Story by Lourice Angie
Before the start of the Town of Warwick Board meeting on Thurs., Mar. 28, Warwick Cadette Girl Scout, Elizabeth Verboys, presented ‘Operation Clean Sweep’, an annual town-wide clean-up event, to the Town Board.
Operation Clean Sweep is coordinated by the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce and Warwick Valley Middle School student Elizabeth Verboys. The week-long event will held from Sat., Apr. 20 to Sun., Apr. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
During the spring season Girl Scouts keep busy with various activities and community service. These activities help the girls towards achieving the Gold Award, the highest achievement in the Girl Scouts. The Gold Award is achieved independently after earning the Bronze award as a troop and the Silver award in a smaller in-troop group.
Verboys announced that several years ago, as part of a Girl Scouts Gold Award project, Heather Storms started Operation Clean Sweep, a community-wide clean-up weekend that has grown every year since then. The program was passed down to Julia Vargas, who passed the “baton” to Verboys last year.
Helping Keep the Community Beautiful
Every year, the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce (WVCC) sponsors the official roadside cleanup event throughout the entire Town. Verboys says their initiative this year is to make the community more aware and involved in the event.
On Sat., Apr. 27 the Girl Scouts will be handing out free trash bags and gloves at the Warwick Valley Chamber caboose, located on South St. Various groups, clubs, and individuals will take part in the event by pre-registering their routes in order to ensure garbage pickup by the Dept. of Public Works (DPW). Residents should be aware that this event is for roadside refuse and not homeowner garbage.
Refuse collection will take place from Sat., Apr. 20 through Sun., Apr. 28. To register a road in advance, call 986-2720 or come to the Chamber caboose in person on Sat., Apr. 27, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Additional Clean-up Events
On Sat., Apr. 27 at the parking lot adjacent to the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce caboose, various programs will be offered from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence will be collecting used cell phones and the Warwick Valley Coalition will be hosting an unused prescription pill drop-off in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The Warwick Lions Club will host an old eyeglass and hearing aid collection as well as a shredding truck between 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. There is a suggested $5 donation per box or bag. Businesses, organizations and individuals with large amounts to be shredded are encouraged to pre-schedule their drop-off time by calling Sara Werling at 986-1177, ext. 302.
Programs offered in other areas throughout Warwick include electronics recycling at The Computer Guy, located at 2 Overlook Dr., and motor oil collection and recycling at Leo Kaytes Ford, 145 Rte. 94 South – both in Warwick.
The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce website contains an updated list of Operation Clean Sweep programs.
Special Presentation & Proclamation in Honor of Robert ‘Bob’ Miniger
Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton gave a special presentation in honor of Robert ‘Bob’ Miniger, calling upon Orange County Legislators Barry Cheney and Paul Ruszkiewicz to join him. Sweeton proceeded to explain Miniger had sadly passed away “too early” during a tragic accident earlier this year in the Village of Florida.
A Warwick resident who was deeply touched by Miniger’s contributions and impact on the community and who was devastated by his death, wrote a letter to Village of Warwick Trustee Eileen Patterson, who then brought it to the attention of the Town Board.
The Town Board decided it would be respectfully appropriate to recognize the contributions of Miniger and highlight the impact he had on people, especially the young people in the community through a Town proclamation. The proclamation emphasized Miniger’s encouragement and support of student athletes at Warwick H.S., particularly the cross country program.
The Town, therefore, offered its “thanks to the Miniger family for sharing Bob with our community and to memorialize forever the contributions Bob has made to making out community a better place.” Supervisor Sweeton then called upon Bob’s son, Greg, to come forward to be presented with the proclamation.
“It doesn’t do any justice to his memory, but it is the gratitude of our Town so we do appreciate that. Please pass on our thoughts and gratitude to your mom and your sister,” said Sweeton.
Miniger thanked the Town for honoring his father. County Legislator Ruszkiewicz then presented Greg with a proclamation from the county, “on behalf of Orange County, in recognition of outstanding community service and the positive impact he had on the lives of others.”
Re-Bids for Replacement of Town Hall Front Steps & Sidewalks
Supervisor Sweeton announced that the Town Board has rejected all bids for the replacement of the steps and sidewalks at the Town Hall. The Board is now accepting new proposals. Specifications for the re-bids may be obtained at the Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy., in Warwick, Mon., through Fri., between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.,
All sealed bids must be received by Apr. 23, by 10 a.m., at which time these proposals will be publicly opened and read. All bidding shall be subject to the provisions of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York, as amended, and the Town Board reserves the right to accept a proposal which it considers to be in the best interest of the Town of Warwick.
Friendly Visitor Program Training
The Warwick Friendly Visitor Program will hold its next volunteer training on Mon., May. 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm at the Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call 986-1124, ext. 400.
‘Go Orange’ in April for the Prevention of Animal Cruelty
The Warwick Town Board has proclaimed April as animal cruelty prevention month. During the month, people within the community are encouraged to join this campaign by helping raise awareness of cruelty to dogs, cats and other animals and taking steps to prevent it in order to save lives. Posters will be hung throughout the Town in an effort to make people more aware of the cause.
Supervisor Sweeton 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 immediately to local law enforcement agencies or to the Warwick Valley Humane Society (WVHS). The WVHS has a special fund that was created in memory of “Princess,” a St. Bernard mix dog that a victim of animal cruelty. According to the WVHS website, the “Princess Fund” helps with expenses for other victims of animal abuse and neglect during their recovery.
To make a donation to the WVHS ‘Princess Fund’, call 986-2473 or mail your donation to: WVHS P.O Box 61, 48 Public Works Dr. Warwick, NY 10990 or visit the shelter’s website at www.wvhumane.org.
Councilman Floyd DeAngelo reported that for the month of February the Warwick Police Department had a total of 1,613 calls throughout the entire Town.
Warwick Police Chief Thomas McGovern took a moment to acknowledge a donation made to the police department by a Warwick resident who McGovern chose to keep anonymous. McGovern says the donation, expensive surveillance equipment, was worth about $4,000.
New Part Time Police Officer
The Town of Warwick has appointed John P. O’Connor as a new part time police officer at a rate of pay of $23.84 per hour. O’Connor is a retired NYPD Sergeant who had a long and reputable career in law enforcement for thirty years.
Public Hearing for Community Development Projects
The Warwick Town Board will hold a public hearing to consider projects to be submitted for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) funding through Orange County Community Development. The hearing will be held on Thurs., Apr. 11 at 7:15 p.m. in the Warwick Town Hall.
Warwick Little League Parade
A sure sign of spring is the start of the Warwick Little League season. In the Village of Warwick, the season will kick off with a parade on Sat., Apr. 6 at 10 a.m. Line-up will begin at 9:00 a.m. on High St. The parade will end at Veterans Memorial Park in Warwick for the “first pitch” ceremonies.
Next Town Board Meeting
The next Board meeting will be held on Thurs., Apr. 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Hwy. in Warwick.