Friday, September 26, 2008

North Ambergris Watch Vigilant for Eight Years

- Press Release, NACNW, Wednesday, September 23, 2008 - After our Belize Independence celebrations, we would like to make note of our own anniversary that just passed this last August. The NACNW has now been actively in existence for eight (8) years with our first meeting in August 2000, held at the Palapa Bar & Grill.

Our first meeting was brought about by concerns of the increase in petty theft, local development and hurricane assistance and awareness, among other issues. The next month, we experienced the first major hurricane that had hit Ambergris Caye in many years, Hurricane Keith. This unfortunate event made our neighborhood watch an important part of our community with the creation and introduction of new items to assist not only the north residents, but all of residents of the island.

One of the first creations by the NACNW was the telephone tree. This has provided us more open communication within the local community in regards to everything from theft prevention and assistance to medical needs. Remember, before the bridge was a permanent fixture connecting the north end of the island to the town, it was difficult at times assisting those in need of services.

Over the years, there have been many residents and citizens who have been integral in the success of the NACNW. These people include those who do heroic acts on behalf of our community. We would like to mention one of these acts that occurred just last week.

Three (3) young people who live in the area saw a fellow coming out of a house with a microwave heading down the beach. One of the young men caught the thief down by the bridge and knocked him down with his bike. An adult in the area had his boat and picked up the thief and took him to the police station. These young people deserve a big THANK YOU and our gratitude for taking such an interest in their community. Without their assistance, this fellow may not have been caught. The NACNW has rewarded their efforts.

Congratulations to the 8th Anniversary of the NACNW and a big thank you to all of you who have contributed to the NACNW, a successful group for the better of Ambergris Caye! Our next meeting is this Saturday, September 27, 2008, at 12:00 pm located at the Palapa Bar & Grill. The public is encouraged and welcome to come.

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