By Willie Bridges, FRNNG President
Recently, I’ve attended a number of meetings regarding our community: its safety, well-being and current concerns. At one of our community meetings, we talked about keeping our community safe. Ben Elliott, who is chair of the community and safety committee, organized a community-wide meeting to talk about safety concerns along with invited guest Inspector Michael Sullivan, Commander of the Third Precinct. At the meeting we talked about some of the community’s concerns. It was a lively discussion. There were suggestions on things that we can do as a community to monitor and maintain our community safe from burglaries, drug trafficking, etc., that all communities face. Inspector Sullivan says that we should call 911 whenever we see suspicious activities going on in the neighborhood.
I’m suggesting that you also give the FRNNG office a call with your concerns. We may be able to direct you to the appropriate person that you need to contact.
I attended another meeting at which city council members John Quincy and Elizabeth Glidden were in attendance. Among issues discussed, we talked about some vacant homes in the community and what can be done with them. We learned that one such home has already been sold. Another home has potential to be sold and rehabbed. If it isn’t sold, the house will be demolished. This house had been vacant for over six years.
It is so important that we as a community look out for each other. We can’t afford to say that this doesn’t affect me. If there are negative things going on in our neighborhood, it’s important that we report it to the proper authorities.
The greening committee is looking for volunteers to help with the landscaping project along 2nd Avenue. You may have noticed the improvements: weeds gone, grass cut, and flowers will be planted this spring. Co-chairs Tim Price and Lindsey Feiner need your help. Please give the neighborhood office a call if you are interested in volunteering for this committee and our other committees.
The McRae baseball field project is a “go” and will start in late July. The field will be closed for a year. McRae Recreation Center will remain open with activities throughout the summer.
I hope that you and your family member will plan on attending our annual neighborhood celebration on May 21, 2016, at McRae Park. We will be celebrating FRN community! FRN neighbors, when you are working out in your yard make sure that you close your garage door and that you lock your back door if you are working in the front yard.
—Willie, President, FRN