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Local chorus performs today at capitol

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — 

The West Sacramento Community Singers have a free concert on schedule. You’re invited to listen to them at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 30, at the Capital Museum rotunda in Sacramento, where they will present hits by ABBA and the Manhattan Transfer. Park near 11th and L streets and enter from 11th.

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Property value again over $20 billion: click on link to find a house value

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — JUNE 26, 2013 —

Yolo County’s property tax roll was valued at over $20 billion for the first time since 2008, reports Assessor Joel Butler.

“The improving real estate market and thriving agricultural economy, coupled with new construction and changes of ownership (which trigger reappraisal) increased this year’s roll to $20,475,478,048 of taxable value – a 4.16 percent increase over the prior year,” said a statement from Butler’s office.

“All areas of the county experienced increases in assessed value,” added the tax assessor’s statement. “Davis had the largest increase for a city at 5.75 percent; Woodland had the least, at 1.88 percent; with Winters at 3.85 percent and West Sacramento at 3.83 percent. The unincorporated areas of Yolo County grew by 4.58 percent, reflecting the strength of rural and agricultural properties.”

Recently assessed property values will be available for public view by July 12 at http://www.yolocounty.org/index.aspx?page=1603. To find your property value, have your Assessor Parcel Number or street address available. If you don’t have computer access, you can phone for your valuation at (530) 666-8135 (the assessor’s office is closed Friday’s for budget reasons).

There is a process available for those who believe their property is over-valued for tax reasons.

 

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Need a place to cool down?

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JUNE 28, 2013 —

With temperatures expected to top 100 degrees for about six days in a row, the City of West Sacramento offers this information about local ‘cooling centers’ available free to those in need:

During the current heat wave, two West Sacramento centers will provide relief:

·The Arthur F. Turner Community Library, 1212 Merkley Ave., will be open both Saturday, June 29 (10 am to 5:30 pm) and Sunday, June 30 (1-5 pm) as a place to escape the hot temperatures this weekend. Contact the Turner Library at (916) 375-6465.

·The West Sacramento Recreation Center, 2801 Jefferson Blvd., is also a cooling center and will be open Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. The Rec Center is also open until 9:30 pm on weekdays (except July 4th when it closes at 5:30 pm). Not only is the Rec Center air conditioned inside, the Rec Center pools can also help keep you cool – Rec Swim is from 1 – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday. A day pass is $6 for adults, and $4.50 for seniors and students. Contact the Rec Center at (916) 617-4770.

The cooling centers are air-conditioned. Comfortable seating is available. Stay hydrated! Water is available at both cooling center sites, but bringing a re-useable water bottle is recommended. Dress in layers so you can shed layers when in the shade and add to cover skin when in direct sunlight.

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Weekend: a taste of West Sacramento’s Portuguese heritage

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 26, 2013–

FROM THE SAN
PEDRO ASSOCIATION

If you grew up in the “Bryte” or “Broderick” neighborhoods of West Sacramento, or old “West Sacramento,” then you probably remember the “Portuguese Picnic” that was celebrated the last weekend of June, with its parade through the streets of town filled with queens wearing big tiaras and floats representing saints, along Portuguese folk music and the calls from the bingo stand.  You could smell the barbeque beef on a spit that people cooked themselves and the linguica sandwiches and beans. You could get all these along with cold beer at the bar.

San Pedro Festival queens Nieve Kelly and Kaitlyn Clopton (courtesy photo)

San Pedro Festival queens Nieve Kelly and Kaitlyn Clopton (courtesy photo)

This year, the San Pedro Festa will be open to the public on Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 8pm and on Sunday, June 30th from 11am to 8pm.  There will be the same great marinated beef on a spit (carne espita), linguica sandwiches, tremose (brined beans) and sweet bread will be available as in years gone by.

Free live entertainment will be available headlined by the Bay Area sensation and Luso-American artist Ramana Vieria and her ensemble, who will perform Saturday evening from 6-8pm.  Earlier in the evening you can catch the fun sounds of the ACC Pocket Pickers Ukulele Group at 4:30pm.

Saturday evening will also feature the crowning of this year’s queens.  Nieve Kelly, daughter of Cathy Ingram-Kelly and Eamon Kelly, will represent San Pedro as the senior queen.  Kaitlyn Clopton, daughter of Jason and Tiffany Freitas, will be the baby queen.  Both of these young ladies’ families are descendants of the San Pedro Association founding fathers.

Sunday’s entertainment will include the procession from Holy Cross Church to the park beginning after mass at 10:30 a.m.  Grand Marshals of the procession will be Al & Marie Balshor, longstanding supporters and members for the San Pedro Association.  Included in the procession will be the Sacramento Youth Band, who will also perform during the day at the Park and the Rancho Folclorico Vira Virou de Newark Maderian Folk Dancers.  A silent auction, live auction, bingo (run by the Knights of Columbus), baked goodies from the Holy Spirit Altar Society and kiddie games will also be a part of this day.

2013 marks the 91st annual San Pedro Festa. Descendants from the original families and the founders of the established San Pedro Association have been continuing the annual celebration – with the exception of a break during WWII.

San Pedro Festa has been a part of the community since 1992 when immigrants from the Madeira Island, Portugal settled in the Riverbank/Bryte area in what is now northern West Sacramento celebrated their first “Festas Padroeiras” (folk celebration) – which honored their patron saint St. Peter. They celebrated on the banks of the Sacramento River.

These early families had names like Amaral, Andrade, Augustino, Beata, Carvalho, Cardoza, Costa, Enos, Farinha, Frates, Freitas, Fonseca, Gonsalves, Jardim, Lawrence, Lopes, Neves, Neto, Paulo, Pena, Perreira, Perry, Pinto, Ramos, Rodrigues, Santos, Sardine, Sequeira and Silva. They would come together to celebrate their Saints Day. These Festas, or festivals, provided a family event with each subsequent generation bringing their children, to continue to celebrate and reaffirm their cultural heritage.

In the 1940s, the group organized an association and purchased land from the Silva family to establish San Pedro Association and build San Pedro Park.  This association’s primary focus since the 1980 is to maintain its presence in the community and preserve the historic San Pedro Park. During this time a membership was established.

This new generation of members – descendants from original families in the area – decided once more to open San Pedro Festa and it’s park to the public.  The park is located at 708 North Hobson Avenue, West Sacramento.

Photo & information submitted by Vickie Ramos, San Pedro Association.

 

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