Trash drop-off tightens community, beautifies North Omaha

Tray Ling

North Omaha Neighborhood Alliance partnered with Habitat for Humanity and the Empowerment Network, creating a monthly dumpster day to keep the neighborhood tidy.Precious McKesson was at the small church to help North Omaha residents throw out trash and brush.”It’s amazing to see when a trailer pulls up with a lot of stuff that means that our message got out,” said McKesson.For many people in North Omaha like Bonnie Leeper, it’s out with the old, to keep their yards looking new. Leeper brought broken items to New Life Presbyterian Church, to clear up some space. “So we just brought it down … Read the rest

Garfield Heights neighborhood reports gunfire, safety issues

Tray Ling

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — Don Basquin of Garfield Heights is fed up with the safety of his family is being threatened by a new normal that is plaguing his neighborhood, including gunfire and other acts of lawlessness.

Basquin shared home security video that shows an SUV driving by and firing multiple shots in the area of East 115th and McCracken Road in the early morning hours of April 15. He said, sadly, gunfire in his neighborhood has become a common occurrence, and pointed to a bullet hole in his home—the bullet later found in a bedroom closet.

“It’s crazy, you

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Mitchell neighborhood rallies around Kirkpatrick family to help overcome house fire

Tray Ling

In late February, the Mitchell family was displaced from their East Fifth Avenue home that was destroyed by a house fire. While the home they’ve spent the past four years making memories in is gone, the Kirkpatricks’ neighbors are lifting their spirits in ways the family never imagined.

After the devastating fire took the family’s home, they were considering moving out of their neighborhood and into a different house in Mitchell. But their neighbors, who say the Kirkpatrick family is the “bedrock” of the neighborhood, stopped at nothing to keep the family around. They’re succeeding.

“Our neighborhood is why we

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How the pandemic changed crime in every San Francisco neighborhood

Tray Ling

San Francisco’s crime rates looked very different in 2020 than they did in previous years — largely because of the pandemic.

Most types of violent crime plummeted, and while homicides increased slightly, they remained lower than almost any year since the 1960s. Property crimes were all over the map: Burglaries and motor vehicle thefts soared, while larceny thefts decreased.

A closer look at the data shows that crime fluctuations San Franciscans experienced last year strongly depended on where they lived in the city. On the whole, wealthier neighborhoods saw sharper spikes in crimes that rose citywide and shallower downturns in

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Harlem’s New Action Network HQ To Tower Over Neighborhood

Tray Ling

HARLEM, NY — The Rev. Al Sharpton’s civil rights group is plotting an enormous new headquarters in Harlem, complete with two 360-foot-tall towers and a museum, according to plans submitted to the city last week.

The new National Action Network headquarters would rise above the block between West 144th and 145th streets, bounded by Lenox Avenue and Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Boulevard.

Patch reported in January that demolition permits had been filed for the one-story buildings on that block, including NAN’s current headquarters and a row of small businesses.

A draft scope of work prepared by developers reveals that the

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