EASTCHESTER, N.Y.-- Longtime Eastchester resident Judy Blau said she has always been a tree hugger. "It's always been a passion of mine ever since I was a little kid," she said.
Blau is the chairperson of the Eastchester Beautification Foundation, where she has been a member since 1995. Always a person who believed it was her responsibility to give back to the community she has called home for 50 years, Blau said volunteering for EBF allows her to blend her passions for the environment, and architecture with her passion for plantings.
"I grew up in a garden, and I wanted to help make gardens for other children to enjoy and grow up in," she said.
But Blau wanted everyone to know that it takes effort made by many in the town, including local landscape company owners, town employees, local businesses and even the kids from the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
" We want to acknowledge everyone, and thank them for helping to make EBF's vision grow into a reality," she said.
The hanging baskets around town, the flowers planted at village hall and the holiday lighting and wreaths around Eastchester are just a few of the touches provided by the EBF, which boasts approximately 150 members.
"It can be a challenge," Blau said. "We have the north end, town hall , and everything all around it, we have to make our resources go a long way and in many different directions," she said.
Supervisor Anthony Colavita paid tribute to the EBF at the July 12 meeting, thanking the members for their hard work and dedication. Blau and her co-chair Maura McMahon came to the meeting to present the town with an award they won.
"Please hang this in town hall," Blau said, to a clearly proud Colavita who accepted the plaque.
The EBF won the Public Service Award for an "Organization" from Westchester Recreation and Park Society Awards and Scholarship Committee (WRAPS) in June.
Blau said that honor was given to "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."
EBF was founded in 1971 as a not-for-profit citizen's organization with the mission of beautifying and preserving the town. Next up is the annual yard sale/plant sale to be held in October.
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