ARMONK, N.Y. -- The eagle has landed in Armonk.
Thanks to a $25,000 donation from The Engel Burman Group, the company behind the 140-unit Bristal Assisted Living complex on Business Park Drive, Armonk's iconic eagle will be completely refurbished.
The town had explored repairing the eagle back in March when Councilwoman Diane Didonato-Roth was told that a piece of the 40-foot high eagle, located at the intersections of route 22 and route 128, was starting to come apart.
"I knew it was time to save the eagle," Didonato-Roth said.
A committee was formed to explore ways of refurbishing the eagle, but with the town facing a tight budget, there wasn't much in the coffers to repair the eagle.
Didonato-Roth figured with The Bristal coming into town, they would will be willing to help and she asked if they wanted to help repair the eagle. They jumped at the plan.
"They loved it the idea," Didonato-Roth said. "They viewed the eagle as an icon."
The refurbished eagle, which will be completed soon, will have a small sign acknowledging the Bristal's sponsorship.
"This is why you welcome new businesses into your town," Didonato-Roth said. "They become a partner in your community. They sponsor so many events and the Bristal provides so many great services. We would've never found $25,000 and we might have lost the eagle."
Didonato-Roth said this is the year of the eagle, since the North Castle Police Department will be redoing its patches to have an eagle on them. The town is also making new welcome signs for Armonk, Banksville and North White Plains that will have the eagle on it.
"The timing is just so perfect," Didonato-Roth said. "It makes us unique and special. We are looking at our past but this helps with our future. Style is a good thing and we are creating a style around town."
The eagle helps connect people, Didonato-Roth believes and makes them feel more patriotic.
"It's a representative of our country and that we're part of the greater good," Didonato-Roth said. "We sometimes feel isolated, but when you see the eagle, you know that I am part of the USA and we are like so many other communities."
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