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.

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 Chair 

Rita Cavanagh has lived in Baldwin with her husband and two children since 1998. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, and graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Sociology. Rita worked with developmentally disabled adults for almost ten years and then began working at Cablevision. She is an avid reader, gardener, animal lover, environmentalist, and fan of all artistic expression. Rita joined the Association because she wanted to play an active role in the renaissance of Baldwin. Besides her work on the Beautification Committee, she arranged tours of exceptional private gardens in Baldwin for BCA members. 

Because of her work on behalf of our hamlet, Rita was honored by the Baldwin Herald as its 2015 Person of the Year. She is excited about continuing the work of bringing public beauty and art to the streets and buildings of Baldwin.