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From the Mayor’s Office

May 21, 2018

Exciting things happening in GWL!

There is no better way to kick off the “good weather season” in GWL than having great events every weekend! This past weekend we kicked off the Hoboken International Film Festival in Greenwood Lake, seeing great stars walking around our downtown such as Louis Gossett Jr, Martin Cove, Julie McCullough and many others. Movies continue to be shown all week at the beach, Cove Castle and our very own Elks Lodge. The Chamber hosted a hilarious and entertaining Comedy Night at the beach on Saturday which brought a great crowd to see some very talented (and famous) comedians. The PTSA hosted a color run and despite pouring rain, was a huge success. I would like to personally thank everyone involved in making all these exciting events happen. Without the help and support of the community, none of this would be possible.

Upcoming Events

The Village Board is excited to announce that our Village-sponsored Health & Wellness programs are starting back up at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park beginning Saturday, June 2nd. The FREE programs are: Zumba – Saturday at 9am; Yoga – Sunday 8:30am; and Circuit Training– Sunday at 9:30am. The GWL Fire Department is running a golf outing Friday, June 8th, and our highly-anticipated Chamber of Commerce Street Fair will be Saturday, June 9th!!

Greenwood Lake Radio – Every Friday!

Every Friday from 11am – 12pm I host “Greenwood Lake Radio” on WTBQ, our local news and talk radio station. The show can be streamed live on wtbq.com or you can listen at 93.5fm or 1110am. We accept callers who’d like to talk about any topic and you can call in at 845-651-1110. Tune in to hear all about Greenwood Lake this Friday and every Friday!

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From the Mayor’s Office

May 14, 2018

 

 Hoboken Film Festival (In Greenwood Lake!), Take Two

The Hoboken International Film Festival will again be bringing stars and entertainment to Greenwood Lake again this year. The week-long film festival will take place between May 18, 2018 – May 24, 2018. The festival takes place at 3 locations throughout Greenwood Lake: Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park, GWL Elks Lodge as well as the Cove Castle Restaurant on the East Shore of Greenwood Lake. The opening night of the festival takes place at the Waterfront Park on Friday, May 18th at 6:30pm. Some stars who will be present that evening are Louis Gossett Jr (Officer and a Gentleman), Tia Carrere (True Lies, Wayne’s World), Karen McCullah (writer of Legally Blind), Martin Cove (Rambo, Karate Kid) and many others. We are looking for a few volunteers for opening night (5/18) and for the Awards Gala (5/24). To get more details on the festival, see a listing of movies and to buy tickets, please visit www.hobokeninternationalfilmfestival.com.

Chamber Hosts “Comedy Night” in Film Fest Tent Saturday Night at the Beach

Another exciting event happening this weekend, the GWL Chamber of Commerce is hosting a comedy night in the Film Festival’s main tent this Saturday, May 19th. The star is Chris Roach, a well-known comedian who is from “Kevin Can Wait”. The event is from 7pm until 12am and there will be beer, wine and cider available. Tickets can be purchased online by visiting the Chambers Facebook or website. Event is 18 and up only. For questions, please reach out to chairman@gwlchamberofcommerce.com.

PTSA Sponsors COLOR RUN!

For an exciting event, check out this year’s Color Run, an un-timed fun run for kids and adults. Saturday, May 19th, the race will kick off at the Ben Winstanley Park (CVS Field) at 9am. There will be music, Zumba, games, food and a lot of fun. There are “color splash zones” throughout the course so be prepared to take a lot of exciting and comical photos of colorful participants! The group is also looking for volunteers, so if you can lend a hand, please email scottociccia23@aol.com.

Greenwood Lake Radio – Every Friday!

Every Friday from 11am – 12pm I host “Greenwood Lake Radio” on WTBQ, our local news and talk radio station. The show can be streamed live on wtbq.com or you can listen at 93.5fm or 1110am. We accept callers who’d like to talk about any topic and you can call in at 845-651-1110. Tune in to hear all about Greenwood Lake this Friday and every Friday!

**REGISTER FOR EMERGENCY ALERTS**

April 16, 2018

Village of GWL Contracts with CodeRED to Provide Emergency Notification Services

Following a thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the Village of Greenwood Lake has adopted CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service provided by OnSolve LLC to communicate with residents.

The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the Village’s communications outreach to both citizens and staff. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents to better protect life and property during an emergency. In addition, the system has the capability to send out general messages to residents such as event notices, road closures, cancellations and even community updates.  The service can narrow down messages to certain areas within the community – for example, a water main break notification can go out to only the street affected, rather than the entire community, when necessary.

OnSolve has provided the village an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers; however all residents living within the Village are encouraged to visit our website, www.villageofgreenwoodlake.org, and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. All data will remain private. No one should automatically assume they are in the emergency contact database. I would also strongly encourage residents to check the box if they would like general notifications in addition to emergency alerts.

The Village Board considers a well-informed public to be essential in running village government. We rely on effective communication every day, but effective communication is a two-way street. We need your help. Please go to the website TODAY and register for this valuable and free tool so you can be aware of everything going on in Greenwood Lake, especially when it matters most.

Greenwood Lake Radio – Every Friday!

Every Friday from 11am – 12pm I host “Greenwood Lake Radio” on WTBQ, our local news and talk radio station. The show can be streamed live on wtbq.com or you can listen at 93.5fm or 1110am. We accept callers who’d like to talk about any topic and you can call in at 845-651-1110. Tune in to hear all about Greenwood Lake this Friday and every Friday!

GWL EVENTS

Teen Center Every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm (under 13 y/o) & 6-8pm (13-17 y/o).

Adult Open Gym Basketball every Friday at the Middle School from 8-10pm

Youth Open Gym Basketball every Monday at the Middle School from 8-10pm (7th grade to 12th grade)

Little League Parade and Opening Day Sat., April 21st 8:30am.

Grace Lutheran Paper Shredding Sat., Aptil 21st from 9am – 12pm at Grace Lutheran Church

Boy Scout Troop 121 Fundraiser Sat., April 21st from 6pm-10pm at the Elks.

From the Mayor’s Office

April 2, 2018

“Are You OK” Program Being Launched

The Village Police department is launching a program called “Are You OK”. The program is aimed at our senior population and is a tool we can use to verify the welfare of our seniors across Greenwood Lake. The department will be collecting both landline and cell phone numbers from seniors and if you participate, you will get a call from a police dispatcher. The call will be brief, and once answered by the resident and your status is identified as well, the dispatcher will move on to the next resident. If the call is unanswered, or there appears to be any sort of an emergency present, a police officer will immediately go to your residence to verify your welfare. If you would like to sign up for the program, or have questions, please contact Officer Leanne Malara at the Greenwood Lake Police Department at 845-477-9211.

Greenwood Lake Radio – Every Friday!

Every Friday from 11am – 12pm I host “Greenwood Lake Radio” on WTBQ, our local news and talk radio station. The show can be streamed live on wtbq.com or you can listen at 93.5fm or 1110am. We accept callers who’d like to talk about any topic and you can call in at 845-651-1110. Tune in to hear all about Greenwood Lake this Friday and every Friday on WTBQ!

 

GWL EVENTS

Teen Center Every Wednesday from 4pm-6pm (under 13 y/o) & 6-8pm (13-17 y/o).

School Safety Forum Thur., April 5th at 6pm in the Elementary School Gym

Planning Board Meeting Thur., April 5th at 7:30pm in Village Hall

Adult Open Gym Basketball every Friday at the Middle School from 8-10pm

Youth Open Gym Basketball every Monday at the Middle School from 8-10pm (7th grade to 12th grade)

Village Board Workshop Thur., April 12th from 6-7pm in Village Hall

Village Board Budget Public Hearing Thur., April 12th from 7-730pm in Village Hall

Village Board Meeting Thur., April 12th 7:30pm in Village Hall

Updates From GWL Village Hall

March 26, 2018

2018 / 2019 Village Budget

As the Village Board and staff work to finalize the upcoming budget, we just received some great news from the NYS Comptroller’s Office. For the second year in a row, the Village of Greenwood Lake received a 0% fiscal stress rating from the Comptroller’s office (best score possible). The Comptroller’s Office uses the following data to draw their fiscal stress conclusions: Year-end fund balance (our savings account), operating deficits, cash positions, short-term flow debt, personal services salaries and employee benefit management as well as overall debt services throughout the year. I will say that maintaining zero fiscal stress in all these measures is challenging to achieve in a perfect year. Your municipality was able to achieve this while investing in new parks, infrastructure investments worth over $500,000, a new DPW truck, pedestrian safety measures, expanded youth services, expanded recreation, health and wellness activities as well as robust tourism operations. We have sought grants whenever possible, we have stretched a dollar as far as it will go, and as a team, we have run this municipality as we would run our homes – efficiently and with both long-term sustainability and effective management as top priorities.

 Good Friday Fish Dinner at the Elks Lodge

Friday, March 30th from 5pm – 8pm, the GWL Elks Lodge will be serving Good Friday fish dinners to the community. Choice of swordfish, shrimp, flounder and even chicken fingers for children. Cost of the dinner is $15 per person, $8 for children.

 GWL PD Hosting Boater Safety Course

The Greenwood Lake Police Department is hosting a NYS Boating Safety Course Tuesday April 3rd and Wednesday April 4th from 6pm until 10pm (Must take both classes). The cost is $35 per person and an additional $10 charge by NYS upon completion of the course. To reserve a spot bring a $35 check to the Greenwood Lake Police Department payable to the Village of Greenwood Lake. All personal water craft operators must have a boater safety certificate.

For additional information call 845-477- 9211.

GWL Skatepark Public Forum

The GWL Skatepark committee will be hosting another public forum to discuss the plans and answer questions from the public. The forum will once again be at the GWL Elks Lodge on Chestnut St and will be Thursday, March 29th at 6pm.

Greenwood Lake Radio – Every Friday!

Every Friday from 11am – 12pm I host “Greenwood Lake Radio” on WTBQ, our local news and talk radio station. The show can be streamed live on wtbq.com or you can listen at 93.5fm or 1110am. We accept callers who’d like to talk about any topic and you can call in at 845-651-1110. Tune in to hear all about Greenwood Lake this Friday and every Friday!

 

Best,
Mayor Dwyer

***SNOW EVENT UPDATE***

March 6, 2018
 
The Village of Greenwood Lake is expecting anywhere between 12-18 inches of snow over the next couple days. It appears as though the storm will start overnight tonight (Tuesday) and go right through Wednesday night. Thankfully power has been restored in our area just in time for another potential power outage scenario. Below are some things for everyone to consider.
 
-Please, do not go to work unless you absolutely have to.
-Prepare your home with flashlights, water, food and any other items you might deem essential during a potential power outage
-DO NOT park vehicles on the street. Absolutely NO parking on Windermere Avenue during the storm.
-If you have an emergency, please call Village Police at 845-477-9211.
-If you have a non-emergency related issue, you may call me on my cell: 845-283-7993 or email me at mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org
-Village Hall main conference room will remain OPEN during the entirety of the storm. If we lose power, it will remain open until everyone is back with power. Village hall runs on a generator when we lose power so it can be used to charge your phone, use our phones there, or even sleep there if necessary (We can provide cots, you will need your own blankets).
-If we sustain large scale power outages, or have many residents seeking refuge, the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge located on Chestnut Street will become available as an emergency shelter.
 
There are several ways customers can report outages and check service restoration status:
 
Go to the O&R website (https://www.oru.com) from any computer or web-enabled mobile device;
Text “OUT” to 69678 (myORU); or
Call Customer Assistance at 1-877-434-4100
 
Stay tuned for any further necessary updates.
 
Best,
Mayor Dwyer

PLEASE READ!!! ***PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT***

January 10, 2018
This winter is shaping up to be very damaging to our water system. The swings in temperature wreak havoc on water lines – both main lines and internal plumbing lines. We have already recorded 4 water leaks in 7 days. We need everyone to keep their eyes open and contact the GWL Police if they notice water coming up from a roadway or a vacant piece of property (ground water where it is not supposed to be). This will be difficult during snow melt which we will see over the next couple days. We need to address these leaks quickly for a number of reasons – chief among them is preventing water loss. We have been aggressively pursuing a new well for the past several months and unfortunately this is not a process we can rush and at best, will not be completed for another 2 months.
 
In an effort to keep our existing wells operating at a rate to meet current demand, the Village will perform a well restoration on one of our wells (Well E). It is our highest producing well and will take 5 days complete. During this time, we will need the cooperation of our residents in reducing their water usage. We will have one well in operation and will rely on our storage tanks to produce enough water to meet the demand – BUT, we cannot do this without your help. In conclusion, water use reductions will be in effect from Monday, January 15th, 2018 – Friday, January 19th, 2018.
 
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please email me at Mayor@villageofgreenwoodlake.org.
 
Best,
Mayor Dwyer
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