NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Beechmont Neighborhood Association recently dedicated two new Beechmont Lake fountains. They were installed with the help of Iona College and the city of New Rochelle.
Victor Stanionis, president of the Beechmont Association, spoke at the dedication. He thanked the supporters of the fountain project – Fred Wiener, Beechmont Lake chair; Joseph Stabile, professor at Iona College, and his students; Mayor Noam Bramson; Councilman Barry Fertel; and 41 Beechmont residents, who donated a total of $10,000 to the project.
Beechmont resident Joseph Nyre, president of Iona College, donated $5,000 to the Beechmont Association, on behalf of the college. The City of New Rochelle rounded out the donations by providing $8,500.
“These fountains are an excellent example of community and city working together to make our city a better and more beautiful place for people to enjoy,” Fertel said. “Beechmont Lake is one of the jewels of New Rochelle.”
Operational hours for the fountains are 6 a.m. to midnight, and the lights at the base of the fountains automatically turn on at dusk.
Alexander Tergis, commissioner of the city's Department of Public Works, said the fountains will help to aerate, agitate and circulate the water in the lake, which helps keep the oxygen at healthy levels. This will be especially beneficial in the summer, when heat and pesticide runoff cause algae and floating aquatic plants to grow more rapidly.