Wellington S.A.F.E. students.Click on picture for larger view of students.by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€”Â Seat belts save lives, and Wellington High School Resource Officer James Yunker and 62 Wellington High School students have been actively relaying this message as part of the “Seat belts Are For Everyone” program.Â The Wellington Police Department recently received an award at the S.A.F.E. conference in Topeka, for being the best law enforcement agency for a small agency in the state of Kansas.“Wellington is the only school actively participating in the program in Sumner County,” Yunker said.The S.A.F.E. program is offered to Kansas school districts as part of an educational program through the Kansas Traffic Safety Resource Office.“The program starts at the beginning of the school year,” Yunker said. “The members of S.A.F.E., who are also S.A.D.D. members, do a pre-survey of who is wearing seat belts at the high school.”Students go out to the high school parking lot 30 minutes before school for two days and count how many people don’t have seat belts on, and the numbers are sent to the state, which gives them a baseline for where Wellington is. Every month, the students put on educational assemblies at the high school, and do various other things, such as students visiting classrooms and reading seat belt statistics, including crash related ones, which are also announced over the intercom. They also host a safety day during the school year.“The educational part of it is that there are different things throughout the year, and the students can get creative with their ideas,” Yunker said.Students involved in S.A.F.E. also hand out pledge cards during lunch time for two weeks, and other students have the opportunity to pledge to wear a seat belt. Drawings are held everyday for these two weeks, with prizes of $25 gas cards and a mini iPad given.“At mid-term, we conduct another survey to see if the numbers have improved,” Yunker said.An enforcement period is also held, where Yunker and another local officer assist students in handing out citations for those not wearing seat belts for two weeks. The students are involved in collecting data, and sit with a police officer during this time. All schools in the program participate in the enforcement period, and only schools are targeted.“We just completed the final survey this week, and 94.6% of the school population wears seat belts, and we started out in the high 80 percent,” Yunker said.Yunker said the group has an opportunity throughout the year to send in t-shirt designs to the state and compete with other high schools.“The group does a great job,” Yunker said.A trophy was awarded, and they might be featured in the S.A.F.E. magazine and newsletter.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
Authorities in Delray are reporting that they are currently attempting to diffuse a shooting situation within the Kings Point community.The SWAT team was called to the retirement community on Monday due to the report of a man firing a gun from inside of his house on Normandy Lane.Deputies are reporting that they have made contact with the man and that they believe he is alone in the house.Authorities are asking residents to remain inside their homes and to avoid the area as they attempt to secure the situation.
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 BELLEVUE, Wash.–The Puget Sound Energy bills now reaching more than 1.5 million homes and businesses through October include a scratch and sniff pamphlet to remind customers of the odorant used to help identify natural gas leaks.A scratch on the natural gas safety pamphlet releases a distinctive, sulfur-like aroma, a smell similar to rotten eggs. To help detect natural gas leaks more easily, PSE and other natural gas utilities add an odorant, called mercaptan, to natural gas, which is naturally odorless and colorless.“Every family needs to know that ‘rotten egg’ odor of natural gas so they can recognize, react and report a gas leak around their home or elsewhere,” said Andy Wappler, vice president of corporate affairs for PSE. “Safety comes first, and having your family know what to do is our top priority.”In addition to bearing the “rotten egg smell”, the pamphlet also guides people to call 811 two days before digging to prevent damage to underground utility lines and on how to recognize and safely report suspected natural gas leaks by going to a safe location and calling us at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 from a safe distance. PSE natural gas technicians will respond immediately at no charge from service centers located across Western Washington.If a natural gas odor is smelled inside a house or building, the occupants should leave the premises immediately.If anyone suspects a natural gas leak, follow these steps:Leave the area immediately.Do not use phones, turn any electric switches, appliances or lights on or off.Do not smoke, light a match, use a lighter or do anything that might create a spark.Use a phone well away from the area and call PSE, 24 hours a day, at 1-888-225-5773, or 911.“Smell isn’t the only way to detect a natural gas leak,” added Wappler. “A hissing sound or blowing dirt may also indicate a possible natural gas leak.”About Puget Sound EnergyWashington state’s oldest local energy company, Puget Sound Energy serves 1.1 million electric customers and more than 750,000 natural gas customers in 11 counties. A subsidiary of Puget Energy, PSE meets the energy needs of its customers, in part, through cost-effective energy efficiency, procurement of sustainable energy resources, and far-sighted investment in energy-delivery infrastructure. PSE employees are dedicated to providing great customer service that is safe, dependable and efficient. For more information, visit www.PSE.com.
–30– ARCADIA, Calif. (June 11, 2015)–Under patient handling from Flavien Prat, Brazilian-bred Baruta sat a perfect trip down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course and went on to an impressive half length win in the track’s $60,000 allowance feature, covering 6 ½ furlongs on turf in 1:14.65.Conditioned by Richard Mandella, Baruta sat second early behind Mark of a Gem, angled four-wide at the dirt crossing turning for home and overtook eventual third place finisher Kool Kat a furlong out.“I had a good trip,” said Prat, who got his 21st overall win and his sixth from 25 in combination with Mandella at the current Spring Meet. “Usually she can be a little aggressive, but today the pace was good so I kept her covered and she was more relaxed. At the end, she finished very well.”Off as the 2-1 favorite in a field of seven fillies and mares three and up, Baruta paid $6.00, $3.00 and $2.20. Owned by her breeder, Rio Dois Irmaos, LLC, the 6-year-old mare notched her first win from six tries down the hill and improved her overall mark to 17-4-6-3. With the winner’s share of $36,000, she hiked her earnings to $186,508.“I needed that, I’ve got confidence now going into the weekend,” said Mandella, who will saddle two-time Eclipse Champ Beholder in Saturday’s Grade III Adoration Stakes and Bal a Bali in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile.Ridden by Tyler Baze, Rattataptap flew from off the pace to finish second, one length in front of Kool Kat. The narrow second choice at 2-1, Rattataptap paid $4.00 and $2.10.Kook Kat, who charged up the rail to wrest the lead from Mark of a Gem leaving the half mile pole, was no match for Rattataptap late and finished third, 1 ¼ lengths in front of longshot Meeting Waters. Off at 5-1, Kool Kat paid $2.80 to show.First post time on Friday is 4 p.m. Admission gates will open for simulcasting at 11 a.m.
TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SONGBIRD IN ‘VERY GOOD’ WORK FOR EASTERN TRIPSuperstar filly Songbird, who reels off fractions with the rhythmical precision of a metronome, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday morning in 1:13.40, breezing, as the undefeated daughter of Medaglia d’Oro trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms prepares for an East Coast campaign expected to lead back to Santa Anita on Nov. 4 for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff.“It was a very good work,” Hollendorfer said. “She galloped out nicely in 1:26 (for seven furlongs) and out a mile in (one) 39 point ninety.” Exercise rider Edgar Rodriguez was aboard.Songbird is scheduled to run in the Coaching Club American Oaks at Saratoga July 24 followed by the Alabama Aug. 20. While the $1 million Cotillion at Parx on Sept. 24 has been mentioned as the finale on Songbird’s Eastern junket, Hollendorfer allowed as to how that was not written in stone.“We’ll see what happens after those (first) two races,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “But we could possibly do that. She will leave Santa Anita on the 19th (of July) and she will not work at Saratoga.” Mike Puype54117620%44%$360,850 James Cassidy4574616%38%$427,845 Tyler Baze19231403516%55%$1,559,532 Flavien Prat15038242325%57%$1,856,795 HALL OF FAME JOCKEYS TO SIGN ONE-OF-A-KIND POSTER TOMORROWTomorrow, closing day of the Spring Meet, Hall of Fame jockeys Gary Stevens and Mike Smith will be available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to sign one-of-a-kind posters featuring three-time champion mare Beholder and the undefeated filly Songbird.Signings will take place in the shaded saddling enclosure. Families are invited to bring the kids, as Santa Anita mascots, Winnie and Lucky, will be on-hand to greet fans and offer Beholder peppermints, her favorite treat. Philip D’Amato992520925%55%$1,606,938 SLUGO RACING & PUYPE ‘TOUCHING RAINBOWS’ IN JULY From the National Hot Rod Association to the Santa Anita Winner’s Circle, Steve Gasparrelli’s Slugo Racing is a good fit, as once again evidenced by Touching Rainbows’ impressive maiden $30,000 claiming win in last Saturday’s fifth race. Owned by Slugo, Esembee, Inc. or Strauss, the three-year-old Touching Rainbows is trained by Mike Puype and is a California-bred gelding by Aragorn who was making his third career start. Off at 5-2 in his first try around two turns, he won by 4 ¼ lengths under Flavien Prat and paid $7.80.Steeped in the vagaries of nitro, burning rubber, leaking oil and the inherent life- threatening danger of racing Funny Cars, Gasparrelli’s late father, Lou, was a nationally prominent Funny Car owner and driver who won 11 division titles before succumbing to cancer in 2011, his victories including Funny Car scores in the prestigious Winternationals in 1986 and 1993.“My dad’s business was automotive, but he loved horse racing as well,” said Steve, who grew up in nearby Monrovia and himself drives the Gasparrelli family Funny Car on the NHRA circuit. “We’ve got about 16 horses now–yearlings, two-year-olds and horses of racing age, and Mike’s become a great friend. We enjoy this so much and it is such a thrill to come to the races when we have a horse running.“I love coming out here in the mornings to watch the horses train and just about everything about the racing experience. Like drag racing, there’s a lot competition, but there’s also a lot of comaraderie and that’s what makes it fun.”(And, whether it’s on turf, dirt or a quarter mile strip of asphalt, it doesn’t hurt to win every now and again, either). Doug O’Neill10112212112%53%$829,076 Kent Desormeaux61119618%43%$484,775 Fernando Perez10113111113%35%$557,713 Mark Glatt7113151118%55%$485,036 Chad Lindsay691171216%43%$248,830 John Sadler63971314%46%$742,733 Peter Eurton4586518%42%$488,880 Santiago Gonzalez18023243113%43%$1,124,768 Tiago Pereira10812161611%41%$535,187 SONGBIRD BREEZES FOR EAST COAST TOURBEHOLDER WORKS FOR HIRSCH AT DEL MARD’AMATO CLINCHES SECOND STRAIGHT TITLE BEJARANO ZEROES IN ON ANOTHER CROWNSLUGO RACING IS AT HOME ON ANY SURFACE Stewart Elliott959879%25%$394,355 Mike Smith45158133%53%$1,014,947 Edwin Maldonado15026221517%42%$1,001,870 Martin Garcia781261315%40%$650,094 Joseph Talamo13926192019%47%$1,527,073 BEJARANO NEARS ANOTHER RIDING TITLELike Old Man River, Rafael Bejarano just keeps rolling along.A change in agents a year ago didn’t impair the success of the 34-year-old native of Peru, who is about to capture his 15th riding title at Santa Anita, his 27th in California and his 32nd overall.With two days left in the 40-day Spring Meet, Bejarano held a 43-38 lead over runner-up Flavien Prat. Bejarano is named on six horses Saturday and five on Sunday.Prat is named to ride in eight of the nine races Saturday and in six of nine on Sunday, so mathematically, the title is still up for grabs, although Prat would appear to have a steep hill to climb.As for Bejarano, he loves his job.“I like the competition and I like to be No. One,” he said. “Like every jockey, my dream is to one day win the Kentucky Derby, but that’s the most difficult thing to achieve, because you only get one chance a year, if you’re lucky.”Bejarano’s agent is Tora Yamaguchi, a former member of the racing department who has represented Bejarano for about a year, following the retirement of agent Joe Ferrer.“I’ve had his book since the end of the Santa Anita meet last year, July of 2015,” said the soft-spoken Yamaguchi, who maintains a relatively low profile for such a high profile gig.“It’s always tough to stay on top,” he said, “but it’s always nice to stay on top. That’s what we strive for.” D’AMATO ROLLS TO SECOND TRAINING CROWNPhil D’Amato has clinched his second straight Santa Anita training title, having won the Winter Meet crown with 41 victories. He now stands nine ahead of runner-up Bob Baffert at 25-16 with two racing days left in the 40-day Spring Meet.D’Amato also is the runaway leader this meet in purse earnings with $1,606,938, more than $600,000 in front of runner-up Jerry Hollendorfer. With 23 wins from 96 starters, D’Amato is winning at a 24 percent clip. Baffert, with 16 wins from 55 starters, leads in that category with 29 percent. D’Amato and Hollendorfer are tied for most stakes wins at four each.D’Amato won his first-ever title when he captured Santa Anita’s Winter Meet crown.“Everything’s been firing,” said D’Amato, who won two races Friday. “I’ve got great stock across the board, from younger horses to older horses, and most importantly, I’ve got owners who let me pick the spots to run them in and it’s working out great.”D’Amato has no horses entered at Santa Anita today and four on Sunday, including two in the seventh race. Baffert has one horse entered today and two on Sunday. (Current Through Friday, July 8) Peter Miller581014717%53%$479,865 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Martin Pedroza831391216%41%$403,100 Mario Gutierrez78916612%40%$695,300 Rafael Bejarano18443413023%62%$2,421,245 Richard Mandella4195722%51%$724,512 Jerry Hollendorfer751481419%48%$989,943 Richard Baltas6110121316%57%$466,765 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Exaggerator worked a leisurely half mile this morning at Belmont Park in 51.63 under Kent Desormeaux in preparation for the Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga on July 30 . . . California Chrome worked a mile in company Saturday in 1:39.60 at Los Alamitos as the 2014 Horse of the Year readies for the San Diego Handicap July 23 at Del Mar. California Chrome broke well behind workmate Mishegas but was two lengths in front at the wire . . . Jockey Norberto Arroyo is back in California and expected to resume riding when Del Mar opens next Friday, July 15. The 37-year-old native of Puerto Rico renewed his California license yesterday. He will be represented by his 35-year-old brother, Nelson, who also handles Abel Lezcano . . . There will be mandatory payouts in the Pick Six and Super High Five at Santa Anita on closing day Sunday. Patrick Gallagher2972224%38%$266,100 Bob Baffert551612629%62%$861,603 BEHOLDER IN ‘TYPICAL’ WORK THIS MORNINGThree-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder worked seven furlongs in company Saturday in 1:26.20 for trainer Richard Mandella with regular rider Gary Stevens aboard in preparation for the Grade I Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar on July 30.Stablemate Volume was given a six furlong clocking of 1:14.40.“My company was supposed to go (five furlongs) in 1:01. I stayed four lengths off him, and Beholder did her thing through the lane,” Stevens said of the six-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes, a champion at two, three and five whose ultimate goal is the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.“It was just a nice, steady work, nothing fancy,” Stevens said. “She ships Monday so Richard didn’t want anything too fancy. It was good, a typical Beholder work.”