Crime & Safety Committee Chair
W. Richard (Rik) Whitaker is a retired professor of journalism and broadcasting at Buffalo State College and a retired Navy Reserve public affairs officer. He chairs the Association’s Crime & Safety Committee, bringing Allentown’s concerns to monthly meetings of block clubs and B District police officials. He and his wife, Ramona, operated the Beau Fleuve Bed & Breakfast Inn on Linwood Avenue for 23 years. Together they monitor the beautification and maintenance of Tony Sisti Park at Franklin, North and Linwood, and are co-coordinators of Friends of Sisti Park.