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Record Number of Sullivan Renaissance Projects

March 29, 2007

[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance 2007 has awarded 69 beautification grants to communities throughout Sullivan CountyThe announcement of the record number of awards was made Thursday evening, March 29 at the CVI Building in Liberty


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Beaverkill Foundation and the Gerry Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce continues to sponsor the merchant discount program, with over fifty businesses offering discounts for community projects.  These projects must be completed by August 6 and will be judged on August 10, 11 and 12.  A second round of grants will then be awarded in the evening on August 13 at Bethel Woods in Bethel.


Two special awards were given to long-time volunteers Barbara Hahn of Jeffersonville and Phil Coombe of Grahamsville, naming them “2007 Renaissance Woman” and “2007 Renaissance Man” in recognition of their creativity, dedication and leadership.  Their commitment embodies the essence of the Sullivan Renaissance program by instilling a sense of pride and spirit in the community.  A “2007 Renaissance Leadership” award went to Valerie Lagatutta for bringing the Sullivan Renaissance principles to a new generation.


 “Sullivan Renaissance is now in its seventh year with more participants than ever before.  The enthusiasm and dedication of our volunteers continue unabated, as symbolized by the special awards given to Barbara, Phil and Valerie.  As our volunteers continue to work, we are happy to support and help them,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.  “We are also excited by the new directions Sullivan Renaissance continues to take as we look into areas such as public street lights, solar energy and green technologies.


Five categories of grants were awarded: single element projects in Category A received $1000; multiple element projects in Category B got $1500 and paid youth interns; three year-community development projects in Category C were given $5000 grants (with another $5000 in August), as well as interns and technical assistance; Mini-grants projects will be reimbursed up to $200; and Spruce Up Your School awards up to $200 went to small projects by classes or youth groups.


The second round of grants ranges between $1000 and $10,000 – with the Golden Feather Award of $50,000 going to a special Category C project.  There are also Environmental Impact Awards, Historic Preservation Awards, Showing of Flowers Awards and Project Maintenance Awards in each category; Silver Feather Awards for planning in Categories B and C; as well as completion grants for every project. 


Sullivan Renaissance is continuing and strengthening its collaboration with the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development, which provides technical planning assistance to the program; and the Center for Workforce Development, which administers the youth internship program.  The Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) Foundation is offering full and part-time scholarships to Renaissance volunteers.  


Applications for other programs are still being accepted, including: Municipal Clean-Up Grants; matching grants for seasonal communities; and the Board of Realtors Sullivan Showcase Awards.  Since 2001 Sullivan Renaissance has funded almost 300 projects throughout Sullivan County


For more information about programs, call Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or visit the website at     


COMMUNITY          ORGANIZATION                           PROJECT



2007 Category A (single elements)

Bloomingburg          Our Lady of Assumption Church               Meditation garden, three year project

Callicoon                  Callicoon Business Association                 Repair railroad trestle underpass at Main and 17B in Callicoon

Fremont                   Town of Fremont                                       Create town square at site of municipal cleanup grant

Liberty                     Liberty ALIVE                                            Build and plant flower containers to be placed on Main Street

Liberty                     Habitat for Humanity                                  Landscape home for Habitat for Humanity of Sullivan County

Liberty                     Light & Life Christian School                      Beautify entrance of the Liberty Free Methodist Church parking lot

Liberty                     St. Peters' Church                                      Biblical garden continuation and additional plantings

Mamakating             Camp Deer Run                                        Entrance landscaping continued

Minisink Ford           Highland Renaissance                              Mobile eagle observation shelter

Monticello                 George L. Cooke School PTA                  Planting trees at entrance and landscaping, three year project

Monticello                 Federation for the Homeless                    Continue gardens, add benches, sitting area, sidewalk

Monticello                 Landfield Avenue Synagogue                  Beautify front of synagogue

Monticello                 St. Peter's Church                                    Sign replacement and landscaping

Monticello                 White Rock Day Camp                             Build playground equipment, plant trees and flowers

Narrowsburg           Narrowsburg Beautification Group            Enhancement to eagle viewing outlook

Rock Hill                  Camp Jened                                             Sign replacement and landscaping

Roscoe                    Roscoe Chamber of Commerce                Gazebo and garden enhancements, with solar lights

South Fallsburg       Fallsburg Action Committee                       Continue beautification of Railroad Plaza walkway, parking lot

Woodbourne            Immaculate Conception Church                Sign replacement and landscaping

Woodbourne            Our Kids Day Camp                                 Clean camp entrance, install sign, tree and flower plantings

Woodridge               Eagle Ridge Apartments                           Plant trees, garden, signage, painting


2007 Category B (multiple elements)

Bloomingburg          Bloomingburg Renaissance                      Beautify Main Street and historic church

Forestburgh             Sullivan First of Forestburgh                    Children's playground (green, ADA) with park upgrade

Fremont                   Fremont Park Inc.                                     Landscape and beautify new restrooms at ballpark

Hasbrouck               Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck            Playground enhancements and landscaping

Jeffersonville            JEMS                                                       Continue landscaping at 1938 building, begin new projects

Livingston Manor     Livingston Manor Renaissance                New gardens and history kiosk 

Long Eddy               Long Eddy Renaissance                         Bus shelter library, firehouse marquee, signage

Monticello                 Monticello Housing Authority                   Beautify pavilion area, tennis courts and sidewalks

Mountaindale           Mountaindale Action Committee               New garden, preservation of railroad retaining wall

Mountaindale           Community Development Project             Sandburg Creek river walk, directional signs, gardens

Neversink                Neversink Renaissance                          Barn quilts of Neversink, flowers and sign program

North Branch           North Branch Fire District                        Addition of statue, water feature and flowers to memorial park

Phillipsport               Phillipsport Community Center                 Landscape community center

Roscoe                    Welcome to Roscoe Sign Committee       Roscoe sign and garden project

Smallwood               Club at Smallwood                                  Multiple gardens at community center

Woodbourne            Woodbourne Action Committee               Beautification at Marie’s Park, Scheinman Park, Main Street

Woodridge               Kiwanis Club of Woodridge                     Rails to Trails entrance, connecting two downtown segments

Youngsville              Environmental Preservation Com.           Pavilion park enhancement


2007 Category C (multiple years)

Barryville                 Highland Renaissance                            History walk, information center landscaping

Hurleyville               Hurleyville Sullivan First                          Rail Trail gateway, fireman’s park, museum enhancements

Kauneonga Lake     Bethel First                                              Nature walk, farmer’s market, triangle landscaping and streetscape 

Lumberland             Circle Park                                              Enhancements to Circle Park

Rock Hill                  Business & Community Association          Business directory, signage, benches

Swan Lake              Swan Lake Renaissance                         Lakefront park enhancements, historic pavilion, sidewalks

Wurtsboro                Wurtsboro Renaissance                          Veteran's park gazebo, landscaping youth building, sidewalks


2007 Mini Grants

Hankins                   Assembly of God Church                         Landscape old garage

Callicoon                  Hortonville Cemetery Association           Garden at entrance

Forestburgh             St. Thomas Aquinas                                Route 42 corner beautification

Grahamsville            Independence Riders 4-H Group            Display garden at 4-H youth building

Hortonville               Town of Delaware                                    Tree plantings at sewage treatment plant

Loch Sheldrake       Loch Sheldrake Wash & Lube                  Landscaping at building on Route 52

Luxton Lake             Luxton Lake Property Owners                 Gardens at entrances

Monticello                 Emanon Equities                                     Planters In front of building on Broadway

Narrowsburg           Narrowsburg Gardening Club                   Window boxes at library

Parksville                 Sullivan First Parksville                            Beautify visitor's booth

Parksville                 HASC Summer Program                          Landscaping of campus and flowers in front lawn

Roscoe                    Rockland Garden Club                             Corner Main Street and Railroad Ave.

Roscoe                    Roscoe Library                                         Refresh gardens at library

Roscoe                    Roscoe Post Office                                  Landscape post office

Woodbourne            Congregation B'nai Israel                        Flowers at front and side of building


2007 School Grants (made possible in part by the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, Inc.)

Eldred Central School

Emma C. Chase School, Wurtsboro  

Fallsburg Central High School

George Ross Mackenzie Elementary School, Glen Spey

KL Rutherford School, Monticello

RJK Middle School Environmental Club, Monticello

Roscoe Central School

Sullivan County BOCES, White Sulphur Springs