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25 Sep 2023
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After-hours medical service announces closure*
Who isn't a fan of The Big Red Truck?
Varroa mite detection reported at Blackwall
Channel dredging to finish this week
Ferry company welcomes 'deeper and wider' channel*
Decisions soon on after-hours GPs and Urgent Care
Women's march calls for protection of 'sacred lands'
Clean-up in Woy Woy Bay nets 440kg
CWA branch recycles banners as tote bags and bunting
Help wanted to find missing plaque
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Demolition order issued for Empire Bay Marina
Fundraising day for Mary Mac's Place
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Children to be taught to knit and crochet
Fly larvae could help recycle food waste, club told*
Service award for Marine Rescue member
Mingaletta to hold free school holiday activities
Online business wins national award*
Donations of mixed fruit wanted
New food pantry opens in Woy Woy
Rotary club to fund sewing workshop at Ugandan school
Community group runs plumbing workshop for women
Community garden holds produce swap*
Yellow theme at Rotary club fundraiser*
Run for The Voice arrives in Ettalong*
Paper quilling workshop to be held at library
Parliamentary recognition for Umina CWA*
Only 7.7mm of rain in two weeks
Application received for seven two-bedroom dwellings*
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Planning Panel withdraws permission to speak
Council seeks feedback on strategic plans
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Fourth attempt in 10 years to sell off open space
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Hollywood event raises $29,500 for Cancer Council
Pat Hutch retires after more than 30 years' service
Maintenance staff become 'fish whisperers'
Aged care facility holds mental health activities*
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Youth dance at Mingaletta for Coastal Twist Festival
First concert 'with a rock vibe' at Pearl Beach arboretum
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Choir donates to Elsie's Retreat
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Netball team makes it to North Sydney final*
Year 6 students return from Canberra visit
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College wins four Minister's Awards
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Trivia night for the Raad family
Southern Spirit wins trial match
Surf club raises $9350 in 24-hour row
Soccer grand final win for Southern 45A team
New executive elected at bridge club
Super-size bridge field for AGM Pairs
Business house bowls competition planned
Everglades men play Major Pairs final
Most surf club members sign up again
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Bicycle group reverses 'boomerang' ride
Rugby club to hold annual general meeting
Turn out to try softball was 'fantastic'*
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Ron wins Minor Singles title*



New food pantry opens in Woy Woy

A new food pantry opening in Woy Woy will "work alongside" the Seventh Day Adventist food pantry and Mary Mac's Place "to meet increasing demand and to provide greater access", according to its chief executive officer.

"We provide free food as well as low cost groceries twice a week, so between all of us we are meeting the needs of community," said Ms Vivian Muraahi of Community Support and Outreach Services Central Coast.

"There's no competition.

"We are an unfunded food pantry service and at opposite sides of Woy Woy."

Ms Muraahi said the new service opened on September 4 and was located in the Yaringaa building next to Meals on Wheels in John Hoare Close, Woy Woy, near the Peninsula Community Centre.

She said the Narara-based service had been operating in Gosford and Narara for more than 50 years.

As well as the food pantry, the Peninsula service would operate a no-interest loans scheme, a financial counselling service, an energy assistance program and an "intensive youth life skills" program.

"The People's Pantry offers low-cost groceries including pantry items, frozen foods, personal care items, bread, fruit and vegetables," said Ms Muraahi.

"It is open to the public every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

"Membership is free and open to all.

"However, people coming to the People's Pantry for the first time must be willing to complete a customer consent form."

She said the service welcomed pantry donations Monday to Thursday between 10am and 3pm.

Ms Muraahi said the service was "actively seeking volunteers to join the team in Woy Woy" to help run the service.

"There are many ways to get involved, and you don't need a special skill set to make a meaningful impact."

She said training and support was provided for volunteers.

For further information, call the service on 4329 4477.

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