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Holler-ween! Marine vet’s whistle-blowing team to keep eye on teens this Halloween

Brooklyn Daily

A Marine Corps veteran who led combat missions in the Korean War has organized a security patrol to make sure Halloween mischief-makers in Gerritsen Beach are kept in check.

Gerritsen Beach Property Owners’ Association President George Broadhead has put together a brigade of like-minded neighbors who want to ensure a repeat of last Halloween — when wilding teens out “bombing” on Gerritsen Avenue pelted cars and two city buses with eggs and stones — doesn’t occur by cruising trouble spots and looking for teenagers who are up to no good on Oct. 31.

“We’re going to reconnaissance our whole area,” said Broadhead, who earned a Silver Star while in the armed forces. “We’re going to be everywhere.”

That wasn’t the case last year, when teens’ activities on All Hallow’s Eve fractured the community after the website GerritsenBeach.com reported the events — posting a detailed account that including pictures of teens allegedly involved taken from their Facebook pages.

The report prompting criticism from residents who said cops from the 61st Precinct didn’t do enough to stop the fiasco from spiraling out of control.

Broadhead said his patrol will work closely with police by monitoring Gerritsen Avenue and neighboring side streets, but declined to reveal how many people will be involved or how they’ll move around the neighborhood.

In September, Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas told members of the 61st Precinct Community Council that he plans to put more boots on the ground this Halloween to keep miscreants in line.

“We’ll deploy more resources,” said Mastrokostas. “I don’t want a repeat of last year.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at dbush@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-8310.

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George Broadhead from Gerritsen Beach says:
The goal of adults patrolling the area is coincident with the increased police presence. We hope to keep the youth of our community from participating in acts that can do harm to people and property that will lead to their arrest.
Whether they adhere to good advice is going to be up to them. However, if they hit someone with an egg or a potato, or any object, the NYPD is going to make an arrest. It's in everyone's best interest this doesn't happen.
In the past, B-31 bus service has been interrupted, causing problems for people returning home from work to have to walk or be picked up from Avenue U. Both the 61st and the 63rd Precinct have vowed to prevent this from happening.
Our role will be to keep order through friendly persuasion.
Oct. 31, 2011, 9:20 am
Charlie Hogan from Gerritsen Beach says:
We are not serving as "Whistle blowers"... Our goal is to keep our young people from doing something that will get them arrested.
Oct. 31, 2011, 10:49 am

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