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Charlestown Community Garden Vandalized

Residents near the Terminal Street site are being asked to report any suspicious activity.

Caretakers of the Charlestown Sprouts Community Garden are asking residents in the area to help keep an eye out for vandals after the property was damaged last month.

Around Dec. 10, someone damaged a recently built compost bin and message board at the garden, located at 49 Terminal St.

“The compost bin had its roof destroyed, and the message board had its Plexiglass window broken,” gardener Gerald Robbins said in an email.

It’s not the first time the garden has been vandalized.

Last April, someone stole copper piping from the garden’s irrigation system, and in May additional piping and spigots were stolen—for a total damage of about $2,200, Robbins said.

“Gardeners are asking neighbors to help out and watch for people engaging in theft and vandalism at the garden,” he said. “Anyone with information about this recent incident or noticing suspicious activity should report it to the Boston Police Department.”

The community garden, which is open to the public, is located near the Charlestown High School baseball field off Terminal Street. It is run by about 105 families in the area from different backgrounds, who grow vegetables on the site, Robbins noted.

The December vandalism was done to items that were only recently installed on the property.

“For the 2012 growing year, the Charlestown Sprouts Community Garden received a grant to build a compost bin, a message board and a garden sign,” Robbins said. “Over the summer and fall, gardeners built the compost bin and message board, completing them last October.”

Non-emergency incidents can be reported to the Boston Police Department’s Charlestown station by calling 617-343-4888.

Less Lip Service January 07, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Yup, Only in CTown would scum vandalize a community garden; a garden for all, a garden run by volunteer efforts, a garden that welcomes the diversity within the neighborhood and affords a space for people and families to come together and grow not only food but community. Only in CTown where the townies encourage mis-spent youth, only in CTown where miscreant teens run the streets vandalizing, brutalizing, drinking, drugging and learning their criminal craft, while townies rally with half-assed defenses anytime anyone criticizes anything about good old CTown.
Maureen Fitzgerald Golden January 07, 2013 at 03:29 PM
To Less Lip Service, How do you know these are Townies?? If you are blaming Townies you should look towards the "new Townies" in the housing project...why only in Charlestown? I have heard of vandalism in a lot of other towns. Obviously you do not know all the Townies and all the good kids. Do not group them into one, please.
Maureen Fitzgerald Golden January 07, 2013 at 03:30 PM
To Less Lip Service, How do you know these are Townies?? If you are blaming Townies you should look towards the "new Townies" in the housing project...why only in Charlestown? I have heard of vandalism in a lot of other towns. Obviously you do not know all the Townies and all the good kids. Do not group them into one, please.
MR X January 07, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Less Lip Service.......do you "live" in Charlestown or "sleep" in Charlestown? Most yuppies who bitch about our town sleep there....oh and for what it's worth...were you also one of the two morons who bitched about the inflatable CHRISTMAS decorations in Thompson Square?
Anne Flink January 07, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Copper piping is easy to sell for a good price - probably different people doing the vandalism. Not a good idea to place blame on Townies, or anyone for that matter. Could be anyone.
Katchoo January 07, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Crime & Vandalism are not relegated to 'C-Town'...It happens everywhere..Unfortunately! In response to 'less lip service', your is very accusatory to a whole town. Seems you are paying a lot of lip service without much valid content. Unfortunately! Big words, well put together sentences, matters not whether you are an old or new resident to the town, although, I do have an inkling, it is still just spewing....If you are a resident here amore effective stance would be to offer a helpful opinion, or pull together with neighbors and offer to DO, which is historically the way folks from 'C-town' handle things...Come out from hiding behind a pseudonym, get real, get involved and please, stop the name name calling, Very Ineffective! Less Lip Service, now there's a thought! Sincerely, Kathy-Anne Whitehouse

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