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Sad news: Your editor has confirmed that due to several recent events, Holy Name of Mary is being forced to close the church at 6 pm each evening from now on. Father Brennan explains it all in this week's bulletin; it is re-printed below. If you see something, say something.
Last Sunday around 4:00pm the alarm sounded indicating that there was a problem in the men’s bathroom in the gym. I immediately responded even as the police and fire units were on the way, and found that there was a heavy smoke condition in the bathroom and to a lesser extent in the gym. There was a fire in the plastic garbage can fueled by a large wad of burning hand towels. I pulled the can to the sink and doused it with water. As I came out of the building the police and firemen were on the scene. They did a thorough job of airing out the smoke, and a subsequent check of the entire building. Other than some barely visible scorching on the tiles, there was no other damage. The point of entry into the building remains undetermined. A second place of burning was found outside the gym doors behind Father Nelson’s car-port, with several items charred and melted.
Given this event and some other recent events in and around the church, we will be closing the church at 6:00pm each evening. We will be adding additional lighting to the walkway area, posting ‘no loitering’ signs, and cooperate with the Croton PD in whatever way they see fit. If you see anyone loitering in the area, please give the PD a call. 271-5177