Story by Lourice Angie
The Village of Greenwood Lake Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting on Mon., Nov. 26. Town of Warwick Councilman Floyd DeAngelo was also in attendance at the meeting.
Friendly Visitor Program
Warwick Town Councilman Floyd DeAngelo announced that the Friendly Visitor program is in desperate need of volunteers as it steadily progresses. All volunteers are vetted and insured. Anyone interested in volunteering just a few hours a week can call 986-1124, ext. 400.
Parking at Village Park & Ride
Greenwood Lake Village Clerk Patricia Olsen would like to remind commuters that a parking permit is required in order to park at the Village Park and Ride, especially during snow events. NJ Transit makes stops at the Village Hall during storms. Additional parking is available across the street from the Village Hall for extra commuters.
“Our police will be checking that lot during every snowstorm. If there are any cars parked there without a permit during a snowstorm, they will get a ticket,” said Mayor Jesse Dwyer.
G.L. Police Sgt. Gilmey reported that for the month of October, the department handled 1,994 service calls, made 25 arrests, issued 123 traffic tickets, four parking tickets, handled five motor vehicle accidents, and responded to one navigational complaint.
Trustee Thomas Howley gave a special thanks to the G.L. police officers, Fire Department and members of the Department of Public Works who worked all night during the winter storm in November.
“It was a very difficult storm on so many levels, then timing, the quickness. People were just not prepared,” said Mayor Dwyer.
G.L. Village Clerk Patricia Olsen announced that Village Board elections will be held on Tues., Mar. 19 at the G.L. Senior Center, located at 132 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake.
New Municipal Well
Mayor Dwyer announced that the Village cannot obtain one of the final approvals necessary for the new well to be located between the G.L. Bark Park and the basketball courts. The new well was expected to be up and running by late August or September, but Mayor Dwyer says that during the one year of the process they have not had the necessary levels of water in order to conduct proper testing. The Village has applied for a waiver to bypass the required testing and proceed with the installation of the new well. Dwyer will keep the public informed of any changes. The new well production site is expected to last much longer and prove to be a worthwhile investment.
Mountain Lakes Ln. Sidewalks
Mayor Dwyer announced that the Board has received an additional $50,000 through Orange County’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding programs for the continuation of sidewalks on Mountain Lakes Ln.
“We successfully made the case that installing a sidewalk, with proper crosswalks, from the new boat launch and public park, firehouse, American Legion, and outskirts of the Village, is a vital project for handicap accessibility, reducing vehicular traffic, addressing pedestrian safety and increasing the overall access to critical locations within the community,” said Dwyer.
The sidewalk project, which is fully funded by grants, will connect the intersection of Scott Lynch Way and Lakes Rd., down Mountain Lakes Ln. and will cross at the Greenwood Lake Garden Center, where it will connect into the sidewalk at the Cablevision building. The project is anticipated to begin by early spring and shouldn’t take more than a couple weeks to complete.
G.L Chamber Winter Carnival
The G.L. Chamber of Commerce will be taking over the annual Winter Carnival this year. The Carnival will be held over President’s Day weekend beginning Fri., Feb. 16 to Mon., Feb. 19. Dwyer says the carnival will tentatively be held at the Thomas P. Morahan Park. The Board has requested parking, travel, and safety plans from the Chamber so the Village can continue to move forward with this fun tradition. Mayor Dwyer says the Board fully supports the Chamber’s decision to take over the carnival and he anticipates that it will continue to be a wonderful event.
The Greenwood Lake Gives Back Food Pantry Fundraiser will be held on Thurs., Dec. 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the G.L. Elks Lodge 2067, located at 35 Chestnut St, in Greenwood Lake. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item or personal products for donation to the Greenwood Lake Food Pantry.
Movie Night at the Community Center
The G.L. Community Center, located at 51 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake, will host a movie night on Fri., Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. The movie to be shown is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” Brownie Troop 255 will sell refreshments and crafts.
Santa Palooza Parade
The Santa Palooza Parade will be held on Sat., Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jersey Paddle Boards, located at 622 Jersey Ave. in Greenwood Lake. The cost to participate $5 and paddleboards can be rented. First-time riders aren’t allowed out on the water, but are more than welcome to use kayaks.
All participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Holy Rosary Church food pantry. Proceeds from Santa Palooza will also benefit church. For more information or to register call 554-0787.
Greenwood Lake Theater
The Greenwood Lake theater will present a staged reading of “A Christmas Carol” on Sat., Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 7 to 9 p.m. at the G.L. Community Center, located at 51 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake.
Next G.L. Village Board Meeting
The next meeting will be held on Mon., Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the Village Courthouse, located at 47 Waterstone Rd. in Greenwood Lake, with a workshop at 6:30 p.m.