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Giraldo eager for 1st season as Huskies’ hoops coach

first_img By WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent MATAWAN John Giraldo could not wait until the start of high school basketball practices with him serving as the new head coach at Matawan Regional High School.“It’s fantastic; things are going well. I can’t be any happier than I am now,” Giraldo said.The coach is never at a loss for adrenalin going back to his playing days at Marist High School in Bayonne and Monmouth University, where he scored 1,749 career points and finished first in steals and second in assists at the NCAA Division I school. He played on the 1995-96 team that earned the program’s first trip to the NCAA Tournament.“We have kids who can shoot the ball and run up and down the court and who are quick,” Giraldo said. “We’re not going to out-physical or be bigger than most teams.”Giraldo succeeds longtime Matawan coach Tom Stead, who stepped down to become director of athletics at Lakewood High School. Stead coached the Huskies to their finest season two years ago with a program-best 24-5 record and their first NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II title since 1957 behind Jason Dunne, who went on to a college career at the University of Hartford.Only one starter, Mergim Gyjrigi, returns from last year’s team that went 15- 12 and lost, 50-47, to Manasquan High School in the Central Jersey, Group II semifinals. Sharp-shooting guard Joe Piscopo is the top player who graduated.“We’re finding our niche, getting guys who can shoot the ball good looks,” said Giraldo, whose season opener is 6:45 p.m. Dec. 18 hosting Neptune High School.The Huskies had a tri-scrimmage with Lakewood and Notre Dame High School Dec. 7. They had home scrimmages against Barnegat High School Dec. 10 and Governor Livingston High School Dec. 12, followed by a road scrimmage against Freehold Township High School Dec. 15.“I want to make sure they’re competing all the time,” Giraldo said. “It’s a high-energy team where every play is fast paced.”Gyjrigi, a 6-foot-3 senior, scored nine points per game last year, but Giraldo said he likes that he has stepped forward to a leadership role after playing in the shadows of Piscopo and Dunne, who starred on the section championship team. Giraldo said he is happy how the players developed while in a fall league in Linden that included teams from the Patrick School in Elizabeth, Snyder High School in Jersey City and Roselle Catholic High School, where Giraldo was an assistant coach the past eight seasons. Roselle Catholic reached the Tournament of Champions the last three years, winning the overall title this past season and two years before that. Giraldo also played on Marist’s team that advanced to the 1992 Tournament of Champions finals, losing, 46-42, to Shawnee High School. Marist was ranked No. 3 in the nation in USA Today at the time. Giraldo’s teams that reached the Tournament of Champions as player and coach beat nationally acclaimed St. Anthony High School to win the Non-Public B title all four times to get to the state showcase.He also played internationally in five different countries: Colombia (Piratas of Bogota and Paisas of Medellin), where he was a three-time MVP; Venezuela (Trotamundos of Valencia); Portugal (Ginasio of Figuera de Foz); Germany (Poco Izerlohn); and Argentina (Obras Sanitaria). It gave him the experience he used toward his coaching career and the importance of being committed to hard work.Now he is trying to guide Matawan’s players to understand the commitment needed to compete at that level.It starts with Gyjrigi, a power forward who can hit the jump shot, rebound and handle the ball.“[He is] an extremely good shooter with good basketball IQ who can fill in for a lot of spots,” the coach said.Randy Myers, a 6-foot-3 senior forward with high energy and good rebounding ability, is expected to contribute. Junior Pat Hennessey is a good shooter who will be asked to play an expanded role along with 6-foot-2 sophomore Reggie Towiah and 6- foot-2 sophomore guard Michael Dunne, Jason’s brother.Giraldo said Michael Dunne can shoot but has to learn to play on the varsity level.Sophomore Zaire Jackson is extremely quick at the point guard spot, Giraldo said. Joe Bueckers, a 6-foot-4 junior forward, is the tallest player.“We’ll look to be extremely aggressive on defense because we have extremely good guards who can put on the pressure,” Giraldo said.Mike Pelkey remains as varsity assistant and junior varsity coach and John Saffiano is freshman coach.last_img read more

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Germans shocked by World Cup defeat, fans call for shake-up

first_imgGerman fans responded with shock and dismay after the national team suffered their first elimination in the first round of the World Cup for 80 years.Top selling daily Bild splashed “OUT!” across its website after the defending champions’ 2-0 defeat by South Korea, calling it a nightmare but adding “We didn’t deserve any better”.“The biggest disgrace in German World Cup History. The 0:2 loss is the embarrassing end to a catastrophic group phase,” it wrote on its website.In West Berlin, along the swanky shopping avenue Kurfuerstendamm normally filled with cheering fans and honking cars, the mood was eerily silent. Glum-faced fans in Germany shirts moved slowly and quietly away from cafes and bars.Tens of thousands of German supporters who had gathered to view the game at the Brandenburg Gate stood stunned after the South Korea loss, some moved to tears.“It didn’t go well from the start. The first game wasn’t great, the second game wasn’t great and we shouldn’t even talk about today,” said Robert Koeschinger, one emotional fan.“We deserved to lose. Something definitely has to change now.”“The team just didn’t even fight. It was a terrible game,” said Janin Roethig with tears in her eyes.Coach Joachim Loew told broadcaster ZDF it was too soon to answer a question about his future as the national trainer.“I’m terribly disappointed,” Loew said. “I need a few hours to digest it.”Die Welt newspaper dismissed the team’s performance as “disgraceful.” “Tame, lacking in ideas and passion – the team deservedly lost against South Korea,” it said.“‘The miracle of Sochi’ was not repeated today,” the German interior ministry tweeted. “Out in the group stage. The sports ministry is as sad as you all are.”Felix Kroos, brother of Germany midfielder Toni, tweeted, “That’s sport. Heads high for all those who truly cheered on.”German comedian Jan Boehmermann offered hope for the future.“Chin up. In the next World Cup, Germany will form a joint European team with Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and Spain, and will be world champion every time thereafter,” he said on Twitter.last_img read more

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Bright start for Painters

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Senators to proceed with review of VFA Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND PBA IMAGESRain or Shine started the year the way it wanted and eased the pain that dulled the celebrations of the last holiday season.Trailing for just the first 10 seconds against Phoenix Petroleum last night, the grieving Elasto Painters resumed their PBA Philippine Cup campaign with a masterful 97-82 demolition of the Fuel Masters that put them in second place in the standings at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Coach Caloy Garcia wanted the win to jumpstart the new year, but more importantly, ease the pain of the team somewhat after Margaret Yu, the mother of Rain or Shine co-owner Raymund, passed away on Christmas Eve.“It’s very sad that we lost somebody, especially our No. 1 fan,” Garcia said. “The whole Rain or Shine community is still grieving. Hopefully, after getting this win, Mommy (whom everyone in the PBA called the late Mrs. Yu) is happy. This win means a lot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngJericho Cruz hit three straight triples in a 52-second span during the most critical time of the fourth quarter and sealed Rain or Shine’s second straight win in a 5-2 card that kept league-leading San Miguel Beer within sight.That Rain or Shine pounded the Fuel Masters to near submission practically the entire night spoke highly of how mentally and physically tough this team is, considering that the Elasto Painters played minus key men Gabe Norwood and Raymund Almazan.All but oneCruz went on to finish with 21 points to lead all Rain or Shine shooters, with Jeff Chan shooting 12 and James Yap firing 10. Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentscenter_img MOST READ But the Fuel Masters, as a while, shot just 37 points in the last two periods.With less than a month of action left, jockeying for the top two berths will reach fever pitch as only four teams will get the boot and the top two earning the lightest assignments in the quarterfinals.The first and second-ranked teams will clash with Nos. 8 and 7, respectively, needing to win just once to advance to the Final Four. The last two semifinalists will be determined via a best-of-three series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Only Dexter Maiquez failed to score from among the 12 players that Garcia put on the floor as the Painters downplayed their readiness to contend for a top two berth after the elimination round where a twice-to-beat privilege awaits.The Painters return to action in five days, clashing with the defending champion Beermen in what could be the most important match of the round for them.Garcia hopes to have Norwood back by then after his defensive-minded guard sat out last night after contacting sore eyes.Last threeMeralco, GlobalPort and then Alaska will be Rain or Shine’s final three foes after the San Miguel match, and depending on the result of the Beermen’s clash with sister team Barangay Ginebra that was going on at press time, the Painters could ultimately have a shot at the top spot.Phoenix, meanwhile, continued to blow hot and cold and lost for the fourth time in eight games, trailing the Painters by as big as 21 points even with rookie Matthew Wright again having a brilliant offensive night.Wright, the second overall choice behind Mac Belo in the overall Draft, hit 26 points, 15 of them coming in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alab Pilipinas thwarts pesky Taiwan five EDITORS’ PICKlast_img read more

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No growth Budget 2017

first_imgThe dust has not settled on the reactions to Budget 2017, but the dominant sentiment appears to be one of disappointment. This was exacerbated when Finance Minister Winston Jordan confirmed during his budget speech what he had strenuously denied up to then: economic growth had ground to a halt and only increased production in gold allowed an adjusted growth rate of 2.6 per cent to be projected for 2017. This is a far cry from the double-digit growth rate needed over at least a decade for a near-term significant rise in  standards of living.Ever since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Governments in mixed economies have generally followed the economic theories of John Maynard Keynes, who proposed specific Government interventions to smooth out the regular business cycles or the deeper ones that result in depressions. They accomplish this through the revenue and expenditure measures of annual budgets in tandem with monetary policy that influences interest rates.But in the postwar era, with the challenge of the Soviet Union’s socialist model of Government interventions to deliver targets for growth in the various sectors of the economy via “five-year plans”, it became expected that Governments of mixed economies would follow suit in their annual budgets.From this perspective, the three traditional functions of mixed-economies’ budgets – allocative, distributive and stabilisation, were now deployed to deliver targeted growth rates. And it is this imperative that seemed to have escaped the Finance Minister in crafting Budget 2017.Take for instance, the allocation of resources between “public goods” – those, such as infrastructure – bridges and sea walls – that are essential to the citizenry, but are not provided for by the markets, and private goods. The Government announced it would be looking for private partners to construct the highway between Linden and Mabaruma, and also would be issuing bonds to embark on other infrastructural projects. Both of these measures will have the Government competing with private investors for funds and reduce the overall efficacy of investment decisions through what is called the “crowding out effect” because of higher interest rates.The Government, on the other hand, has steadfastly refused to consider the Amaila Falls Hydropower Project (AFHEP) that was totally funded by loans and grants and which would have been serviced by payments that presently go to the Guyana Power and Light (GPL). This win win situation was scuttled by the parties in Government when they were in Opposition and they have obdurately not heeded the calls of the domestic and international business community.For the distributive function of the budget, the Government uses its taxation and expenditure (fiscal) policies to assist in a fair distribution of income to the population as a whole. But what the Government has done is to increase the tax burden on the relatively minuscule middle class and this is giving them either a disincentive to work harder – since the marginal income earned will be taxed at the higher rate – or an incentive to cheat on their taxes. Either way, the economy will not grow as fast as it could have.In its stabilisation function, the Government can use its influence over monetary policy to stimulate growth of the economy by setting macroeconomic targets for, say, job creation and savings rather than just keeping inflation down. For Governments such as ours that are seeking to stimulate growth, inflation rates of two per cent are simply ridiculous and betray a tendency to stick to a course of action that has long been discredited.Another area where the Government has not shown enough creativity in crafting its budget is to, on one hand, complain that the price of sugar on the international market is set by players such as Brazil and India that heavily subsidise their producers and on the other, to declare that we cannot subsidise ours. They ignore the fact that when we close down half of the sugar industry, as they have decided, the economy will shrink and workers will be pushed on the breadlines.last_img read more

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Expelled groups thrive away from oppression

first_imgDear Editor,Geralda Dennison, a Guyanese living in England, in another medium, pointed out that oppressed or persecuted ethnic groups (Jews and Indians used as illustration) thrive in new societies where they are re-settled. She noted that the brutal black dictator, Idi Amin in Uganda expelled Indians similar to how Hitler sought to exterminate or expel Jews from Germany. The Indians fled to the UK, Hong Kong, and other countries while the Jews made their way to America and other countries. Dennison rightly commented, “Intriguingly, both expelled groups subsequently made great strides” where they had resettled – not only the members of the ethnic groups, but also the countries where they settled adding to wealth creation and industrial development. They created countless jobs and played a significant role in national development and economic growth.It is noted that in Guyana, another notorious dictator Forbes Burnham indirectly expelled Indians, Chinese, whites (Portuguese) and others from the country. Members of these persecuted ethnic groups were forced out of Guyana through a variety of methods, including violence and using ethnic food as weapons. Away from oppression, and settled in Australia, North America, Suriname, the UK, French Guiana, and around the Caribbean, the members of these oppressed expelled Guyanese ethnic groups have done remarkably well in their new adopted countries – high paying jobs, opportunities at being professionals, home and car owners, access to advanced education, and generally enjoy a relatively high standard of living.Evidence reveals that those who supported Burnham’s policy of ethnic chauvinism have largely regressed and the country experienced negative growth. Countries that were the recipients of these oppressed ethnic groups have seen their economies made great strides, growing rapidly.So if there is one lesson learnt from Hitler’s Germany, Idi Amin’s Uganda, and Burnham’s Guyana, a country will regress rather than progress when hard working model ethnic groups are persecuted. Away from oppression, ethnic groups do well.Yours truly,Vishnu Bisramlast_img read more

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Memories still fresh in Sophia victims’ minds

first_img2015 Election Day violenceas they await compensation from GovtToday marks one year since that violent eruption in C Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, which left millions in property destroyed and items stolen; however, as time has moved on so have the victims of that incident who have struggled to get their lives back on track.On the evening of May 11, 2015, after the close of polls in historic General and Regional Elections, residents of C Field erupted transforming the community into a virtual warzone over allegations of electoral impropriety by aThe horse stable and a small wooden shack that belonged to Prashad’s son on firepolitical activist.In the ensuing showdown, five cars, one minibus and a house, along with two horse stables, were completely destroyed by fire. The animals escaped unhurt. The violence targeted People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) member Narine Kooblall but quickly escalated to his immediate neighbour on the left, who suffered the most in losses.Speaking with Guyana Times, Farida Prashad recalled how the events unfolded on that fateful night that caused her and her family to lose their peace of mind. The woman said she was at home when persons gathered in front of her house, accusing her of having stolen ballot boxes from the polling station.“That is something I will never forget and I remember it like it happened yesterday; we are still traumatised over the situation and we still living in fear that something like that will happen again,” she noted, pointing out that the individual who started the riot was still a free man.“You can’t just go up to somebody place and say ‘come see they have ballot box’; that cause so much destruction and then you would be a free man on this road, while we suffer millions of dollars in losses,” she noted.According to Prashad, her two daughters who had separate apartments in the bottom flat of her house lost everything, as persons broke into their homes while the Police were right outside. In addition, they lost three motorcycles, her daughter’s shop was looted and two horse stables and a small wooden shack which belonged to her son were also burnt as protesters lobbed Molotov cocktails.Prashad noted that her husband’s horse cart and canter truck was also burnt, leaving him jobless as well. She recounted as the crowd became unmanageable that night, they left with the Police, who told them not to secure the house as it would be under Police surveillance, but when they returned two days later, almost everything in the upper flat was missing and whatever was left, was destroyed.She further noted that over a dozen birds that were given to the Police for safekeeping also went missing along with the safe that was in her room which contained several important documents.“We came back and started to block up the house because all the windows them were broken…we had to live here for over two months with zinc sheets on the windows… and as we get help from private people we start repairing,” she related.Prashad revealed that they received help from the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha as well as from the PPP/C, but the assistance they got from the Guyana Relief Council was what gave them that lift they needed to make the major repairs on the house.In the same vein, the woman expressed her disappointment with the Government over its lack of interest in the victims.“Nobody from the Government side check with us, they did ask we how we doing if we dead or alive… We didn’t even get compensation from them and all these things happen because of their (Govt) supporters,” she remarked, adding that she was disappointed that Government turned down the motion taken to the National Assembly by the PPP/C Opposition for compensation to be given to the victims of the Election Day violence.Her next-door neighbour, Kooblall, who was at the centre of the incident, said while he too was disappointed about the fact that Government did not show any form of concern for them, he has since moved on and has made peace with what happened exactly one year ago.Kooblall is a Pastor and has a church in his yard. On May 11 last year, his minibus was burnt and days later his home was broken into and looted and his nephew was badly beaten during the raid. The situation was so intense that he had to move out, along with his family, for a month, before returning home.He noted that with the help of some A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) members, they were able to restrict the crowd that fateful night from entering the yard, but not from destroying his vehicle. However, the man noted that things are now back to normal for him and he has since restored his relationship with neighbours. “The main thing is that we have our lives, those things that were lost are material and now the focus for me is reconciliation in the community,” the man posited. He too voiced his disappointment about the rejection of the motion that was seeking compensation from Government. “I was really hoping that the Government would have stepped in and given us some form of compensation… reading what happened there in Parliament, we felt disappointed. They could have given us some form of compensationNarine Kooblall’s bus and another vehicle destroyed by fire in front of his home on May 11 last yearor even a soft loan – just some form of help,” he stated.Kooblall said he was hopeful that Government would change this position and offer some sort of compensation to him and his neighbour for the losses they suffered as a result of the events that unfolded exactly one year ago. For him, he said, even a duty-free concession would suffice so that he could buy another vehicle to replace the one destroyed by the fire.In addition to Prasad’s and Kooblall’s vehicles, persons also burnt several vehicles belonging to Government Ministries that were being driven by staff members.Dozens of persons suffered tremendously as a result of the many instances of violence that was perpetrated on Election Day 2015.Guyanese were badly beaten and attacked by angry mobs, and families lost thousands of dollars as a direct result of the unrest that occurred in several communities.At various polling stations across the country, other persons were victims of the brutal violence administered by residents who believed there was a threat to the integrity of the ballot boxes.At the Turning Point Snackette in Tucville, Greater Georgetown, two persons were physically assaulted after being accused of attempting to steal ballot boxes.In other areas, persons were hauled out of their vehicles and received several blows about their bodies forTalk Show host Kwame McCoymerely making an appearance in villages that were predominately occupied by supporters of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition.Talk Show host Kwame McCoy was attacked so badly that he had to be hospitalised. McCoy was confronted by an angry mob as he was about to exit the polling station at St Sidwell Primary School at Hadfield Street and Vlissengen Road, Georgetown.last_img read more

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Man on bail for Stabroek market robbery

first_imgA twenty-one-year-old youth of Duncan Street Lamaha Park, Georgetown was on Friday brought before the Georgetown Magistrates’ Court for allegedly robbing a shopper at the Stabroek Market Square.The charge was read by the Chief Magistrate, Ann McLennan, to the effect that Anfernee Henry (the accused) on the 30th day of October, 2017, at the said location robbed Virtual Complainant (VC) Tony Moore of a quantity of cash, an identification card and a wallet among other items, a total of ,500.Defense counsel for the accused, Attorney-at-law Keoma Griffith, contended that his client has a clean record with no previous brushes with the law in a submission for bail to be granted in a reasonable sum.The court heard that the accused who is presently unemployed, lives with his father at the given address and does not pose any flight risk.Henry was reportedly in the process of securing a job when he was arrested by ranks of the Guyana Police Force (GPF). However, the lawyer indicated that the defendant was able to afford bail and willing to comply with any conditions imposed by the court.Prosecutor Arvin Moore stated that the file was yet incomplete and the matter was not yet ready for hearing. He did not object to bail and Henry was released on ,000 bail, pending the outcome of the trial. The Chief Magistrate adjourned the case to November 17, 2017.last_img read more

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Manchester City must sell before they can buy, concedes Pellegrini

first_imgManchester City will not make any more signings this summer unless they can offload unwanted players like John Guidetti and Scott Sinclair, according to Manuel Pellegrini.The Chilean manager admitted his side have “too many players” and that new defender Eliaquim Mangala could be their last recruit, as they fight to comply with Financial Fair Play constraints.“It’s not finished, until the last day we can do different things,” said Pellegrini.“But if you ask me at this moment if I am happy with the squad, yes I am very happy with my squad. We had a lot of problems also with Financial Fair Play with the restriction of the amount of players we can put in our squad.“So maybe I don’t think that we are going to sign another player because we cannot do it. We have maybe too many players in the squad at this moment, players that need to play, that’s very important, especially for young players.“John Guidetti or maybe Scott Sinclair, they may need to play in a different team, so we’ll see from now until the end of the transfer window what happens with our squad.“But at this moment, yes we have too many players.”Along with Mangala, the Premier League champions have signed Bacary Sagna, Fernando, Willy Caballero, Frank Lampard and Bruno Zuculini this summer.The Blues expect to stay within the £49million spending limit imposed by UEFA for last term’s FFP breaches, while Pellegrini is also mindful of sticking to the reduced 21-man squad cap.Guidetti could be the first to leave the Etihad, with Feyenoord understood to be close to completing a permanent deal for the Sweden striker, who enjoyed a loan stint with the Dutch club in 2011/12.Sinclair could also join the 22-year-old in departing. The winger has made just three starts since he joined City from Swansea two years ago and admitted after Sunday’s 3-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal that he would seek a move if he cannot secure regular first-team football. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini 1last_img read more

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Wildfire evacuees reap the benefits of Katrina’s lessons

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Pet lovers – pausing to compare notes – stroll with leashed dogs, crated cats and caged birds. Two-legged friends distribute heaps of kibble. Visitors sift through piles of books and board games. Girls play Scrabble inside purple tents. Boys toss footballs with an avuncular young man, who surely worked as a camp counselor at some point in real life. Packaged snacks – cookies, crackers, chips, candy bars – flow from long tables. Boxes of doughnuts left over from breakfast still await takers. At dusk, the menu evolves into pizza and hamburgers. No, this is not a carnival or a street festival or a fair. It is an evacuation center. Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is the anti-Superdome, the Katrina contrast. And if you’re a reporter on the prowl for drama, as am I, this is not the place to find it. Stilt-walking pirates clang wooden swords in a hammy duel. Inside, movies play nonstop on the JumboTron to a smattering of viewers. Outside, pop music wafts from speakers. Cheeks painted with black spiders or pink butterflies, children skip about basking in their grand adventure. They carry stuffed elephants, dinosaurs and dolphins awarded them for the act of showing up. Their parents, some wearing pins strategically clamped to their ears, sit in a circle of chairs sampling the art of acupuncture. Others lie face down on cots enjoying therapeutic back massages. Of course, these folks would rather not be here. They’d rather be at home cooking their own meals, sleeping in their own beds and, most of all, showering in their own bathrooms. But they were forced away by encroaching fires. They packed their cars with photo albums, financial records, sentimental trinkets, favorite toys – and scurried off for shelter. They don’t know what has or will become of their houses. Still, in this lively and harmonious atmosphere, they can’t help but beam. “There’re more volunteers than evacuees!” laughs one of the latter. “You can’t walk 10 feet without being offered a bottle of water.” “We’re having an awesome time!” a woman gushes. Then she remembers: “Except that we’re worried about our house.” “Would you like a teddy bear?” a do-gooder asks a tyke. “No, thank you. We’re on teddy bear overload,” the dad answers. Indeed, the images are much different from those I saw on television two years ago. For one thing, there’s no flood and hurricane damage, or any other kind of damage, in the immediate area. For another, there’s a fraction of the number of evacuees. Mostly, you get the sense, Americans are determined not to allow a repeat of that tragedy – at least under these entirely more manageable circumstances. Nope, not much drama here. Just a lot of giving and receiving and the gratitude that comes from both. Susan Christian Goulding’s column appears Saturdays. She is an award-winning writer and freelance journalist. She can be contacted by e-mail at susangoulding@aol.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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