Artwork for Joey Lopes Park

Artwork for Joey Lopes Park

By Thomas Farley thomasfarley@yahoo.com The art installation for Joey Lopes Park will be a knock-out. The City Council voted on Wednesday, Jan. 13 to accept a design from nationally known artist Michael More »

The Sail Inn is Back in Port

The Sail Inn is Back in Port

By Thomas Farley thomasfarley@yahoo.com The Sail Inn on Jefferson Boulevard is being reopened and rechristened as the Sail Inn Grotto & Bar. Launch date is late February. All aboard. The old Sail More »

Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

Shores of Hope partnered with Raley’s Food for Families to provide food to West Sac families

On Saturday, Jan. 16, Shores of Hope served families in need and distributed more than 300 bags of groceries thanks to a partnership with the Raley’s Food for Families program. The line More »

 

Suspect in copper thefts arrested

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

Thieves have been ripping copper wiring and pipes from cell phone towers, businesses, and even power lines in the region, turning the copper in for its cash value.

  But on Thursday, West Sacramento police say they believe they caught one of the thieves.

Shortly after receiving a report of copper pipe theft from a local business, officers stopped 61-year old Robert Joyce of West Sacrament for a traffic enforcement issue.

“They noted that he was in possession of copper pipe and power tools,” said a press statement from Sergeant Nathan Steele of the W.S.P.D. “A subsequent investigation determined that the suspect was in possession of stolen property from two recent commercial burglaries where copper piping and other items were stolen. The loss and damage to the businesses was estimated at over $20,000.”

Joyce was arrested.

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De Anda graduates from Army basic

Pfc Robert De Anda: a recent graduate of Army basic training, whose father is currently deployed to Afghanistan

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

PFC Robert (Bobby) De Anda completed nine weeks of U.S. Army Basic Training, graduating on March 29, at Ft. Benning, Georgia.  He also completed five weeks of Advanced Individual Training, graduating on May 10 at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma.

PFC De Anda will begin Airborne School at Ft. Benning  on June 4, before reporting to his yet-to-be-determined location to begin his duties as a Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember.

He is a 2010 graduate of River City High School.

  His family includes parents Richard & Gina De Anda, sister Stephanie De Anda, brother Christopher De Anda, grandparents Ben & Carol Baker (proprietor of Carol’s Restaurant), and grandparents Raul & Margaret De Anda, all of West Sacramento, CA.

His father, SFC Richard De Anda, is currently deployed to Afghanistan.

  ONLINE UPDATE, JUNE 8: Pfc Robert De Anda has received his orders. After completing airborne school, he will be assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, North Carolina.

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Free concert today in West Sac

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to either of their upcoming free concerts of “festive and patriotic” music.

The performances are free.

Join them on Sunday, June 10, at 3 p.m. at the city hall galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue, or on Tuesday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd. (in Sacramento near Fruitridge).

The orchestra is also looking for new musicians, including those who can play bassoon, harp, percussion, and strings.

If you’re over 16 and would like to play, call (916) 991-5262.

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Pool & water slides open today

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

The family leisure pool and water slides at the West Sacramento Recreation Center in Southport open for the season today —  Saturday, June 9 — with hours from noon to 4 p.m.

Buy an opening day pass for full price, and get a second day pass for half off during those hours on June 9. There will be a raffle at 2 p.m. today, with prizes including Rec Center passes.

For information, click here or call 617-4770.

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West Sac library: prizes for kids, teens

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

Pizza coupon for youngsters, tablet computer raffle for teen book reviewers during library’s summer reading program

From the County of Yolo

The Yolo County Library is rolling out its ever-popular summer reading program starting June 1.  The program runs through mid-August and will include free reading clubs for all ages, exciting events and great prizes.  All programs are free.

  “A summer reading program is a critically important tool to keep children learning and reading during the summer,” said Yolo County Librarian Patty Wong.  Research indicates students who read recreationally out-perform those who don’t.  Studies have also shown school-aged children lose up to one month of learning over the summer break.  “Our programs provide quality summer learning opportunities,” said Wong.  “Sign up at your local Yolo County Library branch.”

Beginning June 1, everyone who visits any Yolo County Library branch may sign up for summer reading and pick up a schedule of summer events for children, families, teens or adults.  The lineup includes Olympic Dreams, The Bat Lady, sing around the campfire with Mr. Daddy Longlegs, magician Jon Lopez, Dream Interpretation and much, much more.  Events vary from branch to branch, so stop by your branch or visit www.yolocountylibrary.org for more information.

  “Dream Big…Read!” is for children ages 0-12.  Sign up, visit the library during the summer and check in at the Information Desk to chat about what you have been reading to get a prize.  Each child who completes the program receives a free book and Round Table Pizza coupon, while supplies last.

“Own the Night” is the teen program (ages 13-18).  Sign up and fill out a short survey to be entered into the system-wide raffle for a chance to win an Android Touch Screen Tablet, MP3 player or a Target gift certificate.  In addition, there are library activities at each branch to earn additional raffle tickets.  The more books you read and review and earn raffle tickets for, the more chances to win.

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Shakespeare in the park: free thru June 17

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” comedy is playing through June 17 at Linden Park (corner of Linden Road and Summerfield Drive).

  Free entry; donations are welcome. Bring your lawn chair and blanket and come boo a villain and cheer a hero.

Showtimes are 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 17. Brought to you by the West Sacramento Theater Company. Advance tickets for the troop’s next production, “Four Pennies,” are available through www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

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Honorary diploma for those who left to serve

Catherina Nou, representing Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, with diploma recipient Connie Colbert of West Sacramento; Irene Martinez (receiving on behalf of her husband); Jesus Ramirez, (receiving on behalf of his father); and Dr. Jorge Ayala, Superintendent, Yolo County Office of Education. (Courtesy of YCOE)

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 6, 2012 —

From the Yolo County Office of Education

The Yolo County Office of Education (YCOE) celebrated “Operation Recognition” on Thursday, May 24, at the Yolo County Office of Education Conference Center. The program gave honorary high school diplomas to veterans unable to earn their diplomas because they left school to serve in the armed forces.

During the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, thousands of young men and women left high school and the comforts of home to serve in the United States Armed Forces. Many veterans were not able to finish high school and receive a high school diploma.

California Education Code authorizes a local educational agency to provide for retroactive granting of a high school diploma to a former student who is a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.

The Yolo County Office of Education was gave honorary high school diplomas to war veterans Connie Colbert of West Sacramento, Guillermo “Bill” Martinez of Woodland and and Jose Ramirez of Guinda.

  Family, friends and community members were present on Thursday as Dr. Jorge Ayala, county superintendent,  presented the honorary high school diplomas to Connie Colbert, Navy Seaman from WWII; the late Guillermo Martinez, a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran; and to the late Jose Ramirez, U.S. Army Vietnam War Veteran.  Accepting on behalf of the late Mr. Martinez  his wife Irene and accepting on behalf of Mr. Ramirez was his son, Jesus.

The ceremony opened with the pledge of allegiance by Woodland’s Boy Scout Troop 133.  The three veterans also received proclamations from Senator Lois Wolk, Fifth District, and Assembly Member Mariko Yamada, Eight District, commending them for their service and aspiration to receive high school diplomas.

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