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Hoping for explosive sales

 

BYRON PAIGE (second from left) and other volunteers in a fireworks booth at the corner of Lake Washington Boulevard and Jefferson (News-Ledger photo)

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 4, 2012 —

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

   Business was off, but the crew at this Southport fireworks booth was optimistic on Tuesday.

  “We’re down this year,” reported Byron Paige. “TNT (the fireworks wholesaler) said it’s because the 4th of July falls on a Wednesday. Tomorrow will be just crazy, and maybe people will come tonight after they get off work.”

  Paige was part of a coalition that came together to successfully win one of eight permits to sell “safe and sane” fireworks in town for the holiday. Working together were Our Lady of Grace School and Church and the Knights of Columbus — three Catholic-oriented groups.

  Around town were seven other fireworks booths staffed by other West Sacramento nonprofits and churches.

  How much money will the week-long sales effort draw for the three charities?

  “I’m hoping $3,000 each — that would be sweet,” said Paige.

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Where the West Sac fireworks booths are

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

FIRECRACKER SALES BRING CASH TO LOCAL CHARITIES AND CHURCHES, AS WELL AS WHOLESALERS

By Steve Marschke, News-Ledger Editor

  Fireworks booths will open up today inWest Sacramento, so local charities can raise money and residents can buy “safe and sane” fireworks for use on the Fourth of July.

The booths will be allowed to open from Thursday, June 28, through Independence Day, July 4. They’re allowed to sell from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Charities were picked by city permit lottery. Here are the groups and locations, in case you want to support your favorite local cause:

  Collings Teen Center/Campus Life Connection volunteers will be at a booth in the Raley’s supermarket parking lot, 1601 West Capitol Avenue.

  The West Sacramento Youth Resource Coalition will operate a booth in the parking lot near Nick’s Diner and McDonalds, at the corner of West Capitol Avenue and Harbor Boulevard.

[adrotate group=”7″] American Legion Baseball volunteers will sell fireworks in the Safeway parking lot, at the corner of West Capitol and Jefferson Blvd.

  Southport Community Church will staff a booth in the Lowe’s parking lot, 2250 Lake Washington Blvd. (west of Jefferson in Southport).

  The Knights of Columbus will sell firecrackers in the parking lot near Papa Murphy’s pizza,2455 Jefferson   Blvd. (east side of the intersection atLake Washington Blvd.)

  The River City Apostolic Church and School will raise money by selling firecrackers at the Walmart parking lot,  755 Riverpoint Court.

  Youth for Christ Ministries will have a booth at the Arteaga’s market parking lot, corner of Jefferson   Blvd. and Sacramento Avenue.

  The West Sacramento Historical Society will do some firecracker vending in the parking lot of the Southport Town Center (near Nugget market, at Jefferson   Blvd. and Lake Washington).

[adrotate group=”9″]  It’s the second year for which “safe and sane” fireworks have been legalized in West Sac for limited sale and use. The above eight churches and nonprofit groups were chosen by lottery from among 41 local organizations who applied for a city fireworks vending permit this year.

Jim Brewer of the West Sacramento Historical Society said his booth earned about $15,000 in profits last year, “the first year (of the program) and a year in which we were rained out one day.” The group partnered with another charity, splitting the money.

The history society won a vendor permit again this year, and will work with the West Sacramento Singers and other volunteers when they open theirSouthportfirecracker stand next week. The society will again split the staffing and the proceeds with partners.

Each local nonprofit works with one of two approved fireworks wholesalers – Phantom or TNT.

Brewer said the amount actually earned depends on things like the quality of the site, the level of organization of the nonprofit, and the amount of rent charged to the temporary fireworks stand by the landlord. That cost, said Brewer, can range from “free” to “expensive.” These variables can affect whether each booth nets more or less than $15,000 for the season, said Brewer.

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‘Heart of the City’: local youth leagues

NEWS-LEDGER — JUNE 20, 2012 —

BY DON SCHATZEL

It’s that time of year again, when everyone goes full speed for what seems like a short time, and then looks up and says, “Wow where did summer go?”

DON SCHATZEL

School may be out, but it’s a time of lots of soccer, softball, swimming and volleyball around West Sacramento.

Congratulations to Hannah Willover, the Our Lady of Grace School student recipient of the “Father Leo McAllister Scholarship” to St.Francis High School next year. Hannah received the scholarship for her exceptional community service, academics and athletics. There is only one scholarship of its kind awarded in the region every 4 years. Her books, tuition and uniforms are all paid for four years.

And to top it off Hannah as well as Celina Vallejos of West Sacramento just played for the Rancho Cordova Fury and won the All World ASA Softball tournament!

[adrotate group=”9″]    West Sacramento Girls Softball Little League District 6 dominance continues as the Tournament of Champions ends at Inderkum High School in  Natomas. The major division Lava Girls and the Fury finished in two of the top three spots. The Lava Girls came in third behind a great pitching performance by Gabby Ridenour, before dropping a tough one to the North Natomas Southern Miss Eagles. (North Natomas names all their teams after major universities and colleges).

The Fury won the tournament, beating the Southern Miss Eagles 8-2.

Amaryssa Medina struck out 14 in the championship game and smashed a base-clearing double to put the game away.

In recent years the West Sac “Chicas” were the 2010 tournament champs and the West Sac Angels were runner-up. Last season, the Angels came in third behind both Rio Linda teams, and this year West Sac teams finished first and third.

[adrotate group=”10″]   The Fury also represented District 6 Little League softball and West Sacramento in the Little League International-sponsored “Urban Initiative Tournament” in Stockton, winning 4 of 5 games before dropping the championship game 2-0 to Tahoe Tellec.

This is the second year in a row the West Sac team made it to the championship game.

Amaryssa Medina pitched a 1 hitter in the loss and bombed 2 homeruns in the tournament.
Congratulations to coaches John Blackmer, Jose Medina and Mike Lara of the  Fury, and Vic Lopez and Mark Gonzales of the Lava Girls for a great Tournament of Champions!

West Sacramento will be hosting the 9-12 and 9- 11 age group District 6 All Star Tournaments this year and the 9-11 age group Northern California Divisional Tournament.

The Junior Division “Chicas” and “Raptorz” completed great seasons, playing Morada, North Stockton, Rio Linda, Airport, Oak Park and  Parkway teams. The junior division all stars will now move on to the Regional Tournament in Chico. Best of luck to the Juniors and their coach Robb Dodd!!

Washington Unified School District after-school soccer league competition was won by Bridgeway Lakes Elementary, defeating Elkhorn  4-1.

Jaelyn Crimm hit the three-goal hat trick and Taylor Martin chimed in with a goal of her own. Bridgeway Lakes finished with an undefeated season!

Southport defeated Riverbank in the third place game 3-0.

Breanna Staffler scored and Emily Schatzel added 2 more for the Southport win.

Special note; Dale Calles coach of the West Sacramento soccer “Hooligans” has 19 players that have played in the school league and are now on the Hooligans teams.

United States Youth Volleyball League wrapped up at River City High school with a final match against Folsom, in Folsom.

The 13-15 age “Hooligans” finished the season with only two losses including one to the other West Sac team the “Blue Spiking Jays.” Hannah McCann, Taylor Lozano, Ryan  Neidlinger, Elise Quick and Emily Schatzel of the Hooligans completed their stellar season.

The Blue Spiking Jays of the same division also had a great season. Jacky Lamar, Mallory Cypress, Sydney Russo lead the Jays and both teams defeated Elk Grove, Natomas and Folsom.

Boys and girls  boxing is starting at Riverbank Elementary School and at the Recreation Center. West Sacramento has a long and proud boxing history with world champions and championship contenders. Call Parks and Rec 617-4620 for additonal information.

O.C. Jones & Sons Engineering, the City of West Sacramento, Centennial Rotary Club,  District 6 Baseball and softball, and the West Sacramento Little League are combining resources to help make improvements to Memorial Park. Volunteers and funding coming from the KNBR Radio, Centennial Rotary Club, O.C. Jones & Sons, and the TLC grant program received by D6 baseball and softball  to help improve Bay Area fields.

Thanks,  O.C. Jones & Sons and TLC Program.

Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Time to start school again so I can relax?”

Nahhh!

Summer in West Sacramento is way to much fun!

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Rotary chips in for literacy

Centennial Rotary Club President Don Schatzel with Westfield Village Elementary School Principal Ryan Gonzalez and school librarian Jennifer Gray (photo courtesy of Karie Walsh/Debra Beckman)

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 30, 2012 —

The Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento donated $200 to Westfield Village’s Scholastic Book Fair and to Southport Elementary’s literacy program.

[adrotate group=”7″]   “This thoughtful and generous donation means so much to me,” said Westfield librarian Jennifer Gray. “I definitely will be able to put new books into our library for all the students at Westfield to enjoy.  I couldn’t thank the Rotary Club of West Sacramento enough.”

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WUSD explores November school bond

[adrotate group=”10″] NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 23, 2012  —

The Washington Unified School District’s board of trustees will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday at city hall, 1110 West Capitol Ave.

Among the many agenda items will be a presentation on the steps needed to place a general obligation school bond on the November ballot.

The presentation will be given by Jonathan Edwards of Government Financial Strategies, the district’s financial advisor.

Details of any bond measure are still yet to be worked out.

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Award for Bridgeway Island school

Principal Grace Chin (News-Ledger file photo)

NEWS-LEDGER — MAY 16, 2012 —

Bridgeway Island Elementary School was named a “Title I Academic Achievement Award” again this year by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. It’s the second consecutive year for the award.

The honor goes to schools that meet performance standards “meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line,” according to the Washington Unified School District. Over 6,000 of the 9,000 schools in California qualify, said the district in a press release.

To receive a Title I award, schools must demonstrate progress on student testing and the campuses’ disadvantaged students must achieve at double the improvement goals set for them for two consecutive years.

[adrotate group=”7″]   Bridgeway has an API score of 873, and its subgroups of students have met their goals, said WUSD.

“Congratulations to our staff, students and their families for their commitment to excellence in student achievement,” Principal Grace Chin was quoted in the press release.

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Summer acting school for youths

[adrotate group=”10″] FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER —

The West Sacramento Community Theater group will hold a workshop for young actors running Mondays through Thursdays, July 16 to Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon.

The workshop will instill basic acting skills to students, regardless of skill level. The workshop finishes with a performance on Aug. 11. Open to kids age 10-18. Cost is $90, with scholarships available. Visit www.westsacfun.org or call 617-4620.

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