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56 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 - MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 Cape Gazette i School supplies were provided to participants By Ryan Mavity West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program rang in the new school year by providing stu- dents with supplies donated to the youth center. The Aug. 29 event at West Side New Beginnings in West Re- hoboth allowed students to not only get stocked up for school, but also to enjoy pizza from Grotto Pizza and outdoor games. "IT'S SO IMPORTANT KIDS GET A GOOD START." PROGRAM DIRECTOR DIAZ BONVILLE It wasn't all fun and games; the 25 students and parents in at- tendance also heard a tall from Delaware State Police Lt. Mi- chael Nelson on bus safety. "It's so important kids get a good start," program director Diaz Bonville said. The biggest prize for the students was one of the 51 back- packs. Supplies included pencils, ear buds, composition books, paper, binders and personal care packets, among other things. The West Rehoboth youth program has been giving away supplies for back-to-school since 2010. Students in the program range from second grade to eighth grade. West Side itself is also getting ready for the school year, as the center is expecting to add its own library in October. Book- shelves will be installed, and placed on them will be gently used books donated by the Vil- lage Improvement Association. VIA member Roxanne Nelson said the library will also include a dictionary and encyclopedias. "I hope you will find books that you love," she told the stu- dents. Donations to the center came from, among others, the Freeman Foundation, Epworth United Methodist Church, CAMP Re- hoboth, the Village Improvement Association and New Life Thrift Shop. "If we expect our children to succeed, they have to have the necessary supplies to do their schoolwork," Bonville said. "The thing that gaveme the most sat- isfaction was to see smiles on our children faces as each of them receive their own book bag with their own supplies. Some of our families only work during the West Rehoboth Children and Youth es the students. Lt, Michael Nelson of Delaware State Police talks to students of the bus safety during a back-to-school kickoff event Aug. 29. RYAN MAVITY PHOTOS West Rehoboth Children and Youth Program about seasonal months. They rely on us to help them with basic sup- plies all year long." Program Director Diaz Bonville address- West Rehoboth youth program students (I-r) Delilah Boyer, Phillip Whar- ton, Nadja Boyer (back) Kyla Nock, Kody Crowley and Jeremiah Jackson lis- ten during a back-to-school kickoff at West Side New Beginnings in West Re- hoboth Aug. 29. ,O uckle up, ladies; you are in for a long ride. The professional football season is finally here. It's been birthed after weeks of labor pains called the preseason games, shown exclusively Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, eight times on Saturday and 21 times on Sunday. The preseason games are like a test, at least from what I gather. Those who survive, and by that I mean players who still have the physical stamina to crawl offthe field and be able to attach an artificial anterior cru- ciate ligament to their knees at the nearest stoplight will make the cut for the team. Well, that, and those players who they say will not have to hear the words, "Will the defendant please rise." There are a lot of injuries in these preseason games that affect the outcome of not only the team for the season, but the coach's ability to continue his job with an aneurysm that has grown to the size of a goiter; you know the kind you see in African tribes in National Geo- graphic Magazine. But the real action will be at home. In hundreds of thousands of households, men have been preparing for opening day. They are gathering supplies of food like a pack of jack- als surrounding a fallen prey in anticipation of a midnight feast. Team shirts declaring the wearer to be an official National Football League quarterback will be worn until tiny mol- ecules of atoms have no choice but to disintegrate into particles of dust, Oddly enough, I've yet to see a place kicker's name on the back of these T-shirts. Flags, comforters, pillows, hats, jackets and even products guaranteed to increase low testosterone are flying off the shelves. A man not" prepared is well, he doesn't belong managing the team, even if it is from a Bar- calounger in a man cave in his basement, which is where most of the really important coaching Occurs. Oh, I know, you had a differ- ent idea of what Sundays would hold for you when you first got married. You thought you'd be out on a lake with your hus- band, much like those English series on television, which no One watches because they seriously can't understand the language. It would be on one of those romantic days where the sun is shining brightly. The man is gallantly rowing a boat, while you sit back in a sun hat and long dress. While he is strum- ming a guitar, you unpack the picnic lunch. Not to be cruel, but to face reality on your Sunday today, it seems to me that you more than likely have something akin to a dead rhinoceros sitting on your couch in the den, wearing ath- letic shoes, a warm-up suit and eating a chicken drumstick that is the size of, one you saw in a histo book that King Henry VIII was waving around. Football is a rite of passage for men, progressing from roll- ing old refrigerators down the side of hills as children to adults throwing water balloons out of the 10th-story windows of a ho- tel at conventions for air-traffic controllers or NORAD strategic planhing scientists. There is something about a sport where the participants have a close relationship with paramedics and EMT personnel that is off-putting for women. Not all of them; some women actually are quite astute at the game of football. But I think those are the women who also don't wear rollers to bed at night and pretty much wouldn't be caught dead in a pair of tube socks. I don't know how they do it. So, ladies, now is the time to act. With all the distractions of penalties, bad calls and offsides, slowly slide that credit card out of his wallet and hit the road for a shopping trip. Remember to buckle up that seat belt, though, and enjoy the football season at the mall.