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Councilmember Cindy Chavez Launches "Halloween Neighborhood Safety Center" Program in San Jose

Councilmember Cindy Chavez Launches "Halloween Neighborhood Safety Center" Program in San Jose

San Jose Councilmember Cindy Chavez Launches citywide Halloween Neighborhood Safety Center Program in San Jose.

(PRWEB) October 26, 2003

For Immediate Release

For more information contact: 

Lani Luthard  

Office of Councilmember Cindy Chavez


Lani. luthard@sanjoseca. gov 

Media inquiries:

Laura Lazzarini

Bohemian Works


Lauralazzarini@yahoo. com

SAN JOSE. — Oct. 24, 2003. San Jose Councilmember Cindy Chavez announced today the debut of a citywide Halloween pedestrian safety campaign beginning with a special event for volunteers next week who will help distribute over twenty-five thousand glow necklaces throughout San Jose.

On Tuesday, October 28, Halloween Safety Center volunteers will gather to prepare for the annual wave of young trick-or-treaters who will be roving neighborhood streets next Friday evening. Joining volunteers and Councilmember Chavez will be our “Chief Chat” hosts Deputy San José Police Chief Dave Delgado and Acting Fire Chief Dale Foster, who will be spearheading an interactive discussion about safety measures to keep our children safe.

The tradition of distributing Halloween glow necklaces started in 1998, and this year Chavez will also include trick-or-treating safety guidelines and pedestrian/driver awareness tips.

“As the mother of a three-year old, I know that Halloween is always a night of joy for kids, but parents and neighbors have to make sure it’s a safe evening too,” she said. “We are hoping the glow necklaces and safety tips we distribute through our neighborhood safety centers will illuminate the importance of driver and pedestrian safety to protect all our kids on Halloween.

The Halloween Neighborhood Safety Center program is a part of a non-profit organization

Called “Safe from the Start San Jose.” It is the first in a series of events that will promote safety, literacy, and education for San Jose children.

“Key partnerships with neighborhood advocates and volunteers provide an important link to maintaining the safety and quality of life for all members of the San Jose community,” said acting San Jose Fire Chief Dale Foster. “The Halloween Neighborhood Safety Center program is just one example of innovative solutions based on the active involvement of volunteers that make our city a great place to live.”

Future events by Safe from the Start San Jose will focus efforts on literacy and nutrition for the youngest members of our city. The 2nd Annual San Jose Book Circus in March, and the “Summer Lunch Program”, now programs under the Safe from the Start San Jose umbrella, will continue in 2004.

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About Safe from The Start San Jose

Safe from the Start San Jose, a non-profit 501C3 organization in conjunction with Santa Clara Family Health Foundation, was founded with the goal of supporting and advocating the creation of an environment where children can thrive. A three-pronged approach of safety, literacy and nutrition is promoted through activities and events that champion and preserve the healthy development of children. To reach Safe from the Start San Jose call 408.287.3282, or use e-mail: ssouders@safefromthestartsanjose. org.

About Councilmember Cindy Chavez

Cindy Chavez is a councilmember for the City of San JoseÂ’s District 3, which is one of the most dynamic Council Districts in San Jose. It contains the communityÂ’s oldest neighborhoods and some of its newest. The most traditional San Jose institutions are side by side with the most innovative. It is the cultural center of San Jose - home to most of San Jose's major museums, arts institutions and historic buildings. Richly diverse, District 3 includes San Jose's Japantown and major centers of Mexican-American and Vietnamese-American business and culture. To reach Cindy Chavez call 408.277.5231, or use e-mail: cindy. chavez@sanjoseca. gov.