Volunteers who "Keep Rockland Beautiful" to be honored

SOURCE: lohudblogs.com · PUBLISHED: October 20, 2010 · AUTHOR: Laura Incalcaterra

Keep Rockland Beautiful will hold its 2010 awards gala from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 6 at the historic bath house at the foot of Hook Mountain at Nyack Beach State Park in Upper Nyack.

Among its many activities, KRB annually organizes roadside and waterside cleanups, offers environmental programs at local schools, encourages beautification projects to deter blight and create better looking communities, hosts a seminar with local highway department workers on issues ranging from proper road salt usage to fighting graffiti, and offers land-use planning programs to high school students.

Most of what KRB does wouldn’t be possible without the support of thousands of volunteers, including individuals, families, churches and synagogues, businesses, scout troops, neighborhood groups, elected officials, and so on.

The organization will take time to recognize the efforts of its volunteers at the gala.

Here are the honorees:
• KRB Sponsor Award: Anna Roppolo, executive director, Rockland County Solid Waste Management Authority.
• Beautification Award: Scott Milich, chairman, Town of Clarkstown Pride of Clarkstown Committee.
• Education Award: Daniel Sullivan, teacher, Fieldstone Secondary School in Thiells.
• Cleanup Leader Award: Donna Drygas, Pascack Brook Cleanup Crew in Nanuet.
• Public Art Award: Shirley Goebel Christie, teacher, Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack.
• Enforcement Award: David Basnight, code enforcement, Rockland County Department of Health.
Adopt-a-Road Award: Mal McLaren, McLaren Engineering Group in West Nyack.

The Artists in the Parks program features artists who create during the day and exhibit their works at the gala. The works will be sold to benefit KRB. Visitors can watch the artists as they work in the hours before the gala.

Tickets are $75 per person, and proceeds benefit KRB’s efforts.

Get tickets or more information by visiting www.KeepRocklandBeautiful.org or calling 845-623-1534.