49 school cesspools to be replaced
Cesspools at 49 schools in the state will be replaced with part of $26 million released last week for Department of Education construction and renovation projects.
That figure includes $11 million to replace the cesspools with alternatives like connecting to county sewer systems and converting to a seepage pit. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has required that all large-capacity cesspools at the schools be closed and converted. Other projects to be funded:
» About $2.6 million for construction of a new cafeteria at Kilauea Elementary School; $3.6 million for the planning of a second elementary school in Wailuku; $413,000 for the design and construction of a special-education classroom at Maunaloa Elementary School
» $1.25 million to renovate the armory at Honokaa High and Intermediate School; $3.4 million for a new administration and library building at Kealakehe Intermediate School; $251,000 for renovation of special-education classrooms at Kau High and Pahala Elementary Schools
» $1.9 million for a new 10-classroom building at Mililani High School; $651,000 for auditorium renovations at Kawananakoa Middle School; $701,000 for cafeteria expansions at Pearl Ridge Elementary School.
Oahu events kick off teacher workshops
Teacher Institute 2006, a Hawaii State Teachers Association statewide event held for a day of professional development, kicks off on Oahu today at 8:30 a.m. at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
Teacher licensing, No Child Left Behind and school community councils will be some of the topics in workshops. Flu shots, education publications and arts and crafts will also be available for attendees. Events on the Big Island will be held on Tuesday, Kauai on Wednesday, Molokai on Thursday, and Maui and Lanai on Friday.
Maryknoll graduate returns to head development at Cancer Research Center
, former senior development manager for United Cerebral Palsy in Washington, D.C., has joined the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii as development director.
Formerly Cecilia Amor Bitanga, Kramer grew up in Volcano village on the Big Island and in Ewa Beach. She is a graduate of Maryknoll High School and received a bachelor's degree in English from Chaminade University in 1977 and a master's degree in administration from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health in 1990.
"It's great to be back in Hawaii after almost 20 years," she said. "I'm looking forward to working with everyone here and doing everything I can to help the Cancer Research Center and its development program grow."
Dr. Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, Cancer Research Center of Hawaii director, said with Kramer's background and experience, "she'll be a definite asset as we look to increase our funding and expand our research programs."
Kramer is a member of the Community Health Charities Nominating and Governance Committee and has been a Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association trainer since last year.
Police, Fire, Courts
No cause of death yet for submerged driver
The Medical Examiner's Office deferred a cause of death for Josephine Vanice, 67, who died Thursday night when her van submerged under a water hazard on Kapolei Golf Course.
Police said the vehicle was seen driving on the golf course before it went into the water hazard near the first hole.
Fire Department personnel were able to remove her from her minivan, and paramedics pronounced her dead on the scene, said Bryan Cheplic, city emergency services spokesman. It was not known when the medical examiner would be able to report Vanice's cause of death.
Big Island brush fire is out after 2 days
Big Island firefighters and the state Department of Forestry and Wildlife were watching for hot spots over the weekend after extinguishing a brush fire Friday that burned more than 1,000 acres over two days on the Big Island. The fire was near the 18-mile marker on the lower portion of Highway 190, close to the Puuwaawaa hunting reserve.
Big Isle police seek man in park assault
Big Island police are asking the public for help in finding a man who assaulted a 61-year-old man in Liliuokalani Park in Hilo on Sept. 29. Police said the victim was punched in the face several times before fleeing to a hotel on Banyan Drive and contacting police at about 8 p.m. The attacker was described as in his mid-20s, about 6 feet tall and at least 200 pounds.
Anyone with information should call Aubrey Auna at 961-2213 or CrimeStoppers in Hilo at 961-8300 or in Kona at 329-8181.
Dirt-biker hits pickup, suffers head injuries
A dirt-bike rider who hit a pickup truck on Kauai was taken to the hospital with head injuries yesterday.
Police said the motorcyclist was riding the dirt bike down Kokee Road near mile marker 8 and crossed the center line, clipping a Toyota 4Runner traveling in the opposite direction. The motorcyclist was transported in stable condition to Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital. The pickup truck driver was uninjured.