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Beautification on LIRR wall in Corona

Publicolor Paint Club works with 110th Precinct along 44th Avenue

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Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 2:53 pm, Thu Jun 13, 2019.

The Publicolor Paint Club has started to beautify part of the Long Island Rail Road wall running for miles along 44th Avenue in Corona, with help from the 110th Precinct.

“The colors on this project provide warmth and energy,” said Publicolor Program Leader Irma Nepomuceno in a statement. “The kids who are handling this project will gain a sense of excitement and achievement seeing the whole community enjoying the work.”

Publicolor, a stay-in-school program, works with underprivileged students to find their “inner artist” as they paint walls with bright and vibrant color schemes. Volunteers are students and parents in the programs as well as students and parents from the Corona Arts and Sciences Academy and officers from the precinct.

“I was looking for a way to give back, this is great way to give back to not only the school but residents of the neighborhood as well,” said volunteer John Bailey.

Funding for the project was provided by Councilman Francisco Moya (D-Corona) and the program was initiated by Officer George Morina-Blocker of the 110th Precinct.

“Currently there is a large amount of graffiti on the walls and I thought art work would be a good way to combat the graffiti and bring more life to the area,” Morina-Blocker said.

The previously graffiti-covered walls are now a combination of yellow, green and blue.

Painting will be done every Saturday until the expected project end date of June 22 when the 110th Precinct will close the street for volunteers to beautify the wall across the street from the school.

“This particular part of the neighborhood has over the years lost some of its beauty, the project will definitely change the school by literally brightening up their entrance every day,” said Ricky Estevez, dean of the Corona Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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