Santería Store in SF Mission Facing Eviction

first_imgA mainstay of the Mission District for 27 years, the Lucky Candles botanica at 3525 20th St. will be moving or going out of business because the new building owners will be conducting a city-mandated seismic retrofit of the property. Lucky Candle’s owner, Miriam Castillo, who has lived in the Mission for most of her life, said she has no idea where she would relocate to and cannot afford anything in the neighborhood.“I can’t do it, I don’t have the money,” said the 78-year-old, who moved to the Mission after coming to the United States as a 16-year-old from El Salvador. She and her husband moved to Antioch six years ago but return daily to work in the store. Miriam Castillo inside her Lucky Candles shop on Thursday, October 27, 2016. Photo by Lola M. Chavez Castillo was previously told she would have to be out by October 31, but the building’s new landlords have given her until the end of the year to find a new place. Castillo will also not be required to pay any rent before she leaves, a representative for the landlord wrote in an email.“Today we informed [the business owners] that, to help give them more time for finding a new space, we are delaying the lease term to December 31, and we have also decided to forgive the lease payment so that they will not be paying rent on the final two months,” wrote Ron Heckmann, a spokesperson for Veritas, a real estate management firm with dozens of properties in San Francisco.Castillo has owned Lucky Candles — a Santería shop at 20th and Mission streets filled with as many prayer candles as sex enhancement pills — for almost three decades. She and her husband Jorge Polanco conduct psychic readings and give spiritual advice out of the small space.The shop next door, which has no sign, will also be displaced, Castillo said. Its owners did not return a request for comment.Customers come to Lucky Candles far off for tarot card readings and other spiritual services and the couple say they know hundreds of people in the neighborhood.“When I walk through the Mission, everyone says hi to me,” said her husband, Polanco.Wares at the Lucky Candles store. Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezFor city-mandated seismic retrofits to proceed, Castillo’s new landlords say she must leave. The renovations, part of a 2013 law that applies to some 5,000 wood-frame buildings city-wide, including some 550 in the Mission District, usually require shoring up buildings with weak ground floors to prevent their collapse during an earthquake. Despite the retrofit, Castillo could be evicted at any time because she has a month-to-month lease. Under her previous landlord, she had a verbal agreement that she could keep her shop at her low rent of $650 a month while he was alive. But the landlord died in 2013, passing on the building to his children, who sold it to a limited liability company named for the address of the building — 305 San Carlos Street LLC. The firm’s owners are not known.“He told me I’d be here until he died,” Castillo said. “But then he died and his children thought differently.”The property management firm responsible for the building, known as Greentree Property Management, a subsidiary of Veritas, sent a letter to Castillo saying that her shop would have to be closed because the retrofit would take six to nine months. Those involved in seismic retrofits throughout San Francisco say they generally take no more than a couple of weeks, but Heckmann, the representative for Veritas, said the few weeks guess was not specific to the “current and long-term understanding of the building” and that because the building is old, the construction time could be unpredictable.Moreover, Heckmann said, the new owners have planned “further improvements” to the building “within the next year” and the seismic retrofit would have to occur before those can take place. The building owners submitted permits in July, which have not yet been approved.Regardless, Castillo seems to have little legal recourse because of her month-to-month lease, which can be terminated at will by her landlord. Castillo said the sales from her shop help her, her husband, and their 30-year-old daughter pay their mortgage in Antioch. “I keep searching for a place to move, because I live off my business,” she said. “[But] I’m leaving from here, because everything in the Mission is too expensive.”Photo by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. ChavezPhoto by Lola M. Chavez Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%center_img 0%last_img read more

Photo essay Mission walkabout – Part one

first_img Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn This photo walk had me walking a huge circle around the Mission. Finally getting over to areas I had been wanting to take photos of. Part one of two walkabout essays Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn 0% Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Photo by Kathleen Narruhn Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

SAINTS have announced their squad for Saturdays C

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Saturday’s Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Wigan Warriors.Josh Perry and Gary Wheeler are both named in the side as is Jon Wilkin and Shaun Magennis.The squad is:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Michael Shenton, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 8. Josh Perry, 9. James Roby, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Chris Flannery, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 15. Mark Flanagan, 16. Paul Clough, 17. Gary Wheeler, 18. Shaun Magennis, 19. Andrew Dixon, 21. Tommy Makinson, 26. Josh Jones.Shaun Wane will choose from:1. Sam Tomkins, 2. Josh Charnley, 3. Darrell Goulding, 4. George Carmont, 6. Brett Finch, 7. Thomas Leuluai, 8. Paul Prescott, 9. Michael McIlorum, 10. Lee Mossop, 11. Harrison Hansen, 12. Gareth Hock, 13. Sean O’Loughlin, 14. Jeff Lima, 16. Liam Farrell, 17. Chris Tuson, 21. Epalahame Lauaki, 22. Gil Dudson, 24. Anthony Gelling, 26. Jack Hughes.The game kicks off at 2.30pm and the referee is Richard Silverwood.Ticket details can be found here.last_img read more

For over 10000 to attend the match after it had b

first_imgFor over 10,000 to attend the match after it had been rearranged at short notice speaks volumes for our supporters.Once again a big thank you.We are aware there were some issues regarding kiosk service in the West Stand and we would like to apologise if this caused any inconvenience.Our catering operation was geared up for a Friday game but with so many of our staff working at other venues over the weekend it meant we couldn’t operate the same level of service because of the postponement.We once again thank you for your understanding.Saints and Proud.last_img read more

The centre pointed to sloppy tries and a lack o

first_imgThe centre pointed to “sloppy tries” and a “lack of execution” as two reasons behind their 28-20 reverse.“Friday is all about the team and if we get the win we are still in a good position and set well going into the Good Friday derby,” he said. “The main focus is getting the win and getting back to it.“We worked hard the other night but I think we let ourselves down with execution and not putting our plays on. We also conceded some sloppy tries over the line too.“That is what we are looking to try and improve on this week.”Percy currently sits top of the Betfred Super League try scoring charts with seven, whilst teammate Ben Barba is just one behind.It’s a combination that has proved deadly so far this season – and one Saints will no doubt lean to as they travel to East Hull.“They’re a tough team to face, especially at their own ground,” he said. “But to be fair it would be hard wherever we played them. I have played there a few times and enjoy it because the crowd is good.“I’m looking toward to it.”Tickets for Friday’s game are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or by logging on here.last_img read more

Club First Team

first_imgThe Broncos stunned Wigan last week after an 18-16 win in London and our Head Coach believes Danny Ward’s men will head into the clash with Saints, full of confidence.“London had a good win over Wigan at the weekend and a good win in round one against Wakefield and they throw the ball around a bit too so they are a dangerous attacking threat, that is for sure,” he said.“I have done a lot more homework than I normally would and the big thing I noticed is how hard they work for each other and they are getting a few chances which they are taking. They defend really strong and we have to match that work ethic and make it hard for them.”Holbrook specifically made reference to the Broncos’ hard work which saw them jump back up to Super League after defeating Toronto in the Million Pound Game.“Full credit to Danny Ward the coach and the way they all playing as a team,” he continued. “I can see from watching them this year how they got that win last year over Toronto when no-one expected them to win. They just went there and all ripped in for each other and they are a really committed side and we are aware of that.“No one thought they could beat Toronto in that Million Pound Game, but they did so they must be doing something right and they have started this season in similar fashion. They are a dangerous side.”Justin made one change to the Saints squad for Friday’s game with Kevin Naiqama replacing Matty Costello in the 19 man squad. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— The game against London Broncos kicks off at 7:45 pm this Friday, with tickets still available from the Club Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455052 or by clicking here.last_img read more

BCSO Man arrested for nearly 475 bindles of heroin half kilo of

first_img Danell Lamont McNeil, 33, was arrested and charged with trafficking heroin, PWIMSD heroin, maintaining a dwelling used for keeping and selling heroin,trafficking cocaine, PWIMSD cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.McNeil is in Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $1 million bond. BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Shallotte man was arrested on several charges following a drug bust Monday night.Brunswick County Sheriff deputies say the bust net nearly 475 bindles of heroin and nearly half a kilo of cocaine.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Man dies from overdose in portapotty in downtown Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating after a body was found inside a port-a-john in downtown Wilmington.According to a police spokeswoman, officers responded to the 500 block of S. Front Street, near Castle Street, around 3 p.m. Wednesday.- Advertisement – When officers arrived, they found a man dead in the port-a-john, along with bindles of heroin. Officials said he may have been inside for awhile.The death investigation is ongoing.last_img

Chemours plans to offer filters to some homes near plant

first_img The compound GenX is made at Chermours’ plant in Bladen County. The chemical is used to make nonstick cookware and other products. North Carolina environmental officials have been investigating GenX since it was found in the Cape Fear River in 2016.Chemours has since agreed to stop discharging the compound into the river, but the chemical has been found in more than 250 private wells near the plant. Chemours has been providing bottled water to homes with elevated levels of GenX.___Related Article: Cape Fear River Watch presenting film, discussion about water and GenXInformation from: The Fayetteville Observer, 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) FAYETTTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The company that makes a compound that has been found in private wells near its North Carolina plant wants to install water filter systems at homes served by those wells.The Fayetteville Observer reported that state records show that Chemours plans to put carbon treatment systems in the wells.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Cape Fear Swing Dance Society welcomes dancers of all skill levels

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – The Cape Fear Swing Dance Society is strong but they would like to encourage more people across the Cape Fear join their weekly dance lessons.Candi and Stephen Terry are the co-founders of the group that meets at the Hannah Block Historic USO/Community Arts Center in Wilmington.- Advertisement – Nearly 500 people follow their activity on the group’s Facebook page and weekly dance lessons average about 20-40 participants.“When we do a big social on a Saturday night, we attract upwards of 100,” Candi Terry said.The couple started the group because they didn’t see any other swing dance group in the Wilmington area.“Candi wanted to [swing] dance and there was no place to do that,” Stephen Terry said. “We started a club in somebody’s garage teaching them to dance for their own wedding and it just grew from there.”Candi admits she’s not a lifelong dancer. She was actually introduced to swing dance while enrolled at East Carolina University.“I went to an interest meeting, it looked like a lot of fun and the rest is history,” she said.The Terrys say swing dance is not hard to learn.“I would say it looks a lot harder than it is,” Stephen Terry said. “The movements aren’t difficult to learn.”The couple says they’re passionate about teaching this type of dance and making it assessable to others who are interested.“We strive to make it a very safe and welcoming place,” Candi Terry said. “No matter what skill level you’re at, we want you to come.”Swing dance group lessons are offered every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. at the Hannah Black Historic USO/Activity Arts Center located at 102 S. Second St. in downtown Wilmington. Advance registration is not required. The fee is $6 for adults and $3 for students.last_img read more

AAA Onethird of Americans plan to travel for the holidays

first_img Midas says it’s crucial to check three things before heading out on your road trip: Fluids, tires, and brakes.Midas considers these the “three big beasts” of holiday travel.Store Manager Justin Ventura says an extra check can save you from potentially dangerous situationsRelated Article: Remembering Ebonee Spears 3 years later“Because if you’re gonna be out on the road, you wanna make sure you have enough tred on those tires. You want to make sure there’s no nails in those tires,” Ventura said.“You want to make sure all your fluids are clean, full and doing exactly what they’re supposed to be doing. The last thing you want to be doing is be stuck on the side of the road with an overheating issue. Also, check your brakes. Obviously, you want to be able to stop, and in the wintertime, that can get a little bit rough.”Midas also says to regularly check your car’s oil change sticker or service table to see when you’re due for a maintenance check.AAA estimates 112 million Americans will travel this holiday season.That number represents a 4.4 percent increase from last year and 102 million of those traveling will be going by car, that’s more drivers than any holiday season before.WWAY spoke to those drivers heading out to I-40 and while some plan to stay close to home, others are making quite the trek to see their loved ones.“Actually spend some time with my dad he’s 83 years old. and then I’m gonna head to Pennsylvania to spend some time with my siblings,” Donna Johnson, traveling for the holidays, said. “We might go Washington and see the monument and stuff like that, make the most of it.”AAA says travel times in the most congested u.s. cities could be as much as four times longer than a normal trip. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Whether you are traveling by air or car, millions will be traveling for the holidays this year.No one wants to spend the holiday on the side of the road, so if you’re traveling by car this holiday season there’s some things you should check before hitting the road.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Coach remembers former Brunswick Co student killed in shooting

first_imgBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — People are remembering the teen that was killed in the Friday night shooting in Shallotte including his former coach.Jacary Bethel was described as a standout athlete at West Brunswick High School before he graduated in 2018.- Advertisement – Jimmy Caraway was Bethel’s wrestling coach and told us he was a good kid, and a great athlete.Caraway says he played football, but was a star wrestler. He said Bethel even represented the school on a national level. He says not only did he coach him, but his wife taught him and the community has lost a good kid.“I loved the boy. He did anything we asked him to do as a coaching staff. He never got emotional in matches. He worked hard. He was a leader. And he led by example and he wasn’t vocal,” Caraway said.Related Article: Ex-Obama WH counsel charged with lying in lobbying probeWhen we mentioned to the coach that his brother had been arrested he said he was surprised and that he had just finished school, out of state, and he was also a good kid.He just hopes the family can recover and its a devastating blow to the community.last_img read more


first_imgWhat’s your view?CALL STAR SPORTS ON 08000 521 321 [dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Friday 18 MarchRACING2.10 CheltenhamDicosimo 20/1 > 14/13.30 CheltenhamDon Cossack 11/4 > 9/44.50 CheltenhamSquouateur 9/2 > 100/30FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports 1 / Sky Sports 1 HD7/5 Middlesbrough 9/4 Hull City 21/10 DRAWScottish Championship19:45 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HD5/1 Falkirk 8/15 Rangers 16/5 DRAW(All prices subject to fluctuation)last_img read more

JULIE COLLIER Mon Starters Orders

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Julie Collier with our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Monday 20 AugustJULIE COLLIERIntroduces the daily specials and offers on Monday:<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span> HORSE RACING2.20 LeicesterSabai Sabai 11/4 > 7/46.30 WindsorWilbury Twist 5/2 > 6/48.20 RoscommonArchibald Thorburn 33/1 > 5/1LIVE FOOTBALLPremier League20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD6/1 Crystal Palace2/5 Liverpool17/4 DRAWBET NOW or 08000 521 321last_img read more


first_imgBET NOW or 08000 521 321 Welcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Friday 8 March2.00 SandownJimmy The Digger 5/1 > 100/302.20 LeicesterCobra De Mai 4/1 > 6/44.20 LingfieldAffluence 7/4 > 11/10LIVE FOOTBALLChampionship19:45 Sky Sports Football / Sky Sports Main Event4/6 Norwich City4/1 Swansea City16/5 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img

STARTERS ORDERS Thursday 25 July

first_imgWelcome to Starters Orders. Star Sports update with our key market movers for the day and sign up specials.Thursday 25 JulyHORSE RACING1.45 SandownStar Of Wells 5/2 > 15/85.00 SandownBring Us Paradise 6/1 > 7/25.40 LimerickTable The Motion 12/1 > 8/1LIVE FOOTBALLUEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg17:45 Premier 119/4 Chikhura Sachkhere8/13 Aberdeen5/2 DRAWUEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg19:45 Premier 11/50 Wolves40/1 Crusaders12/1 DRAWUEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round 1st Leg19:45 Rangers TV1/40 Rangers40/1 Progres Niederkorn11/1 DRAWSTAR PROMOTIONSlast_img read more

Djerejian Available to Assess Developments in Iraq

first_imgShareMedia Advisory Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713)831-4794E-mail: mcinelli@rice.eduDjerejian Available to Assess Developments in IraqEdward P. Djerejian, director of the James A. Baker III Institute of PublicPolicy at Rice University and former U.S. ambassador to Israel and Syria in theClinton and Bush Administrations, is available to provide expert commentary ondevelopments in Iraq and the Middle East.Please contact Michael Cinelli, director of the Rice University News Office,at (713) 831-4794 or by E-mail at to schedule an interview. AddThislast_img read more

Nanotubes find niche in electric switches

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduNanotubes find niche in electric switchesStudy finds nanotube structures could improve electric motorsNew research from Rice University and the University of Oulu in Oulu, Finland, finds that carbon nanotubes could significantly improve the performance of electrical commutators that are common in electric motors and generators.The research, which appeared online this month in the journal Advanced Materials, finds that “brush contact” pads made of carbon nanotubes had 10 times less resistance than did the carbon-copper composite brushes commonly used today. Brush contacts are an integral part of “commutators,” or spinning electrical switches used in many battery-powered electrical devices, such as cordless drills. “The findings show that nanotubes have a great deal of practical relevance as brush contacts,” said lead researcher Pulickel Ajayan, Rice’s Benjamin M. and Mary Greenwood Anderson Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. “The technology is widely used in industry, both in consumer gadgets as well as larger electrical machinery, so this could be a very interesting, near-term application for nanotubes.” The combination of mechanical and electrical properties of nanotubes makes this possible.The carbon nanotubes used in the study are hollow tubes of pure carbon that are about 30 nanometers in diameter. By comparison, a human hair is about 100,000 nanometers in diameter. In addition to being small, nanotubes are also extremely lightweight and durable, and they are excellent conductors of heat and electricity.Because of these properties, the researchers decided to test nanotubes as brush contacts. Brush contacts are conducting pads held against a spinning metal disc or rod by spring-loaded arms. Current is passed from the spinning disc through the brush contacts to other parts of the device.To test the feasibility of using carbon nanotube brush contacts, the research team replaced the ordinary copper-carbon composite brushes of an electric motor with small blocks that contain millions of carbon nanotubes. Under an electron microscope, these millimeter-square blocks look like a tightly packed forest.From Ajayan’s previous work, the team knew that these nanotube forests react something like a “memory foam” pillow; they regain their shape very quickly after they are compressed.“This elasticity is something that’s not found in existing composites that are used for brush contacts, and that’s the essence of why the nanotube brush contacts perform better: They keep much more of their surface area in contact with the spinning disc,” said Robert Vajtai, faculty fellow at Rice. Vajtai worked on the study with Ajayan and a group of researchers in Finland led by University of Oulu Researcher Krisztian Kordas.The team believes that the improved contact between the surface of the spinning disc and the brush accounts for the 90 percent reduction in lost energy. Co-authors on the paper also included Geza Toth, Jani Mlast_img read more

Rice U community to spend spring break serving others throughout the country

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: Rice U. community to spend spring break serving others throughout the countryOne group to work with hospitals and health care organizations in HoustonNearly 200 Rice University students will leave campus this weekend to offer community service to 15 cities throughout the U.S. Feb. 26 through March 6. The 192 students and nine faculty and staff members will spend their spring break helping others through activities such as building houses for Habitat for Humanity, mentoring young students and working with mentally and physically disabled youths and adults.For the first time, Houston will be one of the alternative spring break service sites. The group will work with a variety of agencies focusing on health and access to health care. Every morning the group will work with a community hospital of the Harris County Hospital District that serves the public and uninsured persons and every afternoon they’ll perform work for local service organizations, including Bering Omega and Medical Bridges. The main project for the group, dubbed “Houston Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” will include working one-on-one with pediatric patients to create small art projects and then combining those projects into a collage display or designing a wall mural. The volunteers will also help patients become aware of and enroll in health insurance programs. To fully immerse themselves in the community they’re serving, the group will stay at Christ Church Cathedral downtown. The other Rice alternative spring breakers who are going out of town will perform short-term projects in partnership with community agencies and learn about issues such as literacy, poverty, racism, hunger, homelessness, immigration and the environment at sites ranging from Eagle Butte, S.D., to Oakhurst, N.J., to San Diego, Calif. Sponsored by and organized through Rice’s Community Involvement Center, the alternative spring break program aims to involve college students in community-based service projects and give them opportunities to learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they otherwise may have little or no direct contact. The Houston alternative spring break also received funding through the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice. To interview the Rice participants or to arrange to shoot video or photos of their service work, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of media relations, at or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more

Rice University lab shows troop how any carbon source can become valuable

first_imgShare@font-face { font-family: “Times New Roman”; }@font-face { font-family: “Calibri”; }@font-face { font-family: “TimesNewRomanPSMT”; }@font-face { font-family: “Times-Roman”; }@font-face { font-family: “LucidaGrande”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }table.MsoNormalTable { font-size: 10pt; font-family: “Times New Roman”; }div.Section1 { page: Section1; } Media note: Links to a Rice-produced video and high-resolution photos for this story are available at the end of the news release. A high-definition, unedited version of the video is available.David Ruth713-348-6327druth@rice.eduMike One box of Girl Scout Cookies worth $15 billion FacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThislast_img read more