Civic um­brella group to rep­re­sent greater Ne­wark

Newark Post - - Local News - By JOSH SHAN­NON jshan­non@ches­pub.com

Two com­mu­nity lead­ers are in the be­gin­ning stages of cre­at­ing a civic um­brella group to rep­re­sent the Ne­wark area.

The Greater Ne­wark Civic Al­liance held its first meet­ing last month, led by Stephanie Rizzo, sec­re­tary of the Ch­est­nut Hill Es­tates Civic As­so­ci­a­tion; and Vic Enos, pres­i­dent of Brookside Com­mu­nity, Inc.

“It’s re­ally to band the com­mu­nity to­gether,” Enos said. “When we start stick­ing to­gether and help­ing each other, that’s what it’s all about.”

New Cas­tle County has more than a dozen civic um­brella groups, such as the 7 & 40 Al­liance and Pike Creek Val­ley Civic League, which rep­re­sent a group of neigh­bor­hood civic as­so­ci­a­tions from a par­tic­u­lar area.

Rizzo, who also works for the county’s Depart­ment of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, said um­brella groups help civic as­so­ci­a­tion lead­ers learn from each other as well as dis­cuss com­mon is­sues.

“It’s to share in­for­ma­tion and be the voice for the com­mu­nity,” she said.

Most of the county is rep­re­sented by at least one um­brella group, but Ne­wark and the sur­round­ing area is not.

“I just thought it was im­por­tant for Ne­wark to have some­thing,” Rizzo said, not­ing that County Ex­ec­u­tive Tom Gor­don has monthly meet­ings with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the um­brella groups. “The county ex­ec­u­tive has in­for­ma­tion to pass on, but there is no one from Ne­wark to pass it on to.”

That changed last month, when Enos at­tended the meet­ing on be­half of GNCA.

“The county ex­ec­u­tive does lis­ten. He takes notes and jots things down,” said Enos, who added that he asked Gor­don to bring back crime maps on the county web­site.

The GNCA bound­ary en­com­passes all of the city of Ne­wark and the im­me­di­ately sur­round­ing neigh­bor- hoods, as well as an area to the east of the city that is roughly bor­dered by Capi­tol Trail to the north, In­ter­state 95 to the south and Route 7 to the east. Ap­prox­i­mately 40 neigh­bor­hoods fall into that area.

In the com­ing months, GNCA will de­velop by­laws, elect of­fi­cers and form com­mit­tees, Rizzo said. The next meet­ing is set for 7 p.m. June 13 at the Ne­wark Free Li­brary. All are wel­come.

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The pro­posed bound­aries of the Greater Ne­wark Civic Al­liance are shown in red.

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