The other morning we saw something that made our blood boil — we suspect you will feel the same way. We were driving around, taking some beautiful pictures of Woodhaven in the ice and snow, and we stopped off to take a picture of Whiting Square. Or, as many of you know it — The Rock.
This memorial is named for Lt. Clinton Whiting, who gave his life in the service of our country — he was killed in action far from home in 1918 — and he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for Heroism in Action a year later.
And this is how some ignoramus treated our memorial:
What kind of an animal defaces a memorial with a vulgarity?
Last year, we reported on the deplorable amounts of graffiti in Woodhaven — and for a while there, we were making moves to tackle the problem. But — and I’ll take the blame for this — the effort kind of fell apart. We gathered a good team, but failed to follow through on their good work.
But that doesn’t mean we’ve conceded or admitted defeat. Graffiti, once again, will be an issue we’ll tackle in 2011.
We have to.
What sort of a community would we be if we let this go unanswered? What lesson do the children of Woodhaven learn when they that we allow this vile act of vandalism go unchecked
You know what they learn? They learn that it’s normal.
We have to change that perception. We’ll start by taking care of the memorial at Whiting Square (we’ll announce details on that soon). But we need more community involvement to battle it properly.
Recently, we announced our intention to build up communications within Woodhaven via Block Captains. Read more about that here. As of right now, we have 22 Block Captains covering 34 blocks. In the last snowstorm we had, we heard from them all — and we called in the 2 blocks that still needed plowing. Here’s the point — we were able to ascertain the conditions of these blocks within an hour — and that information was processed directly to those who were able to resolve the issue.
Here are the blocks with captains — if your block is not represented, it is not getting this extra attention.
If you are interested in being a Block Captain, send an E-mail to email@example.com with your name, address and phone number.
What do you think? You think that perhaps we can somehow leverage this strategy and use it to combat graffiti? It would certainly make it easier to catalog where the graffiti is — to report it, get it cleaned up —
We’re not talking a tremendous amount of effort on your part — if there’s a storm you’ll get an E-mail, perhaps a phone call, and tell us how things look on your block. Maybe once a year we’ll ask you if there’s any graffiti on your block.
Minimal effort by a large number of people can achieve great things — but we need to sign up those people.
Chances are, if you’re reading this, you are a resident of Woodhaven. If you care about your community, sign up to be a Block Captain. Let’s not let animals like the one that defaced our memorial get away with crap like that.
President – WRBA