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October 22, 2014

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Vol. 23, No. 42 October 22, 2014 www.oakwoodregister.com WITH $100 PURCHASE OF PANDORA JEWELRY.* October 23-28 (Closed Sunday & Monday) F R E E P A N D O R A B R A C E L E T Ex rience : &AR(ILLS!VEp$AYTON/( p7EBER*EWELERSCOM &ACEBOOKCOM7EBER*EWELERS 4UESq&RIAMqPMp3ATAMqPM &REESINGLESTRANDLEATHERBRACELET53RETAILVALUEUPTO ORMULTISTRAND COLORCORD53RETAILVALUE 7HILESUPPLIESLASTLIMITONEPERCUSTOMER "RACELETUPGRADESAVAILABLE4HISOFFERMAYNOTBECOMBINEDWITHANYOTHER 0!.$/2!OFFER#HARMSSOLDSEPARATELY3EESTOREFORDETAILS Public Safety offers tips to keep trick-or-treaters safe and sound this season Halloween is an exciting time of year for both children and adults. The Oakwood Public Safety Department would like to remind parents, chil- dren, and motorists to remain alert and keep safety a top priority during this Halloween season. Here are a few safety tips everyone can follow to make this a fun, safe, and enjoyable Halloween. Oakwood Trick-or-Treat times: Friday, October 31, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Costume Safety • Wear a costume that makes it easier for children to walk, see, and be seen. • Utilize glow sticks and/or reflective tape/material attached to costumes and bags for added visibility. • Shoes should fit (even if they don't go with the costume). • Use face paint instead of masks as they can obstruct a child's vision. • If wearing a mask is a must, ensure the eyeholes do not obstruct the child's vision. • Always remove the mask before crossing the street. • Avoid toy weapons – if desired, use costume knives and swords that are flexible, not rigid. Pedestrian Safety • Children should stay within famil- iar areas and surroundings. Parents should establish and review the route they want their child to follow. • Children should carry and use flashlights and stay on sidewalks. • Walk, don't run. • Don't permit your child to bicycle, roller-blade or skateboard. • Don't cut across yards or driveways. • Children should cross the street at corners or crosswalks and not between parked cars. • Motorists should drive slowly and watch for children especially when exiting or entering driveways. General Safety • Children should never enter a home – stay on the porch or stoop when asking for treats. • Stay away from pets. The pet may not recognize the child and become frightened. • Avoid homes that do not have out- side lights turned on. • Younger children should always be accompanied by an adult. • Trick-or-Treat with a group. • Review with your child the behav- ior which is acceptable to you. • Although tampering with candy is rare, tell children to bring their candy home to be inspected before consum- ing anything. Discard all unwrapped or loosely wrapped candy. • A good meal prior to trick-or-treat- ing will discourage children from filling up on Halloween treats. • Children should know how and where to reach their parents during trick-or-treating. The Oakwood Safety Department will conduct extra neighborhood patrols during trick-or-treat hours to make sure trick-or-treaters are safe. Report any suspicious, criminal, or inappropriate behavior. Tricks and jokes can be amusing, but vandalism is not. Talk to your children about the need to respect others and their property. The Oakwood Safety Department wishes all participants a fun and safe Halloween. Oakwood students spend day off of school lending a helping hand at Dayton food pantry While most children use a day off of school to catch up on sleep, video games or hang out with friends, one Oakwood family uses the time away from classes to serve others in the community. For the last two years, the Stack family has been sharing their time and talents with the clients of Good Neighbor House, a nonprofit organi- zation providing clinical and human services to the underserved in the community. This year, Will, an eighth-grader at Oakwood Junior High School, spent his summer volunteering near- ly 30 hours in the pantry at Good Neighbor House helping clients pick out groceries and packing up food orders. "At first my mom made me, but then I had fun and I wanted to keep coming back," Will says of his first few times volunteering. He says he has learned a valuable lesson about how it is important to not only get but also to give back! He says one of the most memorable times volunteering was when a client was talking about how she lived in an area where most of the kids in her neighborhood were in gangs and didn't seem to relate well to others. She said it was nice to see a young person giving back and helping others. When Oakwood Schools were closed on Monday Oct. 20, the Stack family knew exactly where Will would be spending his day off — but this time they included his 11-year- old brother, Sam, in the family tradi- tion of volunteering on vacation days. "I heard my brother talk about how much fun it was and I decided to give it a try," said Sam, a sixth-grader at Harman Elementary School. "To see these young men give back of their time like this is truly humbling," Marcia Ehlers, assistant director of human services and out- reach at the Good Neighbor House, said of the Stack family's commit- ment to volunteering. "We are so lucky to have them here and while I think they are getting a lesson in helping others, I know our clients are thrilled to have these young people doing an adult job with such pro- fessionalism and enthusiasm. It's a blessing all the way around!" Good Neighbor House is located at 627 East First Street in downtown Dayton. For more information on the programs and services offered, or to learn about volunteer opportunities with the organization, visit www. goodneighborhouse.org, or contact Marcia Ehlers at (937) 224-3003, ext. 108. Sam Stack, a sixth-grader at Harman Elementary, spent the recent day off of school working the food pantry at the Good Neighbor House in downtown Dayton. His brother, Will, an eighth-grader at Oakwood Junior High School, volunteered nearly 30 hours with the organization over his summer break Voters Guide Inside Look inside this issue for the 2014 Voters Guide, produced and published by the League of Women Voters of the Greater Dayton Area.

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