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The gangs of the Hudson Valley plaguing neighborhoods for decades

Gang violence has plagued certain cities in the Hudson Valley for decades despite efforts to curb its tide and long-term impacts. Hardest hit have been certain neighborhoods in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Mount Vernon, a special New York USA Today Network investigation reveals. Residents of those neighborhoods, from Nodine Hill...
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History teacher confronts N-word in classroom

Editor's Note: This article references racial slurs and offensive language. In New Paltz High School, history teacher Albert Cook, 47, asks his class to open to a fresh page in their notebooks and write out a single word: the N-word. They can write it however they want. Some space out the letters to avoid the nasty slur, others can’t seem to move their pencil.

Hike Harriman Into the Heart of Leaf Peeping Season

Settled at the southern tip of Harriman State Park lies the trail town corridor, a stretch of land in Rockland County that includes the quaint villages of Sloatsburg and Suffern. The two villages have embraced their 18th and 19th century roots as natural havens for those yearning for a convenient escape. Even for non-Rockland County residents, it’s a day trip that doesn’t require leaving the Hudson Valley. From its expansive outdoor activities to its diverse dining options, Sloatsburg and Suffern offer adventures on and off the trail.

Pine Island Kindergartners Go On Caterpillar Safari, Launch Rescue Mission

That’s what Pine Island kindergarten teacher Theresa Canfield suggested, in fun, should be the elementary school’s new motto. Besides the beautiful and bountiful natural surroundings of the school, the Pine Island courtyard is especially vibrant, full of seasonal plants and flowers, a tomato patch, and all kinds of different and exciting life to encounter.

Kitten Rescued From Car’s Engine In Ramapo

RAMAPO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A kitten is safe and sound after the heroic efforts of Ramapo police officers. Last Thursday, officers responded to a call about a kitten trapped inside a car’s engine. The officers, along with the homeowner and animal control officers, crouched under the car and finally freed the kitten. On Thursday, Officer Genito, Officer Simpson, and Dog Control Officer McGrath responded to a residence on Viola Rd for a report of a kitten that was trapped in the engine compartment of a car. After a lengthy struggle, they were able to safely remove the kitten from the car. 🐈 — Ramapo Police Dept. (@Ramapo_PD) September 19, 2021 The rescue was documented and shared on Ramapo police’s social media pages.

Hudson Valley Animal Rescue to Bring Discounted Vet Exams and Services

If you’ve ever had a pet before, you know how much love they bring into a household. There’s nothing quite like being greeted by fur friends or having them cuddle with you after a long day. I always find it fascinating that we cannot speak to them or understand exactly what we are saying but they hold a special place in our hearts.

Don’t Give In There are Still Two More Weeks Until Pumpkin Shopping Season

If I can offer one piece of advice over the next two weekends it would be don't buy that pumpkin yet. You are going to be visiting Hudson Valley farm markets and other places this weekend and next where you are sure to see pumpkins for sale. If you don't believe me just check out your local grocery. Tops in New Paltz has had pumpkins for sale at an awesome price since Labor Day Weekend but whatever you do don't buy one just yet.

‘Divide and share’: Wantage to host fall plant exchange

Divide and share your crowded perennials. Early fall is a great time to divide spring bloomers like astilbe, daylilies, iris, hosta, and peonies. The Wantage Township Plant Exchange on Sept. 25 is a chance to share your “extras” and take home some new plants from your neighbors. This is Wantage’s...

Rolling on the river

Dozens of Mount Saint Mary College students ventured down the Hudson River during a sunset kayak trip on Sunday, September 19. The event was hosted by the Mount Activities and Planning Board (MAP) and facilitated by Storm King Adventure Tours.

Where to Find Apple Cider Doughnuts in North Jersey

With almost uncanny timing, the flip of the calendar from August to September has brought hints of fall weather to the area. Evenings are cooler, and even sunny days don’t leave you sweating quite as badly. It’s time to bust out the flannel and cozy into a new season. Pack away the Frosé and get ready for pumpkin spice and everyone’s favorite: apple cider doughnuts. Read on for a roundup of the best spots to snag this sweet treat in North Jersey.