And there's always something more

It's lost in talk, I waste my time

And it's all been said before

While further down behind the masquerade

The tears are there

I don't ask for all that much

I just want someone to care"

"Romeo's Tune"

~ Steve Forbert ~

By DENNIS J. WRIGHT

With the week I've had, it was a good thing, saints and sinners, that last weekend was as fun as fun could be. Following a nice evening at Steel City listening to Mary Arden Collins, and her special dedication to me, it was off to the Trappe Tavern. Catching several sets of Monkey Bus, and meeting several new friends (contact me soon), it was a great capper to a long Friday. While Saturday and Sunday consisted of all work and some play, it was a great weekend, nonetheless.

Now that I've gotten that out of my system, it's that time, saints and sinners, for some long-overdue Write-Offs, just for you:

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Write-Off: While everyone's familiar with the tragic events that occurred last Friday night, now is a good reminder to all of the residents that the Phoenixville Police Department has available free firearm safety kits. The police received the firearm safety kits in conjunction with Project Childsafe late last year, and can be picked up at the police station with no questions asked.

According to Police Chief John Kalavik, the locks are intended to "provide an effective barrier against young children, and are not intended to withstand forced entry by an individual determined to break the lock by using tools or other means. The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in your home." So if you have a firearm in your house, do yourself a favor and pick one up. Remember, not only is it free but it could prevent a tragedy.

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Write-Off: With this weekend being All Hallows Eve (sure, I could say Halloween, but I have do be different), a few words to the wise for NEXT year. First of all, when you go to purchase a Halloween costume, do it early. Reason I say this is because I know for a fact that there are people who'll buy costumes, wear them for their occasion, and then return them. Trust me on this one. The last thing I'd like to see my saints and sinners subjected to is previously-worn costumes when they least expect it. Besides, it's just simply gross, and if that sounded 80s-like, then prepare yourself for the next Write-Off.

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Write-Off: While VH1 has their "I Love The 80s" series on their network, it's been an 80s flashback month for yours truly. Two weeks ago, I had the honor of interviewing Robert Hazard (of "Escalator Of Life" fame). It was cool telling him that I used to listen to that song every morning during my senior year in high school. Unfortunately, I missed his show at Steel City that weekend.

This past Wednesday afternoon, my second 80s interview was with Steve Forbert (note the lyrics this week). He'll be performing at the Colonial Theatre this evening and tickets are still available. Yes, he told me that he'll be doing "Romeo's Tune" towards the end of his set, so brace yourselves. Now I'm a firm believer in things happening in threes, so it'd be cool if another 80s icon contacts me soon, and it hadn't be Air Supply or Culture Club.

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Write-Off: This is going to be my first Halloween at my new place, and I haven't decided if I'm going to be home or not. It's not like I don't want to hand out candy. I haven't decided what I'll be doing. If I'm home, there'll be candy for the youngsters. If I'm not, don't feel slighted. Just go to the next house, and those neighbors are pretty cool. I won't vouch for the candy they'll give you, but they are good people.

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Write-Off: Okay, my nervous system has gotten back to normal after seeing "The Grudge" last weekend. Now I'm going to subject it to "Saw" in the next couple of days. How awesome is it that the movie industry has gotten it right by releasing some serious terrifying movies during the All Hallows Eve season. It's not the rehashing of old horror flick favorites like Jason or Freddy, but with some decent, sitting-on-the-edge-of-the-seat-till-it-bends tension. Granted, another Chucky movie is coming out, but it has to keep up with the other horror favs who've had their second wind.

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Write-Off: Getting into the holiday spirit, Christmas that is, begins with Toys For Tots kicking off their donation drive tomorrow at Redner's Warehouse Market in the Valley Forge Mall. The donation drive runs from November 1 through Christmas. Drop boxes are at Redner's, O'Grady's Restaurant and the Phoenixville Hospital. Drop off a new toy at one of these places and make the holidays brighter for a deserving youngster. It'll make you feel good, and it's a good thing to do.

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Write-Off: Checking over the trusty saints and sinners list, I notice we have some new additions to mention. Claiming their sainthood is Kimberly Faddis, who was one of ten graduates from the School At Work program at the Phoenixville Hospital last week, and new co-worker Ashley Tucker, who'll be surprised to see her name amongst the saints and sinners roll call this morning.

My newest sinner, Beth Wolf, is celebrating her 21st birthday this weekend, so if you help her celebrate, be safe and smart. It was also nice to see one of my long-time saints, Liza Batzel, for the first time in months.

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Until then, some final words of wisdom to "write-off" to - saints and sinners, including those that are parents, keep a close eye on your youngsters. Take the time to go out trick or treatin' with them, and please check their treats thoroughly. Let's make this All Hallows Eve a safe and enjoyable one this weekend. I'd much rather hear a "Boo!" than a "boo-hoo."

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Everyone's favorite sinner, Dennis J. Wright, is alive and kicking, and can be reached at dwright@phoenixvillenews.com.

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