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May 11, 2011

Pacific Daily News

People keep dumping garbage in our village; thanks to Navy for cleaning Tanguisson Beach

Hafa Adai!

There has been more illegal dumping throughout our community. Household trash bags are thrown on roadways, commercial dumpsters are filled with trash from other areas, and park containers have been filled with trash coming from private homes. With the rising cost of trash collection, residents are not paying for residential pickup and some containers have been repossessed by DPW Solid Waste due to overdue accounts. Residents are advised to use the DPW Transfer Station on Batullo Road to dispose of household trash.

With the passing of Public Law 30-221 -- the Guam Beverage Container Deposit Recycling Act for the recycling of aluminum cans, plastic bottles and other beverage containers -- residents will be able to turn these items in and get cash in return. The passing of this public law will definitely makes a difference in recycling in our community. This will create additional recycling opportunities and will reduce the waste in our landfill.

Special thanks go out to the Naval Base Guam Environmental Section of Navy Public Works for cleaning the Tanguisson Beach area on April 30. This annual event has been a project of these volunteers. The effort of this team has definitely made a difference in our community.

With the recent visit of U.S. senators to Guam, there have been several concerns of whether or not the U.S. Marines will be transferred to Guam. There have been so many public meetings, through town hall and outreaches, which many residents with concerns attended. Many residents are being trained in various fields of work to prepare for the workforce buildup on our island. The Programmatic Agreement has been signed and work to prepare our island for this buildup has begun.

My concern is for our residents who have been working hard to get skilled and complete all educational requirements to better themselves. Currently, residents working in the hospitality industry have felt the impact with the reduction of visitors from Japan. The reduction of visitors as well as the withdrawal of proposed projects in reference to the buildup may hurt our economy. I encourage residents who are concerned to write letters to Delegate Bordallo to share any concerns that they may have regarding this issue. All concerns that she receives will be compiled and forwarded to the U.S. Senate and Department of Defense.

With the summer months approaching, Liberation festivities also begin. This year's Liberation queen candidate representing Dededo is Danika Cruz from Y-Papao Estates. Danika is a graduating senior from Simon Sanchez High School. She and her parents, Dan and Eliza, have been active in sports throughout our community. I ask that we come together as a community to support Danika as she vies for 2011 Miss Guam Liberation.

Have a wonderful and safe week.

Melissa B. Savares

Mayor of Dededo


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