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Alumni Celebrate 100 Years of Arden Middle School

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/25/2014

100 Year Old Red Model T Surrounded by Arden Alumni and Staff
Arden Middle School alumni and staff posed with a 1914 Model T Ford for the recent centennial celebrations. At the wheel was Bonnie Reynolds, who was school secretary for 36 years. Former student Bill and (current teacher) Beth Finkbeiner supplied the car.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - A school that began with 20 kids under an oak tree on Watt Avenue is among San Juan School District’s most venerable facilities. More than 200 Arden Middle School supporters recently marked its 100-year milestone.

The school’s birthday event was celebrated with a concert by 30 Arden Middle School alumni musicians. Former students were boosted by three generations of band instructors, under the baton of recently retired teacher (and former Arden pupil) Rick Baker. His predecessor Wayne Reimers (80) joined current band director (and former student) Whitney Disney in the woodwind section. Selections represented many decades: from the 1930s hit In the Mood to a medley of Abba songs and themes from Pirates of the Caribbean.

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Don Hall, Jimmy Rivers, Carole Elbert, Michael Murr-Conley, Marie Hall, and Janessa Lucero
Dressed for a hayride, Be Money Smart owners Don and Marie Hall (standing left and right) joined Armor Mini Storage owner and fundraiser host Carole Elbert (center). Event volunteers pictured included entertainer Jimmy Rivers, Janessa Lucero and Michael Murr-Conley.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

Fair Dealing at Storage Fundraiser

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/25/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - Be Money Smart USA’s new venture, a program that helps veterans start their own businesses, got a recent funding boost with a county fair themed gala. The event was hosted by the Armor Mini Storage facility on Auburn Boulevard.

Visitors enjoyed a barn dance, carnival contests, and a tri-tip barbecue. Some guests endured brief incarcerations in the “county jail”—a storage unit repurposed as a prison cell. Bail was negotiable.

A success story for founding eight farmers markets in Carmichael and other suburbs, the Be Money Smart USA non-profit was launched in 2008 to help high-schoolers develop business skills through running these weekly markets. Owners Don and Marie Hall were named business people of the year 2014 by the Carmichael Chamber of Commerce. Their new Veterans Build Your Own Micro Business Academy aims to help service people transition from military to civilian life. Enrollees will learn to own and manage their own businesses by partnering with farmers market merchants.

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Women’s Empowerment Receives $10k Grant For Homeless Women’s Workforce Development

Posted: 9/25/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Bank of America has awarded $10,000 to Women’s Empowerment’s workforce development programs for women who are homeless, including a new paid job training program. “Bank of America has continued to increase its support of our workforce development programs that ensure women can find steady work that supports their families,” said Lisa Culp, executive director, Women’s Empowerment. “This is the key to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and we are grateful to Bank of America for partnering with us in this important mission.”

Women’s Empowerment’s eight-week program for women who are homeless, addresses their basic needs such as health and housing while preparing them to become work-ready. The job-readiness component is mostly taught by volunteers from the community and includes computer literacy training, resume writing, communication skills, mock interviews, dressing for success, and more. They also meet with an onsite employment specialist to search for jobs.

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Mark Wells
Deputy Chief Mark Wells has been selected to be the next Metro Fire Chief.

Metro Fire Selects Mark Wells New Chief

Posted: 9/18/2014

MATHER, CA (MPG) - The Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District (Metro Fire) Board of Directors announced on September 6th their selection of Deputy Chief Mark Wells to be the next Fire Chief. The announcement was made during a special meeting of the Board.

“The Board of Directors is very excited to work with Chief Wells to lead Metro Fire into the future,” stated Board President Randy Orzalli. “We are confident that Chief Wells’ vision, experience and expertise will ensure Metro Fire remains amongst the most progressive and innovative in the state. Continued strong leadership from the Fire Chief is critical, as we seek to deliver the best possible public safety service within our limited resources.”

Last month, Fire Chief Kurt Henke announced his plans to retire in October after 33 years in the fire service. Subsequent to Henke’s announcement, the Metro Fire Board of Directors approved a recommendation from its Executive Committee to conduct an internal search process among the ranks of Deputy Chief to select the next Fire Chief.

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Sacramento County Seal

Sacramento County: Back in the Black

Posted: 9/18/2014

SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Sacramento County ended the 2013-14 Fiscal Year $44 million in the black, recording its third consecutive year of financial improvement. The $3.7 billion 2014-15 Adopted Budget will be presented to the Board of Supervisors September 9th.

In June during Budget Hearings, the Board prioritized key safety net services including emergency shelter operations, mental health services, homeless outreach and navigation, public health nursing, child abuse prevention, senior financial abuse investigation and prevention, and a myriad of other programs and services for the County’s most vulnerable residents.

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Your Property Tax Bill May Be Going Up More Than the Normal Two Percent

Posted: 9/18/2014

SACRAMENTO, CA (MPG) - Some California homeowners may receive a much larger property tax bill than they anticipated this year. Homeowners who saw lower tax bills during the recent decline in housing values may receive higher property tax bills as property values recover.

Why is this happening? When housing prices rise, Proposition 13 allows a maximum two percent annual increase in the property’s taxable value for inflation. This value is known as the “factored Proposition 13 value.” When housing prices decline, Proposition 8 allows a temporary reduction of the property’s taxable value to reflect the current market value. Because a Proposition 8 reduction is only temporary, it requires the taxable value to be reviewed annually and increased or decreased to reflect that year’s current market value (as of January 1st each year). Thus, when the housing market crashed, Proposition 8 enabled some homeowners to receive significant temporary assessment reductions resulting in lower tax bills. As housing prices increase, however, a home’s taxable value that had been lowered by the assessor under Proposition 8 may increase more than two percent if its market value increased more than two percent. The increased value, however, may not exceed the factored Proposition 13 value.

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Two Young Ladies Smile and Show Peace Signs
Too often, kids are involved. Social experts who study human behavior argue that today’s youth are under more stress than ever before.

International Day of Peace

By Linda Harper
Posted: 9/11/2014

SACRAMENTO REGION (MPG) - Turn on the television on any given day and the lead news story reports violence in our nation’s communities. Too often, kids are involved. Social experts who study human behavior argue that today’s youth are under more stress than ever before. Gang warfare, street stabbings and shootings, proliferation of drugs, binge drinking, and teenage pregnancy are just some of the stresses young people are subjected to in their schools, homes, and communities. Tragically, many of these “at risk” kids are caught up in a dangerous lifestyle. It doesn’t matter their ethnicity, gender, age or family background; no child is immune to the negative influences around them. According to Wayne Hironaka, Chairman of I AM PEACE, Inc., over 25% of Grant High School teens are identified as “at- risk.” More are likely in the other North Sacramento high schools.

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Clad in Pink Feathers and Spangles Performers Strike a Dramatic Pause in Last Year's Best of Broadway
Dozens of performers of all ages will star in Best of Broadway’s 2014 production. Songs from Broadway shows like Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hair will be performed on the village’s outdoor stage.
Photo by Susan Maxwell Skinner

The Show Goes On

Best of Broadway Opens September 12

By Susan Maxwell Skinner
Posted: 9/11/2014

CARMICHAEL, CA (MPG) - The 2014 Best of Broadway season (running three September weekends at Fair Oaks Village amphitheater) marks the 41st year for the musical review. This year’s theme is “Limited Time, Limited Love.”

Songs from Broadway shows like Sweet Charity, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Hair will get an airing on the village’s outdoor stage. Sacramento teacher David MacDonald launched the review in 1973. Since then, annual productions have showcased pro-am talent for the benefit of charity. MacDonald this year handed the directorial role to singer/dancer Sam Williams.

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Raley’s Supermarket Settles Civil Environmental Case

Special Report
District Attorney’s Office
Posted: 9/4/2014


Legends Come to Life at the Circus

Posted: 8/28/2014


Back to School Night at All American Speedway

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/28/2014


Capital Airshow Returns!

Posted: 8/21/2014


Local Company Conducts Clinical Drug Trials

By Linda Harper
Posted: 8/21/2014


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