St. Pete Neighborhood Groups to Benefit From Police Grants
Police Chief Chuck Harmon formally will award the checks Friday to the community organizations. They include grants to neighborhood crime watch groups and summer youth programs at rec centers.
From flag football uniforms for Shore Acres Rec Center to crime prevention window stickers for the Riviera Bay Civic Association, nearly $40,000 in neighborhood grants will be awarded Friday to St. Petersburg groups through the Forfeiture Fund Program.
- The Riviera Bay Civic Association, off 4th Street, in northeast St. Petersburg, will receive window stickers, front door peep holes and polo shirts for crime watch efforts.
- Shore Acres Rec Center will get money to buy uniforms for teens participating in flag football.
- The Florida Holocaust Museum, in downtown St. Petersburg, will get help buying art and school supplies for the "Speak Up! Speak Now!" youth program.
On Dec. 17, at noon, the St. Petersburg Police Department will hold its 16th annual ceremony to distribute checks to the 40 community groups. The groups all are involved in promoting neighborhood safety, crime prevention and drug abuse education. These initiatives include after-school programs to involve the city's teens in sports, the arts and technology. They range from funding 4H camp retreats to uniforms for the Mt. Zion color guard.
Among the recipients are such mainstream charitable groups as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Pinellas County, the YMCA and the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum.
The awards ceremony which will be held in the Police Department's Training Division, 1301 First Ave. North (across from the main police station).
Here is the complete list of grant recipients:
1.) Advantage Village Academy, $850, drug prevention.
2.) Bahama Shores Neighborhood Assoc., 459.82, crime watch.
3.) Bartlett Park Crime Watch, $600.
4.) Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Pinellas County, $600, middle school mentoring.
5.) Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast, $1,500, "Poetic Beginnings."
6.) Breakfast Optimist Club of St Petersburg, $110, drug abuse prevention.
7.) Brighton Preparatory School, $280, drug abuse education.
8.) Broadwater Civic Association, $785, neighborhood safety.
9.) City of St. Petersburg, Willis S. Johns, $500, sports league.
10.) City of St. Petersburg/Shore Acres Rec Center, $500, flag football uniforms.
11.) City of St. Petersburg, Campbell Park : $500, sports uniforms.
12.) City of St Petersburg Rec Department, Guess What? Teens Care! $2,000.
13.) City of St. Petersburg J.W. Cate Recreation, $500, teen sports.
14.) City of St. Petersburg, Roberts Rec Center, $500, teen sports.
15.) City of St. Petersburg, Gladden Park, $500, TASCO sports league uniforms.
16.) City of St. Petersburg Youth Council, $500.
17.) Council of Neighborhood Associations, CONA, $375, neighborhood safety.
18.) Delta Sigma Theta Soroity, $930, Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy.
19.) Disston Heights Civic Association, $500, neighborhood safety.
20.) Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, $1,000, "Senior Readers Passing the NonViolent Torch."
21.) Euclid/St Paul's Neighborhood Association Crime Watch, $385, safety.
22.) Family Resources Inc., $900, Street SAFE.
23.) Florida Holocaust Museum, $550, art and school supplies.
24.) Front Porch Youth 4-H, $525, gardening, art & camping.
25.) Gibbs Junior Gladiators, $600, youth football.
26.) Gulfcoast Academy of Performing Arts, a/k/a Soulful Arts Program, $2,000, after-school arts.
27.) Harbordale Neighborhood Association, $534, safety.
28.) Mt. Zion Human Services, $2,000, Line & Color Guard uniforms.
29.) Nite Rider's Van Club, $2,500, school supplies giveaway.
30.) North Kenwood Neighborhood Assoc., $500, National Night Out.
31.) Palmetto Park Crime Watch, $520, safety.
32.) Pasadena Bear Creek Neighborhood Association, $600, safety.
33.) Police Athletic League of St. Petersburg, $2,000, summer program.
34.) Riviera Bay Civic Association, $400, safety.
35.) Split Second Track & Field Club, $500, equipment.
36.) SPPD Crime Prevention, $2,352, crime watch signs.
37.) St. Petersburg Police Explorer, $4,800, Explorer Post #980.
38.) St. Petersburg Police, Chief's Programs on Crime Prevention, $3,000.
39.) Theta Eta Lambda, $1,919.17, drug abuse education.
40.) YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg, $1,000.
Total Granted: $39,986.12