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Columbia Council of Neighborhoods hears about

The Columbia Star of Columbia, South Carolina

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The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods met Thursday, October 22. Michael King, the assistant city manager for Public Safely, spoke on, a website that provides residents with updates on crimes that occur in Columbia. According to King there are two channels for residents to follow on, the Public Safety channel and Community Track. Residents can also get alerts sent to them in two ways, email and text message, although King advises to check with your cell carrier before agreeing to the text messages.

Columbia Police Department has teamed up with Richland School District One to promote a program called L.E.A.D.S. (Literacy Excellence Achieves Desired Success). The Police Department will place barrels throughout the city to collect new or gently used books. The books that are collected will be given to kids in District One to promote the importance of reading. To learn more about this program visit

Bessie Watson announced that on Saturday November 21, the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods will sponsor a training workshop called Community Involvement: A workshop for people who care about their community. The workshop will be held at the Eau Claire Print Building on 3907 Ensor Avenue from 10 am to noon. Admission is free.

Watson also said the Columbia Council of Neighborhoods' annual holiday social will be Thursday December 17 6 pm at 2111 Simpkins Lane, the Cecil Tillis Building.

The Columbia Council of Neighborhoods will not be holding a meeting in November or December.

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Original Publication Date: October 30, 2009

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