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Grant helps conclude initial upgrades at Trafford Veterans Memorial Park

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 10:32 a.m.
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Pen
The Home Depot workers Jon Chillinsky, left, Joe Zerbe, Vince Clemens and Fred DeRubeis plant trees and shrubs in Trafford Veterans Memorial Park on May 3. The Home Depot Foundation gave a $3,500 grant toward improvements at the park. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn-Trafford Star
Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn
Morgan McCoy, left, and Trafford Mayor Rey Peduzzi, right, thank Fred DeRubeis, manager of The Home Depot in North Versailles. Lillian DeDomenic | For The Penn-Trafford Star

A $3,500 grant from The Home Depot Foundation is helping a volunteer committee finish the first phase of improvements to Trafford Veterans Memorial Park.

The grant included the donation of some store products, including borders and mulch to go around the seven new trees in the Edgewood Avenue park.

A crew from The Home Depot store in North Versailles dropped off the materials on May 3 and completed some work at the park.

Trafford Mayor Rey Peduzzi, a member of the committee who coordinated the improvements, credited store manager Fred DeRubeis for involving his employees in the project.

“His overall support for the project was super,” Peduzzi said.

The committee set a $50,000 budget for a plan to refurbish aging monuments, order and install a new monument related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, plant new trees and complete landscaping work.

Future phases may involve an expansion of the flag plaza and an upgrade of the park gazebo.

A park dedication is scheduled for May 27, Veterans Day, at 11 a.m.

“It's beautiful,” renovation committee member Mike Wampler said.

Chris Foreman is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 8671, or

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