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By Joe Torosian

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Off The Top:
Hug your kid…Enjoy your friends…Let go of your anger. If we’ve learned anything this past week with the passing of El Monte’s Adrian Castro it is that life is fragile, dear, and precious. Yesterday is gone and there is no guarantee of tomorrow, but we have today and we should live it striving to be the best we can be, not just for ourselves, but for those around us.

Grief Tip:
As many of us our praying for the Castro family now and will be over the course of the next week or so…Can you make a note in your planner, journal, or calendar to keep the Castro family in prayer, down the road, in the months to come.

For everybody who has lost someone to tragedy the support now is much appreciated. The support they get through notes, cards, and prayer six months later, when the rest of us have gone on with our lives, is gold.

Good News Department:
If there can be good news in the sorrow, it is seeing the community rally. Even on the message boards, where some of the worst of things get said, it’s been a pleasure to read the prayers and support coming in from all over the CIF Southern Section. Paraclete High School, Norwalk, Monrovia, and Temple City…just to name a few have sent prayers and thoughts to El Monte and the Castro family. As well as individual commenters.

If You’d Like To Help:
It is a short window, but there is a website up raising money to cover funeral expenses for the Castro family.
Go to:
To the right there will be a search window, type in Adrian Castro and it will take you directly to the donation page. As of publication of the Mid Valley News today, (Wednesday, April 16th) you will have six days to contribute.

Happy Birthday this week to:
4/19: El Monte football head coach Joel Sanchez turns 35.
4/21: Former Temple City basketball player (forward) Danny Jacks turns 37.
(If you have a sports birthday you’d like acknowledged drop me a line at the address below)
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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
Joe T’s Scoreboard