Story by Lourice Angie
The Warwick Town Board held a public hearing on Thurs., Apr. 11 for the consideration of projects that would qualify for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding through Orange County Community Development.
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton opened the hearing explaining that the hearing was part of an annual process where the Board solicits projects eligible for HUD funding. Generally this benefits people of low to moderate income, seniors and people with disabilities or special needs.
Supervisor Sweeton says the town usually does not qualify for the funding because of its income levels, but that senior projects and ADA compliance issues do qualify and often the Board will support outside organizations that meet the criteria.
Virginia Mazza, a founding member of the Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center in Warwick, who has been instrumental in the development and growth of Winslow’s programming, including seminars, trainings and fundraisers held each year, attended the hearing and submitted a letter to the Board for the consideration of a program designed for adults with special needs at Winslow Therapeutic.
“The people at the office of Community Development have been very kind and sweet to us, and in the past we received funding for things such as tractors and our driveway etc. We found out that we no longer qualify for things like that, but we do qualify for programming for adults…when children with special needs become adults at 21, they need a place to help them, and this would help them,” said Mazza.
The proposed program would require $25,000 of HUD funding. Mazza says that the program meets the necessary funding qualifications.
The Board approved a motion to submit an application on behalf of Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center for the consideration of funding through the Orange County Community Development for an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) day program in the amount of $25,000.
“It sounds like a good program, they [Winslow] have been vetted and it allows them to continue the good work that they do,” Sweeton stated.
Special Presentation & Proclamation Honoring Human Society
Before the start of the Town Bd. meeting, Supervisor Sweeton presented Suzyn Barron, President of the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS), with a proclamation honoring April as Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. Barron was accompanied by a special shelter pet, a dog named Taz, who was rescued from abandonment and abuse.
“Thank you for all that you do with your service to keep animals healthy and happy and for the animal control service you provide the Town…good luck on your project to build a new shelter and thank you for all your hard work,” said Supervisor Sweeton.
Residents will see orange ribbons placed throughout the Town as a reminder of the need to help ensure that animals enjoy five freedoms: freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition; freedom from fear and distress; freedom from physical and thermal discomfort; freedom from pain, injury and disease; and freedom to express normal patterns of behavior.
Sweeton says that as “Go Orange for Animals” in April is celebrated, he calls upon all residents to treat any and all animals with kindness, consideration and respect, and to report the abuse, neglect and cruelty of any animal to local law enforcement agencies or to the Warwick Valley Humane Society.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that the shelter currently has 17 dogs, 89 cats, five kittens, six rabbits, three guinea pigs, two ducklings, and five roosters available for adoption. For a complete list of events being held to benefit the WVHS or to make a donation, visit www.warwickhumane.org.
Friendly Visitor Program
Vince Coppello, Chairman of the Friendly Visitor Program (FVP) reported that the program currently services a total of 109 neighbors with 59 volunteers. The FVP program is still in need of volunteers. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should call 986-1124 ext. 400.
Arbor Day Proclamation
The Warwick Town Board has proclaimed Fri., Apr. 26, as ‘Arbor Day’ in the Town of Warwick. Warwick was recently named a 2018 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.
The community also received a Tree City USA Growth Award by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department; a tree-care ordinance; an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita; and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.
Celebrated all around the world, Arbor Day (from the Latin word arbor, meaning tree) is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Today, many countries observe the day as a holiday. Though usually observed in the spring, the date varies, depending on climate and suitable planting season.
Supervisor Sweeton urged all citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands, to plant trees and promote the well-being of this effort for future generations.
Earth Fest, May 4 & 5
The Town of Warwick will celebrate ‘Earth Fest’, a hands-on, family-friendly community art event using repurposed material on Sat., May 4 and Sun., May 5. The event will be held at Stanley Deming Park, located on South St, and Park Way in the Village of Warwick.
The weekend will be a celebration of re-use, repair, and re-creating that includes; ‘Too Good to Toss, the third annual community swap, and the fourth hands-on Treecycle.
On Sat., May 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be number of activities suitable for all ages including: Forest of the Future – exhibition of trees made by local artists & youth groups from recycled material; build-a-bot station; cardboard maze and city; change Makers table – an exhibition of green projects made by local students; bike check-up clinic; creative repurposing demos; sustainable community information tables; Makers Market with environmentally-friendly vendors and wellness tent; food vendors; live music; dance and wandering puppet minstrels.
“Dirt: The Secret Life Of Soil” will be presented at 3 p.m., by the Arm-of-the-Sea Puppet Theater.
Too Good To Toss, Community Swap
Warwick residents can drop off gently used items, in good repair, to the basketball courts at Stanley Deming Park on Sat., May 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited to shop for free on Sun., May 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Operation Clean Sweep
Operation Clean Sweep will be held from Sat,, Apr. 20 to Sun., Apr. 28. Free bags and gloves are available now through Apr. 28, at the Warwick Chamber of Commerce caboose on South St. in the Village of Warwick. Residents register the roads that will be cleaned when picking up supplies.
Full bags are to be left at designated intersections. Town Dept. of Public Works (DPW) crews will pick up the garbage on the morning of Mon., Apr. 29. Tipping fees are waived for the Town by the County Transfer Station. Supervisor Sweeton thanks County officials for that courtesy.
On Sat., Apr.. 27, the Warwick Lions will be at the Chase Bank lot located on South St. to shred documents, recycle old eyeglasses and hearing aids. There will be a pill drop with the Warwick Coalition and the Warwick Police Department.
Old oil cans be recycled at Leo Kaytes Ford, 145 Rte 94 and electronics will be taken at the Computer Guy located at 2 Overlook Dr in Warwick.
The Warwick Town Board urges all residents to join in and help keep the community clean. For additional information call the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce at 986-2720, or visit the website: http://www.warwickcc.org/community-calendar/operation-clean-sweep.
Town Hall Closed Apr. 19
Town Hall will be closed on Fri., Apr. 19 for the observance of ‘Good Friday’.
Next Town Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Apr. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.