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Clearwater Vice Mayor Dances with Community

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Clearwater Vice Mayor George Cretekos Dances with Community

 Vice Mayor Dances with Community -Clearwater Residents, Artists in Action and Community Leaders Unite for a Good Cause

Clearwater FL, May 2008 - For many years, LaTanya Holmes has been concerned for the safety of her grandchildren, nieces and nephews who live with her in the neighborhood which surrounds Plaza Park on Pennsylvania Avenue, one block west of Martin Luther King Jr Ave in Clearwater. She would not let the children play in the beautiful park for fear of the known drug users who loitered there. At the Artists in

 Action Memorial Day Block Party she saw more children playing in the park than she had ever seen and said, “I am so happy to see this event. There are many hard-working families here and we need to stand together.” There was singing, dancing and mural painting for the children while the grown-ups prepared delicious fish, burgers and hot dogs on the grills.

Local singers and songwriters sang and played a variety of instruments and the children were thrilled with the karaoke. Lt. Capo from Clearwater
Fire Dept Station 45 was on hand with his crew to treat the kids to tours of the fire engines.

The Reverend George Graham of nearby Mt. Carmel Baptist Church led the group in prayer and led the singing of Amazing Grace and more gospel songs. The local residents and artists were encouraged in their activities by Clearwater Vice Mayor George Cretekos who commented, “What you are doing makes Clearwater a great place to live.” Indeed this was true as the block party continued to grow over several hours with neighbors coming out to greet neighbors and children and adults singing and dancing in their beautiful park. With the encouragement of the onlookers, Vice Mayor Cretekos contributed his Greek flair to the dancing and 8 year-old professional dancer Niara Purkett showed him some new moves. They quickly had everyone, young and old, on their feet. Oopa! With the continued assistance of the City of Clearwater, Artists in Action International will be co-hosting more block parties with Clearwater neighborhoods. If you would like to volunteer or would like a block party in your neighborhood, the group can be contacted online at Online  photos of the block party can also be viewed on the site. Artists in Action International is a dynamic organization which firmly believes in using art to impact the world


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