NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The Beechmont Neighborhood Association dedicated two new lake fountains on Wednesday, August 13. The fountains were installed by the neighborhood with assistance from Iona College and the City of New Rochelle.
During the dedication, Victor Stanionis, president of the Beechmont Association, thanked project supporters Fred Wiener, Beechmont Lake Chair; Dr. Joseph Stabile of Iona College and his students; Mayor Noam Bramson and Councilman Barry Fertel; and the forty-one Beechmont residents who chose to invest in their community by donating a total of $10,000 towards the project. Stanionis gave special thanks to Beechmont resident and president of Iona College, Dr. Joseph Nyre, for the $5,000 donation he made on behalf of Iona College to the Beechmont Association. The City of New Rochelle contributed $8,500. The total project cost was $18,500.
“These fountains are an excellent example of community and City working together to make our City a better and more beautiful place for people to enjoy. Beechmont Lake is one of the jewels of New Rochelle,” said Councilmember Barry Fertel.
The fountains operate from 6AM to midnight and lights at the base are activated by sensors at dusk.
Public Works Commissioner Tergis noted that the fountains help to aerate the water as well as circulate and agitate it, to maintain health oxygen levels in the lake though out the summer when the heat and pesticide runoff produce the most accelerated growth of floating aquatic plant life as well as algae.
"The Beechmont Association was organized in 1904 for the purpose of improving and beautifying Beechmont and protecting the community interests of its resident."
The organization was formally incorporated on June 9, 1908.
Three years ago, to combat deterioration, the Beechmont Association authorized Victor Stanionis to undertake the restoration of the lakes. The project was spearheaded by Board Member Fred Wiener, chair of the Beechmont Lake Committee.
Dr. Joseph Stabile of Iona College and his students surveyed the lake and made the recommendations for two fountains.
The Beechmont Association’s fundraiser solicited voluntary contributions and within about three months they raised $10,000 from 41 residents.