Well, we have had some great moments in the last few weeks.
First of all, let’s congratulate the Lindenhurst Varsity Football Team on winning the Long Island Championship at Stonybrook’s LaValle Stadium on November 26th! It was the Bulldogs first ever title. They have previously won the Suffolk County Championship in 2014 and again this year. Coach Lombardo and the boys have become rock stars and have twice been escorted by the North Lindenhurst and Lindenhurst fire Departments after these last two victories. We also honored them at the December 3rd Christmas Parade and will yet again honor them with their own parade on December 17th at 1 pm. The parade route will begin at Babylon Town Hall and travel down Wellwood Avenue to the Middle School field. Let’s join them again with some extra special Lindy Pride!
Speaking of the Christmas Tree Parade and Tree Lighting, we were honored to join former Mayor Tom Brennan and his wife, Diane as the Historical Society had them light the tree. Thousands of people attend the parade and tree lighting which made for a wonderful event.
Prior to the tree lighting, we also unveiled the plaque that will be placed near the brand new Clock in the WW Memorial Mall on Wellwood Avenue. The clock was purchased through the kind donations of the Business Improvement District as well as many local families, community groups and businesses that have been synonymous with Lindenhurst and its great history.
By now, you should have received your 2018 Village Calendar. It is a new updated version with some additional information including the sanitation calendar for both December 2017 and January 2019. The calendars were delivered as an insert in the South Bay. A digital version of the calendar is also available right here on our website!
Deputy Mayor Maryann Weckerle and I also wish to remind residents that driving during the winter months can be extremely dangerous, especially when it snows. However, driving with extra caution and adhering to the rules of the road can help to ensure safe passage for all motorists. Motorists can enhance safety, visibility, and mobility throughout the season by making sure that our vehicles are winter–ready. Before driving, be sure to clear all windows, lights and external mirrors of snow and ice, be observant of roadway conditions and proceed at appropriate speeds.
In the event of a snow emergency, be alert to weather advisories. If you do not need to travel, stay put until the roads are cleared of snow and ice. If you must drive: 1) Plan alternate ways and allow extra time to travel to main routes and to your place of destination; 2) Slow down, brake slowly and allow plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead of you; 3) During times of reduced visibility, watch for pedestrians, bicycles and disabled vehicles; 4) Maintain your vehicle properly. Check your car battery and replenish antifreeze and windshield washer fluids. Always keep a flashlight, snowbrush, ice scraper, jumper cables, blankets and an extra set of clothes in your vehicle and finally, 5) Keep a cell phone and charger handy.
As soon as you are aware that bad weather is on the way, make every effort to keep your car off the street. This protects your car from being plowed in or being hit by passing vehicles and the snowplow has space to safely plow the snow. Generally speaking when shoveling out the mouth of your driveway, throw the snow to the right of your driveway. Throwing or plowing snow into the road can create a patch of snow and ice and cause a hazardous condition. It is unlawful to shovel or dump snow into spaces reserved for handicap parking.
“Let us all try to make this winter enjoyable and free from motor vehicle accidents by taking that extra step to ensure the safety of yourself and your fellow motorists,” notes Deputy Mayor Weckerle.
It is important to our administration that we continue to hear the ideas, suggestions and concerns of residents. If you have something you would like to share with the Village Board, please contact Village Hall.
Along with the Board of Trustees, our Administrative staff and all the employees of the Village, we look forward to continuing to serve the Village to the best of our abilities for the betterment of Lindenhurst!
Mayor Michael A. Lavorata