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Mayor Dwyer’s Column

December 16, 2014

Greenwood Lake Mayor

 

By Jesse Dwyer

 

A Business Friendly Village, for the Sake of the Community

Not every town or Village has a thriving downtown or “main street”. However, the three great villages within the Town of Warwick: Florida, Warwick and Greenwood Lake, are all incredible Village’s with many distinct characteristics. I would credit the success of these main streets and downtown Village’s with tremendous leadership and business friendly Village governments. But more importantly, the vibrancy of a downtown is most notably attributed to the creativity and ingenuity of local, and more often than not, small businesses and Chambers of Commerce. In Greenwood Lake, for example, our Chamber of Commerce, along with our merchants, are constantly thinking of ways to attract people to come into our beautiful Village as well as provide entertaining and unique experiences for the residents who live here every day. This past weekend, a clever business provided free caroling hay rides through downtown Greenwood Lake to not only show case their business, but also to show case our Village and give those of us who live here something fun and exciting to do on a Saturday evening. The Chamber of Commerce has been supporting local events for years – the ever popular street fair, pictures with Santa and many other great things. Then, of course, there is the Winter Carnival tradition hosted by Breezy Point Inn. What better use of our greatest asset than having a massive event out on the ice of frozen Greenwood Lake. And this, another example of bringing people to your business, has grown into a great experience for tourists and residents of our community. These are just a couple examples of local businesses being creative to make our community more alive, more robust, and of course, more sustainable. For without successful businesses our home values and our community value would be diminished greatly. We must shop locally, be creative and be respectful to those who have the courage and skill to start a business. It is not an easy endeavor and I can assure you that the small businesses in our community are vital. Without them, the Greenwood Lake we all know and love will forever be changed. We must support them as they support us.

  • Senior Citizens Holiday Dinner Dec 17th at the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge from 11:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
  • Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge.
  • 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.
  • Grace Lutheran’s 2nd Annual Vendor Fair, Dec., 13th from 10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
  • GWL Elementary School Holiday Concert, 16th at 5:30p.m.
  • Menorah Lighting at the Ambulance Building , 16th at 7:00p.m.
  • Village Board Workshop, Jan., 20th from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Village Board General Meeting, Jan., 20th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
  • Fire Department Sponsors Santa and Mrs. Clause Roaming through ‘town’ by Fire truck, Dec. 20th all day.
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