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Carrick business crime watch meets for first time

 

November 16, 2004



The Carrick/Brownsville Crime Watch had it's first meeting on Nov.10 with businesses from Brownsville Rd in Carrick attending to discuss their specific issues and concerns directly with the police Community Problem Solvers Officers for Carrick.

The Zone 3 was represented by Commander William Joyce and Officers Bob Miller, Ron Tardivo, Eric Kroll and John Gargifoli. In addition to listening to concerns the officers explained safety measures for businesses and how to contact them directly with suspicious activity and future concerns.

Michele Balcer, administrative assistant to Senator Jay Costa explained the phone tree to business owners and how important it is to keep each other aware of criminal activity as soon as it happens. District Justice Richard King discussed the high truancy situation in Carrick and how he is dealing with the issue.

JoAnn Herman, organizer of the 29th Ward Block Watch in Carrick and the advisor of this crime watch, was present to discuss the importance of all business owners to be involved as much as possible and that teamwork will strengthen the crime watch and bring crime down against businesses in Carrick.

Open discussion lead to suggestions on how to run the next meeting and that the owners need to be notified of the meetings much sooner. It was decided that the businesses will be notified via mail at least three weeks prior to the next upcoming meeting and by phone calls a week before the meeting to ensure as much participation as possible. The next meeting will be in late January, weather permitting.

Any business that was not able to attend and needs more information on topics discussed or is in need of a crime watch sign to display may contact the organizer, Alice Vaday at 412-885-3293.

Fifth-Annual Starbucks Holiday Angels Joy Drive to Benefit Pittsburgh Children Served by Local Hospitals

This holiday season, Starbucks Coffee Company welcomes customers to join its partners (employees) in lifting the spirits of seriously ill children through the Starbucks Holiday Angels Joy Drive (formerly Holiday Angels Toy Drive).

Starbucks stores across the United States will collect new, unwrapped books and toys for distribution to hospitalized children served by the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation (formerly Starlight Children's Foundation) through December 25.

Customers can drop off new, unwrapped books and toys at local Starbucks stores. Recommended gifts include books, board games, puzzles, handheld games (including batteries), DVDs, CDs, dolls and infant items. Customers who wish to make a financial donation can visit Starbucks.com or slsb.org.

In addition, Starbucks will donate 10¢ of every Gingerbread Latte purchase every Wednesday through December 25 to the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. This donation will benefit children served by local hospitals during this holiday season and throughout the year.

Since the Holiday Angels Joy Drive inception in 1999, more than 900,000 gifts have been distributed to hospitalized children. Last year, the drive collected 60 percent more gifts than the year before. This year, Starbucks hopes to collect more than 500,000 toys across the United States and Canada for distribution to children served by the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation. These gifts help brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families during the holiday season and beyond.

Books and toys donated in Pittsburgh will benefit seriously ill children living in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh at Mount Oliver, Oakland, Wilkinsburg, Braddock, Rankin and the Advocacy Center as well as The Children's Institute.

 

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