Richstone Walkathon Team HBNW - Kelly Kovac-Reedy, Block
Captain Janine Bozeman and Resident Margo Hershey.
We really did have a fun time walking in the Richstone
Walkathon with hundreds of other supporters. We hope that
many more will join us next year!
Kelly and Janine at 7:30a.m. at the beginning of walk.
Photo dark due to shade.
Photo by Kris Kovac
Kelly and Margo at end of walk. Photo by Janine Bozeman
Swine flu puts South Bay health workers on alert
Tracy and I would like to acknowledge the writers of this
article at the Daily Breeze for mentioning the efforts by
HBNW to stay on top of this health concern by using the
newest social media, Twitter.
"The Hermosa Beach Neighborhood Watch even kept residents
abreast of the flu outbreak through Twitter updates and sent
e-mail blasts with tips about prevention and symptoms".
THERE IS POWER IN NEIGHBORS
HB Neighborhood Watch ~ a crime awareness and disaster
preparedness neighborhood program.
To view all Active Blocks in HBNW,
If you have not had an INTRODUCTION Block Meeting, your
block is not considered an active block in HBNW. You may
have volunteered to be your block's captain and receive the
HBNW E-Mails. However, we do not know if you are connected
to your residents until you have had this meeting. Please
e-mail us today if you have not had it.
PLEASE let us know if you have extra Block Meeting PACKETS
that we can pick up from you after you have passed them out
to the residents that did not show at your Introduction
Upcoming Introduction Block Meetings
24th Street/Hillcrest Drive Cul-de-Sac
Linda Verbrugge & Ann Marie Griffin
1400 - 1500 block of Bonnie Brae Street
800 - 900 Block of Monterey Blvd.
1000 block of 16th Street
1100-1200 block of 21st Street
Nancy Fulton Rogers
100 block of 34th Street
1900 block of Ardmore and Ava Avenue
1100 block of Palm Drive
KEEP THIS IN PERSPECTIVE.
LIKE ALL OTHER PREPAREDNESS, DO WHAT MAKES YOU AND YOUR
FAMILY FEEL COMFORTABLE.
EDUCATION AND RESPECTABLE SOURCES FOR INFORMATION ARE
It's Spring again in Hermosa Beach, (although we just got a
short blast of Summer with temperatures going over 90
degrees here at the beach), we are now getting ready for our
busiest season. We expect more visitors to Hermosa Beach
this year as the economy, violence in Mexico and just this
week, concern over a flu outbreak, may have many Americans
vacationing closer to home. Of course, our beautiful beach
and safe environment prove inviting to all, although it does
bring us one problem; traffic and congestion. If possible,
remember to walk to the beach and businesses to help reduce
the higher volume.
recent report showed that Hermosa Beach's crime rate dropped
over the past year. We are thankful for this. This
reduction is a combined effort by the more informed and
active residents and your police department's officers and
staff commitments to make the community as safe as
possible. Although we are not immune, (and we did see some
serious crimes in Hermosa Beach), for the most part our
community remains very safe. Opportunistic theft is our
most prevalent crime. To help prevent this, please be sure
to lock your car and home doors at night, do not leave your
garages open all day and be sure to watch out for each other
and report suspicious activity and persons in your
neighborhood promptly. Don't leave valuables, like lap tops
and GPS devices in plain view in your car. Another
recommendation is to vary your routine. Although it is odd
to think someone may be watching us, some criminals do just
that. Avoid being predictable, take different routes when
walking or bicycling, dine in different restaurants and park
in different spaces. Often times we tend to claim the spot
in front of our home and our neighbors respect this, so when
your car is gone, we can assume you're not home. If we can
do this, so can the criminals, so be different on occasion
just as a small added level of protection.
Another way to help keep Hermosa Beach safe is to become a
"Volunteer in Policing". This VIP's have been active in our
community and have discovered and reported many crimes, some
in progress. They are responsible for police capturing
someone breaking into cars in our parking garage and most
recently observed a very intoxicated person entering a car.
They called the police and this drunk driver was off the
road. They also have assisted with traffic and crowd
control for events such as the St. Patrick's Day parade and
during the Chamber of Commerce 'Fiesta Hermosa" events each
year. (By the way; Memorial Day is early this year, May 25th,
so our first Fiesta is just around the corner). We have 10
VIP's right now and will be adding more. I will look to
these volunteers to help our officers in conducting
"vacation home checks" for those who report to the police
when they leave on vacation. To be a VIP, you just need to
be over 18, have an interesting in serving your community
and pass a background investigation.
Lastly, and as a reminder, please prepare your home and
family for unexpected emergencies, earthquakes or other
weather related problems or health scares, by having
survival kits ready in your homes and vehicles. You can
find help in preparing these kits on the Hermosa Beach
Neighborhood Watch web site at
Please feel free to send me your comments or questions by
using the my e-mail address at
Chief of Police
Everyone plays a role in creating and maintaining a safe
- Don't assume that your neighbors have already reported the
crime or that the police already know. Report criminal or
suspicious activity each and every time it occurs.
DIRECT HB Dispatch Number
Reasons for calling the non-emergency number include, but
are not limited to the following:
You want to report a nuisance, such as a noise or
To report a non-emergency crime, one that did not just
occur, and the
suspect(s) are not in the immediate area.
You have questions about something suspicious occurring
neighborhood, and you are not sure it is criminal
Solicitor just came to your door or are in the
Be alert and observant wherever you are and learn to
recognize signs of criminal behavior. Report all crime to
the HBPD even if it is only an attempt. Crime cannot be
controlled or prevented if it is not reported. By reporting
crimes and suspicious activities you can protect yourself
If you are in another city in the South Bay, these are their
direct dial phone numbers to their PD/FD dispatch.
El Segundo Dispatch 310-524-2760
Manhattan Beach Dispatch 310-545-4566
Verdes Dispatch 310-378-5211
Beach Dispatch 310- 379-5411
If you are in a city that you do not know or are on the
freeways, call 9-1-1 and your call will be routed to
the appropriate call center.