Fitchburg athletic league starts youth program.
FITCHBURG - City kids will be able to play flag football and basketball, box, and participate in a drum corps under a new program designed to keep youths away from "the temptations of street life" that can lead to crime, Mayor Dan H. Mylott said yesterday.
The Fitchburg Police Athletic League, a nonprofit group known as PAL, is starting the program, which is open to any youngster in the city, Mr. Mylott said at his weekly press conference.
The supervised recreational and educational activities are designed to cultivate self-esteem, he said.
PAL will be working with other city programs that share its goals, the mayor said.
Mr. Mylott said the new program could use donations, including funding, equipment, food and volunteers. He said Officer David M. Gordon, president of the group's board of directors, can be reached at (978) 343-6344. PAL also has a Web site at www.fitchburgpal.com.
Mr. Mylott yesterday also lobbied for a petition he has submitted to the City Council to crack down on industrial wastewater users with past-due balances. According to the petition, companies that submit a bounced check would pay a $25 fee plus the amount due that is equal to or less than $2,500. If the amount from a bounced check exceeds $2,500, the fee for a bounced check would be 1 percent of the amount plus what is owed.
For delinquent accounts, any bill or charge not paid within 45 days of issuance would accrue interest daily on the unpaid balance at the annual rate of 14 percent plus a penalty of $10, the petition said. Disputed amounts, as determined by the city, would not be subjected to additional charges.
In explaining his proposal, Mr. Mylott said some people are trying to work the system.
NAME: FITCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
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|Publication:||Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)|
|Date:||Feb 8, 2007|
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