Story by Janmarie Foschini
Greenwood Lake resident Donna Garley recently retired after 19 years as the beloved community crossing guard. Donna has been a fixture in the Village for years, cleaning various buildings for the Village. She also serves as the director for the local Senior Center.
Donna has been married to her husband, Keith, for 34 years. They have four children, six grandchildren, and another on the way.
Many years ago her former boss, retired Chief of Police Mark Kotlarich, approached her with the idea of being the community’s crossing guard. Donna thought it was a fantastic idea. She loved seeing the children and it provided her with the perfect opportunity to serve the community she loves so much.
Sunny skies or snow filled days Donna always greeted the children and their families with smiles, making sure everyone was safely crossing the road and no cars were allowed down Waterstone Rd. while the children were walking to and from school. On the last day of school each year, children were treated to the ice cream truck, compliments of Donna and ice cream truck owner Sharon Maceda. A yearly tradition everyone looked forward too.
Talking about her years on the job, Donna said, “I would like to thank everyone. I love where I live and that was one of the best parts of my job was seeing the children daily. If your children need volunteer hours for school, send them my way to the Senior Center and I can always use help. I would like to thank you, everyone. I really enjoyed being your crossing guard. Love always, Donna, I truly love my groovy Greenwood Lake. XOXO always.”
Recently the Greenwood Lake Union Free School District Board of Education recognized Garley at their monthly meeting, presenting her with flowers, a photo keepsake, and words of thanks for all she has done for the children of G.L.
Village Mayor Jesse Dwyer said, “The Village Board and community are sad to see Donna Garley end her long term as our crossing guard. Donna always had a smile on her face, a positive message for all the kids, and music loud enough to wake the sleepiest kid on their way to school. We would like to thank Donna for her years of service and dedication!”