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First Insurance Company's Communications Director Brings Home Top Award

First Insurance Company's Communications Director Brings Home Top Award

FIRST INSURANCE COMPANY'S COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR BRINGS HOME TOP AWARD IN ANNUAL COMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION

Kaela Wasnich, corporate communication specialist at First Insurance Company of Hawaii, is among an elite group of business communicators who earned the highest award in the 2012 "Make Your Mark" Silver Quill Award Competition.

Wasnich's "First Insurance Centennial" entry earned a Silver Quill "Award of Excellence," the top honor given by the International Association of Business Communicators' (IABC) Pacific Plains Region, comprising 20 chapters in 19 states from Wisconsin to Hawaii and Arizona to North Dakota.

More than 6,000 business communicators throughout the region were invited to submit entries in the competition. Of the 36 Silver Quills awarded this year, only 13 were Awards of Excellence.

Xerox hiring 100 in Honolulu

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- Are you looking for work? If so Xerox has an opportunity for you, the company will be filling 100 full-time positions in Honolulu over the next several months.

Xerox's Honolulu facility is hiring temporary and permanent customer service representatives who have previous experience in customer care call centers.

Approximately 70 of the positions are part of a short-term project that will last through December.

Hiring begins in mid-September and will continue through mid-November.  

Interested applicants may apply the following ways:

Major project on Ward Avenue to begin in October

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow)- The Board of Water Supply will begin construction on its water system improvement project along Ward Avenue at the Kapiolani Boulevard intersection and will continue mauka towards Kinau Street starting October 1.

Roadwork will occur Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., as well as during the evening when possible.

Drivers passing through the construction area should allow for additional drive time and expect traffic delays while taking the Kinau Street off-ramp from the H-1 Freeway in the eastbound direction, and also while on Ward Avenue in both the mauka and makai directions.

If it all possible, drivers are advised to take alternate routes.

The rehabilitation to the water system entails replacing 2,400 feet of distribution pipeline and is designed to improve fire protection, reduce the likelihood of emergency water main breaks, and enhance water service to residents and businesses in the area.

Water system improvement project to begin along Ward Avenue in October

Water system improvement project to begin along Ward Avenue in October

The following information is provided by the Honolulu Water Supply:

HONOLULU – The Board of Water Supply (BWS) is scheduled to begin replacing 2,400 feet of distribution pipeline and appurtenances on Ward Avenue from Kinau Street to Kapiolani Boulevard beginning on October 1, 2012.  Roadwork will be conducted Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and during the evening when possible.  A contractor will be replacing a 12-inch waterline installed in 1963, an 8-inch waterline installed in 1959, and upsizing a 6-inch waterline installed in 1960 to an 8-inch waterline.

The rehabilitation to the water system will improve fire protection, help to reduce the likelihood of emergency water main breaks, and enhance water service to residents and businesses in the area.  Customers that will benefit from this project include area condominiums, the Neal S.

Vandals torch new play equipment at Beretania Park

Vandals torch new play equipment at Beretania Park

The following information is provided by the Department of Parks and Recreation:

(Mon., Sept. 10, 2012)—Vandals recently set fire to new playground equipment at Beretania Community Park, causing significant damage that will require the installation of replacement parts.

The top platform of a new play structure at the park was destroyed sometime between 5 p.m. on Friday, August 24, and 9 a.m. Monday, August 27.  It appears that someone poured a flammable liquid onto the platform and set it on fire, said Rosalind Young, West Honolulu District supervisor for the Department of Parks and Recreation.

Young said the platform must be replaced, and the department is working with a distributor to obtain the necessary parts.

“The greatest impact of this unfortunate incident is that the children will not have full use of this new equipment for a while,” she said.

9/11 victims honored in 'Remembrance Walk'

HONOLULU(HawaiiNewsNow)- Hundreds filled the streets of downtown Honolulu Sunday evening to pay tribute to the victims of the nation's deadliest terrorist attack.

Mayor Peter Carlisle joined paramedics, police, firefighters, military members and others in this year's Mayor's Remembrance Walk.

The procession started in front of the Honolulu Police Department's main station on Beretania Street and ended at the eternal flame fronting Honolulu Hale.

Carlisle says he's been encouraged by the country's response to the tragedy.

"I think we were in a real turning point in our nation when that happened," Carlisle said. "We could look at despair, point fingers and lay blame, but the fact what happened is that everybody came together and made this a safer nation and safer communities and safer cities."

Participants ended the walk with a moment of silence at Honolulu Hale. This Tuesday marks the 11th anniversary of the attacks.

Man arrested for escaping Big Island correctional facility

Man arrested for escaping Big Island correctional facility

The following information is provided by the Hawaii Police Department:

A 31-year-old Kailua-Kona man wanted for allegedly escaping from a correctional facility was arrested in West Hawaiʻi.

Ryan Jeffries-Hamar was located and arrested Saturday (September 8) in Kealakekua near the intersection of Highway 11 and Halekii Street. He is suspected of escaping from Hale Nani off Route 11 Tuesday afternoon (August 14).

Jeffries-Hamar also had an outstanding arrest warrant for violation of terms and conditions of furlough that he was arrested for.

At 6:00 p.m. Sunday (September 9), detectives from the Area II Criminal Investigation Section charged Ryan James Jeffries-Hamar with escape in the second degree. Bail was set at $10,000. There was no bail set by the courts for the arrest warrant.

He is being held at the Kona police cellblock pending his initial court appearance scheduled for Monday (September 10).