Sunday, February 7, 2010


This website has constantly discussed the heightened levels of burglaries and break-ins in the Gasport region. One young man, James Solomon, is doing something about it. You'll be really impressed about Mr. Solomon after reading Bill Wolcott's article about him...

HARTLAND — Starting a neighborhood watch is a difficult task for anyone, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.

Consider a 17-year-old freshman at St. Mary’s for the Deaf taking on the task in the rural communities of Hartland, Middleport and Gasport.

James Solomon, who was declared functionally deaf as an infant and has a speech impairment, is doing the job.

The Stone Road resident has set up a Web site, printed business cards, made professional signs and brings in speakers for his monthly meetings at the Hartland Town Hall on Ridge Road.

“It’s a big undertaking,” Chief Deputy Steven Preisch said at the Saturday morning meeting. “In our society, people are so busy; it’s not until they are victims that they come to be involved. It’s tough to get people involved.”

There is much more to the column. Read it in its entirety online at:

It should be noted that online is the only place to read the entire article because the piece starts on Page 1 of the paper, directs you to page 5A for the second half, and it's nowhere to be found on that page or the rest of the newspaper.