Newport resident Tommy Sheehan announced the formation of a new neighborhood association, the Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association. For years, the residents of Donovan Manor were fortunate to have social worker Millie Feeney help organize events and activities through the Newport Housing Authority. However, Ms. Feeney recently retired and so the residents stepped up to form the Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association to serve the residents of Donovan Manor.

“We decided on the name Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association to represent the hi-rise and lo-rise of Donovan Manor,” said Sheehan. “We’re a cohesive neighborhood over here and we thought the name was a funny play on words to represent our building.” Four Donovan Manor residents were elected to the Board of Directors at a founding meeting of the organization. The elected officers are: Tommy Sheehan – President; Rebecca Allen – Vice President; Barbara Monk – Secretary; Phyllis Mellekas – Treasurer.

On March 16, 2018, the Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association held it’s first event, a corned beef and cabbage dinner in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. 45 residents, State Senator Dawn Euer, and City Councilor Jamie Bova attended the event. Senator Euer presented a Senate Citation recognizing the newly formed Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association. Jim McGrath provided musical entertainment, playing his acoustic guitar and singing. The Hungry Monkey donated the food. Bucky Janes and Alan Saunders helped prepare and serve the delicious meal.

“The mission of the Hi-Lo Neighborhood Association is to enhance the lives of residents by encouraging a compassionate and caring community through activities that look out for our neighbors,” said Sheehan. “I’m proud to have been elected Vice President because I know how important it is to look out for our neighbors. I encourage all residents of Donovan Manor to join us at a future meetings, volunteer for a committee, or simply introduce yourself to a neighbor. We can build a stronger community by working together.”

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