Bronx volunteers in Pelham Parkway use city program to clean up graffiti

(10/16/04) PELHAM PARKWAY - Some Bronx neighbors who are fed up with graffiti took action against it on Saturday. They took advantage of a city program that gives them all the tools they need to erase the work of vandals.

Dozens of volunteers fanned out around White Plains Road and Pelham Parkway to paint over graffiti and pick up trash. The Pelham Parkway South Neighborhood Association organizes the semi-annual event, using paint and supplies donated by the city.

Police and volunteers say they were encouraged by news of the recent arrest of an alleged tagger known as "Cheese," who is accused of vandalizing property across the Bronx and city. Cops hope the graffiti cleanup event sends a message to young taggers to not even bother.

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