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Owner upset vandals tagged sign promoting Vera Perlin fundraiser

A St. John’s business owner hates it when his business is victimized by crime.
However, the latest incident particularly upset Don Barry of Green Lawn Lawn Care, as a sign promoting an upcoming fundraiser for a charitable organization was also hit.

Green Lawn Lawn Care owner Don Barry was disappointed to learn over the weekend that a sign in front of his St. John’s business promoting an upcoming fundraiser for the Vera Perlin Society was vandalized. — Submitted photos

Coming to the office Sunday morning, Barry found blue paint coating the exterior of the Pennywell Road building and the sign that stands at the front of the property’s lawn.

The sign was promoting a Fun Day event being held this Saturday, May 31, at the Pennywell Road business in aid of the Vera Perlin Society, a group that serves people with developmental disabilities. Barry considers that act of vandalism to be particularly mean-spirited.

“Vera Perlin is a recognized charity and they do a lot of good work. I thought it was a pretty nasty thing to do.”

According to Barry, three company trucks have been burned in the parking lot at this specific location, and there was also a break-and-enter incident within the last three years.

“They’re bold as brass,” said Barry. “It’s been a challenge to try and get to them.”

Steps were taken to deal with criminal acts targeting the business, including the installation of security cameras. Barry has also contacted police about past incidents.

Saturday’s fundraiser for the Vera Perlin Society takes place from 12-4 p.m.

Twitter: @TeleAndrew

Organizations: Vera Perlin Society

Geographic location: Pennywell Road

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  • Jonathan S.
    June 02, 2014 - 07:33

    I am a former Vera Perlin Society client, and I must say, whoever did this act of vandalism apparently had hatred towards persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities tend to be targeted by bullies and others who have issues with persons with disabilities. It is a horrendous act of discrimination, and the person who hates these kinds of people needs to realize that persons with disabilities are still regular people. Persons with disabilities have to be treated with 100% respect, just like everyone else. Being respectful to a person with a disability is as easy as saying a simple 2-letter word like "Hi".