Port Jervis Week in Review August 12 2012Aug 14th, 2012 | By HV Insider | Category: In Your Town
MAYOR POTTER’S WEEK IN REVIEW
August 4, 2012– August 11, 2012
The Port Jervis Council for the Arts hosted a Historic Home & Garden Tour throughout the City of Port Jervis on August 4th from 1 to 4 pm. The homes that were displayed were 21 East Main Street the Healy residence, 1 Elizabeth Street the Zube residence, 61 Sussex Street the Blanton and Radtke residence, and 238 East Main Street the Hylas residence. Mayor Potter sincerely thanks the Healys, Zubes, Mr. Blanton and Mr. Radtke, and Mr. & Mrs. Hylas as well as everyone involved with the Port Jervis Council for the Arts. On behalf of myself and the Common Council Mayor Potter thanks The Port Jervis Council for the Arts for the professional, beautiful & elegant display of what Port Jervis has to offer. Future tours of the secret beauties of Port Jervis are hoped for and will be encouraged.
On Tuesday August 7th the 6th Annual National Night Out Against Crime was the largest yet with approximately 5,000 attendees. The event kicked off with the Proud to be Drug Free march sponsored by the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program from City Hall to Riverside park at 5:30 pm. The march featured Port Jervis’ youth, local police officers, volunteer firefighters, EMS crews, elected officials and school administrators. The event began at 6 pm with around 50 organizations maintaining booths to offer free information and free products to the public. There were brief remarks by City of Port Jervis Police Chief William Worden, Mayor Potter proclaimed August 7,2012 National Night Out, Assemblywoman Annie Rabbit, and Senator John Bonacic. There was a K-9 demonstration by Sergeant David Campbell and K-9 Scout from the Orange County Sherriff’s Department. Other performances took place throughout the night which included local karate schools and music artists. Mayor Potter expressed extreme gratitude to the National Night Out Committee for organizing the event, especially Chief William Worden and Ellen Waugh.
Tuesday August 7th was also Cruzin’ Port which lined downtown Front Street with beautiful old-school cars. Port Jervis resident Harold Butler organizes Cruzin’ Port and Mayor Potter is extremely grateful for the hard work that he does to maintain this valuable event. The next Cruzin’ Port will be September 4th from 5 to 9 pm everyone is invited to attend and bring your car down; maybe you’ll win a trophy!
Tuesday August 7th was a busy night in Port Jervis; it was also the second installment of the Fresh Connect Program at Save-A-Lot on Jersey Avenue. Chef Kathleen Shortell gave a cooking demonstration with all locally grown produce and gave samples of a vegetable stir fry with brown rice pilaf, homemade locally grown peach jam, homemade locally grown peach syrup, and a roasted chicken with peach syrup. She also gave a demonstration of “how to can.” Mayor Potter is appreciative of the Fresh Connect Program and looks forward to the next installment of the program on September 4th from 4 to 6:30 pm at Save-A-Lot at 107 Jersey Avenue. Residents of Port Jervis and surrounding areas as well as any visitor is encouraged to attend the event, pick up some cooking tips and recipes, and taste the delicious locally grown samples.
The Summer Concert Series at Riverside Park is every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. Mayor Potter would like to encourage the citizens of Port Jervis to attend the concerts on the Delaware River. This week on August 8th Will Hoppey played, and next week on August 15th Sweeter Than Honey will play!
Mayor Potter proclaimed August 9, 2012 “All Group Agencies Volunteer Day” to help inform the community of the efforts of the volunteers. On August 9, 2012 the Port Jervis Nutrition Program held their annual volunteer recognition luncheon. Our local Nutrition Program provides approximately 100 meals per day to senior citizens and others that need sustenance through the meals on wheels program funded by the Orange County Office for the Aging. The meals are delivered by community volunteers and by several volunteer organizations. There are three organizations that volunteer their time and have been doing so for over ten years, they are; Up Front Dayhab from Port Jervis, Sullivan ARC Industries from Monticello, and The Family Empowerment Council from Middletown. The most recent volunteer organization is Orange County AHRC from Middletown which has been affiliated with the Nutrition Program for three years. There are also several individuals who have been delivering meals for the Nutrition Program and donating their time and effort through no organization with their kindness.
There was a presentation by Dr. Jonathan Sarfati August 11th at the Exploration Science Center in Port Jervis to discuss”Design, Deluge, and Dilemma” and to answer questions. It was an honor to have Dr. Sarfati visit Port Jervis, and Mayor Potter would like to thank him for his presentation.
The Port Jervis American Youth Football League & Cheer will be sponsoring The 2nd Annual Riverside Music Festival on August 18th from noon to 11 pm. The bands that will perform are Tattoo You, Craw Daddy, Devairia, Revaholics, Twitch, Billy Spanton, Moving Company, and a Latin Dance Party with DJ Ricco. The concession stand will be open throughout this event and there is a $5 dollar requested donation for entry. Mayor Potter would like to encourage everyone to attend this concert and enjoy some good music on the Delaware River.
The Port Jervis Recreation Department is sponsoring the adult Softball League each Sunday in Riverside Park. Games begin at 10:00 am and there is a second game at noon. These games are great for exercise to play or something fun to watch on a Sunday Morning on the Delaware River.
There will be a FREE outdoor movie at Riverside Park sponsored by the Port Jervis Recreation Department on August 16th, Mayor Potter would like to encourage all residents and visitors to attend and enjoy Toy Story 3.