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Four Rockland County little league softball all-star teams became New York state champions this year, and several of the teams went on to achieve success beyond the state level. Read about these extraordinary teams from South Orangetown, Stony Point, New City, and Pearl River.
Participants in Rockland County's first-ever Swim for Hospice charity event raised thousands of dollars for United Hospice of Rockland. Several local teens took the opportunity to honor the late swim coach Keith Furey.
Residents should add the free and confidential Hudson Valley Region 2-1-1 helpline to their list of critical phone numbers in anticipation of the pending weekend storm.
Delaney Acosta, DDS, opened Dr. Delaney Pediatric Dentistry, bringing the only pediatric dentistry office to Mahopac, New York.
When elementary students return to New Jersey's Saddle River Day School this September, they'll be able to claim a new wing of the school all to themselves.
College students from Rockland County, New York, met with area officials, including Senator David Carlucci and Rockland County Legislature Chairwoman Harriet Cornell, at a roundtable to discuss plans to better engage Rockland's youth and young adults on issues of health, education, and civic engagement.
Rachel Broudy of West Nyack, a member of Pearl River Troop 40578 Girl Scouts Heart of Hudson, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award for her creative community service at The Breast Center at Nyack Hospital.
Actors Dalmar Abuzeid and Raymond Ablack, stars of Teen Nick's "Degrassi" TV show, stopped by the second annual Hudson Youth Leadership Academy, a social justice camp held this June at SUNY Rockland Community College. Abuzeid and Ablack spoke to students in middle school, high school, and college about civic responsibility and community service.
The Fabric Lady, a fabric and sewing supply store in Congers, New York, opened in April, offering sewing and quilting classes, craft activities, and crafty birthday parties. In August, the store will offer an arts and crafts summer camp for kids.
At Sprouting Learners, a new preschool and daycare center in Nanuet, New York, teachers encourage children's natural curiosity to learn and explore through traditional and Montessori methods.
Doctors Stanley and Elizabeth Jacob opened Helping Kids Pediatrics, a private pediatric practice in New City, New York, to provide high quality medical care to infants, toddlers, preteens, and young adults.
Third grade students from Tappan Zee Elementary School in Piermont, NY, collected more than a half million can tabs during the school year and donated them to the Ronald McDonald House of the Greater Hudson Valley.
Perinatal Associates opened its doors in New City, NY, this year, bringing the first medical practice specializing in high-risk pregnancies to Rockland County.
Bergen County Swing Sets, which specializes in outdoor playgrounds and redwood swing sets, opened a new store in Pompton Plains, New Jersey this spring.
Three Rockland County children organized a plant sale this spring to raise money for the Community College's Campus Fun and Learn Center.
Hannah Kim of Tappan Zee High School in Orangeburg, NY, claimed third place in the local branch of AAA's Annual Traffic Safety Poster and Video Contest. The 9th grader's poster, meant to discourage teens from texting while driving, was one of 12 place winners and four merit winners chosen by AAA New York from a total of almost 1,600 entries. Kim was the only winner from Rockland County.
Rockland County residents have vowed to restore Nanuet, NY's Highview Community Playground for the next generation. Advocates will host a variety of fundraising events this summer to purchase materials in time for a rebuild in October.
A fourth grade teacher from Cottage Lane Elementary School in Blauvelt, NY, is the local recipient of Barnes & Noble's "My Favorite Teacher" award.
Rockland BOCES' culinary arts students prepared foods of the Pacific Rim for this year's Culinary Banquet, where seven students received certification by the American Culinary Federation and several others were honored with awards for their culinary excellence.
Kid's Kingdom, a private preschool with locations in Nanuet and Pomona, NY, is now offering themed birthday parties for kids, including a Princess Tea Party and a Pirate Birthday Party.
When Stacey Damesek became a stay-at-home mom a few years ago, the former art teacher quickly realized she needed a creative outlet to avoid going stir crazy. Damesek opened Cookie Girl Bake Shop in November, offering custom cake and cookie creations for birthdays, baby showers, and other special occasions.
Consider hosting a child from a disadvantaged neighborhood in New York City for a week or two this summer.
CB Kitchen and Bar opened in September to rave reviews for its traditional American grub and was soon named one of the top new restaurants in Rockland County by CBS News. Owner Dan Alexander, who also owns Café Barcel in Nyack, says he was inspired to open this new, family-friendly restaurant by his own young son.
Vicki's Studio, a New City dance studio owned and operated by Vicki Giannetti since 1993, will offer a new pre-teen/teen dance workshop this summer, which will incorporate gymnastics, cheerleading, line dancing, yoga, Pilates and more.
Tie Dye Town, a special events venue that offers creative, hands-on art parties, opened its first Rockland County, NY location in late March.