Village of Chester News

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Friends of Walton Lake Annual Clean Up - Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Friends of Walton Lake (FOWL) would like to invite you to assist in their efforts to clean Walton Lake on Saturday, May 18, 2024, between 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Supported by the Town of Monroe and Village of Chester this will be the 3rd annual clean up and 5th overall.

     The first cleanup FOWL organized was in September 2021: a group of 27 volunteers retrieved over 2 tons of debris from Walton Lake including 57 automobile tires, laptop computer, bowling ball and numerous unidentifiable items. Each effort has removed thousands of pieces of garbage from the Village of Chester drinking water. FOWL continues to strive to do its part to maintain these pristine waters, with the help of its members and new friends, in keeping this beautiful planet clean and environmentally balanced.

     If you can join us, FOWL will be staging across from Monarca Cantina Mexican Restaurant at 438 Lakes Road, Monroe. Limited parking is available in the gravel parking lot, so please be environmentally friendly and carpool if possible. If you forget a trash bag, there will be some available and a trash drop off point established at the staging area. Please visit “Friends of Walton Lake” on Facebook for updated information about our Walton Lake Clean-Up event and to learn more about our volunteer organization. Thank you in advance for your participation and support.

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Chester Community Clean Up 2024 - Saturday, May 11, 2024

May 11, 2024 9 AM – 12 PM (Rain Date May 18, 2024)

The Town of Chester in conjunction with the Kiwanis Club of Chester invites you to participate in our Annual Chester Community Clean Up Day to be held on May 11, 2024 from 9 AM through 12 PM.  A rain date is scheduled for May 18th.

Each year, we meet at Wendy’s Parking lot on Brookside Avenue and set out from there in teams.

Proper equipment including work gloves and safety vests are provided.

We will meet back at Tina’s parking lot where lunch is provided for all the volunteers.

Your assistance in this community effort is much appreciated and will go a long way to help us beautify our Town.

Together we can make Chester a place we can all be proud of!

For more information, please contact Tom Flynn @ 845-782-2345


Chester Cemetery Association Sponsor a Flag Fundraiser 2024


Once again, the Chester Cemetery Association will be sponsoring their annual “Sponsor a Flag” fundraiser on Memorial Day weekend.  Last year over 500 flags were placed along Main Street and other Village streets in memory of, in honor of or compliments of an individual.  Traditionally, this is the weekend of the Kiwanis 5K race and beautifies our roadways for the race and weekend.

Funds raised are used to support the maintenance of the Chester Cemetery.  Sponsorship is only $5.00 per flag.  Tags will be placed on the flag for your honoree.

If you would like to sponsor a flag, please contact:
Betty Ann @ 845-742-4077
Tom @ 845-551-3226
Fred @ 845-469-4374
Cindy (FOR VENMO) @ 845-469-4333
Michelle (FOR VENMO) @ 845-401-0476

Help us show everyone Chester’s Patriotism on Memorial Day Weekend


The Coolest Recycling Drive of 2024 - Saturday, April 20, 2024

Date:     Saturday, April 20, 2024
Time:     10 AM – 2 PM
Place:   Chester Town Hall, 1786 Kings Highway, Chester NY 10918
Cost:     Free

We are collecting & properly recycling small appliances with refrigerants.
The Town of Chester NY is a first-time participant in Sustainable Warwick’s Coolest Recycling Drive of 2024!  Chester NY area residents are invited to bring small appliances with refrigerants so they can be collected and properly recycled.

We’re Collecting:
Window air conditioners, dehumidifiers, water coolers, mini-fridges and other small appliances with refrigerants

Please Note:  Appliances must fit in the trunk of a car

The Town of Chester NY
Chester Conservation Advisory Council
Sustainable Warwick

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Chester Kiwanis Memorial Day Weekend 5K Race - Saturday, May 25th, 2024

Chester Kiwanis is pleased to host the 29th edition of the Memorial Day Weekend 5K Race on Saturday May 25, 2024 at 8:45 AM.

Entrants will pick up their bib and tee shirt at the Chester Community Park between 7:20 AM and 8:35 AM.  Tech tee shirt is guaranteed to all preregistered entrants received by May 15th.

At the conclusion of the race, there will be refreshments, a full hot breakfast and free raffle drawings.  We welcome the running community to Chester and look forward to you joining us for this popular event.

All proceeds benefit:  High School Scholarships; “Welcome to Kindergarten” bags; Christmas Toyland; Veterans; Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital; the Community Food Pantry; the Salvation Army; the March of Dimes and other regional charities.

Runner Awards:  Trophies to the overall top 3 male and female finishers.  Medals given to the top 3 male and female finishers in the following categories:  12 and under; 13-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69 and 70+up.

Walker Awards:  Trophy to the first-place male and female who walk – not run/walk – 100% of the route.

Pre-registration Entry Fee $30; Children under 12 $20; After May 22 and Race Day Entry Fee $35

Online Registration:

For more information, call 845-379-1205 or email [email protected]

If you’re mailing the registration, it MUST be postmarked by MAY 18th:  Send checks Payable to Kiwanis Club of Chester to Kiwanis Club of Chester, P.O. Box 483, Chester, NY 10918

Click HERE for the flier and registration form.

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Never Miss a Payment - Enroll in Auto Pay Today

Enroll in Auto Pay Today for Tax, Water, and Sewer Payments! 

1) Visit our online payment portal HERE.

2) Register as a new user and schedule your payment(s) by opting into auto pay. You may chose to enroll for all your services (water, sewer, tax) or just one service. 

3) You will receive an email prior to payment being processed. The email will contain a reference number.

** If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to call our office at 845-469-2388 **

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Orange and Rockland Utilities Energy Affordability Program

Eligible Customers Can Receive a Credit of Up to $61 on Monthly Energy Bills

PEARL RIVER, NY August 30, 2023 – Orange and Rockland Utilities (O&R) asks customers receiving qualifying government assistance benefits to make sure they are enrolled in the Energy Affordability Program (EAP).  This program can provide a discount of up to $61 on monthly energy bills.  Customers can visit or scan the QR code for more information.

The EAP provides discounts for qualified low-income customers to limit utility costs to 6 percent of average annual income.  The discount is based on a statewide formula that is updated annually and adjusted if delivery costs change.

This program is just one of the steps that Orange & Rockland is taking to ensure that the move away from fossil fuels to a clean energy future does not disproportionately burden low-income customers.
Orange & Rockland continues to reach out to customers via emails, social media posts and other means to encourage enrollment.

Enrollment For EAP Is Easier Than Ever
Customers can Apply Online.  Those receiving an eligible government benefit can self-certify that they qualify for this program.  Orange & Rockland sends each enrolled customer a letter with details on the monthly discount.
Keeping Energy Affordable for Vulnerable Customers
Orange & Rockland helps customers identify ways to keep energy affordable.  By visiting customers can learn about financial assistance, the Home Energy Assistance Program and the Neighbor Fund.

The company also offers special protections and payment programs for seniors, those with special needs, customers experiencing medical emergencies or domestic violence.
Providing Convenient, Flexible Payment Options
Orange & Rockland offers a wide array of Payment Plans.  Customers can find the terms that are right for them by logging into My Account to see options including:

  • Budget Billing helps customers avoid seasonal price spikes by spreading energy payments out evenly across the year.
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Last year, the New York State Electric and Gas Bill Relief Program provided almost 4,000 residential and over 100 small business Orange & Rockland customers with one-time bill credits automatically applied toward past-due balances for service through May 1, 2022.  The total benefit to customers was over $6.9 million in relief.

About Orange & Rockland
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