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Wedgwood East Neighborhood Association General Meeting 

May 12, 2022

Began: 6:30 PM


Members in attendance: 20
Non-Members in attendance: 17
Board members present: Amanda Pittman, Mark Greene, Darren Kiefer, Danielle Vieck, Betty Spitzberg


Past Events- 


Easter Egg Hunt: The Easter egg hunt on April 16th, 2022 at Little People Park was a success with over 1300 stuffed eggs and around 60 children participating. Photos from this event can be found here - https://rb.gy/s4dssg

Bingo Night: The first bingo night had a great turnout and future bingo nights will be planned for the last Thursday of each month at the Southwest Community Center. We will alternate between adults only and family bingo. Price will be $3/ person for WENA members and $5/ person for non-members.


Upcoming Events-


Ribbon cutting: A ribbon cutting ceremony will happen on Saturday, May 14th at 2:00 PM at the Wedgwood Library, sponsored by Wedgwood Garden Club and the Wedgwood Historical Association.


Garden Tour: Wedgwood Garden Club will be holding a self guided Garden Tour on Sunday, May 15th from 2:00 to 5:00 starting at 3525 Wosley Dr.


Ukulele Players: Ukulele players will be meeting up to jam together on Saturday, May 14th at 11:00 AM at the Southwest Community Center. This event will be held the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month until further notice. Contact Jim (817) 832-6270 for further questions.

Bingo Night: The next bingo night will be Thursday, May 26th at 6:30 PM. 

Sidewalk Sale: The Southwest Community Center will be having a sidewalk sale On Saturday, May 28th beginning at 8:00 AM.

Vega Place: Friends of Vega place will be distributing food donations from Tarrant Area Food Bank to the residents at Vega Place on Wednesday, June 8th from 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM. This event is ongoing, occurring the second Wednesday of every month.


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Speakers:

Commander Roy Hudson-

Commander Hudson spoke about the Fort Worth Police Department’s violent crime initiative. He explained that the FWPD is currently understaffed but has 5 new recruits starting soon. There is currently no solution to the crime in the area without having more officers on patrol. Commander Hudson stated that much of the recent crime was not targeted crime but happened out of convenience with the perpetrators being people from other areas who happened to be passing through. He recommended contacting code compliance, TABC, and the Fire Department when you see parties happening in strip malls. Additional pressure can be put on the owner of the strip mall and our City Council member. When a resident questioned long wait times upon calling 911, Commander Hudson explained that there was a shortage of dispatchers and the city has made adjustments to the staff and now all of the calls that were formerly filtered to the Police department will be routed to the Fire department as well.

Detective Erik Lavigne-


Detective Lavigne spoke about property crimes and catalytic converter theft. He works in the Real Time Crime Center of the FWPD and mentioned the option of adding cameras to public areas of our neighborhood. These cameras have facial recognition software and license plate detection that wait for hits to detect criminals. Each camera runs about $2500 and we can inquire about this option with NPO Lopez. Detective Lavigne also mentioned a non-profit organization, Act For Justice, which helps to shut down businesses that promote criminal activity. When discussing the issue of catalytic converter theft in our area, he explained that there isn't much that can be done to prevent this problem aside from parking in the garage if you are able to. There are some caps that can be used for certain models of Toyota vehicles but they are not a foolproof solution. The next best option to parking in your garage would be to set up a driveway camera. Detective Lavigne noted that the department is setting up buy busts to catch the people purchasing stolen catalytic converters, but the establishments they are catching are not reputable businesses.


Billy Rudd-

Billy Rudd is a Crime Prevention Specialist with the FWPD. He noted that Wedgwood East used to have the most active Crime Watch program and recommended that we restart the program. He promoted the idea, “If you see something, say something.” as a good means of preventing crime. Mr. Rudd mentioned that the Citizens on Patrol are especially helpful in the evenings and can keep a watchful eye on the neighborhood from their cars and report any crimes that they may witness. Some helpful ways he suggested to keep your home safe are by keeping your porch lights on when it is dark, having home security cameras, adding those cameras to the Community Camera Program, and reporting any street lights you see out to the My Fort Worth app. Mr. Rudd also mentioned that if you see illegal activity, please report it to the police first before posting about it on social media.


Helpful Contact Information-


NPO Shernai Lopez: (817) 991-8480


Billy Rudd, Crime Prevention Specialist: (817) 392-3405   Cell: (817) 994-6924

Tracy Edwards, Fort Worth Community Engagement Liaison   Tracey.Edwards@fortworthtexas.gov

FWPD: (817) 392-4222     Emergency: 9-1-1

Meeting Ended: 7:55

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