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Greenwood Lake News

July 16, 2014

By Jesse Dwyer

Community Events Upcoming in GWL

Greenwood Lake will be presenting its inaugural 5K event on August 9th to support local families in need. The event, a 5k combination walk & run as well as a children’s fun run, is hosted by the GWL Elks Lodge and financially supported by the GWL Lions Club (Largest sponsor), as well as numerous businesses and residents in and around out Village.

The 5k will begin at Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park at 9:00am, with signups at 7:30am, and will head through the Village, around the arm of the lake concluding back at the Waterfront Park with light refreshments for participants. Immediately after the 5k the “Kids’ Fun Run” will begin at 11:00am at the GWL Park next to CVS on the track that was donated by the GWL Lions Club. There will be fun things for everyone, including face painting, balloons, food, and a DJ.

Details of the event can be found by following the link on the Village’s Website, or going to the event website directly. Please sign up online in advance at http://bit.ly/gwl5k. Entrance fee for 5k participants is $25, Kids’ fun run participants are $10. Sponsorships are available and much needed and they start at $50 per sponsor. ALL proceeds will be going to local families in need. We currently have over 20 local GWL business and organization sponsors.

Event to support Wounded Warriors will once again be held at the GWL American Legion on July 26th from 12:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. The event will begin with a Softball game: Air Force vs Army and will have a BBQ, military vehicles and static weapons display. There will also be a Vietnam War reenactment.
Suggested donations of $10. All are welcome to join the fun and support the Wounded Warriors who have fought and sacrificed for our freedoms.

Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
• Chilren’s Concert at the Beach!! Thursday, July 17th at 7pm – Funkytown Playground.
• Summer Concert Series Sat., July 19th – New York Hitmen at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Park
• Summer Concert Series Fri., July 25th – Mulligan Stew at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Park
• Summer Concert Series Sat., July 26th– Patrick Parone Salutes Elvis – THE real Elvis is back in GWL at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Park
• NOTICE MEETING CHANGE — Village Board Workshop Mon., July 28th From .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
• Village Board General Meeting Mon., July 28th at .7:30p.m.
• GWL 5K Walk/ Run and Kids’ Fun Run Sat., August 9th beginning at the Waterfront Park
• Summer Concert Series Sat., Aug. 9th – Forever Ray – A Ray Charles Tribute Band at 7:30 p.m. at the Waterfront Park

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

July 8, 2014

GreenwoodLake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Many Thanks for Civic Pride

        On behalf of the Village Board I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s Independence Day Parade. I will attempt to thank all individually based on my recollections: Thank you to our Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Corp, Elks Lodge, Lion’s Club, American Legion Color Guard, Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion, Knights of Columbus and members of Holy Rosary, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Members of GWL Hardball, all of the viewing public, and I would also like to thank the Village Board, Village Attorney and our visiting elected officials, Warwick Supervisor Mike Sweeton, Deputy Supervisor Jim Gerster, Councilman DeAngelo, Village and Town Judge Nancy DeAngelo, Deerpark Town Supervisor Karl Brabenek, and Woodbury Judge David Hasin. And of course, the guest of honor, GWL Citizen of the year, Sue Toscano. Thank you all so very much for all you do to make our community great.

GWL Fireworks Sponsors

Thank you to the following Fireworks Sponsors:

Emerald Point Restaurant & Marina

Defeo’s Marina

Breezy Point Inn

Ace Marina

SouthShoreMarina

Cablevision

O&R

Casper Elevators

Long Pond Marina

GWL Small Craft Marina

Keith Garley

GWL Elks Lodge

Barry Ronne

Buckheit & Whalen

 

Village Receives Hydrorake Permit for North Arm

        I am very pleased to announce that last week the Village of Greenwood Lake received approval from the DEC for wetlands remediation to clear channels in our North and West Arms of Greenwood Lake. We anticipate that this project — $100,000 in Grant Funds – will be done in mid- August.

        In addition, I am please dot announce that the herbicides have had a tremendous impact on our lake. As one resident posted on Facebook, which has become more and more common over the past two weeks, people are finally swimming, paddle-boarding and rowing freely and safely in the calmer, weed-free waters of our no wake zones on GreenwoodLake. And in conclusion, I am happy to report that the Egrets are still happily enjoying a wonderful fishing-hole perched atop nearby docks in the East Arm.

 

        CoalitionTeenCenter Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge

  • Summer Concert Series Sat., July 12th — JAZZ with Larry Newcomb and the famous Bucky Pizzareli, 7:30 pm at the WaterfrontPark
  • Summer Concert Series Sat., July 19thNew York Hitmen at 7:30 p.m. at the WaterfrontPark
  • NOTICE MEETING CHANGE — Village Board Workshop Mon., July 28th From .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Mon., July 28th at .7:30p.m.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

June 30, 2014

GreenwoodLake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Poor Reporting By News 12

        Evidently News 12 was given an “anonymous” tip that the Village had been under swimming restriction for beyond the 24 hours that we had suggested. In addition, they made it seem as though that restriction was for the entire lake, and not just the treated areas, which as many know, are not swimming areas because they are laden with weeds (with the exception of the Town Beach). The swimming restriction was in effect from 8am on June 19th to 5pm on June 20th. This was communicated to a reporter, and yet they still ran a story on a false report.

        The second round of treatment will be Copper Sulfate and this will be used on Monday July 7. These are the following restrictions and they apply south of the 17ABridge to ChapelIsland and in the cove North from Defeo’s Marina. The Thomas Morahan Beach WILL NOT be closed as it will not be treated.

        These are for the TREATED AREAS ONLY

  • 24 hours – No Swimming
  • 24 Hours – Don’t drink the water
  • No restriction for consuming fish
  • No restriction for watering lawn

 

When a Friend is in Need, a Village is there

        It is with great sadness that I announce that a local family’s home was destroyed by fire on Thursday evening while the family of Chris and Dawn Van Doran were out enjoying what was to be among the most proud and joyous nights of their lives – their son’s high school graduation. When asking the family what items I should put in my column, I was told that in just four days, this family has received the overwhelming community support that renders them with the essentials of moving forward. Although the damage has taken some of their most prized possessions, there is still much that is needed. And although the family has not asked for anything, monetary donations may be sent in their name to the residence of AnnMarie Van Doran, 74 Waterstone Rd, GreenwoodLake, 10925.

Orange County’s BEST Independence Celebration

        It is with great pride that I encourage members of the community to join the Village in celebrating what is arguably the most important day in American history – the day our Continental Congress declared Independence from Great Britain. Our celebration kicks off with a parade down Windermere Avenue at 11:00 a.m. on July 4th. This is followed on Saturday July 5th at dusk, by OrangeCounty’s best fireworks display which can be seen from the lake, the mountains, miles away, and also from the beautiful ThomasP.MorahanWaterfrontPark.

  • CoalitionTeenCenter Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • Summer Concert Series Sat., July 12th — JAZZ with Larry Newcomb and the famous Bucky Pizzareli, 7:30 pm at the WaterfrontPark
  • Fourth of July Parade Friday July 4th kicking off from HolyRosaryChurch at 11:00a.m.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks will be Saturday July 5th at 9:00p.m. form the ThomasP.MorahanWaterfrontPark
  • Village Board Workshop Mon., July 28th from 6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Mon., June 28th  at 7:30p.m.

GWL COLUMN — IMPORTANT NOTICE

June 17, 2014

Village to Treat Lake on Thursday, June 19

         The water body, Greenwood Lake, has hit such a deplorable state. The Village Board, in an effort to save our lake, save our property values and revive a dying lake, will be using herbicides, specifically Aquathol K, to treat the weeds in the North, East and West Arms of our lake. After numerous discussions, public meetings, public input both written and verbal, DEC review and DEC approval, the Village will be using herbicides to treat the lake on June 19. Below is the information that is “recommended” by the DEC. However, the DEC recommends that you may consume fish after 24 hours, I do not recommend consuming fish from a lake where motorboats are present. There are toxins from fuel and oil which make consuming fish, and drinking water directly from the lake very unhealthy.

 

After herbicide treatment:

  • Do not swim for 24 hours
  • Do not consume fish for 24 hours
  • Do not irrigate/ water lawn with lake water for 7 days
  • Do not drink the water if <0.1ppm is present        

         

Notice will be posted in all available locations.

 

GWL Seniors to Take Trip

        Senior Citizens (55 and older) who live in the Town of Warwickm including Villages of Greenwood Lake, Warwick and Florida, can join the GWL seniors on a trip to Hunterdon Hills Playhouse in Hampton, NJ on July 9th for the Big Band  Summer Musical show, “Better with a Band showcase of music as Carole King, Barry Manilow, Ray Price and Neil Sedaka,  Lunch, Bus $55.00 per person. The bus leaves from the GWL Senior Center at 8:45a.m. and will return at 5:30p.m.

Contact Suzanne Joyce at the Senior Center to RSVP: 845-477-8482.

                                 

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • Summer Concert Series Richard Reiter Swing Band this Saturday, June 21st at 7:30p.m.
  • Summer Concert Series Out of the Blue, Saturday June 28th 7:30p.m.
  • Fourth of July Parade Friday July 4th kicking off from Holy Rosary Church at 11:00a.m.
  • Fourth of July Fireworks will be Saturday July 5th at 9:00p.m. form the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park
  • Village Board Workshop Mon., July 21st from .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Mon., June 21st at .7:30p.m.

Happy Flag Day – By Kelli Kelm, Deputy Mayor

June 14, 2014

KS8221CEREBRATE OUR FLAG WITH PRIDE

Today is the day we celebrate one of the first symbols of this great country, the

American Flag. Commissioned by the first Congressional Flag Act in 1777, the

American flag has continued to evolve over the years as our nation grew. Since

Then, generations of Americans have looked to our flag in times of turmoil and

tension as well as periods of peace.

But what does the flag really mean to each of us? To me the flag represents

freedom. As we just marked the 70th anniversary of D-Day, I can’t help but think

back to all those men and women who gave their lives defending our freedom.

From the soldiers in the Revolutionary war to the boys that stormed the beaches

to those today who are fighting to protect our freedom.

It also stands for courage, the courage to stand up and face those who challenge

or threaten our way of life. The courage to help those who cannot help

themselves and be a voice for them. To stand strong and make a difference in the

world, no matter how big or small.

The Flag represents pride. Pride in the country we live in and pride in the ideals

that so many before us have fought so hard to attain. Whether, it was in battle or

in everyday life. Pride in the fact that we live in the greatest nation in the world.

Pride that we are the nation that all others strive to be and look to us for

guidance and support.

Every day at work, I have the honor and privilege to stand up, place my hand over

my heart and pledge my allegiance to our flag and to our country. This is a

privilege that has been passed down generation to generation.

I urge all of you to really think about the words of the pledge and what they really

mean and what they mean to you personally. Think about how much has been

sacrificed so that we can freely stand and say those words. We take that oath,

not to a king, and not to a flag alone, but to the ideals our flag represents.

Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it and is a reminder of the

sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. It is the ultimate icon of America,

the stars and stripes represent the very best of this nation. Our flag represents all

of us and all the values we hold sacred. It is the symbol of a nation made up of

people dedicated to freedom and independence.

May we always honor her and the respect values she represents.

Thank you again for inviting me to speak here today.

Kelli Kelm

Deputy Mayor

Flag Day Speech, Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge

GWL Mayor’s Column

June 8, 2014

Another Great Street Fair in GWL

        Continuing a great tradition in GWL, the Chamber of Commerce Street fair was, yet again, a huge success. The event not only draws hundreds of people to the Village, it provides local and area businesses an opportunity to showcase their products to our community and the tourists here for the day. Events like these could not happen without the dedicated efforts of our Chamber of Commerce members and of course, the event Chairman Eric Kelm and wife, Deputy Mayor Kelli Kelm.

GWL Summer Concert Series Kicks off This Friday

        This year our summer concert series has been coordinated by the efforts of Trustee Katheleen Holder. There will be a total of 14 bands playing this year. Bands will range from Jazz, Blues, Country and even Children’s Concerts again. Again, I am proud to announce that the Children’s portion of the concert series has been sponsored and fully funded by our local GWL Lions Club.

        The concert series kicks off this Friday at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park at 7:00p.m. with the George F. Baker Band and Choir. This Saturday, June 14th at 7:30p.m., we will have the Somerville Brothers playing a country rock mix.

        The Summer Concert Series is free for all to attend, however, donations are strongly recommended. Donations to the Concert Series are spent on the Concert Series. They go directly to improving the quality and diversity of performers and enable the Village to host more shows and concerts at the beach. But in any case, bring a blanket and a cooler with cold drinks and enjoy what many consider to be one of the finest concert venues in the Hudson Valley. 

         

                                 

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • Swim Lesson Sign ups at Village Hall, 18 Church St., June 12th from 6:300p.m. – 8:30p.m.. Cost is $50 per first child $45 for each additional child. There are two sessions available July 7-July 25 and July 28 -August 15
  • George F. Baker Hich School Concert at the Beach, June 13th from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
  • Summer Concert Series Kicks Off with Country band Somerville Brothers at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park at 7:30p.m.
  • Village Board Workshop Mon., June 16th from .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Mon., June 16th at .7:30p.m.

Mayor’s Column

June 3, 2014

Hickory Tree Service Deserves Recognition

        On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to thank Damian and his Crew at Hickory Tree Service. They are a local tree service company and they used their company vehicles to hang the hanging baskets in our Village. In addition, neither Damian nor his crew accepted any sort of payment for the job. We commend their dedication to community service and offer thanks and appreciation. I would also like to thank former Trustee Ed English for coordinating the efforts on his own personal time and of course the girl scouts for their assistance in the planting of our flowers this year.

GWL Street Fair

        It is the time of year to begin the incredible festivities in GWL. The GWL Chamber of Commerce street fair will be held this Saturday, June 7th on the closed Windermere Avenue from 11:00a.m. – 5:00p.m. There are still a few spots available if you would like to enter a booth. Last year’s fair was jam packed with venders and tourists from all over the state. Bring the family and friends to another wonderful fair in Greenwood Lake.

Sterling Forest Resort Presentation

        There will be a presentation by RW Orange County, LLC for the proposed Sterling Forest Resort Project in Tuxedo. The presentation will be held at the GWL Elks Lodge on Tuesday, June 10th at 7:00p.m. The public comment portion will be limited to Greenwood Lake school district residents only. This is organized by the Greenwood Lake Village Board, but we understand that this affects more than just Village Residents and we want your voices, questions, and concerns to be heard.

Lake Management Plan

        Last week, there was a great editorial in the Warwick Advertiser requesting a lake management plan, and also offering suggestions for such a plan.  I commend the author in taking the time to address such a challenging and important issue for our community. I wanted to offer some of the Village Board’s ideas on a lake management plan. First, since being elected Mayor, we have formed the newly revised Comprehensive Plan Committee. In the proposed comprehensive plan, there is an entire chapter on “Lake Management”. We intend to develop a vigorously comprehensive, cost effective and realistic lake management plan for our lake. For now, here are some ideas we have: weed harvest only when absolutely necessary, treat with herbicides sparingly and not permanently,  work with the state and DEC to cap off / filter the sediment running into our lake from the far north end (horse trails), utilize grant funds for hydro rake (100k project occurring in July), fight the possible sewage entry points from the southern end of the lake coming out of Belcher’s Creek (MUA), educate residents on the dangers and impact of products they use at home, including lawn fertilizers and laundry detergents, many of which are packed with prosperous, and finally, seek funding from the Federal and State governments for dredging and sewers. In addition to the above, we must coordinate with the state of New Jersey, Town of West Milford and our Lake Commission to rotate the lake drawdown so that it is both economically safe and effective.

         

                                 

  • Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce Street Fair, June 7th from 11:00a.m – 5:00p.m.
  • Grace Lutheran Yard Sale June 7th from 9:00a.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
  • Swim Lesson Sign ups at Village Hall, 18 Church St., June 12th from 6:300p.m. – 8:30p.m.. Cost is $50 per first child $45 for each additional child. There are two sessions available July 7-July 25 and July 28 -August 15
  • George F. Baker High School Concert at the Beach, June 13th from 7:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.
  • Summer Concert Series Kicks Off with Country band Somerville Brothers at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park at 7:30p.m.
  • Village Board Workshop Mon., June 16th from .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting Mon., June 16th from .6:30p.m. – 7:30p.m
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