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Sarah EL-Moselhi

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Sarah EL-Moselhi returns to NBN as a freelance reporter and web writer. The former NBN Central Coast bureau chief holds more than 15 years of journalism experience. She has covered breaking news events, politics, sport, and many aberrant feature stories.

COAST SHELTER CEO RETIRES AFTER 26 YEARS

CEO of Coast Shelter Laurie Maher has announced that he will retire this year. After 26 years on the job, the OAM recipient will leave his much loved charity organisation in July. Mr Maher has been a long time advocate for the homeless on the Central Coast, working by the philosophy that ‘everyone deserves to have a roof over their head’. Coast Shelter says it’s aiming to recruit a new CEO by the end of June.

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LOCAL LOVE BLOOMING SWEET

Local produce has been the winner this Valentine’s Day, with customers buying up big at rose farms around the region. Customer numbers have been up on 20-17 with the day falling on a more favourable Wednesday for florists than last year’s Tuesday. Growers say the day before is always the busiest, but peak sales hit late this afternoon. The red roses were the obvious choice, but strawberries also made an appearance for a crimson favourite. But the real sweet spot came in the traditional chocolates- the love heart variety the real cream of the crop.

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COASTIES RETURN AND EARN MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION BOTTLES

The state government’s Return and Earn scheme has proven to be hugely popular on the Central Coast in less than a month of operation. Already, more than 1.5 million drink containers and bottles have been returned in exchange for 10 cent receipts which can be redeemed for cash or donated to selected charities. In the first two weeks of operation, the Erina Fair reverse vending machine received 125,591 deposits. Since December, the Bateau Bay machine clocked up 653,527 returns, while Lisarow has so far recorded 701,610. Cans, glass bottles and juice boxes are allowed to be cashed in, however milk and wine bottles are not permitted. (VISION ONLY)

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