We’re all invited to a spaghetti feed in Santa Rosa later this month that Connie Camara-Rodrigues girds herself to attend.
The Aug. 26 community meal will be a benefit for Connie. Just eight weeks ago she was searching for her children, 6-year-old Juliana, and Julian, 19 months, when she learned their bodies were found in her estranged husband’s Slater Street apartment. It appears the kids’ father killed them and then himself.
The moment Art Ibleto, Sonoma County’s Pasta King, read of the tragedy he knew he had to do something for Connie.
He’ll provide the pasta for the community coming-together from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall on Pacific Avenue. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids, and will be sold at the door.
Hosting the benefit to help Connie pay funeral costs and to get by, is Local 83 of the Painters & Drywall Finishers Union.
The children’s grandfather, John Rodrigues, belongs to the local. Their father, Alvaro Botelho Da Camara, was a member, too.
“We’re devastated,” said Matt Egan, business representative for Local 83. “We consider ourselves a big family.”
Pitching in on the meal are two Odd Fellows lodges, Lombardi’s Catering, Michael’s Sourdough and Ace Promotional Specialties.
We need only to show up, buy a ticket and eat.
A TREE FELL last week and critically hurt a firefighter on the line of the Minerva fire near Quincy in Plumas County.
How fortunate for him that nearby was an engine from Sonoma Valley Fire & Rescue Authority.
Normally such a rig would carry one firefighter trained also as a paramedic. But three of the four men on the Sonoma Valley engine were firefighter-paramedics.
Capt. Ted Hassler, engineer Jason Campbell and firefighter Ryan McCracken rushed to the fallen man, a Diamond Mountain Hotshot out of Susanville.
Assisted by Sonoma Valley firefighter Ismael Gonzalez, the trio commenced emergency care and got the injured man to a helicopter.
A proud Steve Akre, the Sonoma Valley chief, said there’s word the injured firefighter will recover fully.
OLYMPIC FRIENDS: If you could use a smile, carry your lunch to SRJC’s Bailey Field on Friday and eat it while taking in the BI Olympics between about 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
These are the annual games played by people who live with developmental disabilities and are engaged in vocational, art and other programs of Becoming Independent. Something especially sweet is happening with this year’s BI Olympics.
JC football coach Lenny Wagner arranged for his Bear Cubs to train with the BI athletes. Friendships have been forged.
If you go on Friday you’ll have to pay for on-campus parking, but the interplay of sportsmanship, humanity and joy down on the field should be well worth it.
WONDER BREAD 5, the hilariously rockin’ party band, will play a gig Sunday afternoon for the fun of it — and to push back against leukemia and other blood cancers.
Hosting the bash from 2 to 6:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa’s Legends bar and grill is a team hot to raise big money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.