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Hoboken Film Festival Coming to GWL!!!

July 24, 2016

Hoboken International Film Festival Coming to GWL!

By Mayor Jesse Dwyer

Over the past 2 weeks, several municipalities, towns and counties had been competing to become the next host of the Hoboken International Film Festival. The festival, currently in its 11th year, attracts thousands of people every year, including celebrity actors like Paul Sorvino, Gillbert Gottfried, Robert Loggia, Danny Aiello, Jonathan Silverman, Jane Seymour, Billy Dee Williams, Eric Roberts and many more, in addition to a worldwide network of press and media attention. Having known of the HIFF for years and hearing that there was a chance it might leave Middletown, I decided to seek out a possible partnership with the chairman of the film festival. After consulting with our Village Board, County Executive Steve Neuhaus our Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, and the Town Board, we concluded that this film festival would be a tremendous asset for the Village of Greenwood Lake. After many days of negotiations, we struck a deal with the Chairman of the film festival, Kenneth Del Vecchio. The deal permits us to host the Film Festival at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park for at least the next 3 years, right here in the Village of Greenwood Lake. As with any other notable film festival, the host municipality must allocate resources to host such a festival, but in our case, the financial cost for the host municipality may be offset in a creative way. Through our negotiations, we struck a deal to ensure that the festival remains affordable for such a small community. The total cost to host the festival is $40,000 per year. Any sponsorships that are directly linked through the Village toward the festival will be deducted from the host share. Even prior to closing the deal, I have been able to obtain $25,000 in sponsorships to cover our cost! This means if we can raise $40,000 in sponsorships, there will be almost no cost to us, the host municipality.

The reason I feel so strongly about this festival and its relocation to our Village is the tremendous success it has had on boosting the economy and driving up tourism in its previous host communities. I believe this festival, if marketed well and partnered with the right businesses and minds, has the potential to become among the most successful festivals in the nation, particularly hosted in our beautiful and unique community. This festival will be hosted right on a lake, surrounded by tremendous businesses and some of the finest restaurants around. Our community has been on the cusp of opportunity for far too long. It is time we harness the greatest attributes we have to offer and show them to the world.

Some of the concerns people may have are traffic and congestion. The film festival is expected to bring anywhere between ten and fifteen thousand people to Greenwood Lake over a seven day period. The Festival will be May 19, 2017 – May 25th, 2017. There will be an opening night gala and reception, five days of movie premieres, then an Academy Awards-style awards ceremony on the final evening. The film festival requires ticket purchase and will have an extremely large amount of press and media attention helping us not only share our event, but also helping us spread our plan to coordinate traffic and parking. The Village will offer three designated parking lots with shuttle service running throughout the duration of the festival and our top notch police department will be on hand to ensure a smooth festival period for patrons as well as residents.

We will have a press conference to announce the partnership on Monday, July 25th at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park. We will be prepared to answer any questions you may have. If you cannot attend the press conference, you may either attend our Village Board meeting on August 15th at 7:30 p.m. or email me anytime: mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org. I am truly excited about the opportunity we have just entered into, and I look forward to the many benefits of a successful film festival right here on the beautiful Village of Greenwood Lake.

From the Mayor’s Office

July 20, 2016

Environmental Scientist Appointed for Village of Greenwood Lake

In an effort to monitor lake quality, develop a coordinated system of lake management efforts and create an environment in which we are more competitive to receive grant funding, the Village of Greenwood Lake has appointed a fully volunteer Environmental Scientist. Col. John Graham, PhD., is the Chief Scientist and Associate Dean for Research at West Point. Col Graham grew up in Greenwood Lake and later attended West Point Military Academy, received his M.S. at Ohio State and PhD at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University. He has served several tours of duty in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Col. Graham will lead a team of committed volunteers, including his daughter, Summer Graham, a current molecular biology student at Appalachian State Univ. and Village Resident Peter Anderson, a recent graduate of SUNY Maritime Academy with a degree in Marine Environmental Science. Together, this team will help continue efforts of ensuring our lake, and the environment surrounding the lake, are working in the most sustainable way possible. One of the aspects of their studies will also be to determine if the herbicide program has any noticeably adverse effects on the lake and its ecology.

 

Village Dates

  • PBA & Coalition Youth League basketball, kickball and Soccer every Wed., from 6-8pm at Helen Kelly and Langen Courts (Vine St). Ages 10-15.
  • Summer Concert: ELVIS, Sat July 23rd at 7pm.
  • Zumba at the Beach, Every Saturday at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, 9am. Yoga at the beach every other Tuesday at 9am beginning Tuesday June 14th.
  • GWL 5k Run / Walk and Kids Fun Run Sat., August 6th. Registration starts at 7:30am You can pre register on line by clicking HERE for $25 registration or at gate which would be $30 .  Race starts at 9:00am. The Kids Fun Run is $10 for participants and starts at 11am at Winstanley Field (CVS).

From the Mayor’s Office

June 28, 2016

Independence Day Celebration
Please join us on Sunday, July 3rd as we celebrate the birth of the greatest nation on Earth. The festivities kick off with a parade down Windermere Avenue at 11am, led by our Village’s Citizen of the Year, Chip Murphy. The parade starts at the intersection of Waterstone and Windemere and concludes at Fitzula’s Gift Shop. Later in the day, find a spot at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park to enjoy one of the County’s best fireworks shows over the lake. Fireworks generally start at about 9pm.

Lake Management Efforts
The Village of Greenwood Lake, in accordance with out lake management plan, will use Aquathol K, an herbicide, on Wednesday, June 29th. There is a 24-hour swimming restriction ONLY for the areas treated. There are no restrictions on consuming fish, drinking water or using the water for irrigation. The areas to be treated are: 200ft north of the 17A bridge, the entire East Arm down to Chapel Island, the Northwest Arm (by Defeos) from the Jersey avenue culvert to the south side of Defeo’s property. If you have any questions about this process, please email me at mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org.

Village Dates
• Teen Movie Night at the Beach Wed., June 29th from 8:30pm – 10pm. Free admission, donations welcome.
• Kids Summer Kickoff at the Beach Thur., June 30 from 6pm – 9pm at the Thomas Morahan Park. There will be a DJ for entertainment.
• Summer Concert: “Old Friends” Fri., July 1st at 7pm. Music is 50’s, 60’s and some 70’s classics.
• Summer Concert: NY Hitmen Sat., July 2nd at 7pm.
• Zumba at the Beach, Every Saturday at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, 9am. Yoga at the beach every other Tuesday at 9am beginning Tuesday June 14th.

From the Mayor’s Office

June 20, 2016

Expanding Youth Activities

The Village of Greenwood Lake, partnering with our GWL Coalition and Police Dept., will be trying something new this year – offering a weekly “Youth League” of outdoor sports for our kids every week. Starting Wednesday, July 6th and running the entire summer, we will be running a program at the basketball courts and Helen Kelly Field where kids between the ages of 10-15 can play either basketball, soccer or kickball. The sports will be relatively organized in that the volunteers will create the teams each night and the kids will essentially play a “pick up” game. We hope that organizing such games with local mentors such as myself, members of our PD and local parents, will foster a positive attitude among our youth and continue a tradition of providing positive and healthy activities for our youth. Games will be held every Wednesday from 6pm – 8pm.

 

Teen Movie Night at the Beach

Girl Scout Troop 336 will be sponsoring a teen movie night at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park (beach at the end of Windermere) at 8:30p.m. on Wednesday June 29th. They will be showing “Saving Mr. Banks”. This is a free movie but donations to the troop will be accepted at the time of showing.

 

 

Village Dates

  • Summer Concert: Magic Touch, , June 25th at 7pm.
  • Teen Movie Night at the Beach, June 29th from 8:30pm – 10pm. Free admission.
  • Kids Summer Kickoff at the Beach, June 30 from 6pm – 9pm at the Thomas Morahan Park. There will be a DJ for entertainment.
  • Summer Concert: “Old Friends” , July 1st at 7pm. Music is 50’s, 60’s and some 70’s classics.
  • Summer Concert: NY Hitmen, July 2nd at 7pm.
  • Zumba at the Beach, Every Saturday at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, 9am. Yoga at the beach every other Tuesday at 9am beginning Tuesday June 14th.

From the Mayor’s Office

June 13, 2016

Great Events This Past Weekend

Last weekend was an unofficial kick off to GWL’s summer season. It began with the Village’s first ever Zumba program at the waterfront park, free for all participants and taking place every Saturday at 9am. Then we had an amazing street fair sponsored by the GWL Chamber of Commerce and coordinated by Kelli and Eric Kelm. We concluded the busy weekend with very touching Flag Day ceremony at the GWL Elks Lodge with the help of our GWL Cub and Boy Scouts, American Legion and members of the public. Next weekend kicks off our free Summer Concert Series at the Beach with the Jazz Tranchina Quartet at 7pm.

 

      I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the families of those affected by the shooting in Orlando Florida. We must remind ourselves that even in the face of adversity, the days of bigotry are long behind us, and will not be tolerated, especially when targeted by an extreme sect of a religion who has shown themselves to be intolerant of our society. God bless the victims, their families and the United States of America.

 

Village Dates

  • Village Board Meeting June 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Workshop June 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Zumba at the Beach, Every Saturday at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, 9am. Yoga at the beach every other Tuesday at 9am beginning Tuesday June 14th.
  • Summer Concert Series Kickoff with Tranchina Jazz Quartet Saturday, June 18th at 7pm.

Street Fair This Saturday!!

June 8, 2016

street fair

From the Mayor’s Office

June 6, 2016

Health & Wellness Expanded in Village

Starting this Saturday, June 11th, from 9am – 10am, the Village of Greenwood Lake is expanding our recreation and health & wellness program. We will be offering FREE Zumba and Yoga classes at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park at the end of Windermere. The classes are open to anyone who would like to participate no matter your skill levels. Zumba will be held every Saturday morning at 9am throughout the summer and Yoga will be every other Tuesday (time TBD). For further details, check back on the Village calendar on our website at http://www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org, or reach out to program coordinator, Trustee Katheleen Holder at katheleen@villageofgreenwoodlake.org. I would like to send a thank you out to Wells Fargo Advisor and community resident Eric Kohlmeier, for sponsoring the Zumba program in the Village.

Solution to Lead and Copper Levels

As the public is aware, the Village Board has been working diligently over the past year working to resolve elevated lead and copper levels found through a vigorous testing pattern we have undergone. The best available technology identified for this purpose is a blended solution called Poly-Orthophosphate. Since identifying this technology, we have since received approvals from both the Dept. of Health and the DEC to use this process. We will begin introducing Ortho-Polyphosphate within the next couple of weeks. The blended chemical will coat the internal plumbing of a home in such a way it will not permit lead and copper from the internal plumbing to loosen up and enter the water you may consume. This chemical has been used for decades and is used in almost every municipal drinking water system similar to ours. During the implementation stages of this chemical, there is a slight chance to notice water quality alterations such as brief spells of discolored water. We will be monitoring the water system very closely and carefully but we will rely on the users, you, to let us know if you notice any changes. If you notice any negative or questionable changes to your water quality during this transition, please contact Village Hall at 845-477-9215. If you have any questions about this process, or would like more details on the chemical, you may email me at mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org. Thank you all for your patience during this process. The light at the end of the tunnel is near.

Village Dates
• Village Board Meeting June 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
• Village Board Workshop June 20th at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
• Teen Center open every Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Elks Lodge
• Zumba at the Beach, Every Saturday at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, 9am.
• GWL Chamber of Commerce Street Fair June 11th from 11am – 5pm on Windermere Ave
• Flag Day Ceremony Held at GWL Elks Lodge Sunday, June 12th at 1pm featuring guest speaker, Assemblyman Karl Brabenec.
• Summer Concert Series Kickoff with Tranchina Jazz Quartet Saturday, June 18th at 7pm.

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