Block party builds a sense of unity

From the Register-Mail:

A rainy morning gave way to a cool, cloudy afternoon Saturday as residents of West South Street, between Academy and Holton streets, held a Neighborhood Watch block party…..

It was a diverse group Saturday. Knox College students Xiaoyun “Sharon” Zhu from China and Melati Nungsari from Malaysia were tying balloons to a barricade at Academy and South streets, blocking off South Street to vehicles shortly after the event began.

Naynyo Hlaing, a Knox student, from Burma, said he was there to learn more about the neighborhood, which sits adjacent to the college campus.

“We are very close to each  other,” Hlaing said. “It seems like there’s an imaginary boundary between the college and the neighborhood.”….

There were beads to wear and the sweet smell of barbecue cooking filled the air. Knox College President Roger Taylor and former Galesburg Police Chief  John Schlaf, now director of campus security at Knox, mingled with the crowd.