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Resolution for disabled veterans takes plunge
Jessica A. Botelho

A resolution for a pass discount at McDermott Pool on Sandy Lane for disabled veterans was unanimously approved at Monday night’s City Council meeting. The charge for a yearly pool pass, which runs from September to August, was reduced from $150 to $80, while the monthly pass was discounted from $20 to $10. These are also senior citizen rates. A veteran of the United States Navy LCDR (RET), Ward 3 Councilwoman Camille Vella-Wilkinson authored the legislation. She was joined yesterday by CPO (RET) Ken Smith (back row left), who also served in the Navy, and SSG (RET) Timothy Howe of the United States Army, in the office of Mayor Scott Avedisian, as he signed the bill. Of the reduction rate, Smith said, “I think the pool is one of the best underused things the city has. The [heated] therapy pool is absolutely wonderful. You feel like you can take on the world again.” Howe, commander of the Disabled American Veterans, who suggested Vella-Wilkinson look into sponsoring the resolution, agreed and said as a veteran dealing with arthritis, as well as spinal and joint issues, he is thrilled of the discount because the V.A. doesn’t cover aqua aerobics.

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