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Aug 17, 2015: Thanks to the GWL Lions Club

With a myriad of selfless organizations in this community, it is difficult for one to stand out among their peers. However, I would argue that that GWL Lions Club has done a fine job of just that. Similar to some other organizations, the Lions do not have a building or a “home”, they give 100% of their money raised back into the community and every hour spent as a Lion is dedicated to community service. It is truly a service organization like no other. The Lions have continued to sponsor events, programs, activities and needed products and items for our youth and senior citizens. This past week, the GWL Lions hosted their second Children’s Concert of the year at our beach. While there, they gave away free snow cones to everyone in attendance. In addition, the Lions kicked in $200 toward the purchase of a new TV for our local Senior Citizens Center. Over the years, the Lions have donated more than many of us will ever know. The problem, however, is that the Lions are having trouble recruiting new members. More and more members, such as me, are having trouble dedicating the necessary amount of time to the club while maintaining the many other demanding responsibilities of life. So this is a call to action – If you want to give back to your community, contribute your time, ideas, sweat and dedication to a great cause, please, consider joining the GWL Lions Club. If you would be interested in joining the Lions Club, you may do so by sending me an email at Please also consider joining the Lions at the annual 300 Club Chicken BBQ on September 13th at the Elks Lodge. For tickets, email me at the above address.


Events in the Village

  • Summer Concert Series Presents Out of the Blue Aug. 22nd at 7:30p.m.
  • Town of Warwick Senior BBQ Aug., 25th at Union Corners Park.
  • Greenwood Lake Commission Meeting Aug., 26th at 7:30 p.m. in the GWL Senior Center
  • Irish Night at the Beach 29th at 7:30p.m. featuring Celtic Cross (sponsored by Gaelic Cultural Society of GWL)


From the Mayor’s Office

By Jesse Dwyer

A Tragedy Should be a Reminder

Unfortunately it takes a tragedy to remind many to be safe. We lost a life on the lake last week as a boater attempted to swim to shore. This is a sad reminder that a lake is a very powerful place and must be respected. You must be aware of your limits and take into consideration factors that are beyond your control when swimming in the lake. For example, an increased current under the water could be a factor. You may think you’re swimming straight but you could in fact be heading off course because of the current under water. Waves could also become very large due to higher boat traffic and wind. Swimming in a calm pool is much easier than swimming in a choppy lake. Bottom line, if you swim from a boat, stick with the boat. Other boaters might not be able to see where you are as they drive. If you are not with your boat, you are a hazard in the water and your life could be in danger. On behalf of the Village Board, we offer our sympathies to the victim’s family. We also offer these reminders to consider the lake as a great asset, but also to recognize it as a powerful force which needs to respected.

Unsung Volunteers

All too often, unsung volunteers and the people who do the right thing go unnoticed. This, in fact, is the true definition of an ethical person – one who does and will do the right thing even when no one is looking. Well, the day after our fireworks celebration at the beach, we had some concerned citizens who thought the beach was a mess (rightfully so). These young citizens, all in their teens, cleaned up the entire beach and told no one. They did it because they care for their community and are ethical individuals. I would like to thank Ashley Gonzalez, Jeanine Sorrentino, Emily Jenter and Alyssa Folkerstma for believing in your community and giving some of your time to help us out.


Events in the Village

  • GWL Coalition Meeting 3rd Tuesday each month at the Senior Center. 7:00 p.m. Help combat drug and alcohol use among our youth. Attend a Coalition meeting!
  • Summer Concert Series – Children’s Concert The Uncle Brothers Band, Thursday July 23rd beginning at 6”30 p.m. at the Beach (sponsored by the GWL Lions Club)
  • Warwick Summer Arts Festival, featuring a day of Veteran Arts at the GWL American Legion on Sunday, July 26th from 12pm – 6pm.
  • Summer Concert Series presents New York Hitmen, Saturday July 25th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Suicide Awareness Concert Thursday August 6th from 6pm – 9pm at the Thomas P Morahan Waterfront Park.

By Jesse Dwyer

Military Appreciation Day in Village

Another successful year of appreciating our nation’s Veteran’s by the good folks at the Arthur Finnegan Post American Legion. This past Sunday, a committee of dedicated volunteers, Legion members, veterans, civilians, Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of the Legion put on an incredible display of appreciation to the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division 1st Battalion 32nd Cavalry, also known as the “Bandits”. Each year, the Army sends some of its brightest and most accomplished soldiers to train the Cadets at West Point Military Academy. And each year, this committee of volunteers shows their appreciation by putting on a celebration at our local Legion.

Great work committee, and from the Village Board, thank you to our soldiers fighting abroad and those training at “home”, but who are prepared to go abroad at a moment’s notice.

Suicide Awareness Concert in Village

The GWL Coalition will once again partner with the GWL Boy Scouts Troop 121 to host a Suicide Awareness Concert on August 6th from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.. The Awareness Concert began as an Eagle Scout project by local resident Ethan Williams. The Coalition and Scouts will be continuing the tradition. Please attend the free concert and hear a heartfelt speaker as well as a great local band. The concert will be held at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Beach. In case of rain, concert will be held in the GWL Elks Lodge.

Events in the Village

  • GWL Coalition Meeting 3rd Tuesday each month at the Senior Center. 7:00 p.m. Help combat drug and alcohol use among our youth. Attend a Coalition meeting!
  • Summer Concert Series presents the Some Guys and a Broad, Saturday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park.
  • PBA Bicycle Rodeo July 19th at 1:00 p.m. at the American Legion. Any questions please call Officer Malara at 477-9211
  • Summer Concert Series – Children’s Concert The Uncle Brothers Band, Thursday July 23rd beginning at 6”30 p.m. at the Beach (sponsored by the GWL Lions Club)
  • Summer Concert Series presents New York Hitmen, Saturday July 25th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Village Board Public Hearing on the proposed code changes relating to Cell Tower construction July 20th 7:00 p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Workshop July 20th at 6:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Village Board Meeting July 20th at 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
  • Kids Fishing Derby, Sponsored by the GWL PBA Sunday, July 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Defeo’s Marina. Derby for ages 15 and under. Catch and release only. Bring your own fishing pole and bait. Limited quantity available for children without a fishing pole. Life jacket required. Bring your own life jacket or one can be provided. For questions call Police Officer Malara at 477-9211. Please register for event by July 20th, 2015.

Successful Independence Day Weekend

I would like to thank everyone who came out to celebrate Independence Day with the Village. We had a successful parade and fireworks show thanks to everyone’s involvement and commitments. I would like to offer special thanks to the following sponsors of our fireworks show:

County Executive Steve Neuhaus

Optimum / Cablevision

Orange & Rockland

D&D Sports Marina

Ace Marine

Emerald Point

Defeo’s Marina

Long Pond Marina

South Shore Marina

In addition, I would like to thank the following people and organizations for their support:

Tommy Kelly

Justice Keith Garley

John Garley

Fireworks Extravaganza



GWL Ambulance Corp

American Legion

Daughters of the Legion

Sons of the Legion

Cub Scouts

Girl Scouts

Gaelic Cultural Society & Project Children

Church of the Good Shepherd

Grace Lutheran Church

Warwick Town Board

Town Justice Nancy DeAngelo

County Legislator Barry Cheney

Donna Garley

Greenwood Lake Seniors

Citizen of the Year and Village Clerk Pat Olsen

Last but not least, our Village Board: Kelli Kelm, Katheleen Holder, Chad Sellier, Tom Howley and Attorney John Buckheit.

Thank you everyone for your contributions to the weekend.

Events in the Village

  • GWL Coalition Meeting 3rd Tuesday each month at the Senior Center. 7:00 p.m. Help combat drug and alcohol use among our youth. Attend a Coalition meeting!
  • Summer Concert Series presents the Forever Ray, a Ray Charles tribute band, Saturday, July 11th at 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park.
  • Military Appreciation Day Celebration at the GWL American Legion Sunday, July 12th at 12pm. Weapons demonstrations and fun for all ages. Admission is $15 and includes food and beverages.

Greenwood Lake Mayor

By Jesse Dwyer

Celebrating GWL’s 90th “Birthday”
In a year where we have seen so many community events and fun times for all ages, we are wrapping the year up with a grand finale. For some, September 6th is late summer, but for us fall lovers, it is dubbed the beginning of fall. Well, on that early fall day, GWL will offer the epic and historic running of the beds down Windermere. Beginning at 12:00 p.m., if you are not running a bed, stand along Windermere and watch the comedic and competitive racing of beds. Just before the bed race, take a few minutes to save a life and donate blood at the GWL Ambulance Corp building located at 74 Windermere Ave between 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Following the historic GWL Bed Race, at 2:00 p.m., we will be celebrating GWL’s 90th year of being an incorporated New York Village. Please join the GWL Village Board, Town Board and over a dozen local organizations for a day of historic fun in Greenwood Lake. Kicking off festivities at 2:00 p.m. in the field next to CVS, there will be food, refreshments, pie eating contests, dunk tanks, local products for sale and the nostalgic feeling of good ‘ole GWL!

• Coalition Teen Center Every Wednesday from 6:00p.m. – 9:00p.m. at the GWL Elks Lodge
• Ambulance Corp Blood Drive – Sat., Sept., 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p. m. at the Ambulance Corp Building
• Village Board Workshop/ Roundtable Mon., Sept 15th from 5:30p.m. – 7:30p.m. in the Courthouse
• Village Board General Meeting Mon., Sept. 15th at .7:30p.m.
• GWL Annual Bed Race, Sept. 6th beginning at 12pm on Windermere Ave
• GWL Celebrates 90th Anniversary Sept. 6th at 2pm in the GWL Park next to CVS.

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