STUDENTS’ TRIBUTES “I’m sorry I didn’t get to tell you you’re someone I admired a lot and I always wanted to be like you in terms of academics and your playing style. Love you, Dominic Alessandro James,” shared Taffarel Hamilton. There were a few words of regret as well, as some wished for one more opportunity to see him face-to-face. “I’m sorry I didn’t get the chance to tell you how much I love you and that I’ll do everything that I can just to see that angelic smile of yours. I’m elated to have met you and that we’ve had so much wonderful moments together,” wrote Alex Marshall. Others tried to console themselves with the fact that Dominic was no longer in pain and that he was in a better place. “Sometimes we all wonder why God takes the most beautiful souls, but do you ever notice when you pick a flower, you pick the most beautiful one? Well that’s you,” signed Jonathan and Matthew Wilson. It is clear that Dominic’s spirit will remain with this team. The hashtag #WEDOITFORDELLY has become a rallying cry for STGC as they continue their search for schoolboy football glory. And the young men gave the assurance that Dominic would never be forgotten. D’Andro Segre said, “His kind-hearted spirit will surely be missed and never forgotten,” while Romario Harding probably summed it up best: “Your spirit will always be with us. We never say DIE!! WIN, LOSE, OR DRAW!” It is amazing that one so young could leave such an indelible mark. The tears have not yet begun to dry after the death of Dominic Alessandro James, the unquestioned leader and captain of the St George’s College (STGC) Manning Cup team. On September 20, mere minutes into STGC’s match against Excelsior High, Dominic collapsed to the turf. Despite being rushed to hospital, it was to be the last time he featured on a football pitch. A promising footballer and bright young man had heard the final whistle. There is an archaic notion that boys aren’t supposed to cry. But there was not a dry eye at the mini-stadium that afternoon as players and officials from both teams openly wept. Since Dominic’s passing, the same young men he led out into battle in light blue and white have been expressing their love for him. Their words, printed in two pages of the Sunday Gleaner of September 25, a day before Dominic’s 19th birthday. The written expressions give real insight into the team, no, the family, of which Dominic was a major part; and perhaps he was its very core. In times of grief, words can prove insufficient to fully describe the emotions. But the team did its best to make sure the world knew how they truly felt. Teammates described ‘Delly Ranks’, as Dominic was affectionately known, as a “role model”, “a loving brother”, “a motivator”, and “a wonderful leader”. In a day and age when young men are accused of shying away from their feelings, several members of the team openly expressed how they loved Dominic. “You’ve been a great friend, brother, and leader. I love you and I miss you,” wrote Damani Harris. Paul Young Jr echoed those sentiments when he penned, “Words cannot truly express how I feel about you. I will always love you, Dominic Alessandro.” Others expressed admiration for how Dominic carried himself.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHEN organizers of the “San Fernando Valley Fair” disappointed kids and agriculture enthusiasts alike by saying there would be no livestock displays at this summer’s event, they offered one small consolation. The 4-H kids and Future Farmers of America could show their steers, bunnies and other animals at Pierce College instead. But even that, it seems, was a lie. Apparently no one from the “fair” (which is unworthy of the name, given that one of the main attractions will be missing), bothered to contact Pierce to see whether the college’s grounds are available. They aren’t. Organizers of this “San Fernando Valley” event (which is actually being held in Saugus) were seemingly pulling a fast one. In that, they look a lot like the smooth-talking hucksters who typically operate carnival games. Which is to say that not only is there no San Fernando Valley in this year’s “San Fernando Valley Fair,” but there doesn’t seem to be any fair play, either.
Much of the time, though, they wait for hours and nothing happens. “You watch a lot of grass grow, and it grows slowly at times,” said Dick, the retired submarine commander. “Then something will happen, and it gets your adrenaline flowing.” The Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team plans to be at malls and shopping centers two to three times a week through Christmas. “It really magnifies my ability to do things,” Reinhardt said. “I can’t cover this whole lot by myself, but we’ve got it covered.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 firstname.lastname@example.org Holiday shopping safety tips Park as close as possible to your destination and remember where you parked. Lock doors and windows. Set alarm or use anti-theft device. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. Locate your keys before going to your car. Securely hold your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down to open your door. Shop during daylight hours if possible. At night, shop with a friend or family member. Beware of strangers. Always be aware of your surroundings. If you see anything unusual, contact a security guard or police. SOURCE: Los Angeles Police Department, Devonshire Area Station 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTHRIDGE – As a tall, lanky man walked toward a white Honda Accord in the parking lot outside Sears at the Northridge Fashion Center, six sets of eyes trained on him. Like most others in the parking lot Friday, the man walked past the car, not even looking in the window. “Nobody’s taking the bait,” said Phil, an off-duty private investigator and member of the LAPD’s Devonshire Volunteer Surveillance Team. “There’s better fishing at Castaic.” The Los Angeles Police Department kicked off the holiday shopping season with a bait car operation at the Fashion Center. A DVD camcorder worth more than $475 sat on the front passenger seat of the white Accord, next to a partially open window. Members of the Volunteer Surveillance Team watched the car, waiting for someone to try to steal the camcorder, and two LAPD officers stood by to make an arrest. In four hours, nobody took the bait. Clearly, the DVD camcorder isn’t the hot holiday gift of 2005. But the LAPD believes it is still sending a message to would-be burglars: If you try to steal from a car this holiday season, you may be being watched. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We’re not doing this because there’s a major problem at this mall,” said LAPD Officer Sean Reinhardt, who oversees the Volunteer Surveillance Team. “We’re going to be doing this at malls and shopping centers all over Devonshire. This is a target-rich environment.” On top of the roof of a nearby building, four members of the surveillance team – a father-son pair of private investigators, a retired Pacific Telephone worker and a retired Navy submarine commander – perked up anytime somebody approached the Accord. They barked reports into their LAPD radios and they waited. It is an exercise in patience. “You talk to your partner and you eat a lot,” said Jim, 83, the team leader. “It seems to stimulate your appetite. We always carry snacks.” The team handles an assortment of surveillance operations, watching for street races, graffiti artist and truants. Recently, the team arrested a locker room thief at a local gym.