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Helping Beautify Communities and Learning about Leadership

June 23, 2009

[LIBERTY] – This year’s Sullivan Renaissance interns have volunteered to clean up an unnamed stream in the Town of Thompson as a community service; part of the program’s new leadership component.  While their primary job involves assisting community projects with flower gardens and beautification projects, interns are also participating in this inaugural leadership initiative of Sullivan Renaissance.   

Along with specific gardening and landscaping training, interns are exploring topics such as the history of Sullivan County, environmental issues and the role of the media.  Meeting sessions have included: a visit to the Museum at Bethel Woods; an interactive workshop led by county historian John Conway; and a visit to The Center for Discovery’s Thanksgiving Farm.  Interns have also attended a Sullivan County employment orientation and an introductory “Gardening 101” session by Tri-Valley teacher Robert Hayes and Sullivan Renaissance horticulturalist Vivian Ginsberg. 

“Our 2009 interns are discovering that ‘change is a relay.’  By the end of the summer we hope that they will have a sense of the role that they – as future leaders – can play in making that change,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program.  “Our interns are off to a great start with their community service stream clean-up project and will have more information to share as their plans develop.”

Interns have established four committees, each with a different task.  The Clean-Up Day Logistics Committee will set the cleanup project date, as well as order supplies, refreshments and snacks.  The Community Outreach Committee will research names for the stream and follow up with businesses and elected officials for their support and participation.  The Publicity and Marketing Committee will work with the media and create advertisements to get the word out.  The Funding and Finance Committee will generate a budget, plan a fundraiser and track expenses. 

Now in its fifth year, the Sullivan Renaissance Internship Program collaborates with the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) and the Sullivan County Personnel Department to provide internships to 21 students who support the work of multi-level beautification and community development projects in Categories B and C. 

Sullivan Renaissance funds the program through the CWD, which administers it.  Interns are supervised by the Renaissance groups that hire them.

This year’s 2009 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:

·         Bloomingburg – Sallie-Anne Gubser

·         Callicoon – Samantha Keesler

·         Floater – Paul Nesin           

·         Hurleyville – Katelyn Donangelo      

·         Hurleyville – Kayla Luczyski

·         Jeffersonville – Jessica Brey          

·         Liberty Bike Trail – Chris Castro

·         Livingston Manor – Blake Pagan

·         Monticello Housing – Stephanie Padin-Patredes

·         Mountaindale – Ruth McCoy

·         Narrowsburg – Maya Grady

·         Neversink – Jaxon Denman

·         Phillipsport – Samuel Pozorski

·         Roscoe – Ren Jie Lin (Randy)         

·         Sullivan County Community College – Nicole Salerno

·         Sullivan County Community College – Rebecca Rodriguez

·         South Fallsburg – Megahn Burke

·         White Sulphur Springs – Alexandra Hercules

·         Woodbourne – Andrew Kolansky     

·         Wurtsboro – Katherine Sisco

·         Youngsville – Alexandra Lyon


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther.  Significant sponsorships have also been provided by WSUL/WVOS for Category A projects and by Thunder 102 for Category B projects.

For more information about the program, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or                                                    


·         A hands-on workshop for part-time and summer residents on “Gardening Basics” will be held on Wednesday, July 8 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Landfield Avenue Synagogue in Monticello.  Refreshments will be served and seed packets given away.

·         Sullivan Renaissance, Sullivan County Bicentennial Committee and Sullivan County Historical Society will hold a "Preserving Local History" seminar on Wednesday, July 8 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sullivan County Museum in Hurleyville.  It will include information about listing a site on the State and Federal Registers of Historic Places.