Tuesday, December 15, 2015
The Neighborhood Resource Organization (NRO) at the Mercyhurst University Civic Institute today announced 11 recipients of its inaugural Good Neighbor Awards in three categories: individuals, business and community allies and neighborhood groups.
Nominations focused on those that creatively promote fair and equal treatment of community members; contribute to the community beyond their own citizen responsibilities and beyond efforts for self-promotion; show extraordinary concern for the quality of life for the wider community; take a leadership role to solve problems or promote change; encourage neighbors to participate in the life of the community; and overcome obstacles or take risks in the pursuit of furthering the development of a stronger community.
NRO Executive Director Dave Deter says, “The purpose of the Good Neighbor Awards is two-fold; we want to recognize the efforts and contributions of our everyday citizens while we hope these good deeds will inspire others to take the initiative, get involved or lend a hand.”
Mary Krysiak, Land Lighthouse Neighborhood
Gary McEnery, Little Italy Neighborhood
Laura Reed, Southwest Erie Neighborhood
Marie Scalera, South Central Millcreek Neighborhood
Michelle Totleben, Academy Neighborhood
Brian Zimmer, Academy Neighborhood
Phillip “Scottie” Askins, Owner/Operator, Farrell’s Superette, West Bayfront Neighborhood
Miriam Crossman, ServErie, various locations throughout Erie County
Gary Schnieder, Owner, Howard Industries, Fairview
Daniel Serafin, Owner/Operator, Serafin’s Food Market, Eastside Neighborhood
Academy Neighborhood Association
The 2015 recipients will also be featured in an upcoming series of vignettes on the NRO website.
About the NRO: The Neighborhood Resource Organization (NRO) at the Mercyhurst University Civic Institute was created to provide support to individual Neighborhood Groups (i.e. Watch Groups/Neighborhood Associations), to carry out strategies as laid out in the Community Action Plan (CAP), published in June 2012, to address Community Disorganization (defined as: where there is little attachment to the community, where rates of vandalism are high and where there is low surveillance of public areas, more problem behaviors occur). The NRO is committed to carrying out the strategies of the CAP and is also committed to providing the resources neighborhoods need to be successful. Initially housed at the Mercyhurst University Civic Institute, the NRO is now located at the former St. John the Baptist School.