Story by Lourice Angie
Village of Greenwood Lake Mayor Jesse Dwyer announced that the Village had opened sealed bids to determine the contractor for the Mountain Lakes Sidewalk Project. The sidewalk will extend from the new G.L. Firehouse, located at 17 Mountain Lakes Ln., to Black Bear Wine and Spirit, located at 1172 Rte. 17A.
The Village has been granted additional funds that will allow them to continue a sidewalk along Rte. 17A and connect to the Cablevision, located at 159 Windermere Ave. In addition, Dwyer reported that there will be a crosswalk installed across Rte. 17A by the Garden Center.
“If the weather permits, we will try to get the project done before winter. If we run into bad weather, we may do the entire project in the spring. Stay tuned for the ever-increasing pedestrian friendly projects happening in the Village,” said Dwyer.
Accepting Applications for Building Inspector
The Village is now accepting applications for the position of Building Inspector. Anyone interested in applying can submit a resume along with a cover letter to the Village Hall, located at 18 Church St. in Greenwood Lake.
To be considered for this position, the applicant must have in-depth experience in the building or construction industry and must be knowledgeable of local code regulations, the planning and zoning process, and be able to read, understand, and process building plans. Mayor Dwyer says applicants do not need to be NYS building code certified in order to apply for this position.
Village Clerk Pat Olsen announced that water bills were due on Tues., Oct. 16. Anyone who did not pay their water bill on time will receive a 10% penalty on all unpaid bills. For further assistance call the Village clerk at 477-9215.
New Teen Center Officially Open
The new Village Teen Center, located in the former firehouse at 51 Waterstone Rd., is officially open for the year. The Board says there are far too many organizations and people to thank for the opening, but it could not have happened without the following: The Greenwood Lake Village Board and their commitment to ensuring children have a safe and healthy environment to grow up in; the community; the G.L. Coalition Against Drugs and Alcohol, sponsors of the Center; the Greenwood Lake Elks Lodge; the grounds team led by Ed Bilello; the following young ladies from Girl Scout Troop 427 for making the project their Silver Award – Samantha Toscano, Riley Persico, Emma Sorace, and Daniella Persad; the countless volunteers and people who donated items to the center; and, of course, the dedication of Teen Center Coordinator Chris VanVooren.
“Thank you so much to everyone involved; your dedication and hard work is an investment into this community that will have a profound impact for generations to come,” said Dwyer.
The Teen Center is open every Wed. for ages under 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. for ages 13 to 18. The Village is in the process of installing a basketball hoop with material and labor being donated by local contractor Tony Romanish, of Walls & Patios. Anyone wishing to volunteer their time for the Center can send an email to Mayor Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Annual Holiday Festival
It’s time once again for the Greenwood Lake Annual Holiday Festival. This year the festival will be held on Sat., Dec. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. at 62 Windermere Ave. The holiday fun will include a vendor fair, photos with Santa Claus, food, music, and plenty of activities for all. There is no vendor fee for this event. The registration deadline is Sun., Nov. 25. The Village Board invites families in the community to participate in the annually growing event.
This event is held outdoors. Set up will begin at 12 p.m. Participants should bring their own tables and chairs and are responsible for the clean up of the space after the event.
For more information call Colleen Dwyer at 234-0161 or send an email to CDwyer921@gmail.com.
G.L. Food Pantry Holiday Baskets
The Greenwood Lake Food Pantry is now accepting applications for the Holiday Basket Distribution for both Thanksgiving and Christmas/Hanukkah. Anyone who resides in the Greenwood Lake School District is eligible. To sign up, visit the Greenwood Lake Food Pantry, located at 41 Windermere Ave. behind the Holy Rosary Church on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The deadline to sign up is Sat., Nov 3. For more information call Pat Nolan at 544-3257.
Next Board Meeting
The next of the G.L. Board will be held on Mon., Nov. 19 at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake NY.