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Forum topic by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 04-29-2010 03:42 AM 1521 views 0 times favorited 29 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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04-29-2010 03:42 AM

This evening I received the email message shown below from my daughter. Normally, I wouldn’t ask for anything such as this but I have seen what a caring group you all are – how many of the projects you design and build for your kids, grandkids or just the community in general.

If, after reading the message and checking out the contest site you think it worthy, your vote for the Chesapeake Fun Forest Park would certainly be appreciated. Perhaps some of you living in the area might be interested in getting involved, either helping design or donating your services. I know if I was in the area, I would certainly be interested in helping these kids.

It is a shame that some low-life cretin with no respect for others has robbed the kids in the area of their park!

Thanks,
Jim

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Dear Family and friends,

I do not normally write emails such as this, but this is important to me and
my children.

In Chesapeake we have a large city park. 3 acres of this is fenced off and
was made into a children’s park (called Fun Forest) in 1994 through the
efforts of some 2,000 community volunteers and lots of fundraising and
donations. At the time it was developed, it was the largest handicap-
accessible park on the east coast.

On April 1st someone set fire to the park. After holding an Egg Hunt there
over Easter weekend, the park was closed. My kids were in tears when I had to
tell them we could no longer go to their favorite park because someone had
burned it down. Luckily an article in the paper a few days later indicated
that only one section of the park had been burned … a large educational
section that had slides and taught about science and math. The city quickly
razed the rest of the structure and had the park back open for
part of Spring Break. My kids and I were very happy to see only the one
part had been torched. Unfortunately with the economy like it is, the city
does not have the budget to rebuild. But, luckily, there has once again
been a great drive by the community to rebuild and make it even better.
Fundraisers and donations by individuals and local businesses has already
begun.

Our park has been entered into the Sears More Green Across America contest
and is a finalist for a $30,000 grand prize. Currently we are the high
scorer but as with all things on the internet that could change. Voting
continues until May 5th. Each person can enter 1 time per day.

While I would love for you to take the time and use all your votes for our
park, I don’t think that would be fair. However, I am asking that you take
a moment from your busy schedule to check out the contest and vote for the
park you most think deserves it. I had never heard about this contest until
it was mentioned in an article about Fun Forest in our local paper.
Here is the link:_

Sears More Green Across America Contest

Thanks,

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".


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patron

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#1 posted 04-29-2010 04:22 AM

done , jim .

we are way ahead !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Broglea

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#2 posted 04-29-2010 04:44 AM

Done.

Looks to be a worthy cause.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 04-29-2010 09:30 AM

TEmporarily closed for improvement:-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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nmkidd

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#4 posted 04-29-2010 10:11 PM

Done…is good to help the wee ones!!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 04-29-2010 11:03 PM

Just a note that if you want, you can vote daily. Your votes are certainly appreciated!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 12:24 AM

Got through today. You’re ahaed by 45,000 + votes. When is it over?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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patron

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 12:29 AM

bob ,

Voting continues until May 5th. Each person can enter 1 time per day.

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#8 posted 04-30-2010 12:40 AM

Somebody will have to mount a real campaign to beat VA!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Kindlingmaker

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#9 posted 04-30-2010 08:33 AM

Been there, done that.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 04-30-2010 09:00 AM

Done

Dennis

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pommy

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 10:01 AM

i’m in the UK so i did my bit and voted looks like you have it in the bag with some 50.000 plus votes i hope you win and the kids get their new play ground

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 04-30-2010 08:02 PM

Yesterday they didn’t ask for my public birthday. Maybe i didn’t complete the process?? Looks like a 3:1 lead:-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dennisgrosen

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#13 posted 05-01-2010 06:06 PM

Done once again and again
come on L Js lets help the children

Dennis

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rtb

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#14 posted 05-01-2010 06:22 PM

done, and emailed to my entire list

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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JerryW43

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#15 posted 05-01-2010 06:24 PM

You and your daughter have my vote Jim. I have three children and seven grand kids ranging in age from four to fifteen. Anyone that would burn a playground down needs to be tarred and feathered and ran out of town on a rail

Jerry

-- Jerry Walch, Westerlo, NY,

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