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N E W WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2010 W E S T M I N S T E R INSIDE: Students are inspired by singing ◗P11 YOUR SOURCE FOR LOCAL SPORTS , NEWS , WEATHER AND ENTERTAINMENT ! : WWW . ROYALCITYRECORD . COM VAMPIRE CAUGHT IN REHEARSAL ◗ MAN APPROACHING KIDS Police warn parents BY ALFIE LAU REPORTER For the third time this year, the New Westminster school district and New Westminster Police Service are warning parents about a man lurking around local schools. On May 14, at 8:30 a.m., a young boy was walking to school at Lord Kelvin Elementary when he was approached by a male motorist on Hamilton Street. According to Sgt, Gary Weishaar, the boy was only one block from the school when the motorist drove up close to the boy and asked him if he wanted a ride to school. After the boy said “‘no”, the motorist drove off continuing eastbound on Hamilton Street. The boy reported the incident to school staff, who then called the police. The New Westminster police are looking for an early 1990s van, possibly a Dodge, with two doors that open at the rear, tinted windows and red curtains, racing type wheels, a broken tail light, and, a possible B.C. license plate containing the numbers 233-x9. The motorist is described as a Caucasian male, approximately 40 to 50 years old, who was wearing a black toque and had some facial hair. The incident comes on the heels of two other similar incidents around local schools. In mid-April, school district superintendent John Woudzia sent a letter to parents about an incident that occurred near Herbert Spencer Elementary, during the ◗Warning Page 4 Jason Lang/THE RECORD Flying high: A film crew practised hoisting a stunt person on Saturday during a rehearsal for an upcoming feature called Vampire. The film, by director Shunji Iwai, was using Begbie street as a staging area. Mom questions May Day funds BY NIKI HOPE REPORTER A Queensborough parent says money raised by school parent advisory councils would be better spent on educational materials than used to help fund May Day. “I get the tradition,” said Dana Babic, chair of the Queen Elizabeth Elementary parent advisory council. “(But) the money that PACs raise should go toward enhancing students’ educational experience in school.” Babic learned about the cost of May Day when she started on with the parent council. That year marked the seventh time in 11 years that the May Queen came from that school. How it works is that every year, one girl from a New Westminster school is named May Queen, and that school’s Grade 1 students are then the Royal Dancers. Those dancers traditionally wear special outfits – white shirts and navy pants for the boys and blue-and-white dresses for the girls. Last year, for 30 kids in Queensborough it cost about $1,500 for the Grade 1 outfits, Babic said. Along with the Grade 1 outfits, school ◗May Day Page 4 NEW WESTMINSTER’S #1 NEGOTIATORS Advantage Since 1922 604-526-2888 A portion from every RE/MAX Advantage transaction is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network Visit us at 321 6th St or Online at GO CANADA GO!!

Royal City Record May 19 2010

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