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Council member Susan Demko announced that a Carlynton Band Festival will be held at Honus Wagner Field at 7 p.m. Sept. 29. Various bands, as well, as fireworks, will entertain the audience.
A new free tool from the FBI that uses cell phones to store identifying information can bean invaluable aid to parents with missing children, says Collier Police Chief Tom Devin.
In fact, Chief Devin is so impressed with the nationwide Child ID app, in which parents can download pertinent data and photographs, that he is touting it for his residents' use. The app is the first such mobile tool developed by the FBI.
"This is a good idea. Most people have cell phones and you can put as many kids on there as you want," he said, noting that many of his men have started to use the program for their own families.
When a child goes missing is the worst time for parents to recall vital statistics, such as height and weight and other identifying information because they are upset, the chief points out. However, assembling data about their kids, as well as their photographs, is easy and fun to do when people are relaxed. Once the profiles and photos are downloaded, they are ready to be dispatched as needed to police agencies, television stations and other news media.
Also, the new app has safety tips from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children to keep children safe, as well as instructions on what must be done in the critical hours after a child goes missing. Ten specific Emergency phone numbers, including one for the Amber Alert program, are included, too.
The FBI's new Child ID app can be downloaded free from the App Store on iTunes.
Chief Devin says it is recommended that childrens' information be updated annually to keep the profiles current. One suggestion is that the data be revisited on a child's birthday.
"There's a lot of information on it," the chief said, adding, "We always hope you don't have to use it."
The FBI Field Office presents Identity Theft for Seniors on Thursday September 27 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Moon Township Municipal Building, 1000 Beaver Grade Road. The free program defines identity theft, explains how electronic and banking schemes work, details phone fraud and teaches seniors how to keep their identity intact and how to keep their money safe. To find out more or to RSVP by September 25 call Valley Care 412-264-0104 or the Moon Township Municipal Building 412-262-1700. This program is sponsored by Gateway and the Valley Care Asssociation.
A free educational program titled "Identity Theft Protection for Seniors" will be presented at the Moon Township Municipal Building on Thursday, September 27 at 10 a.m. The program is being led by agents from the Pittsburgh Field Office of the FBI to inform our older neighbors and their families who may be targeted by various types of identity theft, phone fraud, and similar scams. This program is sponsored by Valley Care Association; for more information contact Valley Care at 412-264-0104 or the Township Municipal Building at 412-262-1700.
Moon Police Department will hold a Prescription Drug Collection on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Public Safety Building to collect unwanted and unused medications. The National Take-Back Initiative provides residents with the opportunity to safely and properly dispose of medications that are no longer needed. This event is open to Moon Township and Surrounding Communities.
• The Board of Supervisors recognized Joel McCoy for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. McCoy is a member of Boy Scout Troop 310 and has earned 25 merit badges. He has served a number of troop leadership roles including Scribe, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. For his Eagle Scout Service Project, McCoy created a "Tiger Spirit Trail" for McCormick Elementary in the Moon Area School District consisting of 100 tiger paws painted along the sidewalk going into the school and then coming back out.
Mr. Mc Coy was not present at the Sept. 5 meeting.
First Published September 13, 2012 5:16 am