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: September 11, 2017 at 7:30PM
****appeared in the August 23rd's edition of the Southern Dutchess News ***
Dutchess County Fair week always resurrects fond memories of my childhood! Going to the fair was something the children of Dutchess County waited for all year long. The fair offers education through agricultural displays, 4H, Livestock hill and historical exhibits. There is food for everyone's taste buds. I use to wonder if my parents took us as a treat to go on rides, or so they could eat there all time favorite foods ? Regardless of your dietary restrictions, there is no denying that the fair offers the foods that you love! Finally, there was one additional thing the fair reminds you of.... the beginning of a new school year! That is right, next week school will be in session and the little ones in our community will be learning the important things in life. As the new school year rolls in, the Wappinger Town Board would like to wish you all good luck in the 2017-2018 school year!
I know I have written about this many times already but I feel it is very important to emphasize the significant opiate problem we are enduring. It isn't just in the Town of Wappinger, it is all over the nation! The president has recently declared the opiate crisis a national emergency and it is my hope that he will extend federal resources so that they can work collaboratively with the States and then on to the Counties. However, if we all know how Government works, it will take what seems like forever to see the help. While we are waiting on resources, it is so critical that we are educated about this epidemic. Let me start by saying no one is immune to this and it is EVERYWHERE! One way or another we are all affected by the opiate crisis. Maybe you have lost a loved one or have a family member struggling, or perhaps you know of someone battling this addiction, maybe your car or home was broken into, or perhaps you yourself are struggling, anyway you look at this crisis, it is affecting each and everyone of us. That is all of the more reason we need to be armed and prepared with education and resources so that we can help. One afternoon in July, there were two overdoses in public places at the same time- both within a 1/4 of a mile from each other. This past week we lost three people in our community to an overdose. In Ohio, Overdoses have jumped 300% in just one year. Fentanyl is being put into other drugs and literally killing people. My message is not to frighten you, yet to make you aware of what is happening in every corner of every community nationwide. I do not have the answers, but I do know that the stronger we are as a community the better we can combat this. Grassroots is where we need to go. For now, stay tuned to some outreach events I have coming. Hopefully many of you can help out! Please keep those families who have lost someone in your thoughts and pray for those who are still struggling. It is not only devastating for the addict, it destroys families and communities.
County Executive Molinaro requests your presences at one of the County's Public Hearings on the Shared Services Tax Savings Plan at our Town Hall located at 20 Middlebush Road on Wednesday, August 30th at 6:00pm. Please join us that evening to hear about the 35 projects featured in the plan that can save taxpayers over $25 million. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback.
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.
Many homes in our town utilize in home water systems., such as filters or softeners. Unfortunately these systems can be very expensive, but sometimes warranted because of the hardness of the water. In some homes, the systems are not being maintained properly and it is hindering the quality of the water. If you are considering purchasing a system, you should educate yourselves to know what type of treatments you need. If you are connected to Town water, Camo Pollution can provide the data you need so that you know what type of system you would need for the house. If you have any questions regarding your water, please do not hesitate to contact the Town or Camo at 463-7310.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Labor Day !
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