Welcome to Winter! As we have moved into 2019, the Administration wishes everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. Believe me, if anyone can attest to that it is my family. We are hoping for better things health-wise for our First Lady, Helen, who has been through an ordeal. I also wish to thank everyone for their kind messages, flowers and of course, prayers. We feel them.
Now onto the business at hand.
We continue to see progress in our Downtown Business District. Remember, the focus of the Administration has been to move towards a more family friendly Village with new restaurants and an overall appeal for both residents and visitors alike. That realization will be even more obvious as we move through 2019.
I also wish to thank everyone who participated on December 2nd despite the misty weather. A large crowd gathered to usher in the Holiday Season with the Annual Christmas Parade which also included our Lindenhurst High School Varsity Football Team, our repeat Suffolk County Champions! The events of the day were completed with the lighting of our Christmas Tree. Our honored “tree lighters” were Pete Guglieri and John Reilly. We thank them for making the day even better.
For those who may have missed the last Mayor’s Message, I want to reiterate the welcome additions of the Restoration Kitchen as the newest family members to our string of new restaurants and W A Meadwerks as another cool place for those who “feel the need to Meade!” There are several more surprises which will be unveiled over the next few months but suffice to say, Lindy will become more the place to be, so get excited everyone as we move forward with many more great projects and eateries.
By now, you also should have received your 2019 Village Calendar. It is a new updated version with some additional information including the sanitation calendar through January 2020.
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