Safeway and Big Lots on Jefferson Boulevard closing

Safeway and Big Lots on Jefferson Boulevard closing

By Monica Stark The Safeway on West Capitol Avenue and Jefferson Boulevard will be closed by the end of the month, Wendy Gutshall, director of public and government affairs, Safeway Northern California More »

West Sac Kids Give Back

West Sac Kids Give Back

Local children help homeless with creation of cheer packs By Michele Townsend Three years ago, a boy from West Sacramento told his mom that he wanted to do something for the homeless. More »

Westmore Oaks 6th graders built solar suitcases for Kenyan students

Westmore Oaks 6th graders built solar suitcases for Kenyan students

By Monica Stark Sixty students in Ms. Garcia’s science club elective at Westmore Oaks built six solar suitcases and sent two of them off to a school in Kenya—a learning experience that More »

 

Learn to row at the port next Saturday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

Learn to row (do what you see those folks in skinny boats doing at the Port of West Sacramento). The local River City Rowing Club is hosting a free “learn to row day” and health fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat, June 1, at the boathouse on the port. Experience rowing on the water, and learn to use a rowing machine the correct way. No experience necessary.

Bring a water bottle, socks, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Wear clothing that isn’t too loose fitting, so it doesn’t get caught in the moving seat in the boat. Open to those age 13+; kids under 18 will need a parent present to sign a waiver. For information, visit www.rivercityrowing.org.

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Sobriety checkpoint Saturday night

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — MAY 24, 2013 —
The West Sacramento Police Department announced it will hold a checkpoint to look for drivers who are under the influence or are unlicensed, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday night. They have not disclosed the exact West Sacramento location.
Advance announcement of the checkpoints is intended to help discourage drunk driving.

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Short plays on stage, courtesy of River City High drama club

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

The drama club at River City High School (courtesy to the News-Ledger)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 22, 2013 —

Actors from the River City High School Drama Club are hosting a festival of one-act plays this weekend in the Black Box theater at the West Sacramento Community Center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. Curtain goes up at 7 p.m. May 24 & 25. Tickets are $4.

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A reunion to remember

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola -- moments after the three were united for the first time. (Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

Joseph, Kathy and Kaylee Pinola — moments after the three were united for the first time.
(Photos courtesy of Mickey Fausett)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 15, 2013 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Sailor Joseph Pinola had been at sea for eight months on the USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. So he had not yet met his five-month old daughter when he returned to town on April 29.

Still, the 22-year old West Sacramentan said he had just been joking when he told his wife Kathy he wanted a big to-do when he flew in at the Sacramento airport. The couple spoke over the phone as they talked about his return.

“I was playing around,” said Joseph. “I said I wanted a news crew and a whole bunch of people at the airport.”

She and some other family members obliged – without telling him. When her husband came down the escalator from the airport terminal, there was a mob of about 15 festive family members waiting for him.

Plus a KCRA TV news crew, with a camera pointed at Joseph’s face.

Video of the event shows Joseph Pinola in his Navy uniform, looking pretty dumbfounded by the welcome. But also pretty happy.

“I was shocked,” he told the News-Ledger. “I was like a deer in the headlights. I didn’t know what to do.”

Joseph and Kathy met at Golden State Middle School (currently the Riverbank Elementary campus) as students. They graduated from River City High School in 2009. She’s 21, formerly Kathy Onsy. They started dating as young teens in 2005.

When Joseph left port on the Stennis, the couple didn’t even know they were going to have a baby.  The ship has spent time in the Persian Gulf, supporting air missions to Afghanistan. Joseph Pinola’s job has been to help the aircraft taxi and move around on the carrier.

“On April Fool’s Day, she called me and said, ‘I took a pregnancy test, and I’m pregnant,’” recalls Joseph.

“I took like eight pregnancy tests, but I still didn’t believe it,” Kathy added.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Kathy Pinola (right, front) waits anxiously for her husband, accompanied by a retinue of family members and a Sacramento television crew. She’s carrying Kaylee, the baby girl her U.S. Navy husband has not yet met.

Little Kaylee – born at 6 pounds, 4.2 ounces and 21 inches long – is doing great.

“She always has a smile on her face, every single morning,” reports Kathy Pinola.

Joseph’s uncle, Mickey Fausett of West Sacramento, finds it amusing that Pinola is a Navy man.

“I used to take him sailing,” remembers Fausett. “One time, I remember he looked around and said, ‘Boy, there’s a lot of water out here – can we go back in now?’”

The Pinola family is getting ready to go to Washington state – the Stennis is homeported at Bremerton.  There, Joseph Pinola will wait for his next Navy orders. He expects to stay on land and is hoping for a post in California.

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