Just six days into 2014, two people have been killed and four more injured by gunfire in Wilmington.
The new year’s level of violence is already picking up where 2013 left off, and it’s with that backdrop that Mayor Dennis Williams will host the first in a series of community meetings starting Tuesday.
Dubbed “Community Cluster Meeting”, Williams plans to address new strategies for public safety and neighborhood development. The planned meetings are open to members all civic associations and community organizations and will be held quarterly.
“Providing information, resources and support to dedicated individuals committed to transforming our neighborhoods will help motivate and inspire others to join in making Wilmington a city of clean, peaceful neighborhoods,” said Williams. “Neighborhood development focuses on empowering residents to initiate positive activities in their neighborhoods that improve the quality of life for all.”
Members of the Wilmington Office of Neighborhood Development and the Wilmington Police Department will be in attendance. The meetings will be held at the Emergency Operations Center at 22 S. Heald St. in Wilmington.
The first meeting for Cluster 1 will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The Cluster 2 meeting will be held Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Cluster 3 will meet Thursday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m., and the Cluster 4 meeting will be held Monday, January 27 at 6:30 p.m.
Here is how city neighborhoods will be broken into four sections for the meetings:
Cluster 1: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Districts/ Neighborhood Planning Councils
Brandywine Hills Community Association
Harlan Park Civic Association
Northwest Wilmington Civic Association
9th Ward Civic Association
North Brandywine Civic Association
Triangle Neighborhood Association
Washington Heights Community Association (SE 9th Ward)
Brandywine Village Civic Association
Northeast Civic Association
Vanderver Avenue Civic Association
11th Street Bridge Civic Association
Herring Manor Community
Superfine Lane Tenant Council
Village of Eastlake Civic Association
West 28th Street & 29th Street Civic Association
Eastlawn Civic Association
East 28th Street Civic Association
West 27th 31st Civic Association
Greater Brandywine Village Revitalization, Inc.
Cluster 2: 4th and 5th Districts/ Neighborhood Planning Councils
Midtown Brandywine Neighbors Association
Trinity Vicinity Neighborhood Association
Quaker Hill Neighborhood Association
Upper Eastside Neighborhood Association
Compton Towne Concerned Neighbors Assoc.
River Commons Civic Association
West Center City Neighborhood Association
Eastside Blue Print (CORE) Planning Team
Southbridge Civic Association
Christina Landing Homeowners Association
McCaulley Court Homeowners Association
Downtown Civic Association
Neighbors Rebuilding Our Neighborhood, Inc.
Cluster 3: 6th District/ Neighborhood Planning Councils
Bayard Square Neighborhood Association
Hedgeville Community Association
Little Italy Neighborhood Association
Westside Community Action Committee
Cool Springs/Tilton Park Neighborhood
Browntown Community Association
Hilltop United Neighbors
West Side Neighborhood Coalition
Cluster 4: 7th and 8th Districts/ Neighborhood Planning Councils
Southwest Civic Association
Union Park Gardens Neighborhood Association
Westmoreland Civic Association
Forty Acres Civic Association
Canby Park Civic Association
Delaware Avenue Community Association
Wawaset Maintenance Corporation
Bancroft Village Homeowners Association
Highlands Community Association