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Vandals Damage Warwick Playground
Single Source Crew Helps To Repair

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, Single Source Disaster Recovery Specialists sent in an Emergency Volunteer Crew to help clean up and restore extensive damage caused by juvenile vandals.  
 
According to the Warwick Beacon, this isn’t the first time the imPOSSIBLE Dream has encountered problems. Just last month they had two of their Koi fish, Jaws and Princess, stolen out of the pond at the entrance. This, though, is the most extensive damage they have encountered. 
 
Executive Director of the playground, Diane Penza, said she didn’t know how long it would take to clean up and ensure the park would be safe for children, but after Single Source and the community rallied for the park, it took little more than a day to reopen.
 
 
Penza was overwhelmed by the incredible display of support from Warwick; she said that once the news was out donations came pouring in, businesses such as Home Depot, Douglas Lumber and Walgreen’s dropping off checks, patrons donating through the park’s online account, and the phone continued ringing from citizens wanting to volunteer their time to help with the clean-up. 
 
On the following Friday morning, several companies, construction, disaster cleanup and others, stopped by the park to donate their time and abilities to clean up the park.
 
Vandalism Cleanup and RestorationMike Pomeranz, a disaster recovery expert from Single Source, one of the businesses that came to help, brought 12 of his men early Friday morning to clean up. Last year they had worked with imPOSSIBLE Dream to repair a broken pipe and realized what “great people and great work” are behind the playground.
“When we saw what happened, we knew we had to help,” Pomeranz said. “This place just means so much to the community.”
 
Many Single Source employees bring their children to the park, and after the initial vandalism, Single Source decided to stay and help repair and reinforce some of the structures.“They’ve done what it would normally take 100 volunteers to do,” Penza said. 
 
“I feel like I’m in a dream. It’s so emotionally moving,” Penza said. “The response and how much people care. Even people without kids see the benefit of this place. It just reinforces the idea that playgrounds play a vital role in the community.” “This has really opened my eyes to how much ownership and pride the community has in my playground,” Penza said.
 
On Saturday morning, the park was safe and open for play, and on Sunday, Penza announced over Facebook that the Warwick Police Department had caught the responsible juvenile party. On Monday morning, the department confirmed the arrests with a press release from Captain Christopher Stewart.
 
Both males are from Warwick and admitted to causing the damage as well as stealing a three-wheeled bicycle from the playground, which was later returned. They were both charged with vandalism and released to their parents.
 
“This outpouring of affection is more important than what these people did,” she said. “I won’t be able to stop writing thank you letters.” For more information or to donate, visit the imPOSSIBLE Dream Facebook page or website at http://impossibledreamplayground.org. You can also call 823-5566.
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Easy Winter Cleaning Tip: How to Remove Salt from Your Shoes

1. Mix one cup of water and one tablespoon of white vinegar.
2. Soak a cotton ball with the mixture and wipe it over the stains. The acetic acid in the vinegar will dissolve the salt deposits without damaging the shoe. This works on leather and suede. Allow the shoes to air dry and repeat if necessary. (Share with your Friends!)
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Snow + More Snow + Freezing Temperatures = EVIL ICE DAMS

Did you know that ice dams can form when water from melting snow re-freezes at the edge of your roof line? Being aware of ice dam formations can help you prevent serious water damage inside your property. Follow these tips to help keep your home leak free this winter. Share with friends!  http://singlesource-usa.com/m/water_and_flood/ice_dam_prevention
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