North Shore Times : November 19th 2010
3 NORTH SHORE TIMES, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 NEWS Renovating? Consultation www.smithandsons.co.nz Ph: 021-982-846 Free Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE 10 Te Kea Place, Albany, Auckland. 4DAYSONLY HOURS: 10AM - 3:00PM Half price or less Wide range of adult & kids sports brands. Plus other well known kids clothing brands. MASSIVE SUMMER WE'VE GONE MAD!! Eftpos & Cash. Credit Card subject to surcharge on minimum $50 sale Phone: 444 7976 CLEARANCE 18th - 21st November Bank robber on the loose By MICHELLE ROBINSON A tall, athletic looking man is being sought by police following an armed robbery at ASB Bank in Smales Farm. Police have issued a description of the offender as a Pakeha of about 1.9 metres tall and of medium to ath- letic build. He wore a black mask, dark clothing and pointed a shotgun at bank and Armourguard security staff at 5pm on Wednesday. He made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and was picked up by a male in a silver Mazda Familia hatch- back which was dumped nearby. The two left Smales Farm in a bright canary- yellow hatchback simi- lar to a Mazda Atenza, police say. North Shore detective Shane Page says that while no one was hurt, the incident was understandably quite traumatic for the four or five bank and security staff involved. Police have spoken with staff and are work- ing to identify the offenders using CCTV footage. They are interested in hearing from anyone who saw a yellow hatchback or suspicious activity in the area. There was possibly a third person involved in a second getaway vehi- cle, Mr Page says. Call the North Shore Policing Centre on 477-5000 or give information anonymously through the Crime- stoppers line on 0800-555-111. Camaraderie: Pensioner Trevor Small, 73, front, club manager Clare Nash, and member Bill Kapea are among those who banded together to save Hillside Fitness Centre. Photo: BEN WATSON Seniors rally for gym By MICHELLE ROBINSON ' The young guys go -- oh that old guy can do more crunches than I can. ' Gym member Bill Kapea DIGGING into their pockets to save Hillside Fitness Cen- tre was a no-brainer for its mostly senior clientele. Pensioners in their 80s are among those who committed hundreds, and in some cases, thousands of dollars to keep the Glenfield gym open. It was a natural reaction to band together and find a way forward, member Bill Kapea says. So with the negotiating prowess of one long-standing member, eight old faithfuls took over on the day the gym s doors were due to close for good. It all started 30 years ago with Harry Tate who set up the friendly yet no-nonsense gym for a largely 40-plus age group. But after he retired, ongoing money troubles led to the latest owners decision to sell. This didn t bode well for older members. Pensioner Trevor Small, who walks to the gym despite being partially sighted and having a weak heart, is among those who committed $2500 for a four-year mem- bership to help keep it going. The lack of music and mirrors at Hillside suits the oldies well, as does the cama- raderie. That s what the gym s about, Mr Kapea says. But prepare to be hassled if the older ones don t think you work-out hard enough. If he s tired Mr Kapea might just head straight to the sauna but will regret it when he hears: That was a short workout, what are you doing? They enjoy challenging the younger ones. The young guys go -- oh that old guy can do more crunches than I can. Mr Kapea s 16-year-old grandson is among those who like the challenge. He says everyone gets dis- sed here. He loves the old guys though. Workouts are serious busi- ness with men s-only days on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and women on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It allows the boys to be boys and girls to be girls and gets people in a routine, club manager Clare Nash says. It works well for the old creatures of habit . So do the monthly Fat Boys Club breakfasts where you are likely to be hassled if you pile your plate too high. The ladies also have their fun at the Slim Girls Coffee Club. Ms Nash says it s the only gym where members call to apologise if they can t come in one day. And if you re not there, you will be missed because the older ones remind Ms Nash to call those who have been absent. There s no way I could work at another gym now, it s too different, it s special. Contact Hillside Fitness Centre at 444-8090 if you are interested in a free one-week trial available until the end of the year.
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