Over the past several weeks our community has stepped up for local first responders. On a conference call the other day with county officials, I had made clear our need for more masks for our police department and water department.
Moments later, I got a call from our neighbors in the Bellvale Bruderhof Community, who had graciously offered to donate nearly 100 homemade masks. Two weeks before that, local groups literally spent hours sewing masks for our first responders. This past week, I got a call from my good friend Vertical Environmental Solutions owner Christopher Carey, who is also the Chairman of the Greenwood Lake Chamber of Commerce. Chris let me know he launched “Vertical Shields,” a daily face covering mask.
Chris offered to donate 120 custom face masks to the Greenwood Lake Police Dept., Fire Dept., & Ambulance Corp. We received them Friday afternoon! In addition, I received a donation of about 10 N95 masks from local resident Hazel Campbell which I brought to the Ambulance Corp for our members to use. Local generosity in times of need continues to grow and I thank you all for everything you are doing.
I will host another tele-townhall meeting on Wed., May 6 at 6 p.m. I held one last week which saw more than 400 local residents interacting on the call. Although the call will be sent to all residential phone numbers, we have for Village residents, I would like to give everyone in the area the opportunity to call in and participate. I will be listing the call-in number on the Village website and on Facebook. If you’d like to join, please call in the number provided.
The above column, written by Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer, has been published in the Apr. 29 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.