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Weekend: a taste of West Sacramento’s Portuguese heritage

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 26, 2013–


If you grew up in the “Bryte” or “Broderick” neighborhoods of West Sacramento, or old “West Sacramento,” then you probably remember the “Portuguese Picnic” that was celebrated the last weekend of June, with its parade through the streets of town filled with queens wearing big tiaras and floats representing saints, along Portuguese folk music and the calls from the bingo stand.  You could smell the barbeque beef on a spit that people cooked themselves and the linguica sandwiches and beans. You could get all these along with cold beer at the bar.

San Pedro Festival queens Nieve Kelly and Kaitlyn Clopton (courtesy photo)

San Pedro Festival queens Nieve Kelly and Kaitlyn Clopton (courtesy photo)

This year, the San Pedro Festa will be open to the public on Saturday, June 29 from 3 to 8pm and on Sunday, June 30th from 11am to 8pm.  There will be the same great marinated beef on a spit (carne espita), linguica sandwiches, tremose (brined beans) and sweet bread will be available as in years gone by.

Free live entertainment will be available headlined by the Bay Area sensation and Luso-American artist Ramana Vieria and her ensemble, who will perform Saturday evening from 6-8pm.  Earlier in the evening you can catch the fun sounds of the ACC Pocket Pickers Ukulele Group at 4:30pm.

Saturday evening will also feature the crowning of this year’s queens.  Nieve Kelly, daughter of Cathy Ingram-Kelly and Eamon Kelly, will represent San Pedro as the senior queen.  Kaitlyn Clopton, daughter of Jason and Tiffany Freitas, will be the baby queen.  Both of these young ladies’ families are descendants of the San Pedro Association founding fathers.

Sunday’s entertainment will include the procession from Holy Cross Church to the park beginning after mass at 10:30 a.m.  Grand Marshals of the procession will be Al & Marie Balshor, longstanding supporters and members for the San Pedro Association.  Included in the procession will be the Sacramento Youth Band, who will also perform during the day at the Park and the Rancho Folclorico Vira Virou de Newark Maderian Folk Dancers.  A silent auction, live auction, bingo (run by the Knights of Columbus), baked goodies from the Holy Spirit Altar Society and kiddie games will also be a part of this day.

2013 marks the 91st annual San Pedro Festa. Descendants from the original families and the founders of the established San Pedro Association have been continuing the annual celebration – with the exception of a break during WWII.

San Pedro Festa has been a part of the community since 1992 when immigrants from the Madeira Island, Portugal settled in the Riverbank/Bryte area in what is now northern West Sacramento celebrated their first “Festas Padroeiras” (folk celebration) – which honored their patron saint St. Peter. They celebrated on the banks of the Sacramento River.

These early families had names like Amaral, Andrade, Augustino, Beata, Carvalho, Cardoza, Costa, Enos, Farinha, Frates, Freitas, Fonseca, Gonsalves, Jardim, Lawrence, Lopes, Neves, Neto, Paulo, Pena, Perreira, Perry, Pinto, Ramos, Rodrigues, Santos, Sardine, Sequeira and Silva. They would come together to celebrate their Saints Day. These Festas, or festivals, provided a family event with each subsequent generation bringing their children, to continue to celebrate and reaffirm their cultural heritage.

In the 1940s, the group organized an association and purchased land from the Silva family to establish San Pedro Association and build San Pedro Park.  This association’s primary focus since the 1980 is to maintain its presence in the community and preserve the historic San Pedro Park. During this time a membership was established.

This new generation of members – descendants from original families in the area – decided once more to open San Pedro Festa and it’s park to the public.  The park is located at 708 North Hobson Avenue, West Sacramento.

Photo & information submitted by Vickie Ramos, San Pedro Association.


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Fireworks booths open this week for sales through July 4


Sales of “safe and sane” fireworks in West Sacramento may legally begin at approved booths at noon on Friday. The sales are permitted through the Fourth of July holiday. Except for the shortened hours (noon to 10 p.m.) on the first day, booths are allowed to be open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily during that period. Individual booths may not be operated during all these hours.

Actual use of the “safe and sane” fireworks is legal from noon on Friday (July 28) through noon on July 6.

Various charities entered the annual raffle to win a permit to sell fireworks in the city this Independence Day season. The winners, and their planned booth locations, are:

— West Sacramento Little League will operate a booth near Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Lake Washington and Jefferson boulevards in Southport.

— Campus Life Connection/Collings West Sacramento Teen Center will be in front of Safeway.

— Joy Christian Ministries will be outside Wal-Mart.

— The West Sacramento Christmas Basket Project will be at Jefferson Plaza.

— West Sacramento Community Singers will have a booth near Walgreens and La Bou.

— The West Sacramento Historical Society will be at the Southport Town Center.

— The West Sacramento Rotary will sell fireworks near Whitey’s Jolly Kone near Jefferson and 15th Street.

— River City Rowing Club will be in front of Arteaga’s Supermarket on Sacramento Avenue at Kegle Drive.

Each group will have a license to work with a fireworks wholeseller, and will get to keep some of the proceeds from the “safe and sane” fireworks.


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‘POLICE LOG’: crime calls from West Sacramento police blotter


  News items below are collected from police dispatchers’ notes and arrest reports. The information in them has often not been verified beyond the initial reports. To see the ‘Police Log’ every week, make sure to subscribe to the News-Ledger newspaper. There’s a special offer at bottom.

June 12, 12:22 a.m.
A citizen just left a fast-food restaurant on Harbor Pointe Place. The individual “just ordered a hamburger and found a large amount of spit on the burger, and wants to file a report for food tampering.”

June 12, 2:47 a.m.
A man being treated in a Sacramento hospital “says he was stabbed somewhere in the Broderick area off of Jefferson” in West Sacramento.

June 12, 1:46 p.m.
A Kegle Drive man reported that his girlfriend “tried to hit (him) with a frying pan, but missed.”

June 12, 4:52 p.m.
An Evergreen Avenue storage unit was found burglarized: “everything was taken.”

June 12, 5:21 p.m.
A woman told a dispatcher that she and her boyfriend had stayed at a Halyard Drive motel overnight.
“She had him hold all her money, $7,000, and (her) credit cards in his wallet. He left at 10 a.m. and never returned.” The woman was “hysterical and being difficult,” reported the calltaker.

June 12, 6:43 p.m.
A woman walking her dog on Yolo Street reported that a neighbor’s German shepherd mix got loose and bit her. The attacking dog was now back in its yard, but could get out under the fence again. She didn’t need medical aid, and said the neighbor said he or she would call the county animal services department.

June 12, 7:01 p.m.
A Venice Street resident reported that a “unique-looking bird” had crashed into the home earlier. It was unknown if the bird was injured, but it appeared “dazed, and hasn’t moved in a few hours.

June 13, 1:34 a.m.
An 18-year old Elk Grove woman gave this account to a West Sacramento police officer, after she emerged from a Riverpoint Court store’s restroom asking someone to call 911:
She had entered the minivan of an unknown man in Sacramento, along with a friend named Jessica. Once they were in the van, Jessica told her “she just got into the car with a pimp.”
The trio went into the West Sacramento store where “the man made her try on clothes. She went into the women’s bathroom and went into one of the stalls. She said that the man (tried) to get into the stall, so she ran out of the bathroom and yelled for someone to call 911.”
The victim didn’t see where the man and her friend went after that. She reported that the man didn’t touch her.
“When I asked her what he wanted,” reported the officer, “she said that he wanted to pimp her out and brought her here to buy her some ‘hoe clothes.’”

June 13, 5:36 a.m.
Somebody “tore out the six-foot sign regarding the solar contractor (at a school campus) and drug the sign onto the street” on Maui Street.

June 13, 6:43 a.m.
Someone – possibly an employee – stole a $3,000 plasma cutter from an Enterprise Boulevard business.

June 13, 7:49 a.m.
A witness reported that some people in an older pickup truck were taking a mattress into an area near the Stone Lock Bridge, and the witness “does not think they are dumping it, but rather taking it to a homeless camp.”

June 13, 8:40 a.m.
A shed was reported on fire on the 1100-block of Park Boulevard.

June 13, 9:12 a.m.
On Pine Street, a woman reportedly on drugs was “being belligerent and scaring other residents. . . (and) yelling for people to call 911 because she is going to hurt someone.”

June 13, 9:47 a.m.
A West Capitol resident reported that a brother – kicked out about a month ago – was refusing to leave the property and was “knocking on the door repeatedly.”

June 13, 9:53 a.m.
Abandoned 911 call: “Oops, wrong number.”

June 13, 9:57 a.m.
A citizen reported a woman in a green Toyota was speeding and driving recklessly near Randolph Road and Marina Greens Drive.

June 13, 10:19 a.m.
Someone tried to break into a model home on Silverado Street during the night. But the “alarm scared them off and (they) left behind break-in tools.”

June 13, 11:04 a.m.
There was a trespasser in the parking lot of a West Capitol Avenue supermarket. Currently, he was “right near the ‘no loitering’ sign.’”

June 13, 11:27 a.m.
A Palomar Avenue man believed a burglar was in his home. He “found the TV was just turned off, and (he) doesn’t want to stay inside.” The man was waiting outside by his car for police.

June 13, 12:41 p.m.
A north-city woman reported her boyfriend “had become abusive.” She kicked him out, but he stole her keys.

June 13, 12:46 p.m.
During the night, on Watercourse Lane, an “unknown suspect pried open the communal mailbox with a crowbar. . . all mail missing.”

June 13, 1:22 p.m.
A Swan Island Street resident said there was a possibly-abandoned, detached boat parked there. The resident asked police to check it out.

June 13, 1:24 p.m.
Near the Tower Bridge, a citizen reported being “almost attacked by three large pit bulls” belonging to several homeless people at a nearby camp.

June 13, 2:13 p.m.
A witness on the 1500-block of Parkway Boulevard reported seeing “a construction crew dumping concrete in the street drains. . . They were tapped into the fire hydrant.” The subjects, who had a white truck with turquoise lettering, had apparently been doing this over several days, and there was “visible concrete debris” at the site.

June 13, 3:47 p.m.
A citizen complained that someone had blocked the walkway to Linden Road from Claudia Court with a parked, primer-black 1980s Mercedes.

June 13, 4:44 p.m.
A staffer at Yolo High School said a couple of transients were camped under a tree. The caller was concerned they might vandalize the place after school staff went home.

June 13, 5:10 p.m.
“Two horses and a donkey are loose on Gregory Avenue.”

June 13, 6:36 p.m.
Abandoned 911 call from an alarm system at a Del Monte Street business. It was one of dozens of such calls from the business over the past few weeks.

June 13, 6:51 p.m.
At a chicken restaurant on Westacre Road: four juveniles, “all about 14 years old, have a grocery-size bag full of marijuana on the table and are rolling joints. . . (They were) asked to leave, and they refused.”

June 13, 7:14 p.m.
A citizen reported that a goat in a Chaparral Way backyard might be in distress “because it is making a lot of noise, possibly like somebody is hurting it.”

June 13, 8:15 p.m.
A communal mailbox on Iris Place was found pried open.

June 13, 9:06 p.m.
A woman reported that a female neighbor in a Madrone Avenue apartment complex “was following (the caller’s) 13-year old daughter around the complex and videotaping her. . . (The caller had) no idea who the female is, or why she is doing it.”

June 13, 9:47 p.m.
A Southport family reported that a 36-year old son was “out of control,” threatening harm to both his mother and himself.

June 13, 9:56 p.m.
At a trailer park on the 3200-block of West Capitol, a man and woman were in a fight, “throwing bottles at each other.”

June 13, 10:39 p.m.
“Two males (are) dumping couches between North Linden and South Linden” on Jefferson Boulevard.

June 13, 11:02 p.m.
A north-city woman said she had been arguing with both her husband and her 29-year old stepson after the stepson brought home a 23-year old pregnant woman and was “having her sleep outside on the side of the residence.”
“Some threats were made.”

June 13, 8:21 a.m.
Police contacted a 47-year old man biking against traffic on the 1700-block of West Capitol. The man admitted he was on parole and, when asked, said he was not carrying any drugs.
He consented to a search, said police. An officer found several baggies in a pink coin purse in the man’s pants pocket. The baggies of a crystal-like substance contained what was later identified as 2.2 grams of methamphetamine. The cyclist went to jail.

June 13, 12:15 p.m.
An officer contacted a 50-year old West Capitol Avenue man on bike for a vehicle code infraction. He consented to a search of his backpack, and the officer found a “nunchaku” weapon in it (two sticks connected by a chain, for swinging – also called “nunchuks.”). The suspect was arrested.

June 14, 9 p.m.
A 48-year old man reported that three juveniles tried to rob him near Michigan and Westacre.

June 15, 1:42 a.m.
An 18-year old man reported he was shot by unknown suspects on the 800-block of Cummins Way.

June 15, 11:15 a.m.
Officers were dispatched to the 2000-block of West Capitol, where a resident was causing a disturbance. The 20-year old man “attacked officers and resisted officers” before being arrested and booked.

June 15, 11:38 a.m.
An officer contacted a motel manager on the 1400-block of West Capitol. The manager recounted some events during the night:
Two bald men “of very large size” arrived in an SUV and asked which room a 75-year old man was staying in. They then left.
Later, the manager learned that other tenants hears some screaming and the sound of fighting at about 1:30 am.
And yet later, at 11 a.m, a cleaning crew went to the 75-year old man’s room and found the door had been broken in. “Small drops of blood were located on the mattress of the room’s bed, and a broken bottle was located immediately in front of the entry door.”
The tenant, who had paid his rent through the end of the month, was gone.
The manager was not interested in pursuing the vandalism charge, but wished to report the chain of suspicious events.

June 15, 5:39 p.m.
An officer responded to a reported shoplifter at a West Capitol/Westacre location. The 26-year old male subject was found to be “speaking nonsensical gibberish” and apparently under the influence of drugs “to the point he could not safely care for himself or make sound judgment.” He was arrested.

June 16, 3:39 a.m.
A Cedar  Street woman reported a residential burglary.

June 16, 4:27 p.m.
A Hobson Avenue woman reported a burglary. Gone were jewelry and cash.


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Veterans Day Parade: marchers wanted


A West Sacramento Veterans Day Parade is planned for Nov. 11, organized by the Bryte & Broderick Community Action Network (BBCAN). Groups, businesses and local veterans who wish to participate should contact Alicia Cruz, 640-3677.

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