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Thursday, November 13, 2003


Nov. 24 dedication set for Mink post office

WAILUKU >> The U.S. Postal Service will designate the Paia Post Office as the Patsy Takemoto Mink Post Office Building during a formal ceremony Nov. 24. The event starts at 10 a.m.

Mink, who died Sept. 28, 2002, was born in Hamakuapoko, near Paia.

She was the first woman of color to be elected to Congress, the first Asian-American woman to practice law in Hawaii and the first Asian-American woman to be elected to the Hawaii Territorial House.

Mink was co-author of the Title IX bill that led to expanded opportunities to women and girls in athletics and academics.

President Bush signed legislation in July designating the Paia Post Office in Mink's honor.

Saint Louis schedules presentations on 'ice'

Lt. Gov. James "Duke" Aiona will address Saint Louis School parents and teachers Wednesday at a presentation on crystal methamphetamine.

A similar event, which Aiona will not attend, will be held on Monday.

Both presentations will feature Gary Shimabukuro, of Laulima Hawaii, an organization that provides education on the effects of "ice."

Whitney White, of Interquest Detection Canines, will be speaking about the use of dogs in detecting illegal drugs on school campuses.

The presentations will be held at the school's Mamiya Theatre starting at 6:30 p.m. on both days.

Keiki fair to benefit Epilepsy Foundation

A free Keiki Fun Day sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation of Hawaii will be held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the McCoy Pavilion in Ala Moana Beach Park.

The event is to raise awareness of epilepsy, a seizure disorder that affects 12,000 to 15,000 Hawaii residents.

Representatives from the foundation will be present to answer questions. Activities will include crafts and games, keiki ID by the Honolulu Police Department, inflatable jumpers, keiki karaoke and other games, hair and face painting, arts and crafts, and temporary tattoos.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase.


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[Taking Notice]

>> Hilda Mendoza has been selected as "Hawaii's Forget-Me-Not Volunteer of the Year" for 2003 for five years of participation in the state Department of Human Services' Foster Grandparent Program. She works with special-needs children and the elderly. She also volunteers with the Salvation Army, the Queen's Medical Center and the Makua Ali'i Senior Citizens Club.

>> Isaac Hall, of Haiku, Maui, has received the William O. Douglas Award from the national Sierra Club for his contributions to the field of environmental law over the past 25 years. Hall's efforts have resulted in the creation of new laws, as well as helping to halt the bombing of Kahoolawe (Aluli vs. Brown, 1977).

>> Bob Keane, of Mililani, has received the One Club Award, which recognizes people who use outings as a way to instill an interest in the conservation and protection of public lands. He coordinates the High School Hikers program.

>> The U.S. Postal Service has appointed Ricky Aguirre the new postmaster for the Kihei Post Office in Kapaau, Maui. He moved to Kihei from Wailuku, where he had been supervisor of customer services since 1996. A native of Haiku, Maui, Aguirre started as a distribution window clerk in his hometown in 1984.

>> The American Academy of Periodontology has installed Michael Rethman, of Honolulu, as president. He has been a member of the academy since 1981 and served in various positions, including chairman of the Finance Committee and the Committee on Constitution and Bylaws.


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Police, Fire, Courts

Police/Fire

By Star-Bulletin staff

Police identify victims in 3 fatal accidents

The medical examiner has identified the three victims in Sunday's three fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Summer Takata, 19, of Wahiawa, died after the Toyota 4Runner in which she was riding collided with a car and overturned at Makawao Avenue and Manuia Street at 8:45 a.m. Police are continuing to investigate the case.

The 85-year-old Kapolei pedestrian who died after being hit by a van in Nanakuli was Bienvenido Mendez. Police said Mendez was hit when he was crossing an access road about 9:20 a.m. near Tracks Beach across from Kahe Point Power Plant and had been dragged for about 20 feet.

And the medical examiner said Kahaluu resident Betty Patberg, 67, died of multiple internal injuries after her car struck a city bus head-on near Heeia Kea Boat Harbor. Police said Patberg's Volkswagen Golf apparently crossed the center line on a narrow section of Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe.

HONOLULU

License plate proves key to robbery arrests

Honolulu police arrested two men for bank robbery after they allegedly held up the Hawaii National Bank in Kapalama yesterday.

Police said the suspects, identified as two males ages 62 and 40, walked into the bank, located at 1505 Dillingham Blvd., with a silver-colored handgun at 9:25 a.m. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, the suspects fled the area in a green sedan.

One witness managed to relay the license plate number of the suspect vehicle to police. The police helicopter spotted the getaway car from the air, and it was stopped along Likelike Highway on the Kaneohe side of the Wilson Tunnel.

Both men were arrested for first-degree robbery. Police also closed one Kaneohe-bound lane of the highway during the arrest.

LEEWARD OAHU

Moped crash leaves rider critically injured

A 20-year old Nanakuli man was in critical condition yesterday after the moped he was riding slammed into a parked manapua wagon, police said.

The victim was flown by air ambulance to the Queen's Medical Center with head injuries in critical condition, authorities said.

Police said the moped rider was heading northbound at 5:43 a.m. on Nanakuli Avenue near Lepeka Avenue when he hit the van parked on the street.

NEIGHBOR ISLANDS

Candle cited in blaze that forces 8 to flee

WAILUKU >> A fire that caused $219,100 in damage to a Kahului house and its contents and a neighbor's roof was started by a candle igniting a curtain in a second-story bedroom, Assistant Fire Chief Alan Cordeiro said.

The bedroom was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 8:43 a.m. yesterday, seven minutes after hearing the alarm, Cordeiro said.

At least seven adults and a child evacuated the house at 446 Kea St., and one male resident suffered minor burns on a leg while trying to extinguish the blaze, Cordeiro said.

The neighbor's home sustained $900 in damage, he said.

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