One of the best events each month is the monthly HASTINGS FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE. This is not an April Fools joke. On Friday, APril 1 The Hastings Village Arts Commission will present Art Walk Fools' Ball & so much more. The festivities begin at 5:30 PM. Pop up galleries...newington-cropsey gallery tour, 25 Cropsey Lane...Artist Reception at Station Cafe...Found Art Workshop...Fools' Ball: a Fundraiser to benefit the village arts commission, 8:30 PM at the James Harmon Community Center. For more info visit: www.Rivertownsguide.com. Local merchants and restaurants are open late.
I had the opportunity to speak to the Hastings on Hudson Chamber of Commerce tonight. They are redefining Main Street--building connections and community in the Rivertowns. The organization sponsors interesting programs. Also had a chance to greet two new business owners in Hastings: Jean Hamerman, President of NeighborGreen (Home Weatherizing Made Easy---www.neighborgreen.com) and Stan Avedon of Hastings VELO (a new bicycle store that is opening later in April at 45 Main Street Hastings).
Earlier this year we announced a new initiative for students: SNN (student news network). High School & Middle School students are learning about journalism and will soon be reporting the news.
We are very fortunate to have two volunteers helping us. Alan Brody of Edgemont has been meeting with the students weekly -teaching them important skills. He is joined by another volunteer: Mo Krochmal. As the first digital journalism professor at Hofstra University (2007-2010), Krochmal designed and created the NassauNewsLive.com platform that enabled a small core of journalism students to manage a staff of 100 of their fellow students in producing state-of-the-art student-run community coverage on a real-time basis -- with a minimal budget. Students used smart phones.
The students will air their first news report on public access TV in the near future. The report will also be presented to the Town Board before the end of the school year. In the meantime--check out our new website: