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National volunteer appreciation week

National volunteer appreciation week

This week has been designated as National Volunteer Appreciation Week. 

National Volunteer Appreciation Week honors those individuals who have dedicated themselves to taking action and bettering their communities.

The volunteers in police services have been serving the Elk Grove community since 1994.  Currently, the Elk Grove Police Department has 54 volunteers assisting the police department.  These volunteers have inspired others within the community to recognizing and seek out imaginative ways to engage the Elk Grove community and put themselves at the center of social change.

Volunteers for the Elk Grove Police Department have assisted the police department by taking crime reports, conducting community outreach, graffiti abatement, assisting with traffic checkpoints, curfew sweeps, special events and residential security checks.&n

Sheldon High School students win 'Junior Duck Stamp' awards

ELK GROVE - Eight Sheldon High School students have won awards in the 21st Annual California Junior Duck Stamp Program. The students’ work was selected for recognition from a field of over 3,000 entries from across the state.

The California Junior Duck Stamp Program is a part of a nationwide event that teaches the importance of conserving wetlands and migratory birds. The program pairs science, the arts, and other core subjects to creatively teach greater awareness of our natural resources. Students were invited to participate in an art competition as a part of the program. The competition was open to students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade.

Erica Digap, an 11th grade student at Sheldon, took first place and Best of Show honors.

Friends, family to remember woman fatally hit by car

ELK GROVE - Friends and family of Teresa Hess, 54, who was hit and killed by a car while jogging this week, will remember her with a moment of silence this Saturday, April 9.

Loved ones will gather at 8 a.m. at the corner of Laguna Boulevard and Laguna Park Drive, where Hess was fatally struck on the morning of April 4. The group will then participate in a remembrance run in Hess' honor, organized by avid runner and Boston Marathon qualifier Wendy Leon.

Elk Grove police said Hess was jogging in a marked crosswalk in the intersection around 8 a.m. that Monday, when an incoming 2004 Ford Explorer hit her.

Hess' loved ones want to honor her memory and remind Elk Grove drivers to be aware of pedestrians and cyclists and share the road.

Elk Grove man convicted in Sacramento area mortgage fraud scheme

U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced Thursday that Gabriel Richard Viramontes, 48, of Elk Grove, was convicted Thursday of six counts of bank fraud and seven counts of mail fraud. The guilty verdict was returned by a federal court jury in Sacramento after a seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Edward Garcia. The jury deliberated just over an hour.

According to testimony presented at trial, Viramontes and three co-defendants (who had already pleaded guilty to related charges) engaged in a mortgage fraud scheme in the Sacramento area that involved at least 19 homes with loans of more than $8 million.

From June 2006 through October 2006, the defendants through VFM Investment Group, Esnian Mortgage Realty, and Freedom Capital Mortgage, engaged in a mortgage fraud scheme by asking investors to purchase with no money down single family homes on behalf of others with bad credit who wished to purchase homes.

Sheldon High School senior named to national honor choir

Sheldon High School senior named to national honor choir

ELK GROVE - Bethany Tanner, a senior at Sheldon High School, has been named to the Music Educator’s National Convention (MENC) 2011 All-National Honor Choir.

Tanner will rehearse and perform in Washington, D.C. during Music Education Week, June 23-29, as a part of this prestigious honor choir.

“Bethany consistently exemplifies the finest qualities in a music student,” said Stafford Hebert, director of choirs at Sheldon. “She is dedicated to her work, has a generous and creative spirit, loads of talent, and uses her love of music to inspire those around her.”

MENC is one of the world’s largest arts education organizations. The organization serves millions of students nationwide through activities at all teaching levels, from preschool to graduate school.

Teddy Herrera to complete 11,000-mile bike trek in Elk Grove March 27

Teddy Herrera to complete 11,000-mile bike trek in Elk Grove March 27

ELK GROVE - Local resident Teddy Herrera, 24, will conclude his 11,000-mile bicycle trek on behalf of Across America for Childhood Obesity, at this year's 8th Annual Nutrition Fuels Fitness event on Sunday, March 27 at 8 a.m.

The event will be held at Elk Grove Regional Park, located at 10050 Elk Grove-Florin Road. Herrera will pedal across a finish line prior to the start of a 5K and 10K foot race.

The fitness event is co-sponsored by Northern Area Dietetic Association and the Cosumnes Community Services District. For more information, contact Mary Ryan Platt at (916) 612-5162 or Gladys Cornell at (916) 357-5397.

Reminder: State of the City Address March 25

Reminder: State of the City Address March 25

ELK GROVE - The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce will host the 11th Annual State of the City Luncheon on Friday, March 25 at Valley Hi Country Club in Elk Grove at 11:30 a.m.

This event will provide a forum for Elk Grove Mayor Steven Detrick to outline the city’s goals and objectives, provide an overview of city accomplishments, and focus attention on issues of importance to the community.

Tickets are $40 per person and reservations are required. A webcast of this event will be available on the city’s website at www.elkgrovecity.org. For more information, visit www.elkgroveca.com or call (916) 691-3760.