POUGHKEEPSIE – On Saturday afternoon, Lent Street between Smith Street and Bement Avenue was closed to vehicular traffic for a neighborhood block party hosted by City Councilwoman Yvonne Flowers. The event was cosponsored by SNUG, an outreach program that attempts to prevent gun violence.
More than 100 adults and children from the neighborhood came together for the event that featured food, music, and family-friendly games, organized by Flowers.
“We have experienced a rise in violent crimes in our city, especially on the north side,” Flowers said, adding “Residents of the neighborhood called for this party as a way to bring everyone together in a safe environment. We are all angered by the violence and are working together to stop it.”
A dance contest featured two boys from the neighborhood facing off in the finals. The energetic boys performed to a variety of songs, with Ms. Flowers’ grandson finishing second in the competition that entertained onlookers.
Informational booths from SNUG and a few other community-based organizations were set up along the block to make residents aware of their services.
“This is proof that neighbors can band together for the good of the community,” beamed Flowers as she handed out a variety of trinkets to the children,