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Articles from: March 2019

Peace Village Celebrates Its 20th Year

Since 1999 thousands have come to Peace Village from all around the world as part of their spiritual journey. Some come simply to experience the sacred space of the village, while others come to begin or strengthen their meditation practice. Many experience Peace Village as a safe space to meet their true self, both the light and dark, and to gain the inner power to shed unwanted aspects with ease. Continue Reading

Summer Kids Club at Tumble-Bee Gymnastics

Tumble–Bee Gymnastics is committed to providing a positive educational experience for your children. “We are very proud to serve Rockland County. Since August 1986, we have provided gymnastics programs for all types of children. This commitment to the community has been successful for the last 33 years. Discover everything your child’s gymnastics experience should be with us in a fun, safe and colorful environment,” shares owner Cheryl Holm.  Continue Reading

Quinoa Paella (Vegan and Gluten Free)

2 cups rinsed quinoa

1.5 cups vegetable broth


1/2 cup oil (your choice- olive, sunflower, ghee)

1 medium onion

1/4 cup minced garlic

1 (28oz-average size but can be off a bit depending on can size) can ground tomatoes

1 (same can) can water

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1 cup roasted red peppers, large dice

2 cups frozen peas

1 cup glass jar artichoke hearts-drained

1/2 cup fresh chopped Italian parsley

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Otto Specht School’s Farm Faire Returns

The Otto Specht School’s Second Annual Farm Faire on Saturday, April 13 is an opportunity for everyone to get to know this unique school and experience the beauty of its campus. Activities include a petting zoo, puppet show, planting and decorating an herb pot, creating natural spa products, games, a photo booth, and so much more. “Live music and food from local eateries will keep everyone feeling good and happy all day long, and the silent auction will feature unique items and experiences to capture your fancy,” invites program director Jeanette Rodriguez. Continue Reading

Addressing Allergies Naturally

“Our overall health and what we eat play a major role in allergies,” says Dr. Janette Asaro Pena of Newburgh Chiropractic. Allergies are an over-reaction of our immune system. Histamine is released which is why we get sinus congestion, runny noses and itchy eyes and/or itchy skin rashes. “By drinking lots of water the histamine is diluted and the reaction is diminished or non-existent. We also can re-train how our body reacts to allergens with homeopathic remedies. My favorite is homeopathic histaminum which triggers our cells to stop releasing histamine but in a better way than allergy medicine because it doesn’t leave you feeling drowsy or hyper,” shares Pena.

Many foods cause inflammation which make allergies worse. “I recommend an anti-inflammatory diet which is very similar to the alkaline diet and the Paleo diet without dairy. We can improve inflammation, allergies and overall health with a good diet. Come in for a consultation to learn more,” she invites.

Dr. Pena treats everyone from infants to seniors with a special interest in nutrition and digestion, and the relationship between nutrition, emotion and physical issues. She uses a holistic approach to correct the underlying causes of health issues and restore balance to the body

Location: 3 Pierces Rd., Newburgh. For more information or to schedule an appointment or to order, call 561-6800 or email or visit

Nursery School of the Nyacks’ Summer Play Program

Nursery School of the Nyacks (NSN), which is currently celebrating its 21st year, began through the cooperative efforts of local parents who felt the need for an additional choice of nursery schools in the community, has now also offered their summer play program since 2010. The philosophy at NSN is to pay close attention to each child’s individual developmental needs and progress. NSN promotes an environment where children are encouraged to bring their imaginations, enthusiasm for discovery and excitement for learning while they learn through play.


Most of the day, which is from 9-11:55 a.m., Monday to Thursday, is spent outside in our nice shady playground working on open-ended art projects, reading books and playing with water and sand. There is also a cool and engaging indoor space to play on the extra hot days. The program, for children ages 3-5, runs from July 8 to August 15 and you can choose to send your child 2, 3 or 4 days per week.


Location: 130 First Ave., Nyack. For more information and to register contact the Membership Coordinator at  or visit

Challenger Center Camp

Give your kid some space this summer—outer space! The Challenger Center’s week-long summer camp programs, designed for kids in grades 1 through 6, gives children a fun-filled, science-based, learning experience that will last a lifetime.

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New Weight Product Launched

Liv Labs consultant Russ Spitzer is excited about Liv Lab’s newest product, Slender Hemp Mystic Melon which is infused with organically grown hemp extract. “It provides you with 10 milligrams of active broad-spectrum cannabinoids along with advanced energy, nootropic ingredients and weight wellness,” he says. “This functional beverage is THC free and helps you balance your energy, supercharge your metabolism, elevate your mood and focus. Finally, a beverage that tastes good and is good for you, too.” Continue Reading

Summer Enrichment Programs

The Otto Specht School, located in Chestnut Ridge, is now offering summer enrichment programs for children and young adults with learning challenges and developmental delays. The school’s campus includes a farm, a working dairy, gardens, forests, a swimming pond and more, providing ample opportunities for artistic, practical, engaging, vocational and educational programming. Continue Reading

Information Sessions for Summer Play Camp at Blue Rock School

Summer Play Camp is hosting two information sessions this spring—one on Saturday, March 16 and another on Saturday, April 28 at 1 p.m. Both events are for parents and children to come see the grounds, take a tour, meet the Camp Director and hear all about the camp’s unique and adventure-filled summer program. Continue Reading