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Police PALs, deer danger, veterans' JOY


Crews work on the railroad on Greenville Boulevard on Oct. 11, 2017. (Molly Mathis/The Daily Reflector)


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Laurels — To a program that is helping children and police become PALs. The Police Athletic League showcased its program this week at Eppes and South Greenville Recreation Centers. Students have snacks and do homework before they hit the gymnasium or head outdoors to take part in games alongside uniformed officers. It’s never too early to learn respect for and build friendships with officers.

Laurels — To a program that delivered an anti-bullying message via music and dance.The Jline Dance Crew entertained children at A.G. Cox Middle School before members discussed their personal experiences with being bullied. The program focused on respect and responsibility by finding passions and achieving goals. Here’s hoping the upbeat delivery helped students absorb an important message.

Darts — To the danger of deer-vehicle crashes. According to highway safety experts, deer-related crashes increase in the fall during prime mating season. The odds of a driver in North Carolina hitting a deer in the coming year are one in 109, which is a slight increase from last year’s chance of one in 115. Drivers hoping to buck the odds should be especially wary between dusk and dawn when deer are most active.

Laurels — To the JOY Community Building for offering space to the Disabled Americans Veterans organization. The DAV moved last week from its shared space at the Vietnam Veterans Hut on Cemetery Road into its new home at 700 Albemarle St. in west Greenville. Additional space at the new site will allow the DAV to assist even more veterans. That’s a great way to spread joy to a deserving population.

Darts — To bumper-to-bumper traffic near the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and East 14th Street as work crews replaced a railroad crossing. Crews closed a portion one of the city’s busiest roadways for three days as part of a repaving project, stalling vehicles and slowing business at at least one gas station. Fortunately for drivers, their patience will be repaid with a less jarring ride.

Laurels — To the Greenville Police Department for revisiting the notion of cops walking a beat. Six officers have been assigned to spend their time in neighborhood zones talking to residents, educating them about crimes prevention, arranging for trash pickup and talking to property managers. The result? Cleaner, safer communities where people can talk to officers. That’s an improvement that’s hard to beat.

Laurels — To Greenville Fire-Rescue for partnering with Eastern Radiologists to hold the third Pullin’ for Pink fire engine pull today to raise money in the fight against breast cancer. Besides the signature pulling competition the event also will feature local vendors, raffle prizes, a breast cancer clinic and health fair, and a benefit motorcycle ride. Residents can think pink and pull for an end to breast cancer.