(Nov. 22, 2019) - Katherine Day, Brooke Hess, and Ria Jani were chosen to represent the Academy of the Holy Angels at the 2020 Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference. Natasha Dhanrajani is the alternate. Katherine Day, of Oradell, is a versatile athlete who is pursuing her Girl Scout Gold Award. She is a member of the National Beta Honor Society. Day is co-captain of the AHA JV Soccer Team, and plays for two local teams. She is a member of the AHA Varsity Golf Team, and has played lacrosse and softball. Her hobbies include skiing, archery, and snowboarding. She also volunteers at her church.
(Oct. 17, 2019) - Drs. Mariliza LaCap and Darren Tong hosted their annual Day of Free Dentistry event on October 8, providing over $16,000 worth of dental treatment to Bergen and Rockland County residents. The event was on a “first come, first served” basis. The line began as early as 8am, with people lined up around the block. People traveled from all over Bergen and Rockland County to come to the doctors’ Bergenfield office located at 19 Legion Drive.
(Oct. 09, 2019) - Montefiore Nyack Hospital has been recognized as a High Performing Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report. The annual Procedures & Conditions ratings, now in their 5th year, are designed to assist patients and their doctors in making informed decisions about where to receive care for common conditions and elective procedures. These ratings extend the U.S. News mission of providing consumers with patient decision support beyond the Best Hospitals rankings, which are geared toward complex specialty care. Montefiore Nyack Hospital earned a “High Performing” rating for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), in recognition of care that was significantly better than the national average, as measured by factors such as patient outcomes.
(Sep. 12, 2019) - Healthy moms, babies and families are the focus of Montefiore Nyack Hospital’s New Moms Circle Support Group, which kicks off its 2019-2020 season on Saturday, September 21 from 11am-1pm. “Maximizing Love and Managing Stress” will be presented by Beth Mintz Friedberg, LCSW, a specialist in parent education and family coaching. Montefiore Nyack Hospital’s New Moms Circle Support Group meets monthly to discuss topics of interest for mothers with infants and toddlers (newborns-2 years old). Spanish speakers are welcome. Upcoming topics include:
Montefiore Nyack Hospital Offers Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings For Underinsured or Uninsured Women in Rockland County
(Sep. 12, 2019) - On Friday, October 25, The Breast Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital will offer free breast exams, mammographies, and if needed, pelvic exams with PAP tests for women ages 40 and above with no insurance or who are underinsured. You can head to the Center for a screening between 8am-3:30pm.
(Sep. 11, 2019) - The Birthing Centers of Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern and St. Anthony Community Hospital in Warwick, both members of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth), are recipients of Healthgrades’ highest maternal care honors. Both birthing centers received five-star ratings for C-section deliveries, and Good Samaritan Hospital was also awarded a five-star rating for vaginal deliveries from Healthgrades, an online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. Five-star ratings indicate that the hospitals’ clinical outcomes are significantly better than national averages when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.
(Aug. 29, 2019) - Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. (O&R) has donated $50,000 to St. Thomas Aquinas College to help fund its Summer STEAM camp program for middle school students for the next two years. Analyzing blood spatter, processing fingerprints, collecting evidence, identifying suspects, and a variety of other crime scene investigation pursuits—a kind of CSI-STAC—are all just part of the course work at this innovative camp in Sparkill. The camp 75 students participated this summer.
The Prenatal Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital Recognizes World Breastfeeding Week by Hosting Global 'Big Latch On' Event
(Jul. 18, 2019) - The Prenatal Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital is hosting a “Big Latch On” community event on Saturday, August 3, 2019 from 9:30-11:30am in support of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2019). The Prenatal Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital is located at 258 High Avenue in Nyack, N.Y. “The Big Latch On” is a global breastfeeding initiative that launched 10 years ago in advocacy and support of global maternal and children’s health awareness.
(Jun. 25, 2019) - Representatives from Montefiore Nyack Hospital will be hosting a public informational meeting about the Hospital’s Care Transformation Project on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at the Nyack Village Hall at 9 North Broadway in Nyack. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm and will include an update on the project as well as a question and answer session. The Hospital’s Care Transformation Project includes the construction of a two-story addition which will double the size of the existing Emergency Department and add additional program space on a second floor. The construction will also incorporate the renovation and reconfiguration of existing space which includes the current Emergency Department, hospital lobby and adjacent corridors. Construction is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2020.
(Jun. 13, 2019) - Just days after graduating Second in Merit from the Academy of the Holy Angels, scholar athlete Ashley Hess of Cedar Grove received the Angel Award, the most prestigious honor an AHA varsity athlete can attain. Hess received her award at the Parents’ Athletic Association’s Spring Sports Dinner, where she was recognized for four years of success, exceptional dedication, leadership, and sportsmanship in the Academy’s tennis program.
(Jun. 12, 2019) - Rianna LeHane’s magnificent stage presence recently earned her a Metropolitan High School Theater (“Metro”) Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. LeHane, a recent graduate of the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, was honored for her charming portrayal of Lady Larken in 'Once upon a Mattress.'
(Jun. 05, 2019) - A few weeks before their graduation from the Academy of the Holy Angels, four seniors became the first AHA students to visit the micro lab at Columbia University. This venue is one of the world’s premier microsurgery training labs.
(May. 13, 2019) - An adventurous group of students from the Academy of the Holy Angels recently spent a week at Oxford University’s Pembroke College and immersed themselves in a “bespoke” course— one tailor-made for them. This is the second spring the critical thinking course was offered. Both times, the curriculum was prepared by AHA English Department Chair Nancy Schneberger. Schneberger envisioned the course while attending a 2017 Gilder Lehrman seminar at Oxford. She met James Basker, founder of the Oxbridge Academic Programs. He helped her network with Dr. Richard Michaelis, the executive director. Schneberger developed the curriculum, working with Michaelis to include visits to sites that would enhance the overall experience. “I wanted the class to be cross-curricular, and to embrace a variety of subjects, so critical thinking seemed to be the most logical major course, with a minor in oral presentation skills,” Schneberger explained. “I wanted the girls to see themselves as global citizens and to become better and more careful consumers of information, along with growing in the ability to express themselves with authority.” Each day, the girls spent 7.5 hours in classes. Activities were held afterward. This year's scholars included Kristin Anderson of Cresskill, Natalie Andreoli of Wyckoff, Cielo Camacho of New Milford, Erin Choi of Cliffside Park, Kristina Gatto of the Township of Washington, Catherine Henry of Saddle River, Elizabeth Kim of Fort Lee, Sophia Luongo of Upper Saddle River, Judianne Meredith of River Vale, Audrey Miller of Glen Rock, Madison Oaten of Tenafly, Timea Papp of Hawthorne, Anjianie Perez of Hackensack, Kimberly Pienkawa of Demarest, Isabela Presti of Hasbrouck Heights, Jasmin Prophete of Holmdel, Areanna Pumayugra of West New York, Liliette Quintana of Midland Park, Kaya Simmons of West Orange, and Colleen Young of Secaucus. Students who attended the 2018 program returned for classes in medicine, psychology, and literature. They are Nina Valente of New Milford, Julia Farah of Pearl River, Madelyn Holmes of Blauvelt, Nataleen Orangian of River Vale, and Paulina Yannitsadis of Fair Lawn. “The campus itself was spread along the streets, and the architecture was like something out of my art history textbook," AHA senior Timea Papp says. "One night, we visited Christ Church for a musical presentation of J.S. Bach's ‘Saint John’s Passion,’ which was an incredible showcase of the acoustics of the church." The students also visited the Bodleian Library and enjoyed tea in Jane Austen's home in Bath. “One of the memorable parts of the trip was going punting on the Thames and almost getting stranded on the river!" Papp says. "We were rescued and now have a story to tell about how difficult it really is." On her return trip to Oxford, Julia Farah studied organ systems, several diseases (including cancer), and treatment options. "The classes I took both years engaged my mind in new ways," the AHA junior says. "The trip was unforgettable, the life experience due to my participation in the study abroad program was priceless, and the quality of knowledge I received was unparalleled.”
(May. 08, 2019) - Discovering silverfish in the shower may not be pleasant, but Academy of the Holy Angels freshman Natasha Dhanrajani managed to turn the encounter on its ear by seeing the scene as a piece of live art. The result was “Silverfish,” an evocative nonfiction piece that now appears in “Scrawl: Rockland Teens Write 2019.” Published through the Library Association of Rockland County, New York, “Scrawl” includes fiction and nonfiction by Rockland County writers in grades 6-12. “I wrote this piece as a way for me to see this memory as a happy one rather than an unpleasant one,” Dhanrajani explained. “I decided to try and get it published to show the world that something as simple as taking a shower is an art." “My piece was selected after review by a panel of authors (who were also the editors): Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, J.G. Faherty, Carolyn MacCullough, and Dan Waters," Dhanrajani says. "There were hundreds of submissions this year, and it was the toughest year to get published by far! There were many great pieces, but only around 100 were published.” This is the third time Dhanrajani’s work has been accepted for publication. Her pieces previously appeared in the 2017 and 2018 editions of “Scrawl.” “I became interested in writing when I was in seventh grade,” she added. “I had a diary and I always liked to make my memories have vivid images and sound almost ‘creative and dreamy.’ I also really love to watch movies, and I was so fascinated by the beautiful stories that can be brought to life by people, rather than just a page.” This creative writer has dabbled in several different genres, including fiction, science fiction, and screenwriting.
(Apr. 18, 2019) - Ninety-five trout that were raised in a biology classroom at the Academy of the Holy Angels in Demarest, New Jersey, are now swimming in the Saddle River. Environmental science teacher Erica Pritchard guided her class as they evaluated the river and released the fingerlings they cared for throughout this year’s Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program.
(Apr. 17, 2019) - An intensive, five-year Middle States self-study at the Academy of the Holy Angels recently culminated in the successful Sustaining Excellence Colloquium. This event was so notable that Middle States Association President Henry Cram and Associate Director Pat Impreveduto have asked AHA to mentor others who use this protocol.
(Apr. 10, 2019) - On Saturday, April 13th, the Chapin Sisters, known for their "enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing," according to amazon.com, will be playing at the Otto Specht School Farm Faire! Last year, the siblings, who carry on a musical family lineage that includes their grammy award-winning father, Tom Chapin, and legendary late uncle, Harry Chapin, released their most recent EP, Ferry Boat.
(Apr. 10, 2019) - On Friday, May 10 from 8am-3:30pm, The Breast Center at Montefiore Nyack Hospital will offer free breast exams, mammography, and, if needed, pelvic exams with PAP tests for women ages 40 and older who are either underinsured or have no insurance. Robbi Kempner, M.D., FACS, surgeon, and medical director of Breast and Women’s Health Services, along with other breast health professionals, will be performing the breast exams.
(Apr. 08, 2019) - Several of the finest vocalists and instrumental musicians from the Academy of the Holy Angels are now members of Tri-M, the Modern Music Masters Honor Society. In addition to their musical accomplishments, eligible Tri-M members must also demonstrate scholarship, character, leadership, and service to others.
(Mar. 27, 2019) - For the third consecutive year, Mahwah resident Sydney Loverich has been ranked as New Jersey’s No. 1 ski racer in the United States Ski and Snowboard Association/New Jersey Ski Racing Association’s U19 division.