5 Star
.
.
.
.

Art Richards working with a blind student

“All my classes are free,” he says. “To better serve all of the community, [having] dedicated courts, specific to players’ needs, is a must. Some communities have dedicated courts, but none for the [special needs].”

For his blind players he tapes down tactile lines, doing so for the fourth straight year in Rotonda West. Last year he received an invitation as a U.S. representative to attend the first International Blind Tennis Tournament, held in Spain.

This year is his 48th volunteering in tennis, starting in 1970 in Massachusetts, and continuing in Florida when he relocated in 2000.

“Dreams, like these people dream, don’t materialize on their own,” he says of his blind and wheelchair students and why he volunteers in tennis. “Tennis is the sport for a lifetime — let’s make it that way for all.”

USTA Florida thanks Art Richards as the May 2018 Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month for his work introducing tennis to and working with special-needs and all tennis players in the Rotonda West and surrounding communities.

 

ABOUT ART

Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
Family Members: wife deceased, five children, 18+ grandchildren, 16+ great grandchildren
Favorite Movie: A Christmas Story
Favorite Food: shrimp with pasta
Favorite Travel: Maui, Hawaii
Favorite Shot: “Backhand crosscourt drop shot from baseline side line, ad court”

My earliest tennis memory was…”Watching [tennis] in amazement at age 12 after church on Sunday mornings. People dressed in whites, hitting white balls, on public courts.”

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be…”My deceased wife, my blind student and my granddaughter.”

When I am not playing tennis I am…”Working part-time two days and serving on community committees.”

My best tennis memory is…”Presenting clinics in deaf schools in Massachusetts with a deaf teaching pro.”

I like to volunteer in tennis because…”It’s the best family sport that lasts for a lifetime.”

.
.
  • .
    .
    http://game-rapidshare.com/Maravilla-brother-of-Flavell-from-Setúbal?Dardonbro=107 .

    Workers, back in April, plant romaine lettuce at the EG Richter Family Farm in Puyallup, Wash. Lettuce contaminated with E. coli was found to come from farms in the Yuma, Ariz., area, but farms in other parts of the country like the Richter's were not affected. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

    Five people have died and nearly 200 people from nearly three dozen states have been sickened by E. coli in a growing outbreak that has so far stumped federal investigators.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the death tally Friday, more than two months after the first illnesses occurred in mid-March. Although investigators have determined that E. coli came from contaminated romaine lettuce that were grown in Arizona's Yuma region near the border to Southern California, the Food and Drug Administration has not been able to link the outbreak to one farm, processor or distributor, Scott Gottlieb, the agency's commissioner, and Stephen Ostroff, the deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in an update Thursday.

    With the tainted vegetables now off the shelves and the growing season over, the FDA may never crack the case, frustrating consumer advocates who have called on the agency to issue rules that would speed up future investigations of foodborne illnesses, The Washington Post's Caitlin Dewey reported.

    The CDC said 197 people have been sickened, nearly half of whom were hospitalized. Some told officials that they did not eat romaine lettuce but became sick after close contact with someone who ate contaminated vegetables, the CDC said. Twenty-six developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure that can be life-threatening to people with weak immune systems, such as young children and the elderly.

    A majority of those who have been affected come from California, where one death was reported, and Pennsylvania. The four other deaths were reported in Arkansas, Minnesota and New York, according to the CDC.

    Last month, the Canadian government announced that six of its citizens were also sickened with Escherichia coli with “similar genetic fingerprint” with those reported in the United States. Two of the six told officials that they traveled across the border before they became sick. Three became infected in Canada. Canadian officials, though, said that the risk to their citizens are low.

    The FDA initially said that only bagged and pre-chopped romaine lettuce that have been distributed to retailers across the country were contaminated with E. coli, but a group of inmates at a prison in Alaska also became sick after eating whole-head lettuce.

    .
    .
    .
    .
    .