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LH celebrates heritage with community Third annual Tamale Festival brings large numbers. See story on Page 8, y en Espanol a paga 10.

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No. 95492

LH council approves more road repair By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal

The La Habra City Council approved a Contract Change Order for additional work to rehabilitate La Habra Boulevard in the eastbound lanes from Beach Boulevard to just east of Dexford Drive. The approval came at the November 21 meeting and awarded Sully-Miller Contracting Company with the cost of that extra work, which is about $336,000. Sully-Miller has been doing roadwork in LH as part of the Residential Street Rehabilitation and the annual citywide slurry seal program. So, according to Assistant to the city manager Rob Ferrier, "it made sense for the city engineering to change order to do the additional work on La Habra Boulevard." The increase, approved by the council, extended the existing purchase order with Sully–Miller Contracting Company and brought their total paid amount by the city to $2,256,665.26. The city continues to work on the roads and finished a comprehensive citywide re-pavement plan. Despite the investment and pavement plan, some residents have questioned the status of Imperial Highway (east of Beach Blvd), Whittier Boulevard (west of Harbor Boulevard) and all of Beach Boulevard. Ferrier explained that those roads are maintained by Caltrans. These roadways were overlayed with asphalt about five years ago. He added that Harbor Boulevard between just south of Las Palmas Drive to south of Imperial Highway will be resurfaced early next year. The city of Fullerton is participating in the cost to repair Harbor Boulevard. Major repairs of the roadway in this area have been delayed by Fullerton, and some extent La Habra, until the Beckman development has been completed due to the construction wear and tear as well as the utility cuts into both Harbor Boulevard and Lambert Road. Community mourns death of WCHS football player SPORTS PAGE 13




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The Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra provides a free, nutritious meal to all youth ages 0- 18. Youth in the community are welcome to come to the club Monday-Friday between 3:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. to receive a free meal.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Our Lady of Guadalupe Food Drive for the LH Resource Center is this weekend. Everyone in the community is invited to come to the church parking lot today between 5-6 p.m. or tomorrow (Sunday) from 6-11:30 a.m. to drop off canned goods, dry goods and toiletries. Sonora Cheer Holiday Boutique will be held from 9am - 3pm. Over 40 vendors and a bake sale. Sonora High School located at 401 S. Palm Street. Christmas at the Children’s Museum! Enjoy a continental breakfast, a craft for each child, and a classic photo with Santa Claus. This event takes place today and tomorrow (Saturday & Sunday) at 8:30am, 9:45am, & 11am. Reservations are required by calling 562-383-4240 or email the Museum at museumstaff@lahabraca. gov. The cost is $12 for adults and $10 for children over 2. Breakfast with Santa is an annual fund raising event sponsored by the Museum Guild. All proceeds benefit The Children's Museum at La Habra. No refunds.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Homework Help at the La Habra Library Monday-Thursday from 4-5:30 p.m. High school students volunteer to help elementary students (K-5) with their homework as well as computers with educational software and links to websites that the school uses, such as ST Math, and tablets with books and educational software. Parents need to register their student at their first session. La Habra City Council Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Save your family history/memories at this free Memoir Writing Workshop. Class begins at 10:30 a.m. at the La Habra United Methodist Church, 631 N. Euclid.

Thursday December 8, 2016

La Habra Heights City Council Meeting begins at 6p.m.

Saturday, December 10, 2016



Holiday Singalong at La Habra Library today at 2pm, raise your voice at the library in songs of the season. All ages welcome, whether or not you can carry a tune. Song sheets provided; enjoy light refreshments afterwards. Parents get your holiday shopping done while your kids enjoy a day that is all about them! They will be making holiday gifts, decorating holiday goodies, enjoying breakfast and lunch, playing games and watching a holiday movie. Drop off as early as 8 a.m. and pick up as late as 5 p.m. at the LH Community Center. $20 per child, $15 per additional sibling. Call (562) 383-4208 to make reservations.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Santa is coming to the Fullerton Airport via helicopter today at 11:30 a.m. and will be staying until 1 p.m. See the ad on page 13 for all the details.

Monday, December 12, 2016

La Habra City Planning Commission Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Garden Club Meeting is being held today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Liberty Community Plaza, 14181 Telegraph Rd., Whittier. Serving Whittier, Hacienda Heights, La Mirada, La Habra and La Habra Heights.

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Recognizing kids: U. S. Representative Ed Royce visits the Boys & Girls Clubs of La Habra on November 9. He was greeted by members as he entered for a tour of the Club and visited with many of the kids.

LH Meals on Wheels celebrates its volunteers

presented to all who attended. Pat and Phil Merchant, Renke and Christa Schroeder and Jerry Switzer were given special recognition for their dedication and stepping up to cover extra routes whenever needed. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver two nutritious meals per day, five days a week to the disabled, elderly and chronically ill. President Carmen Miller explained that they can only operate with the help of volunteers and donations. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 562-383-4221. They also will gladly accept any donations sent to 101 W. La Habra Blvd. La Habra, CA 90631.

La Habra Meals on Wheels held their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on October 21 at the La Habra Community Center. During the event, La Habra Heights Mayor Kyle Miller presented the board with a certificate of recognition on behalf of the city of La Habra Heights. Meals on Wheels services La Habra and La Habra Heights. Guitarist Ernie Hernandez performed during lunch that was provided by the board members and Lascari’s on Whittier Blvd. Door prizes and goody bags were

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LOCAL NEWS/OPINIONCOMMENTARY A new tree lighting Coming together this time of year So, it’s that time of year again, the holiday season. The time of year that helps bring us together, which is something we all need right now. However, in today’s fast-paced times it has become more and more confusing as to what holiday we are celebrating and just who is being brought together. After getting together with friends and family for a day of thanks, we go to Grey Thursday, Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Within a week we are full and worn out with lighter wallets and feelings of guilt for not sharing because we spent all of our money on the three shopping "holidays" before the donating day. Yes, this time of year has it all. From the La Habra Journal perspective, we are looking at the holidays as a way to bring the community together. There are a number of ways that the community comes together. Some are events, like the Tamale Festival and the upcoming Operation Santa, and the Lions’ Santa Cause. Last Sunday, the Tamale Festival brought out members of the community, and surrounding communities to weather the storm and celebrate the region’s Mexican heritage and enjoy some great food, drinks, art and entertainment. It really has grown over the three years. It just needs to work on the rain issues.

The city of La Habra lit a new tree for its annual Christmas tree lighting last Sunday. The new tree is at Portola Park next to the Children's Museum.

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These city-sponsored events are great ways to come together as a community. These are great times to mingle with others, visit with neighbors and make new friends. We as residents should check the city events calendar. You can keep up to date with our calendar in every issue. You can check the quarterly calendar in the Life in La Habra magazine, or you can always go to the city’s website to find somewhere where there might be other opportunities to help the community come together. You may have not participated in Giving Tuesday, because you spent too much money on Black Friday, but there are other ways you can give that doesn’t involve money. There are a variety of non-profit organizations in the city and they are all staffed with volunteers. It’s quite possible that if you wanted to, you could contact them and find ways to volunteer yourself. This would be a great way to get involved and to help and to be a part of the community. So, at this giving time of year where we give thanks and where we look for the ways we can come together, lets take a moment away from the shopping madness and craziness to see how we can help come together as neighbors and really enhance the motto of La Habra as a Caring Community. —The Editor

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LH Chamber encourages shopping small, shopping local By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal

With all the rush for holiday shopping this time of year, one of the initiatives by the La Habra Chamber of Commerce is Shop La Habra. The Shop La Habra and Win campaign, in its fourth season, has recorded over $1.5 million in La Habra sales receipts. According to La Habra Chamber President Mark Sturdevant shopping local helps the community as a whole. A portion of the sales tax money from purchases goes back to the city. While the effort of the Chamber is to encourage shopping at all business in La Habra, there is the annual national campaign that started last Saturday to forgo the larger retailers and shop the local mom-and-pop shops within the city. Small Business, or "Shop Small" Saturday is a relatively recent phenomenon. The first Shop Small Saturday, which falls on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, was held in Roslindale Village, Massachusetts in 2010 as a counterpart to Black Friday. Small Business Saturday was originally sponsored by American Express and the non-profit National Trust for

Historic Preservation, but has grown to a larger national effort and has brought in other sponsors. The initiative has been a boom for small business. Approximately $14.3 billion was spent at small businesses in 2014 according to a survey conducted by American Express. In 2015, about 95 million shoppers supported their neighborhood businesses across the country. One of the ideas of Shop Small Saturday is introduce, or re-introduce, consumers to local businesses that are often over shadowed by the larger and more visible big-box retailers. The La Habra Chamber takes this concept and looks to build focus to La Habra businesses and entice consumers to look for the local retailers. The Shop La Habra contest encourages residents to keep their receipts from any sales transaction in La Habra and turn them into the chamber for raffle tickets. "Anyone shopping in La Habra can participate, even if you live somewhere else," Sturdevant said knowing that outsiders can help stimulate the local economy. Sturdevent explained that for every $25 that people spend in La Habra they will receive one free raffle ticket. Winner receives $1,000.

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Keeping it in the community: The La Habra Chamber builds on to the "Shop Small Saturday" movement and encourages residents to shop La Habra to help support local businesses and local economy.

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Bethany Romanian Baptist Church 1431 W. La Habra Blvd. La Habra, CA 90631 (562) 690-3844

Beth Shalom 14564 Hawes Street, Whittier, CA 90604 562-941-8744 Erev Shabbat Services every Friday at 7:30 pm Shabbat Services every Saturday at 9:45. Calvary Chapel 1370 South Euclid Street La Habra (714) 446-6222 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., & 11 a.m. Wednesday 7 p.m. Calvary Chapel Into the Light 217 North Walnut Street La Habra (562) 690-3000 Services: Sunday (English) 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. (Spanish) 10:30 a.m. Casa de Oracion 150 E. 1st Ave. La Habra, CA 90631 (562) 278-4282 Services: Thurs. 7 p.m. Sund. 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Christ Lutheran Church, 820 W. Imperial Hwy. Brea (714) 529-2984 8 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. - Traditional 9:15 a.m. & 6 p.m. - Contemporary Church of Christ 1621 West Lambert Road La Habra (562) 697-4115 Services: Sunday Bible Study 9:30, Worship 10:30, Bible Study 5 p.m. The Church of Green Hills 2200 West Imperial Hwy. La Habra (562) 943-7291 Services: Sunday (English) 9 & 10:45 a.m. (Spanish) 9:00 a.m. (Korean) 10:45 a.m. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints 2351 E La Habra Blvd. La Habra (562) 691-1212 Services: 9 & 11 Sacrament Community Bible Church 401 E. 1st Ave. La Habra (562) 691-2798 Service: Sunday 11 a.m. Crossroads Community Church 222 N. Euclid La Habra (562) 691-6674 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Eastside Christian Church 501 N. Beach Boulevard. La Habra, (Whittier Christian Campus) Service: Sundays 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Emanuel Lutheran Church 150 N. Palm Street La Habra (562) 691-0656 Service: Sunday 9 & 10:30 a.m. Family Bible Church 123 E. 2nd Ave. La Habra (562) 694-9900 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Tuesday 6:30 p.m., Friday 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m. Heights Worship Center International Ministries 2000 West Road La Habra Heights (626) 893-9963 Service: Sunday 8:30-10 a.m. Friday: 7 p.m. Youth worship & Adult Connection Rev. N. Jaren Lapasaran, Jr. - Sr. pastor

Hillcrest Congregational Church UCC 2000 West Road La Habra Heights, CA 90631 Rev. Paul Clay, Senior Pastor Worship service: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Home of Hillcrest Country Day School Church office - (562) 947-3755 School office – (562) 533-2354 Inglesia Bautista 700 W. La Habra Blvd. La Habra (562) 691-8162 Services: Sunday 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. Bible Sudy, prayer service Wed. 7 p.m. Bilingual services Korean Gospel Presbyterian Church 1751 West La Habra Boulevard La Habra (562) 694-6214 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., 11 a.m. La Habra Christian Church 400 Bella Vista Drive La Habra Heights (562) 691-0514 Services: Sunday 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m. La Habra Foursquare Mission 324 E. 1st Ave. La Habra (562) 694-2224 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., 11:15 a.m. La Habra Hills Presbyterian 951 N. Idaho Street La Habra (562) 691-3296 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. La Habra United Methodist 631 N. Euclid St. La Habra (562) 691-1797 Service: Sunday 10:30 a.m. Lighthouse Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 550 N. Euclid St. La Habra (562) 697-1364 Service: Sunday 10:45 a.m.

INSPIRATIONAL CORNER By Dennis Laherty, the Co-Pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church, La Habra

We have just experienced two of the most interesting days of the year. They are together on the calendar, yet their intent seems to oppose each other. Thanksgiving has been celebrated with people across our country giving thanks for being given an abundant life. It seems that there was considerable recognition of organizations making certain that the poor and homeless felt thankful as thousands of meals were provided for those who would not have otherwise feasted. On Thanksgiving Day the theme is “be thankful for whatever you have in your life”. Within 24 hours of Thanksgiving is that day ominously referred to as Black Friday. It’s the first shopping day leading to various winter celebrations. Prices are slashed on merchandise of all kinds making the day a buyer’s paradise. In fact, Black Friday has recently crept back so that for many stores it begins late on Thanksgiving Day. It seems ironic that on one day people are celebrating thankfulness for all they have and then within hours many of the same people are saying, “We’ve got to get more, we don’t have enough”. It can seem ironic except for a significant difference. In a widespread occurrence, the purchases made on Black Friday are to be given away. Probably the most dominant decorations we see in stores are for Christmas. There may be no more significant season of giving during the year. When one stands back and witnesses the contrast between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, something dramatic appears. The giving season of the year follows Thanksgiving. Could it be that people are so thankful for what they have that their response is to give to others so they can then be thankful as well? We’re in that season, so join in the thankfulness and join in the spirit of giving. Potter’s Christian Fellowship 740 East Lambert Road La Habra (562) 690-7020 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Redemption Hill Church Sonora High School 401 S. Palm St. La Habra, CA (562) 947-4791 Service: Sunday 10 a.m. Rehoboth Reformed Church 501 South Idaho Street #120 La Habra (626) 820-9390 Service: Sunday 10 a.m.

New Life Church of La Habra 740 E. Lambert Rd. Unit E La Habra (562) 694-5534 Services: Sunday 10 a.m., 6 p.m.; Our Lady of Guadalupe 900 West La Habra Boulevard La Habra (562) 691-0533 Call or visit for service information

The Warehouse Foursquare Church 10925 Valley Home Ave Whittier, CA 90603 (562) 690-5109 Services: Sunday 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

Join in our parish celebration of the Feast of Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Americas, patroness of our parish and our diocese: Vigil: Sunday, December 11— in church (Spanish) 10:00–10:30 p.m.: Welcome and Opening Prayer 10:30–11:30 p.m.: Skit (Caminando con Cristo) 11:30–12:00 a.m.: Praise & Worship (Spanish Prayer Group Choir)

Morningstar Christian Chapel 16241 Leffingwell Road Whittier, CA 90603 (562) 943-0297 Service: Sunday 8:30, 9:45, 11:30 a.m. Sunday Evening 7:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening 7:00 p.m. Young Adults (18-25): Friday 7:00 p.m. Jack Abeelen Senior Pastor

Na Sung 1620 Fullerton Road La Habra Heights (562) 690-7979 Services: Sunday 8 a.m., 11 a.m.

St. Paul Lutheran Church 111 W. Las Palmas Drive Fullerton, CA 92835 714-879-8290 Services: Sunday Liturgical 8.a.m. and 11 a.m. Praise: 9:30 a.m. Vineyard North Orange County 615 S. Palm St La Habra (562) 697-4600 Services: Saturday 5 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.

Solemnity of Our Lady of Guadalupe Monday, December 12

Lutheran Church of the Master 1601 West La Habra Blvd. La Habra (562) 697-2884 Service Sunday 9 a.m.

Mission Presbyterian Church 1901 E. Lambert Rd. Suite 105 La Habra (714) 448-3305 Services: Sunday 10:30 a.m., Wednesday 7 p.m.. mid-week study


Monday, December 12— in church 12:00 a.m.: Spanish Mass with Mariachi Imperial S1:15—4:30 a.m.: Vigil continues with documentary, speakers, praise & worship, rosary 4:30—5:00 a.m.: Aztec Dancer 5:00—6:00 a.m.: Mañanitas with Mariachi Imperial 6:00 a.m.: Spanish Mass with Mariachi Imperial followed by reception in Coleman Center 10:00 a.m.: Bilingual Mass with parish school 7:00 p.m.: Bilingual Mass followed by reception in Coleman Center

Solemnidad de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Lunes, 12 de diciembre Honorable María, Madre de las Américas, santa patrona de nuestra parroquia y diócesis. Vigilia: Domingo, 11 de diciembre (en la iglesia) 10:00—10:30 p.m.: Bienvenida y Oración 10:30—11:30 p.m.: Obra (Caminando con Cristo) 11:30—12:00 a.m.: Alabanza (Coro Ungidos por el Espíritu Santo) Lunes, 12 de diciembre (en la Iglesia): 12:00 a.m.: Misa en Español (Mariachi Imperial) 1:15—2:00 a.m.: Documentario (Sociedad Guadalupana) 2:00—2:40 a.m.: Tema de la Virgen (Miguel Ángel Bravo) 2:40—3:30 a.m.: Alabanza (Coro Ungidos por el Espíritu Santo) 3:30—4:30 a.m.: Rosario 4:30—5:00 a.m.: Danza Azteca 5:00—6:00 a.m.: Mañanitas (Mariachi Imperial) 6:00 a.m.: Misa en Español (Mariachi Imperial) seguido de una recepción en el Centro Coleman 10:00 a.m.: Misa Bilingüe con la escuela parroquial 7:00 p.m.: Misa Bilingüe seguido de una recepción en el Centro Coleman

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December 3, 2016

City Communicator Hazardous Waste Disposal Operation Santa This year’s annual Operation Santa program, which provides a special holiday season to underprivileged children and their families every December, is now underway. Names of families who would most benefit from the program are provided by the school districts that serve the City, as well as by the City’s own Child Development Department programs. On December 17th, families will come to the Community Center to receive their gifts, enjoy a visit with Santa, and other fun family activities. You can support this very special program by donating non-perishable food items and toys, or by donating gift cards from Target or Walmart (these will be used to purchase items for older children) or from grocery stores. Items can be dropped off at the Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd., Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. You can also sponsor a family; if you are interested in doing this, or if you have any questions about Operation Santa, please call Josie Anderson at 562-383-4217 or email her at

Decorate Your Hearts Out, La Habra! Do you have the most festive house in your neighborhood? This holiday season, we invite you to enter the 16th annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest! Registration begins on Monday, November 28th, when you can pick up registration forms at the La Habra Community Center, 101 W. La Habra Blvd. Registration forms may also be downloaded from the City’s website, Completed registration forms must be turned in at the Community Center by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9th. Judging will take place the week of December 12th, and winners will be recognized at the December 19th City Council meeting at 6:30 p.m. All winners will receive a special yard sign, an award certificate and a gift card. All La Habra residents are eligible for this free activity! This program is sponsored by the City of La Habra in collaboration with the Beautification Committee.

City Holiday Closure Dates City Hall will be closed beginning Monday, December 26th and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If you have any questions about holiday hours and services, please contact City Hall at (562) 383-4000. The Community Center will be closed beginning Monday, December 19th and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Most winter session classes will begin the week of January 9, 2017. The Police Department will be open during its normal business hours throughout the holidays. For more information, please contact the Police Department at (562) 383-4300.

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The City of La Habra Public Works Department, in partnership with CR&R, will host a Household Hazardous and Universal Waste Collection event for City residents on Saturday, December 3rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. What to bring: automotive products, batteries, computers, monitors, televisions, keyboards, cordless and cell phones, printers, stereos, and DVD players, digital cameras, microwaves, copiers, fluorescent light bulbs, glue, photo chemicals, herbicides and pesticides, household cleaners, thermometers with mercury in them, paint and paint products, personal care products, polishes, waxes and wood sealants, pool and spa chemicals, and propane, and tires (no rims, maximum nine per resident). If you are bringing sharps, needles or syringes, they must be in a sharps container and separate from other items in the car’s front passenger seat. Identification and proof of residency are required. HHW is limited to 15 gallons or 125 pounds per vehicle. An appointment is necessary to attend these events; please call 562-694-3730 or 866-742-8850 to make one. Please enter the Public Works yard at the entrance at Walnut and Mountain View.

Christmas Tree Pickup & Holiday Trash Collection The City’s waste hauler, CR&R, will collect and recycle Christmas trees for the first two weeks following Christmas on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Please remove all decorations including tinsel, lights, ornaments, and tree stands. Place the tree at the curb. Flocked trees will be collected, but cannot be recycled. Trees disposed of after the two-week period must be cut into small pieces and recycled as regular green waste during the regular pick up. Holiday trash collection is usually delayed during the week following Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This year, however, both holidays fall on a Sunday, so all trash will be collected on your regularly scheduled pickup day.

Holiday used cooking oil collection for recycling will continue through Tuesday, January 31st. Residents must call the Public Works Department at 562-383-4170 to make an appointment for this service. Since Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on a Sunday, street sweeping services will not be delayed, and instead will continue on their normal schedule. Parking enforcement for street sweeping will also continue on its normal schedule. The City will suspend enforcement of the overnight parking ordinance during the holiday season. Enforcement of the parking ordinance will not occur from Monday, November 21, 2016, 12:00 a.m. through Sunday, January 1, 2017. Enforcement will resume Monday, January 2, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. For overnight parking or other ticketing questions, please contact the La Habra Police Department at 562-383-4300. Fire Department: Graffiti Hotline: La Habra Shuttle: Library: NOC Youth Center: Personnel Services: Planning Department Police Department: Public Works: Traffic Office : Water & Sewer Billing:

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LH Rotary honors outstanding athletes By Jane Williams La Habra Journal

Fall sports teams have finished their season, except for those climbing the CIF tournament ladders, so it was time for La Habra Rotary to recognize the best female and male athlete from each local high school. The smallest athlete in the room was Sonora's Isabella Camacho, a member of the dance team and the Raiders best golfer, two-year captain of the women's golf team, and Number 1 on the Freeway AllLeague Women's Golf team. She shot a three over par the first day and a 77 at Western Hills and ranks fourth in Orange County. Principal Adam Bailey pointed out she has no trouble hitting a golf ball 200 yards off the tee and straight down the fairway. A captain of the dance team, Isabella is always willing to take new dancers under her wing and make sure they know the routine's steps. After taking 16 AP and Honors classes, she carries a 4.41 GPA. La Habra sent Marina Pilkington, who has played volleyball since she was 11. While a student at Rancho Starbuck she began playing So Cal United. At La Habra she was selected as a freshman to play on Varsity, which allowed her to play with her older sister, Korinna. Marina also began an ASB career as the Freshman Class Senator. She enrolled in the Heritage Program and has caught her teacher's enthusiasm for history. She continues working within ASB to put on conferences and dances such as Prom and Homecoming. In her sophomore year, she was named to the Second Team All-Freeway League. In her junior year she sprained her ankle late in the season and spent much time on the bench. At the start of her senior year she worked hard to get back in the lineup after tweaking the same ankle. She made it back and as a lefty gave other teams trouble in the front line. As one of her coaches wrote, “Marina embodies the tenacity and motivation a coach hopes to find in any of their athletes.” Volleyball was also the sport that brought Whittier Christian's Christa Evans recognition, although it could have just as well been basketball. Known as "Mama Bear" on either team, she tends to other players' needs first. Then her fierce competitiveness on the court inspires her teammates.. Christa posted a 40% kill ratio and ended the season with 179 kills and 49 total blocks leading all league middle hitters. She will need to do the same for the basketball team this year as it

will be a young team. She was on the first All-League team and last year on the All-Area team, and she was MVP of the La Habra Classic Team tournament, She hopes to major in sports psychology. Justin Osborne, Whittier Christian's top male athlete, was a two-way player on the football team. As a running back, he finished the season with 1,142 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing, and 921 yards and 9 touchdowns receiving, not to mention completing 2 passes for another 2 TDs. Justin has tremendous speed which helped him make 161 tackles. He had no trouble being named to the First Team All-League. He is also a three-year starter on the basketball, and volleyball teams, and was selected a Homecoming Prince. Sonora chose Ben Angulo, the MVP of its water polo team two years in a row, as its male athlete of the season. Ben is a member of the Under 18 Olympic Development Team. Sonora finished second in league behind Troy. They were the only Freeway League team to take Troy to 5 games in a match. He was captain of the team and is always reliable. To prepare for college Ben is currently taking Honors Economics, AP US government, AP Physics, and AP Calculus. He hopes to attend UC Davis and major in Sports Journalism and have a career in sports broadcasting or reporting. Prince Ross transferred to La Habra High when he was a freshman to play football with two friends and for its drama program As a freshman he played wide receiver and was named Offensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore he made varsity, again at wide receiver. When a player in the lineup injured his back, Prince's playing time increased. He did so well he was named Rookie of the Year. It was in the CIF Championship game against San Clemente that he caught the Hail Mary pass from Eric Barriere with no time left on the clock and his feet in the end zone. It had worked against Los Alamitos and it worked once again for the Championship. The play made the ABC TV Highlight Reel and was named the the Play of the Year for high school. He finished the league season with 10 touchdowns. In addition to football, Prince has a passion for acting, something he has been doing since he was with Malibu Casting. Last year he had a role in Pajama Game and right now he reads the boards of Plummer Auditorium in "Guys and Dolls."

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Outstanding athletes: Sonora's Isabella Camacho, La Habra's Marina Pilkington and Whittier Christian's Christa Evans were recognized by the La Habra Rotary club for their hard work.

Impressive achievement: Whittier Christian's Justin Osborn, Sonora's Ben Angulo and La Habra's Prince Ross received recognition for excelling both on and off the field (and pool).

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LH Tamale Festival brings hungry crowds By Leonardo Romero La Habra Journal

La Habra’s Recreation Division held its third annual Tamale Festival on Sunday at a different and much bigger location from last year. The festival’s committee led by the city’s recreation manager, David DeLeon, decided to move the event from the La Habra Community Center and it’s parking lot to the street Euclid between La Habra Boulevard and Lambert. The street was shut down for the day and was filled with over 10,000 people that came to buy tamales from the 16 different tamale vendors present. “We couldn’t have asked for a better situation, and even though we had some inclement weather we still had a great crowd,” said DeLeon. This year’s live entertainment came from two different stages, which included the community stage and the main stage. The community stage located in Brio Park featured various dance and choir performances, and once the performances finished attendees were able to take a hands on tamale making course sponsored by Northgate Gonzalez Market for free. The main stage located in Portola Park presented performances from artists including Grammy award winning Mariachi Divas, and also hosted churro eat-

ing contests and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. This year La Habra resident, Sharon Webster, attended the festival, and when she went around asking people which tamales were the best she was told to look for the longest line. “I’ve made tamales before and it’s a long process that could take all day,” said Webster. “I’d rather just come out and buy a couple dozen.” The festival held contests for best salsa, best dessert tamale, best tamale, and judge’s favorite. San Fernando Valley resident, Veronica Reyes, took this year’s best dessert tamale trophy with her vanilla and Nutella tamale. Anthony Navarro’s green salsa won him the best salsa category, and Brianna Sanabria took home the judge’s favorite trophy with her red salsa tamale. The owners of The Two Tamales catering company, Gabe and Gail Garcia, won the best tamale category with their green chile tamale and cheese, potato, and chorizo tamale. The couple has been married for 44 years, and Gabe Garcia has been making tamales for over 35 years. Their tamale company offers traditional, vegetarian, and gluten free tamales with dough that contains no lard. “This festival is family oriented, fun, well organized, and I’m defi-

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Many residents took part in the tamale-making classes provided by Northgate Market at the annual La Habra Tamale Festival held along south Euclid Avenue and Portola Park Sunday afternoon.

nitely coming back next year,” said Gail Garcia. Children were able to enjoy the Play Matters Kids Zone, which featured various carnival games, train rides, a rock wall, and jumpers. Wristbands were sold for $10 that allowed the owner unlimited access to every game and attraction. The La Habra Art Walk Association had their own section at the festival with over 25 artists showcasing and selling their artwork. Their section also featured artwork from local students. According to the association’s executive director, Michelle Bernier, she asked the artists to demonstrate their art to those in attendance by actually working on a piece throughout the event. “We try to create neat and unique things that you haven’t seen in La Habra,” said Bernier. “We’re trying to create a culture that will help younger ones grow creatively.” The city’s Recreation Division received a $96,000 seven-year grant from Orange County Transportation Authority that allowed for the use of a shuttle system at this year’s festival. People had the choice of parking at the La Habra Marketplace, Sonora High School, or La Habra High School and were picked up by an

OCTA shuttle that took them to the festival. DeLeon expects to use this shuttle service for events such as the Citrus Fair, Corn Festival, La Fiesta, and next year’s Tamale Festival.

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Kids and teens took part in the rock climbing wall and many other actifities at Portola Park as part of the Third Annual Tamale Festival in La Habra Sunday.

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Tamales! Thousands of tamales were sold Sunday afternoon from a variety of vendors at the La Habra Tamale Festival. Each food vendor was required to make 1,000 tamales in preparation for the event.

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La Habra native Samantha Elizondo performs in front of her home crowd at the Third Annual La Habra Tamale Festival Sunday. Elizondo performed original songs as well as some traditional Spanish hits.



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Top: Despite the rainy weather, thousands of people turned out for the annual La Habra Tamale Festival. Above: Children tested their skills at a variety of carnival games. Right: La Habra Mayor Jim Gomez (center) presents the award for Best Tamale to Gabe and Gail Garcia.

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Tamales traen hacia fuera de la comunidad Por Genesis Miranda La Habra Journal

La ciudad de La Habra celebró el tercer anual festival de tamales en este domingo pasado. El área se llenó de música, puestos de comida y gente de diversas culturas. El festival ha crecido más cada año y este fue el primer año en el que se extendió a los parques Portola y Brio y hasta se cerró la calle Euclid por unas cuantas cuadras. El olor a comida cubrió el aire en un dia nublado y lluvioso, atrayendo a muchas personas. Los tamales son un platillo famoso de la cultura Latina pero personas de otras culturas también lo conocen muy bien. La Habra es una comunidad unida que comparte sus diversas culturas. “Amo a esta comunidad”, dijo David Nielson, residente de La Habra. “[El evento] Es un gran éxito a pesar de la lluvia”. Los supermercados Northgate González estuvieron presentes en el evento vendiendo tamales, champurrado y aguas frescas. Yolanda Ruiz de La ciudad de Norwalk vino con Northgate González. Ruiz dice “la variedad de gente que viene a consumirlos es lo que nos gusta”. Este festival no sólo se ha hecho tradición pero se ha convertido en una forma de juntar a diferentes culturas a través de la comida Latina. Aparte de los puestos de tamales también había puestos de otros platillos famosos como menudo, pupusas y tacos de pescado. “Ve a donde hay filas más largas, ahí están mejor los tamales” dijo Nielsen. Los puestos con las filas más

largas eran Julian’s Mexican fotos y Northgate González. Mostraba la popularidad de sus tamales. Maria Pérez, residente de La Habra dice que había visto el evento en años pasados pero fue la primera vez que tuvo tiempo de ir. “Lo he visto pero siempre me lo pierdo”, dijo Pérez. “El clima está hermoso para un evento como este y parece ser que vino mucha gente”. A la gente no le importó el clima y la amenaza de lluvia porque los parques y la calle estaba llena de familias y hasta mascotas caminando y comiendo tamales. La policía de La Habra estuvo presente en el festival para crear una conexión con la comunidad y conocer a los residentes de La Habra. Hubo dos escenarios en los cuales se presentaron las Mariachi Divas y la cantante Samantha Elizondo entre otros grupos musicales y de baile. Al mediodía se anunciaron los ganadores de la competencia de comida. Anthony Navarro ganó por la mejor salsa verde, Verónica Reyes ganó por el mejor tamal dulce de vainilla y Nutella, Gabe y Gail de “The Two Tamales” ganaron por el mejor tamal en general y Briana Sambria ganó por su salsa roja. Al alcalde de la ciudad, Jim Gómez, anunció a los ganadores. Gómez dice que le agrada ver cómo ha cedido este evento. En años pasados el evento se llevaba a cabo en el centro comunitario de La Habra pero este es el primer año en el que se extendió hacia los parques Portola y Brio. En años pasados ha sido tan popular el evento que se acaban los tamales, pero este año hubieron alrededor de 60 mil tamales y aún así casi se terminaron todos, dijo

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Sobre: Se vendieron miles de tamales en el Festival anual del tamal de La Habra. Derecho: Personas fueron entretenidas por la música de mariachi en vivo en el festival de tamale al domingo.

Gómez. “[Este evento] Une a la comunidad para que disfruten de la temporada de fiestas juntos”, dijo Gómez. “Sigo viendo cómo crece este evento cada año y espero [el próximo año] ver que sea más grande y más exitoso”. El día terminó con una celebración de encender las luces del árbol de Navidad junto con la banda de la escuela Whittier Christian High School. Se espera que el año que viene sea igual o aún más exitoso que este para el próximo festival de los tamales.

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LHPD, DMV target abusers of disabled persons placards By Jaimee Lynn Fletcher Behind The Badge

With no disabled persons parking available in an overly crowded parking lot, the Drakes have left planned outings and postponed errands. In seven games at Anaheim Stadium last season, they never once were able to park their van in the large disabled persons parking because it always was full. They’ve fielded nasty notes left then on their windshield for taking up two spaces when all the disabled persons parking spaces were occupied — the only way to park to leave room for a motorized wheelchair to exit. La Habra resident Melody Drake said these things happen more often than many people probably realize and it’s, in part, because of people illegally using placards. “You can’t always see someone’s disability, so you can’t judge based on that,” Drake said. “But there is abuse going on and sometimes it can be pretty obvious.” La Habra PD Officer Jason Coleman checks the credentials of Costco shoppers at the handicap parking spaces. Photo by Steven Georges/ Behind the Badge OC Drake, a 20-year resident of the city, appealed to the La Habra City Council in September to promote spinal cord injury awareness week and share her experience. Her husband, Ron, was injured in a motorcycle accident in December 2013, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. Since then, Drake said she’s noticed how difficult access can be, at times. In her presentation to council, Drake talked about the parking frus-

trations she is confronted with in the city, along with other places in Orange County, and called on city leaders for help. “Until you’re in that situation, you don’t see the challenges,” she said. “I’m not asking for anyone to go out and harass people who are legitimately using placards. The whole goal is to go out and talk to people who are hanging placards who don’t have a right to.” City and police leaders heard Drake’s plea and put a plan to action. La Habra Police on Nov. 8 partnered with California DMV investigators to target major shopping centers in the city to educate the community and also confiscate illegally used placards. So far this year, police have issued 66 citations for disabled persons placard violations. In 2015, 88 citations were issued, said Sgt. Jim Tigner of the La Habra Police Department. “A lot of those are people who may have forgotten to put their placard up and, if that is the case, fines are reduced substantially to a simple administrative fee,” Tigner said. “Our mission is to go after people willingly misusing disabled persons placards or plates.” The California DMV reports about 2.4 million people have been issued disabled persons placards, and more than 125,000 have been issues temporary placards. The DMV in 2014 launched “Operation Blue Zone” to target people fraudulently applying for applications after concerns about the illegal use of placards was brought to the forefront. The most common kind of abuse includes drivers using a placard belonging to a relative or friend. There also have been reported scams of peo-

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La Habra PD Officer Jason Coleman checks the credentials of Costco shoppers at the handicap parking spaces.

ple selling placards on websites such as Craigslist and E-bay, according to the DMV. The fine for misusing a placard is up to $300 but, in some cases, fraudulent use could be filed as a misdemeanor and be punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to six months in county jail, police said. In La Habra’s operation, police split into two teams to target high-traffic shopping centers. Officers staged near disabled parking and greeted drivers as they parked or returned to their cars. They asked residents for their identification and proof of registration for their placards. Residents were pleased the police were out taking up the issue. Everyone they contacted said thank you. One couple offered the officers fresh fruit as a snack, and others shared the frustrations they’ve had in finding ample parking. “I’m so glad they’re doing this,” said resident Linda Lopez, 69. “Sometimes I get so mad because we can’t find parking. Believe me, us old fogies

are legit, but there are people buying these placards on the Internet.” Arthur Oriza, also a La Habra resident, said it was the first time the legitimacy of his placard had been checked, and it was a welcome stop. “I like this a lot. Keep up the good work, boys,” he called to the officers as he headed to shop at Costco. During the operation, police and DMV investigators contacted 38 people, wrote one warning and confiscated one disabled person license plate. Tigner said police plan to host another compliance check operation during the busy holiday shopping season when the temptation for abusers to snag front-row parking is greater. Drake said she was happy to see the city and police quickly jump on something that affects so many residents, and she hopes it sends a clear message. “I want La Habra to be known as the city that you can’t come to and illegally hang your tag,” she said. “For the people who need this, it’s a big deal.”

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By Jay Seidel La Habra Journal

He was dedicated and someone who was always cracking jokes. That's how friends and coaches described Ethan Hawks, a junior at Whittier Christian who died Thursday morning after a unique accident. Hawks, 17, and his mother, Kat, were traveling south on the 57 Freeway south of Katella Avenue on the afternoon of Nov. 19 when a metal object crashed through their windshield and struck Ethan on the right side of his face. The piece of metal was roughly 7 to 10 pounds and severed his carotid artery. He also suffered extensive damage to his jaw and cheekbone. His mother, who was driving and had picked him up from an event where he was volunteering, attempted to stop the bleeding as she drove to St. Joseph's Hospital. He was then transported to UCI Medical Center. After being treated, he was placed into an induced coma to help him heal. He had a bad reaction to medication he was given Wednesday night and was stabilized after going into septic shock. However, Ethan died Thursday morning just after 5 a.m. The Yorba Linda teen was known as a character and a fun kid to his friends at Whittier Christian. The school established a GoFundMe page after the accident. More than $29,000 has been raised through donations by people who were touched by Ethan's accident. The Hawks family has shared they have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and love they have received for Ethan. "The overwhelming response of support for the Hawks family over

the last few days is a testament to just how much Ethan was loved by his family and friends and how his story touched so many lives," said Whittier Christian's Head of School Carl Martinez. "The Whittier Christian High School community is heavy-hearted today after losing Ethan Hawks to complications from the terrible accident that happened to him this past Saturday," said WCHS Athletic Direcctor Rolland Essinger "The Heralds stand in support of the Hawks family and will be there with them in the tough days, weeks and months ahead." Hawks was known as a fighter on the Heralds football team. Last season, the junior suffered what many thought was a season ending leg fracture against Maranatha. However, after a rehabilitation, Hawks was back on the team practicing in spring. Regarding Hawks tenacity and determination to rejoin his team, WCHS Head Football coach Sergio Gradilla described Hawks as a "tough young man.” "His determination was amazing to watch," Essinger said. "Most people thought he would never play again, but Ethan never wavered from his goal to come back." Gradilla shared that Hawks was loved by his teammates and enjoyed making them laugh. Nicknamed "Boom Stick" by his Herald teammates, Hawks had his whole team supporting him after the accident. Whittier Christian Quarterback Quinn Commans wrote in a Twitter post, "Ethan, you were the craziest and happiest kid I've ever met and yet still couldn't catch a break. It's way too soon to see you go, but I wouldn't

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Too soon: Whittier Christian Junior Ethan Hawks was killed after being struck by debris on the freeway.

want anyone else creating all the crazy memories, always asking about my day, reminding me how bad I was at football and most importantly telling me that you love me every single day. You wouldn't stop hugging me until I said it back because you knew how much I hated being touched. I promise I will make you so proud." Essinger added that Hawks fought hard and he was supported by an amazing family. "Ethan's mom, dad, sister and uncle came alongside Ethan in such an incredible way," Essinger said. "The doctors and nurses at the UCI Medical Center fought with Ethan every step of the way as well and are

certainly appreciated for all they did for him." The WCHS community held a gathering in honor of Hawks Friday at Herald Hall. Grief counselors and pastors were on campus Monday. "Ethan will always be remembered as a free-spirited young man who would not let anything stand in the way of him achieving his goals," Essinger said. "We will certainly miss Ethan, and we are thankful for the time we had with him. God blessed us with Ethan Hawks." A "Celebration of Ethan's Life" will be held Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. at Whittier Christian.



Highlanders outgunned by Nighthawks' arsenal By Jason Burch La Habra Journal La Habra’s Cinderella CIF run came to an end Friday night at home, as the Highlanders dropped a wild shootout to Murrieta Valley 62-43 in the semifinal matchup. The normally stout Highlander defense was undone by the precision right arm of Nighthawks quarterback Hank Bachmeier and the explosive legs of running back Olita Palmer. Palmer, who began the game with just under 2000 yards on the season, carried the ball 37 times for 290 yards and reached the end zone four times. Palmer credited his offensive line and said he was just following them all night. “This was just an emotional game, we went into the locker room like we didn’t want the season to end,” Palmer said. “We like going to practice, I like being surrounded by this group of guys and I’ll do anything for them.” Bachmeier’s accuracy was on full display, as the sophomore completed 23-27 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns. He also added 56 yards rushing. “That’s a really good offense, they have everything,” said La Habra Head Coach Frank Mazzotta. “They have a good quarterback-check, running back-check, receivers-check and offensive line-check.” Mazzotta added that there was so much talent on the field tonight that it felt like a college game, and the score reflected that. The Highlanders actually got on the board first. On the opening drive, quarterback Zach Fogel quickly moved the offense down the field 61 yards

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A long walk: La Habra's Madison Wheeler walks past a celebrating Murietta Valley team after the Highlander's 64-43 semifinal loss Friday at La Habra stadium.

on six plays before Madison Wheeler punched it in from 3 yards out. Murrieta Valley answered back right away. After each team had a pair of possessions the score was knotted at 14. The Highlanders finally stumbled on their third possession, going threeand-out after being hit with their fourth false start penalty of the first quarter. The Nighthawks took the lead on the next possession when Bachmeier connected with Marquis Spiker from 18 yards out for the duo’s second of three scores of the night. The Highlanders successfully

Moving around: La Habra Quarterback Zach Fogel runs past a Nighhawk defender in Friday's game. Fogel rushed for 92 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 22 yards and two touchdowns Friday nights.

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slowed down and beat two high powered offenses, in Oaks Christian and Redlands East Valley, in the first two rounds of CIF, but had no answer for Murrieta Valley all night. After forcing five interceptions and making key stops in critical situations the previous two weeks, the Highlanders failed to stop the Nighthawks from scoring on a single possession until they fumbled the ball with 3:09 left in the game. However, by then the game was already out of reach. “We took ourselves out of our element,” said linebacker and leading tackler Camron Rivas. “It’s not all about X’s and O’s, it’s about who wants it more and they wanted it more tonight.” Rivas had double digit tackles in all three playoff games this season, picking up right where he left off in 2015, when Rivas was named Defensive Player of the Year in CIF-SS Division 3. “I would never point the finger at our defense at all,” Fogel said. “They are playing the best ball they have played in a long time, I think our defense has some great leaders and is full of fighters, but Murrieta just had more playmakers tonight.” La Habra’s offensive unit was impressive as well, scoring on six of the first eight possessions. Fogel threw for 220 yards with two touchdowns and added 92 yards and two touchdowns on the ground, including a 44-yard keeper that he took into the end zone untouched that tied the game at 21 early in the second quarter. Prince Ross caught three passes for 78 yards and a touchdown. Ross also broke free for an 80 yard touchdown run a few minutes before halftime to bring the Highlanders within a score.

But the Nighthawks wound up adding another score with just :18 left in the second quarter to make it 42-28 at the half. La Habra kept pace, but couldn’t cut it below two scores the rest of the way. Wheeler ran the ball effectively for the third consecutive week, but because La Habra was playing from behind the entire second half, Head Coach Frank Mazzotta couldn’t stick with the running game as much as he would have liked to. Wheeler collected 91 yards and a touchdown on just 8 carries, and added 27 yards receiving. “I’m so proud of how much we improved this year,” Mazzotta said. “This team was so much fun, they came to practice everyday and worked their butts off, they were really a lot of fun to be around.” The Highlanders end the season at 8-5, one game shy of a rematch with San Clemente for the chance at back-to-back CIF titles, so they were understandably downtrodden afterwards. However coming in as the No. 14 seed, the 2016 Highlander football team far-exceeded expectations in the CIF tournament. “It’s a bitter-sweet moment right now, I’m blessed that I had an opportunity to do this for four years and to do it at the level I did it at,” Rivas said afterwards reflecting on his final game. “I just want thank my coaches, thank my teammates and thank God most importantly, I’m truly grateful and truly blessed, I can’t even say how much I love this place.” “The hardest thing about this is seeing my guys and knowing how hard we fought, but I couldn’t be more proud of my guys,” Fogel added. “I think we really grew as a brotherhood this year.”

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