Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Uncovering The Promise?

   
"The neighborhood is changing. The houses are reasonable and people want to come from the city and want to live here to go to Greece schools, but they don't know exactly what to expect here. We want to make them feel they are part of this neighborhood." ~~ Bill Selke, regarding National Night Out/Dewey Avenue Family Festival

SCATS ~~ They don't know what to expect here? How do we know this? What should we tell them?
 
   

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like this event was just a political dog and pony show. I imagine all the usual suspects were out campaigning. What does that have to do with public safety or police?

SCATS said...

To 10:29AM ~~ Yup. What else could we expect? This is Greece ;)

Anonymous said...

Actually it was a family oriented event. There were plenty of families out having fun. Have to love all the negative critics who haven't got a clue about anything other than their own opinion. Illusions vs. reality.

SCATS said...

To 11:19AM ~~ Politicians love opportunities to kiss the baby. Are you denying that people were campaigning there? I've attended this in the past and politicians definitely showed at those events to further their agendas ... er, I mean careers ;)

Anonymous said...

Anything involving Selke is political. It's time for him to retire.

Anonymous said...

The concept of bringing together a community with some family fun is tried and true and works. But the venue of fun on pavement and concrete is not too inviting. People did have fun but could they continue more frequently in a more comfortable setting like maybe a park? Or maybe at the community center / senior center. Then there would be ample parking and lots of green space and people could go inside for rest or air conditioning or rest rooms. Let's have one of these per month for example and through the winter.
Or was their intent to locate it in the more "reasonable" price houses' setting? If that's the case why not have it at the unused Barnard building again where they could go inside if necessary. Surely the school district would approve:) or at the park next to Barnard exempts.
And even if it was a photo op for politicians, who cares. Isn't everything? Parades, openings of dollar stores, concerts by the sea, to name a few.

Anonymous said...

C'mon, SCATS, where would you expect politicians to campaign- someplace where there is no one to hear their speech or see them in action? Of course, there will be politicians at these events, because that's where the people are!

Anonymous said...

If you had come out to the event instead of sitting home complaining how bad Greece is you might have discovered some of the good things and great people in the area. I know this will bring on a bunch of snarky retorts but those comments only reflect poorly on the source, not the target. This was a terrific event with lots of participation from the community and community groups, local businesses, police, fire, Homeland Security and the town. All profits from food sales went directly to Two Doors Community Resource Center which is a worthy cause. Sure, there were people out politicing from both sides of the aisle - that's the American way. Go somewhere else if you don't like it. Otherwise accept that something good happened and you missed it.

SCATS said...

To 1:50PM ~~ I attended this event last year. Because of my prior experience, I chose to NOT go this year. Why? Eating greasy pizza slices and ridiculously over-priced tiny little ice cream cups on pavement that is oozing the built-up heat from the summer weather we've had while being hit on by the usual political hacks distributing their handbills just didn't seem like "fun" yesterday when the time to go arrived ;)

And by the way, not all profits from food sales went to Two Doors. You need to reread the ad for the event.

Anonymous said...

i did attend the event and I did not see alot of public saftey info there but did see a lot of the same polticians I see everywhere. THis is largley a manufactured event, not a genuine community event

SCATS said...

To 5:01PM ~~ You are correct. Until last year, the Night Out Against Crime event was held in a park (Adeline) where you didn't have to dine on the hot ashphalt. Starting last year, the bleeding hearts group invented the Dewey Ave. Family Festival to sooth Selke's hurting ego when the city thugs overwhelmed his carnival at the mall and mall mgmt. booted it forever. This newly created event is no longer intended for the entire community, thus the title "Dewey Ave. Family Festival" ... the folks north and west of Dorsey Rd. wouldn't want "to see, hear or smell" the people that attend this any more than they want "to see, hear or smell" the clientele for B&S. That's why it will NEVER EVER BE HELD AT THE GREECE COMMUNITY CENTER ... nor Basil Marella Park ... nor anywhere near where parents of schools-of-the-chosen reside.

Anonymous said...

It would just be silly to hold the Dewey Avenue Family Festival on Vince Tofany Boulevard.

SCATS said...

To 1:37AM ~~ Names are easily changed since it hasn't been emblazoned on a building. How about we move it to Barnard Exempts and the adjacent park area? It provides a place to sit down & eat, bathroom facilities and outdoor areas that can be both in the shade & off the ashphalt ;)

Anonymous said...

1:37 But the night out against crime could be held anywhere. Maybe there is more crime in that dewey area. Or they are anticipating more with walmart.

Anonymous said...

You ask "What should we tell them?"

How about: GET OUT AND GO BACK WHERE YOU BELONG!

SCATS said...

To 10:15AM ~~ Very neighbor-like of you!

Anonymous said...

You folks absolutely need to move out of Greece. You are clearly too good for us scum-of-the-earth peons. I wish I could be high and mighty like you folks. ---- You are disgraceful.

SCATS said...

To 1:52PM ~~ Diverse views have been shared here. It's not clear who "you folks" refers to. Did you ever consider that telling people to move does nothing to change the problems? Maybe you helped by voting for the status quo by re-electing a supervisor you knew was corrupt through-and-through ;)

Anonymous said...

1:52 Something tells me that as you accuse writers of being "too good" for Greece, in person you could beat all of us at snobbishness and looking down your nose at the lower people. Since you are probably a board member for a few years.
We have all been on the receiving end of aloofness by board members.
And we are not leaving. One thing you must know. It is hard to sell here in Greece for the price our houses are assessed at. Plus we like keeping you all on your toes. Haven't you figured that out by now. This will go on forever.

Anonymous said...

Come on, let's just dispense with the PC-crapple and be real about what's putting our schools in the toilet. It's time to call a spade a spade and face the harsh truth of what's wrong with our community. It's the welfare queens and the do-nothing kids living in the rental properties and low-income apartments. We all know it. We just won't all be honest about it.
Answer this ~ why's the crime so high in Dewey/Stone?

SCATS said...

To 10:06PM ~~ If you believe all of the troubled kids live in apartments, then you are in denial about the change in complexion of many residential neighborhoods throughout Dewey/Stone, off of Fetzner Rd. & Tait/Benjamin Aves.