Merrick Brownie troop beautifies the community

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Brownie Troop 2162 of Merrick gets a big Garden Detective high-five today for taking on the responsibility of fixing a local eyesore. The 16 second-graders in Aimee Rapaport-Markowitz and Dr. Deborah Cohn's troop wanted to improve the "Welcome to Merrick" sign area on Merrick Road and Fox Boulevard.

"Every time I walked past the sign, it bothered me that that flowers weren’t planted and that the sign was showing its age, so our troop decided to do something about it," Rapaport-Markowitz said.

Together with their leaders, the girls coordinated a communitywide effort, enlisting the help of Legis. Dave Denenberg, who attended the planting, Merrick Chamber of Commerce President Margaret Mueller, who arranged to have the sign stained, and Pat Sepe, owner of Dial Transmission, who arranged to get the sign cleaned up and have flowers donated for the troop to plant.

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The troop extends special thanks to Plant Trends Inc. of Bellmore for donating the flowers, Island Wide Pressure Washing of Wantagh for donating the power-washing and Merrick House and Gardens for the donating topsoil.

"Now we'll have something to be proud of when you drive into Merrick and see our beautiful sign," Rapaport-Markowitz said.

You go, girls!

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