By Sara Brown
There is a new community group actively working to help make Revere a better place to live for all. The West Revere Neighborhood Group began in January and is helping citizens from that area voice their concerns.
“There is a lot going on right now in Revere,” group member Julie DeMauro said. “This will help people find out what’s going on in their neighborhood and let them express their concerns.”
Currently, the group is focused on improving the Urban Trail.
“We are working on putting blue markers in between the crosswalks so people can know where they are going,” DeMauro said. “There are markers there right now but some are missing or have been stolen, so this will help.”
The West Revere Neighborhood Group also would like to install some benches on trails and put up a mural.
The West Revere Neighborhood Group was created out of the organizing efforts of Revere on the Move, which works to make healthy eating and physical activity an important part of everyday life in Revere. It was also formed to bridge a gap between all the different community groups within the city.
“There are so many groups and no one knew one what was going on with each other. We all want to work together,” DeMauro said.
The group meets at Casa Lucia and so far it has been a small group attending the meetings.
“We would love to get more people involved, especially kids and teenagers,” DeMauro said. “They are the eyes and ears of the city. They know what’s going on.”
DeMauro explained the many positive aspects about being part of a group like the West Revere Neighborhood Group. She said, “It brings good change. No one knows what’s going on in our neighborhoods better than us, so we can help out city officials with suggestions on what needs to be done.”
It’s also a good chance to make new friends.
“We are not as social anymore,” she opined, adding, “We don’t always know our neighbors. This is a great place to meet them and get to know them. It’s very welcoming.”