Story by Janmarie Foschini
The rain held off and the skies stayed sunny on Sat., Jul. 6 for the annual Fourth of July Parade in Greenwood Lake. Windermere Ave. was packed with parade onlookers, many dressed festively, and children could be seen waving American Flags and cheering as the parade marched down the busy avenue.
The G.L. Police Department led the parade that included Village of G.L. Mayor Jesse Dwyer, the G.L. Village Board of Trustees, and officials from the Town and County. Local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daisies, and the Soccer Club, as well as members from Grace Lutheran Church, Holy Rosary Church, the G.L. Gaelic Cultural Society, the G.L. American Legion Post #1443, the Women’s Auxiliary, the G.L. Elks, the G.L. Bark Park, and Project Children were just some of the organizations represented in the line of march. They were greeted with loud cheers and waves all along the parade route.
The G.L. Ambulance Corps and the Fire Department marched, handing out candy to the children and showing off their lights and sirens. Army tanks also joined in the fun and were greeted with loud cheers and roars from the crowds.
“Another outstanding parade year celebrating the birth of our great nation and honoring our Citizens of the Year, Jim and Colleen Reilly. Thank you to all of the organizations and groups that joined us on the very hot July day,” said Mayor Jesse Dwyer.
Long time Greenwood Lake residents, Jim and Colleen Reilly, were named the 2019 Citizens of the Year and were the leaders of the parade. Colleen has been a certified occupational therapy assistant for the Newburgh Enlarged City School District for the past 28 years. Jim retired from Sheet Metal Workers Local 137 after 25 years and is currently a driver for Local 817 Theatrical Teamsters.
Colleen and Jim are founding members of the Greenwood Lake Bark Park and spend many hours volunteering their time there. Colleen is the secretary and Jim is there often with their dog, Clancy, keeping the grounds clean and organized.
In their free time the Reilly’s enjoy spending time with family and friends. They enjoy the many local activities, establishments, and businesses around the community such as the beach concerts at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park, kayaking, and frequenting the local library.
Volunteering is very important to each of them. Jim is a volunteer with the Community Center and enjoys helping out there. Many summers the Reilly’s have spent volunteering at the Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry, cooking and chaperoning field trips.
The couple spoke of their community involvement saying, “We are honored to be chosen. We grew up in Greenwood Lake watching our parents volunteer and do small acts of kindness whenever they saw a need. We have been blessed to continue, with so many others who make Greenwood Lake a lovely place to live.”
Fireworks Rescheduled to July 13
Due to the predicted thunderstorms later that evening, the G.L. fireworks were rescheduled for Sat., Jul. 13. All are welcome to view the fireworks for free at the Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park. A DJ will begin at 7 p.m.