Story by Katie Bisaro
The annual Carnival sponsored by the Warwick Fire Dept. (WFD) will return to Veteran’s Memorial Park on Forester Ave. in the Village of Warwick on Wed., Jun. 26 and will run through Sat., June 29.
The carnival will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday, the carnival hours are 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with the fireworks display starting at 10 p.m.
Friendly Visitor Program
During the regular Village of Warwick Board of Trustees meet on Mon., May 20, Vince Capello and Jean Ciappa of the Friendly Visitor Program gave a brief presentation to the Board about the benefits of the program.
The program currently has 70 volunteers providing help to approximately 125 clients, known as “neighbors,” who are senior citizens or others with disabilities that may need a helping hand. The volunteers provide such assistance as transportation to local medical appointments; help with grocery shopping or other errands; home visits or a chat on the phone; and clerical help.
Ciappa visits each neighbor who requests assistance and conducts a home visit to clarify the help needed. Following the “intake” visit and inclusion in the program, the neighbor then calls to request a visit or assistance as needed and a volunteer is matched based on their availability and assigned to help out.
Training is provided to the volunteers; the next session will take place during the summer at the Albert Wisner Public Library. Volunteers typically donate two hours per week and are insured while they are volunteering. Background checks are done on each volunteer at no cost to them.
“The whole purpose here is to help seniors remain independent in their own apartments, the Village is loaded with senior housing…a lot of the volunteers are seniors themselves who want to give back,” Ciappa stated.
Ciappa also commented that the program is always looking for more volunteers, even if it’s only once a month.
For more information on the Friendly Visitor Program, to start the process of receiving a visit or to volunteer, call 986-1124, ext. 400, see the Town of Warwick website at www.townofwarwick.org/friendly-visitor-program/, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Village plans to have the information available on its website in the near future as well.
‘Pop-Up Storytime’ on Jul. 31
The Albert Wisner Public Library will be holding a free Pop-Up Storytime on the Railroad Green, on Railroad Ave., in the Village of Warwick on Wed., Jul. 31, from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
According to the letter submitted to the Village requesting permission to hold the event, the program will “offer families with young children an opportunity to hear stories, sing songs and play instruments in an area outside the traditional library story time setting.”
More information about this event will be available on the library’s website, www.albertwisnerlibrary.org, posted flyers and social media.
Seasonal DPW Laborer Positions
The Board of Trustees approved a motion to advertise for four seasonal laborers at a rate of $14 per hour. The Village will be hiring two laborers to work with the Water Dept. painting fire hydrants and two to work with the Street Maintenance Dept. Each will be hired for a 12-week period at 40 hours per week.
The Board has also hired a Seasonal Engineering Intern at a salary of $14 per hour for 32.5 hours per week. This position is for approximately 12 weeks starting May 28.
Help Eliminate Sewer Blockages
During his report, Trustee Barry Cheney asked residents for their help in eliminating fats and grease from the sewer system. These materials become blockages and obstructions, causing overflows in the manholes, releasing sewage into the environment. Additionally, there is a cost to clearing the blockages.
Cheney encouraged residents to dispose of fats and grease by wiping out containers and pans and disposing of the materials in the trash rather than down their pipes into the sewer system.
Warwick Playground Dreams
Trustee Bill Lindberg thanked the Warwick Playground Dreams Committee for its work in bringing the new playground to Stanley-Deming Park. He commended the volunteers on the committee who worked for years on the project planning as well as the hundreds of volunteers who helped build the playground this spring. Leftover materials are being stored by the Village and will possibly be made into additional enhancements to the playground such as planters or trashcan housings.
Portable Speaker System
Trustee Eileen Patterson reported that a new portable public address speaker system has been purchased by the Village, with half of the funds coming from the Town, for use by both municipalities at outdoor events as necessary.
Next Village Board Meeting
The next meeting of the Village Board of Trustees will take place on Mon., Jun. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall, 77 Main St., in Warwick.