WHEELING - Whether residents have complaints about vandalism in the area or are just looking to build relationships with their neighbors, organizers of the Woodsdale Community Watch group want to see them.
"Coming together has helped us address our burglary problems. Now, we want to continue educating our residents," said Woodsdale Community Watch group organizer Kim Miller, wife of Wheeling 4th Ward Councilman-elect David Miller.
Miller, along with Wheeling police Lt. Shaun Flanegin, said the Woodsdale group originally began meeting about a year ago to address the burglary issue. Now the members are looking to take the next step.
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Preparing for the June 20 Woodsdale Community Watch meeting are, from left, Wheeling police Lt. Shaun Flanegin, Cardinal Health sales analyst Kathy Kenney, watch group member Jane Swartzendruber and watch group organizer Kim Miller.
"Woodsdale is a very tight community. They really look out for one another," said Flanegin. "We want these sessions to be education-oriented."
The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. June 20 at Woodsdale Elementary School, 1 Bethany Pike, Wheeling. As part of the session, Cardinal Health sales analyst Kathy Kenney will inform residents about potential problems associated with prescription drugs.
Though the meetings will be held in Woodsdale, Miller said she is inviting anyone from the city's 4th Ward to attend. In addition to Woodsdale, this ward extends from Oglebay Park to Wheeling Hospital, and includes the communities of Morningside, Valley View, Leatherwood and Greggsville.
Also, members are inviting those who live in the city's 5th Ward to attend the meeting if they choose. The 5th Ward, representing by Councilman Don Atkinson, includes areas such as Edgwood, Pleasant Valley, Dimmeydale, Oakmont, Parkview and Springdale.
"We want to help educate as many people as we can about how to help their neighborhoods," Miller added.