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Special Section...... page 7 Alamo • Danville • Blackhawk • Diablo • San Ramon & Body Valley Mind Awareness The Sentinel always for the community October 2009 VOL 14, NO 12 It’s month E at CARPET ON N of SAN RAMO of Lowest prices the year !! 716 (925) 837-3 SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS spotlight Chelsea’s Hope By Staff Writer Looking at the face of Chelsea Gerber, one sees a young woman of beauty. Her features are even. Her skin is smooth and clear. Her smile is sweet. Her brown hair is neatly coiffed. Her eyes are bright. But Chelsea behind her eyes, inside Chelsea’s skull, is a disease that is ravaging her brain and body. The disease is called Lafora, which slowly and steadily robs her brain of its functions until eventually it stills her heart. There is no cure ... yet. It is when Chelsea attempts to move that you realize she is spastic and uncontrolled. Drool seeps from her mouth. Her speech is indecipherable. Her head tilts. If it were not for her wheelchair, she would not be able to sit upright on her own. She is a prisoner in her body; a body that won’t respond to her ECRWSS Postmaster: Dated Material PRESORTED STANDARD US POSTAGE PAID DANVILLE, CA PERMIT NO. 70 See Chelsea page 4 Sentinel Newspapers, Inc. 315 Diablo Road, Ste. 214 Danville, CA 94526 925-820-6047 Photo by Jeffrey S. Weil Soccer season is in full swing ... The U-14 Boys White Plus Mustang Barcelona team played the Mustang Phoenix in the San Ramon Invitational Tournament. Grant Martin #2 is in white and the boys in red jerseys from the Mustang Phoenix team are Joe Martinez (left) and Ryan Birdsall (right). Barcelona won 2-0. The Boys of Summer are the Boys of San Ramon Valley By Bob and Kathy Moore spotlight at AT&T Park. Outfielder We l c o m e t o t h e Winn recently beautiful San Ramon remarked that Valley…baseball spoken although there here. Nestled between have certainly two major league cities been instances boasting endless summer of brothers weather that stretches or father- son from April till October, combinations the valley is the perfect playing for place to hone athletic skills the same while imagining life in the organization, he big leagues. Summer here can’t think of is best expressed in batting another case of cages, batting coaches, San Francisco Giants team members stretch before batting two small town baseball diamonds and practice on August 29 at AT&T Park guys ending baseball dreams. up being MLB With baseball fever filling the air, it’s no wonder that so many little boys in town teammates in their own backyard. But if you grow up wanting to be major leaguers. And sometimes, they had been paying attention to either of these two guys growing up, it was inevitable. do just that! Take two of the starting outfielders for the 2009 San They are indeed baseball Giants. Francisco Giants. Reared in Danville and graduating from San Ramon Valley High School ten years apart, Randy Winn See giants page 5 (#2) and Nate Schierholtz (#12) share the Major League You care about what you put in your body... Remember to care about what you put on your body too. See page 7 730 Camino Ramon, Danville, CA 94526 • 925-362-0767 Honoring the life of Michael Shimansky By Staff Writer Danville’s Mark Curtis speaks at the service for Michael Shimansky Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-11) joined the Danville community in remembering Councilmember Michael Shimansky at a service on Saturday, October 3. The memorial was held at Oak Hill Park in Danville. Congressman McNerney added the following statement to the official record of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the life of the Danville Town Councilmember, who recently passed away. The text of the Congressional Record Statement follows; See Shimansky page 5

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