Dozens walk on Youngstown's West Side in stand against violence


Lynda Wauschek loves the city’s West Side, where she’s worked for 38 years, and she bundled up in a heavy coat in Saturday’s cold and blustery weather to prove it.

Wauschek was one of dozens of people who participated in five “We Love Youngstown” community walks to take a stand against crime and violence. The event was organized by the West Side Citizens Coalition.

Wauschek is executive secretary of West Side Merchants on Mahoning Avenue. She said increasing crime concerns her; the shop where she works was broken into recently when someone tried to steal an ATM.

“We work here and we see the difference. If everyone hides in their houses and businesses, nothing gets done. You have to get involved in your neighborhood,” she said.

The walks started at five locations: Foxy’s Restaurant and Lounge, Strikers, Casa Ramirez, Molly’s Restaurant and Pizza Joe’s. Residents who did not attend were asked to support the cause by turning on their porch lights.

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