Group to organize community programs
A new group aims to better organize historic preservation and community programs along Jonathan Street, members of the organization said Tuesday.
Jonathan Street Associates will represent several community groups that serve the Jonathan Street area, group officers said Tuesday during the City Council work session. The group is being organized under Bethel Gardens, which is a privately owned public housing development off Jonathan Street.
Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said he welcomed the group because it will help prioritize several competing interests in that neighborhood.
"I think there's some exciting things in your future," Metzner told the group's officers.
One of the group's functions will be to promote African-American heritage in the neighborhood, said James Wolfson, one of the group's officers.
Brian Robinson, another of the group's officers and a manager of a Hagerstown mentoring program for at-risk youth, said the group will sign on other community groups and act as the voice for those programs when seeking grants from the city and other sources.