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April 19, 2008
From Left to Right: BID Board Member Robert Kahn of Diamond Glass and Councilman Albert Tarantino of Talner Jewelry join Fred Tucker and Tom Fahey of Carpet One and TF Andrew Furniture in celebrating Carpet One’s National Green Select Day.
Tom Fahey, owner of Carpet One of New Rochelle and TF Andrew Furniture Store contributed $10,000 to the 2008 Downtown Beautification Program of the New Rochelle Business Improvement District (BID). The generous donation marked Carpet One Home and Floor Store’s National Green Select Day, which encourages communities to make their environments cleaner, healthier, and more beautiful.
Mr. Fahey’s contribution helped the BID meet its goal of planting 85 tree wells along Main Street extending from Pintard Street to LeCount Place with almost 1,500 Liriope, also called “Lillyturf”, a hardy perennial plant that has purple flowers in the summer.
Ralph DiBart, executive director of the BID said, “Mature plants were used so that over the next two years the tree wells will be filled with a permanent blanket of dense foliage, meeting Tom’s and Carpet One’s goal to make our environment greener.”
He added that the use of these hardy perennial plants will reduce annual maintenance costs enabling the BID to invest its funds in other beautification projects. Frank Bulfamante and Sons, Inc, a New Rochelle landscaping firm, is guaranteeing the plantings for the first critical twelve months insuring the long term success of this project.
BID Board member Robert Kahn of Diamond Glass stated, “The BID and the downtown business community are pleased with the generous contribution by Tom Fahey. His stores, Carpet One and TF Andrew Furniture, are among our finest downtown retail businesses attracting people to Main Street. As a result of Tom’s gift, Main Street will be even more inviting for shoppers.”
The BID Beautification Program is an ongoing effort to improve the appearance of downtown. Other new projects this year include the planting of 1,200 daffodils in more than thirty BID planters sponsored by Monroe College as part of the Chamber of Commerce City-wide Daffodil Festival and an upcoming two year undertaking to improve the appearance of Memorial Plaza.