Co-Presidents of the Eastchester Beautification Foundation July Blau and Maura McMahon presented an award to the Eastchester Town Board last Wednesday, which the foundation received after being recognized by the Westchester Recreation and Park Society.
The award was presented to the foundation by Eastchester Recreation Supervisor Sally Veltidi, acknowledging “an organization that has provided unselfish service on behalf of the residents of Westchester County and in the interest of public recreation, parks, conservation and other related governmental services for at least five years since 2006 in a special program or endeavor.”
For Co-President Blau, sharing this award with the Town Board and large community was a no-brainer.
“No award is accomplished without the support and cooperation of many,” she said. “Town beautification is always a joint effort.”
Despite having to spread reduced resources across the multiple business districts and residential areas that make up the Unincorporated Eastchester Town, the EBF has fought hard to make its efforts more visible in the recent past, installing new lampposts, street furniture, flowers, planters, fall banners and holiday décor.
Blau also made a point to thank the numerous organizations and groups that contribute to the work done by the EBF, saying that this award was shared with all of them. Among the many people recognized by the EBF, special thanks were given to Eastchester’s Highway and Parks Departments headed by Hector DiLeo and Joe Luciano, as well as Eastchester Town Supervisor Tony Colavita, whose input Blau described as “creative as well as practical.”
The EBF was founded in 1971 was a not-for-profit citizen’s organization with the mission to donate all funds raised or granted to Eastchester’s Unincorporated “Town Outside” for beautification and preservation projects and events.
EBF has its own award ceremony coming in the fall, something the foundation uses as a way to thank local businesses for all their efforts to improve architecture, signs, and plantings in town. Finally, the EBF applauded the work of Tuckahoe and Bronxville Beautification Organizations and encouraged members of the community and businesses to join the foundation.
The EBF can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org, with more information also available at www.eastchester.org.