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Snip, snip, pushup; Sweat equity at play.

COLUMN: In our opinion

At City Barber Shop in Gardner, a shave, or a haircut, or a pushup's going to cost you.

No, a pushup isn't a fancy new male hairdo. We're talking about the classic, muscle-building pushup of old - no cheating, face-down-on-the-floor, heave your torso up by the arms.

Since July, barbers Steve Landry, Scott Cordeiro, Ron Savoy and Tina Gemborys have been doing pushups to raise money for playground renovations in Gardner. The foursome has done more than 30,000, and counting.

Customers willing to donate a dollar or more to the cause pick a tab from a pot, which directs one of the barbers to do a certain number of pushups. The designated barber then has to put the scissors and combs aside, and drop down and do the strenuous exercise on the spot.

They're getting fitter, and the shop has raised about $500 so far. The enthusiastic barbers want to see the total push up to at least $2,000 before they stop.

Great idea - and it's gotta be worth it just for the giggles from their customers, especially the young ones. Kids might squirm in a barber's chair, but they need all the time they can get running around a safe, clean playground in the fresh air.

So, Gardner residents, it might be time you pop in for a little off the top, and a pushup.
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Title Annotation:EDITORIAL
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Nov 15, 2012
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