News Briefs Friday – January 07, 2006

• Four towed in New Year effort

• Albatross talk at Princeville

• Friends of Joe Moranz raising funds

Four towed in New Year effort

Four drivers, including a visitor who had a rented motorcycle, had the common sense not to drink and drive on Saturday and Sunday, and were delivered to their homes or hotel rooms safely by Roger Ridgley Jr. of A Tow In Paradise.

The calls began from around 11 p.m. New Year’s Eve, and those who had had too much to drink were delivered safely to Sheraton Kauai Resort, Kaua‘i Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Kilauea, and Kawaihau Road in Kapa‘a, he said.

Ridgley was on the road until around 3 a.m. New Year’s Day, he said.

This was the 15th year he has participated in the nationwide T.O.W.E.D. program (Towing Operators Working to Eliminate Drunk Driving).

The vehicles were tied down safely on the back of Ridgley’s flatbed tow truck, and the vehicle operators were safely buckled in the cab.

“It’s kind of our kokua back to the island,” he said. “We all had a part in saving lives,” making for “a great way to end (2005) and to start a new year,” said Carol and Roger Ridgley Jr.

Albatross talk at Princeville

Brenda Zaun, wildlife biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Kauai National Wildlife Refuge system, speaks on “The Laysan Albatrosses of Kauai” at a free public presentation Wednesday, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Princeville Public Library.

Specifically, she will talk about the Laysan albatrosses at Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge and Princeville, discussing their breeding and nesting ecology, courting behavior, and more.

Friends of Joe Moranz raising funds

A group of friends of Joe Moranz, a friend, father, handball player, canoe sailor, fisherman, carpenter and more, are raising funds for medical expenses for their friend.

Donn “Curly” Carswell, Dave Moranz and family, members of the Kauai Athletic Club, Kauai Handball Club, Hawaiian Sailing Canoe Association and others, have joined forces to seek contributions to cover medical expenses for Joe Moranz, who was seriously injured while bodysurfing off Kipu Kai.

According to Carswell and Dave Moranz, Joe Moranz did severe damage to his upper neck, and was unconscious in the water until friends brought him to shore and administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

He was flown to Wilcox Memorial Hospital, and then to The Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu. He had a large amount of sand in his lungs, and had limited ability to move his arms and legs. He has undergone surgery to remove a damaged disk and to fuse two vertebrae, said Carswell and Dave Moranz.

Joe Moranz faces mounting medical, rehabilitation and living costs, and friends and family members have established a fund to help with those costs. Anyone wishing to donate should send contributions to “Friends of Joe Moranz, c/o Donn Carswell, P.O. Box 24, Hanalei, HI 96714.


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