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The shootings have abated quite a bit in the Mt. Scott Park area, and the community gathers to celebrate that

DAVID F. ASHTON - Serving hot coffee and cocoa was Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association Chair Matchu Williams. After a summer marked by shooting violence, volunteers in the Mt. Scott-Arleta neighborhood decided to hold an outdoor event to celebrate the Holiday Season, and to promote peace and quiet in their neighborhood on Saturday, December 4.

The "Mt. Scott-Arleta Peace Celebration and Holiday Market" took place in the parking lot of the Tremont Evangelical Church, at the intersection of S.E. Woodstock Boulevard and 72nd Avenue – a "hotspot" for shootings. Or at least it was, until neighbors asked PBOT to install traffic-calming barrels around Mt. Scott City Park – with surprising success in reducing the shootings, as reported on page one of THE BEE's November issue.

"The idea of hosting the Mt. Scott-Arleta Peace Celebration and Holiday Market came from the Green Tulip Peace and Nature School's annual "Holiday Kinder Market", where kids sell their crafts," explained the organizer, Nadine Salama. This year we decided to expand the idea, make it also a 'peace celebration', I like creating events that 'attract things that we want' – specifically, draw in more peace into our neighborhood, and encourage our neighbors to take part in the community.

DAVID F. ASHTON - Sitting inside this snow globe photo spot was the artist, Amanda Baird, of Outside Door Art. "We contacted vendors from our local community, including craftspeople from Brentwood-Darlington, Woodstock, and other neighborhoods, because we consider ourselves all to be neighbors, together, not people separated by imaginary, government-drawn lines," Salama said

"This is the first of what we hope are more events to help members of our community continue to be positive, and to be hopeful, as we turn things around here."


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