Town of Lewisboro Memorial Day celebration via Zoom features small wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Town House
Today is Friday, May 22nd. The most recently released figures for Lewisboro, at the time of this publication, are one new active case and 93 total open cases. We look forward to reporting 0 for many weeks in a row if we continue to be considerate, organized and aware.
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
Monday is Memorial Day. This is of note for multiple reasons. Traditionally, Memorial Day is an American holiday to honor those who have died fighting in wars. It was originally conceived after the Civil War. In its conception as “Decoration Day”, the soldiers being honored and memorialized were all Americans who had opposed one another. Essentially, Memorial Day was developed as a unifying act of solidarity for a nation recovering from a bloody civil war based upon a fierce opposition of ideals. It has now become a day to remember and thank our dead from all wars. I was brought up hearing the words of my college poet, Laurence Binyon:
“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
We do have a way to honor Memorial Day this year, as a Town, and let us all take the 30 minutes necessary to tune in. More information is below in the Veteran’s Advisory Committee section.
Recreation Opportunities this weekend: In addition to the parks that continue to be open and re-open across the County, Croton Point Park Beach and Playland Beach will be open. Capacity will be limited to 50% and strict social distancing is expected. A mask is not recommended in the water as it could be a drowning hazard. The only need for a mask at the beach is when you are walking on to set up, walking off for the day, and anytime you may need to break social distancing guidelines of 6 ft. Try to avoid that in every way possible and be prepared for if/when you cannot maintain the appropriate distance of at least 6 feet. This means planning a path to and from the water that doesn’t encroach on anyone’s space and making sure young children do the same if they can, or wear a mask to the water that you remove for them once they get there. Because a mask can be a choking hazard in the water, don’t expect lifeguards to be wearing masks and do respect their space. Don’t approach unless absolutely necessary. Be mindful, be prepared, don’t gather and have goodwill. That will be enough to keep us happy, safe and recreating here in Westchester County. That is something to be grateful for!
A WORD FROM OUR DEPARTMENTS, AFFILIATES, BOARDS AND COMMITTEES:
The Veteran’s Advisory Committee:
The Veteran’s Advisory Committee is a newly formed committee chaired by John Lemke and created under the advisement of Board Member Tony Gonçalves. On Monday at 10AM, they have planned a small wreath-laying ceremony in front of the Town House. Due to current circumstances, it is not a public event and no more than 10 people will be in attendance including Chair John Lemke, Board Members Castelhano and Gonçalves, Veteran and former member of the Board, Frank Kelly. Emma Gomes of Scouts Pack 154 will be laying the wreath, accompanied by her mother and longtime community volunteer, Doris Peter. Taps will be played by Tom Gossett. Please take the time to pause and reflect with those who feel personally connected to this holiday.
Board Member Gonçalves plans to tape and live stream this ceremony over ZOOM and subsequently upload it to YouTube so that people can watch it on their own timeline.
Time: May 25, 2020 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Join on Monday via the link below:
The Dept of Parks & Rec:
In addition to The Superintendent of KLSD re-opening the track and tennis courts, we will be re-opening our parking lots at Fox Valley and Onatru on Saturday along with our tennis courts. To get your tennis permit go here https://www.lewisbororecreation.com/tennis
We had our first successful online BINGO BASH and look forward to continuing to bring more and more programming to you as we thoughtfully re-open in phases.
We continue to collect cards for Lois to celebrate her 101st
birthday. Lifelong Lewisboro resident. Her first birthday in quarantine. If you want to contribute a card click HERE
The Pedestrian/Bicycle Advisory Committee:
We are currently drafting a document to assist Lewisboro residents in sharing the road as drivers of motorized vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, equestrians, animals, and playing children. Given our new restrictions, neighborhood recreation and road use has increased. We have been specifically tasked with coming up some guidelines for nighttime road use. We look forward to publishing this document when it is complete.
The Lewisboro Library invites you to "Meet the Animals of the Stamford Museum & Nature Center" on Wednesday, May 27 at 10:30 am via Zoom. To register and receive the meeting ID, send an email to
. The meeting ID will be sent out on May 26.
Local Emergency Services:
Armed Forces Week is celebrated in the week leading up to Armed Forces Day (the third Saturday in May). For American service members, Armed Forces Week is an occasion to remember past and present service for all branches of the service.
Update for ‘Adopt a JJHS Senior’:
This is the student survey LINK
This is the family volunteer LINK
While Steve Grskovic’s awesome PSA commercial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_i8L-7QrAY&feature=youtu.be
) didn’t seem to fit the theme Cuomo’s office had in mind for this project, we still think it’s impressive, we’re glad he created it, we’re proud of the submission and pleased that it will get some airtime as part of Bowery Film Festival's special COVID-19 category to highlight unique and original works during this challenging time. It premieres this Sat @ 7PM EST on their Instagram page!
While Memorial Day is a somber and serious holiday, it is also traditionally a long weekend to enjoy the last days of spring and gather with friends and family for some fun. While this year we encourage you not to gather, please do go ahead and have a little fun with those you shelter with, or at a safe distance from those you love.
The Office of the Supervisor
Peter H. Parsons, Leo Masterson, Jennifer Castelhano, Jane Crimmins, Tony Gonꞔalves, Dan Welsh, Mary Hafter