The Village will be Incorporated fifty years as of September 2018. While that is still nineteen months away, the time to start planning a celebration is now. Volunteers will be needed to plan and also follow through with arrangements.
I encourage all to reach out by phone, social media or in person at Village Hall with ideas of how best to acknowledge this milestone. Some of you may remember our forty year anniversary when we packed the Village Green, Memorial Park and topped the evening with entertainment by the Beatles tribute band, Strawberry Fields.
Fifty years should and will be a bigger celebration. Lake Grove was incorporated by a vote of 552 to 332 on September 9, 1968. Today Lake Grove is a proud, independent and debt free Village. We have beautiful parks for children and adults that boast two brand new tennis and basketball courts. Our memorial park provides a place to reflect and honor our veterans, first responders and those that made the ultimate sacrifice on September 11, 2001. The park has a tree grown from a seedling of the 911 survivor tree. A symbol of our country’s resilience, strength and perseverance donated to Lake Grove by some of our brave first responders.
We provide a wonderful summer program for our children and a fall Harvest Festival that is a great family day outing. Holiday celebrations and summer concerts present an opportunity for residents to meet and share time with their neighbors.
In the last few years our Department of Pubic Works has been updated with all brand new equipment from mowers and snow blowers, to trucks, backhoe and pay-loaders. The right tools for an extremely friendly and competent crew.
Equally friendly and competent, our office staff has been together for many years and provide knowledge and experience to help with any issues that our residents may have.
In contrast to some other levels of government, our Village Board has been together for many years and works in harmony for the good of all. We consider ourselves to be public servants without personal agendas. We love what we do and together I feel we have been successful in providing our residents with what they expect and doing so while remaining within our means.
Whereas I proudly serve as the fifth Mayor in the history of this incredible Village, I realize that it takes contributions from all to keep the highest standard of living that we have all grown to expect. So please feel free to keep the ideas coming on how we can best celebrate this milestone and show our pride in our modest, self-governing and successful Village.
As always, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
Robert (Bob) Scottaline