Beautification Committee 

The Beautification Committee presently has approximately ten enthusiastic members. Many of the members are knowledgeable about flowers and planter landscapes and we welcome their help and input. They have all taken on projects and have helped the committee make great strides.

Some of the projects that the committee has completed:

  • Creating and expanding the Baldwin Community Garden.
  • Having students plan and execute a mural and other artwork for the Community Garden.
  • Engaging an artist to produce a vibrant wall mural at the corner of Stanton and Grand Avenues.
  • Working with the Town of Hempstead to get sidewalk planters placed, painted, and filled with flowers and plants.
  • Working with the MTA to provide plantings and maintenance for the planters around the Baldwin LIRR station.
  • Influencing the LIRR to install a new "Baldwin" sign on its overpass at Grand Avenue.
  • Collaborating with businesses along Grand Avenue and Atlantic Avenue to provide upkeep of the planters.
  • Organizing community members, including schoolchildren, to do plantings of marigolds and other flowers in open areas in town.
  • ​Designing and producing the Baldwin Civic Association street banners.
  • ​Sponsoring the Our Baldwin Photo Contest.
  • Fundraising to help offset the cost of the plants and other supplies.  

The committee has other goals in its sights:

  • To continue to bring street art to Baldwin to add a fresh, young vibe while honoring the history of this great town.
  • To add more colorful banners along Baldwin's main thoroughfares.
  • To work with business owners to beautify their storefronts.
  • To continue installing more art and plants in the community garden.

Please join our committee! There are over eighty planters throughout Baldwin, and we can never have too many enthusiastic residents to complete all of our tasks. To get in touch with the Beautification Committee, use the form on the
Contact Us page. Please select "Beautification" for the subject line. We would love any ideas and input from volunteers who want to help facilitate the continued beautification of Baldwin.

And you can make a secure contribution through PayPal to support the Community Garden and other town-wide projects by using the form on the Join! page.

About the Co-Chairs 

Elissa Kirchner is married to Christopher, who grew up in Baldwin. She and Christopher moved to Baldwin in 2003 and they have raised three sons, two of whom are in Baldwin High School and one in the Middle School. She also has a rescue dog and two rescue cats in the family. Elissa retired from her career in the veterinary world and is now pursuing her other passion of helping the mentally challenged. She has been an active member of the Beautification Committee since the BCA began. She adopted a block, held story and craft times for children in the Community Garden, and has been responsible for numerous plantings around our amazing town. She wishes to continue the wonderful work that Rita Cavanagh started and looks forward to working with co-chair Matthew to continue present beautification projects as well as to bring other wonderful things to our community. 

Matt Ponsot and his wife Patricia moved to beautiful Baldwin in 2005. Matthew enjoys a lifelong passion for music, art, and nature. An ardent supporter of the Community Garden, he never passes up an opportunity to add color and life to Baldwin’s palette.