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Letter: Letter to the Carle Place Civic Association

(This letter was sent to the Carle Place Civic Association and to The Westbury Times.)

I was very confused about the Fun Run when someone asked me to give $500 to get my store name on a T-shirt. I thought it was to raise money for some needy organization. I now realize it’s just to raise money for the CPCA.

So where does the money go?

The Froghorn doesn’t tell any financials, how much money you raise or where it goes. Why not?

The only civic event I see on your calendar that someone doesn’t have to pay for is the 30-minute tree lighting, which probably lasts 10 minutes and has 30 people (CPCA members?) if it doesn’t rain.

You have school kids paint retail store windows during the busiest and most profitable season during the year.

It’s a “drive by” event and it really looks bad after it rains. What does it cost the CPCA to make the town to look like crap? How does this help the businesses in Carle Place?

If you had a business that sold something, would you really want to hide your store windows with tempera paint? This is such a bad idea so why does the CPCA support it? It sure doesn’t support any business in Carle Place.

I’m happy to support my community but I’d really like a supposed “civic association” to be more than a group of people who want to decrease traffic and do nothing to increase tax revenue.

Maybe it is time for a civic association to increase community involvement, business profits and decrease store vacancy.

The Westbury and Garden City Civic Associations decorate their main retail streets for fall and the holidays. What does the CPCA do?

Ed Smith