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Celebrating community

Hagerstown's Locust Point neighborhood holds block party, enjoying what they share

Hagerstown's Locust Point neighborhood holds block party, enjoying what they share

June 22, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

HAGERSTOWN - Lois DeLisi may live in the Locust Point neighborhood of Hagerstown, but since she works in Winchester, Va., trying to meet her neighbors takes some doing.

"We formed the Locust Point Neighborhoods 1st group about eight months ago," DeLisi said, with the object to make the area cleaner and safer while getting to know each other on common issues and concerns.

On Saturday, the group sponsored a block party on Ray Street, which is nestled in the middle of the designated Locust Point neighborhood bounded by Memorial Boulevard and Baltimore, Mulberry and Potomac streets. South and Sycamore streets also are included in the neighborhood.

By 6:30 p.m., more than 100 people had shown up for free food and beverages, face painting, door prizes, singing and other activities.

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Members of the Hagerstown Police Department were there to provide fingerprinting, and a K-9 demonstration also was on tap.

Fire safety educator Mike Weller was on hand for the event, as were other Hagerstown Fire Department personnel and equipment.

Dennis Evans and his daughter, Essance, 3, came to look around.

"We trick-or-treat on these streets, but I would like to get to know my neighbors better," he said.

Many who attended Saturday's block party brought covered dishes to share. The City of Hagerstown furnished the rest through the Neighborhoods 1st program overseen by Cindy Blackstock, community development coordinator, and Meghan O'Brien, community resources coordinator.

Though the Locust Point group is small with about eight members, it is determined to better their neighborhood, DeLisi said.

"We have already had cleanup days, and we are getting 10 metal trash containers from the city for around the neighborhood," she said.

Lynda Evans said she had "been inside" raising her children and working for 10 years when she heard about the group.

"I wanted to stick my head out the door, and I'll never go back in again," said Evans, who is vice president of the Locust Point group.

The group's next meeting is Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Full Gospel Family Ministries at 80 W. Lee St.

For information about the Locust Point Neighborhoods 1st group, call DeLisi at 703-861-8189.

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