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Putting the bite on arrested teen

A POLICE dog bit a teenager during an arrest after a pursuit along Peninsula Link, 12.19am, Tuesday 12 December. Somerville Highway Patrol had attempted to intercept a black Subaru with stolen number plates allegedly speeding through roadworks towards Springvale Rd. The teen, a boy, 18, and girl, 17, and another youth still at large, were spotted by the police helicopter after they dumped the car in a retirement village car park and attempted to hide. A dog from the Canine Unit cornered them in the front yard and bit the 18-year-old teenager, of Mill Park, who was recovering in Maroondah Hospital last week. He is likely to face car theft charges. A Mill Park girl has been bailed to appear on similar charges at a children’s court at a later date. The third teen is still at large.

Balaclava gang

UP to 10 offenders wearing balaclavas robbed a unit in The Ambassador complex, Frankston, 10.40pm, Saturday 9 December. A resident, 38, told police he answered a knock at his door and was shocked to see two men wearing balaclavas standing outside. They forced their way in before knocking him to the ground and beating him. The man managed to break free and escape and ran along Nepean Highway to the police station.

Officers formed a cordon around the complex but the men had gone. Neighbours said they saw six men wearing balaclavas but police believe the number may be as high as 10. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Woman startled A WOMAN taking a shower at home in Lawrence Avenue, Aspendale, heard the front doorbell ring but didn’t do anything about it and then heard the sound of breaking glass, 9.15am, Friday 15 December. Walking into the living room she was confronted by a man who quickly ran out the door. Nothing was stolen. The man is described as Caucasian, 20 years old, with short dark hair. Police found discarded clothing in a nearby garden which may belong to him. Anyone with information on these thefts is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Man assessed

A MAN was arrested after an incident in Gladesville Boulevard, Patterson Lakes, 7.30pm, Monday 18 December. Leading Senior Constable Lea-Taylor Bolton, of police media, said the man was taken to hospital for assessment. At about 6pm, police had blocked off the street after a man wearing a motorcycle helmet and allegedly carrying a knife was seen entering a house in Lagoon Place. Police specialist units negotiated with the man. Public safety was not at risk, police said.

Seasonal time to help, and all with a smile

By Tony Nicholl THE highly regarded Governor General at the 1988 bicentenary, Sir William Deane, said what sets us apart as Australians is generosity of spirit. I love the generosity of spirit of Australians overseas. You get the feeling that you will never come to harm if there is another Australian around. In 1984 I was hospitalised at the university of Penn State medical school in Hershey, Pennsylvania. I woke to find a dignified looking fellow staring at me and asking "G'day mate, how are you feeling? I am the director of surgery here and come from Queensland". I felt assured immediately and I remembered that this chap had won a gold medal at the 1956 Olympics, David Thiele. How generous is our generosity of spirit now since 1988? A step up has been our approach to the Indigenous community which Sir William masterminded. I voted No in the same sex marriage survey, but I certainly respect the vast majority who voted Yes. How good is it to see kids at Christmas with that extra joie de vivre and how people smile and have more patience with each other, usually anyway. I saw a notice on the window of a deserted shop in the destitute part of Frankston imploring us to "always be sure that people feel better because of you" or words to that effect. Voluntary workers unconditionally contribute in places like Frankston Support Services and dinky di mum set up the canteen at footy clubs even before the junior match begins so they can make sales to keep the club financial. Christmas is a time when those whose lives are programmed by mortgages, children's commitments and education costs are able to modify their rightful sense of entitlement to include those outside of their day to day world. Let it be a time of joy sharing and reflection and being thankful for what you have and the opportunities our country presents to us all, including those of less privilege.

Just as an unfulfilled sense of entitlement can bring about a sense of frustration, so also can unrequited expectation. For 53 years now we Melbourne supporters have had unfulfilled expectation, so the majority of us follow the Demons with hope, then we don't feel disappointment. Expectation can be folly but hope is not and can be many times fulfilled when the Melbourne Demons win. This constitutes a good analogy about life "always have hope because tomorrow is a brand new day". We could well address issues on behalf of those less fortunate. Take for instance suicide, a national catastrophe. About 3000 people will suicide this year even though it is said to be a fixable humanitarian crisis. That is bad enough, but 5000 will die as a consequence of alcohol alone. In 1980 the road toll in Victoria was around 1000 and this year it is under 300. We see stickers on cars saying "touched by the road toll”. What if they had stickers saying "affected by suicide". There would be so many. The Salvos, University of NSW and the Wesley Mission and others have programs relative to suicide on the internet for those needing information. We know Christmas is about kids. The Family Peace Foundation may be doctrine based, but basic tenets ring true, such as giving eight distraction free minutes to each child every day can work wonders. So often domestic violence and alcoholism have their foundations in dysfunctional childhood development. I wish they would bring back the 1950s-style of families having dinner together or Sunday lunch. Put Nat King Cole's song into your computer: Smile tho' your heart is aching Smile even tho' it's breaking When there are clouds in the sky You'll get by If you smile …

Tranquil garden new retreat A GARDEN planned and planted to provide a soothing sight for vulnerable eyes opened its gate last Wednesday (13 December) in Langwarrin. The Rotary Club of Langwarrin transformed a vacant slab of land next to disability care organisation Wallara’s office at 409 McClelland Drive into a tranquil herb and flower garden. People with high support needs helped by Wallara will be able to enjoy warm weather this summer and “a sensory experience” in the wheelchair accessible garden. “They are some of the most vulnerable people in our community, many of whom are non-verbal, have limited mobility and require assistance with feeding, hygiene and some of the most basic, everyday things that we take for granted,” Wallara coordinator Kay Noy said. “Most gardens are planned around the visual appearance, entertainment or relaxation - some feature all three of these components - but not all gardens have a sensory focus, despite this having the greatest

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value for all ages and all abilities. “For people with different abilities, a sensory experience can have even greater benefit to both emotional and physical health.” Ms Noy praised Rotary volunteers who have “rolled up their sleeves and given up their weekends to dig the garden, lay decking and gravel, plant flowers and basically transform the space”. Wallara has four sites in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area including the 38-acre heritage-listed Sages Cottage Farm in Baxter. The organisation supports more than 500 people by providing community day services, residential and supported accommodation part and full-time employment, training and workplace opportunities for the disabled. How’s the serenity: Jade, left, Sarah and Matthew enjoy the new sensory garden in Langwarrin with Wallara carers and Rotary Club of Frankston volunteers. Picture: Yanni

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