Page 2 The West View Westpointe Youth Baseball Finishes Eleventh Season By Dale J. Neilson equipment of anybody [in youth baseball],” he said. And they still The Salt Lake Western Boys © manage to break even. Fabela Baseball Association (WBBA), insists that all coaches and playthe only private youth baseball ers wear their full team uniform organization in Utah, wrapped up during games. Otherwise, they its 11th season under owner Pete don’t play. Fabela. The WBBA plays from MayAs the league owner, Fabela July at West Pointe Park, which assigns players to corporate-sponis on about 2100 West and 1100 sored teams of 10 or 11 members North, and includes two divi- each. It’s a big deal for players to sions: Cubs (ages 6-8) and Bears play every game without bench (9-12). Each play a regular seatime, which may contribute to son of 12 games during spring waiting lists of potential players and summer, while the Bears also every year. “We emphasize more have a six-game season in July. of having fun than winning in this Older Cubs may move up a divileague,” he said. sion for the short season. Fabela also owns the uniforms The teams seem well matched. and equipment, which are paid This summer’s version of the Bear for and maintained by player regdivision seemed to have more paristration fees. “We have the best ity than ever, said Fabela. Trophy DIRECTOR Brace ence continued from page 1 Director position through supportive friends and an ad in the paper. “After I had time to assess the position and my abilities, this job became nearly impossible to pass up because of the great staff, board and reputation, and because it’s in a neighborhood that I know, with people that I’m comfortable around,” said Brace. NEIGHBOR I artwork. Even the youngest children have access to computers in their classrooms, and a “Music in Motion” specialist leads a group in the gym with hula hoops and drums, then skillfully transitions them to return quietly to class. Children outside the gym sit beneath a coat rack and happily sing with their teacher as they wait for their turn. _ Like any good neighbor, Neighborhood House aims to watch out for the kids on the In this case, daycare, it’s a big L/P Gas, CBI and House to help them succeed in school, as well as enhanced recreational opportunities from swimming to gardening. Community service is also a component of the program. “They are very lucky to be in the program, and we want to teach them ‘you don’t just take, you give back too,’” says Development Yankees Rose Park players, Pete Babalas, camp this season. Babalas formerly played for West High. Fabela doesn’t know if Babalas September 2005 Issue Submission Deadline: Friday, August 26 mer players keep in touch.” Despite the ups and downs of the business, Fabela said, “You can’t worry about what you can’t control.” You can control burnout, though, “by doing a lot of the little things like coaching and teaching, and not worrying too much about one thing. It’s like marriage, and I’ve been married to the same woman for 39 years.” Another valuable piece of advice from Fabela is: “Watch the ball until the play is over.” Because Pete Fabela speaks from experience, baseball players and coaches listen. but that he does have senior facilities and the child develop- For more information, visit Neighborhood House on-line at www. neighborhoodhouseonline.org. serve the entire community, not just those who come through its doors. Just like a conscientious neighborhood mother, the school is careful about the caretakers it employs. All lead teachers have a Child Development Associate Phone: (801)355-9572 THE WEST VIEW Editor Charlotte Fife-Jepperson Assistant Editor Norma Hendrickson . Layout/Design Chad Jepperson Distribution Salt Lake West Journal Consultant/Advisor James A. Fisher Legal Advisor Mary C. Gordon Advertising Salt Lake West Journal _ Staff - Dale Young, Boyd Petersen CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Scott Forman Norma Hendrickson ment center, will make up for any limitations (due to inexperience) that he might have. Under his helm, Brace “expects to see Neighborhood House continue to provide exceptional child development day care and active senior services.” Director Kay Stackpole. The children might go rock climbing in the morning, then pick up trash afterwards. Older students deliver food boxes once a week for the Utah Food Bank. Neighborhood House has its own version of a community council. With United Way funding and assistance, it partners with many different agencies to We welcome your stories, photos, and opinions. Please notify us if you know of something in the community that deserves coverage. E-mail: email@example.com STAFF WRITERS Scott Forman ° Norma Hendrickson made the Padres’ roster or not, because, he said, “not many for- Brace is also confident that the experienced administrators, who oversee the Neighborhood the tried out at a San Diego Padres sound decisions,” he said. shuttles older children to 12 area schools. During the summer, the children receive tailored tutoring Lumber, (sponsored privately). Fabela’s 28 years in baseball started off with leagues in Centerville and Rose Park. He also coached in the military and is retired from the Army and Air Force. Fabela said one of his former a background in teaching junior high school classes and working with nonprofits. “Nevertheless, I believe I was hired more for my ability to manage daily operations, maximize in-house capabilities, promote community involvement and make children enrolled here live on the West Side, and 70 percent of them are Hispanic. In addition to the preschool program, Sutherland’s Quality Brakes and Randy’s Records seemed capable of beating each other on any given day. Cubs’ team sponsors are: Aspen Cove Apartments, Utah says that he has limited experi- block, but 80 percent of the 236 continued from page block. with Corner, THE WEST VIEW national certification, and everyone seems to know and address each child by name. Neighborhood House also enlists cream-of-the-crop childcare volunteers: foster grandparents. These grandparents provide invaluable comfort and reassurance, in eight different’ languages. It was such a grandparent, along with pictures of her homeland, who helped a new immigrant girl from Vietnam overcome her fears and anxiety to find success here. All of this and more is pro- vided for a mere $5 - $17.50 per child per day. On the sliding-fee scale, the average family pays just $7 per day. Donations make up the difference. Adult Day Care Also Neighborhood House not only serves children, it also provides adult day care. Located just behind the children’s facil- ity is the Riverside Day Center, which offers a wide variety of services for adults, age 18-up. Again, the daily rates of $15 CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Shannon Allen ¢ Dale J. Neilson The West View is a community-based newspaper, providing a voice and informational resource for residents and businesses on the west side of Salt Lake City. We welcome community involvement and appreciate story and photo contributions. 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Our Contact Info: editor @thewestview.org The West View 1094 Garn Way SLC, UT 84104 (801)355-9572 http://www.thewestview.org - $36 are based on the family’s Marie and Bob enjoy one another's’ company at the Riverside Day Center for adults, who may need or benefit from care during the day. Photo by Norma Hendrickson ability to pay and the goal is to allow the family breadwinners to earn a living, knowing their loved ones are in good hands. Visitors here are likely to take notice of the alert and cheerful demeanor of the adults. They laugh and visit and receive two snacks and lunch, necessary oral medications and supervision. Weekly dance and exercise. classes are also popular. Clients must be non-aggressive, but can be incontinent or on oxygen. Some bus transportation is available. 4 Kathie Williams, administrator, notes the available drop- in care is popular for families who need respite care and those attending weddings at the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Williams enjoys associating with the clients, but wishes she could have known them before their lives changed so drastically. © Neighborhood House and its employees and partners serve together as a supportive neighbor to West Side residents of all ages. ee @ For information on child- care, call 363-4589; for adult care, call 363-4593.