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Center for the Arts, Food Pantry, B&G Club, Armed Services YMCA allocated Neighborhood Reinvestment Funds

The allocation of $565,720 of District Five Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds on April 27 included $44,600 for the Fallbrook Center for the Arts, $11,500 to the Fallbrook Food Pantry, $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of North County, and $10,000 to the Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote ratified the recommendation of Supervisor Bill Horn to allocate a portion of his Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget. In addition to projects in his own district, Horn also allocated $103,300 for the Avenue of Flags at Miramar National Cemetery, noting the number of military veterans in his district whose final resting place will be in the new national cemetery.

Each county supervisor has a discretionary Neighborhood Reinvestment Program budget to provide grants to non-profit organizations for the furtherance of public purposes at the regional and community levels.

In addition to non-profit organizations, county supervisors have used the program to fund schools and fire departments, and program money has also been used to supplement other county funding for specific county projects.

Each county supervisor recommends the allocation of his or her Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funds, although those allocations must be approved by a majority of the Board of Supervisors.

The Fallbrook Center for the Arts seeks to expand the arts experience in Fallbrook and to establish Fallbrook as an arts destination for residents and visitors by providing exhibits and events as well as marketing. The most recent Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant will help cover the costs of removing the facility’s current ventilation system, upgrading the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and the roof repair and construction associated with the replacement of the ventilation and climate control systems.

The Fallbrook Food Pantry has assisted needy individuals and families in Greater Fallbrook for more than a decade. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program money will cover the costs to repair and replace storage area garage doors and to purchase a large storage container and will also reimburse the cost of a photocopy machine.

The Boys and Girls Club of North County was established in 1963 and provides programs to local youngsters. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program allocation will reimburse the Boys and Girls Club for venue, marketing, travel, food, entertainment, professional services and supply costs for the April 24 Annual Auction and Dinner Gala.

The Camp Pendleton Armed Services YMCA has served Marine Corps personnel and their families since 1943. The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program award will help cover the costs of educational supplies, computers, a laminator, transportation and related fees for field trips, a vacuum cleaner, compact disc players, stereo equipment, educational toys for classrooms, Christmas and Easter event supplies and gifts for children and graduation for the Kindertyme Preschool program.

Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery has been closed for burials since 1966 other than in plots reserved prior to the closure date. The National Cemetery Administration has approved a new cemetery on Marine Corps Air Station Miramar land; groundbreaking was held in January 2010 and the first burials are planned for September 2010.

The theme of the Miramar National Cemetery will be “Garden of Heroes” and an entrance road will be named “Avenue of Flags” and lined with American flags. Avenue of Flags was not included in the original construction and is being undertaken by the Support Foundation for Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery at Miramar.

The Neighborhood Reinvestment Program funding will help cover the costs of construction, installation, equipment, flag poles, and American flags for the Avenue of Flags.

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