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Acting ‘as a father,’ mayor takes away basketball hoops

June 19, 2013

Users of Memorial Park have lost their pool and now they are temporarily unable to play hoops at the basketball court. By order of Mayor Gabriel J....

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wwhickok

Jun-26-13 11:31 AM

Newberry, what you say is a valid point, why don't you show up to the meeting and share your viewpoints with us and the Mayor. Perhaps you can help change things.

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wwhickok

Jun-26-13 11:12 AM

Newberry, I actually understand the dynamic of the issue all too well. You're right, part of the problem is some of the older adults and teenagers who use the courts. But at the same time, ask yourself this, will conditions improve if you/we do nothing? No.

Will conditions improve if you at least try to do something? Maybe, maybe not, but the fact you can say maybe, should be enough reason to try.

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Newberry22

Jun-25-13 10:17 PM

It's great that you guys have a plan to address the issue but have you seen the basketball players that use these hoop on any given day? They're not kids. We're talking late teens to 30 year olds. If a constable would show up during a sunny afternoon about half of the players would scatter fearing they had warrants. I don't want to be the bearer of bad news here but I don't think you understand the dynamics of those courts. They closely resemble what a prison basketball court looks like, seriously.

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wwhickok

Jun-25-13 5:46 AM

Mayor Campana will be at the meeting on the 13th, at 1pm.

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wwhickok

Jun-24-13 1:21 PM

Well hopefully my LTE is up within the next couple of days and it spawns more interest. It's going to require people to step forward and do be leaders of the community.

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jeff33

Jun-24-13 12:54 PM

They need to practice to get in the NBA!!!

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wwhickok

Jun-24-13 12:37 PM

Alright, I'm going to follow up with the Mayor's Office and make him aware of the meeting. Hopefully he'll show up and perhaps he'll even have some input.

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z3r0c00l

Jun-24-13 12:15 PM

Shoot for 1:00 PM. Hope others can make this as well.

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wwhickok

Jun-24-13 11:54 AM

So, July 13th, Memorial Park (what time? 1 or 2 pm?)

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z3r0c00l

Jun-24-13 9:11 AM

Let's plan for the 13th. If we have the Mayor involved from the start, we can certainly make an impact.

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wwhickok

Jun-24-13 5:58 AM

z3rocool, you're right. I hear a lot of 'cop outs', excuses as to why it's not the repsonsibility of citizens to take part in their own community.

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wwhickok

Jun-24-13 5:56 AM

13th and 20th work fine for me.

Also, I contacted the Mayor to find out if he'd support something like this, not only did he say yes, he said he'd be willing to attend the meeting.

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z3r0c00l

Jun-23-13 9:21 AM

Well, now we get the chance to monitor the situation and see if removing the hoops solves our drug problems. I have a feeling more needs to be done. Without a plan, it won’t happen.

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localguy

Jun-23-13 8:19 AM

Once again people, stay on topic of what the article speaks about. Great idea to take the hoops down and make a point. This is how it happened when in school, if you don't recall. The whole class gets punished for the acts of one or more. The next time people might speak up and tell that person to knock it off, or to throw their trash away in the cans; or to take your drugs somewhere else. Two weeks and they are back, so*****it up and realize for the future. Problems like this are why areas get "labels" or why people don't want to take their families to these parks. I too have seen the people that play at the b-ball courts, the groups of teenagers that congregate in the pavillions, the kids who climb onto the roofs of the pavillions and so on! Why would any self respecting person subject their family, young children or anyone to this type of situation?

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Newberry22

Jun-23-13 7:44 AM

I have an idea, maybe these basketball players should take this as a warning from our Mayor and just clean it up! Why are we making such a big deal about this? I personally agree with the Mayor on this. Take the hoops away for 2 weeks to show he is serious, tell the people why, and then give the players a chance to fix the problem. If they continue to make a mess, use drugs, fight, and use profanity near the playground, shut it down for good. We shouldn't have to "monitor" the basketball courts. Have you seen the usual players on the court? They're not young kids, they're adults by definition. Good job Mayor, keep up the good work!

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z3r0c00l

Jun-23-13 7:11 AM

I'll be traveling during the weekdays but am free on the weekends of July 13th and 20th. Let's pick a date, recruit and take a structured plan to the city.

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RollingWithHusky

Jun-22-13 11:58 PM

wwhickok, I think a LTE about this idea is a great way to proceed. It needs to be supported by more than two or three people in order for it to work. I'm sorry I didn't get back here sooner, this weekend is my Wedding Anniversary, I was busy and lost track of time. I agree that another weekend, perhaps after your LTE, would be best, so the word gets out and more people can get on board. I also agree that local government has to support an effort like this.

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wwhickok

Jun-21-13 10:10 AM

z3r0c00l; You're probably right, next weekend would allow more time for people to 'sign up' for the meeting. The FOLLOWING Weekend is 4th of July weekend so I don't think we'd be able to swing that. The 28th, 29th, and 30th, I'll be out of town, however, I can always compile some ideas, send them via Email to each of you and you could share them at the meeting, I could meet up with you all at another meeting on another date. Whatever works, no matter what, count me in.

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wwhickok

Jun-21-13 7:18 AM

@gmail****

comes directly to my cell, from there I'll be able to give you more information about myself.

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wwhickok

Jun-21-13 7:08 AM

First off, I want to let you guys know I'll also have an LTE coming on on this exact topic (about the Volunteer Organization Idea) rolling off comments RWH made.

As for Saturday, the closer to 1 the better, I have tentative plans shortly after 4pm. I do know the following weekend I won't be in town. I definitely think getting together and compiling some ideas is a great idea.

In the meantime, I intend to contact Mayor Campana and inquire as to whether he would put his name behind something like this. While I may not agree with a lot of the things the city is doing, I think if we have the local government supporting this cause, our voice will be heard in a much louder tone.

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z3r0c00l

Jun-20-13 4:09 PM

I’m ok to meet the following week as well. This may help to allow time for folks to volunteer. We need critical mass to make the impact. I'll check back on this thread over next few days. Would like to follow through and get this moving.

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RollingWithHusky

Jun-20-13 3:12 PM

Let me check with my husband about his schedule Saturday. I like the idea of meeting at Memorial Park. I use a power wheelchair so that's close enough to home for me to roll on over.

Anyone else interested in meeting, just to toss around some ideas, determine whether we could put together a community organization?

wwhickok?

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z3r0c00l

Jun-20-13 2:19 PM

Shall we set a meeting place? I suggest Memorial park since that's where this story began. I can meet Saturday during the afternoon any time between 1:00 and 4:00 PM

RollingWithHusky - Great idea in terms of building a website. This could be very helpful.

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RollingWithHusky

Jun-20-13 2:04 PM

z3r0c00l, if enough people are interested in organizing, meeting, identifying needs, goals, etc., I'd be willing to set up a free website where people could join, we could list goals, areas that need attention, ways to take action.

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RollingWithHusky

Jun-20-13 1:59 PM

I love the way this thread has turned from pointing fingers of blame to "let's get together and get something done". What would it take to establish a Youth Corp or something to that effect in the city? Yes, I agree adults should be involved too, those 'responsible adults setting an example' I mentioned in an earlier post. I think it would be great if neighborhoods could do this, organized by a group that would liaison with the city. It would be great to have a group of adults, mentors, to work with the city's kids, teaching skills, instilling pride in work, developing self-esteem. The city isn't just Center City and Bowman Field, but it often feels as if that's what the Mayor and City Council think. Our neighborhoods don't get the same attention, not even the public areas the city is responsible for maintaining. It seems like it's time for us to take our neighborhoods back, take pride in them. If adults get on board, the kids are sure to follow.

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