Defaced Mural May be Saved After All

LAKE RONKONKOMA, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — The day after OnSachem reported about the vandalism that defaced a mural created by community volunteers, new developments reveal the mural may be saved.

One or more vandals defaced the mural along the Lake Ronkonkoma shoreline sometime between Friday, Jan. 31, and Sunday, Feb. 2, according to the Lake Ronkonkoma Improvement Group, the community organization behind the mural’s creation in 2017.

The mural is on a large concrete wall that once served as the base for an old pavilion on the waterfront. The wall is on the east side of the lake along Lake Shore Road, a short distance north of the intersection with Lake Terrace Road.

Initially, the organization felt the graffiti—consisting of profanities, obscene drawings, and other markings—was too extensive to save the mural.

In an interview with OnSachem Tuesday evening, Improvement Group leader Evelyn Vollgraff said community volunteers planned to gather this Saturday morning to cover the entire mural with one color of paint and then return in the spring to paint a new mural.

Today, the group reports more optimism about the potential of saving the current mural.

“The two artists that worked on the mural would like to try and save it,” Vollgraff told OnSachem today. “I agreed to try. “

“When we did the mural [in 2017], a lot of the background and trees were done by the members. The artists Patti and Karen showed us what to do, so Saturday we are going back to school and hopefully they can teach how to fix it,” Vollgraff said.

Community volunteers are welcome to join the group’s efforts to fix the mural this Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring paint brushes and should wear waterproof boots. Volunteers can park their vehicles in the rear parking lot of Raynor Beach County Park on Lake Shore Road and walk across the street to the lake.

No new information is known about the person or people responsible for the vandalism. Suffolk Police ask anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.

Profanities, Obscene Images and Other Markings Cover the Mural

Before the Vandalism this Week

Before the Vandalism

This photo shows how the wall looked before the vandalism.

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