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Upper Hutt Leader : October 5th 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY SINCE 1939 Owls stay vigilant By COLIN WILLIAMS CONTINUED Page 2 The city's Night Owls'' com- munity patrols -- volunteers who work with the police to keep Upper Hutt's streets safer -- are growing in numbers and effective- ness. The Night Owls and their week- end car patrols have operated for more than a decade, largely through the unflagging service of a small group of dedicated people. These few, who have kept the service going, continue to give their time and want to keep anon- ymity, but say the influx of new and keen people is a real boost. Now their numbers have signifi- cantly increased with two-person car patrols out on regular nights instead of the previous one night a week. Another development is that now a third nightly volunteer is in constant contact with the mobile patrol from the police station watchhouse, where they are moni- toring the city's surveillance cameras live''. First-term city councillors Dave Wheeler and Hellen Swales are a couple of the more than two dozen volunteers, including several women, who have stepped up, received training and are now, as Mr Wheeler says, walking the walk, not just talking the talk''. We are about being vigilant and helping to prevent crime. We are the ears and the eyes, it's not about confrontation,'' Mr Wheeler says. One example, Mr Wheeler says, was the recent early morning when the patrol saw a man intoxicated, out cold'' at the cor- ner of Totara Park Rd and Fergusson Dr. They also saw a youth, on a bicycle, heading towards the man. He went up to him, we don't know what for. It might have been to help but it might have been to lift his wallet, we can't say. As soon as we did a U-turn he was off.'' The volunteers receive training from the police and the Night Owls are part of Community Patrols New Zealand, a national organisation. The community patrol shifts cover the Main St business area but the volunteers roam wider than that, covering the railway station, parks, schools and sub- urban shopping areas. Mr Wheeler, a Main St retailer, says it is important local people step up to help. At a recent council meeting, he urged his fellow elected represen- tatives to also get involved. Yes, I did. If everyone there chipped in you would only be required once every two months. College's 50th Upper Hutt College has begun planning its 50th jubilee next Easter. Celebrations will include a mix and mingle at the college on the evening of Good Friday, April 6, official opening and photos on the Saturday morning, dinner and dance at Riverstone Recreation at night and Sunday lunch at the college. The jubilee website, which includes registration forms, is: upperhutt.school.nz/ jubilee. Email hepburnh@upper hutt.school.nz or phone 527 8749. Youthtown moves to larger premises Family focus: The opening of a bigger Youthtown branch included a community fair and open day. Young performers: Polish Dance group Orleta (Little Eagles) entertain. Photos: TABITHA WOODS Youthtown celebrated the opening on Saturday of its bigger branch at 10 Railway Ave, which comes with an enclosed outdoor area. The branch was launched with a skate competition followed by a community fair and open day. The skate competition kicked off celebrations at nearby Maidstone Max skatepark. This was followed by an official opening by Upper Hutt mayor Wayne Guppy and speech by Upper Hutt branch manager Penny Jones. Guests included Youthtown's general manager operations, Dion Brown. A special launch fair was put on outside the new site, with fun stalls and activities on offer for families and the community. Highlights included a gyroscope and bouncy castle, face painting, hair braiding and arts and crafts. The bigger facility better caters for 5-to-13-year-olds in the area and incorporates an exciting new hub where children can enjoy the range of fulfilling physical, social and creative experiences Youth- town offers, Upper Hutt branch manager Penny Jones says. At the heart of Youthtown we are about providing young people with opportunities for fun and adventure,'' Ms Jones says. Our new location, which comes complete with an enclosed outdoor area, will ensure we can offer local children the best after-school and holiday programmes around.'' The organisation turns 80 next year and since first opening its doors as Boys Town in 1932 it has grown and evolved into one of New Zealand's leading youth organis- ations. Youthtown currently has branches in North Shore, Auck- land Central, Papakura, Taupo, Upper Hutt and Oamaru, with plans to extend to Christchurch in coming months and a vision of 20 branches by 2020. The Upper Hutt branch can be contacted on 527 9730. Letters 10 Real Estate 27-45 Arts 37-39 Motoring 46 Classifieds 47-51 Sport 53-56 HALL WORTH THE WAIT Mangaroa celebrations 5 HOLIDAY MAGIC IN STORE Heaps for kids to do here 21 TARGETING SUCCESS Local shooters in the national mix 56
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