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Easton Boy Scout To Give Fire Station Grounds a Makeover

Joseph Abate is soliciting donations for a project that will enhance the aesthetics of the Bay Road fire station.

 

A local boy scout is hoping to dramatically improve the aesthetics of one of Easton's fire stations - and he is hoping the community can help with the cause.

Joseph Abate, of troop 193 entering his senior year at Oliver Ames High School, is upgrading the front entrance of the (Station 3) with a repaired flag pole, brick patio and a garden.

For the patio, he is selling engraved bricks for $100 to help with the cost.

"[Boy Scouts] love to give back to the community – especially the fire station that has given so much to us," he said. "They protect us from fires. A wild fire happened down the street from me recently and I got to see it in action. People say 'thank you' but don’t seem to notice every little guy that’s involved – just the station itself. I think it’s just a great way to give back."

The idea came about after Todd Sandstrum, the president of the and member of the Easton Agricultural Commission approached Abate's troop about community service projects at the station.

Upon the hiring of Fire Chief Kevin Partridge over the winter, the new chief suggested upgrades to the front entrance.

Abate has already started the project, fixing what had been a tilted flag pole with chipped paint. His next endeavor is to use the pole as a center-piece and build around it.

A square brick patio will be built with the symbol for firefighters, a maltese cross, in the center. Abate plans to remove the bushes currently lining the front walkway and replace it with a garden.

He said that with the help of his fellow Boy Scouts, the project should take him until the end of the summer.

The bricks that make up the cross will be sold for $100. Those who buy a brick will have an option to engrave it however they choose. The bricks have three lines and 19 characters per line.

He is hoping to solicit donations by July 31.

To reach Abate and purchase a brick, call 508-965-2594 or email him at JosephAbate@verizon.net

Todd Sandstrum July 14, 2012 at 02:25 AM
This is a Great project. I am happy to be part of the planning of this. Help Joseph by buying a brick or Share it on Facebook, Tweet it or what ever you can to help Joesph reach his goal of being an Eagle Scout as well as honoring the Easton Fire Dept.
Linda Friend July 16, 2012 at 03:03 PM
The Friend Family would like to purchase a brick for this fantastic community service effort. Thank you Joe for your dedication and commitment to bettering our town. This engrave the brick "New England Strikers Field Hockey Club 2012". Great job Joe and good luck.
Claire July 17, 2012 at 02:25 AM
My Dad, Joseph's grandfather he never met, was a firefighter. He would be so pleased with this. I couldn't be more proud of you Joseph.

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