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Sheriff’s Office Uses Neighborhood Apps to Help Fight Crime

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While many San Antonians celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 2, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has added another tool to fight local crime. It has joined the Neighbors app to provide the community with real-time, local crime and safety information.

The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.

Bexar County residents can download the free Neighbors app to their smartphone (via iOS or Android here: https://download.ring.com/bexar) in order to join their digital neighborhood and use the app to: monitor neighborhood activity; share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.

“The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office is embracing the innovative technology of the Neighbors App,” said Bexar County Sheriff, Javier Salazar. “We are affiliating with the Neighbors by Ring program in our efforts to further strengthen our community and bring another tool to fight crime. I hope the public will join us in making our communities a more connected, safe, and more resilient place.”

How It Works:

  • Download the Neighbors app (via iOS/Android here: https://download.ring.com/bexar)
  • Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
  • Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
  • Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
  • View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
  • Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.
  • Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.

Last year, the Sheriff’s Office also announced it partnered with the other popular neighborhood app, Nextdoor.

SAPD community SAFFE officer Scott Boehm told Texas Public Radio last year that Nextdoor “was instrumental in helping SAPD capture burglars a couple years ago in Fossil Springs on the city’s northwest side.”

He said in the story, “after posting a warning about the break-ins, a Nextdoor user sent them the description of a suspicious car with a license plate number.”

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Fine Free Program

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San Antonio Public Library Pilots Fine Free Program

Items classified “juvenile” or “young adult” qualify for fine free checkouts

SAN ANTONIO (June 13, 2019) – In an effort to make Library materials more accessible to children and teens, the San Antonio Public Library, will not be charging overdue fines for books and materials classified as “juvenile or “young adult” during a pilot program.  The pilot program, which launched softly on June 3, will extend through spring 2020 at which time it will be evaluated based on community feedback. 

The Library’s FAQ explains more details about the program (guides.mysapl.org/Fine-FreePilotProgram): 

  • The program applies to items classified as “juvenile” or “young adult” returned on or after June 3, 2019.
  • “Juvenile” or “young adult” items returned on or after June 3, 2019 will not be assessed fines regardless of when they were checked out.
  • Lost or damaged items will still be assessed fees.

“The San Antonio Public Library is piloting a program to alleviate the burden families face when it comes to Library fines,” says Ramiro S. Salazar, Library Director. “The Library’s top priority is to mitigate unintended barriers to access and make our services and materials more available to everyone. We recognize that fines can serve as a barrier preventing some families – especially those who do not have disposable income to pay the fines – from returning to the Library because of fines that accrue. We believe that Library fines on juvenile and teen materials disproportionately affect people living in poverty.”

The Library selected the summer months to launch the program, a time when more children and teens are using the Library during the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and Summer Reading Program. Maintaining reading levels throughout the summer is crucial for children and teens as they prepare for the next school year. 

View the Library’s juvenile and young adult collection of books, DVDs, and more by visiting mysapl.org.

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2019 Cavalcade of the Stars

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SAN ANTONIO – The Carver Development Board announces its annual fundraiser, the 2019 Cavalcade of the Stars on Saturday, October 26 at the Henry B. González Convention Center, Bridge Hall.  The annual fundraiser benefits the Carver’s School for Visual & Performing Arts’ Artist Residency/Master Class Program, summer camps, Youth Matinee Series and supports the education programs of the Carver Community Cultural Center.   

The Cavalcade of the Stars begins with a reception and a silent auction at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The concert benefitting the Carver’s education programs begins at 8:30 p.m. featuring R&B artist, Johnny Gill.  

With an unmistakable, unique trademark style, Johnny Gill has altered the sound of R&B music for over three decades with a signature sound that pairs superior singing with extraordinary showmanship, bringing the world classics such as “My, My, My,” “Rub You The Right Way,” “Where Do We Go From Here,” “Perfect Combination,” “Boys To Men,” “Can You Stand The Rain,” “My Body,” and the timeless wedding song, “You For Me” from Tyler Perry’s hit movie Madea’s Family Reunion. With a seemingly endless list of hits, ranging from his time in New Edition to the all-star trios L.S.G. (the late Gerald Levert and Keith Sweat) and Heads of State (Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant), it’s easy to see why Johnny Gill serves as the prototype for the supreme R&B singer. 

Table sponsorship, individual gala and concert tickets are available. For more information, visit thecarver.org or call (210) 210-396-7471.

The Carver Development Board is a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to undertake fundraising activities and to provide financial, programming and advisory support to the Carver Community Cultural Center.

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JUNETEENTH FREEDOM DAY PROJECT

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ST. PHILIP’S COLLEGE INVITES ALL TO JOIN IN ITS FAMILY-FRIENDLY 2019 JUNETEENTH FREEDOM DAY PROJECT

SAN ANTONIO (May 22, 2019)–––As the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth Freedom Day is considered a special event project on the timeline of a college that was originated in 1898 for the daughters of former U.S. slaves.

All are welcome to join St. Philip’s College students as participants in the college’s 2019 Juneteenth Freedom Day project. The highlight of the SPC project involves marching with the college’s students in the local parade that celebrates the event—the Juneteenth Freedom Parade—June 15 at 10 a.m., beginning Sam Houston High School at 4635 E. Houston St., and ending at Comanche Park #2 at 2600 Rigsby Ave.

For details on the project, email jmartin139@alamo.edu or rguerrero@alamo.edu.

Juneteenth Freedom Day is a widely recognized celebration of the moment 154 years ago (June 19, 1865) when more than 200,000 enslaved persons in Texas found out that they were both free and independent from being considered as someone else’s property. One-hundred-fifty-three years is slightly more than half of San Antonio’s 301-year existence as a city, meaning Juneteenth—and slavery—and freedom—has more than a few deep roots in one of the nation’s largest states. 

The march is the signature element of the college’s engagement with the local organizers of the Juneteenth Parade. It began getting into early gear for the last two years when the parade organizers ran into a few issues scheduling the parade close to the actual date of Juneteenth.

When the nation’s first Juneteenth parade of the 2018 season took place June 2 in San Antonio, rather than the projected June 16 date, the college had two weeks to organize its 2018 participation early and appropriately. 

As in year’s past, the college’s 2019 Juneteenth project will be confirmed in coming weeks with at least a single day of family friendly activity and engagement, and the parade is once again announced to be aligned with the actual week that Juneteenth is observed nationwide.

Celebrations public and private began once the final reading of the proclamation on the ending of slavery in the United States occurred in Galveston have enjoyed continuity in North America, for freedom from living as property in legal and commercialized concentration camp-like conditions in a country where freedom is foremost is worth celebrating. Descendants of the enslaved in other parts of the Western Hemisphere where slavery thrived or was frowned upon commemorate similar human events with exhibitions or Juneteenth-like events for the intellect—and for human unity in avoiding such atrocities of the past.

A co-organizer of the 2018 project, Paul Lede is the college’s coordinator of student success.

“We all wore our college anniversary shirts and were waving out the window and honking the horn in our van when the students inside the van decided to get their Juneteenth Freedom Day message closer to the people. Most people in the parade were in cars, and once we got halfway there in vans our students decorated by hand, the students said, ‘We want to walk,’ explained Lede. “After they got out of the vans, our students gave kids beads as they walked in front of the Sam Houston High School Band, and our contingent included Collegiate 100 chapter, honor society and student government members. The students were creative. They took time to decorate our van with beads, ribbons and banners in our college blue and white colors, so people knew it was us,” said Lede.

The college will welcome all to join its contingent in the 2019 Juneteenth Freedom Parade lineup June 15. For full details on the college’s observance to include partnering in or scaling up college participation, service and excellence, contact college Juneteenth Freedom Day program co-chairs John Martin(director of student conduct and Title IX programs) at jmartin139@alamo.edu and Ruben Guerrero (senior multimedia specialist) at rguerrero@alamo.edu.

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