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Simpson Street reunion event celebrates 10 years

MONONA (WKOW) — Dozens of people were out enjoying the sun and celebrating their neighborhood Saturday in Monona.

This is the 10th year for the Simpson Street Finest Family Reunion. They’ve been coming together for a decade, after turning their neighborhood around.

“The main focus is to let everybody know that when they do come out, that we talk about whatever they want to talk about, we give hugs, we share food, we share stories,” said Diane Small, who put the event together.

Organizers say the gathering at Dream Park is designed to remind everyone of all ages the importance of love and responsibility in their community.

“Simpson Street used to be known as the notorious Simpson Street, full of gangs and drugs, and people were moving out. But again, there were hopeful, inspiring people like Miss Diane Small and others that decided to stay in this community and help turn their community around,” said state Rep. Shelia Stubbs.

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