Parents revel in children’s successThe feelings, priceless, the emotions, bare for all to see.Such was the joy and pleasure felt by the parents of Jamaican West Indies Under-19 representatives and players, Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks, who returned yesterday at Norman Manley International Airport.The trio – Michael Frew, Odean Smith and Shahid Crooks – were members of the West Indies Under-19 team, who captured the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh last weekend.”Words can’t even explain how I feel right now,” said an elated Ancena Scarlett-Smith, mother Odean, whose warm embrace brought smile to his face on arrival.”I didn’t get to listen it,” she said of the final against India, which was held early last Sunday in Bangladesh.”However, somebody came over the house – at that time I was not awake as yet – and tell Odean father say ‘you know say them win’.”I flew up on the bed same time and start to scream and said, ‘Thank you Father!'” the St Elizabeth native continued.FEELING REALLY GOOD”I’m feeling good, really good, as even though the West Indies has been losing, his father and I really love cricket.”A fast-bowling all-rounder, Smith did not play in the final, but was a member of the team for their opening two matches against England and Fiji.This West Indies lost to England in their opener, but went on to defeat Fiji, a victory, which would spur a run of five straight wins and the regional side first hold on the premier youth world title.”I’m very happy and very proud and want to just give God thanks that they went and did it,” stated Kenute Frew, father of Michael Frew, who contested all the games for the regional outfit.”In the final, I was really tense during the West Indies batting as it (winning runs) was getting closer and closer and closer.”I was saying to myself, just as how they had bowled out India cheaply, if they would come and return the favour.”The Westmoreland native added: “I sat down in front of the TV for about five, six minutes (after the win), couldn’t move, as I was so overjoyed, knowing that I was seeing my son there making the country and the whole West Indies proud.”Leleith Crooks, the mother of Shahid, who was a reserve throughout, said he was happy to journey from St Elizabeth to Kingston to see the pride and joy.”I’m so proud of him,” she asserted. “I know that from he was small he was so passionate about cricket.”Sometimes he would say, ‘Mummy come throw two balls at me. Come on, you don’t want one day you can tell them say that you used to throw some balls at me?'””Well, it has come through, and I feel good to know that because of him, I am here today.”The West Indies defeated Pakistan in the quarter-finals and hosts Bangladesh in the semi-finals before going on to beat India by five wickets in the tournament decider.
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As the nation witnesses the removal and reshuffling of several high profile government officials, some Liberians, particularly employees of the Justice Ministry, have expressed fear for their safety wondering when the Ministry’s new leadership will be announced,. Expressing their misgivings, they want to remind President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of the four top empty seats in the Justice Ministry, the government department responsible for the enforcement of law and order and the administration of justice in the country.The four top vacant positions at the Ministry include the Minister, the Deputy Minister for Administration, the Deputy Minister for Qualification and the Assistant Minister for Correction.According to our investigation, the Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs, Cllr. Benedict Sarnor, is relatively acting in all the positions and running the Ministry in consultation with the Solicitor General, Cllr. Betty Lamin-Blamo.Some Liberians yesterday told the Daily Observer that the vacancies at the top echelons of the Ministry, if not filled soon, have the propensity to tilt the statutory mandate of that government department. These concerned citizens are keenly aware that effectual leadership at the helm is required for the Justice Ministry to carry out its chief responsibilities to enforce the law, defend the interests of the country, ensure public safety against foreign and domestic threats and provide unitary leadership in preventing and controlling crime and punishing those guilty of unlawful behavior.Madam Musuly Morrison and Mr. Jenkins Nah said separately that the absence of the Attorney General and other key officials at the Justice Ministry would undercut the rule of law, jeopardize the maintenance of peace and security, sustainable development, and the protection of human rights.However, the spokesperson of the Concerned Workers of the Justice Ministry, who is known only as ‘Scarface’, indicated that the prolonged vacancies of the top seats at the Ministry would not only slow down the access to justice but also delay the process of fair play and justice in the country.It may be recalled that former Justice Minister Christian Tah resigned a month ago. Earlier, Cllr. Whetonia Dixon-Barnes and Madam Victoria Leigh-Sherman were relieved of their posts as Deputy Ministers for Administration and Qualification, respectively, as well as Assistant Minister for Correction, Hilary Sackor.Justice Minister Tah, in her resignation letter, said she could not be the Minister of Justice and not supervise the operations of the security agencies under her Ministry.The letter cited her lack of independence to investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency, which is headed by Mr. Fumba Sirleaf, son of the President.Minister Tah also said it had become “unbearable” to continue as Minister amid “determination to systemically undermine and gut the portfolio of relevance and effectiveness.”In a brief statement issued later, the Executive Mansion said President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf had “received and accepted the resignation” of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General. There is no hint of who the President might be considering to fill these top positions at the Ministry of Justice.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Declan Nee (Benny Southstreet), Chris Duddy (Nicely Nicely Johnson) and Kevin Shields (Rusty Charlie) pictured during rehearsals for the forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls in An Grianán Theatre. A feast of music, dancing and comedy is in store at An Grianán Theatre from March 4-8 when Letterkenny Musical Society follow up their recent sold-out hit performances of Annie, Oliver and Calamity Jane with a stunning production of the Broadway smash-hit Guys and Dolls.Famed for their amazing shows, Letterkenny Musical Society (LMS) has again pulled out all the stops with this year’s much-loved classic and once more they have found fresh and exciting new talent to add to their experienced group of versatile performers. Auditions for the various roles began back in September and since then, the entire cast has been working on the forthcoming production that’s certain to be another show stopping success.Under the keen eye of Director Billy Patterson and Producer Noel O’Donnell, the energetic and talented bunch of singers and actors have put together a version of Guys and Dolls that you really do not want to miss.Giles Murray (Nathan Detroit), Maria Rushe (Miss Adelaide), Julianna Ayton (Sarah Brown) and Mark Leonard (Sky Masterson) who play the lead roles in the forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls in An Grianán Theatre from March 4-8.Fresh from an acclaimed performance as Wild Bill Hickock in Calamity Jane, Giles Murray superbly plays the role of Nathan Detroit who is desperately trying to find a venue to host an illegal crap game, while at the same time trying to avoid the long-arm of the law in the guise of Lieutenant Brannigan played by Donal Kavanagh.Maria Rushe is delightful in the role of Nathan Detroit’s long-suffering girlfriend Miss Adelaide who is determined to see Detroit give up his gambling ways and finally commit to her by getting married. But with high rollers in town, Detroit can’t resist the opportunity to make a fortune. With his sidekicks Benny Southstreet, played by Declan Nee, and Nicely-Nicely Johnson, played by Chris Duddy, they set in motion a plan to get the dough needed to arrange the game.That plan involves making a bet with the highest-roller of them all, Sky Masterson, played splendidly by Mark Leonard who made his debut with LMS in Calamity Jane last year.All he has to do is manage to convince straight-laced Salvation Army Mission leader, Sarah Brown, to come on a date with him and the ball is set in motion for fun, frivolity and of course love.Julianna Ayton, who played Calamity Jane to rave reviews last year, excels once again as Sarah and she is supported superbly by a fantastic Salvation Army Mission crew including Emer McGeehin as Agatha and Joe Harley as Arvide Abernathy, who melts hearts with a beautiful love song.Nicola McBride is excellent again as General Matilda B Cartwright, while Patrick Quinn as Harry the Horse, Kevin Shields as Rusty Charlie and Cathal Quinn as Big Jule are just a few of the crapshooters Nathan Detroit is hoping to snag into his illegal game.As usual the LMS have built the foundations for this superb show on excellent music, with the astounding harmonies once again creatively sewn together by musical director Gerard Bradley. Maria Rushe, meanwhile, not only plays a leading role, but is also responsible for the sensational vibrant dancing in her role as the show’s choreographer.Add in a visually delightful opening scene, crap shooters, hotbox dancing girls, and an action-packed Cuban bar scene and there’s a sure-fire recipe for one astonishing show in An Grianán Theatre next week.Of course early booking is advisable because the last three LMS productions sold out in a flash. Tickets for this must-see musical are available by contacting the box office at An Grianán 0035374 9120777 or online at angrianan.comGiles Murray (Nathan Detroit) and Declan Nee (Benny Southstreet) pictured during rehearsals for the forthcoming production of Guys and Dolls in An Grianán Theatre.THE ‘GUYS AND DOLLS’ OF LETTERKENNY MUSICAL SOCIETY TO DELIVER AGAIN! was last modified: February 25th, 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:Guys and DollsLetterkenny Musical Society
HEALTH: Pinehill Studios are this week disclosing some tips to give parents in order for them to raise fit, healthy and active children. Here are some tips for raising fit kids:Help your kids participate in a variety of age-appropriate activities such as activity classes or dance.Establish a regular schedule for physical activity such as a scheduled class with their peers.Incorporate activity into daily routines, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or walking to the shop.Embrace a healthier lifestyle yourself, so you’ll be a positive role model for your family by taking a adult class where you talk to your children about your endeavours to keep fit.Keep it fun, so you can count on your kids to come back for more.Go to the professionals to keep it fun, all classes at Pinehill Studios are led by professional tutors who have years of experience not only in their class content but on how to keep it fun and engaging for the students.There Are Three Elements of Fitness: If you’ve ever watched kids on a playground, you’ve seen the three elements of fitness in action when they:1. Run away from the kid who’s “it” (endurance)2.Cross the monkey bars (strength)3. Bend down to tie their shoes (flexibility)Parents should encourage their kids to do a variety of activities so that they can work on all three elements. Endurance: Is developed when kids regularly engage in aerobic activity. During aerobic exercise, the heart beats faster and a person breathes harder. When done regularly and for extended periods of time, aerobic activity strengthens the heart and improves the body’s ability to deliver oxygen to all its cells.Strength: But most kids don’t need a formal weight-training program to be strong. Push-ups, stomach crunches, pull-ups, and other exercises help tone and strengthen muscles. Kids also incorporate strength activities in their play when they climb, do a handstand or dance.Flexibility: Stretching exercises help improve flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion. Kids look for opportunities every day to stretch when they try to get a toy just out of reach, practice a split, or do a cartwheel or attend a class where it is part of the class curriculumHow Much Exercise Is Enough?Parents should make sure that their kids get enough exercise. So, how much is enough? Kids and teens get 60 minutes or more of physical activity daily. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) offers these activity guidelines for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children Age: Minimum Daily Activity: Reference : kidshealth.orgToddlers 1 ½ HoursPreschoolers 2 hoursSchool age 1 or more hours Infants and young children should not be inactive for prolonged periods of time — no more than 1 hour unless they’re sleeping. And school-age children should not be inactive for periods longer than 2 hours!!At Pinehill Studios all our classes meet the requirements of the Three Elements of Fitness, so whether you want to run, jump or dance you’ll find something to keep your child fitClasses with our top-notch instructors:SMFitness – Sarah-Marie McDevittTotal Teen Fitness: Ages 13+ Our fun classes for teens involve simple bodyweight exercises and interval training.Hip Hop: Ages 6+. The wonderful Chloe has teamed up with our very own fitness Instructor Sarah-Marie and put together a structured program to increase cardiac levels and stamina for higher intensity hip hop style dancingDramafit: Ages 4-11 years. These energetic theatre classes teach children about the importance of healthy lifestyle choices, whilst also encouraging good communication skills and confidence, through an active and stimulating drama curriculum.Jymka: Ages 3-8- Jymka is the only kids programme that develops all the basics of fitness: flexibility, agility, balance, co-ordination, strength and endurance. Our classes breed natural fun and spontaneity, cultivate new motor skills and help kids confidently develop to their individual unique potential.ZoNa Dance Co. – Jessica Peoples, RAD RTSBallet: ages 4+. Our extensive ballet program starts students in the Pre-Primary level of the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi. Our classes then extend all the way to a pre-professional level with emphasis on RAD exams and annual performances. The students participation in RAD exams can lead to 2nd & 3rd level qualifications and UCAS points toward college entrance.Pointe: as our ballet students progress they are invited to begin pointe work, this the traditional female art of dancing on the full point of the foot aided by specialized pointe shoes.Contemporary Dance: Ages 8+. This class pushes the boundaries of the student and allows them to bring their own creativity into their dancing while developing an artistic freedom within movement.This year we will be the first dance school in Ireland to offer optional exams for contemporary dance with Contemporary Dance Association.On Cue – Nora Kavanagh & Trudy O’DonnellMusical Theatre: ages 4+ At this class your child will develop skills in the three disciplines of musical theatre…Acting, Song, & Dance. Led by Theatre Practitioner Nora Kavanagh and Musical Director Trudy O’Donnell this will be a creative experience of the highest quality building confidence, social skills and budding Broadway stars!Sharon McCaul Irish Dancing AcademyIrish Dancing: ages 4+. Come and learn how to dance for Competitions, Grades or simply for Fitness & Fun! Girls & Boys WelcomeDisco Freestyle – Michaela AllenDisco freestyle: ages 5+. This is a high energy dance style that will help your child’s fitness and build their confidence.This class is a perfect class for your child to learn a unique dance style while getting active.Disco freestyle is based on stamina, flexibility and sass. Children can take part in this class as fun or on a competition level.Registration Day 2-5pm on the 5th of September. For more info www.pinehillstudios.iePINEHILL DANCE STUDIOS OFFER TIPS TO GET YOUR KIDS FIT AND HEALTHY was last modified: August 25th, 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:Featureshealth
REGISTRATION/MEMBERSHIPRegistration fee’s are now being taken. €30 per adult, €15 per juvenile, family member is €70. Registration fees have to be paid for by 31st March. If you have not paid by this time, you lose voting rights at the AGM. There will be a Minor Board registration night on Fri 8th Feb and Wed 13th Feb. There will be Juvenile Registration night on Fri 8th and Wed 13th Feb.All adult registration fee’s should be paid directly to the Club Registrar- Stephen Lynch 0874147764. WHITE COLLAR BOXINGOnly a few days left to our boxing night.The fight night takes place in Jacksons Hotel this Sat 2nd. Doors open at 8.30pm.Limited number of tickets for the night are available. Contact Joe Dunnion on 086 8138244 or any member of the Senior teams. This promises to be a great night and will likely be a sellout.Thanks to the many sponsors of the night. All funds raised will be used for the Senior Teams Training fund. ULSTER ELITE BOXINGCongratulations to Steven O Reilly who won the Ulster Elite Championship Title this weekend.He beat Ryan Donnelley from Omagh in a thrilling 13-9 victory. We know Steven has been training hard for a long time now and the title is a just reward for his endeavours. Best wishes from everyone at Mac Cumhaills to Steven in the Nationals next month.STEWARDS NIGHTWith the Donegal v Down match approaching soon, we will have a Stewards information night in the club on Thur 7th at 9.00pm. We need as many Stewards as possible for this match.COACHING VACANCIESWe currently have a number of coaching vacancies for the current year for the following teams: Boys football – U16’sGirls football – U14, U16 & U18Hurling – U14 & U18Camogie – various teams Please contact John Burke at 086/8185915 or Alan Martin 0861723899 if you are interested in coaching or helping out with any of the above teams.IRISH DANCING CLASSESIrish dance classes commencing this wed in Gaa centre 6 to 7 pm and 7 to 8 pm also Saturdays 4 to 5 pm and 5 to 6 pm qualified tutor reg with coimision le rinci gaelacha further info on 087 12613493G ASTRO TURF PITCHState of the art 3G Astro pitch is available. Please contact Terry O Reilly(0866095347) for times etcMAC CUMHAILLS LOTTOThere were no winners of the lotto this week. Numbers were 8,17,19 and 29There was 2 match 3 winners.Francie Lynch and Jonathon Kelly each receive €75.€2 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €100€5 weekly or a yearly subscription for the Club Lotto is €240.Contact any club committee member for detailsThe jackpot will be €3200 next weekIF YOU’RE NOT IN, YOU CAN’T WIN!!!!!!!FOR SALEWe have club bags for sale. €15. Ideal for school bags. We also stock Mac Cumhaills shorts, socks and water bottles. Contact Alan Martin 0861723899SIGNS.Anyone wishing to take a sign in a prime location on a gable wall, please contact Alan Or Peter.MAC CUMHAILL’S BINGOMac Cumhaill’s Weekly Bingo is in the Villa Rose Hotel this week at 8.30pm. Everyone Welcome.We would also like to thank Alice Bonner for her continued support. Alice has kindly sponsored a hamper every week at the bingo.CLUBHOUSE BARThe Clubhouse bar is now taking bookings for parties: Contact Simon at 085 1503092 for more informationGAA NEWS: SEAN MacCUMHAILLS CLUB NEWS was last modified: January 28th, 2013 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:Sean MacCumhaills Club notes
1 Lukaku clearly benefitting from being mentored by Thierry Henry and Drogba. Getting better each year and so much more to come.— James (@writtenoff_mufc) July 6, 2018 The big striker bullied the Brazilian defenders Romelu Lukaku plays well when he’s not being managed by Jose Mourinho. Surprise surprise.— FK ☕️🏴 (@fkhanage) July 6, 2018 Imagine being a defender and see big Romelu Lukaku running at you— Pangeran ⚜ (@pangeransiahaan) July 6, 2018 Lukaku – Strength. Power. Pace. Brilliant! He’s unplayable tonight! #BRABEL— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 6, 2018 Belgium headed into their World Cup quarter-final against Brazil as slight underdogs.Head coach Tite had made the normally free-flowing Selecao far more robust and difficult to play against.That was, until they faced Romelu Lukaku. The Manchester United striker started the game like a man on a mission, tearing through the Brazilian defence at will.A perfect combination of pace and power, everything seemed to come off for the big striker.After taking the lead through a Fernandinho own goal, Lukaku created the second goal through his own sheer determination.Collecting the ball in his own half, he sprinted at the Brazili defence before setting up Kevin De Bruyne to smash home.And fans were quick to heap praise on the 25-year-old striker, check out the best Tweets below! Lukaku masterclass I can’t believe it— Cam (@BFooli) July 6, 2018 One of stand out qualities of Lukaku is his unselfishness as a centre forward. Saw it so often for @ManUtd last season. If a team mate was in a better position he was more than happy to make the run that created space or make the pass. Doesn’t get the credit he desves for that— Danny Higginbotham (@Higginbotham05) July 6, 2018 Brazil defenders when they see Lukaku running at them #BRABEL pic.twitter.com/CYCVx2TwWm— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) July 6, 2018
DONEGAL County Board and GAA clubs here are likely to get just 13,000 tickets for the All-Ireland final.The exact number will be made clear next Monday, after next Sunday’s other semi-final clash between Mayo and Dublin.The number of tickets already mooted however is more than the number of people registered as members of County Donegal GAA clubs. With up to 40,000 Donegal fans at Croke Park last Sunday for the semi-final win over Cork, it’s already clear that there will be many disappointed fans.However paid-up members of clubs appear to be in the best position to get their hands on tickets which will cost €80, with no concessions for children, students or the over-65s.Many clubs are reporting ticket requests from overseas (our pic shows fans outside the White House on Sunday!).The St Mary’s Club in Convoy is already taking orders, warning that club members only will get priority. Brid Sweeney from the Naomh Mhuire club said some people think there will be plenty of tickets when they will be “like hen’s teeth.”She went on: “I’ve already had requests from home and abroad, but people don’t realise how few we will get. I had one stupid request from someone asking for ten tickets as if I could print them off there and then!“There simply won’t be enough tickets to supply demand. Clubs will try to do their best to help members and patrons.”Ms Sweeney said she had to go on to Facebook to explain this to fans.Many clubs are already discussing holding fun days on the day of the final, with big screens being erected to cater for fans who won’t make it to Croke Park. TICKETS SCRAMBLE: DONEGAL FANS CHASE 13,000 GOLDEN TICKETS – AND THEY HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN PRINTED YET! was last modified: August 28th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:000 GOLDEN TICKETS – AND THEY HAVEN’T BEEN PRINTED YET!TICKETS SCRAMBLE: DONEGAL FANS CHASE 13
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Chief Executive Officer Graciela Italiano-Thomas said the program is committing $42.7 million to increase preschool capacity and programming in areas of the county that are in greatest need. In the San Fernando Valley, the program has contracted with several preschools including Canyon Kids Preschool in Woodland Hills, The Family Nurturing Center Inc. in Northridge and the Happy Bear Preschool in Van Nuys. Casey Dalton, owner of the Happy Bear Preschool, said the school received its contract Sept. 1 and is interviewing teachers and recruiting 96 children for free preschool. “We are going to be one of the largest schools,” Dalton said. “We are opening two classrooms that serve 24 children in each twice a day – an a.m. program as well as a p.m. program. We are really excited about it.” A 2004 state audit found that six years after Proposition 10 was approved, only about 15 percent of funds had been spent, with excessive amounts going to administration and travel. Since its creation in 1999, the local commission has received more than $820 million in tobacco tax revenues. Similar problems had arisen elsewhere in the state in managing the $3.4 billion the proposition had raised. Since the state audit, Reiner has worked with Assemblywoman Wilma Chan, D-Oakland, on a bill signed by the governor last month that will create conflict-of-interest policies for the program’s 52 commissions, limit administrative expenses, salaries and benefits and require the commissions to provide annual audits. “It’s one of the best investments we can make in our future, and I am excited by the progress LAUP has made in just these past six months,” Reiner said. “It is truly a model for the rest of California and the nation.” Troy Anderson, (213) 974-8985 firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about the Los Angeles Universal Preschool program, call (866) 581-5287 or see www.laup.net. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Nearly a year after a state audit cited spending and other problems with the program, officials announced Thursday that Los Angeles Universal Preschool has contracted with its 100th facility. The local program operates under the state’s First 5 initiative funded by a 50-cents-a-pack cigarette tax from voter-approved Proposition 10, championed by actor-director Rob Reiner to provide funding and coaches to preschools in an effort to give poor, immigrant and minority 4-year-olds a start toward a good education. At a ceremony in South Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other officials cited the program efforts to make preschool accessible. “We all understand the importance of a good education in preparing our children for the future – and it is becoming increasingly clear that a quality preschool experience is an essential part of that effort,” Villaraigosa said.
NORWALK — The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s Office still needs poll workers, especially those who speak Korean and Vietnamese and are willing to assist voters whose first language is not English. The office has nearly 2,000 1,999 bilingual poll workers, but needs to fill 150 to 200 more positions in the communities of Baldwin Park, Covina, Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, South San Gabriel and San Dimas. Poll workers must be available between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. on election day (Nov. 8) to set up the polls, provide assistance to voters, issue ballots and conduct poll closing procedures. They receive $55 for working the day and a $25 bonus for attending an 1-hour training session. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week For more information, call (562) 462-2226. California Brass to perform at church WHITTIER — California Brass Consort will perform at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at First Friends Church of Whittier, 13205 Philadelphia Street. The program includes music by Bach, Mouret and Brahms. Members of the California Brass Consort perform regularly with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Opera. Admission is free with a reception after the performance. For more information, call (562) 698-9805. Cub Scouts schedule giant yard sale WHITTIER – Cub Scout Pack 990 will hold a fund-raising yard sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at 10318 Bogardus Ave. For more information, call (310) 331-1381, or (562) 957-0226. Interfaith forum set at St. Matthias WHITTIER — Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice will hold an interfaith forum on supporting farmworkers at 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. Worker testimonies, a representative of the United Farm Workers and a description of AgJOBS, a bipartisan bill in Congress that would help farm workers become legal citizens, will be featured. For more information, call (213) 481-3740. Council ponders plans for swimming pool LA MIRADA — The city has hired four companies to provide architectural, aquatics design, construction management and environmental review for a potential new swimming pool. The City Council last week approved the hiring of Westberg and White Inc. as the architect at a cost of $840,000; Counsilman Hunsaker to review the pool design, $226,065; C.W. Driver to provide construction management, about $1 million; and Albert A. Webb Associates to ensure the city is in compliance with environmental laws, $24,000. Improvement panel planning celebration HACIENDA HEIGHTS — The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association will hold its 50th Anniversary celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, at the Hacienda Heights Womens Club house, 1917 S. La Mesita Drive. Tickets for this semiformal event are $35.00, and include a chicken or beef dinner and entertainment by the “Sentimental Sisters.” Seating is first-come, first-served. For reservations, call Mary Tang at (626) 369-6689 or Lucy Pedregon at (626) 330-6354. Gunfire at party claims man’s life BASSETT — One man died and another man and woman were injured when gunfire broke out at a party in the 400 block of Workman Mill Road early Saturday. Deputies responded to a 12:43 a.m. call that shots had been fired. “Numerous people were running from the scene when deputies arrived,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. William Cassidy said. An unidentified 24-year-old man died at the scene and an unidentified 19-year-old women was taken to a local hospital and treated for a gunshot wound to the buttocks. “Her injures are described as ‘non-threatening,”‘ Cassidy said. A 21-year-old man was shot in the torso and was listed in stable condition. Cassidy said deputies do not have any suspects, but believe the incident was gang-related. — From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!