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Comcast gets support from Martha's Vineyard and South Bend

June 15, 2010 | 11:00 am

Comcast is certainly leaving no stone unturned in its efforts to get its deal to acquire majority control of General Electric Co.'s NBC Universal through the Federal Communications Commission.

PARKSREC Last week the cable giant touted letters endorsing the deal that were sent to the FCC from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, and on Monday the agency got a letter of support from Martha's Vineyard Community Services, a nonprofit that focuses on domestic violence and childhood education and operates a thrift store.

In its letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Julia Burgess, executive director of Martha's Vineyard Community Services, wrote that Comcast "helps make dreams come true." Comcast, she wrote, was the first-ever corporate sponsor of a charity auction it held.

Comcast is not just the cable operator in Martha's Vineyard -- Chief Executive Brian Roberts has long had a summer home there.

Also giving Comcast a thumbs up is Paula Garis, special events supervisor of the Parks & Recreation Department of South Bend, Ind. Garis said Comcast helped support the department's Potawatomi Park concert series.

No word yet if a recommendation will be coming from Leslie Knope, the fictional deputy director of the Pawnee, Ind. Department of Parks & Recreation in the NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation."

-- Joe Flint

Photo: Amy Poehler plays Leslie Knope in "Parks and Recreation." Credit: Paul Drinkwater

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