‘Evening’ in grove of painful lessons

first_imgSAUGUS – In a corner of Central Park, tucked against a hillside, a grove of stumps fans out from a circular pedestal. Each stump bears a round brass plaque with a name and a two-word reminder that this person’s life is frozen in time. “Melvin Beleno, Forever 19.” “Daniel Lieberman, Forever 14.” “Sandra Kay Pearce, Forever 9.” The names go on – 67 in all – of young people who will never see a future. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe Santa Clarita Youth Grove is an effort of the city of Santa Clarita, local businesses and families of some of the youth memorialized there. At 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, the city and the Blue Ribbon Task Force will host an “Evening of Remembrance” that will include songs and inspiration dedicated to those whose names will be read at the end of the evening. The memorial’s names are those of people age 25 and younger who died in traffic-related incidents. Most grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley. Some were victims of circumstances beyond their control, others died because of bad choices. Those behind the memorial hope that it will serve to change the behavior of other drivers of all ages. “The project is a powerful and graphic educational tool. We want the community to know more about safe driving habits and to pledge that no more young lives will be lost due to drinking and driving, or to reckless or irresponsible driving,” said Tess Simgen of the city’s Community Services department, who coordinated the memorial project. The memorial includes a vow written by one of the monument’s creators: “Our children are our most precious gifts. They are our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, loved ones and friends. Vow today that no more will lose their lives because we drive too fast. No more will die because we drive under the influence. No more will perish because we lapse in attention for just one moment. No more will be lost because of reckless acts on the road…” Central Park is located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. For information about the Evening of Remembrance or to add a name to the project, contact Simgen at (661) 255-4956 or [email protected] [email protected] (661)257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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