Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wheelchairs for Vets

The Knights of Columbus American Wheel Chair Mission donated 80 brand new wheelchairs still in the box to the Bryte VFW to distribute to their members in need today.


Friday, May 19, 2017

The Broderick Boys in the Great War

In 1917, a group of nineteen patriotic young men from Washington (Broderick) went to Mare Island Naval Base and enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  What is more remarkable, they all served on the same ship, USS Huntington, and made their community proud.



Through photographs and personal memorabilia this exhibition chronologically follows the history of the USS West Virginia before its renaming to the USS Huntington and pays a tribute to those young Broderick men who enlisted and fought in the war that was known as a war to end all wars, World War I.   City of West Sacramento, Community Center, HISTORY GALLERY, ​1075 West Capitol Avenue, West Sacramento

This exhibition is brought to West Sacramento thanks to the research and commitment of volunteer members of State of California Military Department-Military Museum, the West Sacramento Historical Society, Dorothy Dupzyk and her niece Julie Duncan.

For further information, you may contact the West Sacramento Historical Society at (916) 374-1849.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

West Sacramento Launches Major Levee Project


Congresswoman Doris Matsui and West Sacramento’s Mayor Christopher Cabaldon, along with flood protection partners, broke ground on the Southport Levee Improvement Project today, Tuesday, May 9 with more than 75 people in attendance. The Southport Levee Improvement Project is West Sacramento’s largest levee project to date. It will improve nearly six miles of vulnerable levee along the Sacramento River in Southport. It is one of four significant West Sacramento levee projects initiated in the past ten years. “The Southport project represents the first levee improvement initiative to meet both federal and state requirements in the post Katrina era,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “The levee will provide a 200-year level of protection consistent with the Central Valley Flood Protection Plan. This benefits not only the citizens and businesses of West Sacramento, but also provides significant habitat and recreational opportunities for the entire region.” West Sacramento is approved for $1.2 billion in federal funding for flood protection projects as part of the 2016 Water Resources Development Act thanks to the tireless effort of Congresswoman Doris Matsui and project partners. The Southport project is the first step in addressing the remaining levee deficiencies in West Sacramento. Project partners including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Central Valley Flood Protection Board and California Department of Water Resources spoke about the significance of the Southport Project and the benefits contained in the federal WRDA bill. About West Sac Flood Protect diligently works to improve 52 miles of levees that protect West Sacramento. Created in 1994, West Sac Flood Protect coordinates, funds and constructs major flood risk reduction projects and spearheads West Sacramento-area flood risk reduction efforts.
Contact: Paul Hosley
City of West Sacramento
M: 415.699.8196
Crocker & Crocker
M: 916.896.7406

Monday, April 3, 2017

Our Lady of Grace Track Meet

Thank you to Laura Garcia-MacDonald for sharing this great photo of a hurdler from Our Lady of Grace Scool in West Sacramento.  This girls stride is picture perfect!Log track photo IMG_0131_zpsynsmybil.jpeg

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Ready for summer Burgers and Brew

Patios are ready and the slide up doors are open for this wonderful weather at the new Burgers and Brew on Third Street in West Sacramento!


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Runaway Stage Productions coming to West Sacramento

How exciting! Runaway Stage Productions will be moving to their new facility of South River Road.  Read more in the Sacramento Bee
"The nonprofit theater company produces six shows a year, and also runs a series of youth workshops for dancing, vocals and acting. Runaway Stage Productions will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2017, and currently rents separate spaces for equipment storage and rehearsals. Plans for its West Sacramento theater call for all of its operations and storage to be housed in one facility."


Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article95636902.html#storylink=cpy

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

RIP Carla Soost Marquez



On November 24, 2016, Carla passed away, peacefully after a heroic battle with cancer. Carla was born in Sacramento, California on November 30, 1946. She was the first child born to LeRoy "Bud" and Alma Soost. Carla was a life-long resident of West Sacramento, graduating from James Marshall High School. She later attended San Jose State where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching credential. Carla touched thousands of lives as an educator, serving 42 years in the Washington Unified School District as a teacher, Elementary School Assistant Principal, and Elementary School Principal. Carla was nominated several times and received the Employee of the Year Award for Washington Unified School District both as a teacher and administrator. Carla was first and foremost a mom. She was active in the West Sacramento Little League, River City High School Athletic Boosters, and American Legion Baseball. Carla was a dedicated fan of the San Francisco Giants and 49ers and enjoyed vacationing with her boys; spending time with friends; playing penny slots at the casino; crafting; shopping; and watching the Hallmark channel. "Grandma Carla" was also always available to babysit for those who asked her to. Carla was preceded in death by her parents LeRoy "Bud" and Alma Soost. Carla is survived by her husband, Andres "Andy"; sons, Vincent and Stephen; sister, Toni Johnson; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Special thanks to the nurses and doctors at the Oncology Department of Mercy General Hospital for their outstanding care, comfort and support. Visitation hours will be Friday, December 2nd from 2:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. with 7:00 p.m. vigil service, all at RIVER CITIES FUNERAL CHAPEL, 910 Soule St., West Sacramento. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered December 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, 911 Park Blvd., West Sacramento. Entombment, St. Mary's Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at 1:00p.m. at Stonegate Elementary School, 2500 LaJolla Dr., West Sacramento. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society . Repost from the Sacramento Bee

Saturday, November 19, 2016

RIP Tina Marie Villanueva Blessing


Tina Marie Villanueva Blessing 
July 12, 1974 - November 5, 2016

 Tina passed away on November 5, 2016 due to a brief, but courageous, battle with ovarian cancer. Born on July 12, 1974 in Sacramento, CA, she is the daughter of Antonio “Tino” and Diane Villanueva, sister to David Villanueva (Natalie), Auntie Tina to Michael and Mariah and loved by the entire Blessing family. She graduated from McClatchy High School (1992) and California State University, Sacramento (1996) where she earned a BA in Humanities/Religious Studies – Psychology. In 1995, Tina met the love of her life, Michael Blessing. They married in 1999 and together created a beautiful family of three sons, Drew (15), Luke (8), and Beckett (6). The boys are Tina and Michael’s greatest accomplishments and sources of joy. Tina’s most rewarding time was spent devoting herself to her three boys and being a loving wife and friend. Tina was the mother who always volunteered at her sons’ schools, the spur-of-the-moment adventure companion, the friend who always had time to listen, the “Mom” who all children loved and adored. Famous for her style, Tina’s smile was her signature accessory. Like the sunflowers she loved, she was a burst of sunshine, welcoming all with her infectious smile, friendly nature and contagious laugh. Tina’s gift of sharing love and compassion was limitless. In keeping with her love of people, Tina proudly represented Nerium International and Palm Coast Travel. Tina cherished annual family trips to Lake Tahoe, wine tastings, and Christmas tamale-making parties. Tina enjoyed celebrations, concerts, and cruiser pub-crawls. As an avid SF Giants fan, Tina honed her cheerleading skills although her loudest whoops and hollers cheered on her boys and other loved ones at soccer, baseball, and rugby games. Tina’s girlfriends brought sisterhood, strength, and spice to her life; their support, especially over the last few months, was a priceless gift. “Love is everywhere. See the love in all things and all people. Life will be much happier and rewarding,” a challenge for us all to live by posted on Facebook by Tina. She will be greatly missed by all. Her loving grandparents, Lyle and Ellie Van Airsdale and Antonio and Maria Villanueva preceded Tina in death.

 A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at the Yolo Brewing Co., 1220 Terminal St., West Sacramento from 12:00-4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made @ www.gofundme.com/blessing-family-education-fund Please post memories and pictures @ www.facebook.com/ShareTinasBlessings
Published in the Sacramento Bee November 20, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monument School Circa 1898

Colleen Parkinson sent us the great pix!  "These photographs were found among my aunt Dorothy Parkinson's memorabilia. I hope you can use them. The Parkinson family were pioneers in Washington Township, later called Broderick (as you know)."

The lower photo identifies her ancestors in the group photo. According to the timeline posted by the San Pedro Association "In 1861- The Monument Bend School opened, five miles upriver from Washington.  There was severe flooding this year, with water over eight feet deep in much of the town."




Senator Garage circa 1937

Thank you Colleen Parkinson for sending us this great photo from the past.  Colleen says "found among my aunt Dorothy Parkinson's memorabilia. This is the Senator Garage circa 1937, run by Dorothy's father Bill Parkinson.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

RIP Floyd "Andy" Anderson

Floyd passed away August 27, 2016 at the age of 92. He leaves behind his loving wife of 68 years, Emma and sons Edward (Debbie), Gary (Mary), 3 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Floyd was a veteran of WW2 proudly serving in the Marines. At his request no services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Sept. 7, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fresh Berry Recipe

Found recipe...this one sounds great, printed on the side of our Nugget Market paper bag.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Whitey's Fresh Peach Shakes this week... ..

If you have had one, you will never forget it!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

94th Annual San Pedro Festa (Portuguese Picnic) is this weekend

The 94th Annual San Pedro Festa (Portuguese Picnic) is this weekend in Bryte/West Sacramento. Pictured are this year’s Festa Queens - Senior Queen Julyana Lara, daughter of Michael and Frances Lara. Baby Queen Jessenia Velez, daughter of John and Eyvette Velez.  Both are the granddaughters of Daniel and Christina Velez of West Sacramento. 

Join us at San Pedro Park (708 N. Hobson Avenue ) for live music, auctions, bingo, traditional foods.

Saturday June 25th from 5-9 pm. Sunday June 26 the festivities start with Mass at 9:00 am at Holy Cross Church. After mass the annual procession from the Church to the Park will mark the opening of the event from 11 am to 5 pm.
Vickie Ramos