Sense of community: Wilmington neighborhood holds fall festival

    In the spirit of community, a Wilmington neighborhood hit hard by recent crime is working to stay together and it’s starting the effort with a fall festival.

    Browntown held its second annual Fall Festival Saturday, bringing together longtime residents of the diverse neighborhood.

    NewsWorks reporter Mark Fowser says the neighborhood was hit hard by the killing of a popular businessman two months ago. Instead of falling apart, civic leaders say the community is keeping together.

    In August, Normal Alhout, the owner of Johnny’s Supermarket, was gunned down at his business. Since then, civic leaders tell NewsWorks they’ve had more than 20 people come forward to volunteer as “block captains” in the area.

    The Browntown Civic Association also has established the BCA Kidz Club, which serves as a youth council with adult supervisors who plan activities and events for young people in the area.

    Click here to see pictures from Saturday’s Fall Festival.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.