Construction work on the Linden passport office in Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Berbice) is nearing completion.The project, which commenced in January, is expected to wrap up by the end of May. Upon completion, residents of Linden and other areas in the Region are expected to enjoy the comfort of having a passport office which will cater for new applications within their community, easing the burden of having to travel to Georgetown to access the service.The passport office which is currently under constructionLast December, Minister of Citizenship, Winston Felix travelled to the community for a sod-turning exercise at the site, which is in the vicinity of the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) building at Mackenzie, Linden. The construction of the building, which measures 2000 square feet, is being executed by R Bassoon and Sons Contracting Company, to the tune of $30,604,472. While Linden has been benefiting from passport renewal services, conducted out of the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) building at Mackenzie since August 2016, it is the first time the community will host an office to cater for new applicants.
Hart High might have lost an All-American, but the Indians still are the favorite to win the Foothill League girls’ basketball title. “I’m very confident in my team,” Hart coach Dave Munroe said, despite the graduation of three-time Daily News Player of the Year Ashlee Trebilcock. The Indians have plenty of talent, including Daily News All-Area and All-Southern Section second-teamer Taylor Lilley and Daily News All-Area honorable mention Tatianna Thomas, a transfer from Alemany of Mission Hills. Lilley, who will play both point and shooting guard in Trebilcock’s absence, is headed to the University of Oregon. Sophomore point guard Chelsey Hastigan will run the offense. Brooke Sansone, the team’s best outside threat, will play at shooting guard. Valencia and Hart, both 9-1, were the only teams with winning league records last year; the other four teams were separated by two games. Five of the league’s six teams made the playoffs last year; that could be the case again. “It’s going to be a dogfight,” Saugus coach Eric Olsson said. “We don’t have two elite teams this time, but all-around (the league) will be better.” Third-place Saugus graduated Kelly O’Linn, who averaged 13.2 points per game last year. A pair of 5-foot-9 junior forwards – Nia Martinez and Serena Blair – were the Centurions’ second- and third-leading scorers in 2004-05. Ashley Wright, who averaged 6.7 points and 5.8 rebounds off the bench last season, will move into the starting lineup. Point guard Nicole Hicks and post player Gabby Conn are freshmen who will start right away. Canyon, which tied for fourth in the league in coach Stan Delus’ first season, returns four starters. Nicole Leon averaged 17 points per game. Princeton-bound Cheryl Stevens, a 6-3 center, averaged eight points, five rebounds and four blocks from last year. The Cowboys recently won the Crescenta Valley of La Crescenta tournament, defeating three of the area’s best teams – Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks and La Canada – in the process. Leon was tournament MVP. The Cowboys lost a combined 16 points a game with the graduation of Brooke Bergiadis and Kayla Bastedo, but they are improved after half the team spent the summer with Delus’ club team. “It shows how much desire this team has, how much hard work they’ve put into this season,” Delus said. “We’ve shown them what it takes to play at a high level, and they’ve accepted it.” Burbank returns three of its four leading scorers from last year, including Roula Shamas (7.7 points per game), Lauren Rowsey (6.5) and Lisette Gonzalez (6.5). Last-place Burroughs of Burbank returns four starters, but leading scorer Kourtney Zilbert will be out until at least late January with a torn ACL. Sean Martin, (818) 713-3608 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The Indians also will rely on first-team all-league forward KaLana Inemer, one of Southern California’s best defensive players, according to Munroe. Calhipreps.com ranked Inemer one of the state’s top 40 sophomores last year. She impressed with a strong performance at the EA Sports camp in San Diego. Thomas, Inemer and athletic guard Britney Fitchpatrick are being recruited by NCAA Division I programs. Sophomore guard Kelli Lewis is at full strength after recovering from an ACL injury. Forward Megan Ford is probably Hart’s most-improved player. They’re all part of a deep team that allows Munroe to use a more pressing defense. Hart might not have the strong challenger it has faced the past four seasons – Valencia the past two seasons and Saugus before that. Valencia, which defeated Hart in last season’s penultimate game to claim a share of the Foothill title, was hit hard by graduation. The Vikings lose Daily News All-Area selections Kelley Tarver, Daviyonne Weathersby and Brittany Sansone from a team that went 22-8 and advanced to the Southern Section Div. I-AA quarterfinals. “I really like this team,” Valencia head coach Jerry Mike said. “They have great attitudes and are very unselfish. We’ve got a lot of potential, so I think we can stay competitive and maybe surprise some teams.”