Cantwell Edges Bell Gardens, Gears Up for Tough League Game

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Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School will likely need all the momentum it gained from its come-from-behind victory against Bell Gardens to defeat St. Bernard in a Del Rey League football opener Friday night.
The 2-1 Cardinals, fresh off their 21-20 win over the Lancers, travel to Playa Del Rey to face a St. Bernard team that is off to an impressive 4-0 start.

The Vikings’ success comes as no surprise to Cantwell Coach Kim Taylor.

“They’ve got good team speed and a lot of weapons,” he said. “They like to spread it on offense and use four-receiver sets. It’s going to be a tough game for us.”

The Cardinals will attempt to play ball control and use their running game to keep St. Bernard’s offense off the field. They are hoping to get another big night from running back Jared Gonzales, who rushed for 205 yards on 29 carries against Bell Gardens last Friday.

Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High’s Corey Collins is surrounded by Bell Gardens defenders. Collins had nine receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cardinals to a 21-20 win last Friday. (EGP Photo by Mario Villegas)

While Cantwell left the field looking forward to its league-opening game with St. Bernard, Bell Gardens wondered what it has to do to win a game. The Lancers dropped to 0-3 after losing by a point for the second consecutive week.

“It’s frustrating,” Bell Gardens Coach Dave Ramos said. “We’ve got to learn how to finish games.”

Ramos noted that his team is rebuilding with nine new starters on offense and seven on defense.

“I knew we would struggle at the outset, but it’s our special teams’ play that is hurting us,” he said. “We’ve missed two field goals right before halftime twice, we missed an extra point and we had a kickoff returned for a touchdown, and have given up two other long kick returns.

“We don’t have a lot of depth, so we’re working as many young players into special teams,” he added. “Hopefully we’ll get it corrected by the time we get to league.”

Bell Gardens plays San Marino (2-1) at 7 p.m. Friday at Bell Gardens as the Lancers play their first home game of the season.

“It’s going to be nice not to have to get on a bus this Friday and not wait for a long signal at the corner of Garfield and Gage,” Ramos said. “We’re going to feel more comfortable being in our own locker room for a change.”

Last Friday, James Salazar’s 23-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Albert Lara gave Bell Gardens a 20-14 lead over Cantwell with 2:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

But Cantwell’s Corey Collins returned the ensuing kickoff to the Cardinals’ 47 yard line. Four runs by Gonzales and two pass receptions by Collins set up Gonzales’ winning touchdown run with 21 seconds left.
After a 5-yard penalty, Steven Jimenez kicked the extra point to give Cantwell the lead.

Collins finished the game with nine receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Quarterback Timothy Walsh completed 12 of 21 passes for 174 yards.

No Quad Gates for East LA’s Gold Line Intersections

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The Metro Board of Directors voted against installing quad gates at four intersections along the Metro Gold Line in East Los Angeles, but did approve other recommendations in a study presented on Sept. 22, according to Metro spokesperson Jose Ubaldo, writing for the transportation agency’s “El Pasejero” Spanish language blog.

According to Ubaldo, Metro spent several months using test similulations to determine what impact installing quad gates would have on traffic if installed at each corner of 24 intersections along the Gold Line route through East Los Angeles.

The study also assessed opportunities to increase driver and pedestrian awareness of oncoming trains at those same corners on the light rail route.

While the quad gates are intended to increase safety by acting as physical barriers between the light rail trains and pedestrians and motorists, neither pedestrians nor drivers were enthusiastic about the traffic delays they could potentially cause, particularly along the busy Third Street traffic artery, according to Ubaldo.

Based on the results of the analysis, and the comments and feedback received from community groups and coordinating agencies, the board approved the study’s recommendation against having four barriers coming down every time a train passes in any direction.

Instead Metro staff made the following recommendations:

— Have demonstration tests to see if the warning lights embedded in the asphalt at 10 corners increase the awareness of drivers and pedestrians approaching trains.
— Reset the traffic lights at selected corners to deter drivers who make illegal left turns
— Increase signage in strategic locations to deter illegal left tern citations when the train is approaching.

Swim Classes Help Preschoolers Get Ready for Kindergarten

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Alma Preschool Center in East Los Angeles offers its preschoolers a fun and unique way to gain self-confidence, learn healthy habits as well as discover the importance of setting goals. It’s through their aquatic program, where children are required to take a weekly swimming lesson as part of their overall classroom curriculum to help these children become kindergarten ready.

“Many of these children in the beginning were afraid to even go into the pool, let alone try to put their little faces underwater,” said Delfina Munoz, mother of four-year-old Alina. Munoz says she is happy that now her daughter has conquered her fear of the pool, and looks forward to swimming after preschool every week.

The Alma Center Preschool is an inclusive school, bringing together typically developing four-year-olds and children with special needs. By incorporating swimming into the curriculum, Preschool Teacher Denisse Alonzo said “it really helps soothe my preschool students, especially those with Autism. The swimming lessons are extremely therapeutic.”

The swim coaches and preschool teachers all work together in the water, teaching the kids about swim safety, the importance of perseverance, as well as good sportsmanship, responsibility and self-discipline.

“This additional program really enhances what we’re learning in our traditional preschool program,” said Alonzo.

The end of the preschool year culminates with the yearly swim meet invitational, a big event for these preschoolers who proudly display all the skills learned over the past year.

“None of us in our family know how to swim, but now our daughter does,” stated Munoz. “She’s like a little fish and we are so grateful to Alma Center and Los Angeles Universal Preschool for providing this experience to our children. “

For more information on neighborhood preschool programs, contact Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP) at www.laup.net or (866) 675-5400.

Three Arrested in Boyle Heights Shooting With Police

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(CNS) – Undercover LAPD officers and gang members fought a car-to-car gun battle in Boyle Heights, but no one was hurt, police said Wednesday.

Three of the four suspects involved in the shooting were in custody yesterday, but the fourth was being sought, according to police.

The gunfight occurred in the area of Cesar Chavez Avenue and State Street around 6 p.m. Tuesday, said Officer A. Villaneda of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Hollenbeck Station.

Two undercover officers had noticed that the suspects were in possession of a firearm and began following them, he said, adding that the suspects opened fire, and the officers fired back. No one was hit.

Three of the four suspects were later taken into in custody, and police were searching for the fourth, Villaneda said.  The identities of the suspects behind bars were not immediately released.

Bell Gardens Man Killed Shooting Crash

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(CNS) – A man killed in a vehicle-to-vehicle shooting in South Gate on Sept. 21was identified as Randy Telles, 23, of Bell Gardens, according to coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter.

The shooting happened at San Gabriel Avenue and Missouri avenues at about 12:15 a.m., Sgt. Tony Campbell of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

Telles died at a hospital about three hours later, according to Winter.

Telles was driving a U-Haul pickup west on Missouri Avenue when he was shot, causing the truck to hit a car, take out a gate and crash into a carport.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Anyone knowing more about the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, (323) 890-5500; or the Crime Stoppers hotline, (800) 222-TIPS.

Monterey Park Man Killed Fleeing CHP

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(CNS) – A motorist killed in a collision while fleeing a California Highway Patrol officer was identified Sunday as a 25-year-old Michael Reza of Monterey Park.

Reza, who was driving a 1997 Honda, crashed in to a Dodge Charger at Paseo Rancho Castilla and Mariondale Avenue about 1 a.m., according to the CHP and a coroner’s spokesman.

Reza got out of the car after the collision, collapsed and died nearby, authorities said.

Three people from the Dodge, all from Hayward, Calif., were taken to County-USC Medical Center. One person was reported to have major injuries, another with moderate injuries and the other with minor injuries, according to the CHP.

The chase started on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway near Del Mar Avenue in Rosemead, with the Honda exiting at Fremont Avenue and continuing west on Hellman Avenue, according to the CHP.

The Dodge was struck head-on at a stop sign at the entrance to Cal State L.A., and knocked about 125 feet from the point of impact, according to the CHP.

Stipends of $1,000 or More Offered to Early Childhood Educators

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(EGPNews) – Early childhood educators throughout Los Angeles County who wish to improve their practice and further their education can earn a stipend of $1,000 or more through a professional development program called ASPIRE, administered by Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP).

Funded jointly by First 5 California, First 5 LA and LAUP, participants in ASPIRE must complete free online training (in English or Spanish), receive academic and career advisement and complete 3-6 semester units of college coursework in their field.

ASPIRE is open to people currently working in the Early Care and Education (ECE) field, who are striving to improve their skills. In order to participate in the program, candidates must: work at least 15 hours per week in a licensed child care facility or family child care home; work with children age 0-5, or directly supervise those who do; be working towards an ECE degree or permit; Earn less than $60,000 in ECE income and be ineligible for the Los Angeles County “Investing in Early Educators Stipend Program.

Applications must be postmarked and submitted by certified mail by Oct. 22. For more information, visit www.laup.net/aspire or call (213) 416-1943 or email workforcedevelopment@laup.net.

County Adds 10,000 eBooks to Collection

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(CNS) -The Los Angeles County Public Library announced today it is adding 10,000 eBooks to its digital collection.

The addition comes in the wake of an announcement yesterday by Amazon.com that Kindle users will now have access to eBooks from more than 11,000 libraries nationwide.

The County Library already supports iPad, Nook, Sony Reader and most smartphones for its current eBook collection.

The new eBooks will build on top of the library’s digital collection of 3,000 books and audio books.
“We are a library for the 21st century,” County Librarian Margaret Donnellan Todd said. “For a hundred years this library has made the printed word accessible to all Los Angeles County residents. For the next hundred years and beyond, we will continue this important mission.”

Patrons checked out nearly 16,000 copies of eBooks last month, the library said. Officials hope to have all of the new eBooks available by October. The county is contracting with OverDrive, a Cleveland-based digital distributor, to make the books available.

The eBooks are available to County Library cardholders at http://www.colapublib.org/eBooks

Men Convicted of First Degree Murder in 2003 Highland Park Killing

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(CNS) – Two men, including the husband of a Pico Rivera woman who was shot to death in a murder-for-hire plot more than eight years ago, were convicted Sept. 22 of her murder.

The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated less than two hours before finding Gustavo Alvarez, 47, and Joseph L. Sepulveda, 41, guilty of first-degree murder in the July 5, 2003, shotgun slaying of Virginia Alvarez in the parking lot of a Highland Park restaurant.

Jurors found true the special circumstance allegations of murder for financial gain and murder by means of lying in wait, along with an allegation that Sepulveda personally and intentionally discharged a shotgun.

The victim — who worked as a secretary for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department — had been involved in a bitter divorce and child custody dispute with her husband and then reconciled with him months before she was shot in the face as she got out of her 2003 blue Chevrolet Tahoe outside the restaurant where they were supposed to have dinner, according to Deputy District Attorney Eric Harmon.

Alvarez and Sepulveda are facing life in prison without the possibility of parole, with sentencing set Oct. 27 before Judge Robert J. Perry. Prosecutors had decided earlier not to seek the death penalty.

L.A. Based KB Homes Posts Big Third Quarter Losses

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KB Home, the Los Angeles-based homebuilder, reported a net loss of $9.6 million, or 13 cents per diluted share, in the third quarter, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million, or 2 cents per diluted share, for the corresponding period of 2010.

For the nine-month period that ended Aug. 31, the company posted a net loss of $192.7 million, or $2.50 per diluted share, vs. a net loss of $86.8 million, or $1.13 per diluted share, in the comparable period of 2010.

Third quarter revenues totaled $367.3 million, down 27 percent from $501 million in the third quarter of 2010. The drop was mainly due to a decline in housing revenues, reflecting a 31 percent year-over-year decrease in the number of homes delivered to 1,603, which was partly offset by a 6 percent year-over-year increase in the average selling price to $227,400, the company reported Sept. 23.

The company’s debt balance was $1.59 billion, down $188.8 million from $1.78 billion at the end of last November, largely due to the repayment of $100 million in senior notes upon their Aug. 15 maturity.

Company-wide net orders increased 40 percent to 1,838 in the third quarter from 1,314 in the corresponding period of 2010. As of Aug. 31, the company had 2,657 homes in backlog, representing projected future housing revenues of $559.3 million, compared to a backlog of 2,169 homes in the comparable year-ago period
KB Home, which was founded in 1957, is one of the largest homebuilding companies in the United States.

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