Public School Board Elections

Monday was the deadline for candidates seeking to run for board of education seats in Rockland County’s eight public school districts. Candidate voting as well as school budget voting will be held on May 16. Here who is on the ballot:

EAST RAMAPO:  Mark Berkowitz and Alexandra K. Manigo are running for a three year term currently held by Trustee Moshe Hopstein. Board Vice President Harry Grossman is seeking a second term. He will be opposed by Eric Goodwin. Chevon Dos Reis and Joel Freilich are running for the seat that Joe Chajmovicz left open when he resigned. Whoever wins will serve the full three-year term.

SOUTH ORANGETOWN: Board President Guy DeVincenzo is being challenged by Christine Lee and Ira Steinberg. Scott Vanderhoef will run against current Trustee, Leon Jacobs.

NYACK: Board President Leann Irving is seeking her third term. Trustee Jennifer Marraccino is looking to be elected to her second term and Trustee James Marshall to his third term. Beth Davidson and Michael Lockett will be challenging them for the Trustee position.

RAMAPO CENTRAL: Paul Shapiro, Thomas Donnelly and Darrell L. Fraiser are running for Trustee seats on the board; there are only two open.

The rest of the candidates are running uncontested.

CLARKSTOWN: Darin Diamond and David Gosman

NANUET: Anne Byrne, Charleen Caulk and Edward Dingman

NORTH ROCKLAND: Deborah Gatti, Peggy Zugibe and James Kraus

PEARL RIVER: Thomas DePrisco


 “Facebook Killer” Commits Suicide

Steve Stephens, otherwise known as the “Facebook Killer” committed suicide on Tuesday after a McDonald’s worker on Buffalo Road near Erie, PA called the police on him.

Stephens ordered a 20-piece order of chicken McNuggets and a large order of fries. The staff gave him his order of McNuggets but then realized that he was wanted. They held up giving him his fries to notify the police. Restaurant manager, Henry Sayes stated Stephens said “I have to go” and left without the nuggets.

One Pennsylvania State Police trooper bumped Stephens’ white Ford Fusion in front of an abandoned school to slow him down. Stephens then took his pistol and shot himself in the head.

On Sunday, Stephens posted a live video on Facebook of himself shooting a random victim, 74-year-old Robert Godwin Sr. in the head, killing him. He demanded the victim say Stephens’ girlfriend’s name and added “she’s the reason this is about to happen to you.”


Man Kills Three in Fresno

Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, shot and killed three white males in the matter of two minutes on Tuesday in Fresno, California. Police are calling it a hate crime due to the fact that Muhammad is black and has posted his hatred of white people on social media before.

A 34-year-old truck passenger and two other men, a 37-year-old and a 58-year-old were the victims of this shooting. Muhammad is also accused of firing at a 59-year-old white man coming out of a house, but he missed. He will face four counts of murder and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

Muhammad has had some previous run-ins with the law. In 2005 he was indicted on charges of cocaine possession and possession of two rifles and a semiautomatic handgun. He was jailed for 92 months.


Aaron Hernandez Found Dead in Prison Cell

Aaron Hernandez, former star tight end with the New England Patriots hanged himself in his prison cell on Wednesday. Hernandez was convicted of first-degree murder in 2015.

He was discovered by his cell corrections officers at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, MA around 3 am. He was transported to the hospital where lifesaving techniques were attempted but he was pronounced dead at 4:07 am.

“Mr. Hernandez hanged himself using a bedsheet that he attached to his cell window,” said a statement from the Massachusetts Department of Correction.

Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Odin Llyod, who was dating Hernandez’s fiancée’s sister.

Hernandez played three years in the NFL, catching 175 passes for 18 touchdowns. He played in one Super Bowl in which the Patriots lost to the Giants. The following year he signed a $40 million contract extension.

Hernandez showed no signs of being suicidal, said officials at the Department. There was also no suicide note. Ironically, the death was on the same day the Patriots went to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

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