Tuesday, September 22, 2009

 

Chelsea COPs on the job

In Shelby County, the city of Chelsea has a neat program where the provide a vehicle and radio to pairs of local citizens and have them patrol residential and commercial areas looking for criminal activity. This is known as the Citizen Observer Patrol, and this group of volunteers provide more eyes and ears on the street to help keep Chelsea safe.

They're not armed, nor will they pursue criminals, as they are only patrolling to observe and report. But that's very, very useful for the prevention and detection of crime. As volunteers, they reduce the greatest expenditure of patrolling city streets... personnel. Of course, you still have to have a qualified police force to respond to their reports.

I like the idea, and I hope it spreads to other communities.

Read more about it here: Chelsea Citizen Observer Patrol

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Friday, September 18, 2009

 

Chelsea: submit your recipes to historical book

As part of the "Celebrate Chelsea" campaign (part of the bigger Alabama celebration of its home towns) the city of Chelsea is inviting local residents to submit recipes for inclusion in a cookbook to be released during Chelsea's homecoming weekend of 2010.

To find out more about the book or to submit your own Chelsea recipe, visit Chelsea plans historical cookbook

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Friday, July 10, 2009

 

August back-to-school sales tax holiday in Alabama

Looks like they're going to do it again, many cities in Alabama to eliminate sales taxes August 7th through the 9th for back to school shoppers.

Read about the tax holiday here.

From the al.com blog entry:

"Some of the participants in the 2009 sales tax holiday, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue

Alabaster
Bessemer
Birmingham
Calera
Center Point
Chelsea
Columbiana
Fultondale
Gardendale
Helena
Homewood
Hoover
Hueytown
Irondale
Kimberly
Pelham
Springville
Tarrant
Trussville
Vestavia Hills
Warrior
Wilsonville
Shelby County
Jefferson County (will exempt the regular 1 percent sales tax but not the 1 percent education sales tax that took effect in 2005)"

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