HAWLEY-  Main Avenue’s Benjamin Moore-sponsored main street makeover began during the month of May, with local contractors cleaning up the street’s buildings in preparation for the first coats of fresh paint.
      Twenty two properties located on Main Avenue between Church and River Street will have received the rejuvenating façade makeovers courtesy of Benjamin Moore’s Paint What Matters program, and matching funds supplied by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).
      The makeover will be completed by mid June, with a celebration event scheduled for Friday, June 13th in downtown Hawley from 1 to 5:30 p.m.  Main Avenue will be decorated for the occasion, and will kick off with Mayor Kevin Hawk applying the final brushstroke to the front of About Face Orthodontists at 212 Main Avenue, at 1 p.m. 
   The event will be open to the public with a free barbecue, music, children’s activities, giveaways, farmers market, and more from 2 to 5:30 p.m. on Keystone Street.
    "This is what we have been waiting for, so come downtown, Friday June 13th and see the new colors and meet the storeowners who have been so welcoming and accommodating during this revitalization project," said Simon Knox, Administrator,  Downtown Hawley Partnership (DHP).
     The project is the result of Hawley being picked as one of only 20 small to mid-size communities in the United States and Canada in a contest sponsored by Benjamin Moore in May and June of 2013- one year ago. The public was invited to vote for their favorite community on a list of 200 posted on the company's Main Street Matters website.
     The DHP is comprised of Hawley area businesses, organizations and individuals working together to bring cohesiveness, aesthetics, and structure to the growth and development of downtown Hawley.  Contact them at info@visithawleypa.com or 570-226-4064.