Northern Ireland are heading to their first ever European Championship after captain Steven Davis and Josh Magennis kicked off celebrations 30 years in the making at Windsor Park. The nation has not been seen a major tournament since the 1986 World Cup but that will all change in France next summer after an unforgettable 3-1 victory in Belfast. Michael O’Neill’s men knew three points would be enough to make history and, when Davis stabbed home Stuart Dallas’ 35th-minute cross, the promised land moved a mighty step closer. Press Association Northern Ireland began with bristling intent, with three corners in the first five minutes and one rasping shot into the side-netting from Oliver Norwood. The febrile fans soon had something significant to celebrate – a Faroe Islands goal 11,000 miles away in Budapest. Regardless of the result in Belfast, anything less than a Hungary win would be enough for O’Neill’s men. In the end, Hungary’s comeback win was an irrelevance. Northern Ireland thought they had a vital breakthrough in the 24th minute, Dallas gliding past Vasilis Torosidis on the left before cutting the ball across goal. It trickled just behind the advancing Magennis, but he swiftly repositioned and hooked a shot goalwards from eight yards. Vangelis Moras did brilliantly to get a healthy deflection on it and instead of nestling in the corner it rolled to safety. Jamie Ward tried his luck from 25 yards as Northern Ireland surged again, but his shot was a fraction high and a fraction wide. The visitors were being penned back by an industrious front three of Magennis, Dallas and Ward but it took a moment of vision from Corry Evans to crack things open. The Blackburn midfielder, only playing because of Hughes’ injury, appeared to have few options available when he spotted Dallas on the move and pinged a precision pass from left to right. The winger took a clean first touch and sent a measured ball across goal, where Davis was on hand to fling himself forward and stab home. The reaction was electric, on and off the pitch, with Davis pointing to the skies. Greece almost spoiled the script in first-half stoppage time, Kostas Mitroglou striking the post seconds after a brave block from Norwood. But by the start of the second half French tricolours had begun to pop up in the crowd. If it is bad luck to tempt fate, somebody forgot to tell Magennis. The 25-year-old looked to be in no position to steer home Norwood’s corner but he arched his neck and sent a looping header past the despairing Orestis Karnezis. A first international goal was followed by a huge, all-consuming bear hug for O’Neill, the manager who had handed him the opportunity. It was job done – in terms of qualification at least – but Davis was not finished yet. Just before the hour mark another corner exposed Greece’s dreadful marking, Davis netting his seventh Northern Ireland goal with a looping header home from the edge of the area. The green shirts congregated in a touchline huddle around their inspirational skipper, united in joy and relief. With matters settled so emphatically, the last 20 minutes were little more than an elaborate lap of honour. O’Neill went to his bench three times to allow Liam Boyce, Niall McGinn and Luke McCullough a taste of the stellar atmosphere. Greece finally gained a consolation three minutes from time, though Christos Aravidis’ close-range finish barely merited a reaction from either side. This was Northern Ireland’s night, after three long decades of waiting. But this was not a night when the Green and White Army would squeak home – this was a party. Kilmarnock forward Magennis – a converted goalkeeper who had never scored an international goal before – made it two with a deft header and the inspirational Davis nodded in his second just before the hour mark. The Southampton midfielder was just a year old when Billy Bingham’s boys went to Mexico and, having described this match as the biggest of his career at his pre-game press conference, he was a fitting figurehead. So too Magennis, whose low profile and unique back story epitomise the spirit in this squad. He would not have been on the pitch had Kyle Lafferty not been suspended – nor if he had made it with the gloves at Cardiff as a teenager. Northern Ireland were without not just Lafferty but also the banned Chris Baird and Conor McLaughlin and the injured Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes. Their resources were tested to the limit, but the likes of Magennis, Paddy McNair and Corry Evans were not found wanting. Their nerveless showing was met with unfettered delight by 11,700 frenzied fans – a number curtailed by construction work but including local hero Rory McIlroy and IBF superbantamweight champion Carl Frampton.
The Andover Police department in New Jersey says a tip about a possible body in a shed, has led them to find that one of the states largest nursing homes has been struggling to deal with the amount of deceased people in their care.The discovery was made on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehab Center II.Police say when they arrived to the location they did not find a body in a shed, however, they did find that the facility only built to handle four deceased people at a time, had at least 17 bodies.Each of the bodies were found in the building’s morgue in a body bag that identified each person.Authorities say they were asked to assist medical staff in relocating 13 of the bodies to a refrigerated trailer at Newton Medical Center.Four of the bodies remained at the morgue.“The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson, one of the responding officers, told CNN. “The residents were expiring. Why? We’re not sure if it’s from Covid-19 or from other diseases, but we tried our best to ease the burden.”Danielson went on to say that he has never seen so many bodies at once in a nursing home:“It is by far one of the most bodies at one time that I’ve experienced in terms of a nursing home. Based upon the pandemic and the numbers we saw coming out of the facility, I don’t know if I’m necessarily shocked about that. It’s an unfortunate situation altogether.”While the center has been linked to around 68 cases of the coronavirus with 28 deaths, it is unclear if any of the 17 deceased was affected by the virus.The 2,543 licensed beds, making it one of the largest nursing homes in New Jersey, however, the facility was rated “much below average” by Medicare in March according to Danielson.
Comments When Syracuse’s season came to an end in double-overtime against Princeton in the NCAA tournament last year, starting goalkeeper Asa Goldstock was on the bench. She’d been pulled from the goal midway through the first half by SU head coach Gary Gait after stopping just four of the Tigers’ 11 shots.For the first time in her career, Goldstock became skeptical about her play. Previously the top-ranked goalie at Niskayuna (new york) high school’s class of 2016, Goldstock didn’t know how else to react, other than cheer for Hannah Van Middelem, who replaced her in net.“I’d never experienced that prior to coming to Syracuse,” Goldstock said. “I think I wish I did, so I’d have the better ability to deal with those emotions.”The junior started every game for the Orange last season but faced the pressure of knowing Gait had little patience for her letting up goals — she allowed 10 or more goals 11 times in 2018. Her ability to regroup and refocus wasn’t where it needed to be, and that affected her play. Since Syracuse’s loss to Princeton, Goldstock’s worked on her mental toughness through meditation, visualization and positivity. In practice, she worked with the attack, improved her agility and often met with defenders to improve SU’s defensive chemistry. Now, after a season in which she doubted herself for the first time, Goldstock is back in net as No. 11 Syracuse’s (2-0) starting goalie.“She’s playing outstanding right now,” Gait said. “She’s a very talented goalie and if she gets it all together mentally and physically she’ll be outstanding.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorGoldstock was benched in favor of then-freshman Van Middelem three weeks before watching SU’s season end from the sidelines. In the Orange’s 21-12 ACC tournament loss to North Carolina, Goldstock lasted just six minutes before Van Middelem took her spot.Goldstock cheered for her team when Van Middelem was inserted into the game, but the positivity lacked in terms of her thoughts about her own play. She’d immediately run to a coach or a fellow goalie and ask them what she specifically did wrong to earn a benching. Goldstock’s roommate, Julie Cross, gave the goalie reassurance in her game that Goldstock didn’t have in herself.“There was never any doubt in her game for me personally,” Cross said. “I think having that confidence and telling her how I feel about her playing and I think that definitely helps her boost her confidence on the field for the next game.”While some of her results during games didn’t match her expectations, Goldstock saw her failures as chances to improve. In practice during the season, she’d pull players aside to practice by letting them shoot on her.That continued into the summer, when Goldstock ran more to improve her short distance speed. Although she said she’s “not a big runner,” the additional training made her faster and allowed her to move with the ball quicker. Then, during fall ball, Goldstock “grinded” to leave no doubt in Gait’s mind that she should start in goal during SU’s first game against Connecticut.“I think sometimes a lot of players get complacent and I think that’s where it really hurts us,” Cross said. “(But) she would pick up her energy in practice and I think that led to the great games that she would have.”Her mental improvement was furthered when SU worked with a sports psychologist that focused on meditation. He showed them the proper way to meditate, which included visualizing positive events.Like most athletes, Goldstock always envisioned herself having success on the field. But last season, her positive attitude prior to games didn’t carry into games. After each goal that she allowed, the positivity would wear away.“I do a lot of visualizing before games,” Goldstock said. “It’s more just about being positive and staying positive when we’re going into a game, and in a game, if I get scored on.”On Friday during Syracuse’s season-opener, Goldstock listened to the final buzzer from the same place she ended last season: the sideline. But this time, it was because the junior gave up just four goals in over 48 minutes in a Syracuse blow out win.When she was replaced, instead of going off the field with her head down, Goldstock’s jog was full of energy. The first person she high-fived once she got back to the bench was Cross, who greeted Goldstock’s smile with one of her own.“I realized I only have two more seasons left, and I’m not gonna get these years back,” Goldstock said. “So there’s no point in dwelling on anything. I’m just excited to be positive out there…and positivity will hopefully lead to success.” Published on February 13, 2019 at 11:21 pm Contact Eric: firstname.lastname@example.org | @esblack34 Facebook Twitter Google+
Brian Cody and his backroom team will already be planning for 2017- that’s according to former Cats goalkeeper David Herity.Cody was ratified for his 19th year in charge last night and Herity says the 11 time All Ireland winning boss will work on what let them down in last years All Ireland final defeat to Tipperary.
DES MOINES — Republicans in the Iowa House have passed a bill that would force any Iowa city or county with gun restrictions in a government-owned building to screen people at entrances and have an armed guard inside.Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, said it will help ensure Iowans have the right to self defense. “It is also about the health and safety of our children and our families,” Holt said. “It is about my right as a parent to be prepared to defend my wife and my children — my family.”The bill would override opinions from the state’s attorney general in 2003 and 2010 that indicated cities and counties could pass resolutions that create gun-free zones.“I have never understood why someone believes that a gun-free zone will make them safer. In reality, a gun-free zone without screening and security will never stop a sick individual from killing innocent people,” Holt said. “It will stop the law-abiding citizen from carrying protection.”Representative Mary Gaskill, a Democrat from Ottumwa who voted against the bill, suggested that if it becomes law, Iowans with a permit will be able to carry guns into most any city or county-owned building in the state.“With the addition of metal detectors and armed security, few entities to pay for these measures,” Gaskill said.Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, a Democrat from Ames, said it would cost more than $400,000 to staff metal detectors and have armed security at the Story County courthouse.“This is an irresponsible use of taxpayer dollars,” she said. “…The constitutional right to own a firearm comes with important responsibility regarding community safety and therefore it must come with conditions.”Supporters of the bill say Iowa gun owners should not have to navigate a labyrinth of different ordinances. The bill also forbids cities and counties from trying to ban gun modifications or from establishing restrictive zoning aimed at gun shooting ranges.The House passed the bill on a 52 to 44 vote as dozens of gun rights activists sat in the gallery watching the debate.
Facebook6Tweet0Pin0 This may sound strange, but when it comes to cemeteries, one size doesn’t fit all. Each cemetery has its own rules concerning the type of memorials allowed.“Some require concrete only foundations and some require granite only foundations,” says Lasting Touch Memorial Memorials owner, Tony Ward. Cemeteries are so picky as to dictate what type of flower vases can be used on the premises.There are reasons for the different regulations. Some of it has to do with local code. However, the biggest reasons are upkeep and aesthetics. Private cemeteries tend to favor flat grass markers because they’re easier to mow around than a statue.Knowing these details in advance is important because they can impact the type of monument you choose for your loved one and possibly even where he or she will be buried.Ward tells me the story of a family whose grandmother was buried at Gethsemane Cemetery in Federal Way. “The family chose a nice upright and I asked them if the cemetery allowed it.” The family said yes but Ward double checked just to be sure. Turns out the grandmother’s grave sat on the border. The plots next to hers could have uprights but she couldn’t.Fortunately, Ward has a good relationship with cemeteries in the area. He’s also been in the business for more than 25 years so he knows most of this stuff by heart. Still, it’s a good idea to find out the rules and regulations for the cemetery where you or your loved one are going to be placed.If you have questions about picking a memorial call Tony Ward at 360-458-9070 or visit the Lasting Touch website by following the link.
1 4 57% Mario Gutierrez22 3 0 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket for October 18th, 2019XBTV Friday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on October 18th, 2019FEATURES:Breeders’ Cup Memories: Skywalker and Laffit Pincay Jr. Upset the 1986 ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Goldencents Sizzles His Way to His First of Two Dirt Mile WinsBreeders’ Cup Memories: Arcangues Causes the Biggest Upset in Breeders’ Cup History With His Win in the 1993 ClassicBreeders’ Cup Memories: Lady’s Secret Wins the 1986 Breeders’ Cup DistaffWORK OUTS:American Theorem (Papaprodromou) 10-18-19Neptune’s Storm (Baltas) 10-17-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 10-16-19War of Will (Outside) (Breeders’ Cup Classic) (Casse) 10-16-19Roadster (Inside) and Leading Score (Baffert) 10-16-19Midnight Bisou (Outside) and Comedian (Breeders’ Cup Classic) 10-14-19Mirth (Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf) (D’Amato) 10-14-19 ITM% 8 41% Philip D’Amato32 45% JockeyMts 17% Jorge Velez56 39% Bob Baffert24 12 $240,633 Martin Garcia31 3 1 3 26% 11 4 41% 1 4 $340,499 28% 53% 57% 0 39% $613,135 (Current Through Monday, Oct. 14) Rafael Bejarano41 20% 3 5 MANDELLA: OMAHA BEACH DESERVED THE CLASSIC 2 $385,730 Doug O’Neill53 13% 4 14% John A. Shirreffs10 33% Evin Roman30 6 $273,547 9 14 $107,204 9% 3 Mike Smith24 14% 4 7 9 3 67% 2 Ruben Fuentes42 7 $336,880 11% Abel Cedillo73 3 4 4 15 $212,013 4 2 33% J.C. Diaz, Jr.35 2 3 3 John Sadler32 4 $564,116 5 2nd $123,341 $101,323 1st $121,655 20% 4 8 3 6 10% 9 Richard Mandella21 AMERICAN THEOREM BREEZES FOR THE BC JUVENILE 8 Win% $701,502 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 16% 31% Edwin Maldonado23 6 SADLER QUARTET ‘EXCELLENT’ AS BREEDERS’ CUP NEARSAll systems are go for John Sadler as he prepares for Breeders’ Cup XXXVI Nov. 1 and 2 at Santa Anita, which will host the event for a record 10th time.“Excellent,” was the adjective Sadler succinctly rendered to describe the condition of Higher Power ($6 million Classic), Catalina Cruiser ($1 million Dirt Mile or $2 million Sprint), Selcourt ($1 million Filly & Mare Sprint) and Ollie’s Candy ($2 million Distaff).Asked if it was to his advantage for the Breeders’ Cup to be at his “home track,” the 63-year-old Long Beach native, one of the most thorough and efficient horsemen on the circuit, chuckled and said, “Well, it’s an advantage for the trainer. We don’t have to travel and all that.“I’m hoping there’s a home-court advantage, because these horses have been here and trained here.”To that end, Sadler has his Breeders’ Cup foursome all scheduled to work tomorrow, with riders firm on three for the races: Joel Rosario on Ollie’s Candy and Catalina Cruiser, and Flavien Prat on Higher Power. Selcourt was open at press time.MANDELLA DISAPPOINTED OMAHA BEACH WILL MISS CLASSICIn a perfect world, Omaha Beach would be running in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.As it is, and after negotiating through mazes just to get to this point, Richard Mandella will have to settle for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile the same day.The back story is this: Omaha Beach made a dramatic and successful return to the races on Oct. 5 after an absence of six months, capturing the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship at six furlongs over odds-on favorite Shancelot by powering through on the rail to win by a head.A star in the making whose popularity potential seemed unlimited, Omaha Beach was the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 4 before an entrapped epiglottis resulted in surgery, forcing him to miss the race.That was followed by a virus and an unforeseen training incident that ultimately prevented him from resuming his racing career until Oct. 5.After pondering three Breeders’ Cup races for the past several days, Team Mandella announced Thursday the son of War Front would return in the Dirt Mile, rather than the $2 million Sprint at six furlongs or the Classic at a mile and a quarter the same day.Now, Mandella can only wonder “what if?”“The only disappointment in all this,” the Hall of Fame trainer said on another picture-perfect morning at Santa Anita Friday, “is that I missed the opportunity to prepare him properly for the Classic, and I think that’s where he deserves to be.“But I thought it would be unfair, having just a short (six furlong) sprint into him, to try and make up that much ground within a month. So I think a mile is a perfect fit.”If all goes well after the Breeders’ Cup, plans call for Omaha Beach to run in the Grade I Malibu Stakes at seven furlongs Dec. 26, traditional opening day of Santa Anita’s “Big Meet,” followed by his farewell in the $9 million, Grade I, 1 1/8-mile Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 25, 2020.But if Mandella and the colt’s fans had their druthers, Omaha Beach’s racing career would continue beyond that.“Spendthrift Farm has purchased rights to his career as a stallion, so at this moment, plans call for him to be retired to stud after the Pegasus,” Mandella said. “Saying that, I’m hoping the two sides can get together and come up with a new plan.“My vote would be to race, because racing needs a star.” ‘OLD WARRIOR’ TRIBALIST FAVORED IN CALIFORNIA FLAGWith a race under his venerable belt and hopefully a better trip in the offing, Tribalist should improve for Blake Heap in Saturday’s $100,000 California Flag Stakes at 5 ½ furlongs on turf. He is Jon White’s 9-5 morning line favorite.Tribalist, an eight-year-old Tribal Rule gelding, was a close fifth in the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes against open company Sept. 27, beaten only 2 ½ lengths, his first race in two months.“He just didn’t have a very good trip last time, so we’ll try again,” said the trainer, alluding to a four-wide journey into the stretch, after which he was outkicked down the lane.“He’s doing well,” Heap said of Tribalist, who due to soft tissue issues has had only 13 starts in his career, none beyond 6 ½ furlongs. “He’s an old warrior.”The California Flag, one in the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, goes as race six on an eight-race program with a 12:30 p.m. first post time.The field: What a View, Tyler Baze, 3-1; Tribalist, Flavien Prat, 9-5; King Abner, Martin Garcia, 7-2; Castle, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; My Friend Emma, Silvio Amado, 8-1; Portrando, Ruben Fuentes, 10-1; and Grinning Tiger, Heriberto Figueroa, 8-1.General Interest was scratched.DELAHOUSSAYE, MCCARRON RELIVE DRAMATIC 1993 BREEDERS’ CUPWith the Breeders’ Cup World Championships coming to Santa Anita for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2, memories of great performances from years gone by are bound to be rekindled. Decided by a scant nose, the 1993 Distaff, which involved a pair of Hall of Fame distaffers and four Hall of Fame horsemen, occupies prime real estate on anyone’s stroll down Memory Lane.It was Nov. 6, 1993 and two of the greatest jockeys of all time, Eddie Delahoussaye, aboard the Neil Drysdale-trained Hollywood Wildcat, and Chris McCarron, aboard the Ron McAnally-conditioned Paseana, did battle the length of the stretch, with Hollywood Wildcat prevailing by a nose in one of the most dramatic finishes in Breeders’ Cup history. What made the result even more compelling was the fact Delahoussaye lost his stick inside the 16th pole.“They were both very accomplished fillies going into the race,” said Delahoussaye (who had won the Breeders’ Cup Sprint earlier in the day with Cardmania) by phone from his home in Lafayette, La. “We both broke good and my filly was real comfortable. I made the lead entering the stretch and I had horse left, but I could hear McCarron just outside of me and I knew it was her (Paseana) and she was the one I was afraid of. At the eighth pole, we both really took off. I wasn’t sure if I was gonna hold on. We were head-and-head going down the last sixteenth of a mile and naturally, I uncocked my stick probably about 70 yards before the finish line and I blew it . . . As I said back then, I even lost my composure.“I knew I had horse and I said, ‘Uh oh, are we gonna get there?’ Actually, I probably didn’t even need the whip . . . It was a helluva horse race from the top of the stretch . . . Normally, I’m cool as a cucumber, but that day, it just freaked me out, letting go of that whip. As you know, all the races I rode in my last 20 years, I very seldom used the whip . . . I guess it’s like a crutch; you just have it and even though you don’t use it, it gives you confidence having it. It was very close, but I thought I had won.”Favored at 6-5 in a field of eight, Hollywood Wildcat, who was foaled on Feb. 4, 1990, was by Kris S., out of the Mr. Prospector mare Miss Wildcatter, and paid $4.60 to win. Trained by Neil Drysdale, she carried 120 pounds and was owned and bred in Florida by Irving and Marjorie Cowan.Paseana, an imposing six-year-old mare bred in Argentina who had won the 1992 Distaff at Gulfstream Park, carried 123 pounds and was the second wagering choice at 5-2.“She always ran her best races when she was in front turning for home, but she was a mare that didn’t have to be in front,” said McCarron from his home in Midway, KY. “She had good tactical speed and always stalked very comfortably. Eddie dropped his stick and I remember I caught hell back in the Jocks’ Room, because Eddie told everybody, ‘I knew it was Chris, so I just threw my stick away!’”In the heat of battle, was McCarron aware of Delahoussaye’s miscue?“Yeah, I saw it go,” he said. “I thought, ‘Well, I got him now’ . . . But it was just a ding-dong battle and both of those mares gave everything they had . . . When we hit the wire, I was pretty confident I had finished second. It was close, but it wasn’t so close we couldn’t determine it. I just remember it was a very tough pill to swallow.”And, yet another great moment in Breeders’ Cup history at Santa Anita.XPRESSBET FIRST CALLXpressbet First Call is a weekly handicapping and analysis podcast focused on the top Thoroughbred racetracks in America. It features industry veterans Jeff Siegel as the lead handicapper and host Jeremy Plonk. To listen to this weekly podcast please visit:https://www.spreaker.com/show/xpressbet-first-call FINISH LINES: American Theorem, runner-up to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah Stakes on Oct. 27, worked six furlongs for George Papaprodromou in a bullet 1:14.60 this morning for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1; Donna Veloce, prepping for the Juvenile Fillies the same day, went five furlongs in a bullet 1:00 for Simon Callaghan; andClassic outsider Seeking the Soul covered five furlongs for Dallas Stewart in 1:00.60. “This was his main work today,” Papaprodromou said of American Theorem, a son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. “He’ll have one more and we’re ready.” . . . John Shirreffs plans two more breezes for Zenyatta Stakes winner Paradise Woods prior to the $2 million Distaff on Nov. 2. “I’m happy with where we’re at,” the trainer said . . . In somewhat of a rarity, with 15 wins from 53 starters, leading trainer Doug O’Neill has more victories than leading jockey Abel Cedillo (12 from 76 mounts) . . . Veteran California horseman Ed Moger Jr. has horses entered in five of the eight races at Golden Gate Fields today . . . Trainer Bob Hess Jr. and Santa Anita morning line oddsmaker Jon White will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:20 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in the XBTV studio. 59% 24% $138,136 42% 5 Tyler Baze18 0 43% 18% 0 4 11% 13% 60% DELAHOUSSAYE, McCARRON RECALL 1993 BC DISTAFF $643,993 54% $227,262 44% 13% 53% 3rd $253,983 3rd Money Won 48% 4 47% 52% 2 8 $622,389 1st 5 $181,666 3 25% 23% 5 9 13% 3 29% 6 TEAM SADLER SET FOR HOME FIELD BREEDERS’ CUP 21% Peter Miller25 Richard Baltas34 Craig Anthony Lewis11 5 9 TrainerSts ITM% Simon Callaghan14 Geovanni Franco36 5 Win% 3 $808,390 3 $304,290 2 $235,272 Aaron Gryder17 4 Tiago Pereira32 5 53% Flavien Prat43 7 $199,749 Money Won 31% Jeff Mullins23 $162,157 3 14% 17% Drayden Van Dyke41 8 TRAINER SEEKS ‘HEAP’ O’ LUCK IN CALIFORNIA FLAG 21% $175,332 17% 7 6 6 2nd 4 3 4 $584,738 30% 7 3 4 $360,073 44% 45% 27% 3 2
That’s where Catherine Rojas’ fourth- and fifth-grade combination class comes in. The Eckstrand Elementary School students have been recycling since October to help raise $50,000 for the operation that can give Hayley her smile. So far, they have raised more than $1,000. “That’s a lot of bottles and cans,” Rojas said. It’s also a labor of love. Rojas was looking for a project that could teach her students about community service, something that would show them one person can make a difference. SAN DIMAS – For five months, the pupils of Room 26 have been collecting every bottle and can they can find. All to see Hayley smile. Two-year-old Hayley Larryne Brang was born with a rare form of facial paralysis known as Moebius syndrome. The Claremont girl can’t smile or frown. But there is hope in a muscle and nerve transplant that can bring Hayley’s face to life. When they heard about Hayley from the day care she attends, the class jumped at the chance. They wrote letters to the city asking for help. And they enlisted the entire school, going from class to class every Friday to collect the bottles and cans that Hayley’s parents pick up each week. “It just started rolling,” Rojas said. “It’s awesome.” David Jencks certainly thinks so. The city street sweeper joined the recycling effort after he got letters from the class. “When you read these letters, letters from the little kids, it is so humbling,” he said. He figures he and his co-workers have collected about 15 trash bags full of bottles and cans so far. “All of us guys at facilities have really taken this to heart,” he said. “We want to help out as much as we can.” Hayley’s mother, Heather Brang, says Rojas’ students have been wonderful. “I am speechless for what they’ve done for my daughter,” she said. “It’s overwhelming. I’m overjoyed.” Hayley will need two operations, one for each side of her face. While insurance companies generally consider the operation cosmetic surgery, Brang says Hayley’s Canadian surgeon believes insurance will pay part of the cost because the paralysis affects her ability to chew. “She has difficulty eating and that’s not plastic surgery,” she said. But there will be two trips to Canada, and Brang says their insurance deductible is high. So they have set the goal of $50,000 to cover expenses for when Hayley turns 5, and qualifies for the surgery. Rojas’ students know that’s a mountain of recycling, but they say time is on their side. And they’re not giving up. “Helping one person can change everything,” said Michelle Bryant, 10. “So it’s kind of cool. You have a little thing and it gets bigger and bigger and it turns out great. It helps a little girl.” email@example.com (909) 483-9355 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
THURSDAY History of Rock ‘n’ Roll children’s performance, 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Garden Grove Elementary School, 2250 Tracy Ave., Simi Valley. Call (800) 909-0024. Nature hike, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Cold Creek Preserve. Mulholland Highway to Stunt Road, turn left. Five miles to park entrance. Meet at Lower Stunt High trailhead. Bring food and drink. Rain cancels. Call (818) 348-5910 or (818) 591-1701. BMX Stunt Show, 2:45 p.m., Chatsworth Park Elementary School, 22005 Devonshire St., Chatsworth. Free. Call (818) 926-0223. Caltrans public meeting to discuss the San Diego Freeway Sepulveda Pass Project car-pool lane, 5 p.m., Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Call (213) 897-3656. Acrylics art class through April 12, 6-9 p.m., Descanso Gardens, 1418 Descanso Drive, La Ca?ada Flintridge. Registration: Call (818) 949-4200. Ventura County Rose Society will meet, 7 p.m., Cowan Conference Center, 550 Airport Way, Camarillo. Includes guest speaker. Call (818) 993-6622 or (805) 523-9003. Disney’s High School Musical through Friday, 7 p.m., Ernest Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Tickets $8-$10. Call (818) 678-7944. New Works Festival student-written plays, College of the Canyons Black Box Theatre, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.C. Hydro will be making improvements to the system and for the safety of the workers involved the power needs to be shut off.To prepare for the outage, Hydro is asking residents to turn off and unplug electrical devices. During the first hour of power being restored Hydro also asks that you plug in only essential items to avoid overloading the electrical system.B.C. Hydro apologizes for the inconvenience. – Advertisement –