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Volunteer coucil speaks to county

first_img“Before \ came in, we had no way to access county services, or to communicate with them,” said Chavez, 64, a South Whittier resident for more than 40 years. “Their offices are way downtown in L.A. We don’t have a city hall and all the functions that a city hall provides. So people often wouldn’t know who to call.” The idea for an unofficial governing body in unincorporated areas was in its infancy when the WCCCC was formed, said Ralph Pacheco, a former president of the group. However, the WCCCC, which originally was called the South Whittier Coordinating Council, was more “dynamic” and “more of a quasi-government” than the handful of other coordinating councils in Los Angeles County, he said. Today, the council has nearly 700 members on its mailing list and a seven-member appointed board. A board meeting and a separate general meeting for members are each held once a month. Pacheco said a field representative from the offices of county Supervisors Don Knabe and Gloria Molina – who share South Whittier – attend the meetings, as well as a sheriff’s deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer. SOUTH WHITTIER – Without the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council, unincorporated South Whittier residents would be without a vital link to county government, the council’s newly elected president said. Since 1987, the WCCCC, the area’s unofficial – and unelected – all-volunteer “city council,” has stepped in to fill a void usually occupied by a local government. Before the WCCCC was established, residents in South Whittier had little contact with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, WCCCC President Octavio Chavez said. The county board oversees an enormous bureaucracy that can often seem remote and slow to respond to local needs, Chavez said. “There was a model in place in other parts of the county,” Pacheco said. “The concept wasn’t exactly new, but it was relatively new.” Over the 20 years since its inception, Pacheco said the council has been instrumental in attracting more than $50 million in affordable housing and infrastructure improvement for the area. “Our first task was to do a community-needs assessment,” Pacheco said. “Everything from social services, graffiti abatement, infrastructure, sewers, medians, lighting, signals, etc. Back in the day, those things didn’t exist – at all. Some corners had no stop signs or traffic lights.” Pacheco said the council’s most tangible accomplishment was the establishment of the Community Resource Center on Laurel Avenue. However, not all residents have been happy with the limits resulting from the WCCCC’s unofficial status. Resident Butch Redman said people in his Sunshine Acres neighborhood still feel their concerns have been ignored by all governing bodies. The WCCCC “stir up the pot, but don’t do anything because they’re powerless,” Redman said. “They help people get warm feelings and it settles them down, is all. But we still get ignored by the county.” But Chavez said the WCCCC was at least able to create a line of communication between county officials and residents and that didn’t exist before 1987. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Luther Burbank wins state honor

first_imgThe campus, which has about 1,000 seventh- and eighth-graders, received the recognition in 1985 and 1994. But Principal Anita Schackmann said there is more work ahead. Burbank Middle’s score on the state Academic Performance Index – 755 points – is slightly behind the Burbank Unified School District’s other two middle schools. Still, Schackmann said the school, which has a larger portion of the district’s financially disadvantaged and English-learning students, has made strides. Other local schools receiving the honor include Rosemont Middle School in Glendale, which was previously recognized in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 2003. The following schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District also received the award: Nobel Middle/Nobel Math Science Technology Magnet in Northridge; Robert Millikan Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks; Valley Alternative Magnet in Van Nuys; George K. Porter Middle/Gifted Magnet in Granada Hills; High Tech High-Los Angeles in Lake Balboa; and Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington. BURBANK – For the teachers of Luther Burbank Middle School, giving up their lunch lounge to make room for a science lab was just part of the job. This act, along with improving test scores, won the campus the distinction Monday as a California Distinguished School, one of 171 middle and high schools statewide recognized with the award this year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell broke the news before two dozen teachers in a surprise visit. “They’re making their work relevant to the real world,” he said, pointing to the school’s culinary arts program. “It’s obviously a very dedicated, hard-working staff. They’ve given up their cafeteria – their faculty lounge – so it could be science labs that can be used while the school is being modernized.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL ROUNDUP Rutgers the latest to upend a No. 2

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Ray Rice provided a more conventional 181 yards on 39 carries for Rutgers (5-2, 2-1 Big East) and Mike Teel threw two touchdown passes to Tiquan Underwood. “We just went out there and played our best football,” Rice said. The Bulls (6-1, 1-1) had their eight-game winning streak come to an end, no doubt to the delight of Boston College, LSU, Oklahoma and the rest of the teams hoping to grab the second spot in the BCS standings USF held this week. Matt Grothe threw for 247 yards and a touchdown and ran for 58 yards, but Rutgers’ defense swarmed South Florida’s multitalented quarterback in the second half and sacked him seven times in the game. A week after No. 2 California lost to Oregon State and two weeks after then-No. 2 USC was upset by Stanford, the Bulls became the 11th top-10 team to fall to an unranked opponent this season. Though Rutgers, which started the season ranked 16th, but fell out after two straight losses last month, might not be unranked much longer. Utah 27, TCU 20: Darrell Mack pounded his way for 100 yards rushing with a touchdown and Utah won its fourth straight game since starting quarterback Brian Johnson returned from injury, beating TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. Mack’s fourth straight 100-yard game – on 32 carries – and Johnson’s return coincide with the winning streak that has kept the Utes (5-3, 2-2 Mountain West) on the fringe of contending for the conference title. Johnson, who missed three games after separating his shoulder in the season opener, completed 13 of 20 passes for 120 yards and a touchdown. His only interception didn’t hurt the Utes. TCU (4-4, 1-3), with three 11-win seasons the past four years, already has three losses to teams ahead of the Frogs in the Mountain West standings.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services It’s not easy being No. 2 – just ask South Florida. The Bulls became the third second-ranked team to lose in the last three weeks, having their unexpected unbeaten run snapped by tricky Rutgers, 30-27, on Thursday night in Piscataway, N.J. Third-string quarterback Andrew DePaola threw a 15-yard touchdown pass off a fake field goal to give the Scarlet Knights the lead in the third quarter and Rutgers also used a fake punt to set up a field goal in the first quarter. last_img read more

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

first_imgThere is a Santa Claus Note: The following editorial comes from the Sept. 21, 1897, edition of the now-defunct New York Sun. Written in response to a young girl’s question, and without a byline, by Francis Pharcellus Church, it is the most reprinted editorial of all time: We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun: Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Papa says, “If you see it in The Sun, it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there a Santa Claus? You tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside the curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Virginia, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding. No Santa Claus? Thank God he lives and lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson– Virginia O’Hanlon VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours, man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus! It would be as dreary as if there were no Virginias. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The external light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished. Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies. You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if you did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world. last_img read more

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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM A CRAZY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL FROM A CRAZY BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:EntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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REVEALED: HYUNDAI TUCSON IS DONEGAL’S FAVOURITE CAR IN 2016

first_imgThe Hyundai Tucson Still leading the way in Donegal!Figures for the first six months of the year from January 1st until June 30th shows that the all new ‘Hyundai Tucson’’ that has been taking the country by storm continues to lead the way as the top selling model both locally here in County Donegal and nationally.Figures just released show that the ‘Tucson’ is still the No 1 best selling model having sold 162 units here in Donegal since January with the Kia Sportage in 2nd place with fifty units less sold and the Toyota Yaris in 3rd place some sixty units behind the ‘Tucson’ with the Toyota Auris in 4th.place. The Volkswagen Golf comes in In 5th place having sold approximately half the number of new Tucson’s sold here in the county.Nationally the picture in relation to the Tucson is staggering to say the least with 5,124 sold since the beginning of the year. In second place nationally comes the VW Golf some 1,500 units behind the Tucson with the Ford Focus rowing in on 3rd place and the Skoda Ocatvia in 4th. while the Nissan Qashqai is in 5th place nationally some 2,000 units behind the Tucson.A spokesman for Divers Hyundai, Canal Road, Letterkenny said: “We are delighted with the figures which speaks volumes for the Hyundai brand and indeed the success story that is the all new Hyundai Tucson.“As soon as we and indeed the dealers throughout the country got our first glimpse of the vehicle we all knew that it was destined for great things and it certainly did not disappoint.” Divers have also thanked their customers in Donegal.“We would like to say a sincere thank you to all Hyundai customers from all arts and part of Donegal and indeed much further afield who have collectively taken the Hyundai brand to staggering heights in recent years,” he said.“We would like to thank you also for making the Hyundai Tucson the best-selling car in Donegal and indeed Ireland since its launch just eight months ago.”View the full range and test drive>Diver’s Hyundai invite you to come along to their showrooms and view the completeHyundai range which includes the i10: i20: i30: i40 : ix20: Sante Feand of course the Tucson. If you are thinking about a ‘162’ plate forJuly we are giving up to €4,000 trade-in on your vehicle irrespectiveof year or condition as long as it has been registered in your own name for six months, is NCT’d and taxed.Diver’s invite you to come along and talk to our experienced sales team whowill be delighted to discuss your own individual requirements andexplain the various finance options available to you which includes thePCP option ( Personal Contract Plan). Diver’s Hyundai are open Monday to Friday and from 10am on Saturday morning so again a sincere thanks and remember> ……’’Change is Good’’ REVEALED: HYUNDAI TUCSON IS DONEGAL’S FAVOURITE CAR IN 2016 was last modified: July 1st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:best selling carDiver’s HyundaidonegalletterkennysalesTucsonlast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES

first_imgCommittee Meeting:The first meeting for the new committee will take place on Wed. 7th November in Heaney’s, Ballybofey @ 4.30pm.   Affiliation Forms:The deadline has now passed for application forms to be accepted for the new school year. Information regarding upcoming competitions will be posted on the website and in the local papers shortly.   Website:Teachers and pupils can view our new website by visiting cumanndonegal.com. The website has weekly updated notes and other relevant information regarding the playing of GAA games within our primary schools.      GAA NEWS: SCHOOLS GAA NOTES was last modified: November 5th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Schools GAA noteslast_img read more

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GAA NEWS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR NAOMH COLMCILLE UNDER 16s IN FINAL

first_imgNAOMH COLMCILLE NOTESThe senior and reserve teams had no fixtures this weekend.There was disappointment for the U16s when they lost out to Cloughaneely in the Northern Board Division 2 Championship final at Milford on Monday. The boys trailed 0-3 to 1-5 at half time, the Cloughaneely goal coming via a deflection. A Naomh Colmcille goal at the start of the second half reduced the deficit to two points, but Cloughaneely increased their lead after that and ran out winners on a full time score of Naomh Colmcille 1-4 2-12 Cloughaneely. Naomh Colmcille: Caolan McAuley, Jason Fitzpatrick, Conor Doherty, James Duffy, Kevin Gallagher, Ian Fitzpatrick, Jordan McDaid, Peter Scott, Stephen Gallagher, Jack Hazlett, PJ McBrearty, David Whoriskey, Louis Cole, David McNamee, Brendan O’Donnell. Subs (used): Brett McGinty, Michael Devine, Keenan Diver. The club are holding a Night at the Races fundraising event on Saturday 1st November. Race cards are now being distributed, and horses (€10) can also be got from any committee member.The dinner dance is scheduled for Saturday 22nd November at the Radisson. More details to follow.The club is now registered for the Lucozade ‘Kit Out’ promotion. Codes are printed on promotional bottles under the plastic wrapper – please note these codes so they can be entered online on behalf of the club to try and collect gear or equipment.Well done to Christopher Mugan who represented the club at Croke Park on Sunday. Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.Training and Match Schedule.Information here is correct at the time of compilation of the weekly notes. Check the Training Schedule section on the club website for latest updates on training for all age groups. The page will be updated regularly throughout the week. Updates also on the club’s Facebook page.Subscription of €2 per player (up to and including minors) per week for training. Please make sure you bring your full kit (shorts, track bottoms, boots, sports top/hoodie/coat, drink). Remember a mouth guard is needed for training sessions as well as matches.Seniors and reserves. Training on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 pm. See website and Facebook page for updates during the week. U18. See Facebook for further updates.U16. See Facebook for latest updates.U12. Training continues Friday 17th October. See Facebook for updates during the week.U10. Training continues Friday 17th October. See Facebook for updates during the week. Girls U12-16 Gaelic. See Facebook and website for updates during the week.Reminder that the use of mouthguards is now compulsory for all players.Naomh Colmcille Weekly Lotto.This week’s numbers and winners will appear in next week’s notes. Last week’s numbers were 1,10,17,19, 21 and the winner of €75 was Sarah O’Donnell. Next week’s jackpot €6,400.The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.The Club would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for their continued support of the Lotto as it gives the club the essential means of continuing to give our local kids and adults the chance to avail of a great and healthy pastime.GAA NEWS: DISAPPOINTMENT FOR NAOMH COLMCILLE UNDER 16s IN FINAL was last modified: October 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Naomh Colmcille GAA noteslast_img read more

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A reminder of what Roy Keane said about ‘Irish’ Declan Rice

first_img Roy Keane thinks a decision between playing for Ireland or playing for England is an easy one to make “Maybe one day I do see myself as a future captain because I do have it in me to tell people and order people around,” he continued, adding that Gold’s comments were just “one of those things.”“He’s just come out and said it. I’m not going to take too much from it. I’m here and I’m playing for Ireland.” 2 At the time, assistant manager Roy Keane dismissed the suggestion that Rice would turn his back on Ireland.“It’s going to be pretty difficult if he’s Irish,” Keane said when asked about Gold’s comments.“And he is Irish. He plays for Ireland. Where else would he want to go? If you had a choice: Ireland or England? It’s pretty straightforward, isn’t it? Ireland.”Rice has even been labelled a captain-in-waiting by former skipper John O’Shea, who made the comments at the start of June.“He’s been at the top of the game and played with some top, top players. To hear that from him, I don’t like to take it on too much, but it’s nice to hear. I’ve had a little joke with him,” Rice said when asked about the praise. 2 Declan Rice has been left out of the Republic of Ireland squad as he considers switching allegiance to England, manager Martin O’Neill has said.The team play a Uefa Nations League game against Wales on September 6 and a friendly against Poland five days later.Although the London-born 19-year-old has played three times for Ireland, all of those appearances have come in friendlies, which means he can still represent the Three Lions.In May, shortly after Manuel Pellegrini was appointed manager of West Ham, the club’s chairman David Gold told Jim White on talkSPORT: “I’m looking forward to the new manager turning Declan Rice into a strong England defender for the future of the England team.” Rice has played three times for Ireland, though not any competitive games last_img read more

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ACROSS DONEGAL – A WEEK IN PICTURES

first_imgStoycho Danev is one of Donegal’s best-known photographers.He is based in Culdaff and has captured many iconic images of the county’s brilliant beauty. He recently spent a week traveling across Donegal capturing the county’s many contrasting colours.These are the breathtaking results. Enjoy.ACROSS DONEGAL – A WEEK IN PICTURES was last modified: August 7th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:picturesStoycho Danevlast_img read more

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