Winter activities for children proposed New Windsor targets 9- to 16-year-olds


New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. will introduce a proposal tonight to provide the town's youth with winter activities.

The Town Youth Partnership Experiment (TYPE) is designed to encourage community pride, spirit and cohesiveness, as well as give the children something to do, Mayor Gullo said.

"This is providing an activity the youth would be interested in that would help them realize there are things for them to do in town," Mr. Gullo said.

TYPE will target children ages 9 to 16 -- those who have not started to drive and may have limited means of transportation to activities outside New Windsor. The activities will be chaperoned by adult volunteers.

If accepted, the program would be initiated in four phases, beginning this month with a four-week pilot project called "Saturday Night Movies," and ending in fall 1994 as a New Windsor Recreation Council program with other activities added to the list.

Children would be able to watch films from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in a location to which children could walk from their home.

"When you're 16, you can drive, you can leave town, maybe the high school has things going on," Mr. Gullo said. "We need something the other kids can easily get to."

Mr. Gullo said TYPE will give adult residents a chance to meet and interact with the town's youth.

"Right now, no one really knows our town's young people. They are thought of as a large group of trouble-makers," Mr. Gullo said. "But as we work together, they will get to know us as we get to know them.

"The public opinion seems to be that, because we have curfews on our kids, that Carroll County is against children," Mr. Gullo said. "The truth is that we [in New Windsor] have limited resources, limited means and we have to make do with what we have."

Mr. Gullo said he is expects the council to accept his proposal tonight, but a decision about when to start the program will depend on whether a town organization is willing to donate a place for the children to meet.

"At least it's a step in the right direction," Mr. Gullo said of his plans. "We need to channel the energy that the kids have into something that will be positive."

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