Club News for July 4, 2013

Editor’s note: The “Club News” column is running Thursday in the absence of “Pam’s Party Line.” The column will return Sunday.

Brave Heart previews ’13 Christmas project

Brave Heart — Children in Need discussed this year’s Christmas project at its monthly board meeting on June 11 at the Department of Children and Family Services office. It will include fundraisers, collection of specific toys and Christmas gift wrapping from July to Christmas. The website will have information.

It was announced that the Brave Heart scholarship recipient is in her last summer of school and will be graduating this fall. Brave Heart assists children who have been removed from their home due to abuse or neglect.

Crime prevention districts discussed

The Federation of Greater Baton Rouge Civic Associations held a panel presentation on crime prevention districts as established by state law on June 13. The federation represents area homeowners associations.

Panel members were Charles Steel of the Wedgewood Security District, Ed Campanella, president of the Shenandoah Estates Crime and Improvement District, and Sammie Grimes, president of the Hermitage Cross Creek Crime Prevention and Development District.

Steel said hurdles to establishing a district include assessing public opinion. There are 475 homes in Wedgewood and a mandatory fee is collected with their taxes. It is a complicated process and requires an act of the Legislature to create the district. Campanella said political representatives have to be on board in order to introduce legislation and he said the best way to sell this to the neighborhood is that it is all about keeping up property values. Grimes’ district was originally part of the South Burbank Crime District. They separated and formed their own Hermitage Cross Creek District.

Panelists answered questions from federation members.

Membership Chairman Gary Patureau hosted a small reception to welcome back some former members.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the BREC Independence Park Tennis Center, 7505 Independence Blvd. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 8.

Sunrise Rotary gives eight service awards

The Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge has recognized eight area law enforcement and emergency response professionals as recipients of its 18th annual Public Service Awards: Cpl. Rhea Davis, City Constable’s Office; paramedic George Steffensen, Emergency Medical Services; Lt. Cullen Sellers, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; fire investigator Dennis Jenkins, Baton Rouge Fire Department; Cpl. Thomas Ricken, Baton Rouge Police Department; Trooper First Class Jake Patin, Louisiana State Police; Deputy Patrick Roberts, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office; and Officer Jeffery Tircuit, Louisiana State Parole Office.

Compiled by George Morris

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