On the Boulevard All too quickly, we are approaching autumn and our meeting schedule will resume. The summer was a busy time on the Boulevard, and a major graffiti removal plus general cleanup was the highlight. Thanks to the cooperative relationship between the Civic Association and the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Affairs Office, the Boulevard was beautified. Maryanne and her family have been keeping up their end of the bargain and when the opportunity arose for everyone to pitch in, the response was great. Paint was supplied by the Town Clerk's office and the Post Office, and supplies came from the office of Miranda Davis. A special thank you to Malcolm and Tawanda who organized the "Clean Teen" campaign. A community only thrives when everyone works together and the Boulevard proves the value of a cooperative neighborhood effort. Our own Park Yi organized a chess tournament which was held at Pulaski Park for the benefit of the American Heart Association. He raised over $600. Park is a role model for all of us to follow. He also represented our organization at a Disability Access seminar held by the Business Development Center and is busy scouting locations needing wheelchair access. Way to go, Park! I wish to remind all of you that school is opening shortly and our Public School 2 needs volunteers for crossing guard and lunchroom duty. Please contact Roberta Frasier in the principal's office. September 12th is primary day and there are important choices on the ballot. Mayor Jeter is up for re-election and is running against Miranda Davis, our District Leader. The choice is yours. It only takes a few minutes and can have a tremendous impact. Our next meeting is Thursday, September 24th at the Town Hall. We will have a presentation by Captain Stubbs on the Community Police project. We also hope to have a response from our elected officials as to why our electric rates averaged 15 percent higher than elecric rates in Redfern County. And the Malden Power Company has indicated that gas rates will be doubling. We won't let them forget that they gave away gas units last winter and advertised to convince thousands to switch from oil heat to gas. And now we are expected to keep quiet and take financial abuse, and not make waves. Well, this, my friends is an election year and next year there will be even more important elections. Let us base our voting decisions on who responds to our needs and let us pressure these elected officials to do something new. We are also moving on preparing a response to the gas pipeline issue. Our president, Connor O'Connor will be speaking on our behalf at the Town Hall meeting on Thursday. We hope to see you all there so that we can make our voices heard.