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Columns July 16, 2009  RSS feed

Seeking Cash To Continue Community Improvements

On June 1, the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation (GRRC) launched its annual fund-raising appeal for its programs. Once again, they are asking the community for support.

"[The] GRRC's programs contribute in a major way to community quality of life," said program coordinator Peggy O'Kane. These programs include landlord/tenant counseling, working with those on the lien sale and in REM lists, reporting and monitoring problem buildings, lobbying for street tree planting and—perhaps most of all—their anti-graffiti program that has removed graffiti at 121 locations this year and 4,700 sites since 1992.

Angela Mirabile, executive director, advised that individual donors have already sent in over $3,000. She added, "We have received donations ranging from $10 to $500, showing that people at all levels of our community support our efforts."

Mirabile also said that donations could be made through PayPal by visiting www.ridgewoodrestoration .org.

President Paul Kerzner said GRRC has now been able to buy a second van, which he expects to be on the road by the middle of July, enabling the organization to expand its anti-graffiti efforts. Ultimately, that means more insurance for the new van and more money for equipment and supplies.

"We need our community's help and support more than ever," said Kerzner.

For further information, to make a donation or to have graffiti removed, call GRRC at 1-718-366-8721.