Please be advised that Election Day for ALL registered voters, regardless of political party, will be Tuesday, November 8th from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. If you live in the Greenwood Lake School District, your polling place is the American Legion Post on Lakes Road.
Please be sure to GET OUT AND VOTE!!!
Reviving Artistic Character of GWL
Few may be aware, but GWL is steeped in rich art and cultural history. Incidentally, I learned of this fact while taking an New York City history course while attending college in Manhattan. As part of the course requirement, I was to go to a museum of my choice and perform a bit of research on certain items from within the museum. To my luck, I decided to go the New York Historical Society Museum on Museum Row. In this museum I stumbled upon a room containing art from the Hudson River School. While glancing around the room, my eyes became fixated on a painting that closely resembled Greenwood Lake. Taking a closer look, I realized the painting was in fact that of Greenwood Lake and it was painted by a very famous painter, Jasper Francis Cropsey in the mid-19th century. Since then, Greenwood Lake has been home to and inspiring very talented artists for years. We are currently seeing a project undertaken by a local artist, Chris Vanvooren and commissioned by a local business-owner, Jamie Hannouche of Cuts & Styles by Salon Marwan. This project, a mural painted on the side of a local hair salon next to the Senior Center, has been sponsored by several great businesses as well. True Value Hardware was able to secure all of the paint from Benjamin Moore for FREE. The following businesses supported the project through sponsorships: Kwik Mart, Streamline Auto, The Helm, Temple Fitness, Anton’s on the Lake, Casper Enterprise, Ophelia’s Floral Design, Jersey Paddle Boards, IK Auto Sales, Village Vape Shop and the Irish Whisper. Great work by all – we’re all very excited to see the final result!
- GWL Coalition Teen Center open every Wednesday from 6-8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge. Volunteers Needed.
- Open Gym Basketball for grades 7-12 at the Middle School Gym every Monday from 8pm – 10pm starting October 17th.
- Halloween Activities on October 29th:
- Chamber’s Trick or Treating down Windermere: 2pm – 4pm
- Fire Dept. Halloween Parade 4pm down Windermere
- Coalition’s Terror on the Trail 7pm – 10pm CVS Field
- Holy Rosary Church celebrates All Saints Day Sunday, Oct. 30th 10am mass
- GWL Village Board Workshop, Nov. 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the courthouse
- GWL Village Board Meeting , Nov. 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
Gateway Park and Passive Boat Launch
After seeing some buzz on Facebook about the beginning stages of the Village’s gateway park, I realized not everyone attends Village Board meetings, listens to GWL radio, reads my blog or sees every press release on Facebook. So rather than allowing people to believe Facebook is the most reliable source of information on community affairs, I’d like to remind residents of the details of the passive boat launch and park. First, the Town of Warwick and Village both applied for a grant from the Orange County IDA for $52,000. We were awarded the grant for this project. The project will be a public park at the gateway to our Village right across from the American Legion. The park will also serve as a rooftop / passive boat launch where people may launch kayaks, canoes and other non-motorized personal watercrafts. The park will have on site parking, benches, picnic tables, decorative lighting and will provide the quintessential image of Greenwood Lake as you pull into “town”. I understand many people are concerned that the lake does not look that great in this area but let me first remind you – your definition of great may be different than that of an artist, photographer or someone studying / enjoying nature. Although I will say that work needs to be done in the north arm to protect the several homeowners in that area and also the new asset we will have, we must recognize that a part of that area is state protected wetland and serves as a vital breeding ground for many local species of wildlife. As part of the grant, we will be clearing out a channel in the area and doing some needed sediment removal to accommodate the launch and provide fishing opportunities. This area has been approved by the DEC and we both have taken into consideration the ecosystem within which we will be working. We will do our best to keep a balance of preserving sensitive areas while protecting assets such as area homeowner’s rights and the parkland which we are creating.
- GWL Coalition Teen Center, Sept. 14th. Teen Center open every Wednesday from 6-8pm at the GWL Elks Lodge. Volunteers Needed.
- Grace Lutheran Church Best Wings at the Lake Saturday, Sept. 24th from 1pm – 3pm.
- GWL Village Board Workshop, Oct. 17th at 6:30 p.m. in the courthouse
- GWL Village Board Meeting , Oct. 17th at 7:30 p.m. in the courthouse
Teen Center Looking for Volunteers
As the GWL Coalition Teen Center enters its 3rd year in operation, we find ourselves again asking for volunteers. We have been fortunate that a dedicated group has been volunteering every single Wednesday during the school year for the past 2 years, but we must get new volunteers. The Teen Center runs every Wednesday from 6pm – 8pm during the school year. On an ordinary night there could be as many as 70 kids in attendance between the ages of 10 and 15. We need at least 4 volunteers present to handle this many kids. If we have more volunteers that we can rely on we can not only expand the hours, we can expand the recreational opportunities for the kids as well. If you are interested in giving a few hours a week, or a few hours a month, please email me at email@example.com or you can call Village Hall at 477-9215. You will be required to pass a background check and the Chief of Police will use his discretion on whether or not any challenges in one’s past would prohibit them from volunteering. But I encourage anyone interested to please apply. The first night of the Teen Center will be Wednesday Sept. 14th.
- GWL Coalition Youth BBQ Wednesday Aug 31st from 6-8pm at the Bob Langan Courts on Vine St.
- Summer Concert Series Presents Carl Richard’s Band, Sept 2nd at 7pm
- Summer Concert Series Presents Richard Reiter Swing Band, Sept 3rd at 7pm
- Theatre on the Lake Presents the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, a comedy from Broadway Fri., Sept 9th and Sat., Sept 10th both viewings begin at 8pm at the Morahan Waterfront Park (Beach at end of Windermere). Show is $5 at the door or free tickets may be picked up at Village Hall in advance. 50 tickets available for free and they are first come first serve.
- School Begins September 6th – DRIVE SAFELY!
You are cordially invited to view the newly produced BBC documentary on Project Children’s impact on the world Friday, August 26th at the Waterfront Park. Project Children is a non-profit organization that, since 1975, has brought tens of thousands of children from war-torn Northern Ireland over to America. Project Children was founded by Denis Mulcahey and is still run by Denis, a resident of Greenwood Lake who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize (Peace Prize those years went to Nelson Mandela and Mother Theresa!).
The film, which has contributions from President Bill Clinton and Martin McGuinness, will air at the Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park at 8pm. The viewing is free but please be prepared with your own lawn chair or blanket. The documents is 90 minutes.
The Project Children Story:
Denis Mulcahy, the founder of Project Children, doesn’t use the power of personality or the force of rhetoric to inspire others to join his cause. Denis Mulcahy leads by example. He takes no salary from Project Children and works long hours tending to the big plans and small details of running the organization. Over the past twenty-five years he has quietly masterminded summer vacations in America for more than 14,000 children in Northern Ireland. He has given these children – Protestant and Catholics a much needed break from the grim politics of their own country and an extraordinary chance to play together. He hasn’t done it all alone, and he will be the first to tell you. In fact, if you try to praise Denis, he will quickly start praising Project Children host families, area coordinators, fundraising volunteers, and benefactors. Denis considers himself simply one of the many. But Denis is truly the heart and soul of Project Children. He started it in 1975, along with his brother Pat. They had both grown up in County Cork, Ireland, and emigrated to New York, where they joined the New York Police Department. Denis is still with the force; he’s a bomb squad detective. Pat retired early because of injury and returned to County Cork.
In 1975, Northern Ireland was a boiling pot of political violence. Armed soldiers, rolling tanks, and surveillance cameras were everywhere, trying to keep the lid on. People were dying and children were growing up scared. Protestant and Catholic familieswere insulating themselves against each other – fleeing integrated neighborhoods in search of segregated enclaves. Denis and Pat were heartsick. They decided to do something to help the children. That summer they brought six kids from Northern Ireland-three Protestants and three Catholics-to Greenwood Lake, NY, where they lived. The idea was twofold. Most importantly they wanted to get the kids away from the violence and the paramilitaries who work double time recruiting kids during school breaks. Denis and Pat also wanted to show the Protestant and Catholic kids that they could live together and actually like each other.
Their plan worked very well. One of the Catholic boys became great friends with one of the Protestants. Years later, when the Catholic boy got married, the Protestant boy was at his side as his best man. Then the Protestant boy got married, and the Catholic boy boy was at his side, returning the favor. Project Children has grown a lot from the initial six kids and the $1600 budget it took to bring them over. Now, each year, Project Children brings over more than 600 kids and places them with host families in more than twenty states. The budget is close to a million dollars. None of it goes to salaries. The headquarters is Denis’ home, which is completely overrun with Project Children paraphernalia (papers, freebies for the kids, donations for fundraisers…) and noises (faxes, ringing phones, knocks at the door, meetings…). Luckily, his wife Miriam is equally dedicated to Project Children.
Denis could not have known in 1975 just how strong and how sweeping Project Children’s influence would be. Denis has been recognized by President Bill Clinton. He’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize-twice. He’s been honored at gatherings across America and Northern Ireland. But all that praise doesn’t swell Denis’ head. He still pitches in wherever he’s needed. When a young Belfast girl’s luggage was put on the wrong plane in New York, it was Denis who tracked it down in Dublin.
GWL Lions Need Your Help
With the passing of GWL Lion Sharon Gehler, the Chairwoman of the 300 Club Committee, we are left with the enormous task of completing the Lions’ most important fundraiser of the year. The event, a chicken BBQ at the Elks on September 11th, is fast approaching and the Lions need your help. There are 300 tickets that must be sold and I am asking the members of our community to support the Lions Club, if they can. If you are able to support the Club, please purchase a ticket for the BBQ on September 11th. The ticket is $30 and grants admission for TWO to a chicken BBQ! The ticket is also a raffle that enters you into a contest where you could win as much as $1,000! If you would like to purchase a ticket, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will make sure you get one. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support of the GWL Lions Club.
Congratulations to Newest Eagle Scout
On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to congratulate the area’s newest Eagle Scout, Daniel Campagna. Dan has been a dedicated volunteer for as long as I have known him and it is no surprise that he has earned the Boy Scout’s highest honor. Job well done, Dan, and good luck to you in all of your future endeavors.
- GWL Coalition Youth League basketball, kickball and Soccer every Wed., from 6-8pm at Helen Kelly and Langan Courts (Vine St). Ages 10-15. We will have an end of year BBQ for the kids from 7-9pm at the courts on Aug 31st.
- Rock Underground Youth Concert, Thur., August 25th from 6pm – 9pm.
- Gaelic Cultural Society’s Irish Night at the Beach, Sat Aug 27th 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.
Theatre on the Lake Coming in September!!
I am thrilled to announce that the Village of Greenwood Lake, partnering with 2 extremely talented residents, Katie Weatherford and Mary Riley, will be bringing back Theatre on the Lake. The first performance this year will be a show that was once featured on Broadway named The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Don’t let the name fool you, this is not the nearby Putnam County and this is a hilariously witty play that will feature professional actors at our Thomas Morahan Waterfront Park for a two-night performance. This 100-minute show will kick off at 8pm on September 9th and the second showing of the same show will be September 10th also at 8pm. The show is required to have an admission because there will be professional and union actors. The cost of admission is $5.00 per viewing. The Village has secured at a discounted price 100 tickets — 50 to give away for free to local residents for each night. So if you are a local resident and would like to attend the show for free, you may pick up a ticket at Village Hall M-F between 8am – 4pm. Otherwise you will have to pay $5 at the entrance. If you have questions about the event you may either email me at email@example.com or one of the event coordinators, Katie Weatherford at firstname.lastname@example.org. The show is officially being produced by Mercia Entertainment, a theatre company run by Village Resident Mary Riley.
Thanks to 5K Coordinators, Sponsors and Participants
I made the decision to dedicate my previous column to Sharon Gehler and did not get the opportunity to thank the 5K group – but thanks are very much in order! This year was a tremendous success. The event organizers, lead by my good friend Bill Cerone, did an outstanding job pulling this race together. The sponsors came out in full force along with the participants to support a noble cause – the GWL Coalition Teen Center. Thank you all so much for your hard work and dedication to Greenwood Lake.
- GWL Coalition Youth League basketball, kickball and Soccer every Wed., from 6-8pm at Helen Kelly and Langen Courts (Vine St). Ages 10-15. We will have an end of year BBQ for the kids from 7-9pm at the courts on Aug 31st.
- Children’s Concert at the Beach, Thur., August 18th from 6pm – 8pm.
- Summer Concert: Local Favorite – Spitball Parade, Sat Aug 20th at 7pm.
- Grace Lutheran Church Pulled Pork & Chicken Dinner, Aug. 20th from 4pm – 6:30pm. Tickets in advance $8 adult, $7 Seniors, $ 6 kids 8 and under, at door $10 adult, $9 Seniors, $8 Kids for info call 477-0315
- Village Board Workshop, Aug. 22nd 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
- Village Board Meeting, Aug. 22nd at 7:30 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.