Local Pride: Clarkstown Salutes Businesses for Property Improvements

Awards program encourages investment in the community.

Clarkstown showed off its local pride this week.

The town honored local businesses during the Town Board meeting at Town Hall in New City on Tuesday with the annual Pride of Clarkstown Awards for commercial property improvements that are a boost to the community.

The Pride of Clarkstown program, established in 2005, is one of the legacies of late Clarkstown Councilman Ralph Mandia.

Properties throughout the town of Clarkstown can be nominated for the award by individuals or civic organizations. The Pride of Clarkstown Committee, which is led by chairman Scott Milich, then separates the nominees into the various categories and picks the winners based on a number of criteria, including accessibility, maintenance, lighting, signage and significant improvements.

The winner in the Professional Office category was the law firm of Braunfotel and Frendel, which turned an old single family home into a Victorian office space.

“This is our Super Bowl ring,” said Keith Braunfotel, who accepted the award for his firm on Maple Avenue, just a block from Town Hall.

Curti’s Landscaping won in the Adopt a Spot Category for its work near the town’s “Welcome to Bardonia” sign on Bardonia Road.

In the Food/Hospitality category, Dellwood Country Club on Zukor Road won after a major renovation under its new ownership.

“Clarkstown resident Adolph Zukor, film mogul and founder of Paramount Pictures, would be proud of the beautifully maintained landscaping, colorful flower beds and well-preserved architectural tradition of the finest clubhouse in Rockland County,” Milich said of Dellwood.

Ferguson Landscape and Construction, which was built on an undeveloped site, took home the prize in the Industrial Building category, while Lowe’s Nanuet won in the Shopping Center/Retail category.

“Lowe’s is truly a good neighbor and a welcome addition to Clarkstown,” Milich said.

Portables Unlimited of Nanuet, a wireless and cell phone business on First Street off Route 59, won for Service Business, and Town and Country Landscape on Third Street in New City won in the Small Business category.

The final award of the night went to West Nyack Fire Engine Company No. 1 on Strawtown Road, which recently underwent renovation as part of the company’s 100th Anniversary celebration in 2010.

“I’m very pleased with how the program has progressed over the past five years, from conception to where we are today,” Milich said after the ceremony. “Each year the program keeps getting better and better.”


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