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Holiday shift for garbage service

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 19, 2012 —

Local curbside refuse and recycling collection will be affected by the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

CHRISTMAS WEEK: On Tuesday, Dec. 25, those who usually receive service will instead receive their service on Wednesday; the scheduled pickups on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday will also each be one day later.

[adrotate group=”9″]  NEW YEAR’S WEEK: The same shift is scheduled for New Year’s week: Tuesday’s service moves to Wednesday, Wednesday’s service moves to Thursday, Thursday pickup moves to Friday, and Friday pickup moves to Saturday.

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Church offers free Christmas meal

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER —

Anyone is welcome to the free Christmas luncheon provided by First Southern Baptist Church in West Sacramento, at 2124 Michigan Blvd. (corner of Maple), from noon to 1 p.m. on Christmas Day, Dec. 25.

[adrotate group=”9″]  Message phone: 371-2111.

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Photo: sign of the season

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER NEWSPAPER — DEC 19, 2012 —

The baseball player statues in front of city hall are ready for the holidays. The real question is, are you?

These slightly-bigger-than-life statues are playing ball in front of city hall, at 1100 West Capitol Avenue.  (News-Ledger photo)

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EDITOR’S NOTE:

The News-Ledger reported more about these statues — including how they ended up in West Sacramento — shortly after they were installed. Here’s that article from 2011:

May 18, 2011
News-Ledger

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

There are a couple of new guys playing baseball in the middle of the 1100-block of West Capitol Avenue – oversized, bronze fellows. The sculpture was installed with little fanfare several weeks ago after West Sacramento city staff saw an opportunity to pick up some “public art” from storage at Sacramento’s Crocker museum. The city has a policy promoting public art.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “The baseball players were originally commissioned by Frank and Lee Luckenbill as part of their effort to bring a regional stadium,” said Mark Zollo, a senior administrative analyst for the redevelopment agency. “At some point, the Luckenbills donated them to the Crocker. They were on display at Crocker Park. The pitcher was up on one foot, supported by a dowel, and some kids pulled the pitcher over. So the Crocker put the sculpture in storage.”

“Les Bowman (a former manager in Zollo’s department) contacted the Crocker. We initiated the loan with them, and in exchange for the loan, we agreed to do a restoration. We paid about $20,000 for restoration and installation. They gave us a loan through 2014, but we hope to extend that.”

Zollo said that the sculpture is mounted more securely than it was in Sacramento, and the location is pretty well-trafficked and well-lighted, so he hopes it won’t be vandalized.

Ultimately, the city would like to put the two baseball players on display on some city land near the entrance to Raley Field – the region’s minor league baseball stadium. That site isn’t ready yet, though, because it’s under construction and sparsely developed nearby.

“This location (at West Capitol) was selected more as a temporary location – we wanted a place where there is a lot of activity.”

The piece is called, simply, “Baseball Players,” and it was designed by artist Lisa Reinertson of Davis. The two figures, who are somewhat crouched over, stand about eight to nine feet tall.

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“These are pretty substantial figures,” said Zollo. “They weigh quite a bit – around 800 pounds apiece.”

The Luckenbills are aware that the statues have been moved, and approve of the loan, he said. The artist may not yet be aware that her baseball players are having a game in the middle of West Sacramento’s main street.

An attempt to reach artist Reinertson wasn’t immediately successful.

  EDITOR’S NOTE, 5/23/2011: After we went to press for the above article, artist Lisa Reinertson emailed us a response to an inquiry made by the News-Ledger. We had asked her whom she used as models for this artwork.  We heard from citizens who thought the “hitter” might have been modeled on Rickey Henderson or Felipe Alou.

The artist responded:

“The artwork was meant to be a more universal portrayal of a pitcher and batter and not anyone’s particular portraits.  “To answer your question- I used models who were baseball players up at Chico State where I was teaching at the time. (1991?) They were both assistant coaches, one a pitcher and one a batter. Since the stadium the sculptures were originally planned for was to have a new baseball team, they were not to be portraits of any famous players from existing teams elsewhere.  I did go and see professional games as I did my homework on the sculpture and I did look at and get inspiration from images of stances that may look familiar to those in the know.
“My concept for the sculpture was to capture the psychological battle between the pitcher and batter as they are about to throw the ball and strike it back. I wanted to portray the physical tension of each player winding up and ready- so the exact moment before the movement forward for each player was the moment I focused on capturing.”

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Free Christmas concert on Sunday

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Community Orchestra invites you to a pair of free Christmas-themed concerts, with music ranging from Wagner to “Christmas on Broadway” and “O Holy Night.” The first is at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, at the civic center galleria, 1110 West Capitol Avenue.

The second free concert is at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 18 at Centennial United Methodist Church, 5401 Freeport Blvd. in Sacramento. For information, call 991-5262.

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Christmas event raises at least $17K

From left to right: West Sacramento Foundation board members Maria Simas and Barbara Moore, George Carpenter of the Thomas P. Winn Foundation, and board members Kelly Rochester Garrett, Jennifer Engstrom. (News-Ledger photo)

 

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — DEC 5, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Last year’s “Hope Stocking Event” raised about $17,000 for local causes.

“This year, we expect the total to be even higher,” reports chairperson Maria Simas, vice president of the West Sacramento Foundation.

The Foundation hosted the event, which collected donations and sponsorships, and then hosted a $30-per plate food and wine event last Thursday evening at Club Pheasant restaurant in Southport. About 90 guests attended the soiree, amid holiday decorations and apparent good cheer in the restaurant banquet room.

Contributions included a substantial donation from the Thomas P. Winn Foundation, represented by George Carpenter. He, like some other contributors, was requesting privacy about the exact amount of the contribution, said Simas.

The money raised will go into the coffers of the West Sacramento Foundation, which in term plays a role in supporting other nonprofits with programs that serve the town.

“The money goes directly into the grants program,” Simas told the News-Ledger. “We give out several dozen grants each year.”

Some of last year’s recipients of grants from the West Sacramento Foundation include local youth sports programs, Food Bank operations, the teen center, the elderly nutrition program, health service providers and more.

[adrotate group=”7″]   How is fundraising for the Foundation doing as the city and nation climb out of a deep recession?

“I would say we are very fortunate to gather both business and personal support for our foundation, and to continue to serve the community,” said Simas. “We continue to be very appreciative of the support we receive.”

The Foundation’s other annual fundraisers include the All Charities Raffle and the 444 Golf Tournament.

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Breakfast with Santa on Saturday

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The West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce invites you to a “yummy brunch” with Santa on Sat., Dec. 8 at the community center, 1075 West Capitol Avenue. There will be two seatings: one from 8-9:30 a.m. and another from 10-11:30 a.m. Kids can have their pictures taken with Santa and drop off a letter to mail to the North Pole. $5 pre-sale for kids under two; $8 pre-sale for kids 12 & under; $10 pre-sale for adults & kids 13+. All tickets are $15 at the door. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Pre-registration recommended; visit www.WestSacramentoChamber.com or call 371-7042 for information.

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West Sac man arrested for church lot shooting

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE — DEC 1, 2012 —

A spokesman for the West Sacramento Police Department reports that an arrest has been made after the shooting early this morning in a Christmas tree lot at 1000-block of Sacramento Avenue.

Police arrested Brian Brinsfield a 20 year old West Sacramento resident, at about 2 p.m. He will be booked into the county jail, reports Sgt. Nathan Steele of the WSPD.

[adrotate group=”7″]Shortly after midnight this morning, police believe Brinsfield tried to steal a Christmas tree from a lot at a Russian Baptist church. When confronted by a guard, he allegedly fired shots before fleeing. No injuries are reported.

A witness was involved in identifying Brinsfield as a suspect, said Sgt. Steele.

“He was positively identified as a suspect and arrested at 1228 Sacramento Avenue,” Steele told the News-Ledger.

The arrest was made without incident at the location, which was linked to Brinsfield by police. No weapon has yet been recovered — but police have just begun searching the home, said Steele.

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