The Chamber of Commerce of the Bellmores has installed a new BELLMORE VILLAGE sign on the LIRR train trestle at Bedford Avenue. The sign replaces a nearly 20 year-old sign that welcomed visitors into a new downtown revitalization concept first developed by Gary Hudes and other Bellmore leaders of the time.
In the late 1990s Hudes, owner of Gennaro Jewelers and then-president of the chamber, spearheaded a downtown revitalization along Bedford Avenue in which part of revitalization included placing a green sign with gold lettering on the trestle above Bedford Avenue saying “BELLMORE VILLAGE – a stroll down memory lane.”
In keeping with the charm intended, the revitalization also included old-fashioned street posts and music playing for shoppers as they walk through the town.
Now, after nearly 20 years the once-beautiful Bellmore Village sign needs replacing. Now peeling and faded, the sign no longer matches the charm and vibrancy of the town. The chamber board decided to replace the sign, changing the color from green to burgundy, which matches the chamber logo and stands out better for all to see.
Sign Up Now, the original company that created the old green sign, was once again selected as the best option for installing the new sign.
Chamber President James Spohrer. along with the Executive Board and Martha Verdi (long-time chamber member and Bellmore Street Festival coordinator) worked to have the new sign installed along with the help and support of the LIRR, Nassau County Police Department and Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. The installation was an exciting two-day process shared by all who came to see the removal and installation of the beautiful new BELLMORE VILLAGE sign.
The chamber raises funds from events such as the annual family street festival and Friday Night Car Show, which go to sponsor holiday celebrations and earmark funds towards improvements to support the success of commerce in the Bellmore communities.