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Pinellas Park Beacon
Carol Kosinski is an All State neighbor
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Carol Kosinski is named to the All State Neighborhood Team at the Florida Neighborhoods Conference July 10-12 in Orange County. She’s the secretary/treasurer of the Davis Field Neighborhood Crime Watch.
PINELLAS PARK – Carol Kosinski, secretary/treasurer of the Davis Field Neighborhood Crime Watch in Pinellas Park, was named to the All State Neighborhood Team at the Florida Neighborhoods Conference held July 10-12 in Orange County.

“It’s humbling,” she said. “It’s very humbling. I was dumbfounded.”

She added, “It’s not my award. It’s the Davis Field Crime Watch award. It’s ours.”

The Florida Neighborhoods Conference State Planning Committee based on their dedication and commitment to their neighborhoods selects each year’s appointees to the ASNT. Her husband, Eddie Kosinski, a Crime Watch captain, was named to the ASNT in 2011.

The couple founded a local crime watch on the west side of the Davis Field neighborhood about 20 years ago.

“We would always look out for our neighbors and stuff, but it was not official, not a big type of crime watch,” she said. “It started off with just a few of us meeting in the driveway type of thing.”

There were drug houses in the neighborhood and “wannabe gang members,” she said. With a number of athletic fields in the neighborhood, there were many visitors from outside Pinellas Park coming to the area for sporting events.

“They’d come and see trash, drug sales on the corner,” she said. “So we said you know what? We’re done with this. We can’t do this anymore. We want to get the neighborhood cleaned up.”

About five years ago, the Kosinskis were contacted by the city’s Neighborhood Services and the Park Police Department suggesting that they combine their neighborhood watch with one on the east side of the Davis Field neighborhood, expanding their coverage.

“We didn’t know the other one existed,” Carol said. “Now we’re all on the same page and have the same vision.”

When the two groups combined, they formed the largest neighborhood watch in Pinellas Park.

She credits the group’s other volunteers, the City Council, Neighborhood Services and the police department for all that’s been accomplished so far.

“They’ve been right beside us,” Carol said. “They’ve helped us along with this. It’s a group effort and everybody has been so helpful. You can’t do it by yourself. You have to have people there to back you up.”

Through the crime watch, she headed up a homeless toiletry drive in conjunction with Good Samaritan Church, where the group meets and she also works as an office manager. When Pinellas Park police do their annual homeless count every January, they hand out these toiletry items.

And prior to each school year, the group collects bookbags and school supplies for the children of CASA, a nonprofit organization that offers a safe space to women and children suffering from domestic abuse.

They also collect goods to restock the food pantry at Good Samaritan.

“The church is kind enough to allow us to meet there,” Carol said. “This is our way of giving back to the church.”

As secretary and treasurer, Carol puts together the crime watch newsletter and acts as the group’s liaison between team leaders, city officials and local police.

She’s also been active in getting new signage and speed bumps for the neighborhood. She also worked closely with the city on a $241,000 project to revamp a drainage retention pond they referred to as “the mud hole” in the neighborhood.
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