Community updates featured as part of Good Morning Winslow

By L. Parsons

Good Morning Winslow is a community event held each month, with breakfast and coffee served, and community members are invited to speak about their upcoming ventures. This month the event was hosted by Winslow Police Department (WPD) and featured an update from Chief Dan Brown.

Brown spoke about upcoming plans for the department, including the receiving and re-marking of police vehicles, and stricter enforcement for vagrants and substance abusers.

In partnership with the WPD, the local domestic violence center, Alice’s Place, is refurbishing an interview room inside the department for juvenile victims. Chief Brown explained, “There has not been a spike in DV (domestic violence) cases, we just want to take a different approach to how we help our victims.”

Alice’s Place Director Theresa Warren spoke of the progress of the room makeover, noting, “We have the walls painted, a mural going up, we will be replacing the love seat with something more comfortable.” She then said that most of the large purchases have been taken care of, thanks partly to a $1,000 donation from a community member. “We are making that stretch very far,” Warren assured those attending.

The project still needs donations, though. “If anyone is interested in donating to what we are doing, we are going to be in need of Blu-ray movies, coloring books and crayons, gently used to new stuffed animals, anything that you would like to donate, we could use,” said Warren.

There will be an open house for the public to see the new room on its completion, Warren said, hoping that will be by the end of October, which is designated as Domestic Violence Month.

Arts Council Recording Secretary Roberta Cano also presented at Good Morning Winslow, reminding the community of the upcoming Second Saturday event at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Gemini Gallery, located at 210 N. Kinsley Ave. Kinsley will be blocked off until 8 p.m., and vendors will be selling their wares. This month’s theme is Halloween, and community members are invited to display their works.

Also coming up for the city is a pre-Halloween costume party at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce. “I’m inviting all businesses or organizations that would like to participate by sponsoring a table and giving candy to let me know,” Cano said.

Finally, she said, a fundraiser to benefit St. Vincent de Paul will take place beginning at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, on PT’s Patio, located at 1500 W. Third St. The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be shown with a live cast. Admission to the event is $3 or three cans of food, with all proceeds to go to St. Vincent de Paul. Cano noted, “I am looking for cast members to come out and have a good time and benefit this great cause.”

For more information on Second Saturday or to volunteer for the St. Vincent de Paul event, contact Cano at City Hall at (928) 289-1411.

The next Good Morning Winslow will begin at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the Winslow Chamber of Commerce, located at 523 W. Second St.