The City of Clarksburg has a big problem with drugs, but community members have shown that when they pull together, they can help fight those problems and make their neighborhoods better places to live.
Tracy Karle started her neighborhood watch in the Broadway area of Clarksburg because she wanted to bring her community together. Now others are recognizing her and her group for their effort. The owners of an apartment building at the corner of East Main Street and Broadway are donating a store front to the group, to give them a home base for their meetings, as well as provide a space for community events such as baby showers, birthday parties, or classes. The group can operate out of the space for the next two years rent-free.
The Knights of Pythias are also chipping in. They've agreed to donate "children at play" and "neighborhood watch" signs to be installed in the area. Karle says the reaction she's gotten for her group is nothing short of amazing.
"We just started it in August, so it's been tremendous the amount of support we got from the city, from the residents, from people in the community. It's been amazing," Karle said. "The whole purpose was to get people back together, the whole thing of being a community and I think it's really helped out a lot."
The city is hoping to have a grand opening for the space in the next few weeks.