Hilltop group outlines events

STEUBENVILLE – The Hilltop Community Development Corp. will host several speakers Monday night at its monthly meeting and has announced plans for a Neighborhood Day for the two hilltop neighborhoods.

CDC President Laura Sirilla said the 7 p.m. Monday meeting in the Trinity Medical Center East board room will feature Rhett Young, the director of missionary outreach at Franciscan University of Steubenville; the Rev. John Westling; Steubenville Police Chief Bill McCafferty; and Robert May, who has organized a community garden on Wellesley Avenue.

“Each speaker will give a two-minute talk on what they are doing in relationship to the hilltop neighborhoods. We have changed the meeting format to hear as much information as possible. I am inviting all hilltop residents to join us Monday night,” said Sirilla.

Sirilla announced Neighborhood Day in the hilltop area is set for Sept. 21.

“We have scheduled a one-mile Fun Run starting at 9 a.m. at the bus stop near the Oregon Avenue and Wilkins Street intersection. A prize has been donated by Anytime Fitness. Firefighters will have their trucks at Veterans Park on Lawson Avenue from 11 a.m. until noon and at Piece of Pie park from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. with treats for kids. There will be free saplings at Piece of Pie Park on Woodlawn Avenue from 1:30 until 4 p.m. And we will finish off with cookies donated by Kroger at Murphy Field at 6:30 p.m.,” explained Sirilla.

“We’re just trying to get everyone out to do something ‘neighborly,'” she added.

“But what will make the day special is the great people up here. We are asking everyone to go for a walk and meet new people; have a cookout with their family, friends and neighbors; share their perennials; help an elderly neighbor, sweep their walk, paint their shutters; have their church, business or club get out and hand out fliers or promotional treats. People can come to our Monday evening meeting and tell us what they can do or join Nextdoor.com and post their ideas. We are open to all ideas for Neighborhood Day.” said Sirilla.