Williston Park preps for storm season

Paul Ehbar

I hope all had wonderful Happy Thanksgiving with their family and friends. 

This American traditional celebration begins the holiday season. Drivers please be mindful of the earlier setting sun as the roads become more hazardous. 

Residents of all ages, from children to seniors, are out walking, riding bikes, jogging, etc. 

While on the subject of safety, the Safety and Parking Committee has begun a “Push the Button” program. Committee members have been stressing the need for pedestrians to use crosswalks when crossing main thoroughfares and to “push the button “to activate the pedestrian crossing signal.

While on the topic of safety, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind residents of the village parking regulations during a snow storm. 

Once a snow fall reaches two inches and a “Snow Emergency” is declared all cars must be removed from the village streets. Start planning in advance of where you may park to avoid a violation. If your driveway can’t support all vehicles, residents should consider working with their neighbors to share driveway space. 

Tickets are issued to vehicles in violation of this ordinance, so I ask all to be prepared to remove vehicles from the streets. This requirement was established many years ago so that plowing operations can be efficient and roads made as safe as possible. 

Please do not put snow in the street while shoveling as this creates a dangerous condition. Plows may pass a street on a number of occasions so one should not assume that once a truck makes a pass its job is finished. 

With the colder weather moving in be mindful of your neighbors, especially seniors and those live alone as they may tend to stay inside to avoid harsh weather.  It would be neighborly to check on these individuals regularly to ensure they are okay. 

Being helpful and friendly with our neighbors is one of the factors that make this village outstanding.

Veterans, volunteer firefighters and eligible seniors must file tax exemption forms no later than Dec. 31, 2014. For questions regarding the requirements contact Village Hall either by telephone (746-2193) or stopping in to the office (Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.).

As residents are shopping and eating out more during this holiday season consider our numerous shops, and restaurants. Supporting our businesses contributes to a healthy thriving community.

Most important of all, the village tree lighting will take place at 6 p.m. at Village Hall this Sunday Dec. 6. 

The Recreation Committee has organized a fantastic program which should not be missed by anyone. Join your friends and neighbors in this annual village tradition. 

There is a rumor going around that Santa will be arriving by a Williston Park Fire Truck.

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