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Letters to the Editor

August 14, 2009

National Night Out event was a huge success



To the editor:

Approximately 800 people filled Fairgrounds Park on Tuesday, Aug. 4, for the annual National Night Out event. All who attended enjoyed lots of entertainment, safety demonstrations and free refreshments.

Collaborating sponsors were C SAFE, Target, the City of Hagerstown, the Hagerstown Housing Authority and the Memorial Recreation Center.

I want to thank everyone who helped make the night a huge success. The community response demonstrated a desire to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and support partnership with law enforcement.

Many thanks to the planning committee, which spent many hours to ensure a successful event. A special thank you to Lou Scally for his participation and to the other individuals and groups who contributed to the event in various ways.

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Thank you to the City of Hagerstown employees who helped prepare the area, DJ Robert Marshall, the Chick-fil-A cow, the Target volunteers, the Alternative Sanctions work crew, We Care Neighborhoods 1st, Elizabethtown East Neighborhoods 1st, Hub City Vineyard volunteers, the Hagerstown Police Department, the Hagerstown Fire Department, Maryland State Police, Community Rescue, The Plum, B.P. Lesky Distributing Co., the vendors, team Bobby and Deanna, team Dianne and Darnell, all of the entertainers and all other volunteers that I might have unintentionally overlooked.

National Night Out would not have been successful without the collaboration of the partners who came together on Aug. 4.

Carolyn Brooks
C SAFE coordinator
Hagerstown




Reporters did excellent job covering meeting



To the editor:

Herald-Mail reporters Andrew Schotz and Erin Julius did excellent jobs in their news reports of U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin's recent town hall meeting in Hagerstown.

Their articles were informative, fair and balanced.

Larry D. Kump
Falling Waters, W.Va.




Why build another building on Dual Highway?



To the editor:

A beautiful piece of property at the point of Mount Aetna Road and Dual Highway has been wiped away, with numerous trees cut down only to build another office building.

Is it really needed? While other buildings sit empty on Dual Highway and the newest office building has yet to be finished?

There is so much talk about going green, it would seem that at least a couple of trees could have been left if the property had been planned better, but the only thing that matters is the green dollar.

It is a shame to see Dual Highway becoming more commercialized every year.

Carolyn Blitz
Hagerstown

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