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June 6, 2003

CONTACT: Steve Tompkins
(617) 989-6650


Jamaica Pond— Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Community Works Program helped to get the sailing program at Jamaica Pond off to a successful start this summer by launching the boats June 6.

Under the direction of Sheriff’s Department Deputy Sgt. Robert Griffin, the inmate work crew spent a recent Friday replacing ropes on the boats then lifting them into the pond, securing the hulls to moorings.

“We are all too happy to help get the summer programs off and running, especially after the the winter and spring we’ve had this year,” said Sheriff Andrea J. Cabral. “With municipal budgets being as tight as they are, it’s important that the inmate work crews are available for community projects that might otherwise be overlooked or delayed.”

A combination of a long winter, rising water and chilly spring set back the boating program at Jamaica Pond, according to the The bad weather this year had

The CWP has helped out the Boathouse several times in the past. Last year, the Community Work Program painted the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, and in the winter, the CWP crews remove the boats from the water for storage.

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