Story by Katie Bisaro
Several years ago, as part of a Girl Scout Gold Award project, Heather Storms started Operation Clean Sweep, a community-wide clean-up weekend that has grown every year since.
Julia Vargas, currently an Ambassador Scout within the Girl Scout organization, continued the program started by Storms and presented some of the details for this year’s program to the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees at their Board meeting on Mon., Apr. 2.
Clean-up Expanded to Full Week
Vargas reported that the program would be expanded this year to a full week from Sun., Apr. 22 to Sun., Apr. 29, rain or shine. As in past years, trash bags and gloves will be available at the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce Caboose on South St. The sign-up for specific roads or areas will also take place at the Caboose. Individuals or organizations are welcome to sign-up for a particular road or park as their area to clean up.
Additional Services Offered
In addition to the traditional clean up of roadsides and parks, other services will be offered. Document shredding will be available on Sat., Apr. 28 as well as eyeglass and hearing aid donations, all sponsored by the Warwick Lions Club. There will also be an unused prescription drug pill drop provided by the Warwick Valley Coalition.
Leo Kaytes Ford will collect motor oil for recycling and disposal on Sat., Apr. 28 at the dealership on Rt. 94 South. The Computer Guy on West St. will take electronics for recycling.
For those participating in the cleanup operation, once trash bags are filled they should be placed at the end of the road that was cleaned for the Town or Village DPW crews to pick up. Trustee Barry Cheney reported that the Town has secured free disposal of the material collected at the County transfer station.
“It’s a great collaboration of a lot of organizations,” said Trustee Eileen Patterson.
Passing the Baton
Elizabeth Verboys, a seventh grade Cadet Scout, who will be taking over the program next year was introduced to the Village Board. Vargas, who assumed responsibility for the project when she was in the eighth grade, is now a senior in high school and heading to Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences next year and has “passed the baton” to Verboys.
Warwick Fire Dept. Recruitment Event
The Warwick Fire Dept. was granted permission to hold a Recruit New York Membership event on Sun., Apr. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Railroad Green.
Orange Bows: Awareness for Preventing Animal Cruelty
Orange bows will be hung for the month of April on trees along Main St. in the Village to bring awareness for preventing cruelty to all animals. Approximately 40 bows will be placed on trees, on both sides of Main St., beginning at Village and continuing to the Railroad Green.
Resolution Regarding CPV Plant
During Privilege of the Floor, three people spoke to the Board asking for its support of a resolution to revoke the permits of the Competitive Power Ventures (CPV) plant in Wawayanda, NY. Among other things, the speakers cited health and safety concerns, odors, and corporate corruption as reasons they would like the plant to stop operating.
Mayor Michael Newhard explained that the resolution did not arrive in time to be put on the agenda for the meeting and that the Board of Trustees would be reviewing the document for discussion at their next meeting.
The next meeting will take place on Mon., Apr. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick NY.