Beechwood Drive residents organize neighborhood watch group

Each month, a growing number of neighborhood watch groups meet throughout the county to discuss concerns about safety, crime and drug activity within their own communities.
Thursday night’s Antis Township meeting brought out residents of Beechwood Drive, who were on hand to discuss the organization of a neighborhood watch group in their area.
Mike Seidel addressed the board of supervisors, saying residents of the Beechwood Drive neighborhood got together and decided to start a neighborhood watch.
He said residents will meet on Monday with Blair Senior Services representative Maureen Adams and a state trooper. Everyone in the neighborhood is welcome to attend.
Leo Matuszewski, also a Beechwood Drive resident, said neighbors became concerned after a recent drug bust, where Benjamin and Wesley Grove, along with several others, were arrested on drug charges.
Matuszewski said his neighborhood is a nice place to live, but he was shocked, when he returned home late last month to see six police cars and people all around the Grove residence.
He added, “We’re not a vigilante group, we just want to keep watch in our neighborhood.”
Seidel asked the board if they would be willing to donate neighborhood watch signs to the organization to be placed on Beechwood Drive.
“There are some other groups in the township that have been organizing neighborhood watch groups,” said Chairman Ray Amato, “Once all the groups get together, we’ll purchase the signs and the township will put them up.”
Amato added that the board purchased and put up signs for the Tipton neighborhood watch group and it is working out well.
According to Matuszewski, Monday’s meeting was planned for Beechwood Drive residents, but the group would be more than happy to expand. There are only 11 properties in the secluded Beechwood Drive area.
“I think this is great but I caution you to watch that this isn’t too small,” said supervisor Ken Hostler, “I think a larger group might be better.”
Supervisor Bob Smith suggested that once all the area neighborhood watch groups are established, they may want to organize and get together as a whole township.
As this type of neighborhood watch group becomes more popular throughout the area, a countywide effort has already been made to unite the various groups.
According to Assistant Director of National Senior Service Corps Programs for Blair Senior Services, Inc., Maureen Adams, these meetings provide “an opportunity for citizens to ask questions and learn what is really going on in their community.”
Additional information can be obtained by calling Adams at 946-1235.