WOODBURY - If you’re shopping at Woodbury Common and getting a little hungry, you no longer have to go find a place to eat.
Now you can have the food brought to you.
Woodbury Common Premium Outlets has announced the launch of Woodbury Quick Eats.
The new food delivery service can be accessed through four secure, weatherproof iPads. They’re located in Market Hall, Black Dirt Bourbon Barn, the Welcome Center and near the Calvin Klein store in the Saratoga District.
The service also can be accessed through mobile devices. There is a $4.99 convenience fee for shoppers and a $2.99 fee for employees.
Among the on-site restaurants whose food can be ordered through the service are the Shake Shack, Melt Shop, Just Salad, Kung Po Wok, Umi Teriyaki, Auntie Anne’s, McDonald’s, Cinnabon, Haagen-Dazs and Dyland’s Candy Bar.
Delivery personnel driving golf carts will bring the food to the four iPad locations. If shoppers prefer, they can pick up the food directly from the eateries.
David Mistretta, general manager of Woodbury Common, calls it a “one-of-a-kind amenity.”
“Shoppers can sit at any of the benches throughout the property and enjoy their meal in the open, or they can relax and eat while sipping a drink at Black Dirt Bourbon Barn,” Mistretta said.
“Wooodbury Quick Eats is the kind of unique experience that visitors have come to expect and enjoy at Woodbury Common.”
DEP reservoir trash cleanup sets a new record
Volunteers in the Catskills and Hudson Valley removed a record amount of trash last month during the New York City Department of Environmental Protection's Reservoir Cleanup Day.
More than 400 people collected about 4,650 pounds of trash and recyclables on Sept. 30 from around the Ashokan, Cannonsville, Neversink and Pepacton reservoirs in the Catskill Mountains; and at the East Branch, Kensico, Lake Gleneida, Muscoot and New Croton reservoirs in the Hudson Valley, according to a news release from NYC DEP.
It was the most trash collected since the agency started the Cleanup Day project five years ago.
Volunteers included school groups, environmental advocates, businesses, local nonprofits and residents.
Last year's cleanup collected 4,500 pounds of trash and debris, the news release said.
DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza thanked the volunteers for their participation, and noted the need for more prevention.
“The results from our cleanup event are impressive, but they also underscore the need for greater education," Sapienza said in the news release.
"Too many people are still carelessly disposing their garbage. DEP is committed to teaching more people about outdoor ethics and the principles of leaving no trace when recreating on our lands and waters.”
Sullivan official McGraw joins NY rural health board
MONTICELLO - Sullivan County's public health director was recently elected to the board of a nonprofit organization focused on improving the health of rural New York residents.
Nancy McGraw will serve on the board of directors for the New York State Association for Rural Health, Sullivan County announced.
“I am honored to be a part of this hardworking team of professionals, who represent municipalities, health care organizations, and rural health networks across New York,” McGraw said in a news release from the county.
“We aim to ensure State and Federal lawmakers and leaders do not forget the critical needs of rural communities and the people they serve.”
Some of the association's priorities include improving access to high-quality health care and services in rural areas, and providing access to broadband telecommunications.
M-W district to hold referendum Oct. 23
CENTRAL VALLEY - Monroe-Woodbury School District residents will vote in a referendum Oct. 23 on a set of capital projects requiring $4 million in borrowing that administrators say would be repaid with state aid and have no tax impact.
The $8.4 million proposal includes two artificial-turf sports fields, a new track and a replacement of the high school’s air-conditioning system.
Officials say the district needs the new fields to replace grass playing areas that are often in poor condition due to overuse and being water-logged with rain because they are located in a bowl-shaped area.
The new fields would be used for football, soccer, lacrosse and baseball.
Much of the cost would be paid with $1.9 million in reserved capital funds, $1.5 million from the state Department of Transportation, and $1 million in state funds from Assemblyman James Skoufis and the Assembly.
The district plans to issue bonds for the remaining $4 million.
Administrators say annual state aid payments will cover 70 percent of the project cost and exceed the bond costs.
The referendum will take place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Oct. 23 at Central Valley Elementary School, 45 Route 32.
For more information, go to: www.mw.k12.ny.us/about/proposed-capital-improvement-project.
New Mediterranean-style eatery in Middletown
MIDDLETOWN - Let's Falafel & Grill, a restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean, Greek and Lebanese cuisine, had its grand opening at 20 East Main Street on Thursday.
The restaurant's menu includes four kinds of humus, falafel, chicken shawarma on pita or flat bread, kalamata feta dip and a variety of salads and platters.
Owner Mario Pavlopolous, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, said he opened the Middletown location because of a lack of authentic Mediterranean food options in the area.
"I've noticed in this town some people, they're not familiar with this kind of food," Pavlopolous said Friday. "So they're coming in and they're asking, 'What is that?'"
Pavlopolous said dishes at the restaurant are made from scratch with fresh ingredients.
"This is real, traditional Mediterranean, the way we learned it from our moms," Pavlopolous said.
The small business currently has three employees. It is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., closed on Sundays.
Delivery, carryout, and catering is available. Visit the Facebook page for Let's Falafel & Grill for information.
Meal will remember victims of substance abuse
TOWN OF WALLKILL - Friends of Recovery, an organization of people in long-term recovery and their supporters, will hold a community meal in memory of people lost to substance abuse.
It takes place from noon-3 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the Town of Wallkill Community Center.
The event, co-sponsored by the Kyle Goldberg Foundation, is an invitation for people to come together and share a meal, a memory, and hope.
Seating is limited, so reserve a place by emailing Friendsofrecoveryorange@gmail.com or by calling 845-294-9000 ext. 225.
The Wallkill Community Center is at 7-9 Wes Warren Drive in Scotchtown.