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Opinion | By DANIEL SANTILLAN | April 18, 2011
Don’t think that I forgot my promise to write more on the Arab and Jewish influence on Mexican/Hispanic culture, language, foods and so much more.   I will begin in the 15th century Spain/Iberia Peninsula, when Columbus sailed the ocean blue to the New World. An 800-year occupation/rule by the Moors/Arabs had just ended. Sephardic Jews settle the peninsula before the birth of Christ. Add the Roman 1,000-year presence and we have the Spanish language. Examples: jamas (never again)
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | May 4, 2011
Those affected by asthma shared their stories and concerns with local officials Tuesday as Imperial Valley Child Asthma Program hosted a public forum called “A Community United to Fight Asthma,” on World Asthma Day. Imperial County child asthma hospitalization rates are four times higher than the state average, IVCAP director Aide Fulton said. The Imperial County Child Asthma Program is a community-based asthma program that seeks to improve the quality of life for children up to 5 years old with asthma.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | August 3, 2011
Is it a law or just a suggestion to stop your engine, not to smoke and not use cell phones when pumping gas at a station? I was at a gas station the other day and this guy was filling up his car while it was running. And, the cell phone thing. People are constantly using their cell phones while filling up. - Inquiring Minds, El Centro Two out of the three things named by the letter writer are law. We spoke with Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
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By CELESTE ALVAREZ | Special to this Newspaper | March 18, 2012
CALEXICO - With prom just around the corner, Calexico High School's prom dress drive is helping students attend prom in style for less. “It's like going to an exclusive boutique,” said prom dress drive coordinator Lupita Cecena-Lopez. From accessories to floor-length gowns, Calexico High School's After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens staff Cecena-Lopez and Jessica Yocupicio have begun to organize Calexico High School's first prom dress drive. “We help them create a memory,” Cecena-Lopez said.
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By JOHN and RENEE CALTAGIRONE | July 25, 2012
Dear Imperial County Office of Education special education teachers, staff and parents: Recently John and I were honored at our retirement party at the Old Eucalyptus School House. We would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to the planning committee and all those who attended this beautiful event. We were both overwhelmed with the speeches that were given by teachers, staff and parents, letters that were read by family and friends that could not attend, the video of our lives together, the special video of our children who live in Virginia, the many personal gifts, cards and the special gift given by the school site council, all who attended this event and those who could not attend.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | April 2, 2013
SLAB CITY - There are things at Slab City Prom that one would find at any prom, including corsages, cheesy prom portraits and a king and queen coronation. There was even a wayward guest passed out near the stage area. However, some Slab City prom-goers arrived on mules instead of in limos, guests ranged in age from 2 to 80-something years old, and in between lace and chiffon dresses, one couple inexplicably dressed as vampires Saturday night. “There's nothing like it. It's a place where people, oddballs and real people come and share a night,” Slabs resident Neil Mallich said.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 1, 2013
CALEXICO - Beyond Pompeyo Tabarez, the identities of the other police chief candidates are becoming common knowledge as the hiring process drags on. A source intimate with the hiring process confirmed the police chief candidates as Tabarez, a former Imperial County Sheriff's Office sergeant; former Calipatria Police Chief Reggie Gomez; former Indio Police Chief Brad Ramos; Cocopah Tribal Police Chief James Spurgeon, and a man named Juan Rivera III,...
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By LISA FALKENBERG | August 19, 2002
Associated Press Writer Dateline: Troup, Texas Despite her jitters, Marla Tabb braced herself for the avalanche of responsibilities that awaited her as the new pastor's wife in this small Texas town. But Tabb, who made a life out of ministering to others with an effervescent charm, would not live to fulfill her newfound duties. Just two months after the family left the Navy and moved to Texas, Marla Tabb was found savagely beaten to death in the parsonage bedroom, still wearing her pajamas.
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By MICHAEL A. SALORIO | April 8, 2003
Staff Writer CALIPATRIA STATE PRISON ? The 57-year-old inmate stabbed to death here Monday morning was a founding member of the Aryan Brotherhood prison gang, according to a prison official. Correctional Lt. Gary Stratton identified the victim as Wendell Norris, who had been incarcerated for 24 years on a second-degree murder conviction out of Solano County. The Aryan Brotherhood is a white supremacist prison gang with a feared reputation for committing ruthless acts of violence, the Southern Poverty Law Center's Web site states.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | October 13, 2010
I observed that for the past few weeks, there were a couple of dead dogs and a cat lying on the side of Austin Road and they had been there for several days. I want to know who or what public office is in charge of picking up dead dogs and cats on county roads? It’s a health hazard and source of diseases to let dead dogs or cats sit there until they decompose, not to mention the smell. — Grossed Out, Imperial We spoke with Imperial County Animal Control supervisor Daniel Torres through the Imperial County Public Health Department’s media spokespeople.
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BY SILVIO J. PANTA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | November 19, 2010
CALEXICO — Shorter wait times are expected after an additional SENTRI lane opened this week at the east Port of Entry, a port official said. The new lane will be open seven days a week, including holidays, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. The lane will accommodate already-existing lanes at the port to allow travelers who are pre-approved for entry into the U.S. to be processed faster at the port. “The addition of a SENTRI vehicle lane at the Calexico East port along with expanding SENTRI hours of operation at the downtown port will provide shorter wait times for trusted travelers at California’s fourth-busiest port,” Port Director Billy Whitford said in the statement.
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By ARTURO BOJORQUEZ | Adelante Valle Editor | September 7, 2011
CALEXICO - Money-exchange and check-cashing businesses here are at risk of going under, or operating beneath the law, after some banks closed their accounts without good reason, some business owners say. Lupita Ochoa, owner of Omega check-cashing store, said that about a month ago Wells Fargo informed her it was closing her business' account effective Aug. 17. As of late last week, Wells Fargo has not returned calls seeking comment. Ochoa said a problem at a check-cashing businesses that involved someone fraudulently changing some tax refund checks has had a negative effect on all of the other local check-cashing businesses.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | July 18, 2012
CALEXICO - An affordable housing project application for funding is moving forward following City Council's 3-2 vote Tuesday evening to authorize the application submittal. The Villa Primavera Family Residences project by Chelsea Investment Corp. would have 48 individual and family apartments on the south side of Meadows Drive between Rancho Frontera and Meadows Roads. It also promises more than 300 construction jobs with most local hires. If the project application is approved by the state, it would be funded through a $4.5 million grant from HOME Investment Partnership Program funds with $100,000 grant to the city for administration costs and about $800,000 in permit/impact fees paid by the developer.
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Dora DePaoli | From the Desk of Dora DePaoli | February 19, 2013
Recently, while visiting a Wednesday evening service at Calvary Chapel in El Centro, Pastor Pete Mallinger told this story about Lewis Lawes, a former warden at Sing Sing Prison in New York. Lawes became warden there in 1921. It was the toughest prison in the nation at that time. When he retired twenty years later, the prison had become a humanitarian institution because of reforms he instituted. People credited Lawes for the changes. When he was asked about the transformation, here's what he said: “I owe it all to my wonderful wife, Kathryn, who is buried outside the prison walls.” Kathryn Lawes was a young mother with three small children when her husband became the warden.
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