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Neighborhood uniting for common good

Neighborhood Pride, National Night Out help residents keep their area safe

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A neighborhood in the Eastmoor subdivision that borders Bexley is in the spotlight this week as part of the city of Columbus' Neighborhood Pride program.

Neighborhood Pride is a program in which city departments, neighborhood groups, businesses and individual homeowners work together to make streets safer and cleaner in a specific area.

"It's a full week of events at the Brookwood Presbyterian Church," at 2685 E. Livingston Ave., said Andrea Pearson, an organizer of the South Eastmoor Neighborhood Watch.

The South Eastmoor neighborhood is bounded by East Main Street on the north, East Livingston Avenue on the south, James Road on the east and Kenwick Road on the west.

Neighborhood Pride Week will culminate with a town hall meeting hosted by Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and his staff at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Brookwood Presbyterian. Residents will have an opportunity to meet the city's neighborhood and police liaisons for the area and discuss concerns.

Other Neighborhood Pride events were to include a community bike ride Wednesday, July 23, departing from the James Road Shopping Center, 923 S. James Road. There also will be a community cookout from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Brookwood Presbyterian Church.

Area residents also will participate in National Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 5 at Eastmoor Pool, 735 S. Eastmoor Blvd. National Night Out is a nationwide effort that brings together law enforcement officials and residents to strategize on ways to lower crime.

During National Night Out and the Neighborhood Pride events, residents will have the opportunity to find out about how to join and start neighborhood block watch groups.

Pearson, an Ashby Road resident, said she decided to help found the South Eastmoor Neighborhood Watch in late May after witnessing and hearing about a series of suspicious activities.

"I looked out my window and saw a stranger in my neighbor's driveway" and alerted her neighbor, Pearson said. "There were a couple of incidents like that in a row."

The South Eastmoor Neighborhood Watch meets bi-monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at Brookwood Presbyterian Church and plans to hold meetings in October and December. Block watch members also share information via Facebook. The Facebook page, which can be located by entering the search term "South Eastmoor Neighborhood Watch," has 130 members and the group corresponds with another 75 people through email, Pearson said.

"Our neighborhood is really safe," she said, "but it's more about communication and getting to know people."

For more information about Neighborhood Pride, call 614-645-3111 or visit columbus.gov/pride. For more information about National Night Out, visit natw.org.

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