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Community Crime Watch Day
Everyone in the mood for food, music, games and fireworks is invited to attend the fourth annual Beaver Falls Community Crime Watch Day, a fun and educational event hosted by the Beaver Falls community on Geneva College's campus. The outdoor festivities take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012 beginning at 6 p.m.
The non-profit, public-spirited event is packed with activities. Children will enjoy crafts supervised by the Center for Creative Arts Expression, face painting, balloon artist Tom Chidester and various prize-laden "Penny Carnival" games. A "Minute to Win It!" tournament will be held for all ages. Hot dogs, hamburgers, snow cones and assorted beverages add to the carnival feel. Also, McGruff the crime dog will make a guest appearance.
Music will be presented throughout the day by DJ Tumas. Free tours of Geneva College will also be provided. And the event's grand finale will be a stunning Zambelli fireworks display beginning around 9:45 p.m.
Demonstrations will be shown to inform event attendees about bicycle safety and small fire extinguishing. A drug dog, a police taser gun and a bomb robot will also be exhibited. Even more hands-on interaction is encouraged with the military vehicles, fire trucks and rescue vehicles that will be present. A STAT Medevac chopper, too, will make a landing.
Services provided include child identification kits and Neighborhood Watch information. The Taylor Donnadio Memorial Group will hand out materials on women's services, teen depression and suicide prevention. And representatives from community service organizations such as Beaver Falls Forever (BFF) and the Ford Foundation will attend.
Local and state police officers, local firemen, city council members, members of the District Attorney's Office and military recruitment officers will all be present to interact with the Beaver Falls community.
Community Crime Watch Day was inspired by "National Night Out," which falls under the Neighborhood Watch umbrella. The Beaver Falls Police Department liked the concept of interacting with the community, but wanted the freedom to involve more local community support, which is why Community Crime Watch Day was established in 2009.
This support has helped the Community Crime Watch Day grow. Sponsors for the event this year include the recently formed "Remix" group, the senior Business Communications Class at Beaver Falls High School, together with Shawn Thomas' 'Uniting Spirits of Beaver Falls' ministry, BFF and the Second Baptist Church 'Girlfriends' youth group.
Should there be inclement weather, the activities will be moved inside Geneva's Metheny Fieldhouse.
Thank you open house
On Saturday, Goodwill of Southwestern Pennsylvania will say "thank you" to Rochester residents for their past generosity and ask them for additional donations with a festive Donation Celebration event at its Rochester store, 750 Ohio River Boulevard. Featuring complimentary refreshments, music and giveaways, the Donation Celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
"We invite everyone in the area to bring their donations to the Rochester Goodwill store on the 28th and join the celebration," said Robert Stape, Vice President of Retail. "We are conducting Donation Celebrations at several Goodwill stores during the summer to show our appreciation for the great support we receive and also to make a special appeal for additional donations now. Things always slow down in the summer, so we want to encourage people to remember Goodwill at this time of year."
Goodwill is in need of clothing, housewares, shoes, sporting goods, and computers and electronics.
"We also want to remind everyone that computers, TVs and other electronic items can always be dropped off at any Goodwill store, completely free of charge," Mr. Stape said. "This is especially important in the Rochester area since the Job Training for the Beaver County facility at Beaver Valley Mall no longer takes computer donations."
Route 51 road work
The bridge that carries Route 51 (Coraopolis Road) over Montour Run in Moon and Robinson will be closed for 10 days starting Friday (July 27).
Crews will be applying a latex overlay, paving and conducting repairs and painting work that cannot occur with traffic on the bridge between Lewis Avenue and Ewing Street (north of I-79). The closure will occur from approximately 6 p.m. on Friday continuously through Aug. 6.
The detour from Stowe is Fleming Park Bridge onto Neville Road and Grand Avenue on Neville Island, Coraopolis Bridge, Route 51 (Fourth Avenue).
Motorists should be prepared for changing traffic patterns and allow extra time when traveling through the area.
The $1.8 million bridge preservation project includes expansion dam replacements, concrete substructure repairs, zone painting and other improvements. Overall work will conclude in late summer. The prime contractor is Lane Construction Corp.
Summer youth camps
Registration is open for five academic enrichment and sports youth camps offered this summer by the Penn State Beaver Office of Continuing Education and the Athletic Department.
Registration is open for musical theatre for ages 8-13, advanced volleyball for ages 14-18 and advanced softabll for ages 14-18, all 9 a.m.-noon, Monday (July 30) to Aug. 3.
And coed golf for ages 18 and younger and volleyball for ages 8-13 will be Aug. 6-10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Information: 724-773-3700, or www.beaver.psu.edu. (CQ)
Brodhead Cultural Center
The Monaca Cornet Band will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 31) in the J. P. Giusti Amphitheater. In the event of inclement weather, shows will move into the auditorium in the Beaver campus Student Union Building.
The Beaver Valley Area Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association will sell concessions prior to and during the concerts. The group will sell Penn State Creamery ice cream in cups from 6-7:30 p.m. prior to the show. Proceeds from concession and ice cream sales benefit the Alumni Chapter's scholarships for Beaver campus students.
Information: 724-773-3610 or www.beaver.psu.edu/brodhead.
A free concert in the park featuring the singer Sputzy will take place from 7:30-10:30 p.m. today in Green Tree Park.
Attendees should bring chairs or blanket to enjoy a summer night of outdoor music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
The concert will begin after the close of the Farmers' Market in the Park, which begins at 4 p.m.
Collection of old electronics set
The Township of Moon's Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) in partnership with JVS Environmental will hold an Electronics Collection from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (July 28) in front of the municipal building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road.
The collection event, which is open to residents of Moon and surrounding towns, will accept electronic items such as printers, copiers, computers, lap tops, televisions, etc.
First Published July 26, 2012 5:46 am