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Clock is Ticking

September 29, 2010 - Robert "Bubba" Kapral

 West Bellaire is a very nice community. I am biased, living there my entire live, save two years when I was a pup.
   We have our issues, like increased crime, but it is scenic, quiet and a great place for kids to grow up.
   It disappoints me though that the 700 some residents are failing to step up in regards to a serious situation. The Forest Hills Community Center -- a West Bellaire fixture for nearly half a century -- is on shaky ground.
   The Forest Hills Community Association operates the center, and does so in financially solid fashion. The 100-plus members, however, are aging ones, and the center cleanup proves a problem. It is rented on a frequent basis, meaning possibly some three cleanups in a given weekend.
  That is where the rub lies.
  An aging membership does not lend itself well to manual labor, especially when it may occur at 11:30 p.m. - sometimes on successive nights.
  At last week's emergency association meeting, one young lady stepped to the plate and said she will help. Unfortunately, she needs several more abled and passionate bodies.
  An Oct. 31 deadline has been set for a new slate of officers to take over. Otherwise, the community center goes up for sale. That would be a bad deal as the building's fate would be cast into uncertainty.
   The community center is a West Bellaire jewel. One doing a  brisk rental business. It is a money-maker, one in need of new and younger leadership blood. The current members have offered their assistance to a new heirarchy.
   I also received an e-mail from a second person looking to help.
   The silent and younger faction of West Bellaire needs to step up, soon and with numbers. Otherwise, it will be a sad day come Nov. 1.



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