s new website? The old website contained a wealth of information about the village, department offices and numbers to call, etc.

As of today, Oct. 2, there’s almost nothing there. The links that are there, for information or to report a problem don’t work. I hope the issue is just that the site is a work in progress, and perhaps soon to be as useful and informative as the old site was.

Since there’s West Nile Virus activity in the region, the village has, in the past, asked us to report any dead birds we notice. So I wanted to report a dead bird I just saw on the Burd Street sidewalk next to first Niagara Bank.
But when I clicked on the village website to find the info on where to report this kind of thing, as I’ve done several times in the past, all I could find that actually worked on the new website, way down on the bottom, was the Village Hall phone number. So I left a voice mail with the village clerk’s office, in the hope that they’ll pass on the report wherever it needs to go. But it’s 3 o’clock on Friday afternoon, so who knows when the message will even be received.

I hope Nyack won’t be the next village in the news with a West Nile case.
Judith Meyers

A question about the caves at Nyack Beach State Park
To The Nyack Villager—
For a number of years I have enjoyed the scenic serenity of Nyack Beach State Park. My curiosity about the series of caves, man-made or carved out of the cliffs behind the bathhouse continues to challenge my mind. Since I cannot climb up from ground level, and am not even sure that the structures are accessible, I have been unable to examine them any closer. Can you explain their purpose or function and perhaps enlighten me about the period when they were constructed?
I have also read some years ago that the boatyards north of the apartment houses built on the riverside in the village of Nyack used to produce PT boats used primarily in the South Pacific in World War II or the Higgins boats used during amphibious invasions in both Europe and the Island-hopping campaign in the Pacific. Is my memory accurate or misleading me?

I think both questions and your response would make good articles for your magazine and I would appreciate the correct information to satisfy my curiosity. Perhaps your eminent historian Jim Leiner can provide some answers. Thank you very much.
Sincerely,—Richard O’Prey, Nanuet

[Editor’s note: We forwarded your questions to Jim Leiner. His replies appear on page 4.]

Marydell plans for the future
To The Nyack Villager—
The Sisters of Our Lady of Christian Doctrine (known to our neighbors as the Sisters at Marydell) have been blessed to live in Upper Nyack since 1924. Preservation of the beauty of this property has always been in the forefront of any of the ministries we have carried out whether it was camping, retreat work, conference days, picnics, etc. Now, as we face the realities of our age and small number of Sisters, our desire is to insure the protection of this part of God’s creation. The Sisters of Christian Doctrine are presently working with Trust for Public Land to insure the preservation of this property. We hope to sell most of the property. These acres, we hope, will become a part of the adjacent Hook Mountain State Park and Nyack Beach State Park. We will continue to own a small portion of the property for our Marydell Faith & Life Center and our convent but on this property also we plan to place a conservation easement so that no additional development can take place.

Because of the age and the small number of our Sisters, we hope this conservation deal can be done now. We are grateful to The Durst Organization for giving Trust for Public Land a matching grant of $200,000 and we pray the rest of the money can be raised. Please visit www.protecthookmountain.org to learn more, sign a petition of support, and, if you are able, contribute.

Sr. Veronica Mendez, RCD, President

On the Green House restoration
To The Nyack Villager—
You mentioned in the October Villager that the historic John Green House at the foot of Main Street has been donated to the John Green Preservation Coalition. As one of the directors of that group, I want to add that we think this is just in the nick of time. Engineers will have to stabilize the walls and masons will have to repair separating stones if the coming winter is to be endured successfully. Some businesses and individuals have helped financially and volunteer-wise, but we’re barely beginning. Readers who feel drawn to assist this historic/cultural project may find out more by visiting www.johngreencoalition.org, or writing PO Box 378, Nyack, NY 10960.

Tom Morrison

Thanks from a Piermont neighbor
To The Nyack Villager—
Thanks for the nice write-up in your October’s issue [The Purple Rose of Cairo, October, 2015.]

It was a really great day—much aided by the new direction of Hurricane Joachim, who had our nerves on edge.

Also I LOVE your column on insults! I had only heard of two of them: pettifogger & milksop.
Sally Savage

On our Paul Peabody column
To The Nyack Villager—
My deepest appreciation to James Leiner who wrote a column for last month’s issue of The Nyack Villager, in which he remembered my dear father, Paul Peabody.
[Paul Peabody and his Marionettes by James Leiner, October 2015.] Leiner’s eloquent, sensitive and touching article captured the essence of my father and moved me to tears. Thank you so much Mr. Leiner; for keeping my father’s memory alive! —Jeanne Peabody-Walsh

Praise for the proposed bicycle bypass
To The Nyack Villager—
My family and I were heartened to read about the coming bike bypass route on Greenbush road in Supervisor Andy Stewart’s October Orangetown Town Hall Update.
On June 3, 2003, my father, Robert Pinckert was bicycling on Route 303 at this very spot and when he was struck by a tractor trailer and killed.
www.zoominfo.com/p/Robert-Pinckert/ 419008031
Thanks to the efforts of Supervisor Stewart, Senator David Carlucci and Councilman Paul Valentine along with funding from the NY state park system, no other cyclist will meet the same grim fate on this dangerous stretch of roadway.
Very truly yours
Eric Pinckert
Protect Hook Mountain

To The Nyack Villager—
The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain, Inc. was founded as a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the preservation of the local history and the valuable resource of the three magnificent state parks of Rockland Lake, Nyack Beach and Hook Mountain.
Today, the Sisters of Marydell in Upper Nyack wish to have 40+ acres of the land they have lived on for the past 91 years incorporated into the Hook Mountain State Park. Much of this land has been preserved in the same natural setting that even the original inhabitants the Lenape would recognize.

It is important to look at the past to see why this land needs to be preserved; just over 100 years ago the cliff face of Nyack Beach and Hook Mountain was a traprock quarrying industry. The image of Hook Mountain today is man made by this operation and destruction. If it was not for the foresight of the community in the early 1900s to stop the quarrying operation, what would Upper Nyack look like today? It is not hard to imagine as we still have active producing trap rock operations in Rockland. Now the community has the chance to tell our local officials that this land must be protected for future generations to enjoy as we enjoy the parks past generations established today. The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain are working with the community to make this a reality, but we need your help. Please visit www.protecthookmountain.org to sign the petition in support of the effort to Protect Hook Mountain. Our great grandchildren will thank us.
Robert Maher,
President of The Friends of Rockland Lake and Hook Mountain.
Author: “Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain and Nyack Beach”

On treating head lice
To The Nyack Villager—
Just read your head lice article [The facts about head lice, The Nyack Villager, October 2015] and, I must say, I’m surprised that you advocate using the “prescription medications” which are all pesticide treatments and don’t even work (the lice are probably fairly immune to them at this point). Killing live lice is easy as can be (you find one, you squash them). The trick is removing all the nits, which is a labor-intensive procedure and no pesticide shampoo is going to do that for you. There are some very good services, however, that will either do it for you and/or teach you what to do. When my daughter and I got head lice (a number of years ago, when she was in second grade), we saw a wonderful woman based in Dobbs Ferry named Dale Longworth. At the time, she called her business “Mothers Against Lice.” I think that name may have changed. She worked out of her basement, and she did the time-consuming and labor-intensive process of removing nits and also taught me how to do it, since it had to be repeated—first daily, then every few days, for at least a few weeks (the nits start out so small they can’t even be removed). Also she explained how to do it— what type of lamp to get with a magnifier in it, how you should use Pantene and baking soda to help your combing out process, etc. (the Pantene is very thick and greasy and white, and makes it easier to see both lice and nits, and the gritty baking soda helps loosen the nits). She also counseled what to do about bagging things, washing things, etc. And she had the right equipment for sale (the combs sold in most drugstores are not the right type). I would NEVER dream of applying pesticides to a child’s head or even an adult’s. When you do a comb out, if you find a live louse (which only happens at the beginning), all you have to do is squash the thing with a paper towel or something. It’s not at all difficult. And no application of Rid or Nix will prevent those nits from growing into lice unless you actually remove them. Over a period of several weeks. There are no short cuts. And applying pesticides to one’s head —well, no thanks. That’s my two cents’ worth.
Best—Marthe Schulwolf

[Editor’s note—according to our research (reported in the October Villager), the nasty little critters have developed resistance to the pyrethroid class of insecticides, the common over-the-counter treatment. There is no evidence that this is true of prescription treatments. Everyone must do his homework and choose the treatment that best suits his needs. Thanks to Dr. Schulwolf for her detailed description of her preferred method.]