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As previously reported, New Rochelle will celebrate its 325th Anniversary next year with a series of community events and activities, all planned by a volunteer steering committee.

To build awareness and excitement as the anniversary year approaches, colorful banners displaying the official 325th logo will soon be placed on lampposts along North Avenue and other major thoroughfares. The first wave of banners will go up in advance of this year’s Thanksgiving Parade and more will follow in the months ahead. All will continue to be displayed throughout 2013.

The banners serve another critical purpose: they will provide sponsorship opportunities for residents, businesses and organizations and, thereby, help raise funds to support 325th activities. So, if you would like to show your community spirit — and own a little piece of the 325th festivities — this is your chance.

Each banner will feature a personalized inscription of up to three lines of fifteen characters each. Banners can display the name of a family, advertise a business, honor a friend or even memorialize a loved one.

A single banner sponsorship is available for $325. You can also sponsor five banners for $1,000. However, for a limited time, individual banners are being offered at a special “early bird” rate of $250. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must place your order before Monday, October 29th.

You can order your banner using this form. (Note that the form shows an early bird deadline of October 22nd, but that has been extended by one week.)

For more information, please call 914-654-2159 or email 325@newrochelleny.com.

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