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Butterup & Friends in Piermont Closing After 37 Years in Business



PIERMONT, NY – In a post on Facebook, Butterup & Friends announced after 37 years in business they were closing their doors for the final time on Saturday, May 8.

You can read the full post below:

To our dearest Piermont Community,

It is with a heavy heart to say that this Saturday May 8th, Buttercup & Friends will be closing it’s doors for the final time.
Buttercup has made and cherished so many friends over the last 37 years. Watching children grow into adults and seeing them bring their own children in to the shop, It has truly been a full circle journey. And it is all thanks to Frances Pelligrini who brought the whimsy and charm of Buttercup & Friends to life. When Frances decided to finally pass the baton our dear Mel swooped in keeping all of the magic fully intact for years to follow.

From teddy bear picnics, to Saturday story time, and the one and only Buttercup Swim Club! I know these memories we all share will be cherished and passed on for generations. We will be open this Wednesday 5/5 through Saturday 5/8 from 12pm-5pm. And on Saturday afternoon at 4pm please join us for a final farewell to our dear store…. The Teddy Bears final picnic…. ✨ 🌾 We would love to see you all 💚

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Great American Cookies Palisades Mall is Officially Open



WEST NYACK, NY – Great American Cookies Palisades Mall is Officially Open!

Great American Cookies is the home of the original Cookie Cake. They are located on Level Three next to Macy’s. (under the ice rink). While we were there today we kept hearing a similar response from customers, “we are so happy you are back!”

The Great American Cookies store at the Palisades Mall offers 15 varieties of fresh-scooped cookies, several varieties of brownies, and their famous Cookie Cake 🍪 🍰.

Many longtime Rockland residents may remember the beloved Great American Cookies location in the Nanuet Mall, directly next to the food court. Special thanks to owner Jaime, a Clarkstown resident, for taking some time to speak with us and allowing us to take some photos.

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Assemblyman Lawler and Schmitt Send Letter to Thruway Authority Supporting Chick-Fil-A at Thruway Travel Plazas



PEARL RIVER, NY – Rockland County Assemblyman Mike Lawler and Colin J. Schmitt and other Members of the Assembly sent a letter to the New York State Thruway Authority supporting the newly announced renovation of all travel plazas/rest areas including the addition of Chick-fil-A restaurants.


Full text of letter:

July 13, 2021

Matthew J. Driscoll, Executive Director
NYS Thruway Authority
via email

Dear Executive Director Driscoll:

Recently it was announced that the first phase of a statewide privately funded $300 million dollar Thruway travel plaza/rest area renovation project will begin. The news was widely applauded and welcomed, especially with the disclosure that numerous new restaurant and dining options will be included for Thruway travelers and area residents.

We are contacting you to express our support for the decision to include Chick-fil-A as an additional dining option.

Chick-fil-A has been ranked as America’s top fast-food restaurant for the seventh year in a row by The American Customer Satisfaction Index. Also, a Harris poll has found that for the sixth year in a row Americans have ranked Chick-fil-A the top chicken restaurant in the country.

Its food is extremely popular, generating business and attention within wide ranges of its locations, and Chick-fil-A is known for great customer service.

The company is also well regarded for its treatment of employees, considering them like family, and guaranteeing every Sunday off for each employee and operator.

While some of our colleagues in the State Legislature have attempted to recast your decision in an ideological context to advance their own political agendas, rest assured that the decision to add Chick-fil-A has broad public support and has generated excitement among both our constituents and Thruway travelers.

If you have any questions or we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to call 845-469-6929.


Colin J. Schmitt
Member of Assembly, 99th District

Joseph Angelino
Member of Assembly, 122nd District

Joe DeStefano
Member of the Assembly, 3rd District

Jodi Giglio
Member of the Assembly, 2nd District

John Lemondes
Member of Assembly, 126th District

David McDonough
Member of Assembly, 14th District

Edward P. Ra
Member of Assembly, 19th District

Matthew Simpson
Member of Assembly, 114th District

Christopher S. Friend
Member of Assembly, 124th District

Mike Lawler
Member of Assembly, 97th District

Brian D. Manktelow
Member of Assembly, 130th District

Michael Montesano
Member of Assembly, 15th District

Michael Reilly
Member of Assembly, 62nd District

Chris Tague
Member of Assembly, 102nd District

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