It’s an annual “start the year off right” tradition for Green Team Sales Associates. And so Green Team Realty’s Launch 2020 is about to take off . Launch is a “friendly little competition” designed to enhance skills that will lead to excellent client service throughout the year. Therefore, even for those not on a winning team, it’s still a win-win situation.
It’s a new kind of competition this year!
This year Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, has created a totally new format. There are still two teams in each office (Warwick and Vernon) battling it out for first place. However this year’s Launch requires team members to attend training sessions, one a week, for ten weeks. After each session there will be a ten question quiz. The team in each office with the highest cumulative score will earn a place on the Launch perpetual plaque. In addition, they’ll receive a prize budget to be spent on a team event of their choosing. Of course, we’ll also have a blog post and press release created for our winning teams.
This year’s team captains and names are:
Green Team New York Realty
Karen and Tiffany are first-time team leaders, and both are very enthusiastic about the upcoming competition.
Green Team New Jersey Realty
Keren and Cathie’s team’s had a tight competition during 2019 Launch, but Witte’s Wonders took the prize. We can expect another very close race and great results from these teams.
Five… four… three… two… one
Launch 2020 is taking off, providing Green Team’s Sales Associates with up-to-date knowledge about the industry, marketing, social media, technology tools and training and more. And that is definitely a win-win situation. For our Sales Associates and for their clients.
7 Main Street, Warwick NY – Before the Renovation
Raising the roof at Green Team New York Realty was just one of the improvements made to its building at 7 Main Street in Warwick, NY. Geoff Green, President of Green Team Realty, would walk around downtown, admiring the beautiful buildings and the renovations taking place. Then he’d glance over at the Green Team building, knowing it needed a major face lift. In addition, there was the issue of the four roofs. Yes, the building basically had four separate roofs just slapped together over the years. Geoff took aerial photos with his drone which show the poor state these roofs were in.
Making It Happen
Geoff relays the story beyond the renovation below:
I would have done it 10 years sooner, but I simply didn’t have the money. My wife Laura and I saved for many years to make this renovation happen.
There are aerial shots I took with my drone showing the poor state of affairs for the roof. The solution that you see now is all credited to our Architect Christopher Collins. I am extremely grateful for Chris’ work on our building. We originally had a different plan from a different architect and it just simply wasn’t as good of a plan as what we now have. The building would not have looked nearly as good as it does now. Chris was a God send.
Up on the Roof
Geoff talked about the team put together to put Christopher Collins’ plan into effect.
Russ Tellier was the contractor who did the large majority of the work on the 7 Main St building along with his friend Wayne Cosh. Russ was good enough to let me GC the project so that I could save some money and ultimately make it happen. Russ and Wayne did a fine job. As one would expect with a restoration job of this size it also required an electrical upgrade of sorts. All of the electrical work was done by Ralph & Tommy Edwards. In fact, one year after the major portion of the exterior renovation, Ralph and Tommy just finalized a new service line to the building. The building was painted by Christopher Colin, d/b/a “Chris The Contractor“. Chris also did a fine job, and he continues to do all sorts of jobs here and there for us on this building and many others that we are involved in.
A Labor Of Love
Geoff’s love of construction and renovation started in childhood. And it continues to this day.
I am not really sure why, but my history has been to purchase older properties in need of repair. Pretty much every building my wife and I own has undergone some major improvements at one point or another. Early on in my career I would be on site swinging the hammer. By way of building tree forts with my Brother Matt as a kid, I learned enough about construction to be able to maintain our investment properties. However, at this point I have built a great team of contractors who allow me to pick my spots, oversee what I need to in order to cut cost down, etc. . .
I have to say this is a labor of love for me. It literally goes back to my childhood days of building tree houses and skateboard ramps. It was fun waking up early in the morning, putting on a tool belt and going out to build something. But now after about 1 hour of labor I now get aggravated and say to myself, “what the heck am I doing”. So I now tend to leave the labor to the guys who do it best.
7 Main St, Warwick, NY After the Renovation
One thing is certain. Now, when Geoff walks through downtown Warwick, he can take pride in the Green Team New York Realty building at 7 Main Street. Because it is now one of those beautiful buildings he so much admired.
Green Team Realty receives NAMI Orange Appreciation Award
Geoff Green proudly accepted NAMI Orange‘s Appreciation Award on behalf of Green Team Realty at their 15th Annual Meeting. The meeting was held on November 25 at the Orange County Department of Mental Health in Goshen, NY.. Dhanu Sannesy, President of NAMI Orange is pictured here with Geoff Green and Susan Wynn. She spoke passionately about the work being done. And inspired us all with the work yet to do.
Presenting the Award
Green Team raised both awareness and funds for NAMI Orange through its Team Up for Hope initiative. I am a member of NAMI Orange. But I am also the Green Team’s Content Marketing Manager and part of Team Up for Hope. Therefore, I was asked to present the Appreciation Award to Geoff Green. And it was an honor to read the following inscription to him and all those attending.
NAMI Orange Appreciation Award presented to Green Team Realty – a real estate company that cares what happens in its community, represented by Geoff Green.
Besides their Team Up for Hope’s very successful fundraiser which benefited NAMI Orange, Green Team Realty also organized a webinar to increase public awareness featuring two NAMI Orange members who discussed how mental health issues impact the family as well as the individual – and who educated people as to how they could get the support and the services that they might need. An excellent public service! We are honored to have had Team Up for Hope select NAMI Orange as a recipient of their charitable good works.
What is NAMI?
The National Alliance on Mental Illness, “NAMI,” began at a kitchen table in 1979. A small group of families whose lives had been impacted by mental illness got together. And they decided to take some action. Now, 40 years later, it is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the United States. There are 48 NAMI State Organizations and more than 600 local affiliates.
According to NAMI’s website, the organization “envisions a world where all people affected by mental illness live healthy, fulfilling lives supported by a community that cares.” Their mission is to provide “advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives.”
Mental illness. Let’s talk statistics
These statistics are posted on the NAMI website And they’re frightening.
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
Mental illness. Let’s talk reality
Imagine someone you know and care about becomes one of these statistics. Family members and friends suddenly find themselves in a world turned upside down. They don’t understand what has happened to their loved one. Furthermore, they don’t what to do or say to help that person. And the stigma surrounding mental illness can make it difficult to discuss the challenges with friends and family. As a result this further isolates both patient and family.
My family has lived this reality. My youngest daughter, Andrea, was diagnosed with bipolar and anxiety disorders at the age of 14. There was nothing that prepared us for the journey we suddenly found ourselves on. No guidebook to explain the mania, then the plunges into deep despair. There were prescriptions for lots of medications in lots of combinations. In addition there was therapy. However, there was nothing that helped us all to understand what was happening within her brain. No advice on how to communicate or set limits. No one telling me it wasn’t my fault. Chaos ruled our lives, exacerbated by loneliness.
NAMI Orange. Making a difference
I was introduced to NAMI Orange by a friend whose child was also struggling with a mental health diagnosis. We both signed up to take NAMI’s Family-to-Family class. This is a “peer education program for family members of adults living with mental illness.” Andrea was in the recovery stage of her illness at that time. I didn’t really need the course, I thought. But maybe I could pick up a few helpful tips. Instead, what I experienced was life changing.
People with a common goal made up our class. We wanted to learn how to better understand and help our loved ones. NAMI gave us the tools to better understand the science behind mental illness. Further, we learned about symptoms and changes to behavior and personality. In addition, we were taught communication skills, crisis preparation plans and so much more. Finally, we became our own support group. We shared our stories and the challenges we were facing. Most importantly we understood what everyone was going through.
NAMI Orange is an all-volunteer organization. Family-to-Family teachers are peers who also have an adult family member living with a mental illness. Furthermore, they go through specialized training. So do facilitators of support groups and presenters of in-school programs. The dedication of these volunteers cannot be overstated.
Team Up For Hope – Teaming up with NAMI Orange
The Green Team believes in giving back to the community. Money was raised through Light up the Holidays for the Warwick Valley Humane Society and Warwick Playground Dreams. After a few years of doing holiday lights contests, it was decided to change to a basic fund-raising effort. The name suggested was Team Up for Hope. And we decided we would team up with NAMI Orange and NAMI Sussex.
As a result, we arranged a meeting with representatives of these organizations. The information they shared with us and their passion for NAMI made a lasting impression on us. Together we were determined to raise not only funds, but awareness. That included the webinar mentioned in the award, which you can view here.
In addition, Andrea told her story of living with mental illness and her journey to recovery in a second webinar. Andrea concluded her story by performing an original song she had written about living with Bi-Polar Disorder. Sheila Sutton represented NAMI Orange again. She spoke to Andrea’s story. And Sheila also relayed the help that NAMI offers. Moreover, Geoff announced that Team Up for Hope had raised over $3,100 for NAMI Orange and over $1,500 for NAMI Sussex. To view that webinar, click here.
Andrea is a believer in sharing her journey with others in hopes of helping end the stigma surrounding mental illness. And I share her story with her permission. Further, we both share our thanks to Geoff Green. He first met Andrea during the webinar. However, knowing her diagnosis, he never hesitated to interview her for a position at the Green Team. She is now Agent Service Manager at the Warwick Office. Above all, Green Team shows that we are always Teaming Up for Hope!
Green Team Client Appreciation Day – Saying Thank You with Pie
It is no coincidence that our Client Appreciation Day takes place just before Thanksgiving.This is the time of year we reflect on who and what we are grateful for. We express our thanks to family and friends. But it is also the time of year we want our clients to know how much we appreciate them. The Client Appreciation Program is the cornerstone of Green Team Realty’s foundation. While our sales associates express their appreciation throughout the year, the Thanksgiving Pie tradition has become the highlight of the CAP program.
A Noble Tradition
Clients are invited to come to our offices to pick up their Thanksgiving pie. This gift is their sales associate’s way of saying, “Thank you for your business, your referrals, and your friendship.” Whether it’s the Warwick or Vernon office, the atmosphere is the same. There is warmth, happiness, and lots of laughter. And lots and lots of pies! Since Green Team Realty supports local businesses, these gorgeous pies are provided by Noble Pies each year.
Thanksgiving Pies – A Family Event
There is a bond that exists between Green Team’s sales associates, and a bond between sales associates and clients. And these bonds are only strengthened by events such as this. It’s almost like a family reunion. Catching up on how things are going, sharing stories and food. And for Green Teamers there is joy in knowing that in two days a pie given in appreciation will be gracing the Thanksgiving table of a valued client and friend.
November is a beautiful season here in Orange and Sussex Counties.
The beauty of leaves changing color can still be seen. And, even when skies are gray, it’s a gorgeous backdrop to the red barns and the fields that dot our counties. Of course, November brings many things. Such as Thanksgiving and the inevitable countdown of shopping days until Christmas. Better Homes & Gardens helps you take control of Thanksgiving with this handy time table and recipes. Also, here are 30+ Thanksgiving Menu Ideas from bhg.com. Further, leave it to Martha Stewart to provide us with these gorgeous table settings for Thanksgiving.
Along with all the fun and excitement of the Holiday season comes cold and flu season and a whole lot of stress. BHG.com has tips for strengthening your immune system. And they’re pretty easy to work into our daily lives. Another thing that November brings is leaves. Lots of leaves. Here are some tips from AAA Northeast on Landscaping Fall Cleanup for Your Home.
Places to Go, Things to Do in Orange and Sussex
November 1. Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site starts its new Fall/Winter hours. It will be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $4 for adults; $3 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under Free. 84 Liberty St, Newburgh, NY. 845-562-1195.
November 3: 19th Annual Salute to Military Veterans. The tribute consists of a parade highlighting Sussex County’s veterans of all branches of service. There will be military vehicles, civic groups, community and local high school bands. In addition, there will be a reading of essays by local students. Finally, a POW and MIA solemn remembrance will take place with a 21-gun salute. Refreshments will be provided at conclusion of event. 1:00 p.m. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Road, Augusta, NJ.
November 4 – 17 is Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Enjoy prix fixed meals from some of the County’s finest restaurants. Here’s the list of participating Orange County Restaurants. The 3 Course lunch is $22.95 and Dinner, $32.95. Bon appetite!
November 11: Veterans Day
The Broadway musical Hamilton renewed interest in the Revolutionary War. And there are lots of historic sites throughout Orange and Sussex Counties to explore.
Revolutionary War New Jersey has a listing of the many points of interest throughout Sussex County. Orange County Tourism shares a Revolutionary War Tour. With Veterans Day celebrated this month, it’s the perfect time to remember our Nation’s first veterans.
November 9 & 10: Thanksgiving Tasting & Toy Drive at Museum Village. This annual event features tastings of recipes of both the Pilgrim and Victorian eras, made right on the hearth. Adults: $14. For children ages 4-12 admission is $10, and children under 4 are free. This year Museum Village is asking for donations of unwrapped new toys for the Country Kids Food Pantry. They need gifts for children from 2-16 years old, with a special need for TWEEN toys. Museum Village. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, NY. 845-782-8248
November 29 & 30: Love Local Maker Market 2019. Handcrafted gifts by local artists will be available at the Warwick Community Center. In addition, there will be make-and-take ornament stations throughout the market where people of all ages can create their own handmade decorations. There will also be hot drinks and baked goods. 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 11 Hamilton Ave, Warwick, NY.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s October in Orange and Sussex Counties – and we know what that means!
Fall is in full bloom and pumpkins dot the fields throughout these sister counties. Leaves change color, providing a breathtaking landscape. During October in Orange and Sussex Counties there is a lot to see and a lot to do, culminating in Halloween. And Green Team Realty is delighted to share activities and events with you to help you enjoy this beautiful fall month.
Fall Recipes and indoor and outdoor home projects and decorating ideas for the season
Better Homes and Gardens shares 53 pumpkin recipes, one for every day of fall. As this is a busy time of year for most everyone, how about 20 Make-Ahead Famiiy Dinners from RealSimple.com. Further, Better Homes & Gardens gives us Delicious Fall Comfort Food recipes to enjoy..
And, as the weather cools down, using the oven seems like a fitting idea. So Southern Living gives us 30 Fall Cookie and Bar Recipes Every Baker Needs. Finally, Southern Living also gives us 68 Fall Table Decor Ideas That Will be the Hit of Your Party. These gorgeous seasonal decorations will enhance entertaining and family meals (and dessert), as well. And there are beautiful creations to help you start planning for your Thanksgiving table.
Better Homes and Gardens provides you with 8 Landscape Ideas for Curb Appeal. Of course, this is the time of year for a special kind of curb appeal. HomeBNC has 28 DIY projects to celebrate this time of year. And HouseBeautiful.com has 45 Festive Outdoor Halloween Decorations to Trick Out Your House. There are lots of great ideas for getting into the “spirit” of the season! And while you’re busy taking care of outdoor chores and projects, your slow cooker will be brewing up a batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Orange County, NY – Things to do, places to go
Pumpkin Festival at Hill-Hold Museum. 128 Route 416, Campbell Hall. Saturday, October 5, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Pumpkin rolling, face painting, waxing leaves, scarecrow making and hay rides. Refreshments available for sale. $3/person.
Applefest. Downtown Warwick. Sunday, October 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendors, live music and entertainment, children’s carnival, food and, of course, all things apple.
Warwick Children’s Book Festival. Railroad Green Park, Warwick. Saturday, October 12, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music and visits from 75 children’s authors and illustrators. In case of rain, the event will be held at Warwick Valley Middle School, 225 West St.
Sugar Loaf Arts & Crafts Fall Festival. Kings Highway, Sugar Loaf. Columbus Day Weekend, October 12, 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy arts, crafts, music, food and a beer garden in this charming artisan crafts village.
Sussex County, NJ – Things to do, places to go
Harvest, Honey and Garlic Festival. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta. Saturday, October 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farmers Market, vendors, children’s activities, and a variety of honey and garlic products. There will also be educational displays from the beekeepers. 973-579-0500.
Newton Fall Festival. Spring Street, Newton. Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free family event with classic car show, live music, costume contest, vendors and crafts. 973-383-3521
Dog Walk of the Dead. Sussex County Fairgrounds, 37 Plains Rd, Augusta. Saturday, October 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds benefit “Oscar: One Step Closer Animal Rescue.” There will be vendors, costume contests, live music, food, a classic car showcase. Most importantly, there will be animal adoptions.
Last – but not least – Things to do on Halloween
And, since October in Orange and Sussex Counties ends in Halloween, take your pick of the events in these sister Counties.
- Check out Hudson Valley Magazine‘s Halloween Guide.
- For New Jersey’s haunted houses and info on nearby attractions, check out newjerseyhauntedhouses.com.
- Heaven Hill Farm’s Great Pumpkin Festival.is the largest Fall Festival in Northern New Jersey. There is plenty of room on this 110 acre farm for the 40 family-friendly activities, and lots of food. Of course, that includes apple cider and apple cider donuts. Plus, there are Corn and Hay mazes, There are just too many activities to list here, so check out the website for activities, days and hours, and ticket prices.451 State Route 94, Vernon. 973-764-5144
- Pure Terror Scream Park and Haunted Houses at Museum Village, Monroe, Thursday Oct 31 – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov 1 & 2, 7:30 to 10 p.m. According to the website, Pure Terror is a 9 Haunted House walk through attraction. It’s one of the world’s largest and scariest haunted houses.. Also, there is a huge Halloween-themed midway with lots of music, food and photo ops for everyone. 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe NY. Visit the website for more details. Also, you can purchase tickets online.
- For those that prefer a little less “terror,” Museum Village offers No Scare Halloween on Saturday Oct. 19 and Sunday Oct. 20. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parade around the grounds in not-so-scary costumes and take part in lots of kid-friendly crafts and games. The website will offer more details as event gets closer. 1010 State Route 17M, Monroe, NY. 845-782-8248
And if you prefer to stay home
hgtv.com has 45 Easy Halloween Party Ideas. Whether planning a party for kids, adults or both, there are lots of unique ideas for food and decorations here. Goodhousekeeping.com has 60+ Spooky Ideas for your Best Halloween Party Ever. You’re sure to find some inspiration at these links.
If you prefer to spend a quiet Halloween with the family, redbookmag.com has recommendations for the 47 Best Halloween Movies for Kids. This link will also lead you to easy recipes, crafts and costumes.
Have a wonderful October and a Happy Halloween.