The holidays are officially upon us, and this past week has been filled with giving thanks and sharing with the community!
Mayor Matt Alexander and I had the opportunity to attend a Thanksgiving dinner for approximately 450 people at the Ramada Inn in Fishkill. His Table Ministries owned and operated by Patti Pek hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner for those who cannot provide a holiday meal for their families. Buses arrived with residents from the City of Poughkeepsie and car pools from Hopewell, Pleasant Valley, Beacon, Wappingers, and Fishkill were the common mode of transportation. More than 50 people volunteered to help pull this miracle dinner off. With this being Patti's 10th annual dinner, she has figured that peeling nearly 400 potatoes the night before is not so bad for all the good it does. There are so many different business and people that make this show a go, it is unbelievable. To just name a few, Acme Stores of Hopewell, Performance Motors of Wappingers, Shop Rite, and the Vineyard Church's food pantry. Hearts and souls were put into this event and both Mayor Matt and I were so glad that we were able to be put to work to help those in need!
The Wappingers Interfaith Network (WIN) completed its first holiday outreach last Wednesday evening. We successfully delivered four prepared meals to families in our community that were unable to provide for themselves. It was very touching to say the least. The WIN is a group that I initiated this past spring and it includes the Village of Wappingers administration along with all local religious organizations. Our mission is to bring the community together through various outreach efforts. This Thanksgiving was a success to local families through the efforts of the 'core team': John Karge, Village of Wappingers Clerk, Valerie Belton, Ulster Savings Bank - representing Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Mag from the Zion Episcopal, Maggie Keller from CoSM, Joey Cavaccini and Randy Ross. May thanks to some of the donors that made this possible: Hannaford for donating one of the meals, DCH Toyota, Ulster Savings Bank, CoSM and the Sikh Temple for their congregations generous contributions. The WIN is now working on providing meals for Christmas and gifts for the children of those families. A nice pat on the back for all of those who came together to make a difference in other's lives!!
During this Holiday season, I'd like everyone to keep in mind that no matter how difficult the stress of the day may be, keep faith and realize that there are others out their that care and are willing to help, you just need to let them know. There is much to be thankful for.
Tree Lighting: Our annual Tree lighting ceremony will be held Saturday, December 3rd at 5pm. Please join the Recreation Committee and the Town Board as we gather at Schlathaus Park. We will start our holiday season off with some holiday festivities and wish everyone well. Looking forward to seeing many of you there!
On October 26th, The Wappingers Falls AYF cheerleaders competed at a local cheer competition at Arlington High School. The Division 14 girls placed 2nd and the Division 10 girls placed 3rd. These teams competed against other teams from Carmel, Mahopac, Southern Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties. Since they placed in this competition, they had qualified for the November 19thcompetition in Trenton New Jersey for the Regional Competition. Although neither team placed when they competing in New Jersey, they are still our local hometown winners !
Congratulations to the D10 & D14 girls: D10 : Peyton Mikelic, Isabelle Marquez, Kayla Daniels, Erin McKenna, Sophia Corsini, Hailey Kisslinger, Emma Kozowski, Katie Suave, Maria Halvey and Juliana Guerra. D14 : Gabriella Santoro, Alexis Pann, Taylor Townsend, Abigail Muriel, Brianna Cea, Caitlyn Vetrano, Nicolette Vasillo, Jada Martinez, Amaya Colon, Emily Weikel, Angelina Gentile, Rylie Muriel, Taylor Prahach, and Mattie Betts
Know your water: We have already had our first snow and cold weather is upon us. Many homes on municipal water have there water service lines enter through a crawl space, garage, utility room, or other unheated area. It is very important that if your water lines are in an area such as these, that you ensure your water meter and line is not exposed to freezing cold weather.
Every year after a spell of very cold weather, residents call with complaints that they do not have water. This is due to unprotected water lines. Some things you can do to avoid a water line break is to ensure your garage doors are closed, all windows in utility rooms are closed, and crawl spaces are insulated. If the line freezes not only will you have the inconvenience of no water, but possibly you will have property damage along with being responsible for costs related to your meter freezing. Protect your pipes now before it gets frigid.
Snow Ordinance : Parking on the sides of Town Roads is prohibited from 12am until 8am from November 1st until April 1st. I realize I wrote about this before, but I am doing so again because in my travels on the weekends, I notices quite a few cars on the side streets early in the morning. last weekend we had snow on the ground and there were at least 4 cars I saw on the side of the streets. Please be conscientious about moving your cars into the driveway so that you do not get a parking ticket. During inclement weather, it is important to keep the streets clear so that our highway crew can work efficiently.
Health and Wellness Saturday: It is my hope that I will be able to start a Health and Wellness Saturday each month starting in 2017. My first attempt will be in late January and I hope to feature a few different topics during that time. Over time I will be looking to feature - yoga, basic self defense, kick boxing, nutrition speakers, personal trainers, diabetic health, promoting healthy minds, various dietary restrictions and as well as other health conscious topics. I anticipate having a few rooms set up so that you can pick and chose which ones you would like to participate in. As more information comes together, I will pass it along. I hope to see many of you join me in my 'get healthy' imitative of 2017.