The Impact Of Eastern Champs

first_imgThe absence of Eastern Championships from the 2016 high school athletics calendar is cause for concern. It comes at a time when teams from that end of the island are on the rise. For teams like Buff Bay High and St Mary High, Eastern Champs might have been a stepping stone to strong performances at the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. St Mary High is the last eastern school to win a Champs title, if you discount the win by the boys of St Jago High in 1987, which came in a period when ISSA moved the Spanish Town school from Central Champs to Eastern Champs and back. With athletes of the calibre of schoolgirl Olympian Jackie Pusey and the speedy Doreen Small, St Mary High won Girls’ Champs in 1976 and 1977. Since then, the results of eastern schools at Champs make grim reading. Only Morant Bay High School had made the top ten since 2000, with a seventh-place finish for the boys and their female teammates reaching 10th in 2004. In fact, the alma mater of Olympic medal winners Juliet Cuthbert and Hansle Parchment has been the highest-placed eastern school at Champs more than any other from that region. Besides those top ten finishes, Morant Bay High has ten other top-15 placings in the 2000 – 2015 period. The closest any other eastern school has come to the Championships top ten is the 2013 12th place finish by former giants St Mary High. Concerted action seems to be needed to strengthen athletics in the region. Despite all that, Eastern Champs is well worth saving. Cuthbert and Parchment are only two of a long list of national senior representatives who competed for schools from the East. Rosie Allwood, Nikole Mitchell, Percival Spencer, Lelieth Hodges, Carrie Russell, Wilbert Walker, a 2004 triple Champs gold medallist for Morant Bay, and Javere Bell, all emerged there, with Bell’s 2011 Class One 400 triumph for Seaforth High garnering the last Boys’ Champs gold medal to be taken eastward. Fiona Richards of Buff Bay exemplified her school’s recent rise with a Class Two discus and shot put double at Champs last year. Before her, the last winner from the east was Orethia Powell of Morant Bay in the 2006 Class Four long jump. Fittingly, Buff Bay were the highest-placed eastern school on both sides of the gender fence at Champs in 20th (girls) and 16th (boys). The simultaneous disappearance of Eastern Champs and the long-running Howard Jackson Morant Bay Relays from the 2016 schedule may have been caused by the tight financial environment. Their absence removes opportunities for student athletes to put their talent on show and enjoy an extra-curricular activity with proven benefits of exposure, exercise and tertiary educational possibilities. The sooner Eastern Champs returns, the better. – Hubert Lawrence has attended Champs since 1980. GRIM READINGlast_img read more

Lyceum eyes first-round sweep

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Game time is 2 p.m. Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan where the Pirates hope to bank on CJ Perez’s explosive game anew.“Honestly, we didn’t discuss about a potential sweep but rather we want to be a better version of ourselves from our Letran game,” said Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Perpetual Help and Emilio Aguinaldo College, tied at 3-5, tangle at 4 p.m., while struggling teams Arellano (2-5) and St. Benilde (2-6) clash at 12 noon.Last Friday, the Pirates played minus Robinson, who served a one-game suspension. But the Pirates said his absence wasn’t an excuse for the team’s poor start against the Knights.“We just want to continue to play the game right,” said assistant coach Jeff Perlas, who called the shots in the Pirates’ comeback win over the Knights, 75-68. —JASMINE W. PAYOSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Lyceum may be favored to complete a first-round sweep against tailender Mapua, but coach Topex Robinson wants his Pirates to remember how they nearly absorbed a first loss against Letran.Robinson said the scare—where Lyceum had to rally from 17 points down against Letran—only showed that the Pirates have more to work on as they gun for a ninth straight triumph in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbatecenter_img 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Pingris rejoins Star practice, set for return MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View commentslast_img read more

Motorcycle Dealer Frowns on Gov’t Decision

first_imgThe general manager of Masarco Auto Services, Inc., Mr. Saah F. Johnson, has frowned on the Government of Liberia’s decision to ban motorcyclists from plying the principal streets of Monrovia.Johnson claimed that, until the ban sometime last year, his Masarco was the biggest motorcycle dealer in Liberia.In an exclusive interview, Johnson told the Daily Observer that the government’s ban against commercial motorcyclists on the main streets of Monrovia has seriously affected many citizens, including students and young people who use the services to make ends meet.According to him, the purchase of motorcycle in Central Monrovia has “completely” come to a halt, thereby seriously affecting his business and that of other dealers.Despite the ban, Johnson said, government was still requiring motorcycle sales companies and dealers to pay taxes, when they are not generating enough revenue to adequately meet up with taxes.He stated that since last December, it takes days before someone walks in to inquire about a bike, unlike the beginning and toward the middle of 2013, when he saw many people coming in to his store every day to purchase bikes.He indicated that salesmen were finding it difficult to respond to tax demands from the Ministry of Finance.He said the industry has tried to meet with authorities of the Ministry of Transport, who told representatives that the police decision was embraced by other ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Justice.Johnson, however, called upon the Government of Liberia to lift the ban so that business can smoothly flow again, thereby making him able to meet up with his tax obligation to government.“I will be forced to let some of my employees go due to the constraints of slow business if things remain difficult for us as importers and dealers in the country,” he concluded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

SCG, YMCA Initiative to Prevent Violence against Children

first_imgSearch for Common Ground (SFCG), in partnership with the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) of Liberia,  has initiated a program aimed at preventing violence against children.At a one-day validation workshop in Monrovia, the two groups made presentations on the theme, “Engaging Children and Youth as Partners in Preventing Violence against Children.”In their separate presentations, the group with one accord expressed the belief that many children were being dislocated from their parents as a result of child trafficking.According to them, people leave the urban areas for the interior to get people’s children under the impression that they would send the children to school, but as they bring them, the children become domestic slaves and are faced with violence.Another form of violence, the groups said involves early marriage of girl children.Presenters lamented that many parents force their girls into early marriages with the intent of providing daily bread for them; something SFCG and YMCA believe is detrimental to the rights of a child.Earlier, SFCG Country Director, Oscar Bloh, explained that the global objective of the project is to contribute to the eradication of all forms of violence against children.He said the project is youth-led, but will have an adult support, and is also implemented in Sierra Leone and Guinea.The program, according to Mr. Bloh, is divided into four phases with the first dealing with desk review and the second having to do with evidence sharing methods.The third phase, he said, will also be evidence sharing method and the fourth will deal with how these methods can be used for future   evidence.He maintained that the project  will be heavily directed at  children and youth centered interests and research, noting that its outcome is expected to come up with recommendations that will advocate for multi-sectoral implementation of actions and new policies that will address the needs of children and the youth.For his part, the YMCA national general secretary E. Edward Gboe, noted that child protection and the fight for child rights are very challenging in Liberia, and that addressing them needs a lot of efforts by stakeholders.He expressed the hope that YMCA and its partners will ensure a positive outcome that will enhance child protection and child rights in the country are formulated.The program was sponsored by the European Union.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Conduct staff audit at GECOM and investigation into employment practices

first_imgDear Editor,Having noted the most recent development of what appears to be a controversy over the ethnic composition of the staff and employment practices of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), I believe there should be an immediate public declaration of its list of employees and related information.I am of the opinion that given the sensitivity of this issue, the national importance of GECOM and the need for it to be fair and unbiased in all aspects of its operations, including employment practices, the onus is for it to make the information public immediately in an effort to prevent a potentially dangerous and divisive situation from escalating.While I believe that meritocracy must be of primary consideration, I reject any notion perpetuated by those who seem to be peddling a particular agenda for a desired outcome, that Indo-Guyanese are not interested in seeking employment with GECOM or lack the required competency.Further, I also believe that the issue which was raised by one of the Commissioners representing the Opposition, Robeson Benn, should have been supported by him presenting relevant information being mindful of the national sensitivities. If his assertions are not merely spurious, then his position would have been informed expectedly based upon related information which should have been presented.Similarly, the statement by Government represented Commissioner Vincent Alexander that the burden of proof lay with the Opposition, is utterly unacceptable and must be seen as a willful attempt to divert from a very serious accusation. With the allegation of influencing the employment process being levelled against at least one Commissioner representing the Government and the potential for it to aggravate racial tension, that burden cannot escape the Chairman and the Chief Executive Officer of GECOM.Given that I, like many others, was not privy to what actually transpired at the meeting during which the issue was officially raised, the expectation would be for all views to be freely articulated with resolution being foremost and corrective mechanisms implements if deemed necessary without delay. GECOM cannot and must not be immune to democratic practices.This responsibility lies explicitly with the Chairman who must at all times ensure that the Commission remains professional despite disagreements and not appear as trying to suppress an issue, more especially this sensitive one in question. It is therefore extremely disappointing that GECOM has not yet presented to the public relevant employment information which could dispute Benn’s assertion. The apparent reluctance thus far opens interpretation for a worrying conclusion of credence to Benn’s statement.Many are extremely concern over this issue which alleges deliberate attempts to discriminate against Guyanese Indians and remain mindful of similar accusations levelled against the Administration after it assumed office in 2015. Many cases of firing allegedly because of their race were reported and to date it appears these have been brushed aside.Efforts to prevent any Guyanese, in this case Indians, from being considered for employment or have their information deliberately altered for the same purpose, is a transgression of their constitutional rights, a blatant attempt to marginalised, racial discrimination and a potent tool to sow the seeds of disharmony in an already fragile society.Given the triumphal and racially toned utterances of some who are associated with the current Government and who seem infatuated to impose one group over the others, this recent development at GECOM can further give credibility to the perception that Guyanese Indians are being targeted thereby imposing a belief that they may not necessarily belong.This action can serve to further frustrate Guyanese Indians, thereby forcing many more to continue to seek solace overseas bringing into question the deliberateness of the said action. Guyanese Indians, like all other groups, have and continue to make invaluable contributions to the building of this nation and any form of discrimination against them will undoubtedly have negative national impact. Beyond GECOM, the Government has a responsibility to intervene, not in piecemeal manner, to address issues such as these.I was pleased at President David Granger’s comment on the issue that his Government does not influence the employment practices at GECOM. While that is most heartening to know, in the interest of national unity and his commendable action of establishing the Social Cohesion Ministry, he must order an immediate investigation to reveal the truth in keeping with his proclivity for Commissions of Inquiry. Anything otherwise will convey a frightening message to Guyanese Indians and inflict further damage to the already flagging social cohesion efforts.In the interim, mechanisms must immediately be implemented to safeguard the interest of Guyanese Indians who have applied and those who are in the process of applying to GECOM.Sincerely,Rajendra Doodnauthlast_img read more

Liberia at 171:  What Have We to Show?

first_imgAnother July 26 has come to celebrate our Independence Day, a day on which we recall how eleven men representing three commonwealth counties (Montserrado, Grand Bassa and Sinoe) signed the Declaration of Independence in 1847 and thus leading Liberia to becoming the first African independent state.No female was among the eleven signers of independence, although we know from history that women played key supportive roles in the drive to independence amongst which was the design of what is known today as the Liberian flag made up of eleven stripes representing the 11 signers of the Declaration of Independence.As the nation looks back today reflecting from whence we have come as a people and what we have so far achieved in terms of the quest for dignity and justice and equality as enshrined in the Preamble of the 1847 Declaration of Independence. It reads thus: “We the people of the Republic of Liberia were originally the inhabitants of the United States of America. In some parts of that country, we were debarred by law from all the rights and privileges of men-in other parts, public sentiment more powerful than law frowned us down. We were everywhere shut out from all civil office. We were excluded from all participation in the government. We were taxed without our consent. We were compelled to contribute to the resources of a country which gave us no protection. We were made a separate and distinct class and against us every avenue to improvement was officially closed. Strangers from all lands of a different color from ours were preferred before us. We uttered our complaints but they were unattended to, or only met by alleging the peculiar institutions of the country. All hope of a favorable change in our country was thus wholly extinguished in our bosoms, and we looked with anxiety abroad for some asylum from the deep degradation. The Western coast of Africa was the place selected by American benevolence and philanthropy for our future home. Removed beyond those influences, it was hoped we would be enabled to enjoy those rights and privileges and exercise and improve those faculties, which the God of nature has given us in common with the rest of mankind”. These words written 171 years ago, basically a litany of complaints, in effect constitute perhaps what is the longest duration anywhere of unlitigated complaints against the Government of the United States of America. Those unlitigated complaints notwithstanding, after nearly two centuries of existence as a nation, what can we as a nation truly celebrate aside from the fact of our independence declared 171 years ago?Truly speaking the quest to establish an independent nation was in fact a quest for equality, justice and the freedom to enjoy all those rights denied the founding fathers in the land of their birth that propelled them to seek succor on this piece of land now otherwise referred to as the Republic of Liberia.In establishing the Republic, the founding fathers established a form of government akin to that of the United States of America with a government made up of three separate independent but coequal branches, namely the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative. Indeed the founding fathers had a lofty vision of a future Liberia built on the foundations of justice and equality.But nation building, being a human endeavor, is prone to mistakes and even failure. In this vein we acknowledge that successive leaders of this Republic have betrayed the vision of the founding fathers. And they have done so by creating a hydra-headed monster of an Executive branch that is very corrupt, dominates and even emasculates the others.Through the influence of the Executive for example, over 60 bogus concession agreements have been midwifed into existence through corrupt means. For its part, the Legislative branch has willy-nilly accommodated the hunger of the Executive to bend the rules for personal gain, and passing into legal existence concession agreements in violation of the laws of Liberia.For much of its history, it (the Legislature) has been nothing more than a rubber stamp body approving and indulging the Executive in its breach of the laws of the Republic. For its part the Judiciary rather than being a guardian of the People’s trust have also over the years accommodated the Executive in abusing the rights of the people leaving the mass of the citizenry completely bereft of trust in the Judiciary.Bribery and other forms of corruption have taken hold and threaten the very independence of the Republic. Courts of law, rather than being Holy Altars of Justice have been instead desecrated and presided over by mean, vile and corrupt men and women thus placing Justice far out of reach of the ordinary Liberian today.As if by Providence, what remains of the Republic after encroachment by colonial powers, is a land mass not as large as before but richly endowed with a wide variety of natural resources. But as if by Satanical intervention, citizens of the Republic remain mired in abject poverty with virtual predators manning its machinery of government and for personal gain, selling for few pennies any and everything they can lay hands on including their own birth rights.So after 171 years of existence, the Republic finds itself at a crossroads of history, where every step forward has to be carefully measured. But we must also ask the question what is there to celebrate against the backdrop of dismal national statistics such as 85 percent illiteracy, very high infant and maternal mortality rates, 1,072 deaths per 100,000 live births (2013 DHS), a broken and dysfunctional education system, over 80 percent unemployment, a very corrupt judiciary, a compromised Legislature and an overbearing and corrupt executive.This 171st Independence anniversary should be a time of deep national reflection. Liberia is in crisis — very deep crises and uncertainty appears to have gripped the nation amidst mounting economic hardships, to which real solutions appear elusive.Rather than merry-making and basking in the fantasy of promised but false Hopes, Liberians should instead engage in deep reflection on the future. And we must ask ourselves the all-important question What is there to show after 171 years of existence as an independent nation?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mayor blasts Solid Waste Director for misdirection

first_imgCity’s garbage woes…Town Clerk opposes Govt’s bailoutBy Lakhram BhagiratGeorgetown Mayor Patricia Chase-Green has said the city is in a crisis all way round, especially when it comes to addressing the current garbage situation, since the two major contractors withdrew their services owing to nonpayment.At an Extraordinary Statutory Meeting last week, she bashed Solid Waste Director Walter Narine for allegedly misguiding her in relation to the current garbage situation. “I am looking at a bailout from the Government to bring this city back in order, because the garbage is killing me, and Mr. Narine can’t tell me they got ‘no red velvet’ out there because the place nasty. On Mandela Avenue it is laced with garbage…there is garbage everywhere,” she said.“We are in a crisis…with this garbage. I am not listening to Mr. Narine anymore, because he is not directing me right. He telling me one thing in here, and when I go out there, is something else; and I am believing everything I seeing with my own two eyes,” Chase-Green added.The embattled Mayor has said she is going to personally approach the Government for the over-$475-million bailout to settle the debt with Puran Brothers and Cevon’s Waste Management. She noted that the smaller contractors who were taken on to fill the gaps do not have the capacity to continue picking up the city’s garbage on a long-term basis.The M&CC had approached the Central Government, through the Ministry of Communities, for a bailout of four hundred and seventy-five million, six hundred and thirty-five thousand, two hundred and forty-five dollars ($475,635,245) to settle the city’s debt to both Puran Brothers, Cevons, and another company.“The garbage isn’t under control, and I got to get it in control. I going to the Government and beg for this bailout, because we got to get this place in order. We can look at small contractors to assist us, but they don’t have the capacity to do it; they don’t have the kind of trucks,” the Mayor said.“Look at the open-back trucks; we should not be allowing it, but we had to because it is the only thing we had at the time; but it’s not the right type of vehicles to carry garbage through the city. I will not sit here as Mayor and allow us to go down the drain,” she further stated.Town Clerk Royston King has opposed the bailout, stating that City Hall is an autonomous agency and accepting a Government bailout undermines its autonomy.“We should not depend on Government for any bailouts or handouts; and if Government supports us we are happy, but this Council is autonomous and we have all the provisions to raise our own revenues, and we can do it…we must not hope for bailouts, because when you get bailouts from Government you are diluting your own authority and autonomy,” King stated.Earlier last week, Solid Waste Director Narine had said the two contractors would come back with reduced responsibilities.“They will not come back with the same luxury they had when both of them had 5 groups each. They will not come back with that. What I am thinking of, going forward, is we have 15 constituency and let us do constituency clearance; and in that way all the small contractors get a bite with Cevons and Puran,” Narine posited.“The city will do some cleaning. Actually, the city would do four constituencies, and Puran, Cevons, Grandison (Waste), Sandeep (Waste) would have two each…,” he added.Narine said that the new arrangement would see each contractor being paid $10 million per month for their services, as compared to the previous range from $43million to $45million per month.On September 1, the M&CC implemented fees for commercial waste collection. Small business operators are required to pay $5000 per month, while medium sized businesses will contend with $8000 per month. However, large business operators across Georgetown are required to pay the most significant figure of $12,000 per month for their waste collection.The Solid Waste Director had told the Council that while the originally approved fees for commercial garbage collection were $5000, $10,000 and $15,000; the latter two were reduced to $8000 and $12,000 after consultations.Puran Brothers Disposal and Cevon’s Waste Management withdrew services on July 30, 2017, as City Hall’s debts had risen to the multi-million-dollar range. According to the companies, the issue of non-payment has been a longstanding one, with many debts going as far back as 2015.Many Councillors at Monday’s statutory meeting commended themselves for keeping the city clean despite the withdrawal of these waste disposal services. A Councillor, however, noted reports that a truck (registration number provided) was going around and charging some residents $500 to empty their barrels – a service which currently attracts no additional fees for homeowners.last_img read more

Guyanese teen killed in suspected hit and run in Canada

first_imgCanadian Police are investigating the death of 16-year-old Dianna Manan, a Guyanese who was found on Queen Street, Brampton, Canada, on Sunday.Dead: Dianna MananThe teen’s parents are said to be Guyanese who hail from Canal, West Bank Demerara, and Berbice.According to Canada’s CP 24 news, a passing motorist found the 16-year-old lying in the eastbound lanes of Queen Street, near Cherrycrest Drive in Brampton on January 5, 2020.Manan was rushed to hospital but succumbed to her injuries.Guyana Times understands that the teenager had left her grandmother’s home in Toronto on January 4 after being picked up by friends.However, Canada’s CP 24 news reported that on Monday the teen’s mother said that she had no idea why her daughter was in Brampton.Meanwhile, authorities said that they have since discovered that Manan had loose ties to Brampton and may had been at a house party on Saturday evening, prior to her death.last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgFor more information, call (562) 695-1217, Ext. 102. City beautification contest starting LA MIRADA – Spring is nearly here – time again for the city’s annual spring beautification contest. From March 21 through April 9, judges will be canvassing La Mirada neighborhoods, looking for beautifully maintained properties. All homes, businesses, schools and houses of worship will be included. Awards will be presented to more than 270 residents and businesses at a reception ceremony June 25 at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Foster, adoptive families sought WHITTIER – The Children’s Bureau is looking for families interested in becoming foster or adoptive families. An orientation session will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. March 20 at the Whitwood Library, 10537 Santa Gertrudes Ave. Families can receive training, certification, funds and 24-hour support to aid in the care of their foster or adoptive children. For more information, call (800) 730-3933, Ext.0. Or visit www.all4kids.org. Free health tests for seniors planned WHITTIER – Health screenings for seniors will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. April 17 at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital’s Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. The free carotid artery screenings are recommended for people 55 and older with a family history of stroke, hypertentsion, smoking, or heart disease. Space is limited; organizers asked residents to make reservations as soon as possible. For more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2444. Interactive book reading Friday LA MIRADA – Children 3 and older are invited to an interactive book reading at 7p.m. Friday a the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. The free event will feature the talented young cast of the Phantom Projects Education Theatre Group, who will read various childrens stories. Parent attendance is required. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Golf tourney to benefit veterans SANTA FE SPRINGS – Veterans in Community Service Inc. invites everyone to participate in its annual awards golf classic, a tribute to the troops and their families. Registration is being taken now for the event, which will be held May 3 at the Industry Hills Golf Club in Industry. This year’s event will honor Sgt. Jesse Acosta, a combat veteran wounded in Iraq. Preceeds will provide scholarships for veterans and their families. For more information call (562) 204-0529. Or visit www.vicsinc.org. Lecture to focus on help for aging WHITTIER – Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, 12401 Washington Blvd., will hold a free lecture, “How to help your aging parent stay home,” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20. William Hernandez will discuss accident prevention and offer tips and devices that can help older people stay independent and safe at home. For reservations, or for more information, call (562)698-0811, Ext. 2444. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ‘Living history’ event set at park WHITTIER – The next “living history” event at the Pio Pico State Historic Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd., will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 24. The free event features old-fashioned games, guided tours of the historic home of Pio Pico, adobe brick-making demonstrations, bread-making demonstrations and more. “Living history” events are scheduled through the rest of the year. last_img read more

Family center expansion begins

first_imgNow with a $300,000 donation by the Rose Hills Foundation, work can begin May 30 on the expansion of the existing building from 3,700 square feet to 22,287 square feet with a patient waiting area, larger offices and a group room. The new facility will include 12 counseling offices, administrative offices, restrooms and group counseling space. Construction is expected to be completed early next year. “The people here are so supportive,” said Laura Peglow, 37, of Santa Fe Springs, a L.A. CADA client since November. She said she was ordered by a judge to attend counseling and drug education classes after her arrest for using methamphetamines. Peglow, like fellow clients Gina Mojica, 26, of La Puente, and Tracy Hyde, 36, of Lakewood, was assigned to the center as a condition for getting her children back from the county. SANTA FE SPRINGS – Wiping back tears, Dr. Ethan Allen greeted supporters, dignitaries and clients of L.A. CADA, an alcohol and drug abuse recovery organization, assembled Thursday at the groundbreaking for the future home of the $1.5 million Rose Hills Foundation Family Center. “Moments like this make me tear up,” he said at the ceremony for the renovation and expansion of the facility at 1105 Bloomfield Ave. Allen, along with his wife, Alice, and several others opened the facility 35 years ago when they recognized the threat of the spread of the drug abuse problem in the area. “Over the years we have changed the lives of men and women broken by drug abuse,” he said. “I was nervous about coming here,” Mojica said, “but I had to do it for my kids.” The three women said they take part in the counseling sessions and parenting classes, and have learned how to take charge of their lives and grow their self-esteem. They are representative of thousands who have come through L.A. CADA’s doors, said Betty Putnam, a L.A. CADA board member and Santa Fe Springs councilwoman. “It’s so important to be part of a positive solution,” Putnam said. Echoing those sentiments was E.L. Shannon Jr., trustee of The Rose Hills Foundation, who said that when he and his wife, Ruth, visited the center three years ago, he could not have been more impressed by the work done by the staff there. “I’m delighted that we are a part of this,” he said. “It’s got to be one of the best things the foundation has done.” sandra.molina@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 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