Sound Beach Civic Association president Bea Ruberto said she would see people on Facebook posting about suspected criminal activity or some criminal mischief, and she would ask if the person reported it. “Most of the time, they did not,” she said.
Ruberto came up with the idea of a poster contest in which children created and designed their own idea to help get the word out about people needing to be more involved and call the authorities when they see something suspicious.
Ruberto said the civic received five submissions, and in the end Julia Holmes’ was chosen. She received $100 for her idea, and posters and magnets of the image with important hotline numbers will be handed out throughout the hamlet.
“That one, the graphic hit us right away,” Ruberto said of the winning poster. “This is something that when people see it, they’re going to want to read what’s on it.”