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Gospel musicians to perform for Heritage Family Weekend at Douglass Park

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

This year’s Heritage Family Weekend will feature three gospel groups  from St. Louis, a DJ and games in the park on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15 in Douglass Park.

Bill Thompson, recreation specialist with Columbia Parks and Recreation, said the annual event has been held in the park at the corner of Rogers Street and Providence Road for more than 20 years.

“It kicks off the summer activities for Douglass Park,” Thompson said. “It’s like the opening of Douglass Park for the season.”

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North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association elects new officers

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

When nominations opened for the North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association‘s next president, board member Sid Sullivan didn’t miss a beat. “I nominate Pat Fowler,” he said, which was immediately seconded by two other board members who spoke in unison.

Fowler, the only nominee for the position, was elected president at the association’s Tuesday, May 10, meeting. The other two officers elected were Sarah K. Taylor for vice president and Mat Harrison for secretary and treasurer. They also ran unopposed.

No new board members were added to the 12-person board elected on Saturday, May 7. As many as 15 people can serve on the board. The group of 13 people present at the Tuesday, May 10, meeting included board members, former Treasurer Donna Kessell, former President John Clark and property owner Mark Stevenson. Former Acting President Tracy Greever-Rice, who led the association for the past two months after Clark was removed, did not attend. Continue reading

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North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association elects board members

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

The North Central Columbia Neighborhood Association elected 12 of a possible 15 board members at their annual meeting Saturday afternoon. The meeting also included a Q&A discussion with First Ward Councilman Fred Schmidt.

Of the previous 15 board members, 11 ran for reelection, one was present but did not run and three did not attend. The only new board member was Zach Rubin, who also became an association member at the meeting.

Acting president Tracy Greever-Rice was among the three absent board members, whom the group decided to contact to see if they were still interested in running for this year’s board. Board members can be added at any time until the board reaches 15 members.

The board’s officers, including the president and other positions, will be elected at the monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 10, in the Cougar Room of Columbia College’s Dulany Hall, 600 N. Eighth St.

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Jefferson Junior to fundraise at golf scramble

SCHOOLS: JEFF JUNIOR HIGH

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

In honor of the centennial of the Jefferson Junior High School building, the school is trying to raise 100 $100 sponsorships for its golf scramble fundraiser on Saturday, May 14.

Assistant Principal Thaddues Hamilton said the event, which is open to the public, has about 55 to 60 $100 sponsorships so far. He said the fundraiser’s proceeds will go to the school’s booster club to help replace scoreboards and backboards in the gym and upgrade weight room equipment.

“It’s to help raise money for the kids at Jeff Junior and to help provide them with the best facilities that we can,” Hamilton said. “That’s the true benefit of that afternoon of golf.”

Hamilton said anyone is welcome to participate in the golf scramble, which will include lunch, a raffle and a silent auction. Attendees should sign up by Wednesday, May 11.

WHAT: Eighth Annual Cyclone Golf Scramble
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, lunch at 12:30 p.m., golf at 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: A.L. Gustin Golf Course, 18 Stadium Blvd.
COST: $65 per player, $260 for four players
HOW TO SIGN UP: Fill out a payment form and turn it in to Assistant Principal Thaddues Hamilton at Jefferson Junior, 713 Rogers St., by Wednesday, May 11.
HOW TO DONATE OR SPONSOR: Fill out a form and send it to Assistant Principal Thaddues Hamilton at Jefferson Junior, 713 Rogers St.

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Volunteers pump gas, clean windshields for Youth Empowerment Zone

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

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For Bobby Harrison, coming to pump gas at Break Time isn’t a chore, but a way to give back to the organization that helped him get a job.

The Hickman High School junior is in his third week working at Kentucky Fried Chicken after the Youth Empowerment Zone helped him with his resume and interview preparation during his job search. Harrison, who plans to go to college and become an auto mechanic, has also become a youth consultant at the Youth Empowerment Zone, recruiting other people his age to come to the organization for job skill assistance.

“If they ask me to do something, I help them, because they helped me, so why not help them back?” Harrison said.

Youth Empowerment Zone volunteers, including notable Columbia residents such as the mayor, pumped gas and cleaned windshields at the Break Time gas station at 110 E. Nifong Blvd. near Providence Road for the “Driving Youth to Success on the Nonviolent Street” fundraiser on the morning of Friday, April 29. For the organization’s annual fundraiser, MFA Oil will donate 10 cents per gallon sold at two gas stations all day on Friday, April 29. The other Break Time is at 2101 W. Ash St. Continue reading

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First Worley Street Park Neighborhood Association meeting addresses concerns, dreams for the future

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By MARGAUX HENQUINET

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

A lively group of 20 to 25 people gathered Thursday night, April 28, in the basement of Calvary Baptist Church for the first meeting of the Worley Street Park Neighborhood Association.

After the meeting started at 6 p.m., the neighbors all introduced themselves, most giving their addresses and how long they had lived there and adding their feelings about the neighborhood. Some had been there for decades, some only for a few years.  Nine Columbia Police Department officers attended the meeting as well, many who are assigned to “Beat 20,” which includes the neighborhood.

A common theme ran throughout the introductions: Many residents said enthusiastically that they love the neighborhood, but several said there are things that could be better, too. Continue reading

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Youth Empowerment Zone will fundraise at Break Time gas stations

DOUGLASS-NORTH CENTRAL

By CATHERINE NEWHOUSE

neighborhoods@ColumbiaMissourian.com

As Lorenzo Lawson looked at the violent crimes local youth were committing, he saw a common theme: many of the offenses like robbery were economically motivated.

Lawson, founding director of the Youth Empowerment Zone, works to help youth find jobs and steer them away from crime when they’re at the “proverbial fork in the road” of their lives.

“They don’t want to go down the wrong path, but there’s nothing in place to help them go down the right path,” Lawson said. “So the Youth Empowerment Zone is that vehicle. Bottom line is (youth are) going to have to drive (themselves), but we’re the vehicle.”

The Youth Empowerment Zone’s upcoming annual fundraiser, “Driving Youth to Success on the Nonviolent Street,” is based on that metaphor. It used to be just “Driving Youth to Success,” but Lawson said he wanted to emphasize nonviolence after he noticed increasing violence among youth in Columbia this year.

The fundraiser on Friday, April 29, will raise money for the Youth Empowerment Zone, an organization that mentors youth as they develop job skills. Continue reading

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