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    DINING WITH A VIEW

    By Mary Lukens | May 24, 2015

    Summertime beckons for a dining experience along the Hudson River.  Find a memorable meal with a view on the River’s east or west bank.  Below is a link to some of the area’s waterfront restaurants. http://www.lohud.com/story/life/food/restaurants/2015/05/19/waterfront-restaurants-westchester-rockland/27588945/ Read More

    HUDSON VALLEY HANDMADE

    By Mary Lukens | May 10, 2015

    The Village of Warwick features an open air market of handmade arts and crafts by local artisans from New York’s Hudson Valley from May through October.  Makers Market is where artists show and sell their wares, and a place to find unique, original, handmade items. Dates for the upcoming events can be found at http://hudsonhandmade.com/... Read More

    TOUR THE VALLEY’S WINERIES

    By Mary Lukens | May 8, 2015

    Touring the region’s vineyards is a terrific way to spend a day in the Hudson River Valley.  There are over a dozen wineries open for tours, picnic lunch and sampling.  For more information on wineries and lodging in the area, visit the links below. http://www.orangetourism.org/lodging http://www.hudsonriver.com/hudson-river-wineries   Read More

    NYACK’S STREET FAIR

    By Mary Lukens | May 8, 2015

    The streets of Nyack come alive on Sunday, July  12 with the annual Summer Street Fair from 10am to 5pm, featuring hundreds of vendors, great food, music and NO admission.  For more info, visit http://acadaofnyack.com/. Read More

    FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS CAN RECEIVE $ FROM FANNIE MAE

    By Mary Lukens | April 21, 2015

    Fannie Mae has recently announced a new program that will allow first-time homebuyers to receive up to three percent of the purchase price in closing cost assistance.  The HomePath Ready Buyer Program will require an online education course. For more information on the course and to sign up, visit https://www.homepath.com/ready_buyer.html Read More

    6 REASONS TO BUY A HOME NOW

    By Mary Lukens | April 3, 2015

    Why buy now?  Lower interest rates, loan qualifications less restrictive, and higher rents are just a few.  Read on for more sound advice.  http://realtytimes.com/consumeradvice/buyersadvice1/item/34070-20150403-if-you-dont-buy-a-house-now-youre-stupid   Read More

    FIRST TIME HOME BUYER?

    By Mary Lukens | April 3, 2015

    So much to consider when buying your first home.  Click on the link for some mistakes to avoid, from financing to appraisal. http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2015/03/28/5-first-time-homebuyer-mistakes-to-avoid.aspx Read More

    Stony Point Named Sixth Safest “City” in New York

    By Mary Lukens | March 31, 2015

    Safe Choice Security, a home security company that does business in all 50 states, has published rankings of “safe cities” in New York State and Stony Point landed number six on the list.  Suffern also made the list, one notch higher at number five.  Safe Choice Security described Stony Point as such: “Stony Point is... Read More

    EXPLORE ART

    By Mary Lukens | February 28, 2015

    Rockland and Orange Counties have a history of attracting artists of all kinds.  Whether you’re looking to tour a gallery, take a class, exhibit your art or send your child to art camp, the Rockland Center for the Arts and Orange County Arts Council are two non-profit organizations with established roots in the community for... Read More

    FIND YOUR INNER ARTIST IN NANUET

    By Mary Lukens | February 18, 2015

    Always wanted to try to paint but never knew where to start?  Or need a fun evening out with the girls or place for a private party?  Pinot’s Palette is where anyone can be creative .. and where you can “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.”  The studio offers group classes, where in  2 or 3 hours,... Read More

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