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50¢ Friday, June 29, 2012 Police gear up for SB 1070
by Michael Clawson staff writer
The U.S. Supreme Court may have issued an opinion on Arizona’s controversial immigration law, but don’t expect to see any changes in policing for at least a week, possibly longer. Police departments in Tolleson, Avondale, Goodyear and Buckeye, as well as the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, which patrols Litchfield Park, all confirmed that their attorneys were reviewing the lengthy 76-page Supreme Court
opinion that struck down three of four provisions within the Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act, commonly known as Senate Bill 1070. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in April of last year and it was immediately challenged by the Department of Justice over the law’s constitutionality. The three provisions of the law that were
thrown out involved warrantless arrests of illegal immigrants, a provision that made it a crime for an immigrant to not carry citizenship
documentation and another provision that made it a crime for an immigrant to work in the state. The provision that was upheld by the court, commonly called the “papers please” provision, allows law enforcement officers to check the citizenship status of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally. It’s that provision that police departments across the state are now reviewing before it is implemented.
(See SB 1070 on Page 2)
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GOODYEAR MAN DALE KAMARATA stands behind a baseball backstop June 21 in Goodyear. Kamarata, who founded the nonprofit organization Estrella Youth Sports to provide youth sports leagues to West Valley children, will be carrying the Olympic torch in England in July.
Goodyear man to carry Olympic torch
by Rachel Trott staff writer
A Goodyear resident has been chosen to carry the Olympic Torch through Oxford, England, July 10 for the Summer games.
Dale Kamarata, a supply-chain manager for Coca-Cola, was chosen along with two other company employees from California and Georgia during a lengthy nationwide selection process. “I had two coworkers who, unbeknownst to me, nominated me,” Kamarata said. “Then there was the process. I wasn’t allowed to tell anybody, not even my wife or kids, so finally in March I got the official news and got to tell them.”
Passion for athletics
One of the reasons why Kamarata was nominated for the honor is his dedication to athletics in his community.
“The whole intent is to try and develop role models and active living through youth sports, and to try and develop a community,” he said. Developing a sense of community between players is not only an important goal of the organization, but also why sports have been central to his own life, Kamarata added. “For me, it’s always been the camaraderie
Carrying the torch
Kamarata admitted that the closer he gets to carrying the torch, the more nervous he gets. “I know I’m going to be overwhelmed because
organization Estrella Youth Sports to provide youth sports leagues for pupils up to eighth grade. Today, the organization has more than 1,000 participants in every sport from flag-football to cheerleading.
Six years ago Kamarata founded the nonprofit
that’s been the biggest thing — you develop friends. I still have friends from when I was in pee-wee league from when I was little,” he said. EYS continues to grow and expand. Three years ago, the organization received a grant from the Arizona Diamondbacks to build a baseball field in Estrella for the teams and public to use. The program also offers scholarships to pay for up to 100 percent of the registration and team fees for families in need. “There’s no paperwork involved. If somebody says they’re having issues, we provide a scholarship for them. We won’t not allow anyone to play for financial reasons,” Kamarata said. “We try to give back to the community in as many ways as we can.”
there’s the United States, my family, Coca-Cola and all the participants; I feel like I’m going to be carrying the torch for all those people who have been so important in my life,” he said. Kamarata is scheduled to depart from Arizona with some of the most important people in his life — his wife and three children — a few days before he carries the torch to do some sight- seeing in Europe.
His mother recently surprised him by deciding to join them. “My father passed away a few years ago, but my mom and dad were at all my sporting events my whole life and she said she wasn’t going to miss this either,” he said. For information on EYS, visit www.eyskids.com
Rachel Trott can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
or on Twitter @byracheltrott.
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