With the aim to recognize the importance of a global, diverse economy and to encourage community expansion, Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, the Co-Chairperson of the Urban Renewal Commission, visited North Abaco at the end of February, 2016. She was joined by Shemel King, Secretary of the Urban Renewal Center Nassau Office, and Elder Leonard Brenne.
On Friday, October 23, the Friendship Tabernacle Church hosted local senior citizens for lunch and a movie to celebrate Senior Citizen Month. The Department of Social Services in coalition with The Rotary Club of Abaco, the Ministry of Works and Urban Development and others organized the event, while the staff of the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community center assisted with transportation for seniors.
June 1 marks the beginning of hurricane season. With this, efforts to prepare are needed. The Bahamas Red Cross is one group that undertakes training and preparation for hurricanes in Abaco. They partnered this year with Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center.
During his visit to Abaco on October 22 the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Renewal visited Green Turtle Cay to “have a look at the infrastructure there and to put that on the radar and on the drawing board.”
July 15, 2014, marks one year since the Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center opened its doors. Deputy Director Michelle Reckley, and a contingent from the Urban Renewal 2.0 Center Office – Freeport, Grand Bahama (Omes Lightbourne, Kylon Vincent and Anthony Vega) paid a courtesy call on the North Abaco center to evaluate the work of those employed at the center.
Continuing the development of neighborhood programs and community-building, Crown Haven’s Urban Renewal Center pushes forward with their clean-up campaign. The “Cleanliness Next to Godliness” group (CNG), was formed earlier this year to keep the small North Abaco community free of trash.
For more than six months The Urban Renewal 2.0 Crown Haven Community Center has been planning ways to bring positive change to Little Abaco. Under the leadership of Center manager, Bishop Ken Carroll, the Center was able form a group of volunteers from the community. The group is called: “Cleanliness is Next to Godliness.”
Urban Renewal’s Central Abaco Office spearheaded a yard clean-up campaign for an elderly resident living in Dundas Town on Feb. 17. Sandy Boodle explained that they had to gain consent from him before doing the clean-up, and that after they were completed, he was greatly appreciative.
The Heroes Wall in Cooper’s Town was the backdrop for talent on December 14. Students of the Northern District came to Cooper’s Town and displayed their many gifts. They thrilled those in attendance with outstanding performances. The evening was a success thanks to the efforts of the North Abaco Administrative Office under the leadership of Neil Campbell.
Each year, Abaco Urban Renewal 2.0 hosts the elderly people of the Abaco communities to a Thanksgiving luncheon. The luncheon for the elderly of Central Abaco was held on Tuesday, November 26 in the Burial Society Hall, Dundas Town. Also in attendance were ministers of the gospel and heads of various government agencies. Everyone enjoyed a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal of turkey, ham and all the trimmings but before the food was served, various persons brought remarks which were, of course, all centered on the theme of Thanksgiving.