High school senior plans to build volleyball court at No. Smithfield’s Pacheco Park

NORTH SMITHFIELD – North Smithfield High School senior Kyle Alves has a plan to build a sand volleyball court at Pacheco Park, and he received a green light from the Town Council on Monday, Sept. 16 to enhance town property with the ambitious senior project.

The new court will be located parallel to the recently refurbished basketball courts, and will cost roughly $5,000, money the senior hopes to raise through fundraising activities over the next several months.

“I will have to install two poles and a net, purchase and deliver sand, and purchase and install a fence,” Alves told the council at their meeting this week. “I will be working diligently to secure donations and host fundraising activities.”

Parks and Recreation Program Coordinator Kate Pasquariello will serve at his mentor, part of a graduation requirement for all North Smithfield seniors.

The 2020 graduate also hopes to establish a youth volleyball program for the town of North Smithfield

“Growing up in North Smithfield, I have participated in recreational leagues, and this provides an opportunity to give back,” Alves said.

Public Works Director Raymond Pendergast said he thinks the project is a great idea.

“Anybody who wants to raise money and it doesn’t cost my budget anything – I’m all for it,” Pendergast told the council.

The public works director said his department will also be able to help with labor and that he looks forward to the development and implementation of a youth program.

“The seniors come back, the college kids come back and give to the younger kids,” said Pendergast. “It’s something I think is doable.”

Councilor Paul Zwolenski said he personally plans to donate to the project.

“It’s an exceptional idea and I firmly support it,” said Zwolenski. “I think it’s a very noble cause that you’ve taken up.”

The council voted unanimously to grant Alves the use of town property for the infrastructure improvement, and fundraising activities are expected to begin soon.

Sonni Pacheco slams Jeremy Renner’s request to pay less child support

Sonni Pacheco is ready to speak out about ex Jeremy Renner’s alleged “lies” after what she says have been “seven years of hell.”

Earlier this week, Renner, 49, filed a request to lower his child support payments over claims the coronavirus pandemic had affected his finances.

Pacheco told Page Six in response, “It is very disheartening that in a time of global crisis there is yet another attempt to reduce funds I rely on to provide for our child.”

On Monday, court documents obtained by TMZ showed the “Hawkeye” star asked to reduce his monthly payments for his 6-year-old daughter, Ava, from $30,000 to $11,000.

“The reported monthly income has been greatly exaggerated,” Pacheco said in her statement, adding that she has yet to see the court papers herself because they were filed on her birthday.

“I only have knowledge as to what I have read in the tabloids,” she said. “I think it’s time after seven years of hell, I start addressing the lies myself.”

Pacheco addressed Renner’s claims regarding the amount of monthly child support she receives.

“First, I do not receive 30k in monthly child support,” the Canadian artist said. “Second, all of my savings and Ava’s savings have been drained due to lawyer fees, as my concerns for Ava’s safety have been an ongoing battle for years now. I have, and will always choose to protect Ava when I find out about disturbing behavior exhibited by her father at his homes that put her in danger.”

Pacheco previously accused Renner in court documents of biting Ava, causing her to allegedly bruise on her shoulder.

Renner’s rep said at the time Pacheco’s claims were “categorically not true and another straight-out character assassination made by Ms. Pacheco and her attorney.”

In October, Pacheco also alleged that Renner once shoved a gun in his mouth and threatened to kill her.

Renner’s rep told Page Six at the time, “The well-being of his daughter Ava has always been and continues to be the primary focus for Jeremy. This is a matter for the court to decide. It’s important to note the dramatizations made in Sonni’s declaration are a one-sided account made with a specific goal in mind.”

Pacheco said in her latest statement to Page Six that she also has her daughter’s best interest in mind.

She concluded in her response, “Last but not least, I am choosing love and to continue to wish him the best and a healthy safe life.”

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Split-T Management’s Diego Pacheco remains perfect with Shutout Unanimous Decision over Oscar Riojas – Abrams Boxing

NEW YORK (March 3, 2020) -This past Saturday night, one of boxing’s top prospects remained undefeated as super middleweight Diego Pacheco scored a shutout six-round unanimous decision over 34-fight veteran Oscar Riojas at The Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.

The 18 year-old Pacheco, who is managed by Split-T Management, took his time against the durable Riojas. Standing 6’4″, Pacheco worked behind a jab that continuously found it’s target, for which Pacheco was able to follow with solid right hands. Pacheco won every round on all three judges scorecards to the tune of 60-54 tallies on all cards.

Pacheco started 2020 after a 2019 that saw him register seven wins, and one of the sport’s most active fighters is still perfect in nine fights in just over 14 months.

Pacheco figures to continue at a nice pace as he climbs up the rankings of most top-prospect lists.

The fight was featured on the DAZN streamed undercard that featured Mikey Garcia taking on Jessie Vargas.

Pacheco is promoted by Matchroom Boxing.

Photo by Ed Mulholland / Matchroom Boxing USA

Find Me Somebody To Punch – Preview Of The New Spider-Woman #1 From Karla Pacheco and Pere Perez

Yesterday, Bleeding Cool ran the news that Karla Pacheco was to be the new writer of Dynamite’s Bettie Page comic book. But before that, she will be joining Pere Perez launching a new Spider-Woman comic book from Marvel. And from this cover by Junggeun Yoon, Jessica Drew has certainly lost the baby weight.

Here’s a little preview of the first issue.

SPIDER-WOMAN #1 YOON CLASSIC CVR
(W) Karla Pacheco (A) Pere Perez (CA) Jung-Geun Yoon
SPIDER-WOMAN IS BACK, AND PULLING NO PUNCHES!
Jessica Drew hasn’t been feeling like herself lately (she’s not a Skrull, we promise). When the angry, irritable, and unwell Spider-Woman takes a simple security gig to help get back on her feet, she finds herself besieged by unknown forces out to destroy everything around her. What’s wrong with Jessica? Just how DID she get this job? And who are these violent lunatics who keep trying to blow her up? WHO CARES? Does Spider-Woman have someone to punch? THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.
An explosive new series that pushes Spider-Woman into new heights of action and adventure from the mad minds of Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez, this is the Spider-Woman book you’ve been waiting for! Rated T+In Shops: Mar 18, 2020 SRP: $4.99

Kicking will do just as well…

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Dynamite announces brand new BETTIE PAGE #1 from Karla Pacheco

We know her from her iconic cheesecake pinup photoshoots and from previous series that turned the model into a badass spy. Now “the Tease from Tennessee” is taking on Hollywood. Unfortunately, she is also a murder suspect in Bettie Page #1.

Writer (Spider-Woman) takes on the series that is described as “part pulp noir, part pin-up, stylized, yet realistic.” Vincenzo Federici (Army of Darkness/Bubba Ho-Tep) is on art, with Rebecca Nalty on colors and Becca Carey on letters.

“Bettie Page has always been a huge idol for me. Not just for her iconic style, but the way she brought such a sense of joy and delight to her performances and sensuality,” said Pacheco. “We’re taking Bettie Page’s amazing spirit, and imagining a timeline where she was finally given the chance to reach her full potential as a star—even though it’s far from smooth sailing! We’ve got twists, turns, secrets, and lies—the whole shebang! Plus we have Vincenzo, Rebecca, and Becca all coming together to create a drop-dead gorgeous, colorful dream of a book! It’s brassy, bold, (frequently criminal) fun, and I think it’s going to be a really exciting adventure for both readers and ‘our’ Bettie.”

Federici added, “Being on this book is simply…incredible! When I was a teen, I totally fell in love with Bettie as an icon. Now I have the opportunity to work on her stories and with Karla, one of the coolest writers in the industry! I know it will be a challenge because we have a lot of characters and maybe a lot of elephants (Karla says!), but I’m taking inspiration from my idol Alan Davis, a master in stories full of characters. It’s super fun—guaranteed!”

“I’m extremely excited to join on this new adventure with Bettie,” said Nalty. “She’s had a major influence on pop culture for decades, but it’s in both her image of pure, confident sexuality and the reality of her real life personal struggles where I think the world found our love for this woman who broke all the rules to be herself.”

In the new series, Bettie has moved to Hollywood sometime around 1954 where she is getting minor acting work in theater and B-movies. She faces what you’d expect —“producers, perps, pumps, and pushers who call La La Land home and want a piece of the pie—and Bettie.” The model signs on for a supporting role in a “tastefully sensual” fantasy film set on a tropical island, but then someone is murdered and the chaos begins.

According to Dynamite, the series “weaves together inspiration from dusty, dog-eared Hammett and Chandler novels, the breezy feel of vintage LOOK magazines, classic episodes of Murder She Wrote, the salacious naughtiness of Hollywood gossip rags, and even Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke’s Catwoman!”

Of course, fans have a plethora of covers from which to choose from artists such as Junggeun Yoon (Spider-Woman, Black Widow), Kano (Superman), and Joseph Michael Linsner (Dawn, Red Sonja). Riki Le Coley offers a cosplay cover and there are two photo covers of the real Bettie herself—one nice and one naughty. Fans can also seek out an homage cover to Frank Miller from Stephen Mooney (Grayson).

Bettie Page #1 will be available for preorder in April. Ask your local comic shop to reserve your copy. The new title is set to release in June. For digital, check out Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more.

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Karla Pacheco and Vincenzo Federici Bring Back Alternate History Bettie Page

Pornhub may be making their premium service free to Italians, but Dynamite has their own Italian cure to coronavirus blues with a new Bettie Page comic book series in June. With Spider-Woman writer Karla Pacheco is joined by Italian artist Vincenzo Federici, with colourist Rebecca Nalty and letterer Becca Carey. With a new alternate history twist making her a true Hollywood star in the making – and suspect to a murder.

In this series, Bettie has moved from New York to Hollywood sometime around 1954. She’s transitioned into more minor acting working, with theater success and bit parts in B-movies. Though she’s still challenged navigating the sticky swamp of producers, perps, pumps, and pushers who call La La Land home and want a piece of the pie – and Bettie. The question is – does Bettie Page find trouble, or does trouble find her? Signing on for a supporting role in a “tastefully sensual” fantasy film set on an idyllic tropical island, until someone is murdered and a massive storm hits.

This new series weaves together inspiration from Hammett and Chandler novels, vintage “LOOK” magazines, episodes of Murder She Wrote, Hollywood gossip rags and Ed Brubaker and Darwyn Cooke‘s Catwoman.

“Bettie Page has always been a huge idol for me. Not just for her iconic style, but the way she brought such a sense of joy and delight to her performances and sensuality,” said writer Karla Pacheco. “We’re taking Bettie Page’s amazing spirit, and imagining a timeline where she was finally given the chance to reach her full potential as a star – even though it’s far from smooth sailing! We’ve got twists, turns, secrets and lies – the whole shebang! Plus we have Vincenzo, Rebecca and Becca all coming together to create a drop-dead gorgeous, colorful dream of a book! It’s brassy, bold, (frequently criminal) fun, and I think it’s going to be a really exciting adventure for both readers and “our” Bettie.”

Artist Vincenzo Federici added, “Being on this book is simply… incredible! When I was a teen, I totally fell in love with Bettie as an icon. Now I have the opportunity to work on her stories and with Karla, one of the coolest writers in the industry! I know it will be a challenge because we have a lot of characters and maybe a lot of elephants (Karla says!), but I’m taking inspiration from my idol Alan Davis, a master in stories full of characters. It’s super fun – guaranteed!”

“I’m extremely excited to join on this new adventure with Bettie,” said colorist Rebecca Nalty. “She’s had a major influence on pop culture for decades, but it’s in both her image of pure, confident sexuality and the reality of her real life personal struggles where I think the world found our love for this woman who broke all the rules to be herself.”

With variant covers from Junggeun Yoon, Kano, Joseph Michael Linsner, Riki Le Cotey, Stephen Mooney and photo cover variants.

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Chef and CU professor Carmen Pacheco-Borden on molé

Carmen Pacheco-Borden is one of two things, and possibly both: She’s either not your average mechanical engineering professor or she’s not your average molé maker. 

Six years ago, Pacheco-Borden left her full-time job lecturing on engineering at CU-Boulder (she’s still part-time) to follow a passion: molé.

“I immigrated from Mexico when I was 13, so food is very important to me,” Pacheco-Borden says. “And every time I would go to the farmer’s market here in Boulder, I would be like, ‘Oh, I want to be there, you know?’ But it was crazy because, why — I’m not a farmer. But then I said, they could use a very good salsa, like what they serve in Mexico. And then I thought they didn’t have molés either.”

Carmen Pacheco-Borden

Molé is much more than we’ve been conditioned to think in the U.S.  “Molé” means “sauce” in the Nahuatl language and encompasses everything from that familiar, thick, brown, chocolatey stuff (molé negro from Oaxaca) to vibrant red chile (Sonora) to guacamole. Though rooted in centuries of culinary history, molé as we know it today is a product of an imperialized world, Pacheco-Borden says.

“Molé is a fusion cuisine,” she says. “It could not exist as it is now without the Spaniards invading because they brought the spices.”

Remembering the flavors of jarred molé from around Mexico and the red molé of her native Sonora, Pacheco-Borden tried to recreate recipes in her kitchen, with an eye toward bringing them, eventually, to the Boulder Farmers Market. But she couldn’t get the flavors quite right, so she went to molé mecca: Oaxaca. 

There, she rented an Airbnb and took classes on making a variety of traditional molés. But there was one that inspired her most.

“The one that touched my heart was the molé negro, because it was the most complex, and I like challenges,” she says.

Famous for its ingredient list, with some varieties using more than 30 items, molé negro is notoriously time-consuming. Each ingredient requires tedious preparation, and everything, from the spices to the herbs to the vegetables, are best when ground, chopped and/or roasted fresh. So after returning to Colorado, Pacheco-Borden developed a recipe and honed the techniques she learned on her pilgrimage. 

When the proof was in the molé, she brought a few varieties to the Farmers Market. As it turned out, the venue was the best, and maybe only, outlet for Pacheco-Borden’s molé.

“I like to cook from scratch,” Pacheco-Borden says. “The system right now is not designed for that. Like if you want to get into a grocery store, you have to delegate what you do to a co-packer, and then those folks do things simple so that they can be automated. I mean, they’re not roasting tomatoes and making sure they’re all peeled.”

That attention to detail has won her molés and salsas many loyal fans and growing regional acclaim. As a result of her work, Pacheco-Borden was recently elected as a Boulder County Farmers Markets board member. She says the position enables her to ensure people from far and wide, with ideas like bringing molé to the masses, get their chances at success.

“I feel like we need to be represented on the board because there could be other vendors like me that I would like to be part of decisions in the future for the Boulder market,” she says.

And, Pacheco-Borden’s molés are finding their way into local restaurants. Centro is hosting a four-course molé dinner with Pacheco-Borden’s regional sauces on March 8, though that event is sold out. Fortunately, you can stop by Centro all month long to sample dishes with Pacheco-Borden’s molés. 

Visit carmenssalsa.com for more information.  

‘It’s not so complicated’

To attempt your own version of Pacheco-Borden’s 30-ingredient molé negro, divide the ingredients into food groups: nuts and seeds; spices and herbs; vegetables; peppers; and other.

For nuts and seeds, Pacheco-Borden uses pecans, almonds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds and roasts them to release their oils. They provide thickness when macerated, which allows Pacheco-Borden to forgo the traditional addition of bread.

For the spices and herbs, buy whole spices and grind them fresh into your molé mixture. Restraint is advised on spices like cumin, cloves and anise — “Cumin is like a noisy aunt,” Pacheco-Borden says. “A little goes a long way.” Aromatic herbs like oregano, thyme and marjoram provide fragrance.

Vegetables like tomatoes, tomatillos onions and garlic are refined first — they must be caramelized, which is typically done on a flat, dry-roasting comal. 

For peppers, Pacheco-Borden uses three dried and then rehydrated varieties: ancho, pasilla negro and the chilhuacle, which is native to Oaxaca and tricky to find in the U.S. It helps gives molé negro a chocolate flavor.

As does chocolate, of course, which Pacheco-Borden roasts and grinds from cacao beans herself. To balance the bitterness, raisins are added for sweetness. 

Thin your molé with water or chicken broth.

Now, you go figure out the other dozen ingredients. Or, just get Pacheco-Borden’s version at the Farmers Market.  

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Five strategies to get your academic writing “unstuck” – Raul Pacheco-Vega, PhD

When I blog about academic writing, I do so from the vantage point of someone who does it on a daily basis. Someone who recognizes his own time limitations (because I’m pretty busy), and his challenges (because I write academic prose both in English and Spanish, each with their own challenges). Even though I have an incredibly well-organized schedule, sometimes life happens and my schedule gets somewhat derailed. This doesn’t happen often, but it does happen. Moreover, sometimes, I also get stuck. I want to write, but my brain doesn’t want to push words out through my fingers.

The more I work with myself and think about how I approach my research, the more I can see how I can improve my writing. In particular, lately, I’ve found five strategies to get myself “unstuck”. If I feel that the words aren’t flowing, I use one of these strategies (or all combined).

1. Write an outline.

This is pretty basic advice, but one that has helped me think through my research. When I feel that I am stuck, I write an outline, either of the paper I am already writing, or of a new paper. By liberating my busy mind from the worry of not having anything to write and plotting a new idea or conceptual map, I allow my thinking to flow freely.

2. Set a few sentences or a paragraph as your target.

When I set myself a hard target (e.g. 2 consecutive hours of writing), I often see it as a challenge. However, if my goal is to just write a paragraph in a paper, I often find myself that the writing flows more and more. Also, there are very few things that are more fulfilling than seeing the blank spaces being substituted by words, sentences and paragraphs. That feeling of completing an explanation or outlining an idea is just amazing.

3. Answer questions related to your research/paper.

This is related to the first strategy, and I found it helps me quite a lot. I am currently writing on water privatization in Mexico, and I found that the easiest way to write about it was to answer questions. When somebody is reading my paper, what kind of questions do they have, and how can I help them answer them? I find that when I answer a question, that response usually forms one or two paragraphs, and more often than not, a full section.

4. Read a paper and summarize it (in writing)

This is another strategy I’ve been using lately. Instead of getting frustrated about why my writing isn’t flowing, I simply grab an article that I already have read, and I type my notes. I usually type those notes (which are often handwritten) to then transform them into a “memorandum” or a “memo”. I took the idea of writing memos from when I took a course in qualitative methods during my PhD. These “memos” are simply messages to yourself, crafted in such a way that you can generously lift text from them to add them to your paper.

5. Go for a short walk, armed with a pen and paper pad.

I have a small travel handbook (Moleskine is your best friend) similar to the one that I always carry on the field, when conducting interviews, doing participant observation while on fieldwork. So when I feel stuck, I take my “ideas” notebook and go for a short walk. I usually listen to classical music while I write, so I grab my iPod and play some classical music while on my walk. This usually puts me in a thinking mood and therefore I am able to more quickly jot down ideas that I then come back to my office and type.

As I have told other people, I write about what works for ME. Hopefully these strategies will work for YOU too.

City Council picks Abel Pacheco Jr. to rep NE Seattle — and help lead city zoning conversations | Crosscut

He will represent District 4, which snakes along the eastern part of Lake Union, to north of the ship canal and ends south of Lake City, encapsulating the University of Washington and its surrounding areas. 

After winning the seat, an emotional Pacheco recalled promising his mother he’d make her proud. “Just like I told her, I hope to make all of you proud,” he told the council.

Pacheco, 31, will have seven months to make his mark on the council as chair of the Planning, Land Use & Zoning Committee, during which time he will lead the council’s discussion about what comes after its most recent landmark upzones. Specifically, his committee will grapple with how much density to allow around the Ave in the University District and next steps in the council’s drawn-out tinkering with the city’s backyard cottage rules.

Pacheco said he “tentatively” supports upzones around the Ave, but wanted to meet with businesses to “alleviate” concerns. He also said he supports easing restrictions on backyard cottages.

Perhaps his biggest responsibility will be to study and likely help amend Mayor Jenny Durkan’s proposed 2020 budget this fall. For the council, budget deliberation is an opportunity to bring home money for districts and pet projects, as well as to lay out the body’s broad priorities.

As someone who does not own a car, Pacheco also said he would focus on ways to improve transportation transit connections to the UW light rail station.

At 31, Pacheco becomes the council’s youngest member. After graduating UW in 2012 with a master’s in public administration, he worked as a communications and programs specialist with the Seattle Police Foundation, an entity separate from the police department that raises money to offer resources to Seattle police officers.

Most recently, he worked as the director of strategic engagement with the University of Washington’s MESA program, lobbying the Washington state Legislature for funding to promote mathematics, engineering and science achievement for underserved populations.

Pacheco has also dipped his toe into land-use issues, serving on a Wallingford focus group for the city’s housing and livability agenda.

In advocating for himself, Pacheco also emphasized his story: a person of color who barely graduated high school and has overcome adversity. “While my resume highlights my community involvement and professional experiences that have prepared me to serve, it is my story that has fueled my heart’s desire to serve,” he said in his application.

This is not the first time Pacheco has sought a seat on the Seattle City Council. He ran in 2015, but failed to advance past the primary. He also sought to fill a vacancy left by Tim Burgess, who became acting mayor in 2017, but the seat was granted to Kirsten Harris-Talley.