graffiti en Pittsfield Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime <p><a href="" target="_blank">Pittsfield Police</a> are investigating whether a hate crime occurred when someone spray-painted swastikas and other graffiti on a city family's home.</p><p>Richard Rodriguez says two swastikas, what appeared to be gallows and other offensive symbols were drawn on visible sections of his vinyl-sided residence overnight on Feb. 2.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 01:02:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 83855 at Pittsfield Police Investigate Possible Hate Crime "The Eraser" Battles Graffiti In Springfield <p>The Great American Clean Up, the nation’s largest community improvement project, is taking place today&nbsp; in several places, including Springfield Massachusetts. Hundreds of volunteers will pick up trash and small debris in parks, school yards and other public ways.&nbsp; One of the organizers is Mike Cass, an employee in the city’s Office of Housing. His specialty is graffiti removal. Cass is so good at it that his official business card identifies him as “The Eraser.”&nbsp;&nbsp; Cass spoke with WAMC’s Paul Tuthill.</p><p></p> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 16:31:52 +0000 Paul Tuthill 63236 at "The Eraser" Battles Graffiti In Springfield Albany App Targets Graffiti <p>A decades-old problem that plagues large cities is about to meet a new, digital foe.<br><br>The city of Albany is turning to smartphone technology in the fight against urban blight: Mayor Jerry Jennings announced the activation of The Graffiti Buster.&nbsp;&nbsp; The free app was about a year in the making, the brainchild of Tim Varney, a partner at <a href="">Troy Web Consulting</a>. Albany's Department of General Services cleans up hundreds of incidents of graffiti every year.<br>&nbsp; Thu, 28 Mar 2013 19:07:19 +0000 Dave Lucas 60932 at Albany App Targets Graffiti