Dear Friends and Neighbors,
As you might be aware, we will be celebrating our 50 (fifty) year anniversary as an Incorporated Village this year. Fifty years ago a group of very vigilant and intelligent individuals observed the necessity to gather together and work tirelessly to make others aware in this community of the need to control our own destiny. As engineers and architects were busy planning and designing the Smith Haven mall, these people were knocking on doors and meeting with residents to discuss the possibility of incorporating and setting up borders.
These individuals had the awareness to realize that while progress is a positive thing, it also can have a very negative impact if not regulated and controlled. They saw the need for local laws to protect the quality of life for the population surrounding the wave of what was to come. I, for one am very grateful for their efforts and accomplishments. Because of their hard work, we now celebrate a community that is the envy of many in the surrounding areas.
Local government, closest to the people is the most conscientious and responsive form of government.
Village codes, local laws and providing for our own services creates an environment we all can be proud of. We are all just a phone call or a visit to Village Hall away from getting answers or solutions to concerns and comments.
We hold developers and retailers to a higher standard of architecture, signage and conduct of operations. We are continually updating our local laws to keep pace with our rapidly changing way of life. Being cognizant of what works and doesn’t work for our community and being able to enforce our codes is what maintains our quality of life.
For these reasons home values are generally higher in Incorporated Villages than in the areas of the same township that are not incorporated.
I am very proud of our accomplishments and our reputation as the Incorporated Village of Lake Grove. Please help show your pride by joining the festivities the weekend of August 18th and 19th, with most of the events happening at our Village Green/Memorial Park adjoining Village Hall. A committee has been formed and is working enthusiastically to make this a celebration for all to enjoy a weekend of music, vendors, mementoes and much, much more.
If you would like to participate and volunteer to help in the planning, please contact us at Village Hall (631-585-2000, or stop in between 9:00am -430pm Monday-Friday). There is still plenty of work to be done.
Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to seeing you all at the celebration.
Robert (Bob) Scottaline, Mayor