David Smitherman, President of the Better Business Bureau of Central Alabama and the Wiregrass,
talks about the Bureau’s mission of establishing trust in the marketplace. In 2012, the organization
served one million consumers, with information on businesses and charities. With offices in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Dothan, the BBB helps by phone, in person, and on the Internet.
800-824-5274. www.bbb.org. www.give.org.
May 14: Fitness and Sports for Seniors
Ronnie Floyd, Alabama State Coordinator for the Alabama Senior Games and Board member of the
Alabama Masters Games, previews the District 9 Central Alabama Masters Games in Prattville and Montgomery June 19-21, as well as Golf in Selma and Bowling in Montgomery in August. The State Masters Games will be held in Valley Oct. 7-10. The National Senior Games July 19-Aug. 1, in Cleveland, Ohio, will feature 150 Alabamians in various Olympic-style sports competitions for ages 50 to 100. He shares advice and resources on fitness for Seniors: the Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness & Sports at 334-242-4496 or www.physicalfitness.alabama.gov, the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.adph.org, and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sports & Nutrition.
May 15: Central Alabama CrimeStoppers
Susan Moss, Executive Director, and Lt. Tony Garrett, Community Development Coordinator and Crime Prevention Specialist, talk about the nonprofit organization’s efforts to combat crime in the River Region. Since Central Alabama CrimeStoppers began in 1997, it has assisted local law enforcement in solving more than 2,000 cases and has paid more than $70,000 in reward money. Secret Tip Line: 334-215-7867. Online: www.215stop.com. www.facebook.com/215stop.
May 16: Substance Abuse
Frank Winkler, former longtime Executive Director of SAYNO, Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization, certified substance abuse prevention educator, and retired Air Force Lt. Colonel who worked in law enforcement/anti-terrorism/ground defense and security, discusses the link between substance abuse and crime as a community-based problem with a high economic impact. Talking to parents, he outlines signs of substance abuse in children and discusses the importance of neighborhood watches and associations, to help halt increased illegal drug activity and associated violence and crime. Resources: SAMHSA, MADD, ONDCP, NIDA, CAP, Lighthouse, Alabama Department of Mental Health. www.jointogether.org.
May 17: Boating Safety and Laws
In an on-location interview on the Alabama River downstream of the Cooters Pond Boat Launch,
Lt. Mitford Fontaine, Assistant Supervisor of District III of the Alabama Marine Police, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, talks about Safe Boating Week and the requirements for vessel operation, PFDs (lifejackets) , fire extinguishers, as well as personal watercraft. During the interview, he stops two fishermen who are boating on the river and performs a safety check. www.outdooralabama.com.