Community officer assigned to Harbordale
By LORRIE LYKINS
Published September 10, 2006
ST. PETERSBURG - When the Harbordale Neighborhood Association meets this week, residents will get their first official introduction to the neighborhood's new community policing officer, Nissa Tammany.
Tammany, who has been with the St. Petersburg Police Department since 2001, has been visiting with neighborhood leaders to familiarize herself with residents' concerns.
Theresa McEachern, president of the Harbordale Neighborhood Association, said she views Tammany's arrival as the start of a positive new phase.
"We've had some ups and downs and trouble with burglaries lately. But a few years ago, I couldn't have gotten developers or investors into the neighborhood if I'd thrown a rope around their necks and dragged them in. Now it's a different story."
The neighborhood went through a tough period, she said, when numerous lots were vacant or blighted.
But, she said, 40 new homes have been built in the past two years, and young people are moving in and renovating older properties, infusing the neighborhood with energy and enthusiasm for preservation.
"The downtown renaissance is moving southward, and that's a really good thing," McEachern said.
The Harbordale Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Harbordale YMCA, 2421 Fourth St. S.
The neighborhood includes 600 homes and is bounded by 22nd Avenue S to 30th Avenue S and Fourth Street to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S.
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The Childs Park Neighborhood Association will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Childs Park Recreation Center, 4301 13th Ave. S., to talk about the neighborhood traffic plan and introduce a new community policing officer. A Crime Watch meeting will be at 7 p.m.
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The Palmetto Park Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Word of Faith Church, 558 28th St. S. All Palmetto Park residents are welcome to attend and are reminded that plots in the neighborhood's community garden are still available.
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The Disston Heights Neighborhood Association will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N., Guest speakers include Tim Condron of Gulf & Southern, who will speak on reverse mortgages. Judy Ellis will talk about living wills, durable power of attorney and health care surrogate designations. Upcoming events include the Oct. 14 Day in the Park and a Halloween party on Oct. 28. Both events will be held at Gladden Park.
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The Harris Park Neighborhood Association will hold a candidates forum at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at the Vietnamese Alliance Church, 44th Avenue N at 21st Street.
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The Council of Neighborhood Associations CONA meets the third Wednesday of every month at the Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Sept. 20.
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The Lakewood Estates Civic Association has a new meeting date and location: 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Lakewood United Church of Christ, 2601 54th Ave. S.
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