Disclaimer: The comments in this blog are my personal opinion and may or may not reflect an adopted position of the city of Glendale and its city council.


This Saturday, October 22, 2022, the City of Glendale will hold its annual Getting Arizona Involved in Neighborhoods (GAIN) event at Heroes Park (at the intersection of 83rd Avenue and Bethany Home Road) from 10 AM to 1 PM.

We encourage neighborhoods to create their own neighborhood watch program. Why bother? Let’s begin with a basic question. How well do you know your immediate neighbors? We tend to be isolated from one another, especially in our own neighborhood. Do you have a relationship with your neighbor immediately to your right? left? across the street? Sadly, the answer is probably no. If you or your children were in trouble, could you count on your neighbor to help? GAIN is a doorway to getting to know your neighbors.

Some of your neighbors are home all day. If they saw a person trying to get into your car or house would they know enough about you to realize that someone may be trying to rob you? GAIN encourages people to report suspicious activity and helps your neighbors to learn that the person trying to get access to your home or car should be reported.

Now I will admit I liked the old GAIN format a lot better than the current one. Ten, fifteen years ago instead of an event at a centralized location, neighborhoods were encouraged to hold block parties on one night in October. Councilmembers, police and fire personnel would try to visit as many of these neighborhoods as possible. I, typically, had a dozen or more block parties to visit on that special night. While I may not have visited all, I went to as many as I could. They were wonderful! Neighbors got to meet neighbors and I got to meet many people living in great neighborhoods. It gave me the additional opportunity to learn what concerns and issues these neighborhoods had.

Again, I encourage you to attend the GAIN event this Saturday. There will be: Police K9 & Drone Demos | Emergency Response Vehicles | Raffle Prizes & Giveways | Safety Displays/Info Booths | Meet City & Community Leaders | Military & Public Safety Recruiting | Teamup to Clean up | Children’s Activities | Music by 96.3FM Real Country | Children’s fingerprinting.

I encourage you to attend to learn how to set up a Neighborhood Watch. With crime on the rise a Neighborhood Watch seems like a good investment of your time and talents.

Every week I send out a weekly Enews letter to subscribers. If you have never bothered to look at it, you’re missing out. It’s chock full of information. My Council Assistant, Shannon Beck, has made it even easier to sign up for my weekly Enewsletter by creating a QR code to subscribe. Here it is:

Just use your phone to click on this code and it will take you right to the Subscribe form. Fill out the form, submit it and you’re good to go.

On the subject of QR codes, here’s another one for you. Don’t miss a single post of joyceclarkunfilted.com . Click on this QR code to read the latest blog:

We didn’t stop there. We now have monthly calendars in the newsletter. Simply click on a date and it will bring up any events that are occurring on that day. Want to know which streets in the Yucca district are scheduled for pavement management? We’ve got that. Want to know what’s happening in downtown Glendale? We’ve got that. Want to know what happened at the last city council meeting? We’ve got that.

Why am I sharing this information with you? I want you to be informed about what’s happening in Glendale. Even more importantly, these events and venues give you the opportunity to share what concerns you the most. I want you to be involved in your community. I want you to attend events specifically designed for your and your family. I want to hear from you. Together, we can make Glendale an even better community for all.

© Joyce Clark, 2022      


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