Robert Brum, The Journal News

Robert Brum

The Journal News

West Nyack, NY, United States

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Past articles by Robert:

Jasper Johns’ Rockland County retreat inspires a new generation of artists

Many, including neighbors in Stony Point, had no idea the famed artist was living in their midst; Jasper Johns owned a rustic home here for 30 years. → Read More

Autumn on two wheels: 11 scenic bike rides across the Hudson Valley

Get a new perspective of some of the area's most beautiful scenery by bike. Rides are good for all and have a suggestion on where to stop to eat. → Read More

From Janis Joplin to Snoop Dog, Port Chester theater celebrates its musical history

Bob Dylan was the first performer to take the stage in 2012 when Peter Shapiro opened the renovated Capitol Theatre, after years as a catering hall. → Read More

Don't bet against the 'Prop Queen,' New City's Ariel Epstein

If you’re a sports fan, especially one who’s deep into fantasy leagues and prop betting, chances are you’ve taken a tip or two from Ariel Epstein. → Read More

Grateful Dead music festival coming to Harmony Hall in Sloatsburg

The daylong Grateful Dead Tribute Music and Craft Festival will include three Grateful Dead tribute bands, food, crafts and kids activities. → Read More

Living in Harmony Hall: Efforts ongoing to save a piece of Rockland's past

The Jacob Sloat House, known as Harmony Hall, was spared from development by a band of supporters whose numbers include two of Jacob’s descendants. → Read More

Congers school bus crash: 50 years later, there are memories that can’t be erased

50 years ago, five students died when their school bus was struck by a train in Congers. The aftermath of the tragedy is still felt to this day. → Read More

The 'wild' side of Rockland: Amid rabies, raptors and reptiles, she kept the peace

From feral cats to injured bald eagles, Pat McCoy-Coleman handled many types of wildlife in four decades as Clarkstown’s animal control officer. → Read More

COVID-19: Hospitalizations, deaths, cases rise in Rockland

Rockland's COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths rose and the percentage of people testing positive for the virus remained higher that state average → Read More

Spotted lanternfly infestation reaches Rockland and Orange counties

The colorful but voracious bugs lay waste to apple trees, grape vines, hops and other trees. → Read More

Clarkstown budget breaks tax cap amid COVID-19 uncertainty

Revenues like sales tax and interest income are budgeted to be $1.5 million less than 2020. → Read More

Ramapo: Owner sells Novartis campus for $55 million while fighting taxes

The years-long legal saga involving disputed ownership and tax challenges continues at one of Rockland's premier properties. → Read More

Palisades Center expansion: Why voters flipped script from 2002 defeat

What factors led Clarkstown voters to overwhelmingly support lifting the restrictive covenant, after resoundingly voting against expansion in 2002? → Read More

Palisades Center expansion referendum wins apparent approval In Clarkstown

Clarkstown voters were asked to decide whether to lift a restrictive covenant so the Palisades Center can expand. → Read More

Rockland elections 2020: 5 takeaways from Tuesday's preliminary results

Here's some key takeaways from Rockland's elections → Read More

Rockland Board of Elections sued over early voting lines, accommodations

NY ACLU files lawsuit against the Rockland Board of Elections to force the board to add early voting hours to address long lines and accommodations → Read More

Nanuet shooting: DoubleTree hotel not a typical trouble spot for police

The suspect shot by federal agents checked in to a Nanuet hotel with a woman and without a reservation the night before, the general manager said. → Read More

Sex cult NXIVM founder Keith Raniere's sad, lonely Rockland childhood; sentenced to prison

Man who ran a secret sex cult in which female "slaves" were branded with his initials grew up in Rockland as a sad, quiet only child with few friends. → Read More

Remembering Ramsey Conklin, last of the Ramapo mountain men

Ramsey Conklin held out as long as he could before the state swallowed up his land during the creation of Pine Meadow Lake. → Read More

Rockland: Schools face $2K fines for not enforcing facemask rules

Order notes there have been a total of 16,829 confirmed coronavirus cases in Rockland, which have increased by 15.8% between Sept. 12 and Oct. 12. → Read More