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July 30, 2007


[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance announced today that a camp in Fallsburg and a bungalow colony in Monticello will each receive a $2500 matching grant for beautification improvements that will demonstrate best practices for other seasonal properties throughout Sullivan County.


Improvements at Camp Wiznitz, located on Old Falls Road near the hamlet of Fallsburg, will include restoration of a stone wall and landscaping of the property.  The landscaping will be done by C&D Landscaping of Neversink, which is donating a portion of its labor.


Town of Fallsburg Code Enforcement Officer Allen Frishman, who helped make the project possible, said, “This is one of those camps where the buildings and property have been improved behind the fence.  We want the roadside area to have an appealing look also.  Because of the site’s visibility, we approached them with the stone wall project and they were willing to participate.  Next year they have agreed to work on their sign.”


The second project involves landscaping, replacing an entry gate and installing a new sign at Mishkinos Bobov (formerly Kaufman’s Bungalows) on Kaufman Road in Monticello.  Mendel Lerner, project manager for Monticello Resort, LLC, has been supervising the construction of dozens of new units on the property.  Work on the entry gate and landscaping will begin in August.


“These demonstration projects show seasonal camps and bungalow colonies how simple landscaping and inexpensive improvements can make their properties look better,” said Sullivan Renaissance Community Planner Helen Budrock.  “The $5000 we are donating will leverage another $8000 in private investment that wouldn’t have been spent, and the result is more attractive properties.”


This program is made possible in part by a contribution from Country 95/WSUL.


Other efforts this year to engage seasonal  residents and visitors in beautification activities include: publishing a “Building Seasonal Partnerships” brochure for area camps and colonies; participating in Sullivan County’s “Building Better Relations with Summer Residents” Committee; and running a series of beautification radio ads directed toward summer visitors.  In addition, several seasonal communities are participating in the Sullivan Renaissance beautification competition this year.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with grants from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation, and Bank of America Charitable Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


For information about Sullivan Renaissance, contact 845-295-2445 or