Day: February 13, 2015

“Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully” by Allen Kurzweil

“Whipping Boy: The Forty-Year Search for My Twelve-Year-Old Bully” by Allen Kurzweil c.2015, New York University Press $27.95 / higher in Canada 321 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER You’ve bloodied your share of noses in your lifetime. Whether they were yours or someone else’s, well, you can bet they weren’t ignored. Someone saw the first punch, the ripped shirt, the pulled hair. Somebody heard the shouting, crying, and thuds.  And, as you’ll see in the new book “Whipping Boy” by Allen Kurzweil, if you were the one who did the bloodying, someone will remember your name forever. While most kids would never ask to be sent to boarding school, young Allen Kurzweil had been overjoyed at the idea. The school, Aiglon, was nestled in the Alps in an area where he’d once lived with his mother and his late father. Kurzweil had nothing but good memories of Switzerland, especially Villars, a nearby village, and his mother’s offer of spending sixth grade there was “better than Disney World.” At just ten years old, Kurzweil was the youngest boy at the school, the smallest, and one of only a handful of Jews. “Strike” one, two, and three, he says: almost immediately after being assigned to a tower-room and four roommates, Kurzweil was a victim of bullying from a boy named Cesar who claimed he was from Manila. For the rest of that...

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Money gap won’t deter the Big Toy

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Four months can seem like a long time. Not when there is still plenty left to get done in four months, however. Such is the case with the Big Toy community build play structure project, set to be constructed June 10 to 14 at Keizer Rapids Park. The Community Build Task Force met once again Feb. 3 for its monthly meeting. While the need for a renewed emphasis on public relations (as mentioned in last week’s Keizertimes) was a hot topic, another topic was progress of the funding and the project overall. For example, at one point Evan Christopher, who will be heading up the revamped PR effort, noted he would like to add supporting the fundraising committee. Richard Walsh, co-chair of the fundraising committee, acknowledged there have been concerns about fundraising. “We need to raise a couple hundred thousand more (dollars),” Walsh said. Mark Caillier, project general coordinator, believes it can get done. “I’m confident we’ll be okay, but we need to get going now,” Caillier said. Later in the meeting, Walsh wondered what would happen if the full $416,509.80 wasn’t raised by the day community volunteers start putting the play structure together. More than $210,000 still needs to be raised. “If we can’t raise enough overall, some things will have to be cut or we would need to get more from...

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Man crashes twice in minutes

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes A Salem man was quite the crasher in Keizer on Monday night. Joseph Rickey Cradduck, 35, was arrested after fleeing from two crash scenes he caused. The first crash caused injuries to a 64-year-old Keizer woman, while the second damaged a fence, trees and a crosswalk pole. According to a Keizer Police Department news release from Sgt. Jeffrey Goodman, shortly before 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9, officers with the Keizer Police Department responded to a reported single vehicle crash at the intersection of Delight Street North and Chemawa Road North, by the entrance to McNary High School. Initial reports indicated a vehicle had hit a building or a tree, with additional 9-1-1 calls noting the traffic lights at the intersection were flashing red in all directions. By the time the first officers arrived on scene, the driver of the 2007 Toyota Camry – later identified as Cradduck – had already fled. Officers found the Camry had been traveling north on Delight at high speed, crossed Chemawa and smashed through one of the new metal electrical crosswalk poles on the northwest corner of the intersection. The Camry then crashed into a fence, bushes and trees, causing thousands of dollars in damage. The car appeared to be totaled in the crash. While officers were investigating that crash, they learned the same vehicle had been involved in...

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