Saturday, December 7, 2013
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Explorer program is back

The police department is bringing back the Police Explorer teen program, which it had stopped in 2008 due to budget cuts.

The Explorer program is an effort to "bridge the gap between youth and police by educating and involving them in police operations to interest them in law enforcement," Chief Donie Lee said.

City commissioners on Tuesday approved the use of $7,000 from the state forfeiture fund to pay for the program.

The money is needed to pay overtime so officers can run the program, Lee said.


Holiday sale is 1-3 today

A holiday sale featuring used furniture, household items, clothes and electronics is scheduled for today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the parish hall of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 401 Duval St.

All proceeds will go to the nonprofit Anchors Aweigh, 404 Virginia St., which offers more than 50 12-step meetings a week and has been a daily gathering place for recovery since 1981. It became a nonprofit owned by its members in 2003.

For more information, call 305-296-7888 or visit


Holiday donations sought

Just4Kids, a Bahama Village-based nonprofit that provides free art opportunities for kids, will host its 11th annual Christmas party at the Douglass Gym on Dec. 22.

The nonprofit plans to provide food and toys for more than 300 kids and is in need of donations, said director Mary Parmley. Call 305-432-7402 for information.

Unwrapped toys and gift cards may be dropped off at the art center, 727 Fort St., at Petronia Street, or businesses including CVS on Truman Avenue and the Green Parrot Bar.