Vestal couple celebrates 80 years of marriage, calls dedication and perseverance key

first_imgCourtesy: Sabacek Family As for tips to a healthy and long-lasting marriage, Irene said, “That you understand each other, that you have different personalities, but in the long run you are together and you talk things over.” Then one day, to both of their surprise, Fred popped the question. Fred and Irene Sabacek, now ages 104 and 100, met at a musical play in the area more than 80 years ago. While it wasn’t love at first sight, they eventually formed a liking toward each other. Irene in particular was a big fan of Fred’s gentlemanly style. VESTAL (WBNG) — A Vestal couple celebrated 80 years of marriage on Monday, a milestone they say was possible thanks to dedication and perseverance. Fred says through it all, “We were always in love.” The two tied the knot on June 29, 1940. Since then, they’ve had two children and two grandchildren and have traveled the world together. Courtesy: Sabecek Family Fred added, “If you make a commitment, you try to stay with that, and make the best of it, in the long run you will be winners.”last_img read more

Sex offenses at USC increased in 2015

first_imgDesign by Katlyn LeeThe number of reported sex offenses at USC went up in the past year, though the number of reported rapes has decreased, according to new data released in the Department of Public Safety’s 2016 Annual Security Report. Forty-one total sex offenses — including 11 rapes and 28 fondling cases — were reported in 2015, compared to 18 rapes and 13 fondling cases the previous year. A footnote in the report explains that 12 of the 28 fondling incidents were carried out by one individual, who was arrested by the Los Angeles Police Department and pleaded guilty to battery on school grounds for slapping girls’ buttocks on and around campus. The data showed that an equal number of rapes occurred on campus, in student housing and in a non-campus environment. Furthermore, two statutory rapes were reported on campus this year, which the report explains resulted from a California law that prevents minors from engaging in sexual intercourse, as neither can legally give consent.Crimes reported as part of the Violence Against Women Act increased this year from 17 to 27, with the greatest increase in the number of stalking cases. The act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994, dedicates special federal funding to addressing crimes against women.The report indicated that the number of violent crimes in 2015 other than sexual assault stayed mostly the same from the year prior, with 12 reported robberies, nine cases of aggravated assault, and 29 burglaries. In 2014, 11 robberies, 10 cases of aggravated assault and 30 burglaries were reported. Cases of motor vehicle theft tripled this year, from six to 18, while arrests for drug violations rose from 18 to 32. The number of disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations remained high at 539, though a downward trend can be observed that shows referrals decreasing from 563 in 2013 to 555 last year. Three hate crimes were reported in 2015, of which the report said two were classified as simple assault with a bias of national origin while one was classified as intimidation with a bias of religion.The University is required to report its crime statistics as part of the Clery Act, which mandates that crimes which occur within the geographic area of campus or are reported to a campus security authority must be disclosed by Oct. 1 of each year. Online versions of the 2016 and 2015 Annual Security Reports are available on the DPS website, while paper copies of the previous seven years’ reports can be obtained upon request from the DPS archives.The Department of Public Safety was not available for comment.last_img read more

Three longtime Clear Lake city employees take advantage of retirement package

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — Three longtime City of Clear Lake employees, including the city’s public works director and finance director, have chosen to participate in an early retirement program recently approved by the City Council. Public works director Joe Weigel, finance director Linda Nelson and police lieutenant Paul Chizek decided to take advantage of the program that assists eligible employees who wished to retire but couldn’t due to health insurance coverage concerns. City Administrator Scott Flory says in his 19 years as city administrator, there have not been two people more meaningful in that time than Weigel and Nelson.   “They’ve had marvelous public service here. Joe’s been here almost 31-and-a-half years I believe, and Linda is pushing nearly 31 years. That kind of public service is really fantastic, so salute them and the careers they’ve had. I think they’ve been exemplary in the work that they’ve done for the community and for our organization, so we’ll have to start the process of course, and it would be difficult to say the least, daunting for sure, to replace all three of these folks.” Flory also commended Chizek for his service to the city’s police department.  “Paul Chizek is going to be retiring towards the end of August after 32 years with the department. That is a significant career in law enforcement, and in particular with one department for sure.” To have been eligible for the program, a full-time employee must have been 56 or older and had no less than 25 years of continuous employment with the city. Employees who are 60 years old would be able to remain on the city’s group health insurance plan under a single policy for up to five years but in no case past 65 years old or when they are eligible for Medicare. Employees who retired before turning 60 years old could apply post-retirement accumulated paid leave conversion credits to help pay their health insurance premiums.last_img read more