New Windsor seeks teen programs Group gathers to solicit ideas

November 14, 1993|By Amy Miller | Amy Miller,Staff Writer

New Windsor's second Community Watch meeting produced many comments and ideas on how to occupy the town's youth.

"We had a lot of positive input from agencies and citizens in the community," Community Watch coordinator Paul Garver said of Thursday night's gathering.

Rather than complaining about New Windsor's young people, agencies and community groups presented programs for youth involvement to the standing-room audience of about 60 people at Town Hall.

Representatives from the Carroll County Rec Council described

its programs, New Windsor's fire department and ladies auxiliary said teen-agers could become junior members, and two New Windsor churches -- St. Paul's United Methodist and New Windsor Associate Reformed Presbyterian -- collected information to start organizing youth groups, Mr. Garver said.

"It was different this time," he said, referring to the committee's last meeting in March. "We didn't want it to be a lot of finger-pointing this time, and it wasn't."

A few teen-agers also attended the two-hour meeting, to express their opinions and get ideas, Mr. Garver said.

"They thought they were being hassled a bit" by the Community Watch program, he said. "But we explained that it's just a matter that there are rules of the community that they need to follow.

"I think the kids understand."

At the next town movie night -- organized to give teens an alternative to the streets -- two Community Watch members will talk with youths, Mr. Garver said.

"We know that not all the kids are bad," he said. "We just have a few bad apples."

The group, which is still seeking new members, is planning another meeting in the spring.

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