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November 19, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
They are the children caught in the middle. Too old for most child-care programs and too young for afternoon high school activities, many middle school students in their early teens have trouble finding productive things to do after school, officials said. Some seek refuge in front of the television or at shopping malls, while others begin misbehaving in ways that can cause more serious problems as they grow older.
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February 26, 1997 | DEBRA CANO
When he was a child, Ruben Alvarez Jr. was a member of the Boys Club of Santa Ana. Two decades later, he has been appointed executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Placentia. Alvarez, 37, replaces Albert P. Rizzo, who was ousted in January by the club's directors after being arraigned on charges that he gave community-service credits to people on probation in exchange for donations to the club.
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October 12, 1992 | DEBRA CANO
For members of the Boys and Girls Club, it's the little things they're looking forward to when their new, 19,000-square-foot club is built. They can't wait to have a bathroom inside the building, a soda machine that works, refreshments like frozen drinks and popcorn, a playground with equipment and an indoor basketball court. Matt Oden said he's excited because the new club will have video games and a study room "so you can have some peace and quiet."
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April 13, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When former Supervisor Don R. Roth pleaded guilty last month to political ethics-law violations, lawyers stressed that he would satisfy his 200 hours of court-ordered community service by lugging boxes and helping the Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim move into a new home. Well, not quite. Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Michael J. Sofia said Monday that Roth is spending all of his time there helping to organize a golf tournament as a fund-raiser for the club and finding corporate sponsors.
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March 7, 1995 | DEBRA CANO
These youngsters don't catch waves with a surfboard. They use their bodies. Bodysurfer Enrique Najera, 15, said the thrill is in riding the wave directly. "You can't describe it. You've got to feel it for yourself," Najera said. "It's something you can really enjoy. It's a skill, an art, that once you've done it, you'll have it for the rest of your life."
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May 11, 1997 | JOHN CANALIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sally Blotzer, 7, wasn't even born when volunteers began planning the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley's Kingston Branch at Mile Square Regional Park 13 years ago, but she greeted its grand opening Saturday with a perfect rendition of the national anthem. Her sweet voice didn't crack in front of an auditorium of club supporters, business leaders, members of Congress, state legislators and the Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach city councils. No big deal, really.
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February 9, 1996 | BY DEBRA CANO
Resident Richard A. Cook has won the Boys and Girls Club's highest honor: the Eagle Award. Cook, 49, immediate past president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Huntington Valley, said that he was surprised by the recognition from the club on Jan. 23. "It's a reminder of the effort [the board] thinks I put forth to the organization," said Cook, who is president of a local adhesives company. Councilman John J.
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February 20, 1994 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
David Wilk loves hockey. He started playing when he was 12. Led his graduate school team in scoring two years in a row. Ask him his height and he'll say "5-9, on skates." His favorite players? Well, there's Wayne Gretzky, Tony Granato and Gilbert DeJesus. Gilbert DeJesus? That's right. DeJesus was an 18-year-old from Harlem, one of hundreds of youngsters whom Wilk has taken from the streets of New York at an early age and exposed to the joys of his favorite sport.
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November 27, 1993 | DAVID A. AVILA
Children and teen-agers surround John LeVere every day of the week. He works for a day-care center in Costa Mesa. On weekends, he takes teens hiking, boating or to concerts. But there was a time when LeVere wondered if he wanted to work with children at all. A trip to Mexico a few years ago was a turning point. "I went down to Mexico to decide if caring for children was my true vocation," LeVere, 37, said. "When I came back, I knew it was." In 1987, the day-care counselor went one step further.
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January 26, 1992 | KRISTINA LINDGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After losing a bid to merge with YMCA of Orange County, officials with the financially troubled YMCA of Anaheim vowed Friday to try to go it alone. "Everybody is fired up, and we're going to stick together to make this work," said Michael Larkin, director of the Anaheim nonprofit youth organization.
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