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In Brooklyn, Easter means kids looking for eggs in the grass of Brooklyn Park on Milwaukie Avenue

RITA A. LEONARD - Kids and families gather at the starting line for the Brooklyn Easter Egg Hunt.The Brooklyn neighborhood's Easter Egg Hunt was held promptly at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, on Brooklyn Park's hill, overlooking S.E. Milwaukie Avenue. Neighborhood Newsletter Editor Marie Phillippi observed, "Easter came so late this year; but we're glad we got a sunny day for this. "Matt and Jody McComas organized the egg hunt once again, with the help of a group of neighbors who chipped in to purchase candy and stickers, and gathered to stuff all the plastic eggs," she said.

Volunteers marked off three different age-appropriate egg-hunt areas, while scores of kids waited excitedly behind the lines for the signal to begin the hunt. The subsequent mad scramble was, as is always the case, over in a matter of minutes. Under the Park's gazebo, empty plastic eggs were collected for next year's egg hunt, while three young women performed face-painting for all comers. Chocolate-fueled kids swarmed the playground to work off energy.

Nearby, Friends of Brooklyn Park Coordinator Ben Tarne sat at a table with information on plans for this year's neighborhood Summer Park Program, now financed solely by Brooklyn's residents, various fundraisers, and local businesses. "With neighborhood, community, and local business support, the summer program will be free to all youth," assured Tarne. The program runs from June 17 through August 23, noon until 8 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. For more information on the program, and an opportunity to donate to it, go online – www.friendsofbrooklynpark.org


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