Keeping up with city graffiti removal proves successful
News from Bakersfield Californian:

Wearing a florescent orange and yellow vest and a simple white painter’s mask, city worker Chuck Todd spent a recent weekday morning spraying paint over graffiti found on a Chester Avenue underpass.

He is one of multiple city workers who remove the tens of thousands of pieces of graffiti found across the city each year. The sprayed on, looped font and characters can be regularly spotted on walls, buildings, streets and signs.

But the crew, which is part of the Bakersfield Anti-Graffiti Program, along with the Bakersfield Police Department’s Graffiti Habitual Offender Suppression Team, or GHOST, work to keep the city clean and keep graffiti vandals at bay.

“I see some of the same tags over and over by different people (during removal),” said Todd.

The underpass Todd painted last week had been pressure washed so many times before that now the workers just paint over graffiti at that location.

One example of those graffiti vandals is Misael Flores, who was arrested Sept. 23 for what is believed to be fame-based graffiti tagging.

Flores, 19, of Bakersfield, is a repeat offender, said GHOST Officer David Brooks. He’s been seen at least three times tagging with spray paint.

When arrested last month, he admitted to being responsible for more than $ 7,400 worth of graffiti damage in the city over the last several mont…………… continues on Bakersfield Californian

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For Your Home:Use a room in a unexpected way
News from Reading Eagle:

Sunday October 12, 2014 12:01 AM

How would you use your home if you didn’t know what the rooms were designed to be? Some would be easy to figure out, but what about all those other boxes?

When I tour historic homes, I’m always amazed at how little we have strayed from the labels our ancestors attached to spaces within our houses.

Just think about what your house is missing. Do you need a home office, crafting room, guest bedroom or perhaps a larger gathering space? Your house might already have the space but isn’t utilizing it properly.

If you have a kitchen island, chances are that’s where most of your daily meals are consumed, especially if you have a small family or you’re empty nesters. I love repurposing breakfast rooms into a task and communication center; in simpler terms, a home office. A place you can handle finances, plan grocery lists, read cookbooks, do emails and organize your life.

The key is to have fun with the space. Be creative. You may already have the desk: your kitchen table. If not, consider an old farm table or recycled wood door on sawhorses.

Add a splash of color. Define the space with a small area rug. Select a comfortable chair; it doesn’t need to be a formal black leather desk chair. A slipcovered armchair or funky stool works.

Add a decorative lamp to tie it all together and prov…………… continues on Reading Eagle

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