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Tallahassee Wraps up "Neighbors on the Block" Outreach

City of Tallahassee

After several deadly shootings in some of the city's poorest neighborhoods, Tallahassee officials and community volunteers began walking those neighborhoods during the summer.  That outreach wrapped up Saturday night.

After the walk through the surrounding area, the city threw a party at the Walker-Ford Community Center.  There was music, food, games and more.  At one point, Mayor Andrew Gillum said neighborhood kids told police at the party they'd seen a gun on the roof of a nearby house.

“And it got picked up,” he marveled.  “And that’s tremendous and that’s what this is about, getting out in the community, letting people know that they don’t have to be afraid and terrorized in their own homes and their own neighborhoods and this is their community, too.”

Gillum says that's exactly the kind of thing he hoped would happen.  He says the Neighbors on the Block outreach will be back next year.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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