Recently Tora and several volunteers and neighbors were interviewed by local journalist J.M. Brown about the activities going on. We are happy to report that the article appears in several local papers, including the Montclarion and the Piedmonter. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Pat Caffrey, who was laid off from United Airlines in December 2006, started volunteering recently while he searches for a job.
“It gets me out of what I’m worrying about and I’m only worrying about making the right cut,” Caffrey said as he deadheaded a shrub on a recent Saturday. “Come out and try it. Leave your troubles behind and meet nice people. But do bring gloves.” Arvi Dorsey, a 40-year resident who is lovingly called the mayor of the Rose Garden, helped to establish the Rose Garden Neighborhood Preservation Association to advocate for maintaining the garden and monitor development plans on nearby streets.
He said the garden has always suffered from inconsistent volunteerism, but added, “I think we’re going to get back to it.” Trent Housman, who last year bought the four-unit Rose Garden Apartments on the southeastern edge of the garden, said he feels like the park is an extension of his own Jean Street property. “You get a sense of pride,” he said about volunteering.