You know it’s summer when the farmers’ markets open. Other than fresh produce and fruit and lovely surprises such as honey, healthy snacks and baked goods, every farmers' market offers special memories.

In Goshen, Rivkie Borenstein, a co-director of the Chabad of Orange County, has special memories of her young charges in the Tot Shabbat classes which were a treat on Fridays when she’d spread a blanket on the nearby park lawn. The children, from birth through 5 years, seemed to enjoy the outdoors, breathing fresh air as they sang Shabbat songs, did Jewish crafts, and enjoyed healthy snacks.

They’ll be on the lush lawn from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Friday. Rivkie and her helpers will pack up everything for the visit. They enjoy it too. And while it seems like a lot of work for an hour outdoors, it’s a refreshing way to enjoy the farmers’ market and to learn about the fresh items it features. Oh, and by the way, the Tot Shabbat classes are open to new registrants. Visitors are welcome. For information, call 291-0514 or email chabbadoc@aol.

This & that

• Jim Scali and members of the Korean War Veterans in Orange County Chapter 202 would like to increase the membership. They’ll be meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Maddy’s Diner at the end of Highland Avenue in Middletown. There are 10 members in the group who served during the Korean War and the Cold War, they’ll welcome you. Scali served as a tank crewman on the DMZ during the Pueblo incident. He can be reached at

• The Town of Wallkill Cops vs. Youth Softball Game is coming up, and Rosie Otero-Walsh, who is in charge of youth activities for the police department, is seeking players. Sign-up is at the monthly meeting of the youth group at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Community Center at 8 Wes Warren Drive in Middletown. She also is seeking someone (or a group) to sing the National Anthem. She can be reached at 692-7800, ext. 209, or by email at

• Kelly Gardiner, senior account manager for Linda Gaunt Communications in New York City, is offering something special to local senior class teachers. In conjunction with the Dress Barn Academy Loyalty Program, the brand is treating a group of local teachers to “their perfect graduation attire” with a $100 gift card on behalf of Dress Barn. They are meeting from 3:30-5 p.m. today at Dress Barn in Newburgh, 1433 Route 300, in the Newburgh Towne Center. Already registered are teachers from Washingtonville High School who will be shopping and selecting their items. Gardiner can be reached at 212-810-2894, ext. 117, at 72 Madison Ave., ninth floor in Manhattan.

• Morgan Properties has teamed with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to participate in sales for childhood cancer research. Children may be helping, but an adult will be present all the time. On a recent day, Troy Needham raised $82 at Imperial Gardens in Middletown. Good job.


One of the parishes of the young people attending the annual pilgrimage to Lourdes, France, July 1-11, printed earlier was incorrect. Margaret Anne McNamara, 17, is from Holy Cross Parish in South Centerville. She, like the other five, is very excited about going. The trip is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, who have to raise close to $43,000 to fund the religious experience. They will be selling raffle tickets after Masses at a number of Catholic churches throughout the area. Lend a hand, they’ll appreciate every dime. It’s their 44th year in sponsoring the trip. For information, email Walter Kozlowski, chairman of the committee, who pays his own way. He can be reached at or


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