May 13, 2008 |

Others deserve credit for founding this block watch

I am writing to you regarding my photograph which appeared in the Reporter on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. The caption of that photo states that I am the founder of the Mt. Oliver City/St. Clair Village Border Block Watch.

This is incorrect. I discussed the history of the block watch with Robert Weid. Bob is a knowledgeable, loyal and hard-working original member of the block watch.

In approximately 1984 MOPAC (Mt. Oliver Pittsburgh Action Coalition) was formed. The monthly meetings were held at St. Joseph's Convent on Cathedral Avenue (now Potter's House Multi-Education Building) and were well attended by residents of Mt. Oliver City as well as Mt. Oliver Borough. There were officers (Liz Healey and Bob Weid among others) and a duly constituted Board in place.

We became affiliated with Arlington Civic Council in 1987 and worked with that Council until 1999. At that time the BW was formed and we acted independently. In spite of changes in the neighborhood, apathy and dwindling membership, we have managed to maintain a viable presence in the community.

I came to the group approximately three years ago. I was born and raised within a stone's throw of St. Joseph's Church (now Potter's House Cathedral) and relocated out of state in 1968. I returned to Pittsburgh in 2003. Patti Stewart served as a diligent and strong leader for many years but resigned because of a conflict of interest in connection with her employment. It was for that reason that I became a part of the BW in 2004. I serve as a co-leader along with Bob Weid and Mike Carter.

Suzanne N. Photos

Mount Oliver City

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