first_imgHere’s how some of the Mission celebrated mothers today:What makes Krissa (left) different from all the other moms out there? “Tolerance of all of our shtick. She puts up with so much,” says Luis (right). The band-aid attests to that – little Asa launched himself out of his stroller the other day.Teresa (second from right) and her family getting ready for brunch, and to spend some time together. “She’s always there for me,” they say. Photo by Laura WenusPutting together flower arrangements at Bi-Rite. Says Callie (right), of her mother: “She’s the most exuberant person I know.” Photo by Laura Wenus Susan and daughter Mia post-brunch. “She’s a hardass,” says Mia. “But with love, and with good intentions, and she cares about my safety…I have structure in my life thanks to her.” Photo by Laura WenusSpecial delivery coming to a Mission mom. Photo by Laura WenusOn their way to see an aunt who is a mother and bring her some flowers. Photo by Laura Wenus 0%center_img Tags: 24th Street • mission street • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgYoung entrepreneurs, beware: by June, Valencia Street will be getting a permanent lemonade stand near the corner of 20th Street. Its name? Gourmonade. And it will serve the “the best, freshest, realest lemonade possible,” says Gourmande owner and founder, Vicktor Stevenson, who, in a past life, did “all things hair.” “I want people to taste lemon when they try my lemonade,” Stevenson said. Ironically, the idea for the beverage company came to Stevenson two years ago in New York as he was waiting out a snow storm. For some reason, Stevenson explained, he had a craving for lemonade, but there was none to be found — only grocery store imitations. 0% “I thought what we were going to get would be close — but nothing,” he said. “It propelled me on the journey to make it myself.” Stevenson launched Gourmonade last June, participating in popups around the city and squeezing a lot of lemons. “It’s truly a labor of love to squeeze lemons for hours at time,” he said. Stevenson said he’s always had a liking for the little flower stand that once faced Valencia Street from the V20 apartment building. He had bought his wife flowers there, and it had always “spoken” to him. “It’s already yellow,” he said referring to the building. “It’s meant to be.” He chose to open in the Mission because he “practically lives on Valencia.” “If we’re not Boba Guys, we’re at Pica Pica or Dandelion,” he said.Upon opening, Gourmonade will serve only three flavors: classic, Jasmine (Arnold) Palmer, and a less-sweet lemonade. But, in time, he will slowly introduce more creative flavors, such as blueberry-basil and ginger. “We are delighted that the lemonade stand is doing something there,” said Jefferson McCarley of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association. McCarley explained that anything to activate the portion of the block is welcome. He and other merchants expressed a similar sentiment upon learning that a high-end salad joint is moving into the former space of the Mexican cantina La Rondalla. That portion of the corridor, he said, turned into a “dead zone” after the V20 apartment building opened and, with it, a medical center on the ground floor that attracts no foot traffic. The association had, in fact, fought to have the small booth installed as a compromise for having a medical center occupy ground floor space. For a time, Mission De Flores, a local flower business, occupied the booth, but it did not stay long. “It was horrible,” Steve Rubenfaer, the owner of the flower shop, said in an email. He said he ultimately left because the stand was not waterproof, he regularly “lost product,” and the landlord was “negligent with repairs.” Rubenfaer did not respond to Mission Local’s requests for the landlord’s name, but public records show it’s owned by “Tabcommv LLC,” which is registered to a lawyer named Allison Surowitz. Likewise, Stevenson said the landlord “would rather remain discreet.”  Rubenfaer did say, however — judging from his past experiences with the mysterious landlord —  I “feel bad for the lemonade stand.”   center_img Tags: Business • valencia street Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS Academy played the first game of their Australian Tour when they took on St George-Illawarra today.The match was split into three age groups with each playing thirty minutes apiece.Game One saw the oldest age group edged 16-0 with the Second, a mix of the 16s and 17s, losing 20-10.Liam Forsyth and Jake Spedding scored the tries with Danny Richardson tagging on a conversion.And Game Three, saw the younger aged players on the Tour lose 24-4 with Dave Hewitt adding the try.St George fielded very strong sides as for the first time they brought together the best of St George and Illawarra together as one team.Normally, the club does this at Under 20s only.But the coaching staff are pleased with the players’ effort in temperatures of 30 plus and they will gain from that experience.We’ll have match reaction and further details shortly.Picture GalleryFor further information on the Academy Tour, click here.last_img read more

first_imgENGLAND Academy coach Richard Marshall and Australian Schoolboys coach Brian Battese have named their 17-man squads for the first game of the 2014 Autumn Academy International Series.The game takes place at Leigh Sports Village tomorrow with a 2.00pm kick-off.Saints’ young forward Olly Davies is named in the squad.The England Squad:Ash Golding (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Ash Handley (Leeds Rhinos, Stanley Rangers), Oliver Gildart (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), Toby King (Warrington Wolves, Meltham All Blacks), Callum Lancaster (Hull FC, East Hull), Jordan Abdul (Hull FC, Skirlaugh), Joe Keyes (London Broncos), Will Maher (Castleford Tigers, Ulverston), Robbie Ward (Leeds Rhinos, Oulton Raiders), Tyler Dickinson (Huddersfield Giants, Siddal), Oliver Davies (St Helens, Orrell St James), Nick Gregson (Wigan Warriors, Wigan St Patricks), Jansin Turgut – Captain (Hull FC, West Hull), Luke Waterworth (Wigan Warriors, Ince Rose Bridge), Ted Chapelhow (Widnes Vikings, West Bank Bears), Mikey Wood (Huddersfield Giants, Slaithwaite Saracens), Elliott Minchella (Leeds Rhinos, West Bowling).Australian Schoolboys:Latrell Mitchell (Sydney City Roosters, Marist College Pagewood NSW), Connor Cox (Morayfield State High School, Morayfield QLD), Tyrell Fuiaomano (Parramatta Eels, Patrician Brothers College Blacktown NSW), Tevita Cottrell (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Patrician Brothers College Blacktown NSW), Gideon Gela (North Queensland Cowboys, Kirwan State High School Townsville QLD), Brock Lamb (Newcastle Knights, St Mary’s College Maitland NSW), Jack Cogger (Newcastle Knights, Mackillop Catholic College Warnervale NSW), Hame Sele (St George Illawarra Dragons, Kingsgrove High School Kingsgrove NSW), Jayden Brailey (Cronulla Sharks, Acquinas Catholic College Manai NSW), Tom Amone (Parramatta Eela, The Hills Sports High School Seven Hills NSW), Ray Stone (West Tigers, Wollindilly Anglican College Bargo NSW), Ash Nisbet (Cronulla Sharks, St Gregory’s College Cambeltown NSW), Nat Butcher (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Macellin College Randwick NSW), Jacob Liddle (West Tigers, Wadalba Community School Wadalba NSW), Luicano Leilua (St George Illawarra Dragons, Endeavour Sports High School Caringbah NSW), Keegan Hipgrave (Brisbane Broncos, Palm Beach Currumbin State High School Palm Beach QLD), Jacob Host (St George Illawarra Dragons, De la Salle College Revesby Heights NSW).See the stars of the future as England Academy take on the Australian Schoolboys on Saturday 6 December at Leigh Sports Village (2.00pm). This is a pay on the door event – £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.last_img read more

first_imgSAINTS are back in First Utility Super League action this Friday when they travel to Hull KR.They will be seeking their first win there since 2007 – but Keiron Cunningham’s men will be going full bore to grab the two points.They then host Castleford (March 4) and Wakefield (March 11) in consecutive weeks before a mouth-watering trip over the Pennines to Headingley and the game with Leeds Rhinos.Then Langtree Park will be the site of the biggest derby in world rugby league as your Saints take on Wigan Warriors on Good Friday.“It is an important month for us,” Saints Captain Jon Wilkin said. “Periods like these can shape a season and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.“Our focus will always be on the next game – you cannot think too far ahead – and we’re excited about going firstly going to Hull and putting in a good performance.“Then we will focus on the challenge of Castleford.”Tickets for the games against Castleford, Wakefield and Wigan are now on sale – as are ‘specs’ for our trip to Hull KR on Friday.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

first_imgTOMMY Makinson and Keiron Cunningham feature on the latest edition of the Saints Podcast.The reflect on the loss at Leigh and the challenge Wakefield will pose this Friday.It’s easy to listen to our podcasts – they are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes.You can also listen direct at our Fanzone page.Simpy click on the links to find out more.last_img

first_imgOne of the most eagerly anticipated matches this season will see your Saints host Wigan at the Totally Wicked Stadium on September 1.Any derby is exciting, white hot and played in a cauldron like atmosphere and this one has extra added spice.The mouth-watering clash will not only have a significant impact on the race for the top four but also is set to feature Ben Barba for the first time.Saints new signing is fit and ready for the match which is sure to be one of the hottest tickets in town.Tickets are selling fast and if you want to be a part of it, you need to secure yours now.Simply, pop into the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, call 01744 455052 or log on here.The Warriors will be bringing a huge travelling army, so we need you to be loud and proud!last_img read more

first_img Currently, Leland Town Council members’ terms are already four years, while the mayor’s term is only two years. Sabrena Reinhardt, town clerk, said amending the mayor’s term would “provide consistency” with the council members’ terms.“We would not be the first municipality to have the term of mayor at four years,” said Pat Batleman, Leland Town Council member. “Two years is pretty tough, even a congressional election, it seems like they’re elected and then they’re running again. It’s pretty expensive.”Click here to read more at Leland city limit sign near Lanvale Forest (Photo: Basil John/WWAY) By Makenzie HollandStarNews StaffLELAND (StarNews) — Leland officials want to extend the mayor’s term from two to four years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

first_img “Happy. You know, proud. Privileged. So there’s tons of emotions kinda going through right now,” Probationary Firefighter, Joseph Callahan said.The Wilmington Fire Department now has 22 new firefighters after completing 6 months of intense training.“Extremely proud to be finished and graduated,” Callahan said. “You know, join a group of men and women that have given so much and decided to give back to their communities for the rest of their lives. And it’s a privilege to be a part of this fire department. And it’s going to be a privilege to go to work every single day.”Related Article: Chase ends with alleged drunk driver wrecking car in pondDuring the ceremony several awards were handed out including the Garrett Loomis award.“I could hug him right now if I could,” Loomis’ mother, Amy Loomis said emotionally.It is an award dedicated to the former Wilmington firefighter who died battling a fire in his hometown in New York back in 2010.“It’s a high honor that the guys here are still thinking of him and they wanted to make this award for Garrett,” Loomis said. “It makes me feel proud but also thankful that he had the opportunity to come here.”Callahan received the prestigious award from Loomis’ parents. He did not know Loomis personally, but he has heard about the person and fireman Loomis was.“Just someone that would set the right example,” Callahan said. “That would have the best attitude. Someone you could always go to and count on and have a positive thing to say. Always smiling.”Loomis left behind character and a major legacy Callahan hopes to carry on.“So he’s just like that kind of guy and to be voted one by my peers and to be voted on by instructors that’s a true honor,” Callahan said.This was the first ever Garrett Loomis award, but the Wilmington Fire Department plans to present it for years to come.Other awards presented during the ceremony included Valedictorian, Most Improved, and Leadership. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It was a night full of celebration for the Wilmington Fire Department as they gained nearly two dozen new firefighters Thursday. This ceremony made it the department’s largest graduation class in nearly 20 years.The new generation of men and women serving our community are now ready to gear up.- Advertisement – last_img read more