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Anaheim Bulletin (Newspaper) - December 10, 1992, Anaheim, California Anaheim Bulletin T H E.4l% O SANGE ^CDUHTY NORTH COUNTY NtWS SPORTS Looking over new crop: Girls basketball teams from area high schools are previewed as season begins. /28 NOTEBOOK balloon: Reporter gets away from the madding crowd and touches skyline in lightweight airship. /15 COMMUNITY A paw up on thé pack: Anaheim police dog and his human partner take top ribbons in competition. /6 „ / yr*x / L ' 1 . * Holiday dazzle: An entertaining home for the holidays can be achieved with just a little bit of ingenuity.723 DISPUTE Meter running: Anaheim may sue truck parts distributor over delay in relocating repair business. 19 YOUTH Bearing for Local Boy Scout troop heads south of equator for some cultural understanding. IB Local Boy Scout troop heads south of equator for some cultural understanding. IB INDEX I Automotive ... ... B1 Classified..... .. A41 Legáis....... .. A32 Milestones.... .. A16 OMuaries .... ...A4 PoHco ropo rt • .. A10 NEWS FOCUS Nayeli Marilu takes a look back as children work on crafts at the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club. Growing pains Boys and Girls Club officials seek new digs to stem rising tide of youth By David Heitz North County News As children climb the jungle gym at the Anaheim Boys and Girls Club, their busy little bodies mask the-graffiti that reminds everyone that gang activity isn't far away. Gang symbols are etched not only on the playground equipment, but also on the club's structure itself — a lackluster double-wide trailer, 20 feet wide by 50 feet long. Inside, the carpet that gets stomped on by about 100 children every day after school needs to be replaced. The children, most of them between 5 and 8 years old, can barely see over the tops of the battered pool and foosball tables. But they yell and scream, run and jump — most with big, enthusiastic smiles. Some play outside, -;---—- checking out a basketball or football from an_ attendant. Some make crafts such as mice with candy canes for bodies. They're happy, but they're crowded. The trailer literally rocks back and forth when they get really rambunctious. If Mike Sofia had it his way, they would have a $2 million complex with a gymnasium to play in — something like Boys and Girls Club in Fullerton, a considerably smaller city. "We've been having growing pains faster than funds for expansion," said Sofia, the club's executive director. Anaheim's chapter was founded just five years ago, when it broke away from the Buena Park organization. Fullerton's club has been there almost 40 years. The Boys and Girls Club, a national organization, tries to keep children out of gangs and away from drugs by providing them with a place to hang out and play after school. In many cities, the clubs offer gyms with swimming pools, several basketball courts and plenty of games in good repair. Such is the case with Fullerton. "We have a good working relationship with the city," said M.E. Rocco, executive director. "We rent land from them for only one dollar a year." He said it takes support from both the city and the community at large to build a bigger Boys and Girls Club. He said it is surprising that Anaheim does not have a better facility. "Anaheim, you might say, is much more fruitful than Fullerton, and it still cannot come up with a building," he said. Terry Inns, the Anaheim club's secretary, agrees that community support is what built Fullerton's club. "They are wholeheartedly supported by that community," he said. "We're getting there, but it's like a street fight." Sofia said that while a top-notch facility may be several years off, a second Boys and Girls Club — four times larger than the trailer — may be just around the corner. "We're negotiating on buying four trailers this size," Sofia said. Please see CLUB/5 TMUnSDAV, OF.C. IO, I'W COMMUNITY Siren call goes out for cans Parades double as city food drive By David Heitz North County News Fire trucks decked with sparkly garland, rooftop Christmas trees and Santa Clauses pushed through the streets Sunday, setting residents ablaze with holiday spirit while collecting five tons of food for the less fortunate. "We're just waving at everybody and saying, 'Merry Christmas!'," said Angie Crumby as she climbed from a shiny red engine tanker during a stop at Beach Villa Apartments on Ball Road. Crumby and her entourage of volunteers rode atop one of the four engines that paraded through different parts of the city, each escorted by a decorated squad car and a large Salvation Army truck. For the past seven years, the police and fire departments have teamed up with the Salva- Please see CAROLING/4 JUST FOR FUN If s beginning to look a lot like- Share your holiday home lighting with our readers Are you shedding a little light in the name of holiday spirit? The Anaheim Bulletin seeks addresses of north Orange County homes and businesses with outstanding exterior light displays and decorations. Beginning next week and throughout the holidays, we'll publish the addresses giving readers the opportunity of drive-by viewing. If you've decked the halls and wired the walls, and are pleased with your efforts — telephone, write or fax your address to: Donna Oates North County News 1771 S. Lewis St Anaheim, 92805 Telephone: 704-3790 Fax: 704-3714 Don't forget to include the city.
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