Story by Katie Bisaro
Every year Warwick holds a service remembering the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and paying tribute to the residents of the Town of Warwick who perished in the attacks.
This year, Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton traveled to Shanksville, PA, in Somerset County, to honor Linda Gronlund, of Greenwood Lake, who was a passenger on United Flight 93. Through the efforts of the passengers on that flight, the terrorists who had hijacked the airplane were unable to carry out their intended mission; the plane crashed in Shanksville.
Sweeton reported to the Town Council at their regular meeting on Thurs., Sept. 14 that he presented a plaque on behalf of the Town of Warwick as a tribute and commemoration of Gronlund for her bravery and sacrifice. The plaque will be part of the Flight 93 National Memorial located in Shanksville.
“The Park Service [at the National Memorial in Shanksville] was very grateful for our tribute on behalf of the residents of the Town of Warwick and I think it’s important for us to do that so that the spirit of Linda Gronlund will be remembered and will have some lasting presence there,” said Sweeton.
Friendly Visitor Program Continues to Grow
The Friendly Visitor Program in the Town of Warwick continues to grow and be successful. The program is a free service for senior citizens and other individuals who may need a helping hand with a variety of simple tasks: shopping and other errands, simple household chores, doctor’s appointments, or calling once or twice per week to check in.
Vince Copello, of the Friendly Visitor Program, reported that for the month of September there were 50 neighbors in the program and 46 volunteers helping out. The volunteers aided with just over 100 services.
Sweeton commented that all volunteers are vetted, trained and matched with the needs of the residents. He encouraged those who may need to have services, or know someone who does, to call 986-1124, choose option #1 and then option #2. The program would like to reach those residents who may not use the Dial-a-Bus service or belong to any of the local senior citizen clubs.
Volunteer Training Session
A volunteer training session for the Friendly Visitor Program will take place on Tues., Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick. To register for the training, call 986-1124.
Humane Society News
Town Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the Warwick Valley Humane Society was unable to take in any pets from Hurricane Harvey but did donate to the relief effort. The Humane Society sent down two truckloads of crates, carriers, litter boxes, towels, collars, and leashes.
DeAngelo also reported that there are some “rather unique” animals at the shelter including: rabbits, guinea pigs and a pot-belly pig.
The Humane Society is seeking volunteers who can use their own vehicles to take crated pets and injured wildlife to and from veterinary hospitals.
‘Pints for Paws’ on Sept. 23
On Sat., Sept. 23, there will be a “Pints for Paws” event at Eddie’s Roadhouse, located at 18 Main St. in Warwick. For every beer sold, Eddie’s will donate a dollar back to the Warwick Valley Humane Society.
Councilman Meets With Boy Scouts
Councilman Russ Kowal reported that he met with a local Boy Scout Troop from Greenwood Lake. For one of their merit badges, the scouts were required to meet with an elected official to discuss their duties. According to Kowal, it was a good discussion regarding how local governments work.
The annual Onion Eating Contest took place on Sun., Sept. 10, in which Supervisor Sweeton took sixth place. Kowal thanks Sweeton for his participation.
Councilman James Gerstner congratulated all the Town and Village recreation programs for a job well done during the summer. He also commended all those who participated in the recent 9/11 memorial ceremonies.
Town Beach Usage Recap
Gerstner also had a run-down on beach usage for the Town Beach on Greenwood Lake. A total of $47,685 was collected in passes for the summer, including $19,350 in resident daily passes and $15,890 in non-resident daily passes. A variety of senior, adult, child, and family passes make up the balance. Gerstner noted that the total was down from 2016 and attributed it to the weather in the 2017 season.
Commuter Alert: Paving on 17A Continues
The New York State Dept. of Transportation will continue paving Rte. 17A heading over Mt. Peter. They will begin where they left off in the area of Iron Forge Rd. in Bellvale up to the area of Jarmain Rd.
Town Council Motions
Several motions were passed by the Town Board including the re-appointment of Steven Myruski to the Agriculture and Open Space Board. The Board also accepted the resignation of Account Clerk Darlene Dietrich for the purpose of retirement and appointed Carolyn Marion to a part-time position in the Tax Department.
The Town Board also accepted the resignation of Police Officer Thomas Welsh for the purpose of furthering his military career. Sweeton thanked him for his “admirable service” to the Town.
The Board approved the adoption of the Drug and Alcohol Testing Program Policy for the Town of Warwick Dial-a-Bus.
Community Together Resident Survey
Supervisor Sweeton was authorized to sign a grant application from the Hudson River Valley Greenway for a project entitled “Community Together.” Sweeton reported that this project was part of an initiative that has been launched in conjunction with the three Villages and Community 2000. It is a follow-up to the vision from the 1980s that created Community 2000. Residents have the opportunity to provide input through a survey at www.community2gether.org.
“We are trying to gather as much input from residents as to where they would like to see Warwick grow in the future; the more information we get from residents, the better this is going to turn out,” said Sweeton.
Demolition Bid Accepted
A bid was accepted to demolish the “Brown House” adjacent to the Town beach, at 17 Lakewood Rd. in Greenwood Lake, in order to expand the beach area.
Bid for Jayne St. Bridge Project Accepted
A bid was accepted from Tectonic Engineering for boring work and a geotechnical engineering report for the Jane St. Bridge Project in the Village of Florida. The Jayne St. Bridge, which is owned by the Town, has been flagged by the NYS Department of Transportation as being in need of repairs. Grant money will be used to fund the work.
Next Town Board Meeting
The next Town Board meeting will take place on Thurs., Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.