Community Briefs – August 10, 2017

Survivors, caregivers support meeting today
All people facing cancer, their family members, and caregivers are invited to the next Commonwealth Cancer Association support meeting today, Aug. 10, 2017, starting at 5:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Saipan’s Chamolinian Room. Guest speaker will be Becky Robles, NCDB director, and her presentation will on NCD Bureau Services. Joining her will be Nikki Sablan, PROA program coordinator and Joyce Songsong, breast and cervical program coordinator. To RSVP or for more information, call the CCA at 682-0050 or email at ccamarianas@gmail.com. (PR)

NMTI to host outreach events
The Northern Marianas Technical Institute, in collaboration with governor’s Youth Services, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs-Division of Youth Services, and precinct representatives, is hosting outreach events designed to help students learn a new trade and earn a job. Staff will be available to explain their programs and help fill out forms. The events will take place at:

• Aug. 10, Thursday, 5pm – 7pm, Tanapag Youth/Community Center (next to Tanapag Middle School)
• Aug. 14, Monday, 5pm – 7pm, San Antonio Youth Center (next to San Antonio Church)
• Aug. 15, Tuesday, 5pm – 7pm, Kagman Community Center (between LaoLao golf and fire station)
• Aug. 16, Wednesday, 5pm – 7pm, Koblerville Youth Center (next to Koblerville fire station)
• Aug. 17, Thursday, 5pm – 7pm, Chalan Kanoa Youth Center/Koban (close to Mt. Carmel cemetery)
• Aug. 18, Friday, 5pm – 7pm, Garapan Community Center (next to the Garapan basketball court)

For more information, call Mae Guerrero at 235-6684. (PR)

Military training at former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course
ASAN, Guam—The U.S. military will conduct training at the former Adm. Nimitz Golf Course in Barrigada on Aug. 10, from noon to 6pm. These trainings are designed to enhance the readiness of military personnel. Residents in surrounding areas should not be alarmed if they see or hear increased activity associated with the trainings. (PR)

Veterans Choice workshop today
The office of Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan is hosting a Veterans Choice workshop on Saipan today, Aug. 10, 2017, from 5pm to 7pm, at the Pedro T. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center. It is open to veterans, their families, and members of the public who would like to learn more about veterans’ options for healthcare through the Veterans Administration’s Choice program. Representatives of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and TriWest (the VA’s third-party administrator for the Choice program) will be present to share information and answer questions. (PR)

Notice to all Kagman farm plot permittees
This is to inform all permittees that Department of Land and Natural Resource agents will be conducting scheduled visits as well as permitting inspections to all Kagman farm plots to determine whether permittees are in compliance with the rules and policies set forth in the Governing Uses of the Kagman Commercial Farm Plot permit.

In order to address issues with violations, DLNR has already begun issuing eviction notices to any permittee engaging in the subleasing or transferring of farm plot(s) to a corporation or partner. This includes the use of the plots to cultivate forbidden substances.

Call the DLNR-Division of Agriculture if there are any questions or concerns to this notice at 256-3318/19 or 322-9834. (PR)

Saturday Story Time in August at AMP
Youth of all ages are invited to join the American Memorial Park on Saturdays (Aug. 12, 19, and 26) from 2pm to 3pm for story time. During the hour, read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr. This book tells the story of a young girl from Hiroshima, Japan who becomes sick with leukemia in the years after the atomic bomb was dropped on her city, and her race to fold 1,000 paper cranes. Following the reading, everyone will be invited to make paper cranes, just like Sadako did in the story. Throughout the month, 1,000 paper cranes will be folded and sent to the Children’s Peace Memorial in Hiroshima Japan.

To learn more about this program or other happenings at the park, contact park ranger Brooke Nevitt at 234-7207 or 2020 or email brooke_nevitt@nps.gov. (NPS)

US Navy releases new input dates

The U.S. Navy will accept public comments about the Training and Testing Supplemental Environmental Impact statement for the Mariana Island Training and Testing area until Sept. 15, 2017. Comments must be postmarked or received online by Sept. 15, 2017, for consideration in the development of the Draft Supplemental EIS/OEIS. Comments may be submitted online at www.MITT-EIS.com or mail to: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Attention: MITT Supplemental EIS/OEIS Project Manager, 258 Makapala Drive, Suite 100 Pearl Harbor, HI 96860-3134. (PR)

VA benefits outreach on Saipan

The U.S. Department of Veterans Benefits Administration will be visiting Saipan on Aug. 31, 2017, and will be conducting a benefits workshop/claims clinic and outreach at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center in Susupe. The workshop/claims clinic will be from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Veterans will also be meeting one-on-one with the benefit counselor from 12:30pm to 3:30pm.

Workshop topics include VA benefits, loan guaranty, vocational rehabilitation & employment, death benefits & education benefits. Counselors will be available to answer questions and assist with the claim process. (PR)

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