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: October 10th, 2017 at 7:30PM
****appeared in the October 4th's edition of the Southern Dutchess News ***
The Health and Wellness event on Sunday was great. Thank you to Dr. Annette Gonzalez for volunteering her services for the rabies clinic and to our dog warden, Jerry Owen for doing micro - chipping. There were a lot of happy cats and dogs today. Thank you to Rite Aid for hosting the flu/shingles and pneumonia clinic, hopefully we helped others stay healthier. Thank you to Auria from the Kagyu Thubeten Choling Monastery for offering meditation services. A big thank you to Brittany from Dutchess County's Dept of Behavioral and Mental Health for training people on how to administer Narcan and educating them on what they need to know about the Heroin epidemic in our area. There were 58 people trained today. That is 58 more people ready to help save a life!
And last but not least, a huge thank you to Sharon and Jim Herring for manning the table for the MATT Herring Foundation. Matthew Herring had just turned 24 in August when he suddenly passed away from an overdose. One more loved one lost to the grip of the opiate addiction. The stigma attached to heroin is so demoralizing that people tend to shy away and not seek help. I have been saying this for the last two years, "we can no longer ignore the opioid epidemic. If we do, it will take an entire generation from us!" Our community is in need of more resources, resources that the government has not either implemented or initiated. So while we are waiting for the speed of government (slow), we need to form strong grassroots organizations and create supports and resources for those affected by this addiction. The best supports come from those who have been affected by this epidemic. You can say you heard it right here, this disease is destroying families and it is NOT popular. You will find that people will shun you or even stop talking to you, don't take it personally. Rather continue doing what you are doing. Spread the word, share your story, reach out and ask for help and if nothing else, inspire someone to tell their story! For more information about the supports that are available and links to resources, visit: http://www.mattherringfoundation.org/ Learn, understand and help....
Additionally, I'd like to thank the whole Herring family and their friends for their unfailing love and support., our Town Clerk, Joe Paoloni, Jessica Fulton, our Recreation Director., our Code Enforcer, Susan Dao and her husband, Max., and Barbara Mooradian for helping with the day, as well as my son Christopher for his help, compassion and for him understanding my passion to help others and lastly the Town Board for supporting my many initiatives to help our community.
Prince and Princess Tea Party is coming to Town Hall this Saturday, October 7th! That's 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! There are three time slots that day: 11:30am, 1:00pm & 2:30pm Children: $5 Adults: $ 10. Slots are filling out fast!!! More details: http://www.townofwappinger.us/recpages/recreation.html.
"Your cause is our cause" walk is going to be our first Town and Village walk! It is amazing to always see various causes have such community support with walks and fund raising events being held all over the nation! What a better way to bring a community together than to have everyone come together and allow the community to walk for all causes. If your family has someone afflicted or suffers from Cancer, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS, Heart Disease, Addiction, MS, MDA, etc... please, I encourage you to get your family and friends to come together and walk with us! For the first time ever, I will walk for my own condition. Never before have I publicly raised awareness for my own condition, probably because I spend my time raising awareness and helping others fight for theirs. Why? Because your cause is our cause ! Our plan as of right now is on Saturday, November 4th (rain date - Nov 5th) we will gather at the Town Hall, have tables to make t-shirts and posters to carry, and walk through the Village to Mesier Homestead where there will be vendor tables and a band for entertainment. If you are a vendor and wish to hand out educational information, please free to contact myself or Jessica Fulton at either 297 - 2744 or 297 - 3670. Mayor Matt and I are looking forward to walking with everyone!
I am happy to announce that the town will be hosting a Thanksgiving food drive from October 12 through November 14. Non-perishable items will be gladly accepted at Town Hall, 20 Middlebush Road, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Items being collected include canned fruits, soups, vegetables, tuna; packaged goods such as pasta, macaroni and cheese, rice, cereal, oatmeal; peanut butter; jelly; and also personal hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, conditioner. Donations will be delivered to Zion Episcopal Church Food Pantry first thing in the morning on Wednesday, November 14. Thank you in advance for helping our neighbors.
When you look around the World you will find many countries struggling just to provide potable water. As a result much of their sicknesses and diseases are caused from unsafe drinking water. In our Country we have overseeing agencies such as the EPA, DEC, State and County Health departments to help ensure that water is regulated and safe for consumption. When we think of polluted water, we think of big industries contaminating ground and surface water. While there is some truth to that, we also need to think about what we can do at home to protect our water. Proper disposal of the following is critical; petroleum products, household cleaners and solvents, pesticides and herbicides, prescription medicines, worn out batteries, paints ,etc. As with many of today's concerns, the remedies can start in our own back yard.
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