Snow Storms: A special thank you to our Highway Superintendent for sending organizing his crew so that they could do a great job during this last two snow storms. The Highway department worked Thursday from 4am until 7pm and then Sunday all day long just to keep up with the second storm. These guys deserve an enormous thank you for always doing what they can to ensure our roads are safe. On that note, I wanted to make mention that I receive many calls from residents regarding the road conditions. There are many instances when residents have concerns about roads and in some cases they are not the responsibility of our highway department. For example, All Angels, Myers Corners, Old Hopewell, Middlebush Road, Rt 376, Osborne Hill Road and New Hackensack are County Routes ( note the CR in front of the road number). County Routes are the responsibility of the County's Department of Public Works. Route 9 and Route 9D are the responsibility of New York State's Department of Transportation. I feel that it is important for everyone to remember that the roads that run through our town are not all part of the responsibility of our highway department and therefore, when you feel that the roads are not cleaned up to par, please understand that our highway department does not have jurisdiction over those roads I have mentioned.
Know your neighbor: While taking into consideration the last two storms we just had, I'd like to offer my thoughts on being a community. There are some of you who have lived here for decades and in some cases your entire life, and then there are some who are new to the community and just starting to root yourselves here. Knowing your neighbors is important for many reasons. During inclement weather anything can happen, for that matter even during calm weather something could go wrong. There is a comfort knowing that when in need or while you are waiting for emergency assistance, you have someone you can call on during the interim. Some neighbors may be elderly and others may have medical conditions. Offering a phone number, a friendly hello or just 'I am here if you need something' may be worth millions to a neighbor in the time of need. With all of our lives being so harried, it is comforting to know that our neighborhoods are there for one another. The Edgehill Community uses NextDoor.com. This is the way the neighborhood communicates and discusses all types of things., for example- on Halloween, they would update who was handing out candy and who wasn't. When someone was getting rid of appliances, they posted them. The app is great for neighborhood security issues as well as disseminating school and town events. Perhaps this is something some of the communities could think of getting together to do.
Next Health and Wellness will be set for Saturday, March 18th. This Health and Wellness will feature basic self defense for all ages, instructional yoga and a defensive driving course. Times and details will follow in the next week or so. Looking forward to helping the whole community get healthy!
As I am always looking for ways to reach out to help the community. I thought about an idea that could offer help to those who need it most. With all of the property maintenance issues we come across and the challenges some face in maintaining a home, I thought about attempting to do a community outreach for a homeowner who has significant hurdles and needs assistance to help out with their home. While this idea is just in the brainstorming stage, I think that a good way to start would be to have anyone who feels that they either are a homeowner in distress and need help with something in their home or that they know someone who has been faced with quite a few of life's challenges. If this is something you may be interested in, kindly send me a note with some information or call my office @ (845) 297 -2744.
Know your water: An important way everyone can protect our drinking water, recreational bodies of water, and our wetlands is to be careful about what you put down the drain and what er pour on our lawn. It is important to not dispose of solvents, pesticides, petroleum products, cleaners with hazardous chemicals, unwanted or out dated pharmaceuticals down the drain or into the storm sewers. The County offers hazardous disposable days through out the year for these items which can be disposed of at no cost. Prior to adding fertilizers to your lawn carefully read what's in them, application rates , and what conditions they should be added. When using weed killers or pesticides be very concerned and read all of the application instructions and restrictions. By following these simple steps you know you are doing your part to help improve water quality.