Friday, 07 August 2009 00:00
Mayor Michael R. Koblenz has announced a special environmental day in East Hills to be held on Saturday, Sept. 5. The day that will be known as “Green Day” in East Hills will feature many environmentally friendly programs and products which could reduce dependence on foreign oil and despoiling of the environment. The mayor stated “being environmentally friendly is one our village’s most important objectives. While we often have to balance cost against technology, we want to inform our residents about means to use solar energy, better vehicles, and recycling of paper and plastics.” The mayor appointed Jed Pomerantz, who is one of the outstanding community leaders to chair effort. “Jed is always effective and a pleasure to chair our various committees,” said Mayor Koblenz. It is expected that outdoor tables of information and vendors will also include hybrid cars as well as companies with solar panels. East Hills also recycles its paper and plastics and also fully complies with federal mandates that require pure water run-off in order not to contaminate our streams and water supplies. Last summer, the East Hills Department of Safety added two hybrid cars to improve air quality and reduce gas consumption. In addition, the village has a state-of-the-art website in order to avoid sending many notifications and circulars and employs sign-up mechanisms online as well as a question and answer process without using paper. “This is an age in which we want to offer our residents every viable means to reduce the use of oil and maximize recycling. It is therefore an effort we applaud and support fully. We expect this event to be annual and build year after year,” said Mayor Koblenz.
New Residents Day
In other news, East Hills will once again hold a New Residents Day on Sunday, Oct. 18, in order to extend a warm and cordial welcome to the newest residents in East Hills. Mayor Koblenz stated, “It is now a tradition over the past five years to annually greet our newest neighbors and inform them of the extensive services our village supplies. Of course, the Park at East Hills continues to be a major attraction which frequently is a deciding factor in selecting our community.” In addition, the board of trustees and the mayor will be answering questions about programs and facilities. Other members of the administration will be on hand to address issues involving new construction and other codes and regulations. The residents will be treated to a brunch in the village theater and be given many of the publications that the Koblenz administration prepares, including its state-of-the-art calendar. The services in East Hills include curbside pickup for recyclables, road repair and replacement, security, administrative facilities, snow removal, zoning regulation, code enforcement, tree removal, and a village justice court.