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October is Breast Cancer Awareness, Domestic Violence Awareness, and Fire Prevention Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer AwarenessOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease. While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same.

If breast cancer is discovered early, you have more treatment options and a better chance for a cure. Screening is essential in finding breast cancer in this treatable stage, before symptoms are felt.

Comprehensive cancer services at the Memorial Hermann Cancer Center - Southwest includes a dedicated Breast Care Center, imaging services, radiation oncology, diagnostic testing and medical/surgical oncology.

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Offers 3-D Technology for Breast Cancer Detection

Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital offers state-of-the-art, three-dimensional (3-D), digital technology that improves physicians' ability to detect smaller tumors at the earliest stages of breast cancer, potentially saving the lives of hundreds of women.

Statistics indicate one in eight women will develop breast cancer, and according to the American Cancer Society, if detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent.

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For more resources and information, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org


Help Us, Help You: HPD Highlights Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Houston Police Department Sergeant Glenn Shepherd knows first-hand the effects domestic violence has on suspects, victims and children. It crosses all racial and economic boundaries and although the victims are predominately female, they (and their abusers) can be male or female.

HPD is seeking to educate the public on this important issue.

"I investigate every case like it's my family involved," said Sergeant Shepherd, assigned to the HPD Family Violence Unit. "I feel it when a woman has been beaten so badly she has to have someone lead her to us because her eyes are swollen shut."

What is Domestic Abuse?

According to Sergeant Shepherd, domestic abuse can take many forms and is one of the most serious of crimes. Aside from the commonly recognized physical abuse, domestic violence can take other non-violent forms. It becomes illegal when the abuser follows up his or her actions with threats of violence.

"The abuser says 'you're not going to get any money, you're only going to get so much for food or clothing. If you violate my rule, I'm going to put you on the street. I'll lock you out of the house.' I've had a case where a woman was locked outside for three days," said Sergeant Shepherd. "So your choice is to come in and get some help or go back to him."

Even when there isn't physical violence, threats can result in charges.

"Record him," advised Sergeant Shepherd. "If he says he's going to kill you if you do this or that, that's a terroristic threat."

What are the Signs of Domestic Abuse?

Friends and co-workers should be alert for signs of domestic abuse, which can include changes in someone's personality.

"If someone was outgoing, but now appears withdrawn. If they used to socialize with you, but now all of a sudden don't anymore, if they're shirking society, or staying inside their house all the time. Ask what changed? Try to talk with them and get their confidence. Sometimes, if you just talk with them, you open up the possibility of them telling you what's going on and they realize there's a way out of this situation," said Sergeant Shepherd.

As for the physical signs of abuse, look for unexplained injuries or bruising, especially on the arms where someone may be grabbing the victim.

"Police officers also have to be aware of the signs," said Sergeant Shepherd. "A lot of times, the victim won't tell the officer, but the signs are there. If the victim doesn't make a report, and the officer leaves, then the abuser has been empowered. He tells her 'you called the police and they're not going to do anything, so why would call you call them again?' And that's what the victims tell me- 'why would I call you again?'"

Sometimes an officer gets a call that appears unrelated to domestic abuse. It may involve something as seemingly mundane as a theft report.

"The suspect is trying to make a report because the wife finally got the courage to leave and took everything out of the house," said Sergeant Shepherd. "When the officers track her down, they find out she’s been abused."

If she has made an outcry to someone, that helps document her case and aids in the prosecution of the abuser.


Learn more about what can be done and the effects of domestic abuse. For more information on domestic violence, visit the HPD website at http://www.houstontx.gov/police/fvu/index.htm.

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HPD to Homeowners: Help Us, Help You Protect Your Home

The Houston Police Department wants to help you make your home as safe as possible and a nuisance to would-be burglars.

For example, many intruders enter through weak doors. Having strong doors and door frames, including garage doors, is essential to your security. Steel doors and frames provide enhanced security because they are harder to destroy. If you have hollow-core doors, it is recommended you replace them with a sturdier type. There are wooden doors being manufactured to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure from would-be burglars.

Secure windows and sliding glass doors can be secured with a locking device placed along the track. A broomstick or a wooden rod may work just as well if placed on the track between the door frame and the door. Glass sliding doors are usually secluded from public view and special care must be taken to secure them. Bolt locks can be installed to help prevent the door from being opened or removed from its track.

Burglars will sometimes log your departure and arrival times from and to your home. Help ruin their plot by:

  • Don't advertise you'll be out of town to casual acquaintances or in social media. Instead, tell a reliable neighbor and have him/her watch your property.
  • Leave a few lights on or use timers that will turn lights on and off periodically.
  • Leave drapes in a normal position. Drapes or shades fully closed give a deserted look.
  • Use an etching device to mark your valuables with an identifying mark known only to you.
  • Make an inventory list of all your belongings, include serial numbers.
  • Stop all newspaper deliveries and have someone pick up your mail.
  • Store an inventory of your valuables in a safe deposit box or fire safe, or file it with your insurance company.
  • Share this safety information with your neighbors verbally and through social media.

The more citizens heed such advice, the more we can continue the trend on reducing home burglaries, which have decreased about 8 percent in the city for the first six months of 2014, after dropping more than 10 percent in 2013.

To see a home security demonstration by HPD crime prevention experts on best practices of protecting your home, go to the HPD YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4n0qtTORGII

For more information on scheduling an officer to perform a home security check at your residence, call HPD Public Affairs at 713-308-3200 or your local law enforcement agency.

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October is Fire Prevention Month

The Houston Fire Department, State Farm and KHOU have produced several Public Service Announcements, including this one below with HFD Sr. Captain Juliet Higgins, to remind citizens about some important fire prevention tips. Please share this video with friends and family to help us spread this important safety message!


HDF: Fire Prevention Tips



National Night Out on October 7, 2014

The Greater Sharpstown Management District co-sponsors the 5th Annual National Night Out at DiHo Square in conjunction with HPD's Ranchester Storefront (9100 Bellaire) on October 7, 2014.

Transportation Town Hall for Southwest Houston

View Photos from the event here


Asian Chamber of Commerce Business Forum

Date & Time:
Friday, October 24th, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5430 Westheimer
Houston Texas 77056 (map)

*Understand how to do business with and develop relationships with supply chain/procurement representatives
*Learn lessons from entrepreneurs
*Learn about Protocol and Diplomacy, Assessing Risk in Business Transactions, and Foreign Affairs
*Light breakfast and Lunch included
*Karaoke Happy Hour

8:30 am - Light breakfast/registration
9:00 am - Doing Business with H-E-B, Houston Airport System, Texas Medical Center, Jacobs Program Mgmt Co (HCC)
10:45 am - Entrepreneur Panel - Saja Energy, LAMIK, Merrick Systems, eRail Commerce
Noon - Luncheon - Protocol and Diplomacy - Sonia Garza-Monarchi
1:30 pm - Assessing Risk in Business Transactions - Dee Smith
2:30 pm - Foreign Affairs - U.S. Cong Ted Poe
3:30 pm - Networking/Door Prize/Exhibits
5:00 pm - Karaoke Happy Hour

Members $75 until October 20, $85 thereafter
Guests $100

Register Now

Asian Chamber of Commerce
6833 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S., Ste. 207. Houston 77072
Tel: 713-782-7222 * Fax: 281-823-7712


Neighborhood Matching Grant Program Application Deadline Date: Friday, October 24, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

The Neighborhood Matching Grant Program helps neighborhoods fund various beautification and improvement projects by providing a dollar-for-dollar matching grant reimbursement ranging from $500 to $5,000. The program is designed to cultivate the spirit of volunteerism to help neighborhood-based organizations learn the art of planning and community building through neighborhood projects.

Materials relating to the Neighborhood Matching Grant Program are now available on the Department of Neighborhood's website: http://www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods/matchinggrants.html

The material include the grant application, FAQs, and past grant recipients (which outlines that respective grant project).

For more information, contact Conya Barreras at the Department of Neighborhoods at 832-394-0654 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .