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Sullivan Renaissance 2005 Is Even Bigger

March 31, 2005

42 Communities Get Grants:


[LIBERTY] – Sullivan Renaissance 2005 has awarded 42 beautification grants to communities throughout Sullivan County.  The announcement of the record number of awards was made Thursday evening, March 31 at the CVI Building in Liberty.  Recipients from all 15 towns and 6 villages were present to receive their checks.  [Participating communities and projects are listed below.]


Sullivan Renaissance is a two-phase aesthetic improvement program, presented by Sullivan First and the Beaverkill Foundation, with support from the Gerry Foundation.  This year’s program has grown – with more support to local communities, a bigger emphasis on planning, a renewed importance on flowers, and a larger steering committee [listed below].  Additional funding has been secured by State Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


“Renaissance is emphasizing both ‘planning and planting’ this year, with a focus on long term planning by each community and a greater emphasis on flowers.  We continue to follow the lead of our volunteers by offering new programs to meet their needs.  There are a record number of projects as we take another huge stride toward beautifying Sullivan County,” said Sandra Gerry, who chairs the Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee.


Sullivan Renaissance is collaborating with the Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development and the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development.


This year’s Phase I grant amounts differ by category: $1000 in Category A, $1500 in Category B and $5000 in Category C.  Additional assistance is given in each category including: $100 vouchers from Sullivan First for Category A and B projects, paid student interns for Category B projects, and direct assistance for Category C projects from the Sullivan County Division of Planning.  Phase II grants range between $1000 and $10,000 with the Golden Feather Award of $50,000 going to a special Category C project.


There are also Historic Preservation Awards (new this year) and Environmental Impact Awards in each category, as well as completion grants for every project.  Sullivan County Community College (SCCC) offers three scholarships to Renaissance volunteers.  The Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce makes a merchant discount program available to each project.

Other Renaissance programs include: a grant program for seasonal communities; a school spruce up program to assist young people with beautification projects on their school grounds or within their communities; and the Board of Realtors Sullivan Showcase Awards for new or renovated construction.


Over the last four years Sullivan Renaissance has funded 125 projects in 15 towns and 5 villages in Sullivan County


Projects must be completed by August 8 and will be judged on August 13 and 14.  Second round grants will be awarded in the evening on August 15 at the CVI Building in Liberty.


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

Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee


Sandra Gerry, Chair Sullivan Renaissance Steering Committee

Glenn Pontier, Sullivan Renaissance Program Coordinator


Leni Binder, Sullivan County Legislator

Daniel Briggs, Sullivan County Manager

Eileen Casey, Superintendent of Monticello Central School

Kathy Davidoff, Beaverkill Foundation

Gay Donofrio, Owner of Perennial Gardens

Jonathan Drapkin, Gerry Foundation       

Colleen Emery, Beaverkill Foundation     

Lori Rubinstein-Fleck, Owner of RubyFlecks Design

Denise Frangipane, Gerry Foundation     

Annelise Gerry, Beaverkill Foundation     

Ruby Gold, Community Volunteer           

Martin Handler, Superintendent of Sullivan County BOCES

Nancy Kane, Community Volunteer        

Lew Klugman, Partner in Klugman Associates

Cindy Benedum Kashan, Sullivan County Community College

Jacquie Leventoff, Human Resources at Kohls 

Dr. William Pammer, Commissioner of Planning and Community Development

Ken Platt, Community Volunteer

Dali Roosa, Community Volunteer

Joyce Salimeno, Partner in Gersten Hillman Insurance Agency

Kate Schmidt, Sullivan County Division of Planning and Community Development

Jerry Skoda, Community Volunteer

Fred Stabbert, Publisher of the Sullivan County Democrat

Danielle Stefanuk, Youth Liaison

Richard Sush, Monticello Village Manager

John Westergreen, President of Sullivan County Chamber of Commerce

Steven Wilkinson, Legislative Director for Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther


Community                 Organization                                   Project


Category A


1.       Bloomingburg                Community United Methodist Church                Gateway initiative project,  triangle beautification

2.       Callicoon                        Callicoon Creek Park                                       Knotweed eradication, educational outreach

3.       Harris                            Catskill Regional Medical Center                       Welcome sign and landscaping

4.       Hasbrouck                     Concerned Citizens of Hasbrouck                    Beautify old stone house

5.       Liberty                           Sarah Wells Girl Scout Council                          Entrance gate

6.       Liberty                           Catskill Artists Gallery                                          South Main St. beautification and signage

7.       Livingston Manor           LM Community Center (Synagogue)                Four season landscaping to synagogue

8.       Livingston Manor           Livingston Manor Renaissance                         Welcome sign into town from west

9.       Monticello                       Recovery Center                                              Gardens on sidewalk, parking lot

10.    Monticello                       Federation of Sportsmen's Club                         Pond stocking sign and garden

11.    Monticello                 Monticello Sullivan First                                      Exits 106 and 104

12.    Narrowsburg                 Narrowsburg Beautification                                Main Street beautification, signage

13.    Parksville                       Parksville Sullivan First                                      Gazebo at Honor Roll Park, clean up Main St

14.    Rock Hill                        Rock Hill United Methodist Church                      Church landscaping

15.    Roscoe                          Rockland Garden Club/Roscoe Free Library     Landscaping at library

16.    Smallwood                     Smallwood Civic Association                               Park fencing and flowers

17.    Tennanah Lake             Tennanah Lake Beautification                             Welcome banners, flags, planting, litter pluck

18.    White Sulphur Springs   Sullivan First/Fire Department                             Gazebo and garden

19.    Woodbourne                  Sullivan Performing Arts                                      Landscaping improvements

20.    Youngsville                    Youngsville Preservation                                    Garden, bridge flower boxes


Category B


1.       Callicoon                       Delaware Youth Center                                       Building and playground improvement

2.       Cochecton Center         Cochecton Center Community Center                  Playground gardens, museum improvements

3.       Fallsburg                      Morningside Park Youth Center                            Straw bale sports equipment storage house

4.       Forestburgh                  Forestburgh Sullivan First                                     Park enhancement and roadside beautification

5.       Hortonville                    Hortonville Beautification                                        Painting and beautification of Town Hall

6.       Jeffersonville                 JEMS/Sullivan West                                               Landscaping historic school

7.       Liberty                          Liberty Boy Scout Troop #96                                Garden and pavilion at Walnut Mountain Park

8.       Liberty                    Liberty LEAP/ALIVE                                              Beautification of Main & Lake Streets

9.       Long Eddy                    Long Eddy Renaissance                                       Historical interpretive signs, berry trail, plantings

10.    Mountaindale                Mountaindale Community Development                 Community development project – 3 parks

11.    Mountaindale                Mountaindale Action Committee                              Garden at firehouse, Main St. triangle garden

12.    Neversink                     Neversink Renaissance/Daniel Pierce Library       Corridor improvement

13.    North Branch                North Branch Planning Council                               Façade improvement, corridor beautification

14.    Rock Hill                       Rock Hill Business Association                                 Rock Hill Drive corridor improvement

15.    Swan Lake                   Swan Lake Hose Company                                     Beautification of waterfall, gardens, benches

16.    Woodbourne                 Woodbourne Action Committee                                Enhance park, Main St. baskets, sign along river

17.    Woodridge                    Woodridge Renaissance                                          Train corridor improvement

18.    Wurtsboro                     Wurtsboro Renaissance                                           Main Street beautification


Category C                           


1.       Barryville                      Barryville Chamber of Commerce                            Main Street identity for Route 97 corridor

2.       Bethel                           Bethel Local Development Corporation                     Kauneonga corridor

3.       Hurleyville                    Hurleyville Sullivan First                                            Veteran's Park – Main Street revitalization

4.       Lumberland                  Lumberland Circle Park                                             Circle Park