When the Newport Township Community Organization meets, everything from litter cleanup to code enforcement to sponsorship of youth sports teams is on the table.
The results have been dramatic, members say.
Over the last 11 years, the nonprofit organization has met its goal of making the township a more livable community, and if members have their way, a new generation of “doers” will join the cause.
“We really want a better community,” said Steve Phillips, organization president.
The group formed in May 2004 initially to combat a blight of dilapidated houses. At the time of its founding, the township’s board of commissioners had been asking residents for suggestions on how the community might be improved. Perhaps the commissioners did not expect a full-blown citizens’ group, Phillips said, but the organization immediately began photographing every degraded property in the township…