In a presentation to Village Trustees highlighting the results of Warwick’s first “Too Good to Toss,” a community exchange of useful goods, Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard suggested that Sustainable Warwick members Bill Greene and Elizabeth Knight-Moss contact the Warwick Police Department to investigate ways to recycle their collection of damaged and abandoned bicycles.
Richard White, of Warwick, a retired Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. executive, who volunteered at the July Repair Café made it possible to offer basic bike repairs for the first time. Following that success, White worked with Sgt. Alton Morley and Lieutenant John Rader to collect three damaged bicycles. Pete Cooney, also of Warwick, a retired NYC firefighter, volunteered to transport the bikes to White’s garage. Using cannibalized parts and supplies purchased with Repair Café donations, White restored two bicycles.
Bill Greene picked up White and together they drove the bikes to Pine Island to donate them to the Farmworkers Community Center, located at 809 Pulaski Hwy. in Goshen. The bikes were enthusiastically received by two of the Center’s summer interns, Zuleica Lopez and Mark Laaninen.
The next Repair Café will be held on Sat., Sept. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Warwick Senior Center, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick. All are welcome to bring their “beloved but broken” items, with a limit of three per person.