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Hollywood Helps to Polish a Diamond in the Rough
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Gregory, Stephen
Date: Jun 22, 1995
Start Page: 19
Section: Westside; PART-J; Zones Desk
Abstract (Document Summary)

Financial troubles forced cancellation of its baseball program, and the Athens park became the realm of what locals called "the negative element."

"When baseball stopped, the gang-bangers and drug dealers took over," said longtime area resident Marvo Hider, recalling the groups of young men who gathered near the playground to drink malt liquor, play dominoes and deal dope. "It basically became a dead park because people were more or less afraid to come."

Spurred by television producer Stan Brooks, 14 Hollywood companies-including his own Once Upon A Time Films-donated more than $14,000 to bring baseball back to Helen Keller Park.

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