Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association Crier July 1, 2020
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July 1, 2020

Message from the SFNA
Fourth of July!
Have a safe and sane Fourth Holiday! Please be considerate of your neighbors if you are firing off the fireworks, and wind it down by 10pm at the latest!

Mandatory Mask Ordinance
Columbia City Council passed an emergency ordinance requiring all residents (ages 10 and up) to wear a mask in public and when visiting businesses in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The ordinance was effective Friday, June 26 at 6am and will last for 60 days.

The ordinance will affect those within the city limits.

When will masks be required? When do you not need to wear a mask? Acceptable face coverings include cloth face coverings, bandanas, N95 respirators, surgical masks and face shields.

Violating the ordinance will be punishable as a civil infraction with a fine of up to $25.

The ordinance also requires all grocery store, restaurant, pharmacy, retail store and salon employees to wear a mask at all times when interacting with the public. Violating this portion of the ordinance is punishable as a civil infraction with a fine of up to $100.

Those who are unable to wear a mask due to age, an underlying health condition or cannot remove the mask without assistance are exempt from the ordinance.

The City of Columbia will be providing masks to citizens at several locations throughout the City, while supplies last starting Monday, June 29.

For information on the ordinance or mask distribution, visit: City of Columbia COVID-19

For local COVID-19 information:
City of Columbia website
Richland County Coronavirus (COVID-19) Info
SCDHEC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Centers for Disease Control information:
Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Using and making cloth face coverings

Coronavirus Resource Center at Johns Hopkins University
City of Columbia CRT Officer
The South Region 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 to update us on issues in our neighborhood and vicinity.

All neighbors are encouraged to get to know your neighbors, keep an eye out for suspicious activity, and participate in our Community Watch by being an observant "nosy" neighbor. Securing your own property, not leaving valuable items in view in your vehicles are good steps to preventing crime.

If you have experienced a crime perpetrated against you or your property, report it immediately to the City of Columbia Police by calling 911. To report suspicious activity, call 911 or the non-emergency number 252-2911 or Officer Frier at (803) 391-6203 or Then alert your neighbors!

City of Columbia Police Department website
Sherwood Forest Neighborhood History Trivia
Sonya Hodges-Grantham, our unofficial neighborhood historian, has a trivia question. What was the name of the African American funeral director who resided in Sherwood Forest? Whoever has the correct answer wins a door prize. Please include the individual's whole name.

Email your answers to

She will be hosting a virtual Juneteenth: Preserving Our Communities: The Original Frogtown Community & Sherwood Forest July 11 or July 18. More info to come...
SFNA Adopt-A-Highway Clean Up
Saturday, August 22
Clean ups have been cancelled. Feel free to freelance!

Please contact Dave Nelson at 803 447-4793 or for information or any questions.
SFNA General Meeting
Tuesday, August 11, 6:30pm-8pm
This general meeting is tentative.
UofSC Belser Arboretum Open House
Sunday, July 19, 1-4pm
Open Houses are cancelled until further notice.

Contact Gail Wojtowicz at 618 402-8736 or by email or see UofSC's Department of Biological Sciences W. Gordon Belser Arboretum web page. Find event info and sign up for the newsletter on Facebook.
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 June 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.

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Join the Sherwood Forest Neighborhood Association
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Dues are only $20 and are due in January. 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 2020!

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