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WPD helps give HOPE to Hillcrest

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Folks from a Wilmington community are one step closer to taking their neighborhood back.

About a dozen Hillcrest residents graduated today from HOPE Academy. The program organized by the Wilmington Police Department educates residents on topics like gangs in hopes neighbors can be leaders in their community.

"I learned today that we should be positive role models for the younger generation," graduate Oliver Kibby said. "By taking that responsibility I'm going to do more volunteer work and try harder for community in order to see a better result."

The HOPE Academy graduates said the main thing they want to accomplish is to improve their neighborhood, changing the public's perception of it.

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I drive down Dawson St.

I drive down Dawson St. every day around 3:30 PM on my way home from work. If you look to the right around S 15th Street you will see dozens of people hanging out in the yard; sitting in lawn chairs, some under tents. Don't these people work? BTW, why does the sign say "private property, residents only"? I'm forking out hard-earned tax dollars from my paycheck - am I not part owner of the property?

For the life of me ill NEVER

For the life of me ill NEVER understand the notion that your 'hard-earned tax dollars' are yours any longer. Like it or not, once it leaves your pay check, ITS NO LONGER YOURS. Its not YOUR DECISION what it goes for any longer, the Public as a Whole decides. Once it leaves your pockets, ITS NOT YOURS.

It is what it is, and NOTHING you do will ever change that. All you can do is express YOUR opinion on what the money should be spent on. Don't like Welfare, voice your opinion to your public officials. But don't whine and moan on an internet forum about where YOUR money goes, then sulk in self-pity because no one listens to YOU.

hope

Its funny, when I gave birth to my son I never even thought about relying on leaders in my community to be role models for him or to help keep him out of trouble.
THAT WAS MY JOB, and I did it well. I think it is sad that the parents dont do their jobs.

To Guest7969

Boy, they're just damned if they do,and damned if they don't, right?? Had you been a little LESS prejudiced & judgmental, you might have gone on and written the REMAINDER of what the person said - "By taking that responsibility I'm going to do more volunteer work and try harder for community in order to see a better result." Well, my hat's off to them, any time a community comes together to improve their neighborhood, can't be anything but good.

Thanks to the HOPE participants - we'll be watching for good things from you!

Ummm..

"I learned today that we should be positive role models for the younger generation"

You just learned that..TODAY??? WOW!