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NRO unveils new location, logo

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thursday, April 9, promises to be a day of firsts for the Neighborhood Resource Organization (NRO) as it unveils a new location, a new logo and awards its inaugural Neighborhood Mini-Grant during a 10 a.m. press conference at the former St. John School, 509 E. 26th St.

In christening the organization’s new location on the lower level of the school building, NRO Director Dave Deter said, “It has always been important to us to be at a location in the inner city because that is where the majority of the neighborhoods and residents we partner with are situated.”

Organized under the auspices of the Mercyhurst Civic Institute and funded by a three-year $214,000 grant from the Erie Community Foundation, the NRO was created to assist neighborhood watch groups and similar organizations reduce violence and develop programs, particularly for youth. It was founded a year ago and has been working out of facilities used by the Mercyhurst Civic Institute at 34th and Wallace.

On hand for the unveiling will be members of the organization’s steering committee, community partners and elected officials. Approximately 10 students of the Perseus House Charter School for Excellence, who created the NRO logo designs as a class project, will be recognized. The winning design and the student who created it will be highlighted during the press conference.

Deter said he will also announce the NRO’s next training session, one in a series that has been prioritized by the NRO’s neighborhood partners. This one is on “Code Enforcement,” and will feature a presentation by the City of Erie’s Code Enforcement Manager Andy Zimmerman followed by a moderated question-and-answer session. Topics will include property maintenance codes, including trash and debris disposal, tall grass and weeds and property conditions that present a threat to public health and safety. The program is slated for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m., in St. Peter & Paul Social Hall, 511 E. 34th St. Sponsored by Little Caesar’s Pizza, refreshments will be served. The training is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to John Villa at 572-0755 or