Westside Briefs:
West Middle student best Optimist orator

       Alessandro DeLisio, a student at West Middle School, won the Westside Optimist Club of Colorado Springs' Oratorical Contest this month, based on a theme of “If I Were Leader of the Free World, the First Issue I Would Address Would be... .”
       DeLisio received the first place medal, $100 savings bond and lunch with the club for the honor. In addition, DeLisio will be sent o the zone level where he will compete against winners from other Optimist Clubs in the Pikes Peak region. The winner of the zone competition will be sent to the Colorado-Wyoming district level with the chance to win a scholarship.
       “Alessandro did a wonderful job presenting his speech about the question posed to him,” Westside Club President Theresa Null said. “The members of our Optimist Club have no doubt that Alessandro DeLisio has a bright future ahead of him.”
       Makena Mueller of the Academy for Advanced and Creative Learners earned second place and a $75 savings bond. Nathan Ley of Holmes Middle School earned third place and a $50 savings bonds. The judges were local residents Ed Jones, Mrs. Nora Gledich, and Dr. James Null.
       Fairview cleanup to start
       Fairview Cemetery will be cleaned from March 1 to 15 by City of Colorado Springs staff. Beforehand, people are encouraged to remove any items from gravesites and headstones they wish to save, according to a city press release.
       “Prohibited items and unsightly décor will be removed from gravesites in compliance with published cemetery regulations to preserve the beauty of the grounds,” the release continues. Such items include baskets, boxes, shells, toys, crockery, glassware, cans, potted plants and any hanging objects.”
       For more information, call the city cemetery office at 385-6251.
       Household goods needed
       Greccio Housing, headquartered at 1808 W. Colorado Ave., is seeking donations of household goods to help outfit the small apartments that the nonprofit agency makes available to low-income people. Items such as furniture, small appliances, pots and pans, bikes and toys and books are welcome.
       “Our new residents often come to us with only the items in their cars or suitcases,” states the current Greccio newsletter.
       Greccio, which owns more than 350 rental units, follows a mission of providing “decent and affordable” housing to those in need and assisting them in self- improvement efforts.
       For more information, call Lee Willis at 475-1422 x17.
       Candidate meeting voters
       District 3 City Council candidate Lisa Czelatdko will host an informal “meet-and-greet” Saturday, Feb. 26 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       The public is welcome.
       The city election will be April 5.
       Use Facebook, stop crime
       With electronic social communications such as Facebook and Twitter becoming steadily more popular, the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) has created ways for people to submit crime tips from those applications.
       The CSPD has begun a service called TIP411. This is a web-based application that will allow CSPD to receive crime tips from citizens via text message or e-mail.
       The tipster can remain anonymous because TIP411 assigns the person a generic number, “and that is all CSPD sees,” a Police Department press release states.
       “It is our hope that citizens who may not feel comfortable calling in a crime tip may be more willing to send a short descriptive tip that will help us solve crime in Colorado Springs,” the release adds.
       For additional information, call Sgt. Steve Noblitt at 444-7412.

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