Story by Katie Krahulik
At the Warwick Town Board meeting, held on Thurs., Aug. 17, Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton explained that he was working with the CUNY schools on a program called Solar Smart to recognize the Town’s achievements in promoting renewable energy.
“One of the things I had to do was look up how much solar has been installed in the Town of Warwick. Since we went to the unified permit in 2008, we actually started installing before that. The value of solar installment in the Town of Warwick is $9,659,000. So that was huge,” Sweeton said. To find out how much solar has been installed in Warwick, visit www.nysolarmap.com and type in Warwick, NY for an updated listing.
Sweeton also reminded residents that the county will be putting additional tablets into catch basins in the Florida area this September.
The Town Board received a letter from the NYS Department of Transportation that they will be paving on Rte. 17A. They are going to be continuing from Iron Forge Rd. to just past Jarmain Rd. sometime in the next month. “Residents should be aware,” Sweeton said.
Cornell Cooperative Extension will sponsor an open house on Sat., Sept. 9 at 3 p.m. at Pennings Orchard, located at 169 Rte. 94 S. in Warwick. It will be an all-day event featuring educational opportunities, guided tours, demos, hayrides, and a petting zoo.
Warwick Valley Humane Society Offers Care & Healing
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS) is bustling with life. “They have 23 dogs, 86 adult cats, 36 kittens, nine rabbits, four doves, three turtles, two lovebirds, two pigeons, one rooster, one hermit crab, one beta fish, and one eight-pound potbellied pig.”
The WVHS has a couple of fundraisers coming up including Acupuncture for Pets at the Warwick Valley Humane Society on Sun., Sept. 10. The event is by appointment only. The acupuncture will be done by Dr. Pam Shultz, DVM. The cost is $25 for a 25-minute session and the benefits include pain relief, healing, anxiety, and general wellness. To make an appointment call 986-2473.
DeAngelo said they are also having their Sixth Annual 5K PaWs Road Race on Sun., Sept. 17 at Glenmere Lake in Florida. Anyone interested in pre-registering must do so by Wed., Sept. 6 and this will include a free T-shirt. The entry fee is $25 per person. Registration can be done online at www.active.com or at www.wvhumane.org. All proceeds benefit the pets and because the WVHS has so many adult cats and kittens, it is in desperate need of any ground cat food or kitten food.
Warwick Friendly Visitors Program
“For the month of July, the Town of Warwick Friendly Visitors Program had some really great numbers,” reported DeAngelo. “According to the Jewish Family Service, this is one of the greatest starts we could have.” Total services provided by the volunteers for the month of July was 64, with a total of 52 volunteer hours.
Supervisor Sweeton said, “Thank you to the committee for getting that launched and I hope that the residents continue to take part and use the service. Spread the word. If you know anyone who requires simple tasks, whether it’s going to the store, going to the doctor, or visits, calls. It’s free for residents.”
Anyone interested in these services can call 986-1124 and request the Friendly Visitor Program.
Councilman Kowal Shares Praise for Local Amenities
Councilman Russell Kowal reported that the local parks have been utilized productively this summer, explaining that it’s a great summer for the parks this year.
“I’m happy to announce this year’s Pine Island Chamber of Commerce Onion Eating Contest on Sept. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Polish Legion of American Veterans, and I cordially invite our Supervisor to take another crack at it,” Councilman Kowal said. He explained that while it is a fun event, it also reminds everybody of the importance of agriculture in the area.
Channel Changes in the Hudson Valley
Deputy Town Supervisor James Gerstner announced that a couple of notices from Altice have been received describing the local channel adjustments. Residents can check their online optimum account for the information where there is a list of channels that they removed.
Deputy Gerstner congratulated the Village of Warwick on all its festivities held for the 150th Anniversary, from the raising of the time capsule to the parade. He wanted to remind the community that residents can still put items in the time capsule. They can check with Mayor Michael Newhard in the Village of Warwick.
Gerstner also commended Jim Goodrich and the Family Fun Fest committee. “We had a good time over there on Sunday. You did a great job, Jim. It was a very nice day,” he said.
Under New Business, the Board accepted the resignation of Police Officer Michelle Kozlowski. “She’s had a distinguished career. It’s a loss for us, but we wish her all the best,” the Sweeton said.
A grant disbursement agreement through NYS DASNY was approved for the purchase of a new backhoe for the Department of Public Works (DPW). Sweeton explained that this was a grant secured by Senator John Bonacic and they finally got the paperwork to get the initiative launched.
The Board passed a motion to authorize the use of Jessup Rd. in the Town of Warwick for the Annual “Colors 4 a Cure 5K Run/Walk Cherry Race” to be held on Sun., Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Apple Ridge Orchard.
A motion was also passed that will allow for the connecting road between the Pin Street bowling alley and Price Chopper on Rte. 94. This will continue that connection of the marginal access road.
There will be a temporary road closure on St. Stephens Ln. for the Warwick Food Truck Festival on Thurs., Aug. 31. Supervisor Sweeton said that this is a second go at the event because they were so successful the first time around.
The Board appointed Kyle Brower and Kailey Zachgo as senior lifeguards at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park in Greenwood Lake. “As we lose lifeguards going back to college, these two have done a great job this season, and so we’re going to promote them to senior lifeguards,” Sweeton explained.
Next Board Meeting
The next Town Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.