FDA Deputy MD Dedicates Refurbished St. Paul Police Cells

first_imgMr. Plewon addresses reporters shortly after the dedicatory ceremony ended.Benjamin Tennessee Plewon, III, Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Deputy Managing Director for Administration and Finance, says the growth and success of any nation depends on the collective effort of its citizens through a spirit of nationalism.Plewon said national renewal is possible in the wake of national consciousness to move forward as a people and nation, an FDA release has said.According to the release, Mr. Plewon made the statement when he dedicated the refurbished male and female cells of the St. Paul Police Depot on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.Through the kind gesture of the Gabriel Weah Movement for Peace, Advocacy and Development, the cells were refurbished to a much more decent standard.Mr. Plewon, who also serves as Board Chairman for the Movement, said that the organization has a dream to expand its services to needy communities, the prison cells being its priority.He said that inmates are humans. And even though they individually or collectively allegedly committed crimes, they deserve care and attention, adding, “They deserve the right to better healthcare.”Plewon noted that the Movement has a tradition to always buttress the effort of President Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda by providing quality living condition to the Liberian people. He then challenged police officers assigned in the area to use those facilities properly and for their intended purposes at all times.It can be recalled that Mr. Plewon dedicated two newly refurbished cells at the Banjor Police zone 6 depot #1, located in Hotel Africa, Monrovia, The initiative was undertaken by the same Gabriel Weah Peace and Advocacy Movement in October this year.Earlier, the Commander of the St. Paul’s Bridge Police Depot, Inspector Joseph S. Wratee, expressed happiness over the gesture, describing it as a mark of good citizenship which should be emulated. He said such gesture was the first of its kind by any private entity, and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Von Ryan’s Express’ author David Westheimer dies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In 1965, Westheimer wrote “My Sweet Charlie,” which dealt with racial tensions in a Texas town. The story focuses on a bond that develops between a black civil-rights activist and a white teen who is pregnant but not married. The book was made into a successful play, which was produced on Broadway in 1966. It was later made into a television movie that earned an Emmy Award for actress Patty Duke. Other books written by Westheimer include “Summer on the Water,” “Sitting It Out” and “Delay En Route.” He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dody; sons Fred and Eric; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Novelist David Westheimer, who wrote “My Sweet Charlie” and “Von Ryan’s Express,” which was turned into a movie starring Frank Sinatra, has died. He was 88. Westheimer died Tuesday of heart failure at UCLA Medical Center, according to his son Fred. Born in Houston, Westheimer graduated from Rice University in 1937 and joined the Houston Post, where he was an editor and columnist. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces and was a navigator aboard a B-24 bomber that was shot down by Italian fighter planes. He spent 28 months as a prisoner of war and was released in 1945. He drew upon the experience and wrote “Von Ryan’s Express,” a story about an American POW leading his fellow prisoners on a daring escape from the Germans in Italy. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for best sound effects. last_img read more