A new blue hue

Volunteers help freshen up American Legion Post 18

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Several Sherwin-Williams store managers volunteered to repaint the American Legion's post.
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A professional first coat
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American Legion Post 18 celebrates 100 years next month.
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Several Sherwin-Williams store managers volunteered to repaint the American Legion's post.
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A professional first coat
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American Legion Post 18 celebrates 100 years next month.

This year, Weehawken’s American Legion Post 18 was given a fresh coat of paint, thanks to efforts from a handful of volunteers, just in time for it’s 100th birthday in July.

Rob Giorgi, a U.S. Army veteran who recently became the managing officer of Post 18, said that he was looking to repaint the interior of the building, after some major renovations.

Since he took the reins, the building has been a work in progress, with demolitions and refurbishing going on throughout the year on the inside and outside of the post.

The timing was perfect when he called the Sherwin-Williams paint store in Union City. Sherwin-Williams is in the middle of a company-wide celebration of National Painting Week.

The color guard 

Sherwin-Williams store managers Génesis Mosquea, Cynthia Torres, James Sanchez, and Bryan Ramirez all turned out to dedicate their morning to the repainting, as part of the National Painting Week program. The Union City store, one of more than 4,300 locations to participate since 2012, has repainted senior living facilities, homeless shelters, and schools since the program was instituted.

This month, the American Legion Post was one of over 200 locations that the company beautified in a volunteer capacity. Over the past seven years, employees have donated more than 120,000 hours and more than 33,000 gallons of paint, to complete 1,302 projects to date.

The painted post

The beautification, once finished, will be be a fitting 100th anniversary gift for the post, which was established in 1919 and has a centennial celebration on July 25.

Giorgi said that the post is on the up-and-up with new membership aiming to improve community outreach. He hopes to involve members of Post 18 in more community service projects, and have the post host a greater number of volunteer events and community social projects.

American Legion Post 18 is at 1017 Park Avenue in Weehawken, with a newly-landscaped front lawn offering panoramic views of the New York City skyline. The group hosts weekly socials on Friday nights for community members to learn more about the nonprofit organization’s role in the community.

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