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Brave Brooke rushed to hospital 'an hour from death' shocks doctors with strong spirit and fight for life a month on

Watford Observer:

9:30am Friday 6th March 2015

Brave Brooke Cornwell , of Breakspeare Close, Watford, who has rare blood disorder Diamond Blackfan Anaemia, was admitted to St Mary’s in London early February after going into septic shock

Hornets commentator of 50 years dies aged 85

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Reg Stacey, who commentated on Watford football matches for more than 50 years on Watford Hospital Radio, has died aged 85

Watford woman in World Record running attempt

Watford Observer:

4:00pm Thursday 5th March 2015

A Watford woman is set to attempt a Guinness World Record breaking 50 kilometre run - without actually leaving the building

Garston dad who beat cancer twice was inspiration for charity music festival which raised more than £4,500

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Tino Alcorano, 40, was about to celebrate his first Christmas with nine-month-old daughter Olivia when he found out his cancer had returned

Watford mayor petitioning 'reluctant' county council for permanent light switch off at Dome Roundabout

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Thursday 5th March 2015

The mayor's petition reads: "We call on Herts County Council to investigate turning off the traffic lights at the Dome Roundabout, while ensuring that pedestrians and cyclists can cross safely"

Watford property market set to sky-rocket

Watford Observer:

1:10pm Thursday 5th March 2015

Watford has been tipped for a property boom by estate agents, who say the town is becoming increasingly popular with people looking for a cheaper home in the outskirts of London.

Proposed county council bus cuts could leave older people 'isolated', according to authority's own policy paper

Watford Observer: Picture submitted by Hertfordshire County Council

12:20pm Tuesday 3rd March 2015

But Hertfordshire County Council is continuing with the consultation as it needs to save £150 million in the next four years

An online voting option should be piloted in the next Watford mayoral election, according to national pressure group

Watford Observer:

8:00am Tuesday 3rd March 2015

The report, by pressure group WebRoots Democracy, includes analysis of UK public opinion, and outlines the benefits, challenges, and potential impact of online voting

New Watford social enterprise launches Warm In Winter giving blankets and hot drinks to older residents

Watford Observer:

5:14pm Monday 2nd March 2015

Small Acts of Kindness has asked elderly residents or anybody who knows an older person that would benefit from a pack containing a fleece blanket, socks, gloves, a hat, instant soup, coffee, tea, a mug and a spoon, to get in touch

NEETs at record low in Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

9:38am Friday 27th February 2015

The number of young people in Hertfordshire not in education, employment or training is at a record low

Inquest: Man, 80, with irrational fear of prison died after being hit by train

Watford Observer:

12:58pm Thursday 26th February 2015

A pensioner who was suffering from an anxiety disorder causing him to have irrational fears of being sent to jail died after jumping in front of a train travelling at high speed through Watford Junction.

County council "seriously thinking" about removing Dome Roundabout lights

Watford Observer:

11:11am Thursday 26th February 2015

The county council is "seriously thinking" about removing the traffic lights at Watford’s Dome roundabout - but it won’t be anytime soon.

Two television shows were being filmed in Watford yesterday

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

Film crews took over Parkside Drive, in Cassiobury, to stage a car crash as part of E4 comedy My Mad Fat Diary

Watford teen named St John Ambulance regional cadet of the year

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Wednesday 25th February 2015

Mythili Sutharson, 17, had to complete a first aid challenge to demonstrate her life saving abilities and take part in a team building exercise, as well as give a presentation and be interviewed by judges to win the competition

Cousins square-up as opposing mascots for Watford's game against Norwich

Watford Observer:

11:50am Wednesday 25th February 2015

Life-long Hornets supporter Reece Miles, eight, walked out with his hero Almen Abdi, while his older cousin and Canaries fan James Goodson, 12, accompanied Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy

Garston girl set to compete in Miss Hertfordshire 2015 finals on Thursday

Watford Observer:

4:59pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

Football-loving Holly will compete in the final in Stevenage, where she will have to wear a self-styled ‘eco-dress’ designed using recycled material

Rocker and mod celebrate golden wedding anniversary

Watford Observer:

2:20pm Tuesday 24th February 2015

A north Watford couple who met as teenagers on a work outing have celebrated 50 years of marriage

Free painting demonstrations by professional artists to be held at Watford Library

Watford Observer:

11:31am Tuesday 24th February 2015

The Society for All Artists is offering people in Watford the chance to learn some of the skills that will be shown on the BBC One’s ‘Big Painting Challenge’ with an artist led free demonstration followed by a series of hands-on workshops

Award for Watford worker who cycled across the Himalayas in support of Leukaemia charity

Watford Observer:

10:00am Tuesday 24th February 2015

The supply chain manager at Wickes' support centre in Watford has been recognised with an award for his extensive charity work

Woman arrested outside north Watford cemetery after artificial flowers removed from a grave

Watford Observer:

3:46pm Monday 23rd February 2015

The 59-year-old woman from Watford was arrested on suspicion of theft on Sunday, February 22, outside the cemetery on North Western Avenue at around 9am

Video: Moment Mary J Blige surprises Watford superfan

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Monday 23rd February 2015

A Watford woman got the shock of her life when what she thought was a live-streamed performance of her hero Mary J Blige from New York turned out to be the singer performing live in front of her

Free breakfasts offered in national 'better breakfast' roadshow coming to Watford

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Monday 23rd February 2015

A team of chefs will be serving up free "better breakfast" samples at Watford Tesco between 9am and 5pm on March 13

Watford families offered £600 a week to host people affected by mental illness

Watford Observer:

2:10pm Monday 23rd February 2015

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust is now looking for more families to help out as the number of people affected by mental illness continues to rise

Firefighters called to vehicle fire at garage repair workshop in Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

12:30pm Monday 23rd February 2015

A crew from Garston fire station attended the workshop on Breakspeare Road at around 10am

Council crackdown on Watford's parking cheats

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Saturday 21st February 2015

Watford Borough Council is set to ratify changes to the town's parking scheme policies after a task force concluded there has been a "disappointing escalation" in systematic abuses

Dome Roundabout lights back on as planned despite dramatically improved traffic flow through Watford

Watford Observer:

11:00am Friday 20th February 2015

The temporary removal of the traffic lights to accommodate roadworks at the roundabout earlier this month has resulted in 20-minute shorter journey times through the town

Residents want assurances Oxhey Park will not be eaten away by the new Link Road

Watford Observer:

8:50am Thursday 19th February 2015

Friends of Oxhey Park chairman Sandy Belloni said the group has been told without consultation the car park will not be put back – and he fears what else might be lost

Veteran Watford councillor Rabi Martins selected Hemel Hempstead Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

The retired business management consultant, who represents Central ward on Watford Borough Council, will challenge incumbent Conservative MP Mike Penning in the forthcoming General Election

Car crash woman left struggling to walk nominated most inspirational at Watford gym

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

In August 2007 Sheila Degonzalez suffered a hypo whilst driving and her car hit the kerb on a roundabout and toppled over

Marie Curie charity needs help for Great Daffodil Appeal in Watford

Watford Observer:

2:40pm Wednesday 18th February 2015

Marie Curie is appealing for people in Watford to donate their time to collect at Lidl Supermarket on Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, as part of the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal

Men jailed for attempted theft of display Samsung tablet from Watford BrightHouse

Watford Observer:

11:40am Wednesday 18th February 2015

Two men who brazenly walked off with a Samsung tablet from a shop display window were caught after Watford's town enforcement officer spotted the theft and followed them down the street

Pedestrians 'dicing with death' to cross Dome Roundabout

Watford Observer:

8:30am Wednesday 18th February 2015

Residents say pedestrian movement has been "totally destroyed" and that people on foot are risking their lives to cross at the barriers rather than use the temporary alternatives, which are too far out the way

Potential 14,000 more jobs in Watford by 2031 - double previous estimates

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Tuesday 17th February 2015

But some politicians are concerned there aren’t enough commercial spaces in the town to keep up with the high rate of growth

Great Fire of London recreated at Watford primary Kingsway Infant School

Watford Observer:

10:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

Pupils at Kingsway Infant School, in North Approach, made houses out of cardboard boxes which were lined up and dramatically set alight in the school's playground

Watford school wins Government award for its work with disadvantaged pupils

Watford Observer:

9:30am Tuesday 17th February 2015

Parmiter’s School was given a £5,000 reward from the Government for putting the Pupil Premium – extra money targeted towards helping pupils from less privileged backgrounds - to effective use

Watford FC’s Community Trust call for people to join its three big fundraising challenges of 2015

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Monday 16th February 2015

This year the trust is looking for participants to join in a sponsored bike ride around Paris between June 26 and 28

Intergalactic extravaganza for half term at intu Watford

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Monday 16th February 2015

intu Watford is getting ready for an intergalactic extravaganza this February half term as the stars of the upcoming DreamWork’s animated adventure 'Home' take over the centre

'More carers needed for Watford's elderly population'

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Monday 16th February 2015

That's the message from Peter Neighbour, owner of Home Instead Senior Care Watford, who has a growing waiting list of people looking for care packages

Watford children’s centre banishes winter blues with Feeling Good Day

Watford Observer:

10:00am Monday 16th February 2015

Beechfield Children’s Centre held the event, which offered tips on how to keep the family happy and healthy, at Harebreaks Hub

Bushey man in his 60s taken to Watford General after exposure to defective gas appliance

Watford Observer: Fire crews tackle heavy smoke in Radlett shop

9:00am Monday 16th February 2015

A fire crew and paramedics attended Farm Way in Bushey over the weekend following reports of a defective gas appliance

Extra support to help prevent repeated diabetes emergencies

Watford Observer:

10:10am Saturday 14th February 2015

The Eastern Academic Health Science Network has teamed up with the region’s ambulance service to help people with diabetes when they experience a ‘hypo’ caused by very low blood sugar levels

Neighbours of Watford man jailed for trying to smuggle jihadist cousin back into England fear reprisals

Watford Observer:

5:10pm Friday 13th February 2015

Neighbours of a father-of-seven from Watford, jailed for trying to smuggle his jihadist cousin back into England from a terrorist training camp in Syria, have spoken of their shock and disgust of his actions and fear of reprisals in the street where they live

Secondhand smoke campaign launches across Hertfordshire as Parliament ends smoking in cars with children

Watford Observer:

3:50pm Friday 13th February 2015

Drivers throughout the county could be fined £50 for smoking in private vehicles carrying under 18s after law change on October 1

Hornets heroes support children’s air ambulance charity after meeting Abbots Langley couple whose daughter was stillborn

Watford Observer:

3:10pm Friday 13th February 2015

Captain Troy Deeney donated a pair of his signed football boots to a charity ebay auction in support of LUCY Air Ambulance for Children

'No emergency ambulance older than five years by end of March', say Herts ambulance trust

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Friday 13th February 2015

The ambulance trust which serves south west Hertfordshire is set to have replaced 267 emergency vehicles and added another 27 to its fleet by the end of March

Meet Watford FC first-team players this half term

Watford Observer:

1:29pm Friday 13th February 2015

Odion Ighalo, Miguel Layun, Fernando Forestieri and Sean Murray will be in The Hornets Shop, Vicarage Road, on Tuesday, February 17, happy to pose for photos and sign Watford merchandise

Watford Women’s Institute up 60% as 30th anniversary celebrations draw near

Watford Observer:

9:30am Friday 13th February 2015

The Beechen Grove branch will mark the anniversary with a lunch from midday to 4pm at Beechen Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday, March 4

Don't miss: pop-up performances in New Watford Market and The Parade to celebrate Valentine’s Day

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Performances include a public tango lesson, Rat Pack classics and Victorian music hall

'Nightmare tailbacks' at Watford’s Dome Roundabout dramatically improved without traffic lights, say motorists

Watford Observer:

12:35pm Thursday 12th February 2015

Hertfordshire County Council is installing additional cycle lanes and changing the traffic signals to include a phase for cyclists at the roundabout, with the lights due to be back up on March 30 - but should they? Have your say in our poll.

Herts average pay for professionals and managers now more than £46,000

Watford Observer:

4:34pm Wednesday 11th February 2015

But the research also found that as business confidence returns, the county’s employers are battling to fill well-paying posts – with the number of candidates looking for work failing to keep pace with vacancies


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