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Cardinal Dolan To Bless The Soil At The On-Site Garden At The Food Pantry In Haverstraw

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Haverstraw, NY – Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland will host the annual Blessing of the Soil, with Guest of Honor His Eminence Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan in attendance, on Saturday, May 4th at Catholic Charities in Haverstraw at 78 Hudson Avenue, from noon until 1:00 pm. The Archbishop will bless the soil and there will be fun activities for the children and refreshments. The theme is “From Seed to Supper” and attendees will hear how Catholic Charities is able to provide so much fresh produce to those in need.

CCCSR has hosted this community event since 2011 after creating a large garden on the side lawn of their location in Haverstraw where staff and volunteers oversee the growing of fresh vegetables for families and individuals who access the food pantry. It is also home to one of the only greenhouses on the site of a food pantry in the northeast.

  Catholic Charities Community Services of Rockland, The Warm Heart of Rockland, provides services to people of all ages, from every race and ethnic group from all over the County. The organization’s focus is to provide life necessities, including food, shelter, and other emergency assistance to those in need. The compassionate and professional staff speak English, Spanish, French and Creole, and assist people of all ages, races and religions in Rockland County. CCCSR also runs the Warming Center for Rockland County during the colder months. More information can be found at www.ccsrockland.org or by calling (845) 942-5791.

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Rockland LGBTQ Pride Sunday Celebrates 25 Years June 9th

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On Sunday, June 9 from 11am to 5pm, the Village of Nyack will host the 25th Annual Rockland Pride Sunday, the oldest LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) Pride celebration in the Hudson Valley.

This year’s event features a parade, which steps off at 11:30am, vendors, live performances, music, speeches, and activities for children, families, and teens. 

Why is June Pride Month? Because it was in June of 1969 that New York City’s Stonewall Riots took place in New York City, giving birth to the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement.

As it does each year, Rockland County Pride Center will host a family-friendly street fair designed to celebrate LGBTQ+ history,  elected officials to show their support for our community, and give parents of LGBTQ+ young people an opportunity to see happy, successful LGBTQ+ adults. 

This year’s event is supported by grants from the Rockland County Department of Economic Development & Tourism and Arts Westchester. A full sponsor list will be available at the event. 

WHAT:               25TH Annual Rockland Pride Sunday

WHERE:            Downtown Nyack, NY

WHEN:               Sunday June 9, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

                             Parade step-off: 11:30 a.m., Memorial Park

                             Speaking Program: 12:00 noon, Hezekiah Easter Park Gazebo

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Remember The Incredible Sacrifice Our Brave Men And Women Made For Our Continued Freedom

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On May 27th we are honoring and remembering the military servicemen and women whose lives were lost while serving this great country.

There are some days throughout the year when it feels great to be an American. One of those days is Memorial Day. It’s the first official cookout of the year. It becomes acceptable to eat watermelon straight from the rind and corn on the cob. Memorial Day weekend is when pools open and moms start nagging their kids about wearing enough sunscreen and not tracking water into the house. We are on the verge of popsicles, hamburgers, and cakes with strawberries and blueberries in the shape of an American flag.  

When life is good, we wrap ourselves up in it and so often forget the meaning of days like today. Like so many other holidays, the meaning of Memorial Day is often lost in the midst of celebration and relief at days off of work and school. What exactly are we celebrating? Today is the day we remember the fallen. We remember those who gave their lives fighting for a better tomorrow.

 

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