Sherwood Forest Crier, February 1, 2021

Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier February 1, 2021
Hear ye, hear ye!
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February 1, 2021

Neighborhood Message

We hope all of our neighbors are continuing to stay safe and enjoy life such as it is! Please let us know of any issues in the neighborhood that might benefit from the Association’s attention, or if anyone needs a helping hand.

If there have been new neighbors who have moved in near you please consider letting us know so we can let them know about SFNA and how it benefits them. During this time of pandemic it is important that we make new neighbors especially welcome to our neighborhood. You may also consider asking them for their email address so you can forward the Crier to them and keep them advised of neighborhood events.

You can stay in touch with the SFNA and your neighbors on our website, the Facebook page, the Facebook private group, or on Nextdoor!

Please join or renew for 2021 today! You can pay your dues online at

DHEC COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths in South Carolina have been rising. Take steps to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Get Tested
Getting tested is important. Learn who should get tested. COVID-19 mobile testing sites are operating in counties across the state, and there are more than 220 permanent COVID-19 testing facilities across the state.

Practice Social Distancing
When around others, keep 6 feet between you when possible. Avoid crowds and large gatherings. If you’re sick, stay at home.

Wear a Face Mask
Wearing a face mask decreases the risk of spreading COVID-19. Wear a cloth face covering that covers your mouth and nose when around others and in public settings like a grocery store or parking lot. Masks are required in the City of Columbia and Richland County.

Get Vaccinated
Sign up to get an immunization as soon as your group is scheduled!

DHEC COVID-19 Vaccine Information…

City of Columbia CRT Officer Report

The South Region and the East Region have been combined into the Southeast Region commanded by Captain Paul ‘PJ’ Blendowski. Our CRT (Community Response Team) Officer Mason L. Frier is the Sherwood Forest neighborhood contact at the Columbia Police Department. In normal times, he attends our quarterly general meetings. Here is his current update:

We have had some burglaries of college students over the last week, but a subject was developed based on great witness observations, and warrants are now out in the subject.

To prevent burglaries please look out for neighbors, pick up mail, and calling CPD if you see anyone that doesn’t live at the location looking around, or being suspicious in the area. Tips like that make developing subjects exponentially easier!

Autobreakings continue to occur, most of which are unforced with individuals checking handles, and if it’s locked moving on. So lock your vehicles!

There have been a number of thefts of catalytic converters recently, and individuals have been arrested.

Report a personal or property crime immediately to the City of Columbia Police by calling 911. To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency number 252-2911 or our CRT (Crime Response Team) Officer Mason L. Frier at (803) 391-6203 or Then alert your neighbors!

If you wish to see police reports in our neighborhood consider subscribing to the the LexisNexis Community Crime Map and associated email notifications. This link is to a small area for notifications that covers only our neighborhood area, but you can change the coverage area as desired, and the types of incidents to report. Click the Sign Up for Crime Alerts button at the top of the webpage to get email notifications from local law enforcement.

UofSC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, February 21, 1-4pm

The Open House is every third Sunday of the month. This event is tentative.

Gates are open on most Wednesdays 9:30am-1pm.

Check event specifics and sign up for the newsletter on Facebook.

Contact Gail Wojtowicz at 618 402-8736 or by email or see UofSC’s Department of Biological Sciences W. Gordon Belser Arboretum web page.

SFNA General Meeting
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30pm-8pm
This general meeting is canceled.

The SFNA general meetings are held quarterly on the second Tuesday of the second month of the quarter.

If you have questions, answers, requests, offers or comments about the neighborhood, you can join the discussion in our SFNA private group on Facebook at

Only your neighbors can see who’s in the group and what is posted.

SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, February 20
The clean up is canceled.

Please contact Dave Nelson at 803 447-4793 or for information or any questions.

Crier emails
We are making an effort to send out these informational emails around the first of every month to keep neighbors up do date on neighborhood events, and other events and information of interest. It’s cheaper and better for the environment not to print and pass out fliers! But we could all probably use the exercise!

If you have information of interest to the neighborhood, please pass it along and we may include it in a future Crier.

Tell your friends and neighbors to subscribe. No membership required, but of course we would like everybody to join! New neighbor? Let us know and we’ll send out the welcome wagon.

To subscribe, email or subscribe online

Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
Become a member or renew your membership now for 2021!
Dues are only $20 and are due in February. Pay your dues now online. Or pay at the next general meeting or mail a check to Henry Nechemias, 4 Robin Hood Ct., Columbia, SC 29205 and you will be paid up for 2021!