Donna Podesta's Blog Posts

Thinking Of Downsizing Without Cramping Your Style

The National Association of Realtors states that today’s average home size is 2300 square feet, but in 1950 the average home was only 1000 square feet and families were bigger back then. Moving

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Understanding Hurricane Categories

Hurricane Categories grow exponentially ...Category 2 is 10 times stronger than Category 1Catoegory 3 is 50 times stronger than Category 2Caregory 4 is 250 times stronger than Category 3Category 5

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Home Improvements That Add Value To Your Home

You can spend as little as $400-750 for a big return on your homes value.1.Bathroom updates get a big payback when you modernize.          

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Real Estate Snapshot June 2017

National Association of Realtors and Hudson Gateway MLS June 2017 UpdateAccording to NAR and HGMLS statistics…There are 196 million active listings nationwide, this is down 8.4% from last year

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Tips When Buying A Condo

Condominium buying and selling, things to know.Mortgage lenders use a different set of rules when you buy a condo.  It is not just your creditworthiness the lender has to

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Great Hiking In Sleepy Hollow NY Rockwood Hall Trail

Site of The Summer Home of William RockefellerJust over the Tappan Zee Bridge in Sleepy Hollow NY enjoy this wonderful hike with panoramic Hudson River views. Rockwood Hall is just one of many

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SHORT SALES IN 2017 And Changes In The Law

As of January, 1 2017, you could be looking at a tax implications for forgiven debt. The Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007 and its extensions, exempted that income through 2016 from

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Nyack Springfest Street Fair 2017

Sunday, April 9th 10am - 5pm, Rain or Shine. Join the fun on Sunday…. Sponsored by the Nyack Boat Charter. Thousands make their way to Nyack each year for the “Famous” Street Fairs,

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Hiking In New York

Before you know it, Spring will be here, it’s time to get out and enjoy nature and the fresh air. Get off your treadmill and take to the trails near Rockland County New York. Bear Mountain

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NYC Protests Inauguration Weekend

Were you considering a trip to DC to protest the Inauguration? Maybe you would rather stay closer to home…January 19, 6pm., Trump International Hotel Michael Moore has planned a protest

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NYC Airports Set For Makeovers

Both LaGuardia and JFK Airports have scheduled major renovations, with a great sigh of relief from New York travelers. Although the renovations at LaGuardia are scheduled for completion in 2024

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Christmas In The Village

This is a FREE Event at Museum Village in Monroe, NY. Come see “Christmas in the Village” Santa will be there as you walk around the grounds and enjoy the holiday entertainment in the.

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The Great Jack OLantern Blaze At Croton On Hudson

A special Halloween Event for the whole family!!2016 dates: Sept. 30, Oct. 1-2, 7-10, 13-16, 19-31, Nov. 3-6, 10-13The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze is a walk-through experience filled with more

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Famous Nyack Street Fair

Famous Nyack Street FairOctober 9, 2016 10am-5pmEnjoy a beautiful Autumn Day downtown in Nyack shopping and eating. Over 300 vendors in booths filled with arts and crafts, collectibles and items

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Boeing Boeing At Elmwood Community Playhouse In Nyack

Now through October 8, 2016, come see this great comedy presented by Samuel French Inc. This 60’s play which portrays bachelor, Bernard and his exploits with 3 fiancées. All is well until

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Polish American Festival June 4 And June 5 2016 In Tappan NY

The best Polish food, drinks and music, join the fun. Pierogi eating contest, and amusements for the kids. Venders, arts and crafts, glass art, pottery and more! See world-class celebration of

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Memorial Day Weekend In The Hudson Valley

Mayfest Festival 2016– May 27-29, 2016Family Friendly Festival, 2 Day event featuring music, art and yoga programs. Guests can spend the weekend; cabins are available to rent or you can camp on

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EARTH DAY FACTS

The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970, by 20 million people in America.Earth Day went international on 1990.In 2009 The United Nations declared April 22, International Mother Earth

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Get Your Yard Ready For Spring

Here are some planting tips from The NY Botanical Garden. Remove mulches and debris from beds. Fertilize the flower beds of early blooming bulbs. Prune the deciduous trees to help shape them

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CHEAP MONEY Take Advantage Of Your Credit Cards

From cash back offers to lowering your interest rate, credit card companies are offering great deals to those who know how to take advantage. If you are carrying a balance on a card or a number of

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SEE HARVEY AT NYACK PLAYHOUSE

Come see Harvey performed at the Elmwood Playhouse every Friday, Saturday and Sunday til February 6th. Elwood P. Dowd introduces his best friend, Harvey, a six foot tall invisible rabbit to all

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Whats Happening At Nyack Center

Rivertown Film is presenting three films for January and February.First on January 23 at 8pm Backpack Full Of Cash, This film which narrated by Matt Damon looks into the growing privatization of

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Winter Should Be Coming In January

As we enjoy this warm and unseasonable weather, it may soon end. According to the 2016 Farmers Almanac, the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states will be stormy with a good amount of snow. The second

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Real Estate Attorney Restrictions In NY

These are among the top restrictions you should know about NY Real Estate….Clients, when choosing representation, must be sure that their attorney is acting only as their attorney. This is

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Celebrate The Holidays In Haverstraw

Join in the fun with the whole family on December 5th. North Rockland Chamber Annual Holiday Happenings for the whole family. Make a Snowman with Santa from 11-5. Storytime with Santa 12-4 and

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Lets Go Bowling At Lucky Strike Lanes In West Nyack

Something different to do… go bowling! At Lucky Strike Lanes in West Nyack on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays enjoy “Bottomless Bowl” for $15 all you can bowl from 5pm to close, (shoe rentals

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Joaquin Could This Be Another Hurricane Sandy

It’s early on Thursday afternoon and NJ Governor Christie just declared a state of emergency due to the newly classified, category 3, Hurricane Joaquin.  The National Hurricane Center

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Why Not Suffern Walk To The Train

Are you looking for a great condo with an easy commute to NYC? Why not look in Suffern, NY.  This 2 bedroom 2 bath unit built in 2007 is a short walk to the train. Only 30 miles to Midtown.

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September 2015 Rockland County Events

September 12, 2015Enjoy a bird watching tour of Hudson River Area at Stony Point Battleground Historic Site from 8:00 am. At 10am enjoy a guided walk by Alan and Della Wells, free parking, Free

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Spring Ahead

Daylight Saving Time begins on Saturday, March 8th at 2am, so move that clock forward and say goodbye to winter (fingers crossed).Fast FactsIt was Ben Franklin who is credited for the idea, but he

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Icicles On Your Home Not So Pretty

Icicles…. They may look beautiful hanging from the eaves of your home but those beauties could be costly. Snow covered roofs and freezing conditions that cause icicles to form also lead to

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Furniture Recycling Thank You For Your Service

Furniture Sharehouse is an amazing organization that provides free furniture to disadvantaged families and individuals living in Westchester County. Donations are collected and redistributed to

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First Annual NYC Festival Of Light 2014

Free and Open To All Ages! See the streets come alive for New York’s first annual Festival of Light. Lighting installations created by local designers and performance artists will dazzle you

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The Other River In Rockland County

Yes, the Hackensack River begins its 50 mile journey at the base of the High Tor cliffs in New City, NY.   Last weekend I spent a lovely afternoon on an EcoCruise along the Hackensack

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One Life Saved How Many Others Lost

Sometimes the news is just too much to bear, but today I read an article about a life saved by the Clarkstown NY Police Department. It inspired me to do a little research and I was pretty

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Why You Need A Buyers Agent When Buying A House

Real Estate licensees in the state of New York are required to disclose the nature of their agency relationship and rights and obligations it creates. According to the disclosure all parties must

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Move Over America Or You Could Get A Ticket

 In case you are not aware, New York’s Move Over Law has changed as of January 1, 2012. This law protects officers, emergency service operators and vehicles stopped along the roadways

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Fun Time At The Rockland Boulders

  Take yourself out to the ball park!  Looking for something to do with the family head over to Provident Bank Park and take in a Rockland Boulders game. Rockland’s very own

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Beware Of Cash For Gold Ripoffs

  In Rockland County it is required that all secondhand dealers of precious metals and gems be licensed by the State of New York. Be sure that your dealer is licensed, each license must be

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Come To The Rockland Bergen Music Festival

   Sunday June 29, 2014 will mark the first ever Rockland Bergen Music Festival at the German Masonic Park, 120 Western Highway in Tappan. Presented by Joe D’Urso, the daylong event

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Home Staging May Be The Answer When Selling Your Home

Staging Facts  A staged home can add between 6 and 20% to the sale priceAccording to Real Estate Staging Association staged homes spend up to 73% less time on the market Although it

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Volunteers Needed For Hudson River Cleanup

 On Sunday May 10, 2014 volunteers from Albany to Englewood Cliffs will participate in the 2014 Riverkeeper Sweep the 3rd annual day of service event. This event connects volunteers along

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Great Hot Wings In Nanuet

 Are you looking for amazing hot wings? BC Chicken Bar and Restaurant may be the best keep secret in Rockland County. You may have heard some whispers or maybe your college kids or a friend

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On Tour Nyack Houses With A Secret

 Join The Historical Society of the Nyacks as they host their sixth annual biennial hour tour on Saturday, May 3, 2014, from 10am to 4pm. Explore 10 houses on this tour titled, "Houses

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Tarot Reading And I Ching Consultations

 Spring is here, a time for change and rebirth. Are you looking for a new direction or just having trouble making decisions? Perhaps a personalized consultation is the answer you’re looking

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ISON The Comet Of The Century

 Well it’s Thanksgiving morning and the news is, it looks like the Comet ISON is going to survive it’s close encounter with Sun. Earlier this week it was feared it may burn through to the

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Just Say NO To Single Use Carryout Plastic Bags

 Next time you head out to the store, think about how you are going to get your products home. Stock your car with reusable grocery bags and most importantly, remember to bring the bags into

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Halloween Stats And Facts 2013

   Both friend and foe of this holiday may be surprised to hear that in the US this year consumers are projected to spend $6.9 billion on Halloween! This is down from last year’s

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FOOD DAY IN NYACK

   Thursday October 24 is Food Day! Nyack is participating in a nonprofit nationwide celebration to promote healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. This a first for the community

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NY State Court Upholds Montebello Tree Law

 The law regulating tree removal in Montebello which limits the number to 4 trees per year has been ruled constitutional by a state appellate panel. The decision overturned an earlier ruling

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Cul De Sac Living Not Really Trending

Are Cul-de-sacs losing their charm?   More and more lately I have noticed that young families are looking for homes closer to the center of town.  In the past, my clients dream

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A Taste Of Wine Country In Downtown Manhattan

Tired of the same old thing? I just saw a show at City Winery last week, located at 155 Varick St  New York, NY. What a wonderful surprise! With a group of friends we

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Keep Rockland Beautiful Needs Volunteers

Fellow Rockland County citizens... Do you know about the Great American Clean-up??? Check it out http://www.keeprocklandbeautiful.org/programs/great-american-cleanup/Volunteer with thousands of

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Home Design Tips and Decorating Tools

Are you buying a new home? Shopping for that great colonial in New City, NY and wonder if your bedroom furniture will fit? Re-decorating a room? Ever wonder how the couch will look on the other side

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New Cutting Edge Real Estate App

Be the first one on your block to show off this amazing new app…Millions Mapped. It’s FREE and available for both IPhone and Android. This location based mobile app will put the real

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The NRA Myth Debunked

The NRA Myth … For many years we were brainwashed to believe that politicians could not be elected without the support of the NRA. Well, the 2012 elections proved that statement to be wrong!

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Hudson at Haymount House

Sunday night I had a great dinner at Hudson at Haymount House in Briarcliff Manor, NY. I went with a good friend as a lead-in to last night’s long awaited season 3 premiere of Downton Abbey.

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Disgraceful Facts and Other Stories of the NRA

In the United States, we have the dubious honor of being number 1 for highest number of gun-related deaths of any highly developed country. In fact, by a large margin, 84% of all homicides by guns

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Hurricane Sandy Storm Watch for Rockland County

It looks like it's becoming an annual event! Last year’s freak snowstorm around Halloween left millions without power. This year we're watching a major storm system expected this weekend or

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Celebrates Autumn Bounty

November 5-18 Restaurant Week in the Hudson Valley begins on Nov 5th for the first time in the autumn season.  Over 150 restaurants will be participating this year. Most will be offering 3

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Autumn Leaves in Rockland County

I’m the one that doesn’t like autumn…. That chill in the air, not my thing. Wasn’t I just sitting on a beach last week? When I was a kid it meant “Back to School;

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Wright Bros Realtor Put In Lockup

That's right! Local Rockland and Bergen County Realtor, Donna Podesta, is in lock-up! Profile: Hard working Nyack Realtor. Crime: Soliciting...  Donations, that is, for MDA. Podesta,

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Great Barbeque in Pearl River NY

Who doesn’t love barbeque? I know we have to be good most of the time but if you’re going to indulge in some old time smoky goodness… try Johnny’s BBQ Smokehouse Grill in

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Faulty Circuit Breakers Can Cause House Fires

If your home was built before 1990 check the name on your circuit breaker panel. Federal Pacific Electric breakers are known to cause fires. Although breakers are meant to keep you and your home

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One World Trade Center

Today, April 30, 2012, One World Trade Center will become the tallest building in NYC. As steel workers add columns to this not yet finished 104 floor sky scraper it will reach a height of more than

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Your Old Electronics are Worth Cash

Did you know your old phone has a trade-in value? You can trade these items in for cash or gift cards: ·         cell phones · 

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What is An Echo Boomer

According to research provided by the National Association of Realtors, Aging baby boomers and their echo boomer children will have a major impact in the nation’s housing market over the

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Who is Joseph Kony?

Let’s make Joseph Kony Famous!  This is not to celebrate his fame but to bring about a world-wide awareness of one of the world’s worst war criminals and to insure justice is served

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For Sale by Owner. Ready… Set…. Go!

So you want to sell your own home In Rockland County! Did you know, according to National Association of REALTORS, the average selling price is 16% higher when the seller uses a licensed agent!!

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West Nyack Road Work

How long is it going to take to complete the construction on Route 59 in West Nyack? The New York DOT awarded the contract of $29.6 million back in Sept., 2009, with a completion date

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Sunday Night TV at 9pm - November

I don’t know about you, but Sunday Night TV viewing has turned into a techno nightmare!  One person, 3 TV’s and one DVR box! What to watch? What to DVR? And what to watch “on

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Rockland County NY issues Weather Alert

The National Weather Service issues an excessive heat warning for today July 22 through the evening. Heat index values to reach 105 to 115. Drink plenty of water, check on elderly friends and family

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Nyack Pets Love My Buddy N Me

Looking for high quality pet food and nutritious home-made treats and foods for your favorite pet? Look no further. Come to Nyack, NY and visit My Buddy N Me, it has just what you're looking for.

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Albertus Magnus High School On The Way to Basketball Finals

Big Victory in Boys Basketball for Albertus Magnus High School. Wednesday night, The Westchester County Center hosted the Section 1 Class B Semi-finals. In their first sectional victory since 1994

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Ready-to-Sell Tips... Get Big Bang for your Buck

REMODELING TIPS FOCUS ON CURB APPEAL Top 5 Remodeling Tips to make the best first impression with potential home buyers. 1. Entry Door Replacement- Replace 3’ x 6’8’’ door with a new steel

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Best Public College Value

Two New York public colleges score high in value. So says Princeton Review... State University of New York at Binghampton and City College of New York - Hunter College both ranked in the top 10 for

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