I brought my little niece to the Covelli Center for Trick or Treating and I have to say I was highly disappointed.The event was not held inside the arena, but the area around the arena where refreshments are usually bought etc. We waited in line for over an hour, outside, in the cold, just to visit the dozen or so 'sponsors' who gave out very little candy. They passed out more literature about products/services and campaign candidates than candy.Don't know where the 25 vendors the reporter was talking about were. It took us less than five minutes to walk by all of the tables. It didn't feel like Halloween at all.
I was very insulted, to say the least.. and everyone else who was in attendance should be as well. No wonder why it was hardly advertised. It was not a good alternative to trick or treating in Youngstown, it was an excuse to ignore the city's problems and a sad attempt to pacify its citizens.
A better alternative might have been to put out more police patrols in the city during the whole two hours the kids had to do their trick or treating, or maybe to give city residents ideas for safe trick or treating, like the idea citizens could hold their own block party or trick or treat on their block with neighbors they know, which would have given them more candy (even if they just walked a block or so) and it would be a traditional Halloween. Or hey parents, actually walk your kids/supervise while they are out trick or treating.
The whole event was a farce used to promote the Covelli Center. Just by having the event tells Youngstown citizens the city is not safe enough for your kids, even in the daytime (4-6pm). It also tells city thugs they have free reign. I would not attend again, or recommend anyone else attend either.
November 1, 2010 at 8:54 a.m.
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I have lived in on the South Side of Youngstown near where all this violence has taken place for almost 25 years. Since the time I was born, up until now. I have never felt unsafe in my home until one day during the past summer when I came home to find a bullet had gone threw my bedroom wall, during a shooting that was never reported on the news. Of course I was scared, but I decided to stay.
When I was about 8 years old, the first two black families moved into my neighborhood. They were nice, hardworking people. But most of the whites freaked out and left anyway. And, here we are. The perfect place for criminals who are just getting started. I don't want to be like those whites who immeditely freaked out and left. I want to show these thugs they can't scare the good people away, the people who are willing to stand up and report crime.
The police can't handle all this crime themselves. It's not possible. It is up to us as citizens to practice our 2nd ammendment rights and defend what is rightfully ours. The thugs pray on the elderly for a reason, they are easy targets. Help your elderly neighbors out by doing their grocery shopping or keeping an eye and ear out for suspicious activites around their home.
Report crime if you think you see it. Practice your second ammendment rights. Watch your neighbor's place when they are at work or on vacation. Get a dog and some security lights. Show these people they can't scare hardworking, law abiding citizens away.
And Boardman, Canfield and surrounding areas: These criminals are moving up and into YOUR neighborhoods.This is not just a Youngstown problem anymore. Get ready, cause here they come.
October 14, 2010 at 3:46 p.m.
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