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Will match state grant to
total over $500,000 for restoration
Photo by Friends of Historic New Utrecht
Member of both New Utrecht Reformed Church and
Friends of Historic New Utrecht gather around Assemblyman Peter Abbate as he
presents as symbolic check to Rose Lood, president of the New Utrecht Liberty
Pole Association at a presentation ceremony Friday, October 8 in front of the
shuttered New Utrecht Reformed Church. At the church (left to right) are Dario
Marotta, Maureen Clements, historian and Friends treasurer David Elligers, Rose
Lood, Peter Abbate, Friends president Robert Buonvino, Erik Ander, Mary Shields
and Web editor Vincent La Marca. (A large version of this photo is available
Abbate (D-49th A.D., Bensonhurst) presented a check for $250,000 to
Friends of Historic New Utrecht
for repair and
restoration of the New Utrecht
The $250,000, along with the $45,000 raised by both the church and the
Friends, "should prove enough to release $300,000 announced by Gov. George
Pataki in May," according to the
Bay Ridge Paper.
Abbate said he was happy to present the check and praised the work on repairing
and restoring the church sanctuary, closed since last December, forcing
parishoners to worship every Sunday at the nearby Parish House.
Abbate also praised the Liberty Pole, which has undergone a recent repainting
and is scheduled as the site for the annual flag raising at the end of the 23rd
annual Brooklyn Columbus Parade tomorrow.
Abbate said that although the check is not going to complete the work, it will
stimulate corporate community participation.
Robert M. Buonvino, president of Friends of Historic New Utrecht, a civic
organization providing educational tours for the students in Bensonhurst and Bay
Ridge, said that the group will "remember what he [Abbate]" had said.
Deacon Rose Lood, a longtime member of New Utrecht Church and president of the
New Utrecht Liberty Pole Association, said "On behalf of New Utrecht,
Friends, Liberty Pole Association, we thank you for being here today."
The New Utrecht Reformed Church is a historic landmark and listed in the National
Register of Historic Places. The church, established in 1677 and a member of
the Reformed Church in America, is the fourth
oldest church in Brooklyn. The Liberty Pole, first installed in 1783, is the
sixth pole erected at the site of the present church and is the only remaining
liberty pole in the original thirteen colonies. Information of New Utrecht
Reformed Church and its many activities may be found by calling 718-236-0678, by
visiting www.newutrechtchurch.org or by
e-mailing Vincent La Marca, Web Editor at email@example.com.