June 23, 2010

Your Chatsworth Neighborhood Council wants to remind you and your neighbors of some special upcoming events.  We hope to meet you there.

To learn about the Chatsworth Neighborhood Council and our committees, click here.

LAPD Devonshire Town Hall Meeting Is Thursday

Town Hall MeetingCome meet our local captains and officers serving at Devonshire Community Police Station at the next LAPD Devonshire Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, June 24, in Porter Ranch. 

Community meetings are a great way to maintain close cooperative relationships and dialogue between the local police and the community they protect and serve.

Thursday, June 24
7:00 pm
Shepherd of the Hills Church
19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch

Captains Kane and Ryan, all the Senior Lead Officers and other police officers serving at Devonshire Division will be on hand to discuss public safety, crime trends and other police issues with community members. The theme of the meeting is "How to Be a Star Witness." Learn how you can help prevent or prosecute crime, and get to know your local Police Officers.

The Town Hall is being held instead of the June Neighborhood Watch meeting.

For more information call Reserve Officer Erica DeSmith at (818) 363-1726.

Benefit Evening for SOLID
at Northridge Claim Jumper Restaurant...

Claim Jumper couponCome for a delicious dinner and support a great local non-profit organization on Thursday, July 1 at the Northridge Claim Jumper Restaurant. 

Print out and cut out this coupon and present it to your server at Claim Jumper on Thursday, July 1 between 5:00 pm and 10:00 pm and 15% of your bill will be donated to Supporters of Law Enforcement in Devonshire (SOLID).

SOLID raises money to provide non-City supplied materials to the Police Officers at Devonshire Community Police Station. 

Thursday, July 1
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Claim Jumper 
9429 Tampa Ave., Northridge

For reservations call (818) 718-2882.  


Valley 'Radio Hams' to Participate
in National Emergency Communications Event

On June 26-27 approximately 35,000 amateur radio operators (hams) all across the United States and Canada will be participating in an annual event known as "Field Day."  This 24-hour emergency preparedness exercise and demonstration has been sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) since the early 1930s.  It will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and continue overnight through 11 a.m. Sunday.  You and your family are invited to come observe the activities.  You can even to try your hand at radio communications by using the "Get-On-The-Air" station with the guidance of a licensed ham.
Here are three sites you may wish to visit.  One location is at Pierce College, 6201 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills.  It will be set up in the Performing Arts Parking Lot 6 East.  The ARRL-Los Angeles Section - Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group, is organizing this site.  ARES members volunteer their expertise and equipment whenever disaster strikes.  They meet the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m. at Valley Presbyterian Hospital, 15107 Vanowen St. in Van Nuys.  Visitors are welcome.

Another site is at Northridge Hospital, 8300 Roscoe Blvd., Northridge.  This location is organized by the San Fernando Valley Amateur Radio Club, which meets on the third Friday of the month at 7 p.m. in the 5th Floor Penthouse of Northridge Medical Center Hospital.  This group was founded in 1946 and is dedicated to helping others and having fun doing it.  They also welcome visitors.

The third Valley site is at the end of Lemans Drive (near the summit) in Topanga. This location is being set up by the Topanga Community Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) Disaster Radio Team.  This volunteer organization's purpose is the help the Topanga community to prepare for and cope with disasters such as wildfires, floods, and earthquakes.  For more information about T-CEP, go to

There are more than 600,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the United States and more than 2.5 million around the world.  Ham volunteers provide emergency communications for thousands of state and local emergency response agencies.  To learn more about Amateur Radio, go to or visit one of the sites mentioned above.
-- Clara Woll

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