[email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – More than $3,000 has been collected by a Valencia day-care center to replace the $584 stolen in a weekend burglary, the missing money earmarked for a charity that makes wishes come true for seriously ill children. “It’s amazing how people are helping,” Cecile Keakley, director of La Petite Academy, said Wednesday. “We’ve had many phone calls and checks arrive in response to people hearing about the break-in.” One of the donations came from La Petite’s chief executive officer,Gary Graves, who wrote a check for $584. The money was being collected for a donation to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. “He knows how much effort our children and parents put into this. La Petite has partnered with Make-A-Wish since 2003,” she said. “We usually host an event in the fall and the spring to raise money for them.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The money taken was cash collected at a recent fall festival at the center. Keakley said the center was close to its goal of a $2,000 donation, with the rest of the money in checks that the burglars did not touch. Since the story hit the media, more than $2,400 has poured into the office from various sources. “We will be sending those donations off right away,” she said. Sheriff’s technicians dusted the site for fingerprints, but have not come up with any leads. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes Mesut Ozil can be convinced to return to the Germany team after his retirement following the World Cup.Ozil cited the “treatment he received from the DFB” in his statement following the tournament, in which Germany flopped.Joachim Low’s team were unable to qualify from their group, and suffered humiliating defeats to Mexico and South Korea in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Their poor form has only continued after the Russian showpiece, losing to both the Netherlands – who did not qualify for the World Cup – and world champions France in the UEFA Nations League this month.Wenger managed Ozil between 2013 and 2018 at Arsenal, and insists that the Germany national team miss the playmaker.”I think Germany needs Ozil and I hope Low can convince him to come back,” Wenger told Sport Bild.”Ozil is a super football player and was not the worst at the World Cup.”I did not love it that he withdrew from the Germany team [because] the Germans respect what he achieved.”A small bit of motivation disappears when you know that you don’t have to be ready for a World Cup, a European Championship.”I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.”Ozil has made six Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far this season, scoring twice.Germany are next in action in November, facing Russia in a friendly and the Netherlands in the Nations League, with Low’s side in danger of being relegated from their group.