Fireworks spark council debate

first_imgFran Shields, director of community services, in a written staff report, had proposed a laser show, but council members poo-pooed that idea. Council member Cathy Warner didn’t like the proposal. “I would tend to support actual fireworks because it’s traditional,” Warner said. But some council members – Bob Henderson and Greg Nordbak – are worried about the cost. “I don’t care for it,” Nordbak said. “I didn’t like it this year. I felt we spent an awful lot of money for what we got out of our buck.” Whittier Mayor Owen Newcomer wasn’t as concerned. “I’m not particularly troubled by spending $25,000 for a party,” Newcomer said. “That’s $9,000 more than we have in the budget.” Henderson had similar concerns to Nordbak’s, in part because of another proposal to include banners honoring the Blue Star program that could cost from $6,000 to $25,000. In this program, the city would set up banners throughout Whittier honoring Blue Star families – those with children serving in the military. “I could see us spending $35,000 to $40,000,” Henderson said. The council earlier this week did approve a $6,000 Blue Star program, but wanted more information before deciding whether to have fireworks. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – The 2007 Independence Day celebration was a small ceremony with a family picnic and some games. But there were no fireworks and few showed up for the event, held at Joe Miller Field. But some City Council members – in particular Councilman Joe Vinatieri – want a bigger show with fireworks. This is driven by the fact that the use of fireworks is illegal in Whittier. But such a show is going to cost more money, which has others on the council concerned. While this year’s show only cost $16,565, doing fireworks could be an additional $25,000. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Now, city staff must return with specific information on just how much it will cost to put on a show. “I find it troubling that Whittier doesn’t have an Independence Day celebration,” Vinatieri said. “I appreciate the fact that we had one last year, but it was in the afternoon.” Vinatieri said he wants the city to have a fireworks show beginning at 6 p.m. including games for children, and entertainment. It again would be at Joe Miller Field. The fireworks show wouldn’t be on the level of other nearby communities because there’s not enough space and thus it’s too dangerous, Vinatieri said. But a smaller show is possible, he said. last_img read more

Desabre names squad for Abu Dhabi camp

first_imgDesabre has named 28 players for the Abu Dhabi camp. (PHOTOS/FILE)KAMPALA – Uganda Cranes head coach Sebastien Desabre has named a squad of 28 players that will be part of the Abu Dhabi camp later this month.The squad has seen several surprise exclusions including Milton Karisa who featured prominently in the qualifiers’ set-up.Karisa is joined on the list of exclusions, by Raja Casablanca striker Muhammad Shaban and Edrisa Lubega.The team that was announced on Tuesday morning includes 4 goalkeepers, 9 defenders, 11 midfielders and four strikers.KCCA FC custodian Charles Lukwago who was initially dropped to the COSAFA bound team will join camp after the championships in Durban, South Africa. He is joined by Captain Denis Onyango, Robert Odongkara and Salim Jamal as the four custodians.Lukwago will join the squad after the COSAFA Cup.In defence, Swedish based-Ronald Mukiibi and Yeovil Town’s Bevis Mugabi have made the list and will take part in the preparations despite being away from the set-up, for a while.There have been two surprise call ups as uncapped Lumala Abdul and Alexis Bakka (both playing in Sweden), have also been included.Bakka is one of the uncapped players on the squad.The Cranes who have been in camp for the past week or so are preparing to take part in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. They are set to hold another camp in Abu Dhabi and will fly out of the country on May 27.In the United Arab Emirates, they will play two Friendly games before setting off to Abidjan, Ivory Coast where they will also camp for a few days. From there, the will head to Cairo, Egypt for the finals tournament.The Squad to Abu Dhabi:Goalkeepers: Denis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns-South Africa), Jamal Salim (Al Hilal-Sudan), Robert Odongkara (Adama City FC-Ethiopia), Charles Lukwago (KCCA FC-Uganda).Defenders: Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town- England), Nicholas Wadada (Azam FC-Tanzania), Awanyi Timothy (KCCA FC-Uganda), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Unattached), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds-Sweden), Murushid Juuko (Simba-Tanzania),  Godfrey Walsumbi (Unattached), Muleme Isaac ( FK Viktoria Zizkov- Czech Republic), Joseph Ochaya (TP Mazembe-DR Congo).Midfielders: Tadeo Lwanga (Vipers SC-Uganda), Khalid Aucho (Church Hill Brothers Fc-India), Kirizestom Ntambi- Coffee FC –Ethiopia), Lumala Abdul  (Syrianska FC -Sweden) Michael Azira (Montreal-USA), Waisswa Moses (Vipers SC-Uganda), Sadam Juma (KCCA FC-Uganda), Faruku Miya (HNK Gorica FC- Croatia), Kizito Luwagga (Shakhter Karagandy-Kazakhstan), Kateregga Allan ( Maritzburg-South Africa), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba SC – Tanzania) .Strikers: Patrick Kaddu (KCCA FC-Uganda), Allan Kyambadde (KCCA FC-Uganda), Alexis Bakka (Carlstad United- Sweden), Nsibambi Derrick (Smouha- Egypt).Comments Tags: 2019 AFCONcharles lukwagoEdrisa LubegaMilton Kaarisamuhammad shabanSebastien DesabretopUganda Craneslast_img read more