Social media certainly has been a technology that has changed how we share information. It has been viewed by some as a positive and by some as a negative, especially in light of the horrific shootings in El Paso and Dayton. As a tool to keep people informed or to discuss local issues it generally is a positive addition to our traditional outlets, such as our local papers or community channel 21. Sometimes, however, postings at first glance are taken as gospel when in fact they are simply opinions accepted as truths.
This is not a new phenomenon. As far back as the birth of our Nation, Federalists and Republicans fought to determine the form of government our Country should embrace. Penny papers printed scandalous stories with each publication trying to outdo the others. Perhaps this is where the phrase “Don’t let facts get in the way of a good story!” got started. Thankfully today we have so many media outlets that allow us, as citizens of this great nation, to be as informed as we can be, from local issues to international issues, and to ascertain what’s real or not. Hopefully, we will use them all to separate the “wheat from the chaff”. Long may the First Amendment live!
It is that time again for senior citizens in our Town to get their tickets to our annual Senior BBQ to be held this year on Tues., Aug. 27 (Rain Date: Wed., Aug. 28). This event is FREE to any senior citizen residing in the Town of Warwick, thanks to the generous donations of so many community service organizations, our Veterans’ groups, the Warwick Valley Rotary and the support of many volunteers. Our seniors will be served hot dogs for lunch and then a complete chicken dinner, prepared by local chef, Mike Coleman, of Mike’s Custom BBQ. A fun-filled day kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at the Town Park on Union Corners Road. This event is free to any senior citizen in our Town, but you do need a ticket which can be obtained through one of our seven senior citizen organizations or by stopping by the Supervisor’s Office in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Hwy., Monday through Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Mark your calendars, and don’t miss this opportunity to have your community say thanks for all you have done to make this a great place to live.
The next regular meeting of the Town Board will be held on Thurs., Aug.15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall, 132 Kings Highway, Warwick.
The above column, written by Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, has been published in the Aug. 14 issue of the Warwick Valley Dispatch.