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Birthday party for Rec Center

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Recreation Center will celebrate its fourth birthday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24.

  Light refreshments and prize giveaways (gift cards, Kings tickets, Rec Center passes, etc.).

For information on the party, call 617-4770. The Rec Center is located next to River City High School, 2801 Jefferson Blvd. in Southport.

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Photo contest: images & winners

“Club Pheasant - Since 1935,” by Frank Pereira. Third place among black & white photos.

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 9, 2013–

From the City
of West Sacramento

Following a three year absence, the City of West Sacramento brought back its photo contest as part of the City’s 25th anniversary celebration. The prize -winning photos taken by contestants in October were announced Dec. 5 by the West Sacramento City Council. One contestant, resident Andrey Klimushkin, was the only one to win prizes in two separate categories.

The categories open to amateur photographers this fall were Residents (with three separate age divisions); Nonresidents; and a special photo category, “Best Black and White”, open to all contestants. The cash prizes offered this year also reflected the City’s 25th anniversary, with prize amounts based on variations of the theme of “25.” First place winners received $250 cash; second place winners $125; and third place winners $25.

2012 Photo Contest Winners:

The winners in the “Residents Under Age 25” category: Yelena Akhanova, first place; Donovan Carlson, second place; and Jennifer Trinkle, third place. The contest also set aside a category for residents who turned 25 during 2012, the 25th anniversary year of the City’s founding. Douglas Hughes, a City  employee during the contest period, won $250. In addition to Mr. Hughes, two other City employees were also prize-winners: Dena Kirtley, third place residents, age 26 and older; and Frank Pereira, third place, special Black and White. City employees participating in the contest as planners, producers, organizers, or judges, along with family members, were ineligible to enter the contest.

Winners of the category open to residents, Age 26 and older: Adonis  Villanueva, first place; Andrey Klimushkin, second place; and Dena Kirtley, third place.

‘Wall-e’s Wishes,’ by Douglas Hughes. First place among entries from residents age 25 and up.

In the “Nonresidents” category, the winners were: John Hennigan, first place; Pat Soberanis, second place; and Richard Abrusci, third place. Winners in the “Black and White” special photo category: Andrey Klimushkin, first place; Janice Wang-Polagruto, second place; and Frank Pereira, third place. Mr. Klimushkin was therefore the only winner to win in two categories this year. Mr. Pereira was also a third place winner in 2009, the last previous year of the contest.

The contest was sponsored by the City of West Sacramento.

You can scroll through all the winning photos at: http://www.cityofwestsacramento.org/residents/photocontest.asp

The photo contest winners met the city council on Dec. 5: pictured, left to right, are: Adonis Villanueva, first place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Janice Wang-Polagruto, second place, Black & White; Frank Pereira, third place, Black & White; John Hennigan, first place, Nonresidents; Mayor Pro Tem Chris Ledesma; Mayor Christopher Cabaldon; Council Member Oscar Villegas; Andrey Klimushkin, first place, Black & White and second place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Richard Abrusci, third place, Nonresidents; Dena Kirtley, third place, Residents Age 26 & Older; Council Member Bill Kristoff; Pat Soberanis (front row), second place, Nonresidents; Douglas Hughes, first place, Residents Age 25; Jennifer Trinkle, third place, Residents Under Age 25; Council Member Mark Johannessen; Yelena Akhanova, first place, Residents Under Age 25; and Donovan Carlson, second place, Residents Under Age 25. (Courtesy of Art Schroeder, City of West Sacramento)

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Baby born in car in Southport

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 16, 2013 —

INFANT GETS CPR ON AMBULANCE RIDE TO HOSPITAL —

West Sacramento firefighters had one of those famous “cliché” calls on Dec. 29, as a Southport woman gave birth in a car during the rush to get her to a hospital.

It was about 5:17 a.m. on a cold Saturday morning when the call came in that a woman had given birth in her vehicle on Lemontree Road. She had tried to make a break for the hospital when she went into labor, but didn’t get very far from home before the child came.

Firefighters from Station 45 on Lake Washington Boulevard responded. They were informed en route that the newborn wasn’t breathing.

“The baby was out, on the mom’s lap,” said Battalion Chief Tim Eisenbeisz of the West Sacramento Fire Department. “They had been trying to get to the hospital. The baby was not breathing at the time, and still attached to the umbilical cord. It was very cold out.”

A second ambulance was summoned to take care of the mother.

“The baby wasn’t coming around,” Eisenbeisz told the News-Ledger. “Firefighter Kristopher Tower immediately started grabbed the baby and wrapped him up in blankets and got the baby into the ambulance and started CPR.”

Eisenbeisz said he wasn’t actually sure of the baby’s gender.

Standard CPR on an infant involves quick, half-inch deep chest compressions.

“Prior to leaving the scene, he was able to get a pulse,” said Eisenbeisz. “The baby looked very good at the hospital. As best we can speculate, the baby was breathing on its own.”

Further information wasn’t available. Eisenbeisz said the firefighters would welcome news on the condition of the baby and mother.   The family is invited to contact the News-Ledger at 371-8030 or steve@news-ledger.com if it wishes to share that information.

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Get your act together —

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The local library at 1212 Merkley Avenue is hosting an “open mic night” at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Jan. 24, Do you write stories or poetry? Sing, rap, or play an instrument?

Drop in. Material should be appropriate for all ages.

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Five compete for open seat

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 9, 2013 —

Former board member David Westin and temporary member Elizabeth Bagdazian are not among the candidates —

LINH NGUYEN: business owner from Southport seeks a seat on the Washington Unified School District board of trustees (courtesy photo)

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Five candidates have signed up for West Sacramento’s special school board election on March 5.  The all-mail ballot will ask voters to pick one person to fill the remaining term – almost two years – of former board member Sandra Vargas.

  Vargas resigned in the fall. Her remaining colleagues appointed Elizabeth Bagdazian to fill the slot, but a group of citizens successfully petitioned to overturn that appointment and force the special vote.

Neither Bagdazian nor David Westin, a former school board member narrowly voted out of office in November, are running for the vacancy.

The News-Ledger this week caught up with several of the candidates.

NICHOLAS TURNEY: former college instructor, now a parent & homemaker, is running for a school board seat in West Sacramento (courtesy photo)

The five candidates are:

Nicholas Scott Turney, a self-described parent/homemaker who lives on Watercourse Lane in northern West Sacramento.

Katherine R. Gales, reported as an “education executive assistant” and who lives on Touchstone Place in Southport.

Linh T. Nguyen, who lists himself as a business owner who lives on Huntington Road in Southport.

Sarah Kirby-Gonzalez, self-described as a parent-teacher and who hasn’t listed a street address. Her Facebook page indicates she works as a teacher in Folsom Cordova Unified School District.

Francisco Castillo, who lists himself as a parent/education advocate and who lives on Ryer Island Street in Southport.

Nicholas Turney, 33, told the News-Ledger he believes that Washington Unified School District “could use a voice more representative of the north area.”

“I’m a former college instructor and I took a leave from teaching to raise our children, so I understand the benefits of having a solid education as a basis for success in the future,” he said. “I’m not affiliated with any board members or civic leaders – I’m a totally independent candidate.”

Turney said he has a kindergarten-age daughter and a son who’s still a toddler.

KATHERINE GALES: works for state education departments, wants to give public service back (courtesy photo)

Katherine Gales, 49, said she has a grandson, two nieces and a nephew of school age.

“I’m running because I have experience and understand education and I’ve been around the block,” she said. “I think everybody should be involved (in public service) at some point in their life doing what they can do. I bring my experience, knowledge and expertise in education to the West Sacramento public schools.”

Gales said she has worked for the state education department for 14 years, and has lived in the city for three. Although she responded to a call for candidates made on Mayor Christopher Cabaldon’s Facebook page, Gales said she has not received the mayor’s endorsement or other political endorsements at this point.

Francisco Castillo, 32, said he was motivated to get involved partly by the experience of having to spend the night in front of Bridgeway Island Elementary School in order to get his child a slot in the kindergarten there.

“I work in a national educational advocacy group called StudentsFirst,” he told the News-Ledger. “I’ve been in West Sacramento about five years.”

His focus includes ensuring preschool access for all children, promoting college and career preparation, and ensuring fiscal responsibility in the district.

FRANCISCO CASTILLO: Professional education advocate, endorsed by mayor & county supervisor (courtesy photo)

“I’m happy to have the endorsements of (new board member) Katie Villegas, Mayor Cabaldon, (Yolo County Supervisor Michael) McGowan, and city councilmen Oscar Villegas and Christ Ledesma,” said Castillo.

Nguyen and Kirby-Gonzalez couldn’t immediately be reached for comment – but the News-Ledger plans to invite all candidates for an in-depth interview before the election.

The website of the local teachers’ union, the Washington Teachers Association, reports that the union has endorsed Kirby-Gonzalez, the teacher.

A sixth candidate filed to run in this race, but withdrew. That was Coby Pizotti, who ran unsuccessfully for one of the seats available in the regular election in November.

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Free food from Yolo food bank

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The Food Bank of Yolo County will distribute free food to eligible West Sacramento and Clarksburg residents on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Distribution will occur from 9-10 a.m. at the County Building, 500 Jefferson Blvd.; from 10:30-11:15 a.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 1500 Park Blvd.; 11-noon at the Yolo Housing Authority, 685 Lighthouse Dr.; and noon to 1 p.m. at the Clarksburg Firehouse.

Please bring a bag and attend only one site. For information, call (530) 668-0690.

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Learn a foreign language, online

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

From Beth Gabor
County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is pleased to announce that starting in 2013, it will offer free for all library patrons, Pronunciator, the online language-learning system.  With 60 of the world’s most popular languages, and English as a Second Language (ESL) courses in 50 languages, Pronunciator is focused on quickly building conversational skills through a suite of interactive online drills, scored quizzes and downloadable audio lessons and phrasebooks.

   Pronunciator offers five possible levels of instruction for each language, covering vocabulary, verbs, simple sentences and conversation.  One level, specifically for tourists and business travelers, teaches 1,500 essential phrases covering everyday situations.  Each course also has up to 350 hours of audio lessons, which patrons can download to a portable device, or burn to CD.  Appropriate for children as well as adults, Pronunciator is designed to meet the language-learning needs of the entire community.

“We are delighted to be adding Pronunciator to the premium resources we offer our patrons,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong in a press release.  “There are many reasons a person learns a language – for work, travel, school or simply personal enrichment – and Pronunciator has something for everyone.”

The Pronunciator online language-learning system was donated by Robert Savage in memory of Davis resident James Steichel, and will be available January 2013 through June 2014.

Residents are encouraged to stop by any branch of the Yolo County Library for an introduction to Pronunciator, or to access the program online at www.yolocountylibrary.org.  For more information, contact Joan Tuss (530) 757-5588 or joan.tuss@yolocounty.org.

West Sacramento’s library branch is at 1212 Merkley Avenue.

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