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Vandal Strikes Again at Frank Melville Memorial Park

New graffiti mars the bridge at Old Field Road and Main Street.

More vandalism at Frank Melville Memorial Park was reported Friday morning, making it the third time in the past several weeks that the historic park was vandalized.

According to a police report, the graffiti was sprawled on the bridge at Old Field Road and Main Street sometime between 9 p.m. on Sept. 20 and 9 a.m. on Sept. 21.

Previously, more extensive damage was found Sept. 8 at the park's north bridge and the Mill House. Damage was also discovered on signs and benches at a separate park managed by the Three Village Garden Club.

According to Robert Reuter, president of the Frank Melville Memorial Foundation, the park has spent about $1,000 cleaning up the graffiti.

However, he said, "It is nearly impossible to remove all traces, especially from stone, and faint images remain." He said the foundation has encouraged increased patrols at the park from the Suffolk County police.

"Some have suggested security cameras but we are reluctant to take that step, though it remains an option," Reuter said.

Editor's note: This article has been updated to indicate that Frank Melville Memorial Park and the Three Village Garden Club park are separate entities.

A resident September 24, 2012 at 05:04 PM
There's also new grafitti on the pillars entering Strongs Neck -- also done this weekend.
keara September 24, 2012 at 08:51 PM
There is a heart with bunny ears with a mask type thing on it grafeded on a sigh in washington street poquott 11733 east setauket and this is all over setauket ihope he gets caught!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 Village Resident September 24, 2012 at 09:01 PM
There has been an increase in graffiti all over the 3 village area. I've called the police station several times asking them to increase patrol in the area in regards to this matter and yet I've seen nothing but more graffiti. Almost all the signs up & down on Old Town Road have graffiti on them. And I can't tell you how many times they have covered up the graffiti on the train trestle on Nichols Road by SBU. I don't understand why the police haven't caught these people! It’s bringing down the value of the area and frankly has me disappointed and outraged. Police need to do more; we sure do pay them enough and pay enough taxes in the area!
Christine Sampson (Editor) September 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
If anyone has photos of this graffiti, I am looking for some to include in an upcoming article. Please email to christines@patch.com. Thank you.
Dan Elton September 25, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Police caught the guy ("Walter") who was sticking postage stickers all over the Stony Brook campus (and also off campus, if I recall correctly). It was many months before he was caught, but when he was, he got very heavy fines. Let's hope they can nab these guys and show that graffiti will not be tolerated in this area!!
Andrew L September 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM
This is why we can't have nice things...
3 Village Resident September 26, 2012 at 03:49 PM
We can have "nice things" we just need better police patrol!
mary ann September 30, 2012 at 01:29 PM
I think a hidden camera would do the job. Maybe even 3 or 4 cameras would be better. They are sooo small these days and a little video might just be the answer.
3 Village Resident October 01, 2012 at 02:13 PM
The Bunny graffiti is on almost all the stop signs in east setauket. I have some pictures I will upload for the patch later. It's really out of control with who ever is doing this.

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