WILMINGTON —Neighbors and residents of the McDermott Village Neighborhood gathered Saturday in the shelter house area of the Wilmington Church of Christ for the 2nd Annual Neighborhood Watch Block Party.
Joined by friends and neighbors, attendees enjoyed a pot luck lunch and music by the Teacher’s Pets – playing southern rock from the ’60s on. The band includes neighbors of the watch.
The McDermott Village Neighborhood watch was formed in August 2016 by residents Jarett and Holly Roush who had a vision of uniting the community to maintain a safe neighborhood. Since then there has been an overwhelming response by neighborhood members to build and strengthen the watch efforts.
The core watch group has grown to include several ambassadors who volunteer their time and resources to share in the vision — Karen Johnson, Jane McCormick, Karen & Dick Williams, Kimi Hilderbrandt and Marnie Reed. The watch group is managed with a Facebook Page, email distribution and word of mouth.
In 2016, the watch partnered with the Wilmington Police Department to obtain new neighborhood watch signs for the community. Since, there have been other neighborhoods joining forces to start their own watch programs in the Timber Glen and Warren Knolls areas.
The McDermott Village Neighborhood Watch serves neighbors residing on Jefferson Drive, Kenyon Drive, Lanyard Lane, McDermott Avenue, Mayfair Drive, Peggy Lane, Preston Drive, Spinnaker Place and Washington Avenue.