Greetings from the Friends of 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. , 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 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 or via email at .
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!
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.