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New Rochelle Accepts Heritage Award Nominations

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Properties that exemplify the city’s significant historical and cultural heritage are now being sought for the City of New Rochelle’s 2012 Heritage Awards.

“By raising public awareness about our past, we help ensure that historic charm remains a vital part of our future,” said New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson. “The Heritage Awards assist in accomplishing this goal by celebrating distinctive properties that reflect New Rochelle’s rich architectural history."

Nominations may be submitted by individuals, organizations, businesses or municipal representatives of properties for one or more of the following categories: Residences older than 50 years, stellar restoration, residence, stellar restoration, adaptive reuse, home of nationally prominent individual, significant architect or architectural style, landscape or landscape feature including cemeteries, stone walls, signs; excepting gardens), and public or quasi-public structures including house of worship, and the home of an organization) that are significant to New Rochelle’s history.

Guidelines and nomination forms are available on the city’s website www.newrochelleny.com/heritageawards  or at the mayor’s office in City Hall. The deadline for nominations is January 10, 2012.

Since the program's inception in 2007 by Bramson, 25 locations throughout the city have been recognized by the Heritage Award program.

Qualifying candidates include residential, quasi-public and public buildings contributing to the programs goal of continued preservation of the city’s historical and cultural heritage.

Bramson put the force together to help initiate projects that would increase awareness and appreciation of the community’s vast historical treasures. Comprised of residents qualified in historic preservation, local history and landscape design, the committee developed the program to recognize the scores of properties significant o the community’s extraordinary 300-year history.

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