West Bowlers Get New Al­ley

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every­one to know that the bowl­ing cen­ter is no longer just for the mil­i­tary, but will now be open to the pub­lic.

The open­ing is a wel­come re­lief to many area bowlers who’ve had to com­mute to the next-clos­est bowl­ing al­ley in Pearl City. The bowl­ing cen­ter will fea­ture leagues and also have open play.

Hours of op­er­a­tion are from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sun­days through Thurs­days, and from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fri­day/Satur­day. For more in­for­ma­tion, please give them a call at 673-2695.

Vol­un­teer Spe­cial En­force­ment Of­fi­cers Pro­gramNeeds You!

Waipahu Neigh­bor­hood Board chair­man Ge­orge Yakawenko stopped by my lis­ten-story meet­ing Feb. 20 in Ku­nia in hopes of re­cruit­ing a few more good peo­ple for the city’s Vol­un­teer Spe­cial En­force­ment Of­fi­cers Pro­gram. Back in 2003, when I was a city coun­cil­man for West Oahu, I au­thored leg­is­la­tion to set up this pro­gram within HPD. This is great for re­tirees (per­fect for golfers who are get­ting bored play­ing five days a week!) and any­one else who is will­ing to do­nate five hours a week to help their com­mu­nity by is­su­ing ci­ta­tions for dis­abled park­ing vi­o­la­tions, ex­pired reg­is­tra­tions and safety checks, park­ing out of stalls, and aban­doned ve­hi­cles. In or­der to qual­ify, vol­un­teers must be a U.S. ci­ti­zen, at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s li­cense, pass a back­ground check and com­plete 40 hours of train­ing. If you’re in­ter­ested in get­ting in­volved, please con­tact Sgt. Emilio La­ganse at 5293136.

Gas-pow­ered Leaf Blower BanWould­beWel­comeRelief for­Many

You might have seen in the news re­cently that I in­tro­duced a bill this ses­sion, SB 2356, which­would ban gas-pow­ered leaf blow­ers. The main rea­son I’m work­ing to get this bill passed is that many peo­ple around the is­land have con­tacted me, as En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment Com­mit­tee chair­man, to do some­thing about the noise and air pol­lu­tion that th­ese things cause.

It’s a qual­ity-of-life is­sue, as I’ve heard re­peat­edly on the phone and in per­son. SB 2356 would al­low elec­tric leaf blow­ers, which are qui­eter and don’t pol­lute the en­vi­ron­ment as much or cause prob­lems for peo­ple who have res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases. Please con­tact my of­fice if you’d like to tes­tify on this mea­sure.

Please con­tact me if I can help you in any way. My phone num­ber is 586-6830 and e-mail is sen­gab­bard@capi­tol.hawaii.gov.

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