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Posted: May 19, 2010 12:01 a.m.

Newborn neighborhood watch announces June meetings

By Brittany Thomas /

The Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will erect six more signs within Newborn’s city limits. These signs are visual indicators that our community is very interested and involved in providing a safe and secure environment to live and raise our families.

The Neighborhood Watch Programs are designed to give citizens maximum exposure to the latest trends in personal and community safety through crime updates, multi-community networking and speakers on related topics. Meetings allow for an exchange of ideas on how to make communities safer and enhance the quality of life within each community. A large community meeting is scheduled for the later part of June. The topic will be on "Disaster Preparedness" with local trained professionals teaching safety measures for citizens.

The mayor and council in a coordinated effort with Sheriff Ezell Brown of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office have been very supportive and recognize that there is a cohesive body of concerned citizens within Newborn who are involved in addressing issues that concern the entire community. We appreciate their continued support in the efforts of the Newborn Neighborhood Watch program.

A special thank you to Deputy Doug Clifton of the Newton County Sheriff’s Office for his tireless efforts, support and professionalism. His positive attitude and guidance within the community and the program have made the vision a reality.

In the month of May, our Block Captains from the Newborn Neighborhood Watch Program will be visiting each home. These representatives will be handing each family literature about the program and gathering necessary information that will enable the program to work. Please give them your support as this is entirely possible by volunteering of their time. These representatives will have badges that will identify them as part of the Neighborhood Watch Organization. Thank you Ruth Sams and Doug Wit for volunteering your time as Block Captains.

The town of Newborn has been divided into four quadrants. Each quadrant will have a designated captain who will be notifying the citizens within the quadrant of upcoming meetings and events. To date there are three meetings scheduled in June (June 3, 8, 10). Your area will be assigned a date to meet at the Public Safety Building. The captains will keep you informed of that date so you can participate. You will be able to voice your concerns and ideas to the Newton County Sheriff. A large community meeting will be scheduled in June also. The time and date will be announced shortly. Our topic for June will be "Disaster Preparedness" presented by the NCSO and local trained professionals. With the tornado season being upon us, an update of ideas of ideas for safety would benefit all of our citizens. Our goal is to have the entire community involved. The success of any program depends on the support and participation of the citizens.

Our community is small, but we have "Heart" and anytime your commitment is for the whole community, everyone wins.

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