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Civic Club holds “Safety Pop-Up” Event in East Oakwilde

Pictured L-R, Armando Cardona, Benito Garza, Sgt. Terry Garza, Gloria Gomez, Marina Flores Sugg, Shirley Ronquillo, Guadalupe Jimenez, Rene Ortiz, Joanna Ortiz, Francisca Hernandez.

The Green Forest Civic Club hosted its first “Safety Pop-Up” event in the East Oakwilde Subdivision on Saturday, August 6, 2022. The event was the idea of the Civic Club’s Special Events Committee chairperson and Board Director, Shirely Ronquillo.

The purpose behind these “Pop-Up” events is to “bring our resources to our residents’ doorsteps and create a safer community for all of our residents,” said Civic Club President, Ruben A. Salazar.

Among those in attendance was Sergeant Terry Garza who was invited to provide East Oakwilde residents with crime prevention and safety tips. Sergeant Garza also engaged in conversation with residents regarding several crime and nuisance issues East Oakwilde residents are facing.

This was the first of many “Pop-Up” events the civic club has in its plans. Shirely Ronquillo says that she wants to bring these events into each of the various subdivisions in East Aldine. “This is an opportunity to not only encourage residents to become more proactive when it comes to crime prevention, but also to try and improve resident involvement in the community overall,” Salazar said.

He also says that the civic club is already planning for its next “Pop-Up” event for sometime in October of this year.

Crime prevention and public safety are something that the civic club has been putting at the forefront of their agenda. Salazar also said that the civic club had been actively advocating for additional street lights as well as sidewalk installations inside the residential areas in East Aldine to combat crime and improve residents quality of life.

So far, they have been involved in bringing additional streetlights to the neighborhoods of Eastern and Central Oakwilde, Greenwood Village, Mary Frances, Mary Eleanor, High Meadows South, Eastex Freeway Forest, and Fairgreen. This was made possible by funding from the East Aldine Management District. “We are grateful for the Districts support and commitment to public safety, and especially grateful to District Executive Director, Richard Cantu, who has ensured that residents’ concerns and issues are addressed.”

Residents are encouraged to “Follow” and “Like” the Green Forest Civic Club on Facebook. For more information you may contact them by email at greenforestcc1983@gmail.com , or contact civic club President, Ruben A. Salazar, at (713) 569-8305. Their monthly meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the office of the East Aldine Management District located at 2909 East Aldine Amphitheater Dr., Houston TX 77039.