Three Johnstown community organizations have united to fight the common plague of crime that is afflicting their neighborhoods.
On Aug. 10, the Roxbury Civic Group, Moxham Neighborhood Watch and West End Improvement Group will host the inaugural 10 Against “K”rime, a 10-kilometer run/fun walk.
A recent report, produced by the Johnstown Crime and Violence Commission, showed Moxham, Roxbury and Oakhurst – a section of the West End – ranked first through third, respectively, among the city’s neighborhoods for the number of police calls in 2012.
“We all have similar problems in our own neighborhoods,” said Marie Mock, secretary-treasurer of the West End Improvement Group. “I think we have to start doing things jointly. ... As a collaborative group, I think we can probably get more people involved.”
Money raised from the event will go toward purchasing surveillance cameras for the three neighborhoods, which organizers hope will help the Johnstown Police Department fight crime.
“It’s all about helping them help us,” said Theresa Subich, a Moxham Neighborhood Watch official.
Supporting neighborhood groups in the fight against crime was a suggestion made by state Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Johnstown, commission chairman, in his introduction to the report.
“I think that it’s time the neighborhoods step up and try to help. ... We’re not going to allow this crime and violence in our town,” said Roxbury Civic Group Chairperson Linda Orlosky.
Barbin, local resident George Arcurio III, AmeriServ Financial, Alternative Community Resource Program Executive Director Frank Janakovic, the Johnstown Police Department and Galliker’s Dairy are sponsoring the event. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies will collect and disperse all the funds raised.
“If we all get together to fight together, I think we’ll be stronger,” Subich said.
The run/fun walk is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at Roxbury Park. Other planned activities include a musical performance by The Whiskey River Panhandlers, demonstrations by the Johnstown Police Department K-9 Corps and Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team, and entertainment provided by the Classic Clown Club.
“It’s going to be a fun day,” Mock said.
Registration is $15 with the first 75 entrants receiving a free T-shirt. Anyone interested in participating can contact Subich at firstname.lastname@example.org.