MPD officer honored for hard work, skills
Officer Matthew Bigoss received the Maui Police Department Officer of the Year award from the Hawaii State Law Enforcement Officials Association.
In receiving the award last month, Bigoss was honored for his hard work and investigation skills as a member of a police Crime Reduction Unit, according to an MPD news release.
MATTHEW BIGOSS, MPD?officer of year award recipient
Police credited Bigoss for Operation Kill Pill, a three-month investigation in 2011 that police said dismantled the illegal distribution of prescription pills and other narcotics at Kalama Park in Kihei. Six people, including brothers Frank Stone and Clarence Stone, were indicted on 22 felony charges.
Bigoss is a 2003 graduate of the University of Maryland with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice. He joined the Police Department in August 2004.
Health insurance is info meeting's topic
The nonprofit Organizing for Action will offer information about the Affordable Care Act from 2 to 6 p.m. Monday in front of the Safeway supermarket in Kihei.
On Oct. 1, those who do not have health insurance may sign up for insurance through health exchanges.
Health insurance is available to everyone under the new federal program, with selection of health coverage left to the individual, the news release said.
Organizing for Action is a nonprofit organization established to support President Barack Obama in achieving enactment of his national agenda, its website said.
For more information, call 875-1810.
Water conservation urged during project
Customers in Kula, Makawao, Pukalani and Haliimaile are asked to conserve water from 7 a.m. Monday through noon Tuesday while contractors work on a new electrical switch gear at the Kamole Water Treatment Plant.
The Po'okela Well and the Piiholo Water Treatment Plant will provide water for the areas while Kamole is shut down, according to the Department of Water Supply.
The work is one of the last phases of the capital improvement project to install new pumps with high-efficiency motors to replace the old pumps that were installed in 1976. The booster pumps will pump water up to the Lower and Upper Kula water systems during times of drought and will save the county on electrical costs once they are fully operational, an announcement said.
The department's 24-hour service line is 270-7633.
Spence to speak at community meeting
Department of Planning Director Will Spence will be among speakers at the Kihei Community Association's monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kihei Charter School.
Retired Maui Community College professor Dick Mayer and Maui Tomorrow Foundation Executive Director Irene Bowie also are scheduled to speak. Mayer is expected to join Spence in discussing South Maui development and its impacts while Bowie is set to address South Maui air pollution and the state Department of Health's Clean Air Branch.
The school is at 41 E. Lipoa St. The event is open to the public with doors opening at 6 p.m. for pupu and talk story. Membership is encouraged.
Nonperishable donations for the Maui Food Bank are requested.
For more information, call (508) 499-9996 or see www.gokihei.org.
Holiday craft guide submissions sought
The Maui News' annual Holiday Craft Fair Guide will be published in the Oct. 20 issue. To be included in the guide, please submit the following information no later than 5 p.m. Oct. 14.
* Name of the event.
* Sponsoring organizations or businesses.
* Date and time.
* A general description of the kinds of items that will be available.
* Admission fee, if any.
* Whether more crafters are being accepted.
* Contact person (first and last name) and contact information (phone and/or email).
* Photos may be submitted for consideration. Email digital images in tif, jpg or eps formats with a minimum resolution of 300 pixels per inch at 6 inches wide for horizontals and 4 inches wide for verticals. Individuals in photos must be identified by first and last name.
Submit the material by mail to The Maui News, Holiday Craft Fair Guide, 100 Mahalani St., Wailuku 96793, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax to 242-9087.