LIPOA president steps down due to health

Nov 15, 2013 594

In the nearly two years since a steering committee established the Little Italy Property Owners Association (LIPOA), much change and much good has been accomplished for The Neighborhood. "So many took the risk of getting involved," said its president Mel Stachura, a resident. "And it is working!"

Stachura said LIPOA has, in many ways, changed the way Little Italy acts - and is perceived - while reinforcing the legacy of neighborhood and community.

"Not only neighbors, but property owners, business owners, cultural groups, and (perhaps most importantly) government agencies and elected officials have seen that we can move the neighborhood forward in a positive and businesslike manner," he said. "We can all be proud of that."

Stachura announced November 11 that effectively immediately, because of serious health emergencies in 2013, he must step down as president to focus on his family, business and recovery, at the urging of his doctors and family.

"I have every confidence that the board - Bill Baker, Nancy Hayden, Tianne Baker, and Arthur Gentile - can expect everyone's continued support in keeping the neighborhood moving forward," said Stachura. "I will continue to take pride in the accomplishments to date, and I will continue to support the organization as I am able."

Property owners and residents are encouraged to become involved in LIPOA. The group meets on the third Tuesday of the month at St. Leo's Church Hall, 7 pm. For more information, contact Tianne Baker at or visit LIPOA's Like us on Facebook page.

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