HotSpot success celebrated

December 08, 2000

HotSpot success celebrated

By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer

Volunteers and partners in the HotSpot crime prevention program gathered Friday at Frostburg State University's conference center in downtown Hagerstown to celebrate the program's success.

The three-year program could have ended this month, said coordinator Carolyn Brooks.

Instead it will continue next year, though Brooks said she is still waiting to hear formal word on how much funding the program will receive. She applied for approximately $300,000.

The Maryland HotSpot Communities Initiative provides grants for programs in designated high-crime areas, including Hagerstown's Jonathan Street community.

Official word on the program's continuation and funding is expected from the state in early January.

At Friday's luncheon, Brooks had certificates of appreciation for several volunteers and program partners.

They were:

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Ranelle Flurie, owner of Ballet and All That Jazz. Flurie began offering a free dance class two years ago for residents of the HotSpot area. Approximately 20 girls, ranging in age from 3 to adult, participate in the Saturday morning class.


"It's teaching them discipline and commitment," Flurie said. If they miss three classes, they can no longer participate.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Hagerstown City Police Patrolman Gerry Kendle, who has been assigned to Jonathan Street for 14 months.

"I love it," he said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Jerry Minnich for shopping to meet the needs of local families.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Alice Feigley with Woodpoint Christian Chapel. Her church group has given handmade quilts, lap robes and decorative tote bags filled with gifts to HotSpot residents.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Barbara Spicher, executive director of the Washington County Arts Council. Spicher found funding for dance classes and a performance series at Wheaton Park that included concerts and storytelling.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Ross and Karen Cunningham, who "volunteer to do anything anytime," Brooks said.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Mary Ellen Waltemire with the Washington County Extension Service, who served as Brooks' co-chair for Character Counts.

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