"New Group Aims To Stamp Out Graffiti, Illegal Signs ..."
by Rick Archer, Chronicle Reporter October 20, 2005
Two dozen civic associations are banding together in an attempt to stamp out graffiti and illegal signs around the borough.
Citizens Against Graffiti Everywhere was formed last month to create a coordinated approach to the problem across neighborhood lines, said organizer Fred Kress. “We don’t want to push it out of one neighborhood and into another,” he said.
The group allows the associations to share materials, manpower and information to tackle a problem members say is taking up an increasing amount of their time. “It’s out of control. You go down any neighborhood and you see a jumble of signs,” said Kress, head of the Rosedale Civic Association.
Rick Duskiewicz, president of the Creedmore Civic Association and a group member, said he estimates the members of his association spend 30 to 40 hours a month covering over graffiti and dealing with illegal signs tacked up on utility poles and trees. Kress said his association removed 3,000 illegal signs in the last two years. “That’s 3,000 just in Rosedale.”
The group held its first meeting last month, and now counts 25 civic associations as members. Kress said that was all the members it will be accepting for the time being. The group does not plan to charge dues, instead funding its activities through grants from the police, council members, city agencies and other sources.