New Windsor watch has good start Organizer says volunteers needed

November 04, 1993|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer

A New Windsor Neighborhood Watch program is operating, but more volunteers and ideas are needed to make it successful, its organizer said last night.

Interested residents are invited to a meeting at 7 p.m. next Thursday at Town Hall, Paul Garver said.

One of the program's goals is to keep children and teen-agers off town streets at night.

A handful of male residents have been driving and walking around at night to talk to kids about why they're outside, Mr. Garver said at the New Windsor Town Council meeting.

"We have gotten along fairly well with them," he said.

Organizers want business owners, council members, ministers, parents and homeowners to attend the meeting to talk about mischief and vandalism problems and possible solutions, Mr. Garver said.

"We've all got to work together to resolve the problems," he said.

The Neighborhood Watch was started this summer. Volunteers are out on the streets before and after curfew.

Curfew is 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 11 p.m. Fridays through Sundays for youths 18 and under.

Councilman Ronnie Blacksten, who has volunteered with the program, said there were fewer problems this year in the Halloween season than last year.

"I feel as though we have made a difference," he said.

On a related issue, the council voted unanimously to continue the Town Youth Partnership Experiment designed to provide activities for youth.

The town has sponsored three movie nights that persons ages 4 to 22 have attended, Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. said.

A Halloween movie night drew 100 people, he said.

The TYPE program will continue with more movie nights, a youth coordinator and more community involvement, he said.

A meeting of community groups interested in helping will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Town Hall.

Mayor Gullo recognized resident Paula Eckenrode, who has been the main chaperon for the movie nights.

In other business, the mayor and council agreed to begin studying a new route for the proposed New Windsor bypass.

The state has not approved the road, but the town needs to continue to push for it, Mr. Gullo said.

Bypasses around the towns of Westminster, Hampstead, Manchester and Taneytown probably will be built sooner, he said.

4 "One of these days our turn will come," he said.

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