Officials promote United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps

Officials from the local chapter of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps promoted the group at last week’s meeting of the Take Back Your Neighborhood civic association.

The USNSCC’s San Antonio Division is located at the Naval Support Activity base at Oxford and Robbins avenues in Lawndale. It is named in honor of the San Antonio, a ship that has served as the base for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts and anti-piracy forces off Somalia.

The group was chartered by Congress in 1958 to provide American youths with a drug- and alcohol-free environment for hands-on training in various specialties, with the goals of helping them mature and improving their leadership abilities.

Girls and boys age 11–17 are invited to join. They meet the second weekend of the month from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

The youths take part in drills, trips, parades and special events. They will travel to Norfolk, Va. from May 1–5, boarding ships and taking part in sailor training.

Attending the meeting were Lt. Joan Larkin, the division’s commanding officer, and Jay Meisner, the executive officer.

Larkin said the division has “zero tolerance” for drugs, crime or hazing.

More information is available by calling 267–261–5679 or visiting sanantoniodiv.org

In other news from the April 15 meeting:

• Dianne Murphy, the community relations officer in the 2nd Police District, encouraged people to sign up for Operation I.D.

Participants can supply Murphy with their driver’s license number, and she will send them stickers to place on valuable property. If the property is stolen, it can be identified by the stickers that contain the owner’s driver’s license number. Murphy can be reached at 215–685–7276.

The officer also reminded residents about the following curfew hours: 13-and-under (8 p.m. during the school year, 9 p.m. in the summer); ages 14–15 (9 p.m. school year, 10 p.m. summer); and 16–17 (10 p.m. school year, 11 p.m. summer).

• Max Myers Playground, at 1601 Hellerman St., offers monthly flower-arranging classes. The next class is May 10, at 7 p.m. The cost is $5. Participants are asked to bring a mug and scissors. To reserve a spot, email pamspetals1@yahoo.com or call 215–685–1242.

• Max Myers offers Zumba fitness classes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

To register, email Jessica Chambliss at jessicachambliss1@gmail.com or call the playground at 215–685–1242.

• Take Back Your Neighborhood will meet again on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at Max Myers Playground. ••