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Lib Dems accuse county council of 'ducking responsibility to provide a service' in recycling centres feud

Watford Observer:

3:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The Highways and Waste Management Cabinet Panel backed dramatic reductions to the opening hours of sites, including Garston's Waterdale site, Rickmansworth and Elstree - including having all the sites shut two days a week.

Did you help man threatened with knife in Marlborough Road, Watford?

Watford Observer:

2:09pm Saturday 20th September 2014

Police are appealing to a member of the public who is believed to have intervened following an incident in Watford last night.

Fraudsters still targeting people in phone scams across Hertfordshire

Watford Observer:

12:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

In the first two weeks of September, 39 people from around the county were called, with the majority of those targeted being elderly and vulnerable.

Watford Junction nursery raises £150 for charity as part of its 20th birthday celebrations

Watford Observer:

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

The Co-operative Childcare nursery held a birthday party and fun day for local people to celebrate two decades of childcare.

September 20, 1991

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

1991 and a TV show gives a town centre car park a makeover

Watford car dealer stole more than £23,000 in benefit fraud scam

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

A Watford car trader has been convicted of stealing more than £23,000 in a benefit fraud scam lasting four years.

Brothers to pedal from London to Berlin for the Royal British Legion

Watford Observer:

5:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Jonny Ellis, a care designer at Chamelon Information Management Services, in High Street, Rickmansworth,, and his older brother, Chris Ellis, who lives in Watford, are preparing for the 1,000 mile trip from London to Berlin to support the Royal British Legion.

Air ambulance called to Leavesden after elderly man collapses

Watford Observer:

4:40pm Friday 19th September 2014

An air ambulance was called in to assist crews at the scene in Forest Road shortly after 3pm.

Paralympics and Invictus Games star, Derek Derenalagi, gives inspiring talk to Northwood school pupils

Watford Observer:

4:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

The 39-year-old, who served in the British Army from 1999 to 2007, spoke to pupils in the lower sixth form at St Helen’s School, in Eastbury Road, on Tuesday, September 9.

Two houses burgled in Bushey overnight

Watford Observer:

4:01pm Friday 19th September 2014

One burglary took place in Merry Hill Mount overnight last night.

Watford MP, Richard Harrington, pulls a pint at pub reopening

Watford Observer:

3:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

Watford's Golden Lion pub has re-opened its doors following a £200,000 investment.

Numbers of youngsters signing up for the Moor Park 10k reach record high

Watford Observer:

2:50pm Friday 19th September 2014

The popular event, which is organised by the Lynda Jackson Macmillan Centre, based at Mount Vernon Hospital, in Northwood, will take place on Sunday, September 28.

New sport, FootGolf, kicking off at Rickmansworth Golf Club

Watford Observer:

1:40pm Friday 19th September 2014

FootGolf is played on a golf course and the object of the game is to place the ball into the hole using only your feet in the lowest number of shots possible.

Further controversial parking restrictions suggested for Watford Business Park

Watford Observer:

1:00pm Friday 19th September 2014

Hertfordshire County Council has proposed "no waiting at any time" in parts of Greenhill Crescent and Caxton Way.

Heroic jogger rescues unconscious man from the Grand Union Canal

Watford Observer:

12:30pm Friday 19th September 2014

Paul Orange, 42, who rescued the unconscious man from a canal, was told that "another 15 seconds and the guy would have been dead".

Contentious plans to build 56 new homes on cramped Boundary Way estate approved by Three Rivers

Watford Observer:

12:04pm Friday 19th September 2014

Three Rivers District Council planning committee gave the final go ahead for the Watford Community Housing Trust proposals last night, feeling the need for more social housing in Garston and Abbots Langley outweighed fears the new estate would be too dense.

Aldenham farm introduces model for sustainable farming

Watford Observer:

11:01am Friday 19th September 2014

New Gokula Farm at Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple has a mixed herd of almost 60 animals and grows herbs, vegetables and fruits.

Firefighters called to lift blaze at intu Watford this moring

Watford Observer:

9:48am Friday 19th September 2014

Emergency services were alerted at 7.28am to a blaze in the lift motor room at the shopping centre.

Love me do! Share your love story with the Watford Palace Theatre and the Watford Observer for your chance to win a romantic getaway

Watford Observer:

9:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Share your story and you could win a £200 voucher towards a romantic getaway at a luxury Mr and Mrs Smith boutique hotel as well as two tickets to see the show.

September 19, 1969

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Friday 19th September 2014

1969, and a newspaper billboard causes panic among Watford FC fans

Motion to introduce all-out elections every four years in Three Rivers rejected by politicians

Watford Observer:

5:30pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Opposition leader, Ralph Sangster, submitted a motion at the district’s full council meeting calling for an end to the current system, which sees councillors elected in thirds.

Plans to close recycling centre rubbished by county council committee

Watford Observer:

4:57pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The Highways and Waste Management Cabinet Panel decided to recommend dramatic reductions to the opening hours of recycling sites in the county, including Watford’s Waterdale site, Rickmansworth and Elstree.

Watford FC officials 'extremely proud' that Hornets fans are among the best behaved in the Championship

Watford Observer:

4:16pm Thursday 18th September 2014

In total, 14 Watford FC supporters were arrested during the 2013/2014 season and one banning order was imposed, which is joint-second best along with AFC Bournemouth and Reading. No banning orders were imposed at Norwich City.

Watford MP, Richard Harrington, to meet budding young politicians at Abbots Langley school next week

Watford Observer:

3:35pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The Conservative MP will be at Divine Saviour Catholic Primary School on Wednesday, September 24 to present the newly elected school council members with their badges.

Bid to bring back supercar experience days to the outskirts of Bovingdon could skid to a halt following resident complaints

Watford Observer:

3:01pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Residents near Runways Farm, Upper Bourne End Lane, had submitted dozens of complaints about the noise from motoring activities taking place on the site.

Annual autumn open day to be held at New Hope’s Community Garden next month

Watford Observer:

2:30pm Thursday 18th September 2014

There will be poetry reading, percussion "jamming" and children’s activities and visitors will be able to pick up plants, herbs and vegetable seedlings in return for a small donation.

Five more men arrested on suspicion of violent disorder following Watford FC vs Bolton Wanderers fights

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The main fight occurred at approximately 2.45pm in Market Street and involved up to 30 people. No one was reported to have injuries.

Power station seeks planning permission to develop on Green Belt land in north Bushey

Watford Observer:

1:27pm Thursday 18th September 2014

UK Power Reserve Limited submitted an application to Hertsmere Council to build on land adjacent to its existing pumping station in Berry Grove Lane.

A Rickmansworth primary school is judged to be 'good' by Ofsted

Watford Observer:

12:39pm Thursday 18th September 2014

The acting headteacher of St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, said "the proof of the pudding is in the eating", following the latest inspection by representatives from the education watchdog.

Six-year-old aspiring Bushey Heath paralympian meets Prince Harry at the Invictus Games

Watford Observer:

12:02pm Thursday 18th September 2014

Bushey Heath schoolboy Rio Woolf was born without a tibia, knee or ankle joint because of rare condition tibial aplasia and had his leg amputated at 14 months.

Man rescued from Rickmansworth canal by a passerby taken to hospital 'as a priority'

Watford Observer:

10:50am Thursday 18th September 2014

The London Ambulance Service were called to Summerhouse Way, Harefield, at 7.23 this morning after reports that a man in his 40s was in the canal.

Two training projects set up in collaboration with Watford Community Housing Trust shortlisted for national awards

Watford Observer:

10:30am Thursday 18th September 2014

Jobs at Home, a social enterprise started by the trust in partnership with Thrive Homes and the Housing Leadership Foundation, has been shortlisted in the "Best Training Scheme" category in the 24Housing Awards.

Man rescued from a canal in Rickmansworth this morning

Watford Observer:

10:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue were called around 7.36am this morning and administered first aid at the scene after reports of a man being rescued from a canal near Springwell Lane.

Runners needed to tackle the Abbots Langley Tough Ten for bowel cancer charity

Watford Observer:

9:41am Thursday 18th September 2014

Beating Bowel Cancer want people to run either 1.5k, 3k, 5k or 10k on Sunday, October 5, to raise money for the charity, which will then go towards helping people with bowel cancer.

Plans to build more than 50 new homes on cramped Boundary Way estate recommended for approval by Three Rivers

Watford Observer:

8:40am Thursday 18th September 2014

The planning committee are finally due to make a decision on the plans submitted by Watford Community Housing Trust on Thursday night.

September 18, 1981

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

1981 and I've started raising money so I'll finish...

Watford FC supporters among the best-behaved fans

Watford Observer:

5:40pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The latest government figures for football related crime show that Watford FC were ranked as the seventh best behaved fans in England’s second division, with 14 arrests made during the 2013/2014 season.

Politician criticised for suggesting proposed bus cuts would encourage residents to exercise more

Watford Observer:

5:13pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Councillor Debbie Morris, representative for Moor Park and Eastbury, is alleged to have made the "inappropriate comments" during a Three Rivers District Council debate over bus cuts.

Man arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, false imprisonment and making threats to kill after north Watford assault

Watford Observer:

4:31pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Alex Odonkor was arrested in Acton, West London earlier today after the woman, 23, along with another man, 44, were allegedly assaulted at an address in Chiswell Court after midnight on Sunday, September 14.

Watford FC players and Naughty Boy celebrate end of National Citizen Service project

Watford Observer:

4:11pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The 1881 Club Lounge at Vicarage Road Stadium played host to a plethora of special guests as Watford FC’s Community Sports and Education Trust helped 86 local young people celebrate their completion of the government flagship project NCS.

Model railway open day to be held in Watford next month

Watford Observer:

2:40pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The open day will boast a minimum of eight layouts and there will be trade stands in a variety of gauges.

As many as 14 cars believed to have been damaged in Abbots Langley

Watford Observer:

2:22pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

On June 21, nine cars were damaged after someone walked along The Greenway and scratched the parked vehicles.

Garston charity doing its bit to fight the Ebola virus in rural Sierra Leone

Watford Observer:

1:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Masanga Leprosy Hospital is one of just three hospitals in Tonkolili district in the centre of the country, caring for 450,000 people.

Children's poet, Brian Moses, inspires Bushey pupils during workshop

Watford Observer:

1:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The aim of the visit was to engage all children when reading, writing and performing a variety of poetry.

Celebrate the centenary of the First World War with a special singalong next weekend

Watford Observer:

12:50pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

The event will be held at Watford Museum’s Little Gallery Tearoom in in Lower High Street from 1pm on Saturday, September 27.

Elderly man who went missing this morning found safe

Watford Observer:

12:30pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Hertfordshire Constabulary launched a search for Usko Rinta-Aho after concerns rose for his welfare when he went missing at about 9am.

Sports clubs get set for National Fitness Day

Watford Observer:

12:08pm Wednesday 17th September 2014

Backed locally by Hertfordshire County Council, the event claims to be the largest celebration of physical activity in the UK, with many venues allowing people in to exercise for free.

Police launch search for missing 80-year-old man from Watford

Watford Observer:

11:14am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Usko Rinta-Aho was last seen at his home addresses at 9am today.

Talk to be held on how you can become a Dementia Friend

Watford Observer:

9:39am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Iain MacBeath, Hertfordshire County Council’s director of health and community services, will lead an hour-long session to raise awareness of the role people can play to support people with dementia. No booking is necessary.

September 17, 1965

Watford Observer: Watford Observed

5:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

1965 and "two tons of sudden death"

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