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Neighborhood Watch & CERT


  • Contact: Lenore Combs

  • Meets: 3rd Monday of Month @ 3 PM in Retzlaff Hall

  • Location: Retzlaff.Hall

  • Purpose:

    • Security and safety are part of our daily lives albeit not necessarily convenient.  The SCCE Neighborhood Watch is a volunteer program and you are cordially invited to support it. There are no fees or dues - just asking for your time and talent for our projects. There is a complete description of our mission and projects posted on the NW bulletin board in the Library. Patrols can always use volunteers.

  • Goals & Objectives:

    • To assist with development and support of our NW

    • To promote public awareness and increase resident participation in crime prevention

    • To contribute to crime prevention practice and build a stronger Sunshine community

    • To promote community cohesion and increase confidence in local policing

    • To act as a forum - coordinate resources and partner with local Law Enforcement Agencies

  • The CERT Team - Community Emergency Response Team:

    • Volunteers trained in accordance with the Harlingen Fire Department "to hold down the fort until professional help arrives". We formed after Hurricane Dolly in 2008. We hold our annual Disaster Preparedness meeting each April. Everyone invited. The volunteer Harlingen CERT Team meets monthly at Station 8.

  • Many of us also are members in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni and meet with HPD monthly. Sgt. Michael Brooks and Officer Alicia Garcia are CPA liaisons and meet frequently with our NW.​

  • The NW - CERT Welcome Letter 2020-2021 edition is available HERE.



NW Details

All Neighborhood Watch/CERT information prior to Oct 1, 2020 can be found at the following Links.

Sent 2023-05-15: Neighborhood Watch info: Harlingen Police Academy class - 

Neighborhood Watch and CERT and Sunshine residents

Dear Friends,

There will be a Harlingen Police Academy class held at the local Harlingen Police Dept.-- 1018 Fairpark Blvd, Hgn.
It will start Monday the 5th of June 2023, 6pm - 9 or 10 pm x 8 or so weeks. Lots of good safety info. (no charge)

Applications are in the Library on the Neighborhood Watch bulletin Board. I also have them. Get them in ASAP - class is limited.

The curriculum and teaching methods are similar to the traditional Police Academy but you are not Police candidates. Classroom and hands-on instruction provide you with a working knowledge of Hgn PD such as HPD Operations, Policy, Procedure etc. and you will gain a deeper understanding of the problems and concerns they face daily.
Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276
Coordinator - Neighborhood Watch - CERT Team

Sent 2023-05-13: Neighborhood Watch info - 

Neighborhood Watch and CERT and Sunshine residents

Dear Friends,
There will NOT be a scheduled Neighborhood Watch - CERT meeting in June. If anyone wishes to contact me, feel free.

The only info I have for us is to be careful and light up and lock up!!!!


Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276
Coordinator - Neighborhood Watch - CERT Team

Sent 2023-02-15: Reminder Monday 20 February 2023 - 

Dear Friends - This Monday at 3pm, in Retz Hall - the Neighborhood Watch Meeting will focus on Seniors Saving A Life. Everyone is invited. Please sign up (in the Library) so we have sufficient manikins etc. Please call me and or refer to your February Newsletter for more details.

We will do a very quick review of any outstanding NW items we need to look at.
That's all folks. See ya real soon.
- Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276, NW - CERT Coordinator

Newsletter 2023-02: Neighborhood Watch & CERT - 

Sent 2023-01-09: Finger Lickin' Chicken CANCELED - 

I was diagnosed with COVID Sunday morning. No fever No chills
Chest XRay is neg. I feel fine except for a little sore throat and body ache.

Therefore, for the safety of all of us, I am calling off the Finger LIckin' Chicken Fundraiser until further notice.

I have asked Jean Burgoine to clear the board in the Library, open the $$ box and give back your envelopes via Valerie at the Office. Please contact Valerie to pick up your envelope.

Thanks for your generosity and Sorry for the disappointment but we will reschedule at a safer time.
-- Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276     NW - CERT Coordinator

Sent 2023-01-05: Invitation and Fundraiser for Neighborhood Watch - Finger Lickin' Chicken - 

Dear Friends - Our Neighborhood Watch will soon hold a fundraiser - 
Monday 16 January 2023 about 4pm Retz Hall.
Information and signup etc is in the Library.
Eat in or Take out.

If you would like to help with this project - please let me know. You do not have to be a NW volunteer to help. There are a variety of "jobs" - before - during & after.

- Lenore Combs 956 245 1276

Sent 2022-11-19: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MEETING this Monday 21 November 2022 at 3:00 PM - 

Dear Friends - Wish you all a very wonderful Happy Thanksgiving.  You are appreciated and we are grateful.
Please mark your calendars for our important business meeting on Monday 21 NOV at 3pm in Retz Hall
We will have the usual meeting and also discuss planning for Finger Lickin' Chicken for Jan 16th (Monday).  This is a fundraiser for Neighborhood Watch.
-- Lenore J Combs  956 245 1276     Coordinator NW - CERT Team


Sent 2022-10-15: Reminder NW-CERT meeting Monday 17 October 3pm - 

The meeting will take place in Retzlaff Hall adjacent to the swimming pool. Refreshments served.

-- Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276     Coordinator Sunshine NW-CERT Team

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