RCHS senior Jaylen Crim signs letter of intent to play soccer at St. Mary’s

RCHS senior Jaylen Crim signs letter of intent to play soccer at St. Mary’s

By Monica Stark editor@news-ledger.com Out of a somewhat reserved River City High School senior, Jaylen Crim, come extreme talent and force on the soccer field. This week the varsity soccer forward signs More »

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 »

 

News nuggets: Sac City College trains on RCHS track; veteran gets his wish

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

Here’s a round-up of other small news items this week:

Sacramento City College athletes are training temporarily on the track at River City High School, as their usual facility at Hughes Stadium gets some remodeling work.

A well-known local news story has gone national: The online Huffington Post (part of America Online) has run an article about the reunion of local veteran Minoru Ohye with his brother in Japan after 60 years apart. The reunion was engineered by volunteers and donors, led by Debbie Reynolds at Eskaton Wilson Manor in West Sacramento.
The News-Ledger profiled Ohye a decade ago, and more recently published a brief article about attempts to raise money for him to travel and see his brother again.

News 10 reports that a woman falsely claimed to have breast cancer, earning sympathy and cash donations. Jaymie Litza admits to receiving about $9,000, said the station, although some peg the total as about $20,000. Fundraising efforts included a benefit held at a West Sacramento veterans post.
Litza has admitted lying about the illness and has promised to pay “every dime” back, said News 10. She told the station she has medical issues including “fictitious disorder” and is “heartbroken” over the lie.

The City of West Sacramento has installed new landscaping – supported by the Port – near the corner of Jefferson Blvd. and Lake Washington Blvd., across from port property.
The project includes seven crapemyrtle trees, 150 carpet roses, 140 plumbagos and 90 xylosma plants, along with an efficient watering system, said a statement from the Port of West Sacramento.

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Raider girls fend off league rivals

Kristen Nishimura drives the ball for the River City High freshmen (Photo by De’Onna Jack)

RCHS junior Katie King lines up for the 3-point shot, and makes the hoop.. Katie scored 16 points in the varsity game against El Dorado (photo by De'Onna Jack)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

On Friday, Jan. 20, the River City High School girls basketball teams faced the El Dorado Cougars in the Raiders’ home gym.

Leading up to this match, the El Dorado varsity was 5-0 in league play and River City was 4-0 in league play. So the evening’s contest would determine the leader in the division.

The quality of play lived up to the billing, and at halftime, the two teams left the court tied at 16-16.

El Dorado took the lead in the third quarter and was up by as many as five points. But River City rallied back, and with 36.3 seconds left in the third quarter, River City was up 31-28,

El Dorado then scored to trim River City’s lead to one point.

The game would end up being tied again 32-32 at one point in the fourth quarter, but River City began to put on some pressure defense, and held El Dorado to 32 while its offense kept chipping away.

River City would go on to win the game 41-32.

River City now improves to 19-1 overall, 5-0 in league play.

Freshman final score: 43-36 (El Dorado) ; JV – 53-17 (RCHS).
High Scorers: JV; Makaila Robinson – 18pts, Carmen Garcia – 12pts. Varsity: Katie King – 16, Tori Torres – 11. The Girls Basketball team will be home again on Feb. 7 against Union Mine.

Raider sophomore Carmen Garcia in action for the j.v. squad. Carmen had 12 points for the night, behind Makaila Robinson’s 18 Raider points. (Photos by De’Onna Jack)

(Facebook members can find up-to-the-minute info on RCHS sports at contributor De’Onna Jack’s Facebook page. Click here.)

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Rowing team welcomes new teens

A River City Rowing Club high school crew competing in the San Francisco Bay Area last fall (courtesy photo)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER

Students in grades 8-12 are invited to sign up for the spring season of competitive rowing at the port, with the River City Rowing Club’s junior team. Email coach Tricia Blocher at rcrcjrcoach@gmail.com or visit www.rivercityjuniors.org.

School boundaries change near Sycamore

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012 —

The local school district is changing attendance boundaries for Stonegate, Westmore Oaks, Westfield Village and Elkhorn Village elementary schools, beginning with the 2012-13 year.

Residential reas affected include a number of streets west of Sycamore Ave., including Orchard Way, Pine Street, Palomar Avenue, Lake Court, and more.

Town hall meetings for information are planned for 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 31 at Stonegate Elementary and 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 7 at Westfield Village Elementary. For questions, call Lisa Guillen, 375-7604 ext. 1371.

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Car hits Southport power poles: outage

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — JAN 26, 2012

This morning at about 3 a.m., West Sacramento police responded to the area of 4315 Gregory Ave. after the report of a traffic collision.

Officers  determined that a single vehicle had left the roadway and collided with a power pole on the south side of the street. The vehicle then crossed the roadway and collided with another power pole on the north side.

The three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. The driver, identified as 21 year old Cody Zito, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

PG&E responded and reported that 1 to 25 houses were without power due to the downed poles.  PG&E officials estimated the problem would be fixed by about noon today.  More information regarding this outage may be found on the PG&E website at www.pge.com

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A computer may help autistic youth

NEWS-LEDGER — JAN 25, 2012

By Steve Marschke

13-year old Qais Kakar is new to this country and new to the concept of school – he has just started his second year of formal education at Riverbank Elementary School. But those difficulties may pale in the face of another challenge Qais experiences.

Qais Kakar

Qais is autistic – unable to relate to the world in the ways most people take for granted.  (His name is pronounced like “Case.”)

One of the things that works for him at school is the shared use of an iPad tablet computer, which he uses for, among other things, watching videos explaining how to have a simple human conversation.

His older sister, Waheeda, has been in the country longer than Qais, and helped explain his situation to the News-Ledger. Qais, his mother, and another sister came to the U.S. from Pakistan in 2010, after the children’s father died. Their native language is Pashtoo, and before coming to the U.S., Qais had never been to school.

He now has limited language skills and limited means to interact.

“He has severe autism. He started in 7th grade here, and is now in 8th,” said Waheeda Kakar. “The iPad seems to help. When I go to my mom’s, I sometimes give him my iPhone (a computerized smart phone) and he really enjoys that. He knows how to work with (the website) Youtube – I type in a musician’s name, and he scrolls through that musician’s videos.”

Qais also uses computers for simple videos on language skills, and for Sesame Street.

  The family has limited income, and would like some help providing Qais with an iPad computer of his own.

“We hope that while he’s at home with the computer, he could learn more from his English videos, and his language skills could get better,” said Waheeda Kakar.

Anyone interested in helping can go online to www.giveforward.com/qais

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‘Dolphins’ seek new & returning swimmers

Registration is coming up for the West Sacramento Dolphins, a youth swim team. Returning Dolphins may now register at  www.wsdolphins.org.

New swimmers can register online beginning Feb. 12. In-person registration will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 19 at Round Table Pizza in the Southport Town Center (new swimmers: bring copies of birth certificates). For information, email christinaandray1000@gmail.com.

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER