Blue Ribbon Commission for the Prevention of Youth Violence

Halloween "Yam Jam" at Portia Hines Park

Oct 7, 2015
Jr. League of Wilmington

Last week, Pat Marriott spoke with Jana Jones-Hall and Paige Blaire from Wilmington's Blue Ribbon Commission.  After working to rebuild and reinvigorate Portia Hines Park in the Youth Enrichment Zone downtown, a fall celebration called "The Yam Jam" is becoming a tradition.  Over 17,000 pounds of yams and other produce are just a part of the fun-there will also be a bounce house, face-painting, and "trunk or treat" for Halloween.  

Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says we need people working and paying taxes, not jailed in a cell, which costs tens of thousands of dollars per incarcerated person.  His remarks prefaced the public update of the Blue Ribbon Commission’s mission: to build a community where the youth are safe, healthy, educated, and successful. 

Courtesy Fiati

The school band at Wilmington’s D.C. Virgo Preparatory Academy is poised to gain about a hundred sixth- and seventh-grade musicians, thanks to a huge donation of instruments. Students, parents, school board members and local elected officials are gathering for a ceremony Friday in the school’s auditorium to witness the unveiling of each instrument, and thank donor Bob Moulton, owner of the Durham-based National Pawn store chain. And this is just one of many new opportunities available to students of the recently-reopened D. C. Virgo School.