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Program to wipe graffiti from parks


The Westchester Parks Foundation (WPF) has a sponsor for the 2017 season of its anti-graffiti volunteer program “Graffiti Squad.” The program was launched last year to rid various county parks of graffiti. During an outdoor news conference in White Plains, it was announced that Thalle Industries, based in Briarcliff Manor, has agreed to donate $40,000 to the foundation, including the purchase of a Ford F-150 pick-up truck to transport equipment to and from graffiti cleanup locations. 

Joanne Fernandez, WPF board chairperson, said, “It is our mission to keep our county parks beautiful for all to enjoy, but it takes teamwork to do so. We thank both Thalle Industries and our many volunteers who are helping us keep our parks clean.” Thalle provides materials such as asphalt and stone for construction projects.

Glenn Pacchiana, Thalle’s president and CEO and a WPF board member, noted that his family has worked to protect the environment and organizations dedicated to preserving it. 

After the news conference, dozens of local volunteers removed the work of vandals at the Bronx River Reservation walkway bridge at Hamilton Avenue and applied an eco-friendly coating to the surface that will allow any future graffiti to be wiped away. 

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