Your support is needed!!!..

Dear Community,

Please add the below information to your schedule. We must attend this sentencing. It is not enough for the few members of our community to speak on our behalf, nor is it enough to have our Community Prosecutors carry the burden of defending our communities against repeat offenders on their own. Our presence, concern and outrage must be made known.

Being a  “good investment neighborhood”, or a “historic community that feature home tours”, are not our goals!  PUBLIC SAFETY is key! Without it- all of this is in vain…. forget the Beltline, forget economic development, forget the housing stock… without a safe community, we’re like 42nd Street in NY before Disney. (If you’re unfamiliar with the old 42nd Street- think of Metropolitan in the past) … Not worth seeing and not worth traveling to unless you’re looking for trouble.

The residence within NPU-T have come a long way. We have worked very heard and SEE the fruits of our labor.  Let’s continue in this pattern and ensure our voices and works are being directed on activities that make a lasting positive impact.

~Nia

Sentencing of Zone 1 Convicted Murderer

 

WHAT:       State v Oderrick Boone

                   Sentencing

               

WHEN:       Monday, June 11, 2012

                   1:00 P.M.

 

WHERE:    Judge Jerry Baxter

                   Courtroom 4D                 

                   Fulton County Justice Center Tower

                   185 Central Avenue, SW

                   Atlanta, Georgia 30303

 

FACTS:    On July 1, 2010, Defendant Oderrick Boone was identified as the individual who entered the Southern Supermarket located on West View Drive in Southwest Atlanta and used a knife longer than three inches to stab the business owner numerous times.  The Victim died.  In addition, Defendant Boone took money out of the cash register and fled the scene.  The Defendant’s wife later recognized her husband on the news and contacted the Atlanta Police Department. 

 Please contact Janet Martin at CourtWatch@fultoncountyga.gov or 404.699.5297 if you plan to attend this CourtWatch date and for additional information.

Town Hall Meeting on Crime, Campus Safety

Crime prevention and safety near the Atlanta University Center and Georgia Tech campuses will be the focus of a town hall meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday by area City Councilman Ivory Lee Young.

Atlanta police will talk about what they’re doing to prevent crime, and they’ll update residents on recent shootings in the area.

The meeting will take place at the Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd.

For more information, call Young’s office at 404-330-6046.

By Eric Stirgus

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public Safety EmPower Alert from the Office of Atlanta City Councilman Ceasar C. Mitchell

July 30, 2009

Contact:  Contact Councilman Ceasar C. Mitchell at (404) 330-6052 or at ccmitchell@atlantaga.gov
 
 
Daytime School Day Curfew Up for a Vote
Dear Atlantan:
 
This summer has been extremely difficult for many of us who live, work and learn in Atlanta.  Our city is experiencing crime to the point where fear and frustration have become palpable.  I commend our Atlanta Police Officers for their tireless efforts to protect and serve the good people of Atlanta.  They are using every resource available to identify, capture and convict individuals who operate outside of the law.  I also strongly urge citizens to maintain a sense of calm and courage, but not complacency.
 
This week I resurrected legislation that continues my efforts to provide our police and communities with adequate tools and resources to make our city safer.  On August 17th, the Atlanta City Council will vote on an ordinance unanimously approved by the Public Safety Committee to impose a daytime curfew to keep school-age children off the streets during the middle of the school day.  Specifically, the ordinance prohibits minors age six (6) to sixteen (16) from loitering, wandering or playing in public places during the hours of 8:30 am to 2:30 pm.  Of course there are reasonable exceptions to this prohibition which are clearly delineated within the law.  While truancy laws are currently on the books and enforceable, this ordinance is intended to create accountability on the part of the parents of truants.  Multiple violations include the possibility a fine, community service and/or jail time for the parents or guardians of minors who are repeat violators the ordinance.  Enforcement of this ordinance is one of several clear and practical steps towards ensuring that Atlantans, both young and old, are better protected and our city is Safe, Clean, Green and Thriving.

It is always difficult to impose strict rules.  Yet, we must be realistic about what our fellow citizens, families and neighborhoods are facing with regard to crime.  Crime statistics and the personal stories of the unfortunate victims, reveal that too many young people are becoming involved in carjackings, robberies, burglaries, shoplifting and home invasions in broad daylight.  We cannot accept or tacitly condone the attacking of our seniors, teachers, residents, business owners and other law abiding citizens.

Let me be clear, this is not a condemnation of all of our city’s youth.  I am personally aware of numerous young people who are respectful of the law and are good citizens.  Similarly, this is not an attack on parents who are diligent in ensuring that their children are in school or otherwise accounted for during the day.  I interact with promising youth as I regularly visit schools throughout our city during the academic year.  To date, nearly 2,500 students and their parents have participated in my semi-annual College Prep Series which focuses on getting young people successfully admitted into college.  As well, I am not oblivious to the challenges many of our youth and their families face.  With a weak economy, limited employment opportunities and too few summer recreational programs, the potential for committing crime increases exponentially.  Still, this reality can NEVER justify criminal behavior.

To the parents of Atlanta, we need your help and support.  Before, above and beyond our teachers, principals and the police, the primary responsibility to direct, discipline and monitor a youth rests with that youth’s parent or guardian.  It is not too much to ask for a parent to be involved in and ultimately responsible for the whereabouts of their son or daughter during school hours.  Furthermore, the safety of our young people is a major reason I proposed the ordinance as it is designed to protect our children.  Properly supervised at school or home, our young people cannot be forced or influenced to participate in a violent crime, be arrested by the police, or worse, be themselves harmed by a fearful or frustrated victim.

Our greatest asset and source of inspiration are the youth of Atlanta.  Any action the City Council can take to prevent them from committing crimes, or being a victim of one, must be given serious consideration.  Only through bold leadership and decisive action can we reclaim our communities and streets.  Join me in this effort by participating in a neighborhood watch program and contacting the police when a crime or suspicious activity occurs.  Working together, and only together, will we succeed in protecting our youth and saving our city.

Security Cameras; Neighborhood Watch

Intown South West communities ban together, fight and reclaim their neighborhoods!   Security Camera’s, the hot topic and weapon of choice, are working in conjunction with  faithful “granny in the window” techniques to help deter crime and police catch a thief.  While some remain skeptical of the new technology being introduced, others welcome with open arms.  All agree something must be done to deter criminal activity which is usually higher around the holiday season.

One thing is clear- crime is not taken lightly in these neighborhoods.  Neighborhood walks, Private security, foot patrol and reports on specific activity is in effect. We are watching YOU- watching us.

Criminals beware, Granny is watching, and for what granny can not see… “Smile, you’re on candid camera!”

*Special thanks to Chen of Beecher-Donnelly Community Association for his assistance, time and tutorial in helping West End go high tech!! 

All West End, Westview, Beecher-Donnelly, Booker T Washington and Asheview Heights residents interested in participating please contact me  or comment  for further details on how to get involved and your system.  Your inquiry will be sent to appropriate public safety officer, association chairs. Additional tutorials and presentations will be arranged.

Invite from Friends of Washington Park (FoWP)

Greetings from the Friends of Washington Park!
 
Friends of Washington Park (FoWP) is a volunteer organization formed in 2007
with the goal of supporting Washington Park. FoWP is working to promote a
public space which improves the quality of life through safe, clean, and
well-maintained green space and high quality facilities.
 
On August 5, 2008, FoWP will be participating in the National Night Out 2008
with our inaugural Cinema in the Park After Dark event.  The 25th Annual
National Night Out is a unique crime/drug prevention event sponsored by the
National Association of Town Watch. This will be an opportunity for local and
neighboring residents to interact as well as come out to meet local law
enforcement officers in an effort to strengthen our community and heighten drug
and crime prevention awareness. Additionally residents will have opportunity to
view the critically acclaimed motion picture Pride on a 20ft. Screen in the
Washington Park Natatorium parking area. 
 
In anticipation and support of this event we would like to offer your business
the unique opportunity to advertise on the big screen prior to the movie.  For
your convenience we offer three different advertising options to suit any
budget:
 
Option 1--$25:       Company logo of no more than half a page displayed with other
logos as sponsoring businesses in slide show prior to movie. 
 
Option 2--$50:       Full page company ad, including pictures, logos, and slogan as a sponsoring business in slide show prior to movie.
 
Option 3--$100:     Company may submit full length commercial of no more than 1
minute in length to be shown immediately prior to and directly following the
movie.
 
All advertisements are due by Friday, August 1, 2008 and must come in
electronic and/or scan-ready format.  Please make all checks payable to “Park
Pride-Washington Park”. Due to our partnership with Park Pride, a 501(c)3, all
donations made to FoWP are tax deductible. 
 
For further information or concerns please contact Jody Brooks at 678-333-5300
or via email at info@washingtonparkatlanta.org .

Neighborhood Watch

Yesterday I had the privilege of attending “Block Captain’s Training” /Neighborhood Watch Training at City Hall East.

The facilitator is Director Juanita Mention-Smith. The training is a joint effort between Councilwoman Cleta Winslow and the Community Service Unit of the Atlanta Police Department. While I will not bore you with the many raw details and discussions various community neighbors and leaders had- it was very clear that many of our city neighborhoods are in need of healing. I think this is known and the efforts of the Police Department and Councilwoman to bring us together and provide a foundation for us to begin is commendable.

Firstly, it was good to see the many ethnicities and a wide age group of people who showed up on a Saturday morning with the agenda of “taking back” their neighborhood and putting a stop to violent crimes and the drugs. Some of the name tags I saw were of people from; Summer hill, Mechanicsville, East Atlanta, Vine City, Mosley Park, and of course Historic West End represented- some known residents Vonda Henry and John Pavlin…

Secondly, the session was VERY informative.

And lastly, the session was conducted very well. We were provided with a light breakfast, and a nice lunch. The director made sure we stayed on time, while answering AS MANY questions asked…AND listening to MANY complainants about the APD, posing as a question. I applauded her patience; while I tried to refrain myself from screaming “We are not hear to listen to what your association is not doing….” As I said, it was a very interesting class. While I do understand, that all neighborhoods have somethings that all will not agree on…the session made me appreciate MY neighborhood and the association even more. I can’t speak for everyone here, but the way I see it, we pretty much are all striving for the same thing in one form or another. Safety, historical & architectural preservation, property value appreciation, community involvement, and caring neighbors.

The below information is partially taken from our Neighborhood Watch handbook and is provided to be informative for those interested in learning a little more about Neighborhood Watch.

What a Neighborhood Watch is…….

Just when I thought it was an opportunity for me to walk up and down the street bossing people around 🙂 We were given the correct meaning of what a neighborhood watch really is:

1)“A Program of mutual assistance among neighbors aimed at reducing crime in our communities at the grass roots level. A neighborhood is where people are alert to the potential of crime and are willing to lookout for one another’s interests in a neigborhood where crimes are least likely to occur.”

2)” An invitation to you to be a good neighbor. Good neighbors working together through Neighborhood Watch can prevent crimes in their area the most effective way-before it starts!”

3)“A Crime Prevention Program which enlists the active participation of citizens in cooperation with law enforcement to reduce crime in their communities.”

4)“Citizens being trained to recognize and report suspicious and criminal activties in their neighborhoods such as burglary, larceny, vandalism and littering.”

First thing first- Get to know your neighbors!!!!! And as our facilitator said, don’t mind being considered that nosy neighbor- you will be thanked later!

Tip:

Do not leave your porch light on during the day- invest in a timer to automatically turn it on. While you’re at work this is a sign that there is no one home-and probably no one coming home until after dark.