What better way to reach out to those in need in the community then to arrange for the Children's Home of Poughkeepise to take the kids to a Renegades Baseball Game! In an effort for the Town of Wappinger to give back the community and to help those who are not as fortunate, I worked with our Recreation Director, Jessica Fulton to secure tickets with the Renegades for a night out for the children at the Children's Home. For most of them, it was an opportunity that doesn't come along all too often. It makes my heart so full to know that we were able to help facilitate positive memories! Needless to say, this past Saturday, the kids enjoyed the beautiful weather, the game and the firework display ! An extra special thank you to the Renegades for their help and coordination !
As many of you remember from previous articles, as a Rotarian, I periodically sign up to deliver Meals on Wheels. The Wappingers Falls Rotary staffs deliveries on Thursdays and I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy the days I get to deliver. Last week, John Karge, the Village Clerk and I were scheduled for delivery. That morning I asked my 13 year old son, Christopher if he would like to be a part of the deliveries. Without hesitation, he said 'yes'. Although he is involved with many of my outreach efforts; (he helps shop for the needy at Christmas and delivers their meals during the holidays), he was very moved by his involvement with us on our delivery run. After we left one resident's home he said to me, "she was such a nice lady, I hope we brightened her day!" By the time it was over, he became a helpful hand and a very humbled young man. He left me flabbergasted when he said he wants me to sign up to deliver whenever he has a day off from school so he can help. That was just another reminder that our youth has the ability to have compassion for others, they just need to be apart of opportunities!
Last week Bill's Toupee debuted at Schlathaus Park and brought out an amazing crowd! There was music for all ages. The weather was stunning and their was such a welcoming crowd. Unfortunately, Bill's Toupee closed out the 2017 Summer Concert Series but promised to come back next year to rock the Town! How can we say 'no'?
Community Day is coming real soon! Mark your calendars for September 9th. The day is kicked off with a parade which will start at 1pm at 167 Myers Corners and continue to Schlathaus Park and onto Old Myers Corners Road. Proudly announcing this year's Grand Marshal, Helen Fuimarello! Helen has served this community for more than 50 years in various capacities and is well deserving of this honor. I encourage all families to come to Community Day and enjoy the vendors, rides, food, entertainment and fireworks.
Reaching out to the community has been something I have always been passionate about. In an effort to continue that, our next Health and Wellness Saturday will be September 30th at Town Hall. We plan on having a flu/shingles/ pneumonia clinic, along with a Narcan training, defensive driving, a basic yoga class and basic self defense and hopefully a rabies clinic. Once I have everything finalized, I will put the times of each event in this article.
Prince and Princess Tea Party is coming to Town Hall on October 7th! That is right, it is time for your little ones to come and have treats with their favorite princesses. The children are more than welcome to dress the part if they would like but they do not need to feel obligated. There will be food, music, autographs, crafts and face painting. I am so looking forward to this event myself., everyone wants to be a prince or a princess! More details: http://www.townofwappinger.us/recpages/recreation.html.
Know your water: Doesn't every homeowner want to have trees and shrubbery around their property to help give them some privacy? Landscaping requires thoughtful planning for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it is critical to know where your underground water lines, sewer lines and utilities are. I cannot emphasize that enough! Before you put a shovel in the ground call *811 this way someone will come out and marks your property appropriately so that you can landscape without any major issues. Secondly, it is important to get as much information about the tree or shrub as you can because depending on how big the tree will be will help determine how large and long the roots will get. This may not be an immediate issue but could potentially cause more havoc than you can imagine. If the roots gets into the water line, chances are the tree will die. On the other hand if the roots get into the sewer drain pipe of the leech fields, you could have sewer back ups in your home. I would recommend you speak with the nursery people prior to purchasing the tree or shrub as well as calling *811.