First Ward residents to meet tonight in Douglass Park pavilion

Thursday, July 19, 2012 | 12:58 p.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 19, 2012

COLUMBIA — The community around Douglass Park and other Columbia residents are invited to a public meeting tonight to discuss issues and recent events involving the First Ward. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Douglass Park pavilion.

Former First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Crayton said the meeting is intended to allow people to get together and discuss potential solutions to common problems. Those include:

Crayton has invited public officials and candidates for public office to attend the event. She said organizers plan to record the meeting and send copies of that recording to officials who are not there.

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Ray Shapiro July 19, 2012 | 3:35 p.m.

I've been to meetings in the Douglass Park venue.
I do like Almeta's dedication, but white people's opinions and ideas don't seem to matter much to some of the other old-timey Southern-type women who are stuck in the past with "white-interference distrust issues" or are having their own personal emotional difficulties with the gangsta-thug mentality of their younger nephews and grandchildren.
And the men who attend these meetings are usually from "FUBU-type" church organizations or "former" gang members looking for salvation. Rarely or few are the dads from the community in attendance.
Crime, crosswalks, affordable housing, employment opportunities and support services are city-wide matters.
What makes the first ward around Douglass Park so special?
The mayor should be hosting such a meeting for the city.
First Ward councilman Fred Schmidt should be doing this for his own ward.
So too should each ward council person for their's.
It's going to be hot tonight in that park. Why not have it indoors with A/C?
I hope it doesn't turn into a pro- Obama/anti-Romney rally and remains on focus with the agenda items.
I, for one, will not be attending.

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Delcia Crockett July 19, 2012 | 11:14 p.m.

@"I do like Almeta's dedication..."

I do, too. I have long admired her feelings/compassion for all humanity in Columbia.

She is one of my heroes and an excellent example of all I would like to be.

I applaud all the time and effort she has put into the community of Columbia - and a lot of it has been a sacrifice, because she has not been well, and - in the past - though she had financial struggles of her own, she reached out to help others.

I told Hub last night that I saw the people beginning to gather in Douglass Park on my way home from work. When I watched Channel 8 News and learned it was she, and what she was doing, I so again admired her continued work for Columbia - despite the fact that she has been sick, she was yet out in the 100-plus heat to try to help others.

We need more of her caliber in this town! Then we might get something done!

To the good!

May the tribe increase!


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