For those of you who were unable to attend the May 15th State of the Town address,
I have included the link here for you:
Next Town Board Meeting: November 13th, 2017 at 7:30PM
****appeared in the November 8th's edition of the Southern Dutchess News ***
When a community suffers a tragedy, it comes together. This was eveident when an accident took the young life of a budding young man. My friends' son, Josh Indorf was killed in a horrific tragedy. This young man had 16 beautiful years to bless his family and friends. The loss has shaken our community. People who do not even know him have been moved to their knees. This tragic loss has radiated from the Ketcham Indians to the John Jay Patriots. RCK kids wore blue because it was his favorite color and JJ kids wore red to show their support to their sister school., A community came together! Maria and Nick Rodriquez live in the house where the accident happened. They offered their yard and held a memorial service for Josh on Friday. They opened their home and their hearts to comfort our suffering Community. These were the same people who were out at the accident within seconds doing all they could to comfort scared children and try to help save a life. True Angels! The following day, our community came together again for the Indorf's. 160 people came together to walk in memory of Josh. Students and loved ones were offered to make T-Shirts and posters to remember Josh. We walked with the Indorf family to the Village of Wappingers as a way to show that our community is strong enough to carry them through their troubled times. With each step we took, people spoke of Josh's life and shared their personal moments with each other. It was beyond touching. My friends are mourning the loss of their baby and our community has completely embraced them and is comforting them. I am truly beyond humbled. Where there is bad, there is good and with this tragic accident comes a lesson; not wearing a seat belt and driving too fast can kill you. Not only we lose loved ones, families and communities suffer immensely. This was proven at the vigil, then at the walk and at the wake where the line was over 3 hours long to pay respects. Josh will not die in vain, his message will be carried in hopes to prevent another tragedy like this. I would like to recognize the State Police for their tireless efforts to help and keep everyone safe as well as recognize the tremendous work of our first responders., most especially Bill Beale, my Deputy Supervisor, who managed to put his emotions aside and gave every bit of himself attempting to save Josh's life. I'd like to thank the Wappingers Central School District for their unwavering support of the families that were affected in this tragedy. As well, I want to thank Maria and Nick Rodriquez for their unbelievable actions. You are all our hometown heroes.
For those of you who remember me writing to celebrate Helen Farley's 100th birthday in May, I wanted to let you know that she passed away last week. As her family mourns her loss, let us all remember her in a fond way. Helen was proof that kindness exists. Please keep the Farley family in your thoughts.
Remember this Saturday, November 11th we will have a craft fair at Town Hall from 9am until 3pm as well as a Veterans Day Ceremony at 2pm. Please consider joining us at Town Hall for as we thank our Veterans for their service, courage and bravery.
The Recreation & Senior Center Departments have begun two Thanksgiving food drives. The first is to collect non-perishable foods for donation to Zion Episcopal Church in the Village of Wappingers Falls. Non-expired, unopened food will be collected until November 14 and will be delivered first thing in the morning on November 15.
Foods accepted are: canned vegetables & fruit, cereals & oatmeal, soups, pastas, canned seafood, cans/jars gravy, packaged stuffing mix, canned/jars olives, pickles, canned cranberry sauce, spaghetti sauce, macaroni & cheese.
The second collection is a pet food drive for donation to Safe Haven Animal Shelter and Wildlife Center. Non-expired canned and unopened bags of food will be collected until November 23.
I was beyond moved last Thursday as 275 people came to help raise awareness of addiction and substance abuse. The community came together in so many different ways. It was an evening dedicated to those who lost their battle and to those still struggling. The Town of Wappinger teamed up with the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson and organized an amazing vigil. We are very appreciative of the support of our County Executive's mission to support those in need of help, DC Legislature Donna Bolner for her attendance and her heartwarming words, Wappingers Central School District for their support, Wappingers Junior High School for their participation, Elaine Trumpetto the Executive Director from Cape, Linda Senior from Lexington Center of Recovery, Sharon Herring, Patricia Herring and the Matt Herring Foundation. So many people came together to remember someone who has lost their battle or to find support for someone they love. I reminded all who participated in the event, no one is alone in is battle. Remember, hope is always present where there is love and there was a lot of love there that evening. Congratulations to Lizzie, Emma and Courtney on this successful event and working towards their Silver Project! Thank you to all who helped sponsored the event, it was a perfect picture of the community coming together.
Trunk or Treat was last Saturday and I was in amazement as 232 children registered to be in the best costume contest! The costumes were truly amazing. Creativity and cuteness were the best way to describe the day ! Many of us came together and decorated the trunks of our vehicles so that the kids had a safe way to trick or treat. I loved the different costumes. Among the children, I saw a cereal killer a little firetruck, doctors, ghosts, disco dancers and cute cuddly bears. The afternoon was a huge success and the kids loved the haunted house! My hat goes off to our recreation director, Jessica Fulton., our recreation committee chairman, Ralph Holt, our entire recreation committee: Bruce and Pat Lustig, Rob Wilson, Lisa Spinnelli, Joey Cavaccini, Joe and Eileen Ennesser, Bill and Joanne Fulton and Krysta for their hard work!
Dial A Ride: A friendly reminder to all of our seniors (60 years and older), veterans and people with disabilities, the Town offers Dial A Ride
as a service to help ensure transportation to doctors, senior centers and appointments you may have. They offer door to door service as well
as scheduled service. It is best that you call them for details on schedules and making reservations at: (845) 453-7433 or visit the link on
our webpage or at:http://www.co.dutchess.ny.us/countygov/departments/masstransit/pldialaride.htm
Notary Pool: I have a pool of residents who are willing to travel to a resident's home if they meet one of the following requirements: Senior
Citizen, disabled, or a disabled Veteran. If you are in need of someone to notarize something for you and you meet one of the requirements,
kindly call my office at 297-2744. If you are a resident who is willing to be in a pool so that you can help out a resident, please call my office
and let us know. Thank you in advance!
~ Supervisor Jiava