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Our Town @                                                                 MICA (P) 030/12/2007
                                                                    Edition JAN/FEB/MAR 2008




Marine Parade       Carnival Goes Cl
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                                Hi5              un
                                     Campaign La




                  • Clean & Green Awards           • Town Council - Lift Upgrading Programme
                    Best RC, Food & Town Centres       Polling at Joo Chiat Road & Joo Seng Road
Inside!                    & Public Toilets
                                        • New in Your Neighbourhood
                         Blk 51 Old Aiport Road Re-Opens & New Elderly Care Centre in Eunos
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                                                                                               Town   Town
                                                                                               News   News

                                         Town Council -                                                                  Well-known Hawker Centre
                                         LUP Polling at Joo Chiat Road                                                   Re-opens for Business
                                              Residents vote in favour of Town Council -
                                              Lift Upgrading Programme                                                 Blk 51 Old Airport Road has more seats and new facilities

                                                                                                       Mr Lim Biow Chuan, MP for Marine            under HUP. Seating capacity has been
Joo Chiat residents have given their              to pay just a small amount of the cost               Parade GRC, officially opened the            increased to 1,904 with the addition
‘thumbs up’ for the Town Council - Lift           – from 5% to 12.5% - depending on the                iconic 34-year-old hawker centre on         of new dining areas. There is also an
Upgrading Programme for Blocks 3 and              type of flats they live in. Construction of           18 November. It has been given a            alfresco dining area with 30 umbrella-
4 at the polls held on 27 to 29 October           the upgrading is expected to begin in the            facelift under the National Environment     shaded tables located in the open
2007. Apart from the convenience of a             second quarter of 2008 and completion                Agency’s Hawker Centres Upgrading           plaza. New amenities provided include
lift on every floor, residents only need           is targeted for the first quarter of 2009.            Programme (HUP). The upgraded               a passenger lift, a covered linkway to
                                                                                                       two-storey building has 168 cooked          the nearby carpark and handicapped-
                                                                                                       food stalls and 54 lock-up stalls and       friendly facilities.
                                                                                                       is one of the largest centres upgraded




                                                       Town Council -
                                                       Lift Upgrading Programme
                                                       at Joo Seng Road                                                                          New Elderly Care Centre in
                                                                                                                                                 Eunos Crescent
     The ‘soft launch’ of the latest Town          gathered that day to view the details                                                         Tembusu Neighbourhood Link (TNL) officially opened on 25 November
     Council – Lift Upgrading Programme            of the upgrading. The polling exercise
     took place on 29 December 2007 at Blk         was held on 4 to 6 January 2008 at
     4A Joo Seng Road. Residents of Blocks         Blk 21 Joo Seng Road. Residents can
                                                                                                        The new TNL aims to be the focal         Crescent. Some of the services
     10, 11, 12, 19, 20 (high-rise portion) and    look forward to the results later in the
                                                                                                        point in the neighbourhood for           provided by TNL includes a Food
     21 (high-rise portion) of Joo Seng Road       month.
                                                                                                        community activities and services,       Aid and Befriending Programme
                                                                                                        particularly for the elderly. The new    which provides monthly food
                                                                                                        centre was officially opened by Dr        parcel and befriending service to
                                                                                                        Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for        families in need as well as periodic
                                                                                                        Community Development, Youth             free community health screenings.
                                                                                                        and Sports & Second Minister for
                                                                                                        Information, Communications and          The centre is managed by
                                                                                                        the Arts. Together with Dr Ong Seh       Sathya Sai Social Service under
                                                                                                        Hong, MP for Marine Parade GRC,          the purview of the Ministry of
                                                                                                        they toured the centre which is          Community Development, Youth
                                                                                                        located on the top floor of Blk 31A, a    and Sports.
                                                                                                        HDB multi-storey carpark in Eunos
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                                                                                                               Town
                                                                                                               News


                                                   Our MPs Around Town
                                                   The last quarter of 2007 saw a busy round of visits and walkabouts by MPs
                                                   of Marine Parade Town. They ranged from events and celebrations to physical
                                                   inspections of Marine Parade Town environment. They were able to see for
                                                   themselves first-hand developments in the neighbourhood.


                                                                                                                                           MACPHERSON
                                                                                                                                           Launch of Hi 5 Campaign



                                                                                                                                       (Right) MP Matthias Yao brought home the
                                                                                                                                       ‘keep clean and green’ message to MacPherson
                                                                                                                                       by launching the ‘Hi 5’ environmental campaign
                                                                                                                                       during the MacPherson Edusave Scholarship &
                                                                                                                                       Merit Bursary ceremony on 6 January 2008.


                     GEYLANG SERAI
                War Against Aedes Campaign



        (Top-left) Dr Fatimah Lateef lends her full
     support to the poly students’ initiative against
                                mosquito breeding.
         (Top-right) Young children showing their
                   support for the anti-Aedes drive
                 in a colouring competition on 2nd
                                  September 2007.
     (Bottom row) On the same day, the MP also                                                                                                                                            BRADDELL HEIGHTS
       saw the training session of Geylang Serai’s                                                                                                                                        24th Anniversary for Senior
                Safety and Security Watch Group.
                                                                                                                                                                                          Citizens’ Club


                                                                                                                                                                                        (Left) The Braddell Heights Zone B RC
                                                                                                                                                                                        Senior Citizens` Club celebrated their 24
                                                                                                                                                                                        anniversary on 16 December 2007 at Blk
                                                                                                                                                                                        6 Lew Lian Gardens. About 800 guests
                                                                                                                                                                                        and residents turned up for the annual
                                                                                                                                                                                        dinner cum variety show.




                                                                                                                                                  KAKI BUKIT
                                                                                                                                                  Market Visits to Blocks 26 & 511
                                                                                               KG UBI-KEMBANGAN                                   Food & Market Centres
                                                                                               Home and shops’ visits


                                                                                                                                                  (Right-above row) MP Dr Muhammad
                                                                                               (Left) Dr Ong Seh Hong gathers                     Faishal Ibrahim makes the rounds
                                                                                               feedback from residents and shop                   inspecting Bllk 26 Chai Chee Road.
                                                                                               owners during his regular walkabouts.
                                                                                                                                                  (Right-bottom row)The MP gathers
                                                                                                                                                  feedback from the residents at Blk
                                                                                                                                                  511 Bedok North St 3 food centre.
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      Community
       Bonding


                                               s
                              Town Carnival Goes
                              Clean and Green!
                                Residents champion environmental cause with new ‘Hi5’ campaign

   is year, c
 This ye in conjunction with the national Clean and Green Singapore          environmental issues: littering, dengue, personal hygiene, resource
 (CGS), Marine Para Town Carnival 2007 joined in the eco-friendly frenzy
    S)
 (CGS)         Parade
               Parad                                                         conservation (3Rs) and energy conservation.
 by organising activiti for residents that promoted a cleaner and greener
    o ganising activities
    org
 environment.
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     ron                                                                     Activities included a recyclable items exchange programme called the
                                                                              cti
                                                                             Activit
                                                                             Flowerpot Plate Exchange Project where residents brought their recyclables
                                                                               ow
                                                                                wer
                                                                             Flower
 Guest-of onour Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong and Members-of-
 Guest-of-Honour Se                                                rs
                                                           Members-of              owerpot plates to exchange for food items and useful collaterals.
                                                                             and flow
                                                                                d flo
 Parliament of Marine Parade Town joined hands with residents to promote
     iament
      ame
 a healthier environ
                                                                 promo
                                                                    event
          er environment as well as enhance family bonding at the even       Ngee Ann P
                                                                              gee       Primary School and residents added some colour to Marine
                                                                                                                                                             “Give Me a Hi5” Facts
 which was held on 4 November at Blks 34 and 46 Marine Crescent. They                Tow with
                                                                             Parade Town w their flamboyant coloured bins. Using old litterbins, they      The word Hi5 represents and highlights the following
              seven
 also planted seve Ke Dong Dong trees at Blk 34 Marine Crescent.
                                   ee                   Crescent                     educational
                                                                             painted educatio messages onto the bins, giving them a new lease of life.
                                                                                     ed                                                                   five messages:

 A new campaign with the tagline "Give me a Hi5, for a clean and green
                              ne "Gi                                                        experienced life as a cleaner by taking part in the “Clean-
                                                                             Residents also ex                                                            1. Stamp Dengue
 environment" was launched at the e
                            t      event which was held on 4 November        up Our Neighbourhood Chal
                                                                                                     Challenge” where they spent a couple of hours
                                                                                                     Cha                                                  This year, Singapore saw an increase in dengue cases
 2007 (see accompanying box stostory). It is an in
                                                initiative by the National   cleaning up the estate.                                                      with 7,716 cases recorded in the first 43 weeks of
 Environmental Agency (NEA). T campaign seek to address five key
       nmental         NEA). The               seeks                             est-              er
                                                                             5.Guest- Senior Minister G                                                   2007 (as at 29 Oct 2007), compared to 3,126 for            4. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle
                                                                                                                                                          the whole of 2006. So far, eight deaths have been          The high construction and operation costs of Waste-
                                                                                                                                                          attributed to dengue.                                      To-Energy incineration plants and the scarcity of land
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for landfills have driven home the need for waste
                                                                                                                                                          It is imperative to bring across the message that the      minimisation and recycling.
                                                                                                                                                          war against dengue is a community effort and that
                                                                                                                                                          active participation in dengue prevention is vital.        In 2006, 5.22 million tonnes of waste were generated.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     About 2.66 million tonnes or 51% of the total waste
                                                                                                                                                          2. Bin Your Litter                                         were diverted for recycling. Singapore aims to achieve
                                                                                                                                                          Singapore’s clean and green image is being eroded          a recycling rate of 60% by 2012 to prolong the lifespan
                                                                                                                                                          with the rise in public littering, particularly among      of Semakau Landfill to 50 years.
                                                                                                                                                          young people below 30 years old. They seem less
                                                                                                                                                          concerned with keeping the environment litter-free          5. Conserve Energy
                                                                                                                                                          and do not see littering as a serious problem.             Climate change is a very serious environmental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     challenge and it is recognised that greenhouse gas
                                                                                                                                                          3. Practise Good Personal Hygiene                          (GHG) emissions, mainly carbon dioxide emissions, are
                                                                                                                                                          With the lessons learnt from the 2003 SARS (Severe         the cause of global warming and climate change.
                                                                                                                                                          Acute Respiratory Syndrome) outbreak and the current
                                                                                                                                                          potential threat from Bird Flu, it is vital for each and   Singapore aims to mitigate our GHG emissions through
                                                                                                                                                          every one of us to uphold good standards of personal       energy efficiency and conservation measures, as well as
                                                                                                                                                          hygiene to prevent transmission of infectious diseases     using clean fuels such as natural gas that emit less GHG.
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                                                                                                             Community
                                                                                                               Corner
                                                                                                                               Residents'
                                                                                                                                Corner
        Green Wave Sweeps over Marine Parade                                                                                                         A Red Letter Day for
      The highlight of the annual Clean and Green campaign is      our residents, grassroots organisations and MPs who
                                                                                                                                                  Chinese All Over the World
      the Tree Planting Day which is held in the constituencies.   officiated at the planting sites after 36 years (since the                                                 Chinese New Year, also known as
      This event still draws an enthusiastic response from         first Tree Planting Day was launched)                                                                The Spring Festival, brings good fortune for all
             MP Dr Fatimah Lateef at Sunny Spring                                  MP Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
             Condominium on 11 November 2007                                       at Blk 526 Bedok North St 3 on
                                                                                  18 November 2007                                So how do the Chinese prepare for the New Year in                   Besides cleaning their homes, the Chinese will also go
                                                                                                                                  Singapore? Preparations begin several weeks before the              shopping to buy items to decorate their homes. Usually,
                                                                                                                                  actual day. Many households will begin with a thorough              you will find that many decorate their homes in bright
                                                                                                                                  spring cleaning of their homes. The New Year brings along           red ornaments and colourful flowers. The colour Red
                                                                                                                                  good luck and prosperity to all, therefore it is important the      symbolises good luck and good fortune. Besides dressing
                                                                                                                                  home is cleaned before Chinese New Year to sweep away               up their homes, they often dress in red on Chinese New
                                                                                                                                  all the bad luck of the previous year.                              Year too!


                                                                                                                                          Food has a major role
                                                                                                                                  Food plays a major role during Chinese New Year. Many               people will also spend the first day of Chinese New Year
                                                                                                                                  people will buy barbeque minced meat slices, also known             playing cards and mah-jong! To add to the festivities, a
                                                                                                                                  as bah kwa; an assortment of new year goodies and                   lion dance troupe is sometimes hired to perform at their
                                                                                                                                  mandarin oranges. Family gatherings are also centred on             homes.
                 MP Mr Seah Kian Peng                                                                                             food. On the eve of Chinese New Year, many families will
                at Kampong Park                                                                                                   gather at a relative’s home and have steamboat during               This is also an opportune time for you to greet your
                on 28 October 2007                                                                                                their reunion dinner. After the reunion dinner, many will           Chinese friends and neighbours, ‘Gong Xi Fa Cai!’
                                                                                                                                  visit Chinatown to bask in the festivities and to pick up last      – Congratulations and Be Prosperous!
                                                                                                                                  minute bargains.

                                                                                                                                  The first day of Chinese New Year is spent visiting family
                                                                                                                                  and friends and everyone will greet each other with well
                                                                                                                                  wishes and mandarin oranges. For the children, the
                                                                                                                                  highlight of family visits is the receiving of red money
                                                                                                                                  packets from adults. Besides eating and drinking, many
           Clean & Green Awards and Campaign Launch                                                                                                                                                                   2008 is the Year of the Rat

                       Marine Parade Town’s commitment in keeping its neighbourhoods clean and green
                                                                                                                                  Passageways Obstructions
                                                                                                                                 ...here is a look at what happens when common corridors and access ways are cluttered with bulky items.
One of the highlights owners             was     gratefully
of the Marine Parade acknowledged. As stated in
Town Carnival held on 4 the awards’ citations, they                                                                                                        Huh!? Ah Seng,
November 2007 was the have shown “the true spirit                                                                                                           you should be          Kong...just come &                           Too many things placed
                                                                                                                                                              calling the          see for yourself la.                       along the common corridor
presentation of awards to of environmental ownership,                                                                                                                                  you won’t
                                                                                                                                                           Town Council.                                                        and passageways can be
the cleanest estate and tireless commitment and                                                                                                            I won’t be able              believe it
town centres. The hard work dedication”      in   keeping                                                                                                  to do anything                                                  inconvenient and dangerous as
put in by the constituencies, their environment clean.                                                                                                         for you                                                    it obstructs the smooth and safe
grassroots     organisations, Following are the winners of                                                                                                                                                               movement of residents. In case of
residents and business the competition:                                                                                                              Kong!                                                               emergencies like a fire out-break,
                                                                                                                                                   I’m stuck                                                               escape routes are blocked and
Cleanest RC Zone                                                                                                                                   in the lift!
                                                                                                                                                 I need you to                                                                 residents can be trapped!
Champions - Marine Terrace Walk RC
                                                                                                                                                 come and get                                                                      So be considerate.
1st runner up - Braddell Heights Zone C RC
                                                                                                                                                    me out!                                                                 Do not obstruct passageways
2nd runner up - Pine Close RC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 so everyone can move
Merit – MacPherson Aljunied Crescent Zone 1 RC; Joo
Seng RC, Eunos Village RC and Kaki Bukit Zone D RC
                                                                                                                                                                  Minutes later...                                                  safely and easily.

Cleanest Food Centre
1st – Blk 51 Old Airport Road
2nd – Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2
Cleanest Town/Neighbourhood Centre
1st – Blk 95, 113 to 116 Aljunied Ave 2
2nd – Blk 537 to 538 Bedok North St 3

Cleanest Public Toilet
1st – Blk 511 Bedok North St 3
2nd – Blk 51 Old Airport Rd
3rd – Blk 266 Serangoon Central Drive
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                                                                                                                                     Quiz
                                                                                                                                     Zone
                                         Answer the questions below correctly and stand



                                                                                                                                                                            BULKY
                                         a chance to win a MPTC umbrella and shoe bag!

  1) The Champion for the Cleanest Food Centre                      4) Which of the following carnival was held on 4
     goes to:                                                          November 2007?
  A. Blk 511 Bedok North Street 3                                   A. Mountbatten Town Carnival
  B. Blk 51 Old Airport Road                                        B. Marine Parade Town Carnival
  C. Blk 10 Pine Close

  2) The opening ceremony for Blk 51 Old Airport
     Road food centre was held on:
                                                                    C. MacPherson Town Carnival

                                                                    5) The Tembusu Neighbourhood Link is located at:
                                                                    A. Blk 31A Eunos Crescent
                                                                                                                                                                            ITEM REMOVAL
                                                                                                                                                                            SERVICE
  A. 18 November 2007                                               B. Blk 410A Serangoon Ave Central
  B. 18 September 2007                                              C. Blk 8 Joo Seng Road
  C. 18 October 2007

  3) Where is the new location for Mountbatten’s
     Meet-the-People Session?
  A. Blk 4A Jalan Batu
  B. Blk 12 Pine Close
  C. Blk 51 Old Airport Road

 Regulations
 Circle the correct answers and submit the quiz with the official entry form by
 1 March 2008 to:                                                                       Official Entry Form
Marine Parade Town Council
                                                                                      Name: _______________________________________________
                                                                                                                                                                       Dear Residents /
PR Department
Blk 50
Marine Terrace #01-265                                                                Residential Address: __________________________________                          With Chinese New Year round the corner, Marine Parade Town Council is aiding your spring-
Singapore 440050                                                                      _____________________________________________________
Six winners will be selected and will win a MPTC umbrella and shoe bag each.          _____________________________________________________                            cleaning by providing FREE Bulky Item Removal Service (for up to 3 items). *This service
  Each household is allowed to send in only ONE entry.
  Only residents within Marine Parade Town are eligible to participate.
  Please bring your identity card for proof of residency when you claim your prize.
                                                                                      NRIC No: _______________ Contact No: _________________                           does not include kitchen cabinets, undismantled beds and house moving.
  The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entertained.



                                                                                                       Congratulatutions!
         Winners for Oct - Dec 2007 Quiz                                                              Please bring along your
                                                                                                       Identification Card to
          1) Jenny Wee Fut Mui SXXXX624I  4) Catherine Teo SXXXX884JF                                 collect your prize from
          2) Lee Siow Mong SXXXX752J      5) Kheng Gim Chiang SXXXX601H                                Marine Parade Town
          3) Salamah Bte Jamail SXXXX203C 6) Gerald Tan SXXXX101B                                     Council (Marine Parade
                                                                                                        Office or Serangoon
                                                                                                      Office) before 1 March
                                                                                                               2008.                                                   If you require our service, please call us 3 days in advance (during office hours) :

                         Speakers’                                          “ I stayed in Serangoon area for the
                          Corner                                            past decade and life has been pleasant
                                                                            so far. The estates are kept relatively       “ My family and I have lived in Marine
                         We thank residents for                             clean and the market area is always           Crescent for almost 20 years, and I
                       their kind contributions! It                         bustling with people and that adds            cannot imagine living any where else!
                      is heartwarming to hear of                            much vibrancy and warmth to the               There is such a homely feel and a
                       the things they love about                           neighbourhood. Moreover, transport is         strong community bond between the
                        Marine Parade Town. We
                     share some of the residents’
                          thoughts with you…
                                                                            convenient and travelling time to town
                                                                            is short. Great place to stay and I plan to
                                                                            stay here for as long as I can. “
                                                                                                                          residents. Although different races live
                                                                                                                          in the neighbourhood, everyone seems
                                                                                                                          to know everyone else and nods or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1800-241 6487
                                                                             - James Huang                                waves in greeting, whether we share                                                                    (Marine Parade /                )
                                                                                                                          a common language or not! I think the
     You have great neighbours whom you can’t wait to boast                                                               best way to describe this bond is that
     about? Or is it the community around you that makes you
      feels totally at home? Send in a short paragraph about
       the things you love about your neighbourhood or com-
                                                                           “Thank you MPTC for installing a
                                                                           Coin Operated Water Dispenser under
                                                                                                                          “It is like one large happy family, living
                                                                                                                          under one big roof of Marine Parade,
                                                                                                                          but in separate flats within the same
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 1800-287 6530
      munity and stand a chance to win a MYSTERY prize! You                Block 824 Eunosville. It is the end of a
                                                                           nightmare for me and my neighbours.
                                                                                                                          area!”                                                                                                     (Serangoon /            )
                       may mail your stories to                                                                           - Mr Poonam Kishin M
                                                                           We used to drive all the way to Block
         Blk 50 Marine Terrace, #01-265 Singapore                          830 to use the water dispenser there to
                          440050                                           wash our car and most of the time the
                                                                           machine there was out of order!”
       or email to pr_dept@mptc.org.sg. Remember to include                - Mdm Fatimah Gous
                   your name and contact number!
 MPS Meet-the-People Session
 BRADDELL HEIGHTS
                                               GEYLANG SERAI
 Mr Seah Kian Peng                             Dr Fatimah Lateef
 Venue: Blk 246 Serangoon Avenue 3
        #01-216                                Venue: Blk 31 Balam Road # 01-03
 Date    : Every Monday                        Date    : Every first Tuesday of the month
 Time    : From 7:30pm – 9:30om                Time    : From 8:00pm
 Tel     : 6281 1050                           Tel     : 6746 7077

                                               Venue: Blk 15 Joo Seng Road #01-95
                                               Date    : Every last Tuesday of the month
                                               Time    : From 8:00pm
                                               Tel     : 6282 7433

                                               Venue: Blk 9 Haig Road #01-407
                                               Date    : Every other Tuesdays of the month
                                               Time    : From 8:00pm
  KAKI BUKIT                                   Tel     : 6742 6019
  Dr Muhammad
  Faishal Ibrahim
  Venue: Blk 545 Bedok North Street 3
        #01-1378
  Date    : Every Tuesday except for 5th
            Tuesday of the month and
            Public Holidays
  Time    : From 7:30pm
  Tel     : 6445 5039
                                              KAMPONG UBI-KEMBANGAN
                                              Dr Ong Seh Hong
                                              Venue: Blk 11 Eunos Crescent #01-2737
                                              Date    : Every Tuesday except for 5th
                                                        Tuesday of the month and Public
                                                        Holidays
  MARINE PARADE                               Time    : From 8:00pm – 10:00pm
                                              Tel     : 6745 7469
  Senior Minister
  Goh Chok Tong
  Venue: Blk 46 Marine Crescent #01-42
  Date    : Every Wednesday
  Time    : From 8:00pm – 10:00pm
  Tel     : 6442 6945




                                              MACPHERSON
                                              Mr Matthias Yao
                                              Venue: Blk 108 Aljunied Crescent #01-36
MOUNTBATTEN                                   Date    : 1st and 2nd Monday of the month
                                              Time    : From 8:00pm
Mr Lim Biow Chuan
(Please be informed that the venue has been
                                              Tel     : 6842 6979

changed to the following)                     Venue: Blk 53 Pipit Road #01-128
Venue: Blk 51 Old Airport Road #02-01         Date    : Other Mondays of the month
Date    : Every Tuesday                       Time    : From 8:00pm
Time    : From 8:00pm – 10:00pm               Tel     : 6746 1524
Tel     : 6344 7189

				
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