Friday, August 25, 2006

A Desire For Change

Last Wednesday we held our second Crime Forum at the Lawncrest Recreational center. Concerned citizens began arriving 15 minutes early and by the time we opened the floor we had 100 people. Clearly, these people have had enough of crime in their neighborhood.

These people have had gangs of kids mug them and their children get attacked. The elderly are afraid to go to the store for groceries. I watched about 10 people leave the event early, so they would be safe walking home. It’s no wonder why everyone triple locks their doors at night in fear of a break-in.

Residents offered suggestions to each other. One woman told her neighbors to get to know the children so that they won’t have to be afraid of them when they grow up. Another informed everyone of the Lawncrest Community Association’s meeting on September 19th at 7 p.m. held at St. William’s church. Many people suggested that parents act more responsibly with their children. And some told Raj to focus on bettering their schools.

The Lawndale Town Watch representative begged the citizens to get more involved with the community by coming to their meetings every 3rd Tuesday at St. Williams (for info call 215-745-1200). Anti-Crime crusaders C.B. Kimmons and Greg Buccaroni spoke to the crowd about what they can do in their neighborhoods.

In his most stunning speech, Greg explained that even though he is a Democrat, he is going to vote for Raj because he wants change.

The forum was very successful in outlining the issues in the neighborhood and getting the citizens’ ideas for solving the problems. We look forward to the next Crime Forum at Cannstatters on August 31st.

Sarah K.

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