Vandals hit community garden, slated for opening

By Mike Wiggins

The first sign that something was awry was the sign itself.
Chris Lance arrived at the Ridgway Community Garden Monday morning and found yellow paint smeared across the lettering Ridgway Elementary School students hand-painted 11 years ago when the garden originally bloomed at the corner of Charles and Laura streets.
"I thought, 'Is this a mistake?' I mean, I'm not used to crime here."
It was no mistake.
Vandals caused damage inside and out the fenced and locked half-acre Green Street Park plot sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, briefly casting a pall over organizers and volunteers who have worked for years to recreate a space for the community to dig together in the dirt.

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