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Children enjoy an early spring - Warwick,NY - 2/23/20

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  • Punxsutawney Phil may be right. In a rare occasion the groundhog emerged from his den this year and did not see his shadow, signifying early spring, according to folklore. So far, that’s been good news, especially for the children and their parents enjoying a mild February day in the new playground in Warwick’s Stanley-Deming Park.
  • 2/25/2020
  • Album ID: 2255999
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

First snowstorm of 2020 - Warwick,NY - 1/19/20

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  • History didn’t exactly repeat itself. Last year, on Saturday, January 19, there was snow, sleet, and freezing rain late that night into Sunday with strong winds and 10 inches accumulation of snow and sleet. This year, the first snowstorm also arrived around the same time, Saturday, January 18, but by late that night, only a few inches of fresh snow had accumulated in Warwick. Nevertheless there were hazardous road conditions but according to the Warwick Police, only a few fender benders and no serious accidents. However, the storm did usher in very low temperatures in what had previously been a mild January with even some unusual spring like days.
  • 1/21/2020
  • Album ID: 2253615
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Canistear Road winter photos - Highland Lakes - 12/2/19

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  • 12/3/2019
  • Album ID: 2250627
  • Photos by Vera Olinski

First major snowstorm of the 2019 – 2020 season - Warwick,NY - 12/3/19

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  • Official winter was still a few weeks away but the first major snowstorm of the season began on Sunday, December 1, with a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain That dangerous road condition was followed by heavy wet snow that the slow moving storm deposited at a rate of one to two inches per hour until Tuesday at 2 a.m. Coming shortly after the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend, it turned into a six-day holiday for local schools and a nightmare for travelers, residents and commuters. The National Weather Service had accurately predicted mixed precipitation and total accumulations of five to 11 inches in the higher elevations. Mike Donovan, spokesperson for Orange and Rockland Utilities, explained that the heavy ice and snow had caused numerous downed tree limbs and power lines resulting in 1400 power outages in the Town of Warwick. O&R repair crews also had safety concerns. “We’re out there trying to restore power as quickly as possible,” said Donovan, “But with the trees and downed power lines blocking some of the roads there are safety concerns and it’s slowing us down.” A press release issued on Tuesday by O&R stated, “Last night crews were pulled back from areas in Warwick, Greenwood Lake and Tuxedo due to extremely dangerous working conditions caused by falling trees and tree limbs. That danger continues to exist in parts of Warwick today, and is limiting repair crews’ access to certain damage locations.” On Tuesday evening Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton reported that his DPW crews had worked around the clock from 11 a.m. on Sunday until 2 a.m. Tuesday, when they were told to go home and get some rest. They also had concerns about the hazardous downed power lines and would have to wait and coordinate clearing some roads with the O&R crews. “Almost all the roads are open,” said Sweeton. “Our DPW crews did a wonderful job.” The Warwick Police reported that there were no serious accidents but numerous fender benders and vehicles loosing traction or skidding off road.
  • 12/3/2019
  • Album ID: 2250643
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Hackensack Univeristy Hospitiol rescue helitcopter returns

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  • Hackensack Univeristy Hospitiol rescue helicopter stationed at West Milford's Greenwood Lake Airport returns safely after a mission Saturday afternoon
  • 4/27/2019
  • Album ID: 2235198
  • Photos by Donald Webb

March snow storms blanket local area - Warwick,NY - 3/4/19

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  • Weather folklore sayings are often accurate and this March was no exception. “It came in like a lion.” There hadn’t been many snowstorms this winter season until last weekend when local residents had to shovel out from moderate accumulations of one to three inches of snow on Friday, March 1 and again on Saturday, March 2. But those storms were immediately followed by a more significant one that same weekend. On Monday, March 4, the heavier snowfall that began after 4 p.m. on Sunday evening left up to eight inches of additional snow cover in the higher elevations. The storm was fast moving and throughout the weekend Town and Village crews had been able to quickly clear the roads. On Saturday the National Weather Service had changed its winter weather advisory for Sunday to a winter storm watch, meaning a potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. And that did prove true for parts of northeastern New Jersey and areas north and east of Orange County. That left Warwick residents with snow removal jobs but no serious road closings or power outages. And there were picturesque winter views and fun for the kids. The rest of the week was clear but it may still be too early to put away the snow shovels and the generators. In 2018 the first of four major winter storms of the year, described as a cyclone bomb and Nor’easter, also struck the area at the beginning of March.
  • 3/5/2019
  • Album ID: 2230859
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

First winter storm of 2019 leaves Warwick in deep freeze - Warwick,NY - 1/21/19

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  • On Saturday, January 19, the National Weather Service forecast, later upgraded from a watch to a winter storm warning, called for snow, sleet, and freezing rain late that night into Sunday with strong winds and 10 inches accumulation of snow and sleet. The agency warned of hazardous travel with roads becoming snow and ice covered along with gusty winds, which could bring down tree limbs and power lines. By Monday, the winter storm warning was canceled. Now the problem was not the snow accumulation, which turned out to be less than forecast, but a deep freeze with actual temperatures in the higher regions as low as 12 degrees below zero and much lower when computing the wind chill factor. Commuters were warned of hazardous travel conditions as residual moisture and leftover standing water on area roads would freeze, or remain frozen. That would lead to areas of black ice. And anyone out driving or walking was told to be prepared for slippery roads, driveways and walkways. Fortunately it was a national holiday in celebration of Dr., Martin Luther King and there were fewer commuters. “It was challenging,” said Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton,” but our crews attacked it properly and early from Saturday night until Sunday.” The Warwick Police Department also reported no serious accidents. On Monday Mike Donovan, spokesperson for Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R), said that there were 150 power outages in Warwick but the company’s crews were expected to complete repairs and restore power later in the day. As usual O&R warned everyone to report but not approach any downed power lines.
  • 1/23/2019
  • Album ID: 2226949
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Warwick Humane Society recommendations for cold weather - Warwick,NY - 1/8/19

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  • It’s been a milder winter than last year at this time but there may be many cold days and nights before it’s over and the Warwick Valley Humane Society has some recommendations for those. First of all, it is not only illegal to leave a dog outside in wintertime conditions without appropriate shelter, as detailed in New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law, but it is common sense and neglect, which falls under the Cruelty to Animals statute. It is a violation to fail to provide proper outdoor housing for any dog left outside for an indeterminate amount of time. And if not corrected within 72 hours, another violation can be issued and/or the dog seized by court order. “We just had a situation where an Akita, a very large and furry dog was tied outside and unable to reach the non-insulated shed which is his doghouse.” said Suzyn Barron, president of the Warwick Valley Humane Society. “The shed has since been insulated and his ability to go in as he wishes rectified. Some animals prefer the cold but it is their choice to stand outside while it's snowing as long as there is an insulated doghouse to use if it so wishes.” She explained that although not specifically stated, if you own an animal other than a dog, neglect can be proven for insufficient housing as well. Farm animals and horses deserve humane treatment too, so providing a structure to allow the animals relief from the snow, wind and rain is the right thing to do. Allowing farm animals to stand in mud to their ankles for days is detrimental to their health and causes great concern to those who witness this on a repeat basis. “Cats also fall through the cracks in the law that demands that dogs have a dry insulated dog house, off the ground and large enough for the animal to easily turn around,” said Barron, “But despite having fur, all animals need protection from freezing temperatures. The wild animals find shelter. But domestic animals have to rely on their caregivers, who, unfortunately, don't always do the humane thing. And all these animals can get frostbite.” Barron reported that people who have been feeding outdoor cats often call the shelter at this time of year because they feel bad that it's so cold outside. “They can provide shelter for those cats,” she said, “by buying a small insulated doghouse or making an insulated one. These outdoor cats are not going to adjust to being inside in a small cage. Feeding them is not enough and if you feel bad, do something about it.” Barron also explained that rabbits in outdoor hutches need protection from below freezing temperatures. Their water may turn to ice and they need plenty of hay to keep warm in the inside portion of the hutch, which should also be insulated. Horses, cows, goats and other domestic animals as well should have some form of shelter to get out of the wind and rain and snow. Pet owners, she added, should also clean the pet’s paws of salt exposure after being outside on the street and use a pet safe salt substitute at home. All animals also require unfrozen water available to them at all times. Electric water bowls and buckets can be purchased online and at local home centers. And people need to outsmart their smart dogs who tip over their water. “And,” added Barron, “dogs should not be left in cars in the winter because cars become freezers causing hypothermia. Please leave your pets at home where they will be safe and warm. Also wipe paws and belly towel dry after walks. Never shave to the skin in winter. They need their fur to protect them. Feed more for extra calories, especially animals left outside. Hit your hood in case an animal is seeking shelter from the cold in or near the engine and clean up toxic spills such as antifreeze.” And anyone who sees a domestic animal without proper shelter or unfrozen water should contact the Warwick Valley Humane Society at 986-2473 or on its confidential cruelty line at 987-7336.
  • 1/8/2019
  • Album ID: 2225489
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Winter starting to freeze the waters of Greenwood Lake

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  • on the very south end Winter is starting to freeze the waters of Greenwood Lake in West Milford NJ
  • 11/27/2018
  • Album ID: 2221295
  • Photos by Donald Webb

Relaxing spot on Greenwood Lake at Brown's Point

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  • This is a relaxing spot on Greenwood Lake at Brown's Point. Brown's Point is a County Park located in Hewitt NJ . The spot once had a hotel for folks to come on relax in the summer months on the lake .. the hotel was call Brown's Hotel..
  • 11/27/2018
  • Album ID: 2221294
  • Photos by Donald Webb
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