Kokua Line

By June Watanabe

Monday, August 20, 2001

Donating work clothes for
job-seeking women

Question: Where can I donate good clothes to that group that gives clothes to women coming out of rehab or prison? What is their telephone number?

Answer: We have two suggestions (if there are other such programs, please call us and we'll spread the word).

The YWCA of Oahu Clothes Closet Store at 1040 Richards St. provides three free outfits to women who need clothes for job interviews or work.

The women must be unemployed and actively looking for employment and referred by an agency, such as a domestic violence shelter, WorkHawaii program, welfare office, etc., said Madeline Harcourt of the YWCA. Or, if they are newly employed (less than three months) and earning no more than $1,500 a month, they can be referred by the employer.

Donations, which are tax-deductible, may be brought to the Clothes Closet, which is open Monday-Friday, except Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. "We are looking for new or 'gently used' clothes in good condition (no stains)," Harcourt said, including dresses, suits, tops, skirts, shoes, purses and other accessories. For more information, call the Clothes Closet at 538-7061, ext. 235.

While the Clothes Closet, which celebrated its third anniversary in July, provides free clothing to certain women, the general public is welcome to shop there for bargains as well, Harcourt said.

Meanwhile, the state Department of Human Services' "First to Work" program also looks for donations of work clothes to help welfare recipients going back to work or school.

Call 587-3850 for information.

Q: Did Simon & Garfunkel get together when they were students at Harvard? Did they even go to Harvard?

A: Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel were childhood friends in Queens, N.Y. While teenagers in the '50s, they began performing together as Tom and Jerry, hoping to be the next Everly Brothers. But finding fame fleeting, they split for college -- Simon graduating from Queens College in New York with a degree in English literature (also went a semester at Brooklyn College Law School) and Garfunkel receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in art history from Columbia College and his master's in mathematics from Columbia University.

They reconnected again in the early '60s as Simon and Garfunkel, but split in 1970, citing irreconcilable music differences and divergent career paths.

There is no mention of Harvard University in either's biographical data.

Much ado about bird poo

Regarding the "auwe" about bird droppings all over the seats and surrounding area at the bus stop on Kilauea Avenue, near the entrance to McDonald's at Kahala Mall ("Kokua Line," July 18): The city Department of Transportation Services says many people have complained about that ongoing problem, and it finally may be resolved by just trimming the trees there.

DTS says it has asked the Department of Facility Maintenance to pressure-wash the concrete benches, concrete pad and litter container to remove the bird droppings. Looking at the problem long term, it considered relocating the stop but found it inadvisable because it would either obstruct access to Kahala Mall or create a traffic safety problem.

As for just building a shelter, DTS says there is not enough space to accommodate a shelter.

The Department of Parks and Recreation's horticultural and botanical services division has recommended trimming the trees so that birds would not be able to roost above the bus stop area.

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