What started just a few months ago as a way to unite neighbors in a stand against crime has now garnered 1,517 members added to the closed group Facebook page.
According to page administrator Amanda Hillsdale, those added to the group are either residents within the city of Patterson, or work here within the community, and make regular postings to the page regarding lost dogs, criminal activity, as well as tips others offer to help stay safe in the community.
“We really want our group to be based off of our neighbors,” Hillsdale said.
The Neighborhood Watch Facebook page doesn’t focus all of their efforts on cyberspace alone now that the group meets once a month at different locations around the city. So far, the group has held meetings at Walnut Grove Elementary, the H.O.S.T. house, as well as within the City Hall council chambers to name a few.
Once gathered, neighbors have the opportunity to brainstorm ideas on how to make the community a better place as well as listen to a guest speaker who is sought out by the group.
Deputy Casey Hill was the featured speaker for the month of August’s Neighborhood Watch meeting held last Wednesday the 13 in City Hall. Hill was on hand for a group of about 20 people to give a presentation on gang awareness as well to answer any questions posed by members of the group.
“Not everyone is from Patterson, a lot of us are transplants, its important to know what’s going on,” Hillsdale said.
Patterson residents are being added to the Facebook page almost daily and the page has become a source of info that neighbors are beginning to regularly check when they hear sirens or helicopters in their areas.
Hillsdale and her group are taking their neighborhood uniting efforts even further by beginning to co-ordinate neighborhood clean ups.
“We want to start a project on cleaning up Garza Park,” Hillsdale said, adding that the park needs newer, updated playground equipment.
“We want to revive the story of Felipe and Donna, it’s a beautiful back story,” Hillsdale said, referring to the act of love demonstrated by the parks’ namesake, Felipe Garza, who literally gave his heart to the person he loved, Donna Ashlock.
Elias Funez can be reached at 209-892-6187 ext: 31 or email@example.com.