Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Neighborhood Watch to clean up old airfield

Reported and reposted from: Marianas Variety
Wednesday, April 28 2010 - By Junhan B. Todeno - Reporter

THE Koblerville Community Coalition Neighborhood Watch Group will conduct a cleanup operation on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., at the old airfield behind Tottotville that has become a dumping ground for trash.

Task force block captain Rose Ada-Hocog said the project, which is their first, aims to make Koblerville a beautiful, peaceful and crime-free place.

She said they want their village to become a “place that they can be proud of — a sanctuary where families don’t need to worry too much about being victims of senseless crimes.”

In Kagman, task force block captains Eric Magofna and Glenn Dikito will meet with community members, parents and teachers at Kagman High School at 6 p.m. today.

Dikito said they will discuss their upcoming community cleanup and recruitment program.

During a recent meeting with parents and teachers, 14 individuals joined the task force, he said.

Today, the block captains and other task force members are planning to discuss the Neighborhood Watch Task Force program with Head Start parents and teachers.

Dikito said they will also help the Kagman Kommunidat Association in its campaign to remove poker arcades from their village.

On Saturday, Ada-Hocog expects a lot of community members to join their cleanup campaign.

Their group’s motto is, “Moving in to kick crime out.”

They also plan to conduct community meetings, events, and other activities aimed at bringing village residents together.

“This group will serve as a support or backbone for families, businesses and most especially the schools and church groups,” Ada-Hocog said.

She has approached members of the Koblerville community individually and many have expressed interested to join the group.

“However, interest alone does not accomplish anything. Interest, involvement and action, together, are the keys to making Koblerville a better and safer place to live in,” she said.

Their group has requested the Youth Affairs Office to allow them to establish their headquarters at the Koblerville Youth Center.

Their presence, Ada-Hocog said, will be beneficial to the center and will make them more accessible to the Koblerville community.

She said they have also sought help from Precinct 1 House members and Sen. Ralph DLG. Torres, R-Saipan.

They also asked the mayor’s office to provide equipment, backhoe, water, manpower, bush cutters for the cleanup drive.

Those interested to join the group may call 287-0818 or e-mail

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