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SCARY costumes will be the fashion of the day for Halloween in Hampton St., Hampton. Traders will dress up and hand out treats to children stopping by to show their costumes. The observance of Halloween can be traced back to the 16th century and the Celtic end-of-summer festival of Samhain. Some historians even date it back to the Roman feast of Pomana. The word Halloween is a variant of the ScottishAllHallows-Eve, the night before All Hallows Day. In the early days lanterns were made from hollowed out turnips, but pumpkins became fashionable with immigrants to north America. The ghoulish imagery comes from Gothic and horror literature and the Scottish poet John Mayne in 1780 wrote about fearful pranks. Food has long been associated with Halloween, including toffee apples (because the day followed the apple harvest). In Ireland it is customary to bake or (more of-
HallO ween In HamptonStreet MondayOctober 31st 3:30-5:00pm Dress in your scariest Costume for trick or treat Come to the post office at 4pm when the best costume will be judged
THE weekend ‘no stopping’ trial on Beach Rd has been extended until next May. The 12 month ‘no stopping’ trial between 6am and 10am on Saturdays and Sundays was introduced to the Bayside section of Beach Rd in November 2010 and was due to end on 5 November. Bayside Council is continuing to lobby for a 50kph speed limit on Beach Rd and extending the ban on trucks to Saturday mornings.
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ten) buy some barmbrack, a light fruitcake, into which a plain ring, coin or other charm has been placed before baking. Folklore has it that anyone who gets a ring will find true love in the following year. Whatever its origins, Halloween has become a feature for Hampton St, and this year’s event will see shopkeepers handing out trick or treat goodies to children dressed for the occasion. Halloween costumes have traditionally been modeled on supernatural figures such as monsters, ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. But these days dressing up has been extended to include characters from fiction, celebrities, and generic archetypes such as ninjas and princesses. Judging for the best dressed at Halloween will be at the post office at 4pm Monday 31 October. Between 3.30pm and 5pm children can visit shops displaying pumpkin lantern posters for trick or treat.
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It’s Wild tuning up for Italian songfest UP to 35 members of the Vocally Wild choir will be off to Italy next June to sing in the Val Pusteria International Choir Festival at Brunico. The 100-member choir is based at the Sandybeach Community Centre, Sandringham, has also been filmed for a program on Channel 31. While in Italy the singers will perform a variety of songs and take part in workshops with choirs from around the world. Vocally Wild helped raise money for the Jewish Holocaust Museum in Elsternwick, performing at Glen Eira Town Hall on Sunday 16 October. In December the choir will add its voices to Bayside Carols in the Park, Dendy Park, Brighton, alongside the Southern Cross Concert Band and the Kingstonbased Joyful Strains Choir. Money to help pay for the Italian trip was raised through an Italian dinner dance and a trivia night. The choir is seeking sponsors to help pay for a banner, “Australian-style” uniform and logo. Choirmaster Robert Dryden - the 2006 Bayside
Italy bound: Members of the Vocally Wild choir who wll be performing in Italy next June. Citizen of the Year – is Bayside Carols in the Park director and president of the Eisteddfod on the Bay. Vocally Wild has been singing for 10 years, is on Facebook and is currently developing a website. The choir’s repertoire
moves between modern numbers, musicals, choral to spiritual and folk. It performs in four main voice types – sopranos, alto, tenor and bass – but also sings in five part harmony with the addition of first and second sopranos.
opera singer David Hobson in the gardens of Beaumaris RSL. No auditions are required to join the choir in keeping with Mr Dryden’s philosophy that everyone can sing, they just have not been shown how.
WE strongly believe that Hampton Library should be open seven days a week. All the other libraries in the Bayside library service are open all week so why can’t Hampton? We have a petition signed by many people who agree with our opinion. We interviewed some students who stated that they would love Hampton Library to be bigger so it can be can open seven days a week. We personally believe that Hampton citizens would benefit if Hampton Library was open every day of the week. This would mean that there would be plenty of time for students to study and borrow books from library. It also means that people who would like to go to the library for leisure reading, to get a good novel, would be
As well as Carols in the Par Vocally Wild sings at the Beaumaris Anzac Day parade and has appeared at Melbourne Town Hall, Ripponlea House, Leonda by the Yarra and nursing homes. A highlight earlier this year was a performance with
able to go whenever it was convenient. There would also be a wider range of books if the library was extended. Hampton library currently has 19,500-20,000 books
compared to Sandringham which has almost double, with about 41,000 books. We hope that you agree with our issue. Kayla Elliott and Jemma Gray, Hampton
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ARCHITECTURE is a big inspiration to the works of two artists exhibiting at Without Pier Gallery, Hampton. Watercolourist Nicholas Truscott and photographer John Tozer both show a fascination for the built form, both close up and in its entirety. Truscott works feature city buildings in Europe and Australia, concentrating on specific aspects of the architecture and allowing the viewer to focus their attention on abstract design, textured finishes and composition. Tozer’s photographs have all won awards and are presented on paper, canvas and aluminium. His subject matter ranges from outback Australia, to life in China and European cities. The exhibition runs until 22 October at Without Pier Gallery, 417 Hampton St, Hampton, phone 9598 5006.
Birt 2011 “aptly and convincingly capture the effects that ‘nuanced seasonal light’ has on invigorating these timetouched places of culture, using delicate tones, sensual veiled washes, creating ethereal mood and meditative atmospheres - one can almost smell and taste the heady mystique of these enchanting destinations”. Birt will be at Jenny Pihan Fine, 595A Hampton St, Hampton, from 11am Saturday 15 October for the opening of his exhibition which ends 23 October. Call the gallery on 9598 9588.
BROKEN Hill-born John Orlando’s works at Jenny Pihan Fine Art are also reflective of European architecture, often including water and misty panoramas. His works in John Orlando
ART of the outback comes to Bridget McDonnell Gallery with an exhibition of paintings from Mangkaja in Fitzroy Crossing, a remote West Australian community. One of the artists, Sonia Kurarra, was named West Australian Indigenous Artist of the Year last year. The exhibition runs 22 October to 12 November at Bridget McDonnell Gallery, 392 Hampton St, Hampton, phone 9598 8398.
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Taste of Thai in Hampton THE cooking style may be traditional Thai, but the ingredients can be pure Australian. At Gaao Thai kangaroo, crocodile and king prawns are among the ingredients on which some of the meals are based. Owners Jack and Tracey run the restaurant and prepare all the meals and are constantly keeping their eye out for ways to expand the menu. Tracey says she has been a cook for most of her life while Jack’s two decades of experience include many years in five star hotels in Bangkok. Before moving to Hamp-
ton they ran a restaurant at Knoxfield for four years and before that had owned restaurants in New Zealand. The move to Hampton enabled them to expand, making sure there is ample room for the whole family. There is a comprehensive children’s menu. Jack and Tracey count the kangaroo, croc and prawn dishes among their specialities, along with curry puffs and golden bags. They open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner Tuesday to Sunday. Gaao Thai, Shop 9 427 Hampton St, Hampton, phone 9521 6201 or 0423 906 469.
PLANS by Bayside Council to prepare for climate change include installing 6000 more energy efficient streetlights over the next four years and “ensuring that council’s buildings achieve higher environmental performance standards and emit less greenhouse gas emissions”.
Council says it has started to reduce energy use in the more than 200 buildings it manages. A draft strategy outlines programs and projects already underway as well as a Sustainable Homes Project in partnership with Hampton Community Centre.
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sand follows a coastal processes study in February. The subsequent design report said widening the beach north of the pier would also improve protection against erosion “in the advent of rising sea levels”. Mayor Alex del Porto in August said Half Moon Bay “is a very special place … we are very pleased that the beach in this area will be upgraded and therefore afforded greater protection for the long term from erosion and a rising sea level”. For information call the DSE on 9296 4400.
BAYSIDE Council has in the past decade paid $3.3 million in “top up” payments to Vision Super, which provides a defined benefits scheme for municipal employees. Vision Super has admitted to a $71m shortfall which is recouped from member councils. The latest top up payment by Bayside was $992,000.
In print TEACHER and anti-bullying advocate Juliet Sampson’s new book Behind the Mask is designed to raise awareness of bullying and domestic violence. Written as “creative nonfiction” Sampson says her book was “inspired by a real-life story of a woman who thought she had found love, but instead found herself trapped in an emotionally and physically abusive relationship”. A primary school teacher Sampson lives and teaches in the bayside area and wants to help people who have come in contact with bullying and abuse. “Bullying and abuse are such common issues in today’s society. I want people to have a greater awareness of domestic violence as it affects so many, both directly and indirectly,” she says. “I want people in abusive situations to know it is never too late to change their lives and that there is help and support available,” Juliet said. Behind the Mask was
launched in April and Sampson will be available to sign her book at Kidna Books, 422 Hampton St, Hampton, 11am-2pm Saturday 12 November. On the following Wednesday another teacher and author, Kerry Susan Drake, will be at Kidna for the release of A New Day & More Tales, a collection of her writings about the 7 February 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The central story among the articles and poetry, describes the role a Brighton woman played in the survival of Jane Hawke and her son Jake, of Kinglake West. As well as the trauma of bushfires Drake’s writing covers diabetes, fertility, science and colonizing the moon. Kerry Susan Drake will be at Kidna Books from 5pm on Wednesday 16 November. Call 9521 8272.
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TRUCKLOADS of South Gippsland sand are being spread across the shores of Half Moon bay. The 12,300 tonnes of coarse quarry sand caused howls of outrage by some Bayside residents who said it was the wrong colour and the wrong way to tackle erosion. The sand is being brought in by the Department of Sustainability and Environment after agreement with Bayside Council. The department says it is “investing” $500,000 to renourish the beach. It says the work will widen the existing beach by 15 metres “and provide improved coastal protection and public benefits”. A report earlier this year said the beach would be 25m wide. The work will take about three weeks depending on weather. Sections of the beach and car park will be closed to the public during construction times – 7.30am-5pm Monday to Friday. The decision to import the
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A FREE mini pet expo will be held at 76 Royal Av, Sandringham (Melway 76 K12), Bayside Council’s corporate centre. Entertainment and information will ranging from, displays, demonstrations and interactive events to children’s activities, including reptile handling, pony rides and face painting. Exhibitors will feature pet related products and services to try and buy. Until 9 April 2012 council will offer free animal registration to anyone who adopts a cat or dog from the Lost Dogs home and a show bag of goodies. The National Pet Register will offer microchipping for $25 an animal. Booking are essential, call 1300 734 738 or www.petregister.com.au/events. Council is also offering early bird registrations for pets less than six months old on expo day until 9 April 2012. It will also register dogs on the day for half price (expires 9 April 2012). For details about the Bayside Mini Pet Expo call 9599 4444.
Call to speak out
THE Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission has launched an online survey and discussion forum for older Victorians. Acting commissioner Karen Toohey said Victoria’s Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities had helped many older Victorians talk with Government about their rights, but many employers and service providers needed to do more. “Older people are regularly overlooked for positions, promotion and training opportunities, and many find they are pressured into taking redundancy packages or retirement.” The Federal Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan will speak at Rights of Older People forum on 28 October. For more information about the forum and online survey go to www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/events.
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Growing advice from four top gardeners BAYSIDE Climate Change Action Group has decided to inspire Bayside gardeners to spring into their gardens now winter is over by inviting four professional gardeners to speak at its next meeting. Listen to horticulturist Daniel Noonan speak about adding a touch of authentic Australian flora to your garden. His work involves being part of a team which nurtures 17 kilometres of foreshore and seven heathland reserves. Karen Freidin, an environmental planning officer with Bayside Council, will give advice on conserving water and protecting the natural environment. Another horticulturist, Ben Cadman, will give tips on growing vegetables using organic gardening methods within a limited space and without using chemicals. Sixth generation Heatherton vegetable farmer Rick Butler will give advice on
herbs, Asian vegetables, and rhubarb as well as soil health, food quality assurance and water savings. The four gardeners will speak at 8pm on Wednesday, 26 October 26 at Sandringham Uniting Church, Trentham St, Sandringham (Melway 76 G9). For further details call 0420 538 837.
VOLUNTEERS are needed to help young people deal with the impact of the 2009 Victorian bushfires. Financed by the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund and facilitated by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Mission Australia’s Arise program is aimed at helping young people who are displaying symptoms of bushfire-related trauma and are considered to be at risk of disengagement from peers, family, community and school. Operating already in several schools in the Whittlesea, Diamond Valley and Eltham areas, Arise wants 20 mentors to volunteer for two hours a month to spend an
hour of one-on-one mentoring and another hour participating in a group community project. Mission Australia’s Annmarie Camilleri said Arise had 70 young participants enrolled and had been running since April. “Our volunteer mentors can come from any walk of life, the main criteria for eligibility is that they are able to participate in a short induction process, are willing to take two hours a month to meet and work with a young person and have the capacity to provide encouragement and share their life experiences,” Ms Camilleri said. Details: missionaustralia. com.au/v olunteer-at-mission-australia.
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WHILE at least 85 per cent of Victoria has been declared bush fire prone, Bayside is among 11 municipalities to avoid a classification that could have expensive outcomes for the owners of new buildings. Maps released last month by the state government showing bushfire prone areas are a direct result of the devastating February 2009 bushfires. The whole of the state was declared bushfire prone in the wake of the fires and the new maps now show 68 of the 79 municipalities are regarded as being susceptible to the ravages of fires. Cities given the all clear are Bayside, Port Phillip, Boroondara, Stonnington, Melbourne, Yarra, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Darebin, Glen Eira and Moreland. The bushfire area maps can be viewed at www.dpcd.vic.gov.au.
Staying safely afloat BOAT users are being urged to refresh their knowledge of boating safety and to be prepared before heading out on to the water. The Minister for Ports Dennis Napthine said following some basic safety practices before heading out with family and friends and while on the water “will help keep everyone safe”. “Victoria has almost 2000 kilometres of coastline and thousands of waterways,” he said. “As more of Victoria’s 330,000 licensed recreational boaters take to the water over the coming months, we want them to make boating safety their top priority.” As part of this, Transport Safety Victoria is reminding boaters to carry out regular maintenance checks on their boats before and after heading out on the water. “Many boats are likely to have been in storage over winter or sitting on the trailer in the garage,” TSV’s new
director of Maritime Safety Peter Corcoran said. “Make sure your boat is seaworthy and in good condition - check the hull for cracks or leaks, ensure your motor has been serviced, change your fuel, charge the battery and ensure your navigational lights are in working order.” Other safety tips: • Check the weather before you go out. • Plan your trip and be prepared. • Tell someone where you are going, your point of departure and when you plan to return – make sure they know what to do if you are late in returning. • Check that your safety equipment is in good working condition – maintain it like your life depends upon it. • Always wear a life jacket. • Be aware of your location on the water at all times. • Be visible to other boaters.
TSV is also advising boaters to exercise caution on inland waterways following the floods earlier in the year. “Things can go wrong, even for the most experienced boater,” said Mr Corcoran, “and when they do, every second counts.” In an emergency: • Put on a life jacket. • Raise the alarm. • Phone 000 or Water Police on 1800 135 729, marine radio – 27 MHz Ch 88 and VHF Ch 16. • Activate flares when you see a potential rescuer. • EPIRB – activate your registered 406 MHz distress beacon. • If you capsize, stay with your vessel. A vessel is much easier to spot in the water than a person. For more information about safe boating, including information about vessel maintenance and waterway rules, visit the TSV website at www. transportsafety.vic.gov.au.
Tennis for everyone MORE than 120 different tennis racquets will be demonstrated at a free expo over the 22-23 October weekend. The Bayside Tennis Expo will enable players and fans to meet some of the industry’s top tennis manufactures as well as participate in a range of activities, including Tennis Australia’s kids’ starter program, MLC Tennis Hot Shots. Activities on both days: Racquet demonstrations by Dunlop, Babolat, Prince, Head, Tecnifibre, Volkl, Wilson, Yonex (all day). MLC Tennis Hot Shots demonstrations 11am-1pm; 3pm5pm; New lobster ball machine demonstrations midday-5pm; Radar gun 11am-noon; 2pm-4pm; Stringing demonstrations noon-2pm; 4pm-5pm; Racquet customising 11am-noon; 3pm-4 pm; Face painting all day. The tennis expo begins at 10am at Dendy Park Tennis Club, Breen Drive, East Brighton, Saturday 22 October and Sunday 23 October.
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