GUEST COLUMN:
Neighborhood Watch
By Bunny Blaha

       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) will kick off the Neighborhood Watch program at the membership meeting Thursday, May 10, at the Gold Hill Division Police Station, 955 W. Moreno Street. Neighbor-hood Watch is a community/police partnership to promote crime prevention and safety. Citizens are trained to recognize and report suspicious or unsafe activity to each other and the police.
       The OWN meeting starts at 7 p.m. At 8 p.m., an officer will give a presentation on the benefits, requirements and opportunities of Neighborhood Watch. For example, senior citizens may be eligible for certain home security features at no cost! Volunteers are needed for block captains and co-captains.
       You don't have to “join” OWN to participate; you are a member of OWN if you live on the Westside and receive the Westside Story newsletter. Come and find out how you can make a difference in your neighborhood.

       Blaha is an OWN volunteer. She can be reached at 471-8527.