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6 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2010 Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss Students at Southside Elemen- tary School in Lordsburg cel- ebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss on Tuesday, March 2, complete with a green birthday cake (left) and the reading of one of Dr. Seuss's classic books (above). Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodor Seuss Grisel, would have been 97 years old on Tuesday. The birth- day celebration was held in con- iunction with the National Read Across America Day, an initiatie to get children more interested in reading. Udall, Corker introduce ROADS SAFE Act Submitted by SEN. TOM U DALL'S OFFiCEWashington, DC U.S. Senators Tom Udall (D- N.M.) and Bob Corker (R-TN) last week introduced legislation designed to reduce the number of .drunk driving crashes and fatali- ties on America's roads by fund- ing the development of new tech- nologies to prevent drivers from operating vehicles while under the influence of alcohol. The Research of Alcohol Detection Systems for Stopping Alcohol-related Fatalities Every- where, or ROADS SAFE. Act would authorize $12 million in annual funding for five years for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS) program to explore the feasibility, potential benefits and public policy chal- lenges associated with using m- vehicle technology to prevent drunk driving. In 2008 alone, drunk driving killed 11,773 people nationwide, including 143 in New Mexico and 327 in Tennessee. It is esti- mated that 8.000 lives co01d be saved each year if all vehicles were equipped with advanced al- cohol detection technology. Foster, adoptive parents needed in New Mexico Submitted by CYFD Becoming a foster or adop- tive parent can make a huge dif- ference in the life of a child. Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of February in your area. Please call Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-5950 ext. 121 for more information or visit us on the web at www.cyfd.org. Se Habla Espanol Foster or Adopt a New Mexico Youth My name is Eathan rS." Name: Eathan S. Age: 12 Gender: Male STORY: Eathan is a quiet, respectful young boy who re- sponds well to pa- tience, support and close side-by-side parenting techniques. He has a sensitive side. which is seen in the manner in which he cares for younger chil- dren. He enjoys jump- ing on trampolines, vorlte books: At mealtime, he is not picky, but he does have a fa- vorite dessert: ice cream! Eathan attends a public school, where he responds well to supportive teaching with one- on- one atten- tion and direction. Eathan is learning to express his feelings appropriately with the assistance of his therapist in weekly therapy. Eathan would like to be adopted by a family who will provide structure and supervision, and who would continue to teach him about respecting boundaries, de, veloping trusting relationships with adults and reaching his po- tential. Adults who work with Eathan believe he is a special boy, and have grown to care for him a great deal. For more information about Eathan, please contact Tanna Corral, CYFD Adoption Consult- W Eathan ant, at tanna.corral @ state.nm.us or (505) 384-2745. For general infor- mation on how you can become a foster/ adoptive parent with the Children, Youth and Families Depart- ment, please call 1 - watching cartoons, playing cam- 800-432-2075 or visit puter games, and going on out- www.CYFD.org. ings to the library to read his fa- 't.L, j . " .aS.l" ......  ........ Sponsored by the: Hidalgo County Transition Coalition Life Quest, Head Start, and boPclsbuPg Schools AM other agtncies will Ive information and Irsomt available for questions and informaion. ILMI &NID 211 IS OUll lDInl wouuD  A IPllllOOL InOIRNR1Kll TY! A Birlh,4o-4 ID4velopmlntCll lrlmllngs will bll Offllld for: SINech and Language skills, Gross motor skills. Fine Motor. skills, and .l blloqal Soppoa. will be Maldk=oid ltg-Ulp culshrlnl 4m, hilchn. pregnant womGn.  womt of hild-be'il' years thrmgh HMS Family S, uRpcwt. Many hlr agencies will  awtilable to kelp with family sltrvi41s Bringyoue child'= immunization recordsl March 5, 2010 9:00-2:00 At RVT % "While New Mexico has been a leader in reducing the number of drunk drivers on the road, drunk driving continues to be a primary cause of fatal crashes in New Mexico and nationwide - and even one death caused by a drunk driver is unacceptable," Udall said. "This legislation will help keep Americans safe on the road by spurring the development of new technologies to prevent - and virtually eliminate - drunk driving crashes in the future." "Drunk driving destroys thousands of lives every year in America. The ROADS SAFE Act will invest in new technology re- search that could help put an end to these preventable deaths and improve highway safety," Corker said. NHTSA and DADSS would use the funding to explore a vari- ety of emerging technologies de- signed to reduce drunk driving crashes. These include devices that determine a driver's blood alcohol level by touching the steering wheel or engine start button, as well as sensors that passively monitor a driver's breath or eye movements. If the sensors indicate that the driver's blood alcohol level is over the legal limit, the vehicle would not start. As New Mexico Attorney General from 1990-1998, Udall fought to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road and has continued to champion the cause in the Senate. In December, Udall joined Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D- NJ) in introducing legislation that would make states require the use of ignition interlock technol- ogy for all convicted drunk driv- ing offenders. This legislation would make New Mexico's cur- rent DWI ignition interlock man- date the national standard. The Century Council. an or- ganization dedicated to fighting drunk driving; the Distilled Spir- its Council (DISCUS), the na- tional trade association of distill- ers; and the Alliance of Automo- bile Manufacturers, an associa- tion of 11 vehicle manufacturers, also support the ROADS SAFE Act. Healing Arizl)l00a-City of Mesa Restores Black Physician's House By JANICE ARENOFSKY I Pres- roof with shakes and install new paint the exterior white. Then ervationNews-OnlineOn/y/Feb, decking, the overarching goal volunteers will finish the land- I, 2010 was to preserve as much of the scaping. It took Arizona until 1992 to original structure as possible. Eyes On the Priv.e approve a holiday for Martin Some of the original kitchen The Arizona Preservation Luther King, Jr., and it took "cabinetry was retained, along Foundation placed the Alston Mesa the third-largest city in the state even longer. It wasn't until Mesa's African American resi- dents (fewer than five per- cent of the population) carried out protest marches for five years that Mesa estab- lished a paid city holiday in 1996. Mesa's mayor and city council Crews are restoring the 1922 Lucius Alston House as offices for the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citizens and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Committee. Credit: Ron Peters, Historic Streetscapes PLLC House on its watchlist of historic prop- erties in 2007. Since then, the group has "kept in con- tact with Mesa historic pre:ser- vation adlvo- cates to en- courage tlnem to advance the project," ac- cording to the foundation's J i m McPherson. Fruit trees will line the perimeter of the property, says Mesa City took another step toward bridging the racial divide in 2005, with the acquisition of the historic bungalow that belonged to Dr. Lucius Alston, Mesa's first African-American phy=si- clan. In 2007, crews began re- storing the 960-square-foot stucco residence, which will become the headquarters for Mesa's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration ommittee and the Mesa Asso- ciation of His- panic Citizens. "Except for obvious ad- ditions, the house has not changed much over the years," says Ran Pe- ters, the local architect who helped coordi- nate the resto- ration. "It's simple and eclectic with with a small built-in hutch, the oak flooring upstairs, a built-in ironing board, small bathroom sink and commode, and long kitchen sink, which "is cast-iron and took four men to carry" says Ringleb. Other period pieces that were preserved were the dia- mond-shaped decorative work on the upper walls of Alston's "office" and several glass light Project Man- ager and land- scape architect Steve Setttler. "Neighbors will be encouraaged to pick the fruit," he says. Ac- cording to Settler. the lower- income neighborhood rallied around the restoration of the Alston House with "passion and humility" after recognizing the project would ultimately beraefit them. "It's really due to IRon [Peters' ] al- truistic vi- sion," Serttler says. Couating services such as those do- nated by Pe- ters, the pres- ervation ar- chitect who executed de- tailed sketches of the ha,use, more tthan Craftsman .... style touches, such as the arched front entrance. But there's not a lot of detail." Private donations ($12,000); a Community De- velopment Block grant ($80,000), and funds from the Arizona State Parks Historic Preservation department ($100,000), paid for the resto- ration. When work concludes next month, the house will be co-owned by the city, the Mesa Association of Hispanic Citi- zens, and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Commit- tee an appropriate nod to the Native American, Hispanic, and Black patients Alston treated. Alston also saw white patients, who appeared at his back door late at night in an effort to hide their patronage of an African American doctor. "It was a mostly black neighborhood then," says Everette R. Woods. treasurer of the city's Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee. By the time renovation work began, the house (built in 1922 by George Strelen but en- larged by Alston), had suffered considerable damage and dete- rioration. In fact, the first time Randy Ringleb, president of Tempe-based Caymus Corpora- tion construction company, eyeballed the house, he thought there was "little to salvage." Although Ringleb's crew had to replace the rotted wood-shingle The Alston House during restoration ........ Credit: Caymus Construction $ 30 O, O O O went into) the fixtures. As a way to involve the Washington Park neighborhood, Ringleb employed severat resi- dents. Workers brought electri- cal, plumbing, and heating- cooling systems up to code, and the house was stabilized with new foundations. There's nmy a concrete parking area as well as walks and ramps leading up to the house. According to Ringleb, the project is nearly complete, save for 29 new casement windows. ("It was difficult to find simi- larly-scored windows that were also energy-efficient," he notes.) His crew plans to lay ceramic tile flooring in the bathrooms, linoleum in the kitchen, and project, ac- cording to Ringleb, "It w as a labor of 10ve," says Peters, 'and , a neat piece of Mesa history for that community.'" Recognition of Lucius Alston's contribution to Mesa citizens means a lot to those people who knew the physician, a Word War I veteran originally from West Virginia. "I'm ec- static that the Preservation Com- mittee and the neighborhaood noticed what he did," :says Everette Woods, "especiially since he was not a stand-out;; just a man carrying out his liife's work." Janice Arenofsky is a freelance writer living in Ari- zona. OOOOOOOOOOOOOOIOOIDOO(2OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO O (2 O (2 (2 (2 O (2 O 12 O 12 {3 E1 O (3 o Foster & Adoptive Parents Needed in New Mextcol o o o g MJE A DZFFERENCE IN THE LIFE OF A CHILD (2 o 12 12 (2 0 Become a fosr or adoptive Daren., Find out how! 12 3 Join us for an information meeting to be held this month of March in 0 12 your area.  Ronny Diaz, CYFD Foster & Adoptive Parent Recruiter at (575) 434-59'50 ext. 121. **Se Habla Espanol** 12 12 Visit us on the web at wwwcvfd.or 0 (2 o O0(20DOOOE/OOOOOOOOOEIO000(20 EI(20(2(2(2(2(20 THANK YOU 1 would like to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to the following persons: To my brother, Benjie. for the football pool he made for my benefit and to each and everyone who bought a square; to my Cuz Gloria for the raffle she held for my benefit; to everyone who bought a ticket and donated money and to Ricky Chaires for donating the raffle prize; to my dad and Ophelia for their generous help; to my aunt Berna for the beautiful blanket she made for me.. 1 love it! To everyone who has called to inquire about me and for the beautiful cards I hve received; o Be. Placencia and my Sis Connie for the raffle they held for my benefit; to Nell,ie Arambula for the beautiful afghan she made and donated to be raffled; to Connie for the hair color she donated to be raffled and to everyone who bought and sold tickets and donated money. God bless you one and all. Most especially to everyone who is praying for me. Please continue t-o pray because as I have a ways to go. My warmest and sin- cerest thank you for your prayers, generosity and thoughtful- nes You will forever hold a special pla.ce n my heart f God bless you all. Sylvia Arambula Rodriguez "t  =    a cd." **Food & Drink Will Be Providedl** learn how to watch for signs of dru and alcohol u  l ] . Be o part of the answer. Come to our first Community Watch organizational meeting. Join forces with other parents in the community to waltch our kids. rpcnr with unto keep our' community safe. If yo have any qtion call Lindy Irr at 575-542-3949 or Patrlclo Sauccdo) at 575-542-9477. Sponsored by D,W.I Preventlon. B.oothl Youth Aociatlon,, & Border Area Prevention  .q