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This Week in Rockland: Newspaper Excerpts: Flashback Friday: Week of September 18

2020-09-18 TWIR Image-St Nicholas Hotel

September 17, 1870 150 YEARS AGO
Rockland County Journal

TEMPERANCE EXCURSION
          On Monday evening of this week, the members of the Division of Sons of Temperance met at their Hall, and donning regalia, etc., took up their line of march to the ferry-boat, on which they proceeded to Tarrytown. There, they were received by the Division of that place and escorted to their beautiful Hall, where a most delightful evening was spent in the exchange of fraternal congratulations. Speeches were made by several of the Tarrytown brethren and also by the visiting Division. About 10 ½ o'clock they re-crossed the river brilliantly lighted by the soft beams of the moon, then at its full, and reached home delighted with their visit and more enthusiastic than ever in their opposition to old King Alcohol.

PRIVATE DANCING CLASS
[Image: St. Nicholas Hotel, Main St., Nyack, ca. 1876. Glass plate negative ca. 1915 by J. Elmer Christie from an older photograph. (From the collection of Winston C. Perry Jr. via NYHeritage)]
          Mr. C. H. Rivers most respectfully announces to the ladies and gentlemen, and parents and guardians of children, his intention of establishing in Nyack a permanent academy for dancing, to be conducted on the same careful plan as his Brooklyn Academy, from which, during a period of eighteen years, nearly seventy thousand students have graduated, and the institution is still increasing in popular favor.
          Classes will be commenced at the St. Nicholas Hotel about the 3rd of October, or as soon after as a sufficient number subscribe to ensure blue success.
          For circular containing regulations, days and hours for classes, and terms, apply to J. A. Demarest, St. Nicholas Hotel, Nyack, or address C. H. Rivers, north-east corner of Court and State streets, Brooklyn.

September 17, 1920 100 YEARS AGO
Rockland News

ASSEMBLYMAN HAS CLOSE CALL
          Assemblyman Gordon H. Peck had a close call one day last week when a rifle bullet passed through his hat as he was walking along the road near his home at West Haverstraw. The bullet was one of several fired from the rifles of some young men who said they were amusing themselves at target practice. Had the bullet been even one inch lower it would have struck the Assemblyman in the head and probably killed him.

RUNAWAY HORSE DROPS DEAD
          A horse belonging to Otto Eitner of Valley Cottage, ran away in Nyack Thursday and dropped dead the end of a mile run. The horse started from above the Christian Herald Children’s Home. Mr. Eitner was thrown out but a man in the wagon with him took the reins and kept the horse in the middle of the road until it reached the junction of Midland and Sickles avenue, where it dropped dead.

NANUET WOMEN VOTERS
          Mary Dreler, of New York city, and Hon. B. C. Dunlop, of Spring Valley, gave interesting addresses at the meeting of the Nanuet League of Women Voters last Thursday evening. The next meeting will be held at the schoolhouse Thursday evening September 23, at 8 o’clock when District Attorney Morton Lexow and a speaker from New York will address the meeting.

September 17, 1970 50 YEARS AGO
The Journal News

ETHICS CODE IS AIRED
          A proposed code of ethics for county officers and employees will be aired at a hearing before the legislature's judiciary committee Sept. 29.
          The code, which prescribes standards of conduct for public servants, must be adopted by the county, and filed with the state by the end of the year.
          The proposed law also expands to five the existing three-man board of ethics, which will have power to review questions arising under local and state laws.It provides that a county officer or employee may not:
                – Accept any gift valued at more than $25 that could be construed to influence his decisions;
                – Disclose confidential information acquired in the course of his duties;
                – Receive or agree to take compensation for any service related to the business of the agency with which he is connected or any other agency of his municipality;
                – Hold investments which create a conflict with his official duties;
                – Accept a private job that conflicts with or hinders his normal duties;
                – Become involved, for two years after he leaves public life, in any matter he participated in during his public employment.
          The code also requires public disclosure by any county employee of financial or private interest he may have in matters before the legislature in which he may have some say.
          Budget Officer Philip Bosco last night informally attacked the code for being too broad, noting it does not include at least one stricture that is set down by state law.
          He said public employees are forbidden for a specified item after they leave public life from taking employment with any firm they dealt with in their official capacity and suggested this be included in the code.
          The hearing is set for 8 p.m. in the legislative chambers at the County Office Building, New City.
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This Week in Rockland (#FBF Flashback Friday) is prepared by Clare Sheridan on behalf of the Historical Society of Rockland County. To learn about the HSRC's mission, upcoming events or programs, visit www.RocklandHistory.org or call (845) 634-9629.


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