Story by Katie Bisaro
At the last regular Village Board meeting on Mon., Oct. 16, the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Raina Abramson to the position of Village Clerk. She replaces previous clerk Jo-Ann Rome, who retired this month after 15 years in the position.
Abramson, a Village employee for just over two years, moved from part-time clerk to full-time Deputy Clerk in June before taking over for Rome.
“I am very excited to be the Village Clerk and look forward to working with such a great group of individuals,” said Abramson. Barbara Ranieri will continue to serve as Deputy Clerk.
‘Scare the Mayor’ Contest
On Mon., Oct. 30 a contest will be held to see which Halloween-decorated home can most “scare the Mayor”. To participate, homeowners must register their home with Village Hall either by stopping in or by calling 986-2031. Once registered, Mayor Michael Newhard and Kid Mayor Daniel Alquezada-Madero will visit and judge participating homes.
Halloween Parade: Tues., Oct. 31
The Village of Warwick Recreation Dept., in conjunction with the Warwick Lions Club, will host the annual Halloween Parade on Tues., Oct. 31. Line-up will start at 4:30 p.m. on Church St. and the parade will begin at 5 p.m. The children will proceed through the Village, with a police escort, ending at the Railroad Green. There will be a costume contest following the parade. Railroad Ave. will be closed from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m.
Halloween Road Closures
The Village Board of Trustees approved the closure of the following Village streets from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tues., Oct. 31: Oakland Ct., Welling Ave., and Orchard St. west of Elm St. This neighborhood traditionally attracts hundreds of trick-or-treaters and the streets are closed for safety reasons.
Because the above neighborhood is inundated with children on Halloween, candy donations are being accepted to help offset the burden for those residents. Trustee Eileen Patterson reported that extra bags of candy can be dropped off at Track 7 Postal Center, located at 3 Forester Ave. in Warwick.
Last year, according to Patterson, several boxes of donated bags of candy were delivered to the neighborhood and the gesture was greatly appreciated by the residents.
Request to Clean Catch Basins
In his Trustee’s report, Trustee Barry Cheney asked residents of the Village to help prevent clogged catch basins by raking and bagging leaves that gather there. This will help prevent any flooding in the area of the basins during a rainstorm.
First Responders Day A Success
Trustee Bill Lindberg reported that the First Responders Day on Railroad Ave., on Sat., Oct. 14 was a great success. Representatives from the police, fire department, ambulance corps and Village DPW were on hand to meet and be recognized by residents.
Kids enjoyed the opportunity to “touch-a-truck.” During the event there were also K-9 demonstrations and inspections.
“We are very fortunate to have wonderful services to take care of our surrounding area and I’m hoping that something like this happens on an annual basis,” said Lindberg.
Blood Drive: Thurs., Oct. 26
A blood drive, in response to recent disasters, will be held on Thurs., Oct. 26, 2:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Fire Dept. on Church St. Ext.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Village of Warwick Board of Trustees will be held on Mon., Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, located at 77 Main St. in Warwick.