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Posted on: Friday, February 9, 2001

O'ahu briefs

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Club to hold hoops event

The Boys & Girls Club Ewa Unit will hold a Hoops for Kids tournament March 10 and 11 at Ilima Intermediate School and is looking for teams to enter.

Registration is open to four-member teams in all age groups. The fee is $80 before March 2 and $100 after.

"This event is to help raise funds to send our boys’ basketball team to defend their third place title from last year’s tournament held in California," said club athletic director Gary Ortiz. "This event is a way to show off you talents and skills, but most importantly to have fun."

Registration forms are available at all Boys & Girls Club units, the city recreation centers in Ewa Beach, Hoaeae, Makakilo and at the McDonald’s restaurants in Ewa Beach, Kunia and Waipahu.

All team members will receive a T-shirt.

For more information, call 689-4182.

Birdwatcher walks to safety

City rescue helicopter Air 1 and rescue teams were sent to search for a 61-year-old man who was reported lost in the hills above Camp Smith in Aiea at about 1 p.m. yesterday, but the man walked out on his own shortly after firefighters arrived.

According to a fire department spokesman, the man had been bird-watching with friends when he became separated from the group and became disoriented. The man had a cell phone and called his wife, who called 911.

The man then found his friends and walked out of the hills a short time later.

Water project set in Moanalua

Moanalua Valley residents will experience low water pressure next week as work crews connect valves from an existing 16-inch water main to a new main, according to the Board of Water Supply.

A contractor will do work from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and next Friday.

No homes will have their water service completely cut off during repairs, according to the BWS.


Health center offers services

The Waimanalo Health Center is seeking help and offering new and continued services to residents this month.

Parents can learn to properly buckle up children in automobile car seats twice a month on Saturdays from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. The next free sessions are Feb. 17 and March 17 and 31. Residents should call Raynette Kepa for an appointment at 259-7948, Ext. 128.

The center also is offering notary public services through Louana Kassebeer. The service is free to patients, but there is a charge to others. Kassebeer will travel to people’s homes to perform notary service as part of the center’s outreach program. To contact Kassebeer, call 259-7948, Ext. 131.

The center is recruiting volunteers to help in the office, on projects and in the garden. A few hours a week is all that is needed. To volunteer, call Virginia Leaver at 259-7948, Ext. 137.


UH school wins five-year grant

The department of pediatrics at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine is one of six medical schools in the nation to win a $2.5 million grant to train future pediatricians in community-based medicine and advocacy.

The Dyson Initiative’s Pediatric Training in the Community grant is a five-year program that will give residents a chance to participate in a community-oriented, family-centered and culturally sensitive model of care for Hawaii’s children, said Shawn Nakamoto, UH spokeswoman.

The Dyson Foundation is a private, grant-making organization based in New York. The Hawaii Dyson Initiative will give residents hands-on training in school health, child mental health, child welfare including abuse and foster care, chronic illness care, early childhood health and adolescent health.

Literacy subject of conference

Today is the early registration deadline for teachers who want to participate in the International Reading Association and the Department of Education’s conference, "Horizons 2001: Transforming Literacy Teaching and Learning."

The conference will be March 2-4 at the Sheraton Waikiki. Allen Luke, dean and head of faculty at the University of Queensland in Australia, and Jane Han-

sen from the University of Virginia will be the keynote speakers.

The event is coordinated by the Conference Center of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. For a registration packet or more details, call Judith Fox-Goldstein at (808) 974-7555.

Correction: The Boys & Girls Club Ewa Unit took third place in a California basketball tournament last year. The group is holding a Hoops for Kids tournament March 10 and 11 at Ilima Intermediate School to raise money to send the team back again this year. Incorrect information about the team’s performance was included in a previous version of these briefs.

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