Family Central is sponsoring “A Community Conversation – The Opioid Crisis” with two events. On Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. there will be a viewing of the film “Chasing Heroin” hosted by Anne Colonna of the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition. This will be followed on Fri., Mar. 9 at 7 p.m. with a panel discussion of the Opioid Crisis facilitated by Family Central founder Beverly Braxton. Both events will be held at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick.
This has been a challenging snow/ice season so far and there is still more to come. I want to thank residents for how they have responded by quickly adapting to these prolonged storms, slowing down on the roads and making wise decisions to stay home whenever possible until the crews have had a chance to clear the roads. I especially want to thank our DPW as well as the Highway Departments across our County who are on the job from the first snowflake or ice pellet until the last. It takes great skill and much training to maneuver a large snow plow loaded with salt/sand over narrow roads in the dark during a one to two inches an hour snow storm. These men and women are dedicated to the job at hand and keeping you safe. Well done!
Icons of our Town continue to leave us here on earth and we all mourn their leaving. Just this past week we lost Theresa Shuback Bogdanski, Marie Barth and Al Lewis. Each one of these folks have left their mark on our community and have contributed to what we enjoy today. My recollections range from Theresa’s infectious smile and her joy in running the 50/50 to benefit the Senior Picnic so that her fellow seniors could continue to enjoy a day in the park at no cost. Marie’s smile also greeted everyone who was lucky to get to her counter at the Grand Union and she would always engage my kids to make them smile as well. Al was a quiet man but one who was committed to preserving the environment and the quality of life here in Warwick and I would say he certainly was successful in that effort. We know our life on this planet is short but by any measure these citizens have made the most of that time. They have given all who knew them much joy along the way.
A public hearing to “Amend Chapter 144” extending the tax exemption for Veteran’s serving during the Cold War will be held on Thurs., Feb. 22 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall. The local law can be viewed at www.townofwarwick.org.
A Public hearing entitled “Chapter 73 Carry-out Bags” will be held on Wed., Feb. 22 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall. The local law can be viewed at www.townofwarwick.org.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick NY.
The above column, written by Town Supervisor Michael P. Sweeton, has been published in the Feb. 14 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.