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Pearl River Week in Review: Orangetown Open House, Walk for Autism Speaks

The Orangetown Police Department Open House expanded to involve more elements from other parts of the town and people from around Rockland County joined in the Walk for Autism Speaks at RCC Saturday.

The Orangetown Police held their 16th annual open house Saturday, this time with more from the other departments in Orangetown. In keeping with tradition, the event concluded with a ceremony honoring fallen police officers. 

The open house was just one of the stories brought to you by Pearl River Patch this past week. 

  • People with autism joined their friends, family and supporters in the 2012 Greater Hudson Valley Walk for Autism Speaks Saturday at RCC. It was the fifth year for the Rockland County event/fundraiser. 
  • The Pearl River School District PTAs teamed up with I Donate Goods to host a clothing and toy drive at Pearl River High School Oct. 12 and 13. 
  • Pearl River Schools Director of Operations Quinton Van Wynen gave a presentation projecting the budget challenges the district will face over the next three years at a board of education meeting. 
  • Pearl River School District Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Sue Wheeler explained the impact of APPR and new core curriculum standards on students to parents at a free Parent University. 
  • For a roundup of weekend Pearl River sporting events including two fundraisers for the fight against breast cancer, click here. 
  • Earlier in the week, the Pearl River girls soccer team remained on a roll with an impressive 3-0 victory over Rye, another of the top teams in Class A. 
  • First Niagara Bank announced it will be sponsoring the Rockland Economic Development Center's Small Business Center at a press conference in the REDC office on Blue Hill Plaza. 
  • The Orangetown Town Board introduced the town's , 42, of Haverstraw, at a regular Tuesday meeting. The town council also approved in increase in fire inspection fees and clarified the town's policy regarding military leave for town employees. 
  • Eric Goods of Valley Cottage was sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting his neighbor. 
  • In the latest incident with a near the intersection with Christian Herald Road Oct. 6. 
  • Orangetown Police announced they were looking for witnesses to a three-car crash that injured 5 people on Route 303 on Oct. 6. 
  • Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef will not run for a sixth term, sparking speculation regarding possible candidates to replace him. 
  • A candidates' forum in Spring Valley drew State Sen. David Carlucci, who is running for reelection against Janis Amy Castaldi, Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski, Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee, who is running for reelection and the man she's running against in the Assembly's 97th District, Joseph Gravagna.
  • Rockland County had its first human West Nile Virus case. 

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