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Pearl River Week in Review: School Budget Adoption, Orangetown Candidates Endorsed

The Pearl River School District 2013-14 budget and Republican candidates for Orangetown public office led the news of the past week in Pearl River.

Approximately two weeks after the Orangetown Democrats endorsed candidates in four races, the Orangetown Republican Committee chose its nominees for seven town offices last Thursday at the Nauraushank Lodge in Pearl River.

This included choosing Walter Wettje of Pearl River to run against incumbent Andy Stewart for Orangetown Supervisor. Republican incumbents Denis Troy and Tom Diviny will each try to win another four-year term on the town council against Democrats Dan Salmon and Annmarie Uhl.

The other contested race as of now is Receiver of Taxes, with Democrat Chris Smith challenging incumbent Robert Simon.

The Republicans are also nominating incumbents James Dean for Highway Superintendent, Charlotte Madigan for Town Clerk and Richard Finning for Town Justice. The Democrats have not nominated candidates for any of those offices, though they did also endorse Madigan two years ago. 

The buildup to the Orangetown elections in November is just one of the stories on Pearl River Patch this past week.

  • The Pearl River School District Board of Education adopted a budget for 2013-14 which will be on the ballot May 21. Current school board members Robert Davis and Michael Clohessy will run unopposed for another three-year term. 
  • The Pearl River Education Foundation announced two current fundraisers, a raffle of a weekend stay at a beach house and tickets to an upcoming Rockland Boulders game. 
  • The Pearl River High School Science Honor Society inducted 66 members. 
  • Our weekly kids planner offered family-friendly activities including Bowling for Autism at Pearl River Lanes Sunday. 
  • Troop 36 in Pearl River honored Tommy Harris and Liam Burke for earning the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. 
  • Del Arte's Restaurant in Orangeburg hosted the fundraiser Tuesday for the Brest Buddies, who raise money for the fight against breast cancer. 
  • The Pearl River PTAs and I Donate Goods held their annual clothing drive at Pearl River High School Friday and Saturday. 
  • The Rockland County March of Dimes March for Babies is set for May 4 at Blue Hill Plaza. 
  • The Orangetown Relay for Life, set for June 14 and 15 on the Central Ave. Field in Pearl River, set part of its entertainment line, but is still looking for more teams. 
  • The Orangetown Council proclaimed May 12-18 to be Police Week. 
  • Though the idea could be revisited, it is very unlikely that Rockland County's schools will leave Section 1 for the 2014-15 season as had been discussed. 
  • Pearl River High School students Bridget Clancy and Nina Lueders took second and third place respectively in the 9th Annual Professional Women Photographers student contest.
  • Rockland County charged 14 people with illegally obtaining day care funding. 
  • The Rockland County Health Department issued boil water orders in Orangeburg, Piermont and Grandview that remained in effect into the weekend. 
  • The late Bud Kast of Pearl River was one of this 40th Anniversary inductees into the Rockland County Sports Hall of Fame Saturday at the Pearl River Elks Club. 
  • Pearl River junior Kevin Degnan was named ninth-team all-state in Class A boys basketball by the New York State Sportswriter's Association. 
  • The Pearl River baseball won the first game on the way to a split of two contests with Nyack. 
  • Pitcher Mandy McCarthy hit a grand slam and pitched a shutout in an 8-0 victory over Nyack,
  • For more recent sports updates, check back later for today's Pearl River Sports Notebook. 

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