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Page 2B l porter May 30, 2018 By Diane Glidewell news@mymcr.nef For the 21st year, Monroe County Community Improvement Coalition (MCCIC) will host a free Summer Camp for chil-. dren from ages 5-14 in Monroe County In what has become a tradition, children will have breakfast and lunch, academic activi- ties, physical challenges and chances to interact socially with peers and community leaders four days per week throughout the four weeks of June. MCCIC has a grant that will enable it to provide meals for 100 children this year. Meals will be pre- pared at Monroe County Head Start and served at Monroe County Recreation Department Youth Center, which is the base of opera- tions for the campl The pre-teen and teen boys at grant funds food, supplies the camp each year. and staff to prepare and "I love children)' said serve the meals. Foster, who has worked Annette Lucear, MCCIC at the Fo rsyth Police executive director, is semi- Department for 33 years. retired now but is dedi- "Once I retire I'm still cated to making sure the going to find a place in my camp runs smoothly and : schedule for this:' serves as many children Two Department of as possible. Many others Juvenile Justice officers who have helped with the who will be working with Picturecl at the Kick-off for Monroe County Community Improvement Coalition Summer Camp are, left to right, Dianne Walker of the MCCIC board, Andrea Griffin of D J J, Keith camp through the years the Camp for the first time Edge of MC Recreation Dept Latosha Proctor, Annette Lucear, Major George Foster, Bon- continue to give their time, thisyear are Evangeline nie Cook, Evangeline Ford of D J J, Herbert Gantt of the MCCIC board. resources and energy to the Ford and Andrea Griffin. new group of children each i Keith Edge, director ofForsyth will also be a part campers use the comput- provided by the City of summer. Monroe County Rec Dept of the 2018 Summer Camp. ers at the Monroe CountyForsyth. Major George Foster makes himself availableThe camp emphasizes Workforce Development Camp begins Monda) of the Forsyth Police to help and encourage the the accelerated reading Center. They also play June 4 and operates from Department has worked campers. Assisting Lucear program with reading time sports, do arts and crafts, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Monday- with the camp since its in administering the camp each day, discussions of learn about nutrition and Thursday. Sign up at the inception and continues to are Latosha Proctor andbooks read and visits to safety, go on field trips and MCCIC office at Elder be an important part oft he Bonnie Cook. Monroe Monroe County Library. have fun. Manor, 143 Powerhouse camp each year, leading the Cotmty Sheriff's Office and The goal is to keep the The last day of camp, onRd Forsyth or call Latosha whole group in calisthenics Monroe County Extensioncampers' minds sharp Thursday, June 28 will be Proctor at 706-819-2500 or to start each day and stand-i Office also contribute to and help them retain the a Fun Day with a cookoutAnnette Lucear at 478-394- ing out as a positive role the camp. Carla Niblettgains they made during and water slides at the 1.085. model as he works with the of First Baptist Church the last tcademic year. The Recreation Department annual I to Monroe On Tuesday, May 15, Southern Natural Gas Com- pany; a Kinder Morgan operated company, contrib- uted $15,000 to the Monroe County Emergency Services and Fire Department. The grant is intended to help the county purchase valuable equipment for its emergency operations. "EMS providers serve a critical role within every community--protecting our homes, businesses and natural resources. We have operated in Monroe County for over 60 years and recently began another expansion. We are delighted to give back to the community with this donation, which goes hand in hand with our commitment to safety;' said Stephanie Kindregan, Director of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan. "We take a lot of pride in the service we provide to Monroe County and are very excited that SNG chose our community for this donation;' stated Monroe County EMS Director Matt Perry. "These funds will allow us to purchase additional equip- ment, which will greatly benefit our first respond- ers:' A check presentation event was held at the Monroe County Commission's meeting in Bolingbroke on Tuesday evening. Stephanie Kindregan, Director of Public Affairs for Kinder Morgan presents Monroe County Fire/EMS chief Matt Perry with a check for $15,000 at the May 15 Monroe County commission meeting at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Bolingbroke on Tuesday. Continued from Front 3.) The NBKs issue of poor officiating appears to be a time- honored tradition that I hoped would end with David Stem's retirement as commissioner four years ago. Unfortunately, Monday night's Western Conference Finals Game 7 was yet another example of a game impacted by officiating gaffes. While I may have exdaimed several times during the third quarter of the Rockets-Warriors Game 7 that the league is rigged, I doubt that this is actually true. What I don't doubt is that NBA commissioner Adam Silver and his league office have done little to dispel the conspiracy theories laid out by NBA observers for years that the league gives preference to certain teams. Though no one in the league office has ever confirmed this (and Stem spent years refuting the mounting evidence), the NBA, more than any of the other three major pro sports leagues, gives off the appearance of favorable treat- ment to certain superstars (Michael Jordan and the uncalled push-offofBryon Russell is a fine example), certain cities (New York and the Patrick Ewing draft lottery conspiracy is a fine example) and certain teams (the Los Angeles Lak- ers' officiating-marred 2002 victory over the small-market Sacramento Kings is a fine example). Is there any doubt that yet another star-studded Warriors-Cavs' NBA Finals series would result in more TV viewers, more jersey sales and more intemational interest (especiaUy in Silver's beloved China market) than any current altemative? So with Golden State's season on the line Monday night, the league office selected non other than the loathed Scott Foster to officiate the most important NBA game in two years. Not only was Foster voted the league's worst referee in a 2016 L.A. Times survey of NBA players and coaches, but Foster had close ties to the most disgraceful scandal in league history. Fox News records show former N-BA referee Tim Donagh ; an admitted game fixer who served time in federal prison for his actions, made 134 phone calls to Foster immediately before and after games he officiated during the time when Donaghy admitted to betting on NBA games. The Fox News report stated that Foster was the lone referee Donaghy called more than 13 times during that same span. In the years since Donaghy went to prison, Foster has denied any wrongdo- ing and has continued to get marquee-game assignments despite being almost universally despised in NBA cirdes. In fact, just two years ago, Foster was reportedly scheduled to referee Game 7 of the famous 2016 Warriors-Thunder Western Conference Finals only to be pulled from the game after objections by the home Warriors. This time around, the home Rockets, who are now 0-6 in playoffgames offici- ated by Foster in the past two years, were stuck with him in the franchise's biggest game in more than two decades. Sure enough, Foster lived up to his reputation of making himself a focal point of the game. Warriors' fans were incensed when Foster blew the whistle three times on Golden State star Klay Thompson in the first three minutes of the game. Then, Fos- ter seemingly spent the rest of the game making it upto the Warriors by allowing Rockets' players to get mugged every time they drove to the basket without a foul being called. In the midst of a Warriors' offensive flurry in the third quarter, Rockets' guard James Harden, none other than the league's 2018 Most Valuable Player, drilled a three-pointer and was fouled in the act of shooting for an apparent four-point play. Foster, who was standing just feet awa) instead inexplica- bly waved off the basket and said the foul occurred before Harden was in the act of shooting. This seems impossible considering Harden was airborne with the ball in his shooting motion at the time of contact. It was just the first of a series of calls (or non-calls) that went against Houston in the second half, leading many observers to question just how badly the league wanted a Golden State-Cleveland finals. The worst part of this wasn't necessarily the poor officiat- ing, it was the expectation of NBA fans like myself that if Foster was involved, there would be memorable "errors:' One Houston fan even took.to Twitter prior to the game after referees were assigned and questioned whether he should just sell his tickets since he knew the Rockets would get screwed if Foster showed up, While Monday night's game will forever be remembered as the game in which the Rockets missed a league record 27 straight three-point tries, just consider that if Harden's basket had counted, as it should have, that miss streak would have been halted long before it reached 27. You know what would cause the conspiracy theories to stop? If the NBA league office (looking at you Adam Silver) would step up and make decisions that would eliminate even the ap- pearance of impropriety. If the league wants people like me to think everything is on the up-and-up, how about preventing controversial referees like Foster from getting assignments to the season's most.important games? It's time for Silver to stop saying he cares about transparency and fair competition and take actions to prove it.