This week Warwick Village Clerk, Jo-Ann Rome, will be retiring. I want to take a moment to say thank you for her remarkable work during her 15 years of service to the Village of Warwick. Jo has worn many hats beyond the daily activities of the Clerk’s Office. These included Receiver of Taxes, Office Staff Liaison, Risk Management, Records Management, Overseer of Elections, Website Administrator, fact checker, arbitrator, and confidential secretary to the Mayor. She has been a leader and a committed member of the team at Village Hall whose commitment is to the residents of our Village. On behalf of the Village Board and as a representative of the good people of our community, I would like to say “thank you” and wish you all the best n your retirement.
I would also like to welcome Raina Abramson to her new position as Village Clerk. Raina has been working at Village Hall for two years and has worked in almost every department. Over the past six months she has been preparing for her new role. Jo-Ann has given her valuable training that will make the transition as seamless as possible. We are very pleased to have Raina as our new Village Clerk.
Scare the Mayor! As part of this year’s Halloween celebration there will be a Haunted House Contest judged by myself and Kid Mayor, Daniel Alquezada Madero. The contest is for Village residents only; judging will be the evening of Mon., Oct. 30. Register by calling Village Hall at 986-2031. Prizes will be awarded for the top three scariest houses! This is a Sesquicentennial-sponsored contest.
On Tues., Oct. 31 there will be the Annual Halloween Parade and Costume Contest. Lineup is at 4:30 p.m. on Church Street. The parade steps off at 5 p.m., proceeding down Main St. to Railroad Ave. This event is sponsored by the Warwick Lions Club and the Warwick Recreation Department. There is a Halloween curfew for all persons under the age of 18, unless accompanied by a parent, on all Village streets and parks and other public areas in the Village of Warwick between the hours of 8 p.m. on Mon., Oct. 30 to 6 a.m. on Tues., Oct. 31 and again on Tues., Oct. 31 from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Wed., Nov. 1.
Reminder: there is no overnight parking on Village streets from 2 to 6 a.m., starting on Wed., Nov. 1.
The above column, written by Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard, will be published in the Oct. 25 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.