News Briefs for Thursday — March 02,2006

• Profiles planned for Women’s History Month

• Waimea pool to close Monday

• Charter Commission meeting on

• AARP Kapa‘a tax-assistance on the move

• Pet-care, computer, culture classes for adults coming to adult school


Profiles planned for Women’s History Month

As part of Women’s History Month activities of the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women, The Garden Island will be profiling a series of important women in American history on the FYI page all this month.

Pat Hunter-Williams and Anna E. McKenna are co-chairs of the committee, and noted that, despite the fact that several Olympic competitors are household names, like Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen and others, women were not even allowed to compete in the Olympics until 1918.

In addition to the profiles of women to appear on the FYI pages this month, members of the Kaua‘i County Committee on the Status of Women, who are looking for additional women and men to serve on the committee, are also hosting the Hawai‘i premier on March 23 of “A Hero for Daisy,” to show at 6 p.m. at the Kaua‘i Community College Technology Building, room 114.

The film is the story of two-time U.S. Olympian and 1986 world-champion rower Chris Ernst, and will also serve to inspire and reaffirm the need for upholding landmark legislation co-authored by the late U.S. Rep. Patsy Mink, D-Neighbor Islands-rural O‘ahu, which requires males and females to receive equal treatment in all arenas of schooling, including athletics.

The showing is free and open to the public.

The rise in today’s female participation in sports at the Olympic level, and other levels, can he traced in part back to 1972, with the enactment of Title IX of the Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was renamed for Mink after her death in 2002.

Title IX was the first comprehensive federal law to prohibit sex discrimination against students of federally funded educational institutions.

For more information, call Hunter-Williams, 639-0888, or the mayor’s office, 241-6300.


Waimea pool to close Monday

The Waimea swimming pool will be closed for repair work from March 6 to March 10, county officials said in a press release.

According to Cindy Duterte, executive on recreation for the County of Kaua‘i Offices of Community Assistance, a lot of the ceramic tiles around the perimeter of the pool need to be repaired or replaced.

“In order for the work to be done, we need to close the pool for a few days,” said Duterte. “It’s a safety issue that needs to be taken care of.”

She explained that, due to the age of the facility and equipment, the need to close the Waimea swimming pool for repairs has become a frequent occurrence.

“But the county is now exploring plans for a major renovation of the aging facility,” noted Duterte.

For more information, call the county’s Recreation Agency at 241-4460.


Charter Commission meeting on

Members of the county Charter Commission will be having a meeting on Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Lihu‘e Civic Center, Mo‘ikeha Building, first-floor meeting room.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend and provide input, county officials said in a press release.

To check out the meeting agenda, log on to the county’s Web site at www.kauai.gov, and navigate to the “What’s Happening” section.


AARP Kapa‘a tax-assistance on the move

American Association for Retired Persons volunteer tax-preparation personnel were scheduled to do tax returns for low- and middle-income senior citizens at the Kapa‘a Neighborhood Center, an AARP volunteer said in a press release.

Since the neighborhood center is closed for extensive renovations until the end of April, the tax-preparation site for Kapa‘a has been relocated to the Samuel Mahelona Memorial Hospital main lobby on Kawaihau Road. Times are 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. March 9, March 23 and April 6.


Pet-care, computer, culture classes for adults coming to adult school

Tomorrow is the registration deadline for a pet first aid class for dogs and cats set for March 11 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Kauai Humane Society shelter on Kaumuali‘i Highway outside Puhi, officials with the Kauai Community School for Adults said in a press release.

Other offerings through the Kauai Community School for Adults include an introduction to MS Excel set for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 7 through March 16.

A Kaua‘i local culture and values class for newcomers to the island who want to assimilate into the unique local culture as smoothly and gracefully as possible will be held by Kauai Community School for Adults instructors on consecutive Tuesdays, March 7 and March 14, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. each day.

For locations, times, fees, and more information, call the Kauai Community School for Adults office weekdays during regular business hours, 274-3390.

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