Gonzales pleased with recovery

first_imgLast season, former Jamaica 400 metres record holder Jermaine Gonzales didn’t participate at a major championship and he didn’t win a race. But for the injury-prone athlete, it was a very positive season, as for the first time in many moons he completed a season without being restricted to the treatment table or without suffering any major relapse in his preseason.The Gleaner caught up with the former Tacius Golding High School quarter-miler recently and he revealed that the persistent hamstring problem that limited him over the last few seasons is now further behind him. Also, he is eyeing a spot on the Jamaica team to the Olympic Games next year in Brazil, despite increasing competition from young stars coming up in the event over the last year or so.”For me, last year was recovery from a long-term injury and it was good, as I actually got a chance to run a couple races and build on the strength in the muscle, and now I am actually back in training a month now and it’s going good.Serious injury”This injury was a serious injury; probably a lot of people would have stopped after an injury like this, but the fact that I was out there competing again means a lot to me.”Now the injury is gone,” he beamed, “the muscles are getting stronger and I am really looking forward to try making the team to Rio.”Gonzales is very positive that as long as he can avoid any recurrence of the injury and return to his best form, he will be working overtime to accomplish his goals.”I believe in myself and my talent and the team around me now and they really motivate me to carry on. I definitely see the future bright and as long as I don’t have any recurrence of this injury, it is going to be a good season for me.”Injury is always my problem. The talent is there, so for me it’s just doing the things that are necessary and keep praying and hoping I stay healthy,” he continued.”The aim is to make the team to Rio, it’s the Olympics and it’s Brazil and everybody wants to be there, so I will be doing everything in my power to stay healthy and get back into some good shape so I’ll be on that team,” added a determined Gonzales, who is a member of the Cameron Blazers Track Club, which is coached by former 400m World champion Bertland Cameron.”I know coach Bert Cameron has been there and done it before, so I am just staying focused; listen to his instructions, keep working hard and stay strong and I know things will work out,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Japan’s ‘Ninja Boy’ aims to take down Floyd Mayweather

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The New Year’s Eve bout, first announced in early November, was abruptly scrapped by the unbeaten 41-year-old American after a “misunderstanding” over the fight’s terms, according to mixed martial arts promoter RIZIN.But it was back on as an exhibition match after RIZIN chief Nobuyuki Sakakibara flew to Los Angeles for talks with Mayweather and agreed to an orthodox boxing match without kicking, which will be a disadvantage for Nasukawa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I want to make surprising moves,” said the Japanese fighter, who has just returned from an intensive two-week boxing training in Las Vegas. “I want to fully use the kickboxing skills I have.”Nasukawa now weighs 61 kilograms and is is four inches (10 centimeters) shorter than Mayweather, who has won world titles in five different weight classes. MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Model-turned-fighter Rome Trinidad finds inspiration in Catriona Gray’s Miss U win He added that he suspected Mayweather was “not taking the bout seriously”.Nasukawa is considered something of a prodigy in Japanese fighting circles and began learning karate at the age of five.Like Mayweather, he is unbeaten, boasting a 28-0 record as a professional kickboxer with 21 wins by knockout. He has four wins from four matches in mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa speaks to the media after a training session at his boxing gym in Matsuda, Chiba prefecture on December 18, 2018. – Japanese kickboxer Tenshin “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa said he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month. (Photo by Behrouz MEHRI / AFP)Japanese kickboxer Tenshin “Ninja Boy” Nasukawa said Tuesday he wants to use the element of surprise to defeat boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr in their bout later this month.“I want to kick his ass,” the 20-year-old baby-faced southpaw told reporters after a training session in the city of Matsudo near Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Adherence to building codes needs to be reinforced

first_imgDear Editor,The most recent and tragic fire that occurred in Kitty, Georgetown — which resulted in at least three homes being destroyed and two considerably damaged, and scores of persons homeless — brings to the fore again the dereliction on the part of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown.Had the fire-fighters access to unpolluted open waterways, several of those homes would undoubtedly have been saved. Everyone knows that the water storage capacity of the fire tenders is limited, and that they are forced to use the water in trenches, canals and any other nearby source to supplement the water that they bring.The search by the firefighters to locate an open waterway that was not clogged with copious aquatic growth, plastic and other garbage items proved futile. All of the surrounding drains were chockfull with weeds, refuse and other unmentionables. So the firefighters were forced to haul their hoses a considerable distance away, where they were able to eventually get a source of water. This is utterly shameful.It leaves one to wonder where have gone all the hundreds of millions of dollars that were given by the Georgetown City Council to just one or two ‘special’ contractors to maintain the integrity of the city’s drainage system without tender procedures being adhered to. Has the money literally gone down the drain? And why were all the nearby fire hydrants non-functional?City Hall should have a policy for new homes that are being built in the city: they should necessitate the installation of smoke alarms built along with sprinklers. They should also ensure that houses are not built too close together, which causes multiple homes to be lost when one catches afire.Then again, the Engineers and building inspectors are otherwise engaged, and not ensuring the implementation and adherence to established building codes by persons doing construction and renovations. Every day you hear citizens complaining of their highhanded and disrespectful attitudes.Sincerely,Anu Biharilast_img read more

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Grand Gedeans Join Election Reform Dialogue

first_imgGrand Gedeans representing numerous and diverse communities, organizations and political affiliations, gathered in Zwedru and Toe Town to take part in the Citizens in Liberia Engaged to Advance Electoral Reform (CLEAR) initiative that discusses the electoral reform.By Ben T.C. BrooksTwo recent community forums held in Grand Gedeh County brought a cross-section of citizens together to dialogue on the nation’s electoral process, such as the reforms.Grand Gedeans representing numerous and diverse communities, organizations and political affiliations, gathered in Zwedru and Toe Town to take part in the Citizens in Liberia Engaged to Advance Electoral Reform (CLEAR) initiative that discusses the electoral reform.The forums were moderated by Tonieh Gibson of Liberia Media for Democratic Initiatives (LMDI) and relayed on Flash, Top and Smile FMs community radio stations.Some of residents became so eager while interacting with one another, and were exceptionally pleased with the LMDI, a well known radio program since 2017, conducting the election debates, afford them a platform to join the national conversation on electoral reform.Each of the forums lasted approximately three hours; and began with the moderator first providing the ‘big picture’ of electoral reform as a civic engagement exercise intended to get the views and recommendations of Liberians.The dialogue took into consideration, the differences between constitutional, statutory and regulatory electoral reforms with two specific issues including election timeline and adjudication of complaints and grievances arising thereof.Liberia’s current version of the constitution requires that elections are held on the second Tuesday in October of any election year at the immediate end of the rainy season. This means that all electoral activities, including campaigning, the movement of election materials and personnel, and voting take place under abject seasonal conditions posing major difficulty to the conduct of elections across the country.“National infrastructure limitations and the fast encroaching effects of climate change further compound the logistical challenges of the season,” the participants recalled.At the Zwedru City Hall forum, Madam Betty Gaye, vice president of Grand Gedeh County Rural Women, strongly supported the idea of reconsidering the national elections timeframe with a possible change from the constitutionally mandated October day to an agreed date in the dry season (preferably between December and March) and an accompanying matched timeline for inauguration.“Look my fellow Grand Gedeans and Liberians, reflect and compare the numbers of registered voters and see the turn-out during election day. She stressed that while there may be several reasons for the significant difference between registration and voting numbers — citing for example death, illness and migration – the major reason was simple. “According to my study,” she stated, “the registered voters are more than the electorate, who show up on voting day, because rain and deplorable roads lead to them staying at home.”Madam Gaye added that this was particularly true for her constituents, rural women, which led to a situation ‘where citizens suffer’ because the majority’s choice may not be their choice.Logistics officer Alfred Dunner, confirmed that Liberia’s October timeline was “a huge challenge’ for the Grand Gedeh County NEC magistrate’s office as well. At the same time, Dunner stressed that it was not up to the body of the National Elections Commission (NEC) to carry out reform of any article within the Liberian Constitution. Rather, he said that reform needs to come from the people’s dialogues, which constitute the citizens’ decision.In this matter, whereas the NEC Code of Conduct states: “Challenges and complaints are assessed, investigated and determined, according to regulations and procedures,” forum participants strongly recommended the establishment of a separate court to handle electoral conflicts and related issues. Under the existing electoral legal and regulatory framework, NEC is both judge and jury in a time consuming process, including instances where their own procedures and activities are allegedly at fault or in questioned.At Toe Town Hall meeting, Chebo Toe, Supervising Principal of Grand Gedeh County School System Principal Association and Principal of Toe Memorial Institute, affirmed B’hai District’s support for establishing a separate, election-specific court.Albert Doe, a member of the National Civil Society Council of Liberia’s county chapter, re-emphasized that establishing a separate tribunal to look into election matters would help reduce NEC’s responsibilities and allow them to focus only on the conduct of elections.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Fort St. John Minor Hockey holds annual awards ceremony

first_imgAmong Bantam players, Hunter Gibb was the recipient of the Bryan Phillips Memorial Award for always showing respect to his fellow players, coaches, and officials. The Gary Flake Memorial Award winner, for demonstrating not only good sportsmanship on the ice, but also excellent citizenship off the ice, was awarded to Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers player Noah Lang. Lang and his fellow teammates and coaches were also recognized after winning the Bronze medal at Tier 2 Provincials in Powell River. The team’s achievement was the first medal earned by a Fort St. John Minor Hockey team at BC Hockey Provincials in six years.Northern Metalic Flyers players John Herrington and Devan Minard meanwhile have made the cut for the Northern BC team that will be competing at the U16 BC Cup. The two will be playing with other players from across the province at the BC Cup in Salmon Arm, April 19th – 23rd.Midget hockey player Ryan Whimp was awarded the MacLean-Herron Award for his work coaching his younger brother’s team. Fellow Midget player Nick Page was the winner of the Kenny Kosick Memorial Award. Midget recreation team coaches Jason Jackson and Mike Blanchette also made a special presentation to Jesus Sepulveda, who played his first year of hockey after moving to Fort St. John from Mexico. Since Sepulveda will be moving back to his home country, his coaches made and exception and presented him with his jersey from this past season to take home with him as a memento.Paige Brown was awarded the Fort St. John Eagles Women’s Hockey team Most Dedicated Female Award. Finley Gibbs’s can-do attitude and team spirit this season earned him the Kirschner Goaltender Award. This year, the Mike Landucci Referee of the Year Award was given to Jerry Bueckert for his work helping to coach the association’s younger officials.Stacey Forster was given the Coach of the Year Award by the Association’s Coaching Director Chris Spencer. Referee in Chief Brett McLfor his tireless work to help advance the referee program to the next level.The final award of the night, the Hugo Brandmann Memorial Parent Volunteer Award was given to Andrea Norstrom for her work as the Coordinator of the Novice division, the largest division in the association. 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Most Improved – Ashtin BarleyMost Dedicated – Brody MickeyMost Sportsmanlike – Jarrett LawsonPomeroy Hotel & Conference CentreAdvertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — It was an eventful evening at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre, as the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association held their annual awards ceremony.The Ron Robinson and Earl Alexander awards, which are handed out to Novice-aged players, were won by Traver Barrows and Jace Unruh respectively. Atom Recreation player Cowyn Loney was this year’s recipient of the Dale Palmer Award. Landon Alexander, who played on one of the two Atom Development teams was this year’s winner of the Kin Club Award.The Corey Lee James Schultz Memorial Award, awarded in memory of Corey Schultz to a player in the Pee Wee division was given to LT McDonell for his “no fear” play and his work ethic. Maria Ayre, who also plays in the Pee Wee division, was awarded the June Godberson Memorial Award for her love and passion for the game of hockey. Adam Bourgeois was awarded the Mike Brandmann Awardfor his leadership on and off the ice this past season. The Fort St. John AAA Safety Pee Wee Flyers were this year’s winning team of the Rotary Fair Play Award.- Advertisement – Chris Brandmann presents Andrea Norstrom with the Hugo Brandmann Memorial Parent Volunteer Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Chris Brandmann presents Andrea Norstrom with the Hugo Brandmann Memorial Parent Volunteer Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey David Alexander presents Brett McLean with the Doug and Yvonne Wiles Recognition Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey David Alexander presents Brett McLean with the Doug and Yvonne Wiles Recognition Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Chris Spencer presents Stacey Forster with the Coach of the Year Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Chris Spencer presents Stacey Forster with the Coach of the Year Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Brett McLean presents Jerry Bueckert with the Mike Landucci Referee of the Year Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Brett McLean presents Jerry Bueckert with the Mike Landucci Referee of the Year Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Joshua and Kayden Kirschner present Finley Gibb with the Kirschner Goaltender Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Joshua and Kayden Kirschner present Finley Gibb with the Kirschner Goaltender Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Darla Jackson presents Paige Brown with the Fort St. John Eagles Most Dedicated Female Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Darla Jackson presents Paige Brown with the Fort St. John Eagles Most Dedicated Female Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Jason Jackson and Mike Blanchette present Jesus Sepulveda with the jersey he wore this past season as a memento. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey. Jason Jackson and Mike Blanchette present Jesus Sepulveda with the jersey he wore this past season as a memento. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey. Tyler Kosick presents Nick Page with the Kenny Kosick Memorial Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Tyler Kosick presents Nick Page with the Kenny Kosick Memorial Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Paul Van Nostrand presents Ryan Whimp with the MacLean-Herron Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Paul Van Nostrand presents Ryan Whimp with the MacLean-Herron Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Bev Craig-Steele presents Noah Lang with the Gary Flake Memorial Award 2017. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Bev Craig-Steele presents Noah Lang with the Gary Flake Memorial Award 2017. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey The Fort St. John AAA Safety Pee Wee team, the winners of the Rotary Fair Play Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey The Fort St. John AAA Safety Pee Wee team, the winners of the Rotary Fair Play Award. Photo by Fort St. John Minor Hockey Esso Medallion Awards were also handed out to three players on each of the Association’s Novice, Atom, and Pee Wee teams. The list of winners is as follows:NOVICEElite Technologies Inc. Advertisementlast_img read more

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From ‘This is Anfield… so what?’ to ‘History. Tradition. Feeling. Legend’

first_imgMarca have seemingly taken their cue from the admirable Madrid manager, with a less dismissive headline compared to five years ago: ‘The Thunder In Anfield’… This is Anfield This time round the circumstances are different and so is the Spanish approach.In 2009, the Anfield meeting was a last 16 second leg, following a 1-0 win for Liverpool at the Bernabeu.The Reds were a feared force in the Champions League, whereas Madrid had made a habit of crashing out at the last 16 stage.Fast forward to 2014 and Liverpool are back in the competition for the first time since winter 2009 and have yet to convince, scraping a home win against Ludogorets and falling to a dismal away defeat at Basel.Madrid, meanwhile, are the Champions League holders and boast some of the finest talents in world football.And they approach Anfield with a much better frame of mind, as well as clever PR, evidenced by this tweet from Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti… 4 And inside, the paper has a much more flattering description of Liverpool’s home…“Anfield is Anfield,” it says. “History. Tradition. Feeling. Legend. It is not the biggest of stadiums; quite the opposite – it is small, soon to be made bigger. Neither has it hosted great football finals – precisely due to its small size and also because it is somewhat archaic.“What is has instead of walls and modernity is magic, history, lore, legend. It has football impregnated into its four walls. From the Spion Kop, to Anfield Road, from Main Stand to Centenary Stand.”A different approach from Spain… and perhaps a different result from their previous meetings with the Reds? 4 4 Liverpool v Real Madrid in the Champions League is live on talkSPORT tonight – you won’t hear it on the BBC!Five years ago when Real Madrid travelled to Merseyside for a Champions League game, Madrid-based newspaper Marca’s front page cheekily declared: ‘This Is Anfield… So What?’ (see the cover below).Liverpool duly thumped Madrid 4-0 in front of a baying Anfield crowd. 4last_img read more

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‘Five new faces’! West Ham set to splash the cash this summer

first_img West Ham co-chairman David Gold West Ham co-owner David Gold says he expects the club to sign at least five new players during the summer.Despite the uncertainty surrounding the future of Sam Allardyce, the east London club are still working hard on transfer targets.After bringing in nine new signings last summer which included Aaron Cresswell, Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia, the West Ham hierarchy are determined to strengthen the squad even further.With the club making a historic move into the Olympic Stadium next year, they are determined to have another successful season in the Premier League and a possible route into the Europa League.Gold, speaking on his Twitter site, said: “I’m optimistic for next season. Andy Carroll, Diafra Sakho and James Tomkins back plus at least five new faces.” 1last_img read more

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MRS BROWN’S BOY DANNY GIVES DONEGAL SOCCER TEAM A DRESSING-UP!

first_imgMrs Brown’s Boys star Danny O’Carroll has come to the rescue of his local Donegal soccer side.Danny, who plays Buster Brady in the award-winning sitcom, lives in Manorcunningham and occasionally lines out for Lagan Harps FC.Married to local woman Amanda Woods, the father-of-two plays in defence in the Donegal Junior League when not shooting the hit TV series. Danny, 29, showed his father Brendan’s kind nature when he recently sponsored the team who now have the Mrs Brown’s Boys logo on their tracksuits.Lagan Harps spokesman Ernie Pollock says Danny is just one of the lads and is quite handy at right back.“You wouldn’t think he was a television star and he just enjoys playing his bit of football when he can fit it in.“He obviously has a very busy schedule but he has played a number of times for us this year including the cup. He’s quite handy. “Everyone knows how hard it is to get sponsorship but Danny did sponsor the team’s tracksuits and gear which was very nice of him,” said Ernie.But beating the opposition is not Danny’s biggest challenge according to Ernie.The greatest threat is on the sideline trying to get away from fans of the hit television show.“The problem is getting him onto the pitch for a game if supporters recognize who he is.“He’s often stopped for autographs and photographs by people watching games when they realise who he is. But he always has time for people. He’s a great lad,” said Ernie. Danny moved to Donegal several years ago after meeting Amanda on a night out in Letterkenny as he toured the Mrs Brown’s Boys show with dad Brendan.Brendan said he warned his son that Donegal women “don’t leave Donegal.”So Danny moved to Donegal and the couple, who are happily married for seven years, now have two little boys.MRS BROWN’S BOY DANNY GIVES DONEGAL SOCCER TEAM A DRESSING-UP! was last modified: February 27th, 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:Danny O’CarrollLagan HarpsMrs Brown’s Boyslast_img read more

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New storefront is combining tasks to make holidays bright

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “The Sheriff’s Department has been doing this for 16 years,” said Deputy and Head Elf Gerry McCorkle. “People would drop off toys at the station and we’d store them wherever we could find a nook or cranny.” The storefront solves both storage and delivery dilemmas. Parents register at one of the four nonprofit organizations, which combine data in an effort to make distribution more equitable. Those with vouchers will be allowed to choose up to three toys for each child in their family. Organizers are also asking for a $1 donation per toy from recipients in an attempt to “pay it forward” and support future storefronts. “Last year, we delivered 500 bags of toys,” McCorkle said, surveying the shelves full of toys. “We still need things for infants and teenagers; that’s always the age groups where we’re short.” Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Food Pantry, said the rising number of people coming to the pantry might cause a boost in voucher requests as well. VALENCIA – Santa’s got a new workshop at City Hall this year. The Santa Clarita Valley Holiday Storefront in Suite 100 – the former Santa Clarita Valley Chamber of Commerce – blends resources and information with the goal of making holiday magic for families in need. The storefront is a combined effort of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Santa Clarita Valley station, the city of Santa Clarita, the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry, Single Mothers Outreach and the local Domestic Violence Center. With a Christmas tree towering in the foyer and office windows painted with snowmen and stockings, ornaments hang from the ceiling and shelves are loaded with dolls, tea sets, art kits, models, trucks, footballs, board games, action figures and coloring books – toys all donated by local residents or companies. Most of the toys on the shelves came from a Christmas In July event at Mountasia at which more than 1,000 toys were collected. Community members will have an opportunity to make their donations at the toy-drive kickoff Thursday night, when the sheriff’s custody bus will be parked in front of Power Honda on Magic Mountain Parkway. Vouchers are available at the Food Pantry, 24133 Railroad Ave., Newhall; Single Mothers Outreach, 18333 Dolan Way No. 208, Canyon Country; the Domestic Violence Center, 23630 San Fernando Road, Suite C, Newhall; and the Community Center, 24406 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Hours for the storefront at 23920 Valencia Blvd., Suite 100, are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 10 and 17 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Dec. 11 and 18. Gifts and toys can be donated at the sheriff’s station at 23740 Magic Mountain Parkway or left in various collection boxes scattered throughout the community. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 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

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