Brewster's All About Positive Community Involvement for the Winter Season

BREWSTER—The Chamber of Commerce met at the American Legion for their regular monthly meeting and discussed positive community involvement for the upcoming Winter season.

The Chamber of Commerce met for their regular 9:00a.m. monthly meeting on November 14, 2018.

“Things are going well at the Brewster Boys & Girls Club right now,” said interim director Heather Carrington. “The bathrooms are currently being remodeled right now; we have no water right now, as the workers are laying down tile the rest of this week. Hopefully we will have them up and running again next week. We have been running a lot of errands to avoid using the port-a-potty provided.”

“As far as having a unit director, there is one more interview,” said Carrington. “There is one more interview, and we will hear more on that after November 20, 2018”.

“We started tiny-tots basketball, which includes children preschool age through second grade,” said Carrington. “We are teaching them the fundamentals and will soon have them playing in tournaments. Rugrat Nation will be starting in January, with a trainer coming from Wenatchee. The Rugrat Nation Dream league will consist of boys’ and girls’ grades kindergarten through third grade. Registration deadline for Rugrat Nation is December 30, 2018.”

The Brewster Boys & Girls Club is partnering with the Washington State Department of transportation. Family Night is Tuesday, December 18, 2018 from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. Dinner will be provided and there will be guest speakers in attendance. Language support will be available and there will be fun and educational activities for children.

“The Cops and Kids Christmas Shop will be December 15, 2018, from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.,” said Avis Erickson on behalf of Brewster Police Chief Nattalie Cariker. “We are looking for people to volunteer to help set up, wrap gifts, and help people shop. There will be crafts, games, activities, and Santa Claus will make an appearance. Donations are always welcome. All gifts will be one dollar. Kids will go in with volunteers to shop for their parents, while their parents wait outside of the shop, and vice versa.”

“Visitors can even get their picture taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus,” said Erickson. “This event is for the police to be involved with the community, and for the community to have a positive connection with law enforcement, and getting children to trust the police. The main focus of this event is community relations with law enforcement; the Christmas shopping idea was later added onto this event.”

December 8, 2018, at 5:30p.m., Las Posadas will take place on downtown Main Street. Las Posadas is a caroling walk which represents the journey Joseph and Mary made while expecting Baby Jesus. The Brewster Library would like the event to start at the library and end at the Senior Center. This is still up for discussion. Determining how cold it will be, will determine the route the children will take in order to get through caroling at local businesses quicker. Martin Hurtado suggested that one of the churches could have a little skit or recital at the conclusion of the caroling to show what the true meaning of Christmas really is.

Citizens of the community wanted to move the Christmas Tree Lighting /Lighting in downtown Brewster to the Big Pine Tree by the Jet on Main Street. The plan was to set lights up on Monday, November 19, 2018 starting at 10:00a.m. The Chamber of Commerce plans to have a vote each year to determine who will hold the power of flipping the switch to turn on the Christmas lights. The town tree will be lit up on November 24, 2018 at 4:30p.m. in Legion Park.

“The Brewster Food Bank needs some monetary assistance at the moment,” said Mike Mathis of the Quad City Herald. The Chamber of Commerce has recognized the challenges the Brewster Food Bank is going through. The Chamber of Commerce has offered to donate $50.00 to the Food Bank and challenges all businesses in the area to match the donation. “You can write your business name and donation. Deliver or use PayPal to send the money (https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KWGCXU3YF4HN4&source=url). If you write a check, please make the check out to the Brewster Food Bank.

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