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Community block party, car show set for Sunday

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Community block party, car show set for Sunday

Bev Marlow, current president of the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau, was among those helping with last year's free shredding event. This year's free shredding is Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. at ...

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POSTED August 1, 2009 2:36 a.m.
A South Manteca resident last fall noticed something suspicious:  A teen and preteen kids hanging around in front of a neighbor’s home mid-morning on a school day.

Having never seen the youths before, she watched them for a few minutes and as they started moving toward the house, she dialed 9-1-1.

Minutes later, the Manteca Police had in custody the 17-year-old leader of a youth burglary ring who they believe was responsible for stealing several hundred thousands of dollars property in numerous break-ins.

That – in a nutshell – is exactly what Neighborhood Watch encourages residents to do: If they see something amiss to alert neighbors or the police.

You can sign up for a Neighborhood Watch program as well as get to know your neighbors and community better – a step law enforcement officials indicate is essential to keep crime in check – during Sunday’s community block party Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Library Park in downtown Manteca.

The switch from Tuesday to Sunday and earlier in the day is designed to generate more interest in bringing the community together to work against crime. There will still be over 50 Neighborhood Watch block parties on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

The Community Emergency Response Team will also stage a car show and cruise at Library Park on Sunday.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, is the same day the annual free shredding event takes place from 3 to 7 p.m. at Library Park. The free event is being staged through the efforts of the Manteca Police Department and the Manteca Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Manteca has arranged for Shred-It trucks to be on hand. The weekly Library Park farmers market will run concurrently from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

There also will be a trailer there to take E-waste — computer equipment and electronics that are illegal under state laws designed to protect the environment to toss in your Toters. Both services are free.

Manteca Police Public Affairs spokesman Rex Osborn noted there will be various activities at the community block party as well as various public safety displays plus volunteer opportunities for those who’d like to assist police and fire efforts. They have also arranged for numerous youth groups to have information booths as well.

The presence of youth groups has been encouraged to make sure kids as well as parents know there are alternatives to gangs.

The car show registration is $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. You have to be entered in the car slow to take part in the legal cruise.
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