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Arthur R. Aldrich, Publisher of OurTown Newspaper, Passes Away at 83

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Suffern – Arthur R. Aldrich, a respected newspaper publisher, died peacefully Monday, April 12th, at the age of 83 with his family by his side.

Born in Yonkers, Arthur graduated from White Plains High School and went on to attended New York University.

He worked as editor of several newspapers including the Customart Press, the Eastchester Record, and the Rockland Leader.

After marrying Elaine (Nardeccia) in 1965, the couple moved from New Rochelle to Suffern NY where they quickly became active members and leaders in the Rockland County community, and Unitarian Society.

In 1973 Arthur started a weekly community paper called “Our Town” based in Pearl River. The paper was widely respected for journalism and creative writing including their popular restaurant reviews.

In the early 90s he expanded his business outside of Orangetown to include other parts of Rockland and Bergen when he acquired the publication of “The Home and Store News” based in Ramsey NJ from John Dater.

Arthur was happiest when behind the keys of the piano and organ. He would perform regularly at Good Samaritan Hospital as a volunteer.

Arthur was also a professor and educator, teaching college classes in advertising, marketing, and business. In later years he offered defensive driving classes to many. He had a love for books, classic music & film, as well as the theater.

In his leisure time he would produce lecture series on historical events, cultural arts, and the history of radio broadcasting that he would give through the Elder Hostel organization, and at local libraries.

Arthur also worked as stage director for many local playhouses, and volunteered his time every year to Camp Venture to help raise money for their ongoing effort of providing opportunity and family-like care for people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Arthur is survived by his wife Elaine, son Arthur and his wife Christina, and grandchildren Daniel and Alec Aldrich. He also leaves behind niece Jean Migdal, nephew Michael Migdal and his wife Jane.

He continued working right up until the time of his death and will be greatly missed by his family, friends, and community.

A public memorial service is being planned for a later date.

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Blood Drive on February 22nd in Honor of Suffern HS Grad Madie Nicpon

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SUFFERN, NY – Today, Thursday a blood drive will be held in recognition of Suffern High School graduate Madie Nicpon. Suffern High School USO is teaming up with the Madie Nicpon 2gether Foundation to host a blood drive on Thursday, February 22nd in the SHS library from 2 – 8 pm. All members of the SCSD, Suffern and surrounding communities are encouraged to donate. Time slots are open and the link is live. Donors are highly encouraged to use the QR code or go to the website to sign up for appointments! Walk-ins will be accepted but again the people who make appointments will be given priority

Attached you will find the flyer from NY Blood that you can print out and display in your offices/places of employment if so wish.

On behalf of the Nicpon family, the administrative team and myself we sincerely thank you for your support.

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Pearl River Train Show by the Bergen County Model Railroad Club From February 17 to March 10

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ROCKLAND COUNTY, NY – Now in it’s 33rd year of operation, the train show is the perfect addition during the cold winter months of February and March. Experience several new or revised large complex track layouts with a dozen or more trains running at a time. The show runs from February 17 to March 10 at the Pearl River United Methodist Church (130 Franklin Ave, Pearl River, NY 10965)

Put on your conductor hats and get ready to hit the rails because the train show is chugging along this year. Visit the link here to find out pricing and hours.

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