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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 14th 2009
4 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 15, 2009 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Best house bling wins $600 prize A HOUSE in Concord has won a competition to find the best festive light display in the Drummoyne area. In December Drummoyne State Labor MP Angela D'Amore launched a search for the most impressive ''house bling'' in her electorate. The first prize of $600 was won by Sandro and Rina D'Arcangeli, of Burwood Rd; fol- lowed by Jim and Joyce Allen, of Janet St, Russell Lea, in second place. Other prizewinners were Paul Ferla, of Norman St, Con- cord; Con Bellos, of Burwood Rd, Concord; and Jack Harding, of Lancelot St, Five Dock. Wishing Tree keeps growing INNER West residents in need had a brighter Christmas thanks to those who donated to the 21st Kmart Wishing Tree -- Australia's largest Christmas gift appeal. The generous people of Burwood donated 1104 gifts towards the overall state tally of 85,166, a NSW record, and national tally of 363,379 gifts. Ashfield collected 960 gifts, beating last year's effort of 833. Major Gary Masters, from The Salvation Army, said the number of gifts raised through this year's Kmart Wishing Tree Appeal showed the spirit of Christmas was still well and truly alive. Kmart managing director Guy Russo said the success of the appeal could be attributed to the generosity and compassion of the general public. Grinch torches Christmas FIONA BRADY A REAL-LIFE Grinch attempted to ruin Christmas in Summer Hill by setting fire to two Christmas trees in the village centre. The vandal scrawled the words ''grinch'' in green paint beside the charred remains of the first tree which was torched in the early hours of Christmas Eve. A smaller replacement tree only lasted three days before it too was set on fire. Also torched were three placards listing the names of the local businesses who, together with Ashfield Council, paid for the festive decorations. Ashfield Business Chamber presi- dent Kerrie Bush said she'd prefer to believe it was ''straight-out vandalism'' rather than a malicious attack. ''It is hard to know what to think,'' she said. ''You'd hope it wasn't malicious and I can't see why it would be.'' She said the community had got a lot of enjoyment from the tree which was the first she could remember in her 22 years in Summer Hill. ''It gave a really nice community feel to the place,'' she said. ''Lots of people gathered in that area in the evenings and took pictures and we held a couple of well-attended community events. ''It's very disturbing that someone hated Christmas so much that they would do this.'' Both Mrs Bush and local independent councillor Caroline Stott have vowed to erect another Christmas tree in Sum- mer Hill in Christmas 2009. ''You can't let this kind of thing stop you,'' Mrs Bush said. A local resident who did not want to be named documented the Summer Hill Christmas vandalism attacks.
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