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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

December 1, 2014

Greenwood Lake Mayor


By Jesse Dwyer


Storm Readiness

As is usually the case, a storm catches many off guard. It is impossible to avoid all the devastating effects of a strong storm, but it is not impossible to reduce some of the uncomfortable effects. For example, follow the weather and prepare for the worst. I wouldn’t recommend stocking your pantry for a month-long storm, but it has not been uncommon over the past few years to be without power for a few days to a week. At minimum, you should have a five gallon can of fuel, full bathtub(s) with water, drinking water for you and your family for two weeks (1 gallon per person per day). You should have about a week’s worth of food, plenty of batteries, flashlight, candles and entertainment such as board games. These are the most basic of recommended items. But one of the most important things you can do after a power outage, check on your friends, family and neighbors.

I’d like to thank Deputy Mayor Kelli Kelm and Trustee Howley for their efforts during the last storm as well as our grounds, DPW, Police, Fire and EMS. This past storm was very dangerous and even though there were many without power, all remained safe from the dangerous effects of several electrical fires and unsafe driving conditions as a result of our first responders and O&R crews.


Register your Home for Holiday                              Decorated House Contest

If you plan on decorating your home this year for the holidays, be sure to register your address either at Village Hall or by emailing We plan on promoting tours around the community to view the wonderfully decorated homes. You must register by December 4th and the judging will take place on Dec., 5th from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m.. The winner will be announced at the Tree lighting ceremony on the 7th.

A December to Remember in GWL

A Comprehensive Listing of Happenings

  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge (Closed Wed., Nov. 26)
  • 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.
  • Family in Need Fundraiser with the Harlem Wizards. Friday Dec 5th Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the game will start at 7:00 and will be the Harlem Wizards vs Greenwood Lake Faculty and Staff Basketball Game the in a fundraising event to help a local family in need. Cost: Advanced Tickets: Students: $10.00 General Admission: $12.00 Tickets at the Door: Students: $13.00 General Admission: $15.00 Reserved Seating: $18.00 Courtside Plus: $30.00
  • Breakfast with Santa Sponsored by the GWL Girl Scouts, 6th at 8:00a.m. American Legion. Be sure to bring your own camera.
  • Caroling by the Campfire at the Greenwood Lake Garden Center Dec 6th from 4:00p.m. – 7:00p.m.
  • Nights of Lights Performance at MS, 6 at 4:00p.m. For more information visit:
  • Greenwood Lake Gives Back Food Pantry Fundraiser, Dec., 6th at Murphy’s Tavern 7:00p.m.
  • Pictures with Santa at the Church of the Good Shepherd Dec. 7th at 2:00p.m.
  • Christmas Festival, Tree Lighting and Vendor Fair at the Church of the Good Shepherd on Windermere Dec., 7th from 2:00p.m. – 5:00p.m.
  • Grace Lutheran’s 2nd Annual Vendor Fair, Dec., 13th from 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • GWL Elementary School Holiday Concert, 15th at 5:30p.m.
  • Menorah Lighting at the Ambulance Building , 16th at 7:00p.m.
  • Village Board Workshop, Dec 15th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting, Dec., 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Fire Department Sponsors Santa and Mrs. Clause Roaming through ‘town’ by Firetruck, Dec. 20th all day.
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