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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

March 2, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

A Winter for the Record Books

Unfortunately for many, this has been a winter for the record books. In the years I have been involved in Village Government, I have never witnessed such disastrous effects of cold weather as we have seen lately. We have identified countless frozen residential and commercial water lines throughout the village. Our water operators and local plumbers have been working around the clock to ensure that any and all available measures are taken to provide water to homes and businesses connected to municipal water for those whose plumbing has frozen. The complexities surrounding this situation and the processes to solve the issue are tremendously difficult to navigate. The combination of aging and uncharted infrastructure with the fact that we were once a summertime community, has created a situation that is extremely urgent very inconvenient for those who are currently without water. But please, be assured that we are doing all that we can to make sure that each and every house in this Village has water. The dangerous situation is that even as the temperatures rise, the “frost line” which is responsible for many frozen lines outside of home plumbing, will deepen and potentially freeze more lines. If your water lines have ever frozen before, you must be extremely diligent in your methods to prevent frozen lines. If you have are unable to get water from your home, you must contact a plumber. The plumber, if needed, will contact Village staff. If it is an emergency dealing with bursted pipes and the potential loss of property or immediate damage to your property, contact the Village Police and we will turn your water off until the problem is resolved. Again, although by the time this column is published, the temperature may have risen a bit, the threat of frozen water lines has not fully been diminished.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Village Budget Workshop March 9th 7:00 p.m. in Village Hall.
  • Village Board Meeting Workshop March 16th 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting March 16th 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Youth Ski/ Snowboard/ Snow Tube Trip March 6th at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center.

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

February 24, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Youth Ski/ Snowboard/ Snow tube Trip

The Greenwood Lake Coalition is partnering with the GWL School District to host a youth ski trip to Tuxedo Ridge Ski Lodge. The lodge has been gracious in their pricing to ensure that this trip is affordable for all. The event will be for any student in grades 6th – 8th. The event will be on March 6th and will run from 4pm – 9pm. Tuxedo Ridge will be closing the Tubing section of the resort for a private event for our guests from 7pm – 9pm. Transportation will be provided by the school district and buses will be leaving the GWL Middle School at 3:30 p.m. Lift tickets will be $10, Rental $10, Lessons $10, Tubing $10 (ala carte as needed). A lift ticket will give you access to ski/ ride from 4-9pm and the tubing will get you into the private snow tubing event from 7 – 9 pm (For kids and parents!). You MUST RSVP to this event. If you plan on attending, email mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org or call and register at 845-477-9215. You must register before Tuesday March 3rd. If you plan on going, you must sign a waiver form by March 3rd.  If you plan on renting equipment, you must complete a rental form and waiver by March 3rd. Waivers and rental forms may be obtained at Village Hall or at the Middle School office. Forms may either be dropped off at the Middle School office or the GWL Police Station any time before Tuesday night on the 3rd.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Lake Commission Meeting , 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the GWL Senior Center
  • Youth Ski/ Snowboard/ Snow Tube Trip March 6th at Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center.

***Weather Alert***

February 19, 2015

Dear Residents,

The cold is expected to continue right through the weekend. The Village has received numerous reports of frozen water lines. Here are some precautionary measures to protect from frozen pipes. Nothing is guaranteed in these unprecedented conditions.

-Run water from BOTH hot and cold. Let trickle depending on your situation. Some pipes require more than a trickle.
-Open cabinet doors where pipes may be. This will allow the warm air from your home to circulate. If you have basement doors or rooms with pipes that may freeze, keep the door open.
-Turn up the thermostat a bit. The cost of a little extra heat for one week will be far less than the potential pipe bursting or the inconvenience of having no water.

If you have any major issues, such as a visible water leaking from frozen pipes or if you are simply not getting water, you must contact a plumber and if the water to the home must be shut off, the plumber will contact our water department.

Best,
Mayor Dwyer

Winter Weather Update

February 14, 2015

Snow and Strong to Dangerous Winds Tonight into Sunday Afternoon with Near Blizzard Conditions at Times;
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> Snow Accumulations of 4-7 inches; Northwest winds 25-25 mph with gusts to 55 mph; Temperatures teens tonight and Sunday to around 2-9 below zero Sunday night; Wind Chill 25-30 below zero from Sunday night into Monday morning; Visibilities ¼ to ½ mile or less at times.
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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

February 13, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

With Spring in our Sights

It is hard to imagine that Spring is in our sights considering that as I write this, it’s about 6 degrees outside and we’re feeling what is likely the coldest part of the winter. But a great sign that Spring is coming, is the clear fact that our days are getting longer. Although many of us, including myself, love the winter, I think we’re ready for some long days and warm nights on our amazing lake.

The Village Board has some great plans for the spring. We intend to continue the tradition of a community-wide spring cleaning, improve the safety of pedestrian traffic, continuing to invest in the health and well-being of our lake, and kicking off some of the best youth and adult sports programs in Orange County. I encourage all residents to closely follow the Village website and Facebook page to find out when signups are taking place, when games are being held, and to discover all of the great happenings in and around our Village.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Neighborhood Watch, Feb. 18th at 7:30 p.m. in the Village Courthouse.
  • Girl’s Softball Signup, Feb. 18th from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. & Feb., 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in Village Hall
  • Grace Lutheran Murder Mystery Dinner, Feb 21st at 7pm and Sun. at 12pm
  • Grievance Night, 24th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at Village Hall
  • Lake Commission Meeting , 25th at 7:00 p.m. in the GWL Senior Center

Mayor Dwyer’s Column

February 9, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

A Great Event for a Great Cause

A great attribute in our community is the abundance of incredible organizations who selflessly contribute all they have for the betterment of our community. The greatest attribute we have are the individuals who make up these organizations, and those who support these organizations. One individual in particular, Tony Donato, created an idea and a way to give back. Tony, a great friend to Greenwood Lake, brought our community together for a great event, an Italian Feast, to support our Elks Lodge and Food Pantry. Tony’s explanation, “they give so much to us, this is my way to give back to them”. Well, Tony, as an Elk and as a member of this community, I thank you for your selflessness in giving back to some of our greatest organizations. Job well done by Tony and all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this such a great event.

Join in on the Fun at Breezy’s Winter Carnival

Join in on the community celebration hosted by a great local business, Breezy Point Inn, at their 16th annual Winter Carnival. The festivities kick off Friday, February 13th with a food and drink specials and a torch lighting ceremony, as well as the World famous Miss Winter Carnival Contest. Saturday and Sunday are both packed with events including the infamous bonfire on the ice Saturday night and Polar Bear Plunge on Sunday. The Polar Bear Plunge, which takes place at 3pm, will benefit the Warwick Valley Humane Society. Please join us for good old fashioned fun on Greenwood Lake.

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Village Board Roundtable Meeting, Feb 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall
  • Village Board General Meeting, Feb., 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Breezy Point Winter Carnival, 13th – Feb 15th at Breezy Point Inn.

Mayor’s Dwyer Column

February 2, 2015

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

Village Fights O&R Rate Hike

The Village of Greenwood Lake adopted a resolution joining forces with the Orange County Association of Towns, Villages and Cities to fight O&R’s proposed gas and electric rate hike. The rate hike will not take effect until 2016 if approved. We will keep you advised as to the progress of this fight.

Young Scout Uses Training to Save Dog

Among our many incredible organizations, there is the Boy Scouts. The Boy Scouts are a dedicated group of individuals engaged in preparing our youth for productive and meaningful lives of service. The Scouts are trained in survival, civics, ethics and a number of other valuable life lessons. Among them, ice training and rescue. Well, on January 25th, 2015, that particular skill came in handy. Young Scout and GWL resident, Connor Brennan, 11 years old, used his Scout training to save the life of a dog that was stranded after having fallen through the ice. Connor’s training kicked in and the young Scout saved the dog’s life at our Town Beach while out with his family. I would like to personally commend Connor, his proud parents and the great training provided by the Scouts. Job well done!

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks
  • Youth Open Gym for 6th through 8th graders at the middle school from 6-8pm every Monday. 9th – 12th graders will have open gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm.
  • Village Board Roundtable Meeting, Feb 17th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall
  • Village Board General Meeting, Feb., 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Breezy Point Winter Carnival, 13th – Feb 15th at Breezy Point Inn.
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