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GRAFFITI UPDATE 5/23...NEW INITIATIVE

 
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DMCKEON
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PostPosted: Fri May 23, 2008 8:40 am    Post subject: GRAFFITI UPDATE 5/23...NEW INITIATIVE
From Fri May 23, 2008 3:00 am to Wed May 28, 2008 2:59 am (included)
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The police continue to do a great job as another major offender was arrested Wednesday night.

In order to help us obtain waivers and facilitate cleanups we are reaching out for community support.

If there is a location in your neighborhood that has been graffitied (even your own)

Please take a photo of the location (preferably digital) and e-mail it to info@where-to-turn.org along with the address and any other information.

Non digital photos can be sent to:

Where to Turn
150-L Greaves Lane # 312
Staten Island, NY 10308

We will then contact the property owner/manager and attempt to get a waiver. If we are not successful in obtaining the waiver we will ask the Department of Sanitation to issue a summons if the graffiti is not cleaned.

Students will ˝ of community service credit for each submission that leads to a waiver.

GOOD NEWS

We received a $500 contribution from the students at PS 373R. This contribution was part of the Penny Harvest money they collected. I met with them yesterday and told them that it would be used for our community projects including graffiti removal.

We also received a $5,000 grant from the Richmond County DA’s Office to support our graffiti removal program. Dan Donovan is very supportive of this effort every year.

We will use a portion of these funds to purchase a power washer this weekend as we still do not have access to the Clean Team Truck (see below)

BAD NEWS

Lowes has rejected our grant application stating:

Thank you for your recent grant submission. After meeting with the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation (LCEF), we regret to inform you that your request has not been approved.

It is always a challenge to determine which organizations should receive an LCEF grant. Within Lowe’s focus areas, there are far more requests than the Foundation can satisfy. As a reminder, our primary charitable interests are projects that provide a broad-based benefit to the community and K-12 public schools. Preference is given to those projects and schools residing within the communities where Lowe’s operates stores and DC’s.

I guess they do not feel that graffiti is an issue with a significant impact on the community. Hopefully we will have better success wit Home Depot and Target.

Finally we have still not gotten any further with the Clean Team truck and it has now been 2 months.

We will be out again this weekend and will have an update on Monday

Have a great Memorial Day Holiday

Dennis
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