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Warwick Little League opening day - Warwick,NY - 4/17/21

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  • Play ball! On Saturday, April 17, Warwick Little League officially held opening day for the 2021 baseball season at Veterans Memorial Park. The annual Little League opening day traditionally begins with a parade led by a color guard and local officials heading down Main Street and then to the ball fields for ceremonies including throwing out the first ball. However, as a result of the pandemic and COVID-19 restrictions, those ceremonies were canceled both last year and this past Saturday. But the games were scheduled as usual. Last year they were postponed but held with everyone wearing masks, during July, August and September. But for the 2021 season, the games began on time. Over 390 young players have signed up for 31 teams, each with its own manager and two to three coaches. In preparation for the season, there were field improvements along with a fresh coat of paint for the concession stand. In 2020 everyone wore masks at all times. But this year that only applies to the managers, coaches and volunteers. The players are excused from that rule while on the field but must wear their masks when they are in the dugout. During opening day the League raffled off two fun baskets and sponsored a non-perishable food donation for the Warwick Ecumenical Food Pantry. The team that donated the most food would win an ice cream party at the concession. Although the traditional open day ceremonies were canceled, the League is considering a ceremony to be held in June, depending on restrictions at that time.
  • 4/19/2021
  • Album ID: 2278165
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Green Team New York Realty donates $500 to non-profits - Warwick,NY - 3/17/2021

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  • The Green Team New York Realty has always attracted high-integrity agents and provided them with cutting edge technology and support. And recently Principal Broker/Owner Geoff Green, and agents of the Green Team celebrated the firm’s annual awards ceremony. Among those honored at that time was “Green Team New York Realty” Citizen of the Year” winner Carol Buchanan, who was offered an opportunity to name her favorite non-profit organization to share a $500 donation from the firm. Buchanan choose two; The Warwick Valley Humane Society and the Warwick Area Migrant Committee. . “I'm honored to have received this award and I thank Geoff Green for his generous donation to these organizations,” said Buchanan. “It's always my pleasure to give back to the Warwick community that has been so good to me and my family. I've always admired the work and dedication of Suzyn Baron for the Humane Society as well as Kathy Brieger for her generous support and wonderful programs for the children of migrant workers. Thank you both.” The Migrant Committee plans to use the funds to support its Safety Backpack project. “The bright orange bags will be given to 200 farmworkers who walk or ride their bikes to work,” said Brieger. “The bags are packed with safety related items like safety goggles and hand sanitizer.” The intention of the safety backpacks are to allow drivers to see farm workers as they walk or ride their bikes to work and the date for distribution is April 17. “The Warwick Valley Humane Society is so honored to receive this donation from Carol for our Building Fund towards a new shelter facility,” said Barron. “On behalf of our homeless pets, we thank her for her generosity in sharing her award of Citizen of the Year with our organization. The current shelter facility is not up to today's standards in animal sheltering. The new facility will offer a more spacious, healthier, safer and well ventilated building for the animals, staff and visitors. Thanks Carol, for helping us build a better safe haven for our community's unwanted, abandoned, and neglected animals.”
  • 3/23/2021
  • Album ID: 2276980
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Stephen’s - Warwick,NY - 2/27/2021

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  • On Friday and Saturday, February 26 - 27, approximately 70 candidates, divided into smaller groups at three services, received the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Church of St. Stephen, the First Martyr. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, each service was private and only candidates, their sponsors and parents could attend. Other relatives could receive a link for each service and watch it via live stream. And as witnessed by those present or viewing each service at home, Bishop Gerardo J. Colacicco, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, administered the Sacrament to the young students who had completed a two-year course of study beginning in Grade-7. In the Catholic faith, Confirmation is a Sacrament by which persons already baptized receive the Holy Spirit in order to make them stronger and more perfect Christians, as once granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. During the service Rev. Jack Arlotta, pastor of St. Stephen’s, presented the candidates, introducing each one by name. Before administering the Sacrament, Bishop Colacicco told the candidates that love involves sacrifice. He related a story about how much love and devotion, under difficult circumstances, that he observed between his uncle and aunt and how that had influenced his own call to the priesthood. “I was moved by their love and piety,” he said. “The gift of the Holy Spirit, which you are about to receive is a powerful gift of love.” During the rite of Confirmation the entire group renewed their baptismal promises by responding, “I do.” Then each candidate, accompanied by his or her sponsor, came forward to be anointed and confirmed one by one by the Bishop. Following the Mass, Father Arlotta, thanked everyone involved in this year’s Confirmation for all that had to be accomplished, including the study requirements, during these difficult times. Later, Bishop Colacicco graciously met with parents and candidates and posed for photographs.
  • 2/28/2021
  • Album ID: 2276010
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Celebration of MLK Day held virtually - Warwick,NY - 1/18/21

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  • Normally at this time of year, members of the Warwick Union African Methodist Episcopal Church (UAME) and guests from throughout the Warwick community would celebrate Martin Luther King Day in their church at 98 McEwen Street. And in previous years the church building would often be filled to capacity as people gathered to honor the memory of Dr. King, the world famous civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prizewinner who was assassinated in 1968. However, this year we are still in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic and a crowded church would not be permissible or prudent. And so, like many other recent celebrations, the UAME Church opted to host a virtual celebration on Monday, January 18. The service began with music video of the song, “Ain’t gonna let nobody” performed by the Howard Gospel Choir followed by the traditional recitation of the Call to Justice and Community. Viewers were then shown another music video, “Lift every Voice and Sing,” by Wintley Phipps. Rev. Jennifer Morrow, pastor of Warwick’s United Methodist Church, gave the invocation. And following scripture readings by Denise Smith, Channabel Morris Lathem, who had emailed the invitations with the link and password, welcomed everyone including honored guests who each had an opportunity to offer brief remarks on the significance of the holiday. Guest speakers included Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Mayor Michael Newhard, Justices Peter Barlett and Nancy De Angelo, Doug Stage and Cedric Glasper. The presentation also included a musical video tribute to Martin Luther King and the Green Levites performance of the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The preacher this year was Union AME Pastor Rev. Dr. Ann Marie Bentsi-Addison Posey. The service concluded with a video presentation and singing of, “We Shall Overcome.”
  • 1/18/2021
  • Album ID: 2274006
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Mt. Peter Ski Area opened for the season - Warwick,NY -

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  • It had already been snowing on the mountain because the snow blowers at Mount Peter were operating as often as temperatures permit. And then Mother Nature cooperated last week in a big way with a major snow storm. And so last weekend, Saturday and Sunday, December 19-20 Mt. Peter Ski Area opened for the 2019-2021 season. Initially it was for pass holders only followed by a general open-to-the-public day on Wednesday, December 23. The tubing hill also opened to the public last Sunday. Opening around mid-December is not unusual for the ski area. But this year was different. Skiers and snow boarders were handed “Welcome to Mount Peter” fliers describing new protocols for this season as a result of the COVID-19 rules. For example face masks were required at all times except when actively skiing, snowboarding or while eating or drinking. And social distancing must be practiced at all times. But on opening day and throughout the weekend, there was a huge turnout with everyone following the rules and still having a great time on the slopes. To insure additional safety for this season Mount Peter also installed ultraviolet (UV) lights across the property. The UV lights are Sterile-Bright, a product of Ultra-Tech Lighting, which uses a multi-tiered approach to surface and air sterilization using a combination of powerful UV light that directly eliminates and sterilizes surfaces and spaces from pathogens. It is described as environmentally friendly and safe for all ages. The lights were installed in Mount Peter’s main lodge as well as its sunrise lodge and at the tubing hill and rental location to disinfect all equipment prior to the next guest. Once a space is treated, the pathogen-free environment can be sustained as long as proper procedures are followed. The facility also has a portable hand-held unit controlled via Bluetooth technology that can sterilize areas such as chair lifts, bathrooms, food services areas, and locker rooms in as few as five minutes and leaves no chemical residue behind. This season Mt. Peter will celebrate its 85th year of continuous operation. It is well known throughout the Greater Metropolitan area for its friendly family atmosphere, free beginner ski and snowboard school, great snowmaking, expert grooming, a terrain park and top-notch racing and development programs. “The Friendly One,” as Mt. Peter is known, is the oldest operating ski area in New York State, and one of the few remaining family operated ski areas in the country. Professional PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) will take the first-time beginner up on the slopes and teach to his or her needs and age. Almost every weekend Mt. Peter hosts a special fun event for the entire family. Conditions, hours of operation, special events and other notices are reported daily on a recording at 986-4940. Select No. 1 for the snow report or visit www.mtpeter.com
  • 12/20/2020
  • Album ID: 2272779
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Warwick resident’s Christmastime lights returns - Warwick,NY - 12/11/20

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  • With more than 50,000 lights and music, no Town of Warwick home has attracted more tourists at Christmastime than the home of Vincent Poloniak on Spanktown Road in Florida, NY. It takes Poloniak and a few friends about three weeks to complete the annual project. But last year, Poloniac had a medical issue and his doctor ordered that he just rest and postpone any arduous tasks including the Christmas display. But thankfully he promised to resume the spectacular decoration at Christmastime 2020 And it’s bigger and better than ever. It’s also a welcome relief for families that have had to curtail some Christmas traditions. The only request is that visitors wear masks and practice social distancing. . Poloniak and his wife, Joan, now deceased, began decorating their home for Christmas back in 1973, when their daughter Paula was only five years old. “It all started with a Santa we purchased in Newburgh,” he recalled, “and then we would add to our decorations each year. But I got wild in the 1990s and that developed into what you see today.” When he was once asked how long he expected to be doing this, Poloniak answered, “I can’t stop now. Too many people look forward to it. And I love seeing the children and how happy and surprised they are by the display." He also didn’t expect to run out of new visitors. “The children who came here years ago,” he said, “now bring their children.” Visiting Spanktown Road to enjoy his spectacular display has become a Christmastime tradition in the Town of Warwick. The lights are turned on at 4 p.m.
  • 12/13/2020
  • Album ID: 2272490
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Local residents celebrate Menorah lighting - Warwick,NY - 12/10/20

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  • Just like last year, the weather was cool but not uncomfortable on Thursday evening, December 10, the first night of Hanukkah, the beginning of the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights. But unlike last year and following COVID-19 restrictions, a smaller crowd of about 20 residents, including local officials along with Santa, all wearing masks, gathered in Lewis Park as Moshe Schwartzberg, owner of Wolfies restaurant and Forever Jewelers,. began officiating at the Menorah lighting of the first candle, a ceremony he has conducted for the past 27 years. He began by telling the story of how the Temple of Jerusalem was built and then how it was about to be rededicated following its recapture after occupation and defilement by the pagan Syrian-Greeks under Antiochus IV. A small band of fighters, led by Judah Maccabee, he explained, fought to preserve the Jewish religion and culture and their right to worship God. Although greatly outnumbered by a much larger and more professional army they recaptured the Holy Temple, which had been defiled with idol worship and pagan sacrifices. When the Maccabees sought to rededicate the temple, however, they found only one small cruse of oil to kindle the eternal light. Miraculously, Schwartzberg explained, because God was pleased with what they had accomplished, the oil lasted for eight days. And that provided enough time for the holy oil to be replenished. Before lighting the first candle he read the sacred prayers, first in English so that everyone would understand, and then in Hebrew, according to the tradition of the ceremony. “Blessed are you Hashem our God King of the universe,” Schwartzberg read aloud, “who has kept us alive, sustained us and brought us to this season . . .” And then he repeated in Hebrew, “Baruch ata Adonai . . .” Visitors were later treated to refreshments including traditional latkes and donuts, Although not exactly a Hanukkah tradition, the crowd, especially the children, appeared to enjoy another surprise visit by Santa. And pointing to the Crèche and Menorah sitting side by side and the lighted Christmas trees on the hill, Schwartzberg repeated his frequent comment, “The empty space is for the atheists.”
  • 12/13/2020
  • Album ID: 2272483
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Warwick Chamber to host virtual Holiday mixe - Warwick, NY - 12/1/20

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  • The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce invites members, guests and friends of the community to toast the holiday season together in the comfort of their own home or office setting when the popular Applewood Winery hosts a “Virtual Holiday Wine Tasting” next Tuesday evening, December 15 at 6 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to bond with other business professionals from around the region while enjoying and learning first-hand about two Applewood Winery selections: New York State Merlot and Wawayanda White. Guests can also get creative pairing with their own personal crudité or cheese platters. And festive attire is optional. "We at Applewood Winery have just entered our 26th year,” said Applewood Winery Owner Michele Hull. ”When we first started we had two goals in mind: to make some really good wines and ciders and to have as much fun as possible doing so, I like to think we are achieving both. We love what we do and we love our customers and their continued support.” Applewood is one of the oldest working farms in the historic Hudson Valley. The wines and ciders at Applewood Winery are made on premise from their own vineyards, orchards and from across New York State. In addition, they make fruit wines and the award-winning Naked Flock Hard Cider. Their hours of operation are Wednesday thru Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The “Virtual Holiday Wine Tasting Mixer” event is part of a new series of online mixers, educational seminars and workshops offered by The Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tickets include two bottles of wine from Applewood Winery and access to the virtual tasting zoom event. The cost to attend this special social occasion is $35 for members, local chamber members and their guests, and $40 for non-members. Wine will be available for registered guests to pick up at the Winery. To purchase tickets for the Zoom event, guests must visit www.warwickcc.org or contact The Chamber via email: info@warwickcc.org.
  • 12/5/2020
  • Album ID: 2272162
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Winslow receives $25,000 grant - Warwick,NY - 11/24/20

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  • On November 24 Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus and Community Development Director Nicole Andersen announced that nine municipalities will receive a total of more than $1 million through the 2021 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). The Town of Warwick recipient was Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center, which received a $25,000 grant to continue increasing its Adult Day Program for adults with severe disabilities residing in Orange County. The Adult Day Program at Winslow, a 100 acre facility just off Route 17A between Bellvale and Mt. Peter, is held five days a week, year-round, with the exception of holidays. Each session is divided into three sections of equine-assisted activities and therapies, small animal husbandry, healthy living and nutrition, as well as additional independent living skills and activities. Research shows that therapeutic riding promotes strength, increases flexibility, develops balance, improves coordination, improves circulatory and respiratory functions, boosts self-confidence, builds self-esteem, fosters independence, and increases social skills. Therapeutic Riding Instructors certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, Intl. (PATH Intl.) and Winslow’s Adult Day Program Specialists track each participant’s progress. “We are very grateful for this Orange County Community Development grant,” said, Sue Ferro, executive director of Winslow Therapeutic Riding Center. “Our Adult Day Program is much needed in Orange County and like all our programs at Winslow, provides individuals with opportunities to interact with a number of different animals, strengthen their independent living skills, increase overall health, and improve additional skills including but not limited to social interaction, time management, problem-solving, and caring and empathy for others.” For additional information or to make a contribution visit https://www.winslow.org/
  • 11/30/2020
  • Album ID: 2271903
  • Photos by Roger Gavan

Eleventh annual Small Business Saturday - Warwick,NY - 11//28/20

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  • On Saturday, November 28, with temperatures in the mid-50s, it was what downtown merchants call an “open door” day. And on that particular day, the 11th annual "Small Business Saturday," a campaign launched by American Express, shoppers came out in droves to Warwick’s downtown business district. But because of COVID-19 restrictions, many shopkeepers or their employees were stationed at those entrances to make sure shoppers were wearing masks and to limit the number of people in the store. And the visitors understood the rules and cooperated. Merchants reported excellent sales and a steady flow of traffic, not only for Saturday but also for Friday, when many of the shops offered extra incentives. Small Business Saturday, sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, was created to attract shoppers to local businesses nationwide. “We’ve had lots of traffic this weekend,” said Nicole Repose, owner of Etched in Time Engraving. “It’s been very good and our customers, who waited outside to enter our store in limited numbers and keep everyone safe, were understanding and very cooperative.” Many of the shoppers deliberately shopped in the downtown business district to show their support for small business.. The good turnout was welcome since during this holiday season some of the Home for the Holidays traditional attractions such as the free horse and wagon rides had to be canceled. Business owners, however, have always cited the many advantages of shopping local including personal service, saving fuel and time, free parking, avoiding unnecessary aggravation and fueling the local economy. A viable downtown business district benefits the entire community.
  • 11/29/2020
  • Album ID: 2271871
  • Photos by Roger Gavan
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