Last week, the Village of Greenwood Lake Police Department said farewell to its Chief, John Hansen. Chief Hansen is retiring from the department after 36 years of distinguished and honorable service to the department and our community.
Chief Hansen started in the Greenwood Lake Police Department in 1984 and rose through the ranks eventually assuming the office of Chief in 2011. As Mayor, having worked side by side with Chief Hansen for over 7 years, I can tell you he embodied the highest degree of leadership, dedication, professionalism and sense of community. During tough negotiations over police matters, it always remained clear – the Chief consistently balanced his love for the department and his obligation to his officers with his role as a resident and taxpayer of our community. On behalf of the Village Board, I would like to congratulate Chief Hansen on his retirement and wish him and his family well in their next chapter.
The Village of Greenwood Lake will be opening all of our parks to the public beginning Wed., June 24. The parks that will be open are our ball fields, basketball courts as well as the two playgrounds (Lion’s Field and WTW Park). Social distancing rules must continue to be followed. Organized sports such as baseball games with full teams cannot begin until Phase 4. Playgrounds and courts will be sanitized every morning.
The Village Board decided to proceed with our annual Independence Day Parade which will take place Sat., July 4 at 11 a.m. The parade will start at the intersection of Jersey Ave. and Windermere and will end at Willow St. by Fitzula’s Gift Shop. Marchers and spectators must maintain adequate distance from one another. We feel strongly that now, more than ever before, our communities should come together and march in celebration for all the good that our nation represents. We hope to see everyone on the Fourth!