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  1. Storm arrive with a thunderclap


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    The victorious Blacktown Storm Youth League men’s team with the premiership trophy and flag – photo courtesy of Noel Rowsell (www.photoexcellence南京夜网.au)The Blacktown Storm Youth League men’s team has completed a fairy-tale run in the Waratah Youth League basketball competition, firstly rising from the Division One cellar in 2010 to reach the grand final in 2011, then taking the next step this season by capturing the premiership title.
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    The journey began for the Storm when they finished runners-up in Second Division in 2009 and subsequently won promotion to the Division One competition.

    A nervous first year almost resulted in the Storm finish near the bottom of the competition ladder, almost being relegated back to second division.

    The following year (2010) was a revelation, with the Storm surprising all but their most ardent fans to reach the Division One grand final, only to fall to the powerful Central Coast Crusaders.

    The Storm scraped into this year’s playoffs but easily disposed of the Bankstown Bruins in the elimination quarter final, then took the initiative against the Crusaders in the semi-final, grabbing a superb 75-61 win over the competition’s hot favourites.

    That win set up another clash with the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, who the Storm had defeated in 2011 to reach the grand final.

    Manly’s strong line-up of State and Australian players was expected to brush aside the upstart Storm but the Blacktown team showed their earlier playoff form had not been a flash in the pan, handling Manly’s best efforts with aplomb and charging away to a 71-59 win to capture this year’s title – the first senior title ever for the fledgling Blacktown Basketball Association.

    Head coach Greg Radford said “The key to our wins have been our defensive intensity and our rebounding”.

    “I thought we set the benchmark with our game against the Bruins and we have carried that form through the next two games”.

    “Our composure has improved this year and whereas we started our journey three years ago as ‘streetballers’, we are now playing top quality basketball and competing with the best players in the country” said a delighted Radford.

    Radford also took pride in the performance of point guard Krenz Carlos over the weekend’s two games, stating “I took Krenz aside earlier in the season and told him we needed someone stable at the point”.

    “We had a lot of strength up-front but we needed a dominant guard and Krenz took up that challenge and has been tremendous for us”.

    Semi-Final: Blacktown Storm 75 (Krenz Carlos 27 points, 7 boards, 3 assists; Petar Kuzmanovic 12 points, 13 boards; Sam Brock 12 points, Kharl Carlos 9 points) def Central Coast Crusaders 61 (Callum Jenkins 18 points, 10 boards; Steve MacKay 14 points, 8 assists)

    Grand Final: Blacktown Storm 71 (Krenz Carlos 22 points, 5 boards, 6 assists; Petar Kuzmanovic 17 points, 6 boards; Mark De Riviere 14 points, 8 boards; Sam Brock 7 points, 11 boards, 3 blocked shots) def Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 59 (David Hazzard 10 points, 9 boards; Mitchell Cullen 9 points; Cale Bulgin 9, Gerard Martin 9)

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  2. School’s in for witches and fairies


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    New chapter: Noumea Public School kindergarten pupils Nathan, Isabella, Jay and Chelsey enjoy their first Book Week parade with teacher Ian Jeffress. Principal Michele Vaughan and teacher Scott Allen also got into the spirit.Picture: Gary WarrickFAIRIES, witches, princesses, superheroes and Ninja Turtles — almost every book character you know came to life at the annual Book Week parade at Noumea Public School last month.
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    Youngsters from nearby KU Kindergarten were also invited.

    Children dressed as their favourite character or donned a sports jersey to coincide with the Olympics.

    Teachers put in as much imagination and effort as the pupils, dressing as pirates, Snow White, Where’s Wally and Mrs Twit from The Twits.

    Principal Michele Vaughan was Cruella from 101 Dalmatians for the day.

    She said the parade changes each year. “There were lots of Harry Potters last year but this year we only had one,” she said. “There are a lot of fairytale characters this year. The parents have gone to a lot of trouble.”

    Ms Vaughan said events such as Book Week to promote literacy were crucial. “Any additional funding we have goes towards extra teachers for reading.

    “It’s just as important as numeracy as they have to know how to read the problems.”

    The theme of the day was grandparents, godparents and good friends.

    The parade was one of many Book Week events that were held around town.

    The National Year of Reading ambassador, Aleesah Darlison, of the Unicorn Rider series, presented talks at Bidwill and Glendenning public schools.

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  3. Motor registry escapes the axe


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    THE state government has guaranteed the St Marys motor registry will remain open after the opposition had raised speculation about its future.
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    The government accused Labor of reckless scaremongering after the announcement of plans to improve customer service by amalgamating some services into single sites.

    A range of government services will be available at 24 one-stop shops. Blacktown and Penrith will have them.

    The government assured the Star the changes will not affect the St Marys registry.

    “Roads and Maritime Services does not have plans to move or close the St Marys or Mt Druitt motor registries,’’ a spokeswoman said.

    Roads Minister Duncan Gay is on record in parliament as saying, ‘‘No Roads and Traffic Authority offices — the old registries — will be closed.’’

    It’s done nothing to ease opposition spokesman Robert Furolo’s concerns after a recent NSW Commission of Audit report recommended cuts with the roll-out of one-stop shops to ‘‘reduce the need for face to face transactions when customers interact with government.’’

    Mr Furolo agreed it was unknown where motor registry cuts may be made but feared the small St Marys office may be at risk.

    ‘‘It would be a tragedy for the community if it closed,’’ Mr Furolo said.

    ‘‘A lot of people in the community rely on face to face service. How can you pick up number plates or do a driving test without a motor registry? It’s the responsibility of the local MP [Tanya Davies] to stand up on behalf of her community.’’

    Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery added it would be a disaster to close St Marys and put pressure on the Mount Druitt registry, which he says is already one of the busiest in NSW.

    Should the St Marys motorregistry remain open?

    Comment at stmarysstar南京夜网.au.

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  4. Legacy Week


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    Legacy Week
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    This is Legacy Week which has been running since 1942, supporting widows of deceased veterans who have died on active service or subsequently.

    This year the 49 clubs across Australia will be selling Legacy badges, pens and wristbands in the run-up to Badge Day on Friday, September 7. Badges, wristbands and pens will be available for $5, $10, $20 and $50.

    Badges are also available from corporate supporters, Commonwealth Bank, Telstra, Thales, Australia Post, Dan Murphy’s or BWS branches, stores or offices.

    Details: www.legacy南京夜网.au

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  5. Council’s anti-graffiti plan topped up with $170,000 funding


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    Writing is on the wall: Blacktown mayor Alan Pendleton and Chifley MP Ed Husic hope federal funding for a graffiti education program announced by minister Jason Clare (middle) still stop areas such as the Rooty Hill shopping prencinct from being vandalised. Picture: Gary WarrickBLACKTOWN Council will receive a $170,000 federal government grant to roll out graffiti education after a campaign by Chifley MP Ed Husic.
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    Year 5, 6 and 7 students in the Blacktown LGA will learn about the criminality and damage of graffiti.

    The remaining $50,000 will be allocated to Graffix, a mentoring program of 12 workshops where participants work with a street artist to be given an alternative to illegal graffiti.

    The council forks out $800,000 a year to remove graffiti; it is the owners’ responsibility for private buildings.

    The council tested the program at Minchinbury Public School last year.

    “The goals are to work with community groups and the young offenders and encourage them not to take up graffiti,” Mr Husic said

    Blacktown mayor Alan Pendleton said: “Any funding we get to remove graffiti is welcomed by the council and the community.”

    This is the first step of Mr Husic’s goal to eliminate graffiti at the Rooty Hill shopping precinct.

    “The next step is for CCTV footage in hotspots,” he said.

    “Ultimately, we want to reduce graffiti and improve the look and feel of the suburb.

    “We want to ease the cost pressures of small businesses to clean it up.

    “Someone has to pay for it, whether it be taxpayers or businesses.”

    He had this plea for graffiti vandals.

    ”If you wouldn’t do it to your own property, why do it to anyone else’s?”

    What do you think of the programs? Comment: stmarysstar南京夜网.au or join the conversation on the St Marys-Mt Druitt Facebook page.

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  6. NOVA gives students job skills


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    Welcome home: Former NBL star Ben Knight (centre) with Joshua Hinchcliffe and Danielle Lane.NOVA Employment’s head office in St Marys held its annual open day last week to show students with a disability the options available to them.
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    The day was in held in partnership with Nova’s Blacktown office.

    Students from Chifley College senior campus, Halinda, Mitchell, Blacktown boys’ and girls’ high schools were invited to find out about the transition to work and disability employment programs.

    Nova also has a program for students to spend four days a week at school and one day in work experience placement.

    “We provide them with skills for the workforce and give them a taste of different industries,” St Marys branch manager Kristy Whitehead said.

    Last week’s guests heard from success stories at Nova and met former local, retired NBL star Ben Knight.

    Certificates were also presented to clients who have completed Nova’s programs.

    “We wanted to acknowledge the achievements of people with a disability,” Mrs Whitehead said.

    Nova Employment chief executive Martin Wren added: “We’re giving these kids an identity.

    Transition to Work program graduate Sophie Mitchell, 21, has recently secured a full-time job at Hair & Beauty Bargain Bazaar in St Marys.

    Tasks include selling hair care products, pricing and helping customers with their inquiries.

    “It gives me more confidence and teaches me skills such as answering the phone,” she said.

    Ms Mitchell encouraged businesses not rule out job applicants because of a disability.

    “You learn more as a person and it benefits the employee and the organisation,” she said.

    Yesterday Lindsay MP David Bradbury met staff and clients at Nova, announcing a $10,000 grant to help improve the training of workers.

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  7. Terrific teachers


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    Terrific teachers
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    Teachers are the unsung heroes of every community. They work tirelessly in and out of the classroom to ensure that children receive all the benefits education can bring.

    But it’s not that often teachers receive the recognition and reward they deserve in the wider community.

    In 2011, 2UE launched a search for Sydney’s Favourite Teacher. It’s now time to find out who that person is for 2012.

    The winning teacher receives $10,000 cash; the winner’s school gets $4000; and the nominators are up for $1000 as well.

    ¦ Nominations are now being accepted. To enter, go to 2ue南京夜网.au

    Mosaic teamwork

    Two large-scale mosaics produced by girls from years 8, 9 and 10 were recently unveiled: one at Colyton Neighbourhood Centre, the other at Colyton High School Trade School.

    Under the Magnetic Places Program run by Penrith Council, artist Diamando Koutsellis worked with students to produce a series of mosaics using tiles made by hand from raw clay.

    They designed, cut out, pressed, fired and glazed the tiles by themselves.

    Ms Koutsellis worked at Colyton High in 2011 as part of the Artists in Schools program.

    During that project large totem poles, or Story Stacks, were created by ceramic students in years 9 and 10 under her guidance.

    Students working on this latest project learned design skills, ceramic techniques and problem solving strategies and about teamwork.

    The mosaic creations at the two venues now can be admired by the whole community.

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  8. State grants up for grabs


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    NOMINATIONS for the Mulgoa 2012 Community Building Partnerships Program are now open.
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    The state program provides grants to councils and community groups for projects that build and improve community facilities.

    It allows for community infrastructure to be built, refurbished or enhanced to make a difference to the day-to-day lives of local communities.

    St Pauls Lutheran Kindergarten at St Marys was a successful applicant last year and received $22,375 to replace the roof.

    The building has been used as a kindergarten for almost 40 years.

    ‘‘We are a not-for-profit organisation, so without this kind of support, there is no way we could maintain such an old building,’’ kindergarten director Suzy Papadionisiou said.

    About $200,000 is available for projects in the Mulgoa electorate.

    ‘‘The benefits of this program are best shown by visiting places like St Paul’s Lutheran Kindergarten, a community childcare facility that has no other way to renovate their facility,’’ Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies said.

    “In many cases the funds will go to much needed social infrastructure with sporting, youth, cultural and community clubs all benefiting from project funding.’’

    In the three years of the program, more than 4375 grants have been offered.

    Applications for the Community Building Partnership close on October 30.

    Details: 9833 2913.

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  9. Yoga classes


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    Yoga classes
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    New yoga classes are being run in the Minchinbury and Ropes Crossing area.

    Details: Supriya Roy, 0469 906 223 or [email protected]南京夜网

    Hospital upgrade

    Early work on the Mount Druitt Hospital upgrade is expected to start soon; Kane Constructions has been awarded the contract.

    The hospital will be reconfigured for expanded dental services, a new main entrance and changes to the sterilising services department.

    The upgrade is part of $300 million redevelopment of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

    Mount Druitt Hospital will celebrate its 30th anniversary in October.

    Bushcare action

    Penrith Council urges residents to roll up their sleeves and take part in Bushcare’s Major Day Out this Saturday, September 8, at Kanangra Reserve, Kingswood, 9am-noon.

    It’s a day of action on invasive weeds and enables residents to give Bushcare a go and learn from experienced Bushcarers.

    Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, gloves and a hat. Tools, training and a barbecue from noon will be provided.

    RSVP: Janet, 4732 8088, 0407 926 386.

    Free jobseeker

    A free jobseeker workshop will be held at Skilling & Employment this Thursday, September 6, 10am-noon.

    Free facilities are available after the initial appointment, including internet access, fax, photocopier, telephones, newspapers and help with resumes and job applications.

    Details: 51 Phillip Street, St Marys. Call Kim or Jan, 9673 1225.

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  10. Fly a balloon to support kids


    May 31, 2018 by admin

    VICTIMS and affected families of child sex abuse hope to see a sea of white balloons across town on Friday.
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    White Balloon Day is a Bravehearts event held during Child Protection Week to raise awareness of child sexual assault and empower survivors to break their silence.

    One in five children will be sexually assaulted, according to Bravehearts.

    One local dad, Andrew, emailed a heartfelt plea to every primary school from Penrith to Mount Druitt, urging them to pledge their support for the day.

    His daughter, now 12, suffered six counts of sexual abuse from a relative in 2006. It took five years of hell before he was found guilty by a jury and jailed for six years last September after other family victims came forward.

    “It’s affected the whole family,” Andrew said. “For the last six years, we’ve had to look over our shoulders constantly and we became prisoners in our own home. It tears families apart.”

    But he admits his family is one of the fortunate ones, despite the nightmare.

    His daughter has changed from an average student to one getting As since starting high school.

    “Many cases don’t make it to court which is why we need to raise awareness,” he said. “Cases are being lost in the system before they make it to court. I’m shocked about the stories I’ve heard when adults haven’t believed what children have been telling them. If a child is acting differently it should raise an alarm. A child doesn’t lie.”

    Bennett Road Public School will mark White Balloon Day with a launch and mufti-day to raise money for Bravehearts towards its goal of $500,000. School leaders from St Marys South, St Marys, Colyton and Oxley Park public schools, Colyton and St Marys Senior high schools will attend the launch.

    Details: whiteballoonday南京夜网.au.

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