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Volunteers from RCHS help out at ‘Shamrock Run,’ a trot for charity

 Interact Club members Shabrina Kumar, Karishma Betcha, Phillip Dinh and (RIGHT, front to back) Vanessa Yang, Rebecca Guan, Joelle Panugaling, Gordon Au stationed near the Auto Museum in Sacramento. At the Shamrock Run cancer/youth services benefit Saturday March 15, 30 Rotary-sponsored Interactors were among the volunteers. The Shamrock Run finished at West Sac’s Raley Field. (Photo by Lily He, River City High School Interact Club. Information submitted with assistance of Carol Bogart).

Interact Club members Shabrina Kumar, Karishma Betcha, Phillip Dinh and (RIGHT, front to back) Vanessa Yang, Rebecca Guan, Joelle Panugaling, Gordon Au stationed near the Auto Museum in Sacramento. At the Shamrock Run cancer/youth services benefit Saturday March 15, 30 Rotary-sponsored Interactors were among the volunteers. The Shamrock Run finished at West Sac’s Raley Field. (Photo by Lily He, River City High School Interact Club. Information submitted with assistance of Carol Bogart).

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014 —

By Danny Thirakul
Interact Club, River City High School

Thirty members of the Interact Club at River City High School helped out with the Shamrock Run Saturday, March 15, which ended at West Sac’s Raley Field. The Shamrock Half-Marathon and 5k, sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds, benefited Project FIT, a non-profit youth fitness initiative. The Triumph Cancer Foundation, a Sacramento-based registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, benefited from the 5K.

The course began right outside Raley Field and traveled as far as Discovery Park to the streets of downtown Sacramento. Participants would see the First Aid Station positioned on 13th and F St. The last station they would see before crossing the finish line was on Front Street near the Auto Museum. They would then finish right where it started, but inside Raley Field. (Information source: http://www.shamrocknhalf.com.)

Danny Thirakul, 16, is a Junior at River City High School. He is writing here of his experience at the Shamrock Run while representing the school’s Interact Club. (courtesy photo)

Danny Thirakul, 16, is a Junior at River City High School. He is writing here of his experience at the Shamrock Run while representing the school’s Interact Club. (courtesy photo)

My duty as a volunteer was to work the Medal and Water Distribution station. As were all volunteers for that station, I was instructed to check in and be there at 7 a.m. After checking in, I headed straight for my station. To my surprise, though, there wasn’t a supervisor there to tell the other volunteers and me what to do.

However, there were staff members, but they only guided us in our ways of managing the station.

Since there was no real leadership, I took the initiative in leading the volunteers and a few Interact members. After I consulted with the staff, I then instructed everyone on what to do, assigning and grouping individuals with a task. When completed, I would give them a new one to do or tell them to help others who were struggling.

The true test of my leadership abilities occurred when waves of athletes finished running. As they came, I feared the runners receiving water and medals would crowd the exit for others. To prevent this from happening, I set up mini-stations along the cool-down path. This would allow the volunteers and me to distribute more and keep the runners moving. I was very proud of my handling of the situation, even when a few volunteers had to leave.

The staff also provided great support. They kept control of the crowd and maintained a steady pace of movement throughout the event. I was glad to see the volunteers and the staff working so well together. I want to thank the staff and other volunteers for collaborating with me. I know without them we wouldn’t have done such a great job. Thank you to Blue Diamond Almonds as well, for putting together this charitable event.

Carol Bogart, an adult volunteer, adds:
A first year Interactor, student writer Danny Thirakul says he originally joined Interact Club at River City High School “for the community service hours.” Then, he says, it was “so fun helping others in need with my Interact Club friends beside me” that he wishes he’d joined his Freshman year. He says, “If I could go back in time and run for a board position, I would do that as well.” Danny describes Interact as “a phenomenal club.” Danny and the other Interactor volunteers exemplify Rotary’s motto: ‘Service Above Self.’ Through the Interact Club, Interactors like Danny become connected to the community and, in Danny’s words, enhance their awareness of the difficulties of the world. River City High School’s Interact Club is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of West Sacramento and the Centennial Rotary Club of West Sacramento. The Interact Club Rotary adviser is Charyl Silva, Rotary Club of West Sacramento. The Interact Club adviser at RCHS is Brandon Duff, who teaches English.

 

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Former cop to serve life in prison

SERGIO ALVAREZ, accused West Sacramento Police Officer (booking photo, Yolo County Jail)

Former West Sac
police officer
Sergio Alvarez
(booking photo)

NEWS-LEDGER ONLINE – APRIL 5, 2014 –

  Disgraced former West Sacramento Police Officer Sergio Alvarez will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced Friday to a sentence of “205 years to life” for sexually assaulting a number of women while on patrol on the city’s streets.

  Prosecutors say he used his authority to coerce sex acts from at least five women. The victims were generally people living on society’s margins, whom Alvarez met while patrolling alone on the night shift. The women were “vulnerable members of our society,” said prosecutor Garrett Hamilton of the Yolo County District Attorney’s office.

  When one of the victims complained to the West Sacramento police department, detectives from the Sacramento Police Department helped investigate. A police spokesman told the News-Ledger that Sacramento police helped out due to the manpower demands of the investigation.

  Alvarez, 38, was arrested in early 2013. He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, and his attorney unsuccessfully argued that the officer had sex with several of the victims, but on a consensual basis, and that he had never met other alleged victims. He was a West Sacramento resident and family man before his arrest.

  After nine days of deliberations, a Yolo county jury on Feb. 27 found Alvarez guilty of 18 felony counts. On Friday, the sentence came down from Judge Timothy Fall.

  Said Yolo District Attorney Jeff Reisig in a press statement yesterday:

   “Hamilton and the Sacramento P.D. detectives put their heart and soul into this case. As a result of their dedication, justice was served and Alvarez will never be able to harm again.”

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New to town: a home brew shop, gym & go-kart track:

NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014

By Steve Marschke
News-Ledger Editor

Several new businesses are open – or almost open – in West Sacramento.  Here are a few that caught our eye:

“The Brewmeister” has opened a shop for home beer and wine makers, at 1409 Shore Street in West Sacramento.
It’s one of three “Brewmeister” locations owned by Eric Schmid, a graduate of the American Brewers Guild.
“Our new location is ideally located in the blossoming craft brew area of West Sacramento, within just blocks of Bike Dog Brewing Company, Yolo Brewing Company and Jack Rabbit Brewing Company,” he said in a press release.
The shop offers classes as well as supplies; see www.shopbrewmeister.com or call 371-7299.

“Anytime Fitness” is opening a franchise fitness club in the Southport “Nugget” center, at 2055 Town Center Plaza.
The facility is owned by Rob Cambra, who promises the club is “convenient and affordable.”
The public is invited to a grand opening party April 4 and 5, where they can get special deals, body fat testing, free massages and other perks. Visit www.anytimefitness.com.

“Go-Kart Racer” is running a little behind its original schedule.
A report from the company on Twitter says the facility at 1430 Enterprise Blvd. is “working very hard designing our tracks and finishing interior details.”
The go-kart business plans 48,000 square feet of track space and about 17,000 square feet of arcade and office space.
You can follow its development on Twitter at @gokartracersac or on Facebook.

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RCHS basketball stand-outs honored; King gets ‘coach of the year’

FROM THE NEWS-LEDGER — MARCH 26, 2014 —

Several basketball players from River City High School have been honored as “all league” selections of the Sierra Valley Conference for their winter-season sports performance.

In boys basketball, the all-league honorees are Mike Briscoe, Richard DeSilva, Jalen Davis and Xaxier Francois.

In girls basketball, selections were led by “most valuable player” Tori Torres, and included fellow all-leaguers Carmen Garcia, Aliyah Brantley and Makaila Robinson.

The girls’ coach, Jamie King, was named “Coach of the Year” for his sport by the conference. His Raider team went 24-5 for the regular season and was 12-0 in league play.

 

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