Warm hearts and cold hands was the feeling this past Saturday at the Dutchess County St. Patrick's Day Parade ! No matter the temperature, people of all ages gathered along the streets to smile, wave and say 'hi'. Firetrucks, girl and boy scouts, dancers, bag pipers, and elected officials were only a part of the attraction, souvenirs, food carts and music completed the parade ! This year the parade committee honored Eileen Sassman as their Grand Marshall. Eileen has given so much to our community, to be chosen as the Grand Marshall was very much deserved. Special thanks to the DCSPD Parade Committee; including Trish Costello, Kathy Beale, Doreen Shepheard, John Beale, Jack Fedigan and all those who helped make this event a great one. I need to give a huge shout out to the Mullaney Family & Hudson Cadillac GMC for offering me a warm vehicle for the parade! This community always comes together for eachother and it is important to remember how blessed we truly are. Futhermore, I want to say THANY YOU to The CEO of Dutchess County Reginal Chamber of Commerce, Frank Castella for being my personal chauffeur! I am not sure what I have done to deserve this white glove service, but what I do know is that I am a very lucky person to have such good friends. I had a great time being with my Town Board during the parade! IT WAS A LOT OF FUN !!!
BOND RATING UPGRADE - although, there will be a formal write up regarding the particulars of this notification, I wanted to inform all of my readers that the Town just received some fantastic news!!! Not only was the Town Board able to reduce taxes for 2017, we are also able to celebrate a bond rating increase from Standard and Poor's! We have gone from an AA to an AA+. For those who are not privy of bond ratings, I will simplify things: the better the bond rating, the cheaper you can borrow money when you have no other choice but to borrow it for emergencies, capital projects or to purchase a necessity. In short, it is an additional savings to the tax payers. When I took office last year, I spent an enormous amount of time with our financial advisors. The advisors opened my eyes to the amount of debt the Town had and what the projected pay back was with interest. I took a hard stance and the Board supported my recommendations of being more aggressive in paying it back as well as putting forth policies that are critical to the overall fiscal health. I plan on giving you all more detail about this great news, but for now, I wanted you all to know - this is a reason to celebrate!!!
Sparrow's Nest - The Town Board recently adopted a proclamation marking March 17th 2017 Sparrow's Nest in the Town of Wappinger. Our employees purchased Sparrow's Nest apparel so that we can all show our support for the cause. Special thanks go out to Christine Nochese and the crew at Sparrow’s Nest for soliciting the Town to participate - but of course..." this Town is community strong!" Sparrow's Nest is a 501(c)3 organization that provides warm meals for families who have been struck by cancer. In addition they also help with monetary relief for medical needs and other needs of the family. Laurie Greene, an oncologist nurse has devoted herself to Sparrow's Nest because she wanted to be able to give to those who needed the extra help. Our community has much to be thankful for, especially for people like Laurie., who give back and volunteer outside of their profession. Sparrow's Nest is made up of many people who want to help families who are suffering and battling cancer. The Town is committed to doing whatever it can to help the fight. We will wear T-shirts, raise money and deliver food if need be. I am a firm believer that your cause, is our cause!
Health & Wellness Saturday: Reminder that the next Health and Wellness day is set for Saturday, March 18th. This Health and Wellness will feature basic self defense for all ages, instructional yoga, a defensive driving course (with certificate for DMV) (fee of $ 30. Defensive driving will start at 9am and run until 3pm. Medicare 101 will run from 10am un 12pm ( there will be 2 presentations for better understanding about Medicare), Self defense and yoga will alternate and run from 10am until 12noon. No reservation is needed but I do encourage you to do so, so that there are enough materials for everyone. Getting together as a community to improve our health and wellness, is so important. Our last Health and Wellness event was a success and I am sure this one will be too. I am looking forward to helping the whole community get healthy! For more information: (845) 297 – 2744
Supervisor’s Open House: Mark your calendars, the next Supervisor’s Open House will be March 22nd from 12 until 2. This is the time for you to come in without an appointment and meet with me. I look forward to hearing your ideas and / or concerns.
Know your water: As spring is right around the corner, I’d like to remind you that when you prepare to open your pools, you may want to think about how you are going to fill it back up with water. With the upgraded water meters, the cost may increase since the last time you had to fill it., this is because the radio reads are much more precise in water usage. On the flip side, those with wells need to be cognizant of the amount of water that may be needed to fill the pool. Some well pumps could get overworked with filling a pool up. Along those lines, the well could go dry due to the lack of ground water we have had over the last year. Perhaps you may want to either plan on filling it over time or contacting a water company to discuss cost and delivery.