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Beautification group looks to continue flourishing

This sign on Montauk Highway welcomes visitors to

This sign on Montauk Highway welcomes visitors to the hamlet of Center Moriches in the Town of Brookhaven. (June 29, 2011) Photo Credit: Carl Corry, 2011

After the completion of a $3-million downtown revitalization project, Center Moriches is ready for spring visitors with new sidewalks, benches, lamp posts and a revamped park.

But not to rest on its laurels, the community’s Downtown Beautification Organization, which was formed in the planning stages of the revitalization, is looking to the future.

Mark Danowski, the outgoing president of the organization, said the committee was formed when local elected officials suggested the community create a certified nonprofit that could be the recipient of certain grants.

Danowski led the group, which worked with the Town of Brookhaven and the Suffolk County Legislature to apply for grants throughout the beautification process. He said although the main project is completed, the organization will stay intact and continue to focus on keeping the Center Moriches Main Street vibrant.

“The whole hope is that if we can make Main Street nicer we can attract better businesses,” said Danowski, an insurance agent at Allstate Insurance, located at 369 Main St. in Center Moriches.

The Downtown Beautification Organization will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Allstate office to discuss new short- and long-term goals. The meeting will be led by the group’s new president, Suzanne McKeon.

Danowski said the revitalization project began spring a year ago and was completed by fall, with some elements, like the Bank Street Park, trailing into recent months.

McKeon said Brookhaven Town Councilman Dan Panico plan to attend  Wednesday night’s meeting to give the group an update on the Bank Street Park, and they will discuss the group’s short- and long-term goals.

“We’re going to try to iron out what we are going to do and how we are going to do it,” she said.

Danowski said last year the organization purchased flower planters for Main Street, so the group will have to decide how to maintain them.

“Center Moriches is going to have beautiful hanging baskets, which it’s never had before,” he said. “But how are we going to get the watering done? We’ll need people to step up.”

McKeon said the hanging baskets will be a focus, as well as collaborating with other community organizations in the future. In the long term, the group will engage with the county in an ongoing sewer study to see how the results will impact Center Moriches.


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