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Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Being involved is best way to help city

By By the Advocate Editorial Board
Sept. 25, 2013 at 4:25 a.m.


The Crossroads is a wonderful place to live and is filled with strong communities. In every town, residents show how much they care about having a safe, enjoyable place to live through yearly activities and community efforts.

Two of these events are approaching this weekend and next week, and we look forward to seeing plenty of people take part in these efforts to keep the Crossroads clean and safe for everyone.

Saturday morning, Crossroads residents will have the chance to take part in the Texas Gulf Coast Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup effort. About 10,000 volunteers are expected to take part in the statewide beach cleanup, according to a news release. The effort will include locations at King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor, Magnolia Beach/Indianola, Palacios, Matagorda Beach, Sargent Beach in Bay City, Rockport, Austwell Pier, Aransas Pass/Redfish Bay and Port Aransas. Volunteers can register Saturday morning between 8:30 and 9 a.m. at any of the locations or online at TexasAdoptABeach.org.

We encourage residents to take part in these effort to help keep Texas beaches clean. The Gulf Coast is an important part of our state's economy, environment and society. We need to treasure it and take care of this essential natural resource. By picking up trash, volunteers will help protect and maintain these beaches for many more people to use and enjoy.

Another activity that will help protect our community is National Night Out, which will take place Oct. 1. This nationwide effort will be hosted by the Victoria Police Department to help spread awareness about drug and crime prevention programs as well as strengthen the relationship between the police and the community they serve through neighborhood block parties. This year, the VPD will host a kickoff event at the Victoria Mall from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Both the Adopt-A-Beach cleanup effort and the National Night Out kickoff party are happening Saturday; these offer something for everyone. Those concerned about protecting the natural environment can help clean the beaches, and those concerned about safeguarding our community can attend the party at the Victoria Mall. Whatever your preference, we encourage Crossroads residents to take part in community activities like these to help keep our hometowns healthy and active.

After all, the most important element of a community is the people who live there. Your involvement is what makes our communities and the Crossroads strong.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.

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