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DOWNEY — A few weeks ago, the United States Army and several other branches of our military hosted the Second Annual Downey Career Military Day at Calvary Chapel High School.
Downey Unified School District and the city of Downey participated along with several other local schools to let high school students learn about the opportunities available to them in the military.
Other branches that participated were the Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Navy, Coast Guard and the Army Reserves.
Calvary Chapel School hosted the event which included over 250 students from Calvary, Warren and Downey High. Students had signed up to hear information about potential educational scholarships and career opportunities. Students were provided materials and encouraged to ask questions and to learn about their interests.
The Career Military Day collaboration was started last year by a meeting hosted to bring our community together. Trustees Martha Sodetani and Donald LaPlante represented DUSD and Mayor Rick Rodriguez along with Councilmember Alex Saab represented Downey. The event was initiated by former mayor and current Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army Mario A. Guerra.
General Milley, Army Chief of Staff, is known for saying that “while the military may not be for everyone, the chance to explore the opportunities is something each student should have available to them”. Students heard directly from each branch and also from guest speakers talking about leadership and where they were in their lives based on where they started.
Rodriguez gave a talk along with Dr. John Garcia while Guerra was the emcee. Staff Sergeant Ricky Padron and retired Drill Sergeant Rick Rodriguez Jr spoke about their careers in the military and the benefits they receive today from those experiences.
Saab alongside DUSD Board Trustees Giggy Saab and Sodetani were also in attendance and participated in talking with our students along with Assistant Superintendent Roger Brossmer.
Some interesting facts: most people do not know that the U.S. Army is the largest provider of scholarships in the country and the second largest employer in the world. There are over 150 career choices and 99% of jobs have a civilian application. Almost 7000 soldiers received degrees last year while serving. As CASA, Guerra gives four different multiyear scholarships known as the Minuteman Scholarships and encourages local students to inquire about their availability.
There are several benefits to both the individual and to the nation by serving, Guerra said. Soldiers become better citizens and impact the world around them. Soldiers develop the maturity and self-discipline private industries seek. Soldiers are highly trained professionals and hold certifications that qualify them for private-sector jobs. They get leadership training with every promotion with increased responsibility. Veterans are more likely to vote, to volunteer, and be involved in their communities.
There are many challenges today for keeping our all-volunteer military. 50% of our youth admit they know little to nothing about military service. 71% of youth do not qualify for military service (obesity, drugs, health problems, misconduct, aptitude) . Only 1% of the population currently serves; and veteran population is declining.
“So it is vital to help our youth make informed decision and learn about their future opportunities,” Guerra said. “Thank you to Downey and for the Los Angeles Army Battalion for making this day possible.”
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DOWNEY – Military veterans and active duty personnel will be honored at a “Salute to the Armed Forces” breakfast Saturday, April 6, at First Baptist Church of Downey.
Guest speakers include state Sen. Bob Archuleta; Mario Guerra, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army; and Paul Reinhard, a former Green Beret.
Mayor Rick Rodriguez will deliver an opening prayer and Edwin Huber, a Scoutmaster with Troop 351, will help present our nation’s colors. Julie Simpson will perform the national anthem and a rendition of “Amazing Grace,” and Kathy Bee will sing “I Am an American.”
There will also be a showcase of military vehicles.
Admission to the event is $5. RSVP by calling (562) 923-1261, ext. 226 or email email@example.com.
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As April 15, 2019 quickly approaches, we wanted to remind you to be vigilant in avoiding Internal Revenue Service (IRS) related online scams.
These IRS scams, as well as other similar scams, most often utilize scare tactics and threat of financial impact as a way to get victims to comply. During tax season, online scammers will often attempt to phish your personal information.
Phishing is a way that scammers attempt to steal your personal information and/or money by sending bogus emails. The emails look official and may state you have funds available, or that you may owe money. It’s important to know that the Internal Revenue Service does not initiate contact with taxpayers via email, text messages or social media. Any requests for PIN numbers, passwords or access to bank information should be considered a scam.
According to the IRS, if you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, taxes associated with a large investment, inheritance or lottery, do not reply and certainly do not open any attachments. Those attachments contain malicious software that will infect your computer or phone.
Also, do not click on any embedded links. Forward the email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and then delete the email. If you discover a web site that claims to be the IRS, forward the web address to the same email address.
For more information, please refer to the official IRS website regarding Phishing and Online Scams at https://www.irs.gov/privacy-disclosure/report-phishing
If you have any questions, please contact the Downey Police Department at (562) 861-0771.
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DOWNEY — The Downey Razorbacks will begin accepting sign-ups for its fall season on March 13, league officials announced.
The Razorbacks — also known as Downey Youth Football — will take registration at its Back to School Football Night on March 13 at 7 p.m. at the Rio Hondo Event Center.
Practices start July 30 and the first game is Sept. 7. Home games are played at Downey and Warren high schools.
Meanwhile, the league also announced its executive leadership for the 2019 season.
Executive officers serve two-year terms. Re-elected officers include Kim Barnette, secretary; Roial Douglas, cheer coordinator; and Louis Morales, who will serve an unprecedented 21st year as president.
The Downey Razorbacks are part of the Pacific Coast Conference, which is a member of American Youth Football, the largest youth football organization in America.
For more information, or of you are interested in coaching, call Louis Morales at (310) 350-0220 or go to downeyrazorbacks.com.
DOWNEY — Steve Roberson, a broker associate with Century 21 Peak in Downey, was honored recently for reaching one of the company’s top sales and customer service milestones.
Roberson earned Century 21’s President’s Producer Award, an annual award bestowed upon Century 21 sales affiliates that earn the Century 21 Centurion and Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award in the same calendar year.
The Centurion Producer award honors agents that earn $280,000 in sales production or 70 closed transaction sides within the calendar year.
To earn the Quality Service Pinnacle Producer Award, a sales affiliate must receive completed customer surveys for at least 50 percent of their transactions surveyed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, with an average survey score of at least 95 percentage or better for two consecutive years.
“We are thrilled to recognize Steve Roberson’s work for this momentous achievement,” said Michael Miedler, president and chief executive officer of Century 21 Real Estate. “This is an outstanding honor since only a small percentage of affiliated agents in the United States receive this award for sales.”
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DOWNEY — The American Red Cross will hold four blood drives in Downey next month as it works to fill a critical shortage in type O blood.
Type O blood is the most in-demand blood type, officials said, because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is what emergency room personnel reach for when there’s no time to determine a patient’s blood type.
Recent snowstorms and severe weather in many parts of the country have forced hundreds of blood drive cancellations, causing more than 20,000 blood and platelet donations to go uncollected.
People of all blood types are asked to make an appointment at RedCrossBlood.org to donate blood or platelets.
The Red Cross has scheduled the following blood drives in Downey:
March 10, 8 am to 2 pm: First Baptist Church of Downey.
March 24, 9 am to 3 pm: St. Raymond’s Catholic Church
March 25, 8 am to 2 pm: St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy
March 26, 8 am to 2 pm: Warren High School
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