Geoffrey L. Henry
Thank you to Mayor Henry for walking away from dinner with your family to assist me with a drug arrest until back units could arrive. Thanks for getting involved in our community. - Officer Coverly
Officer Coverly thank you for your kind words. I was glad I was able to assist. Oxford is a great place made safer by the great job done by the OPD.
As a resident of the area, I would like to applaud all of the hard work that is going into getting the town up to speed! The image makeover is excellent! Unfortunately, there is another "image" problem in Oxford that I hope is slowly being worked on. Many times I have driven through town and have noticed gangs of teens just milling around doing nothing or hanging out at the Getty Mart. Go to West Chester, Kennett, etc where the downtowns are thriving and you don't see that. While those teens are not doing anything wrong, the new resident or passer by sees this and decides not to stop in town. I know a good deal of families that hesitate to walk in town because of this. I know you are on the right track though. Keep up the great work...
I received this email post.Dear Mr Mayor,I have a question. Do you have places in town for teens to hang out, like a skate park or basketball courts? Someplace that specifically caters to the interests of teens. I think it is so important. So often towns make safe places for kids to play with their parents. But when these same kids reach the teen years, just their presence can be seen as a nuisance to some people. In Orlando there are so many programs available to occupy and entertain kids until they reach Middle School age. Then they are too old for these camps and programs but they are too young to get a job or participate in adult activities. This is when a lot of kids find themselves at a crossroad. Boredom is the enemy. Not all kids are interested in Scouting or their parents don't have the money for the dues and uniforms. But scouting type activities are good and usually involve community service. Which is good for the community and the soul of those providing the service, even a teenager. Do you have something in Oxford for teenage Boys AND Girls that keeps them busy having fun and working? Something that encourages and rewards community involvement. Even teens can feel pride in their community and they need to feel pride in themselves. It's a to challenging task to keep teens from getting bored. You have to be creative, think outside the box, be patient, firm but reasonable. It amazes me how quickly we forget what it was like to be a teenager as we get older. Investing time in our teens is well worth the commitment. These will soon be the adults of our community who we will need to deal with in the businesses in our town. Don't forsake or forget our teens. You cannot fix the problem of teens gathering and hanging around town in certain spots together my making more rules against them. You have to give them good alternatives. They crave fun. I'll bet we can all remember that feeling if we give it some thought? The Teens of Oxford today will shape the future of Oxford tomorrow. It's the responsibility of the leaders and all adult citizens of Oxford to support them and guide them with their own life experiences. Make opportunities available to them that take advantage of their creativity, energy and gifts. Oh how I would love to be a teenager again and have more to do than hang out at the Getty Mart. I enjoy the presence of teenagers. I think we need to be reminded what a precious, powerful and SHORT period this is for everyone. Teens are people too. Thank you for reading my thoughts.