Mayor of Kittatinny faces crucial charges

During the last few weeks Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz, 56, has been troubled through the budget cuts of the City of Kittatinny but now he faces a new trouble that may have him imprisoned for 10 years.

Petykiewicz will face a preliminary hearing on Tuesday morning at 9:00 A.M. at the Schuylkill County District Court where he will face a charge of causing great bodily harm due to intoxication while handling a motor vehicle.

Early this afternoon Petykiewicz caused an unbearable motor vehicle accident where Robert H. Doane, 42, suffered awful body injuries.

When asked by responding Deputy Gordon J. Slivovitz of Schuylkill County Sheriff’s Department, how far behind she was driving from the accident Alice Q. Magarian, 33, eye-witness of the horrible accident stated,

“Several car lengths, just enough for me to stop safely and pull over.”

Magarian reported that the 1997 Buick Le Sabre, conducted by Doane was driving northbound on State Highway 117 in a prudent fashion, approximately 55 miles per hour, when a 2006 Ford Explorer conducted by Petykiewicz. The Ford approached from the west on Fonebone Road and seemed to hesitate at the stop sign, then drove into the intersection, crossing into the road and hitting the Buick on the driver side.

Deputy Slivovitz arrived at the scene shortly after 1:00 P.M., he observed two vehicles at the scene, both upright in a farmer’s field on the east side of Highway 117.

The two vehicles were inoperable, the Buick sustained serious damage to its driver side, and the Ford had serious damage to its front and end. Both vehicles were later towed from the scene.

During the inspection that Deputy Slivovitz conducted he found that Doane was at the wheel and bleeding profusely from the head, the driver was wearing his seatbelt but the Buick did not have an airbag. Doane was conscious but disoriented and had been complaining about abdominal pain. Deputy Slivovitz called the county ambulance and arrived at the scene at 1:23 P.M.

Petykiewicz was also conscious and disoriented at the wheel of his vehicle, unfortunately he was not wearing his seat belt but both front and side airbags had deployed. Petykiewicz perceived to not have received major injuries, but his speech was fairly slurred/

Deputy Slivovitz noted that an open half-empty bottle of Fleischmann’s vodka was on the passenger side vehicle floor and that the car had a strong alcohol odor.

Petykiewicz was asked if he had been drinking and responded,

“You’d be drinking, too, if you were me.” Then he said, “Do you think we could just keep this quiet? I’m the mayor of Kittatinny.”

The legal limit for intoxicated driving in Pennsylvania is .08 Petykiewicz consented breath test indicated blood alcohol content of .14. He failed a field sobriety test and stumbled to the ground several times. He was then immediately examined by paramedics at the scene and later placed under arrest.

The grand concern of the paramedics was that Doana might have suffered injuries to the spine; a Flight for Life helicopter was contacted and arrived at the scene at approximately 2:00 P.M.

The helicopter crew removed Doana from his vehicle through the passenger doors since the driver door was inoperable, and carefully secured him to a back board with a had brace. He was placed in the helicopter and flown to Northeast Pennsylvania Hospital and Trauma Center in Wilkes-Barre.

As for Petykiewicz, he was transported to the Schuylkill County Jail in downtown Kittatinn, he was immediately booked and fingerprinted his mug shots were also taken.

Petykiewicz followed his right to remain silent but he did not wish to call an attorney. By 3:00 P.M., Petykiewicz was released to the custody of his wife Gloria Petykiewicz who posted cash bail of $500.

After Petykiewicz there has not been contact with him, calls had been made to his home and personal arrivals at his home but he has not responded.

Doana is in satisfactory condition; he did not suffer spinal injury but does have several broken ribs, a broken jaw, and various abrasion and contusions to the head, chest and abdominal area, a nursing supervisor stated from the hospital in Wilkes-Barre.

First Communion students learn true meaning of Lent

Earlier this week we have entered one of the most important times of the year in the Catholic community which is Lent. The traditional purpose of Lent is to prepare the believer through prayer, penance and repentance of sins.

On Saturday March 8, 2014 St. Adalbert Parish located in Milwaukee’s south side, began their first Lent weekend by delivering hopeful messages and lessons during a retreat for the students in the first communion courses.

The retreat took place in St. Adalbert’s basement from 7 a.m. through 1 p.m.; during the retreat breakfast and lunch were provided for the students. There were about 250 students who were taught the true meaning of Lent through a variety of activities, readings, group discussions and the intellectual sermon that Father Luis Pacheco offered.

Many people believe that for Lent one must give something that they enjoy for the 40 days of Lent, the students were taught that the purpose of Lent was to prepare men for the celebration of the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“The intention of Lent is to provide purification by preventing men from sin and selfishness through self-denial and prayer, by fashioning in them the wish to do God’s will and by receiving his kingdom in their hearts,” said Rafael Medina Director of Religious Rituals at St. Adalbert Parish.

There are many misinterpretations of Lent, the goal of the retreat was to teach the younger generation that Lent isn’t about giving up chewing gum, or eating chips. Lent is about giving up something very valuable, because Jesus Christ gave up his life to save humanity.

Many people interpret this “giving up” as abstaining from physical pleasures or certain foods. It is important to let the younger generation know that Lent is a time to give others without being recognized for their goods and abstain from something that may be harmful.

“I gave up on playing video games,” said Emiliano Ballesteros, 9-year-old who is preparing to receive his first communion this spring. “I gave up on video games because I’m doing poorly in school and I want to get better grades,” replied Ballesteros when asked by Medina why he was going to abstain from video games.

Medina mentioned that this was a great example because not only was he giving up something that he enjoyed but he was doing it with a good intention that was going to benefit him.

“If you tell me that giving up chips and soda is beneficial to you because you want to eat healthy and lose weight then that’s okay. But if you’re giving up chips and soda, and you’re intention is to not consume these products only for Lent because you love your Doritos and Sprite so much, I don’t want to hear it,” said Medina during the first group discussion.

The students were all shocked and disappointed that many of them couldn’t do what they had intended to abstain for Lent, but they came up with new ideas that were going to benefit them and also gave a true meaning to Lent.

“I want to spend less time watching television, and help my mom around the house,” said Angelica Ramirez 12- year-old who received her First Communion in the spring of 2013 and now volunteers at the parish on her Saturday mornings.

Most of the students were under the age of 13 so their abstentions were less detailed, but they all learned the true meaning of Lent and now more prepared to receive their First Communion this spring.



Steve Jobs gives inspirational commencement speech at Stanford

Revealing the most essential moments of his life, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple Inc., and of Pixar Animation Studios, encourages graduates to follow their dreams and to seek opportunities even during hard times, at Stanford’s 114th Commencement today in Stanford Stadium.

Jobs addressed his speech from his adoption and birth to his understandings of death after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about a year ago. He states the obstacles that he has faced in his personal life and professional life when he was dismissed in 1985 from the computer company that he helped start.

Jobs began by noting that he was a college dropout and that today’s ceremony was the closest he had ever gotten to a university graduation. He then continued the first part of his speech which was dedicated to the faith that the dots of one’s life will connect down the road, although life has not created a clear pattern.

Jobs said that his biological mother was a young unwed graduate student that decided to put him up for adoption, he says that she had a strong mentality of having him adopted by college graduates. Everything was set for his adoption by a lawyer and his wife, except that the couple wanted a girl therefore was adopted by a working-class couple neither of whom obtained college degrees, Jobs says.

Jobs adoptive parents insisted that he attended college; he chose Reed College in Portland, Ore. Jobs was not content with his courses and was worried that his tuition was draining his parent’s life savings and then he dropped out and began taking courses that interested him.

Jobs took a calligraphy course that later inspired him to design fonts for the first Macintosh.

Jobs also spoke about love and loss and how he encountered his passion in life at an early age; he was 20 years old when he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer.

“We just released our finest creation, the Macintosh a year earlier and I just turned 30, and then I got fired,’ said Jobs, 50. “How can you get fired from a company you started?”

After his withdrawal from Apple, Jobs went on to found NeXT Software Inc., which later was bought by Apple giving him his position back at the company that got him started.

“I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple,’’ Jobs said. He was convinced that what kept him going was that that he loved what he did, and that’s how he was going to continue to grow.

The last part of his speech addressed death, when he was diagnosed with pancreas cancer. Jobs mentions that the doctors had originally gave him six months of life. Luckily his cancer turned out to be rare, and withheld a cure, immediately he went into surgery. Jobs recovered after his surgery, but this was another lesson that life had taught him.

“Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life,” Jobs said. “Don’t let the noise of others opinions drown out your inner voice.”

Jobs motivates the graduates to not stop here, to continue their lives and to make the best choices in life because failure is another reason to get right back up, and never give up.

Jobs concludes his speech with a quote he encountered in his life, “Stay hungry, stay foolish”, he mentions that he has always wished that for himself, and that he now wishes these graduates to do the same.

Jobs was received with applause, showered in laughter and in his farewell he was once again applauded with joy and gratitude.




Milwaukee Area Hispanic Soccer Player Recruited to England

What does the world have to offer to a young teenager? Does it offer a dream come true or the pursuit of happiness?

The world has endless possibilities to offer; especially when you’re 14 years old and the only thing you’ve wished to become is a professional soccer player.

Simar Perez, who plays as center mid fielder on Athletic Coaching for Excellence (ACE) Soccer Club league, coached by his uncle Juan Toscano in the cities of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha.

Perez’s dream came true during a soccer tournament when one of the coaches from the Chicago Fire’s soccer team saw Perez play. Impressed by his talent recruited him to play for Colchester United Football Club (FC) in England.

 Perez has been playing soccer since the age of 4, before playing for ACE he played for FC Milwaukee. After 10 years of his soccer career he was ready to begin a new career journey over seas.

In April 2013, Perez traveled along with Toscano for 2 weeks to Colchester, where he trained daily with Colchester United FC.

 “I trained, I learned the difference between soccer in the US and in England, and I kept on competing,” said Perez.

Perez returned to England July 2013, along with his parents Roberto and Laura Perez.

Perez’s parents were intrigued by the opportunity that their son had received; they flew out to file documents and to make sure their son was doing well. Unfortunately they received the news that Perez wasn’t able to stay due to FIFA’s rule that a player must be at least 16 to play.

Perez’s dream hasn’t ended yet; he hopes to someday play for Spain’s FC Barcelona or England’s Chelsea FC, but before this he plans to return to Colchester United FC when he is eligible to play.

“I have to train myself, do things on my own, I have to be told what to do, try my best in every game and practice,” Perez described how he will meet his goal of becoming a professional soccer player.




Think about it, it could just be ignorance.

I’ve chose the path of the professional, to become a professional and interact with professionals, therefore I expect to be around and to be treated as a professional. What I mean by this is to be a professional in the work place and be mature when it comes to interacted with someone who is different from you.

The past few days I’ve had the misfortune of meeting the most ignorant people and deep down I think to myself how can you be so “close-minded”?

Maybe its how they were raised, or maybe its where they were raised, there is even the possibility that they created that “close-minded” for themselves. Personally, I think that this is so wrong, because when living in a professional setting there will be the chance of meeting people of different races, sexes, religions, etc.

My main issue lately has been race (stereotypes), no not all Latinos/Hispanics are Mexicans, therefore all these Mexicans don’t make up the whole Latino/Hispanic population.

Also, Mexicans, Latinos/Hispanics are NOT taking jobs away from anyone.

I was born in Mexico, and I moved to the U.S at a young age, I was forced to learn a new language within a year. I had to read, write and speak a whole new language. I had to learn a new culture, I met people of different colors, all of them with a different background.

I had developed a new identity, I was a Mexican-American, looking to strive in a complete different world.

Let’s go back to my main issue, since I’ve moved to the U.S I have not seen or heard of anyone of my family members take someone’s job away. My dad worked very hard to be in the position he’s in, with the small English vocabulary he has,  he has managed to become a well respected man and worker at his job. It’s the same with my mom, my aunts, my uncles and my older cousins that didn’t have the ability to pursue higher education.

We aren’t taking jobs, we aren’t infectious spicks that are here to make the U.S a bad place. We are humans, with a different skin tone, with a different culture and with a different language, but we’re humans just like you.

We’re here for the “American Dream”, to grow, to prosper, to be SOMEONE. If it were up to my parents, they would much rather live in Mexico but it’s difficult, thats why we’re here, that’s why I am in college to be someone better than them.

My parents aren’t going to inherit me houses, cars, money, jewelry, the only thing the will inherit is my education.

We work hard, my parents, my family, my friends, and the millions of Hispanics that live in this country work hard to give their family a future.

Trust me when I say, if we were taking jobs away I’m sure that my dad would have been the main one to do it, leave his job at a meat factory and become a history professor or a professional soccer coach. Which he hasn’t done because he isn’t taking anyones job, he’s working hard to keep a roof above his family’s head, and pursue his dreams through his children.

It’s “close-minded” people who frustrate me, I don’t hate them, and I don’t judge. I just wish that they were “open-minded” and that they realized that this is a country of immigrants that there will be interactions with Asians, Europeans, Hispanics, Middle Easterns, etc. I’m not trying to say “deal with it”, but many people should learn that there will be people you don’t like but someone shouldn’t be not liked because of their skin color or their background.

The more open minded you are, the more things you’ll learn this world is full of mysteries within one person.