Some Good News for Wechsler

Wechsler Community Center president Jay Brewster says a heartfelt 'thank you;, after recent developments following some vandalism at the center.

About two weeks ago, we first brought you the story about vandalism that involved two damaged fire extinguishers, someone urinating on the center's floor and a stolen class picture from the building. Since that story first aired some changes have been made.

Diana Kendricks, who works with a civic group for girls at the center, said a stolen 1953 class picture was returned just days after our report.

"It makes me feel proud, because for one reason, it's our heritage, you know,"
said Kendricks.

The picture is not all that is back. Two days after the story, Wechsler officials say a private citizen paid almost $1,000 to have the electricity restored at the building. A political candidate arranged to have three exit signs, needed to meet fire codes, put up in the building.

"It renews my hope that we can keep this building alive," said Brewster.

Meanwhile, Brewster says efforts are underway to stop future vandalism.

"We've got to get money to fix all the windows back, and once we get the windows fixed, we're going to see about getting a security system in this part of the building at least," Brewster said.

In all, he said 95 windows need to be repaired, at an estimated cost of about $40 per pane.

Wechsler officials say their next mission is to replace the two fire extinguishers that were destroyed during the recent vandalism. Then they plan to seek approval from the fire department to start having fund raisers for the building by the start of next year.

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