Darby and Colwyn borough residents joined together to hold the first of what they hope will be multiple events to bond the communities together.

Darby and Colwyn borough residents joined together to hold the first of what they hope will be multiple events to bond the communities together.

Residents of Darby and Colwyn boroughs came together and conducted their first Walk for Peace last Sunday, days after gunfire erupted and sparked a melee in the streets. The walk began at the Darby Recreation Center at 4 p.m. led by Darby police, Mayor Helen Thomas, Recreational Manager Janice Davis, and state Rep. Ronald G. Waters (D-191).

Residents of both municipalities chanted, “We want peace; no more guns,” to bring awareness to the community that change starts from home. The goal of the action was to create awareness and spark community initiative to take control of their own neighborhood.

Mother and son Laura and John Heart said peaceful activities send important messages for the children.

Mother and son Laura and John Heart said peaceful activities send important messages for the children.

“This walk was to introduce the people to how to police their own neighborhood,” said Thomas. “Come outside, clean your front! Each neighbor get together and walk and patrol the neighborhood,” she said.

She also said the promotion of safety was important.

“This is also to introduce people on how to be safe in your neighborhood,” Thomas continued. “It’s no reason why the children can’t come outside and play. We need block captains and more residents to stand up and be accountable for their child.”

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