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CRIME ON DECLINE--see article in www.thedailygreenburgh.com....VOLUNTEERS WANTED FOR 911 WALL
Release Date: June 30, 2011

9-11 Tile Wall Restoration Project

The Arts and Culture Committee is coordinating the restoration of the People's 9-11 wall at Presser Park (nee Webb Field) on Central Avenue. The tiles were originally created in workshops sponsored by ArtsWestchester with funding from Project Liberty. Rotary Clubs International secured financial support for the project from Sam's/Walmart.

Community volunteers are assisting with sorting, cleaning, marking and boxing tiles for return to the original wall at Presser Park. The staging area is currently at Anthony Veteran Park, on tennis court #1. (Anthony Veteran Park is off Heatherdell Road which is off Ridge Road in Ardsley.)

Schedule of times that volunteers can show up at Anthony Veteran Park to assist Sarah Bracey White (682-15740) with the project:

I'm almost finished with the tile layout. The grout removal is the next to last stage before numbering the tiles and boxing them for delivery to the final site.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves, a pair of pliers and water.

Dear Paul,

I have completed the repair of 110 of the broken tiles and executed the final layout design. I expect that if I can get a large volume of volunteers to complete the removal of grout from the last 2/3s of the tiles, the mason can have the tiles next week. We will also need to get 186 tiles to replace the ones I could not reconstruct. I'm going to ask a few tile stores to donate ones.

I will be working from 5-8 pm Today (Tuesday), Wednesday and Thursday. Volunteers with pliers are welcome to join me.

FROM www.thedailygreenburgh.com-------an interesting article about how crime is on the decline in the town and the reasons why….

GREENBURGH, NY - Crime in Greenburgh is on the decline, according to the most recent statistics report from the town's police department.

"I am proud," said Greenburgh Police Chief Joseph DeCarlo. "The department works hard and we certainly protect people's constitutional rights. It's always a team effort. We really have the public's safety in mind."

While the number of burglaries from 2009 to 2010 shrunk by 34 percent, the big decline was in motor vehicle theft, which diminished by 44 percent.

Larceny, the most popular offense among criminals, has decreased by 18 percent over the past year. Nevertheless, DeCarlo is committed to making that rate drop even more because of the invasion of personal security and lasting effects on victims.

"Larceny is a crime that people feel," he said. "Once somebody's been in their house, they don't feel safe there."

DeCarlo expressed gratefulness that the robbery rate dropped by 32 percent because robbery often leads to assault, something that the department feels strongly about diminishing. Unfortunately, the felony assault rate still leaped up by seven percent since 2009.

Technology has played a significant role in helping the Greenburgh Police Department catch offenders. The advent of license plate readers have helped catch stolen vehicles and those with expired registrations. The department currently has two readers and it looking to purchase a third.

"Cell phones are also a good tool because people can call in a crime immediately," said DeCarlo. "If they're in a car, they can call for DWIs and speeders in traffic. It certainly helps. We can use technology and society to stop crime, and that's what we're trying to do."

However, even with new technology, Greenburgh police have difficulty with Internet crime, including online identity theft. While they are pursuing options to strengthen that area, they are currently focusing on gangs and weaponry.

"Anytime we can take a gun off the streets, it's important," said DeCarlo. "It shows that guns are out there. They're certainly one of our main concerns."

The Greenburgh Police Department encourages residents to call them if they see any suspicious conduct, violent acts or criminal behavior.

Have you been the victim of a crime in Greenburgh?

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