The family of critically injured Santa Fe Springs Councilwoman Betty Putnam asked the community for volunteers in their time of need.They were overwhelmed with the number of responses.“The city was inundated with calls and hundreds of e-mails,” said City Manager Fred Latham. “The response is typical for our community, and of course it has to do with how loved Betty is in Santa Fe Springs.”“We are so very grateful for the incredible kindness and generosity of so many of the people of Santa Fe Springs,” said Marian Putnam, one of the five Putnam children. “We thank everyone for their prayers and believe they are working to heal our mother.” Although there were dozens of people on the list to spend time with Marvin while the Putnam children are at the hospital, the family had to decline their help.The Putnam patriarch was uncomfortable with new people coming into the household, said Tom Yarwood, 86, another volunteer.The two veterans spend time talking about World War II, he said.“I would do anything for Betty or Marv,” Yarwood said.As would the others, including Rob and Jane Roberson, owners of Griffith Drug, Marlene Vernava and Juanita Trujillo. The Robersons, both 62, helped the Putnam siblings with their dad’s medicines.“They’ve been coming here for years,” Rob said. “We’re just doing what we can to make this time easier for the family.”Taking supplies — such as Kleenex, medicines and snacks — from the store to the Putnam home is pharmacy manager Trujillo, 33.She said she had tried to stop Putnam from going to eradicate the wasp’s nest.“When she told me what she was going to do, I told her to wait for my husband to help her,” Trujillo said. “She waved me off saying she could do it.”A couple of hours later, her daughter, Alyssa, 13, told her about Putnam’s accident.“We could never repay Miss Putnam for all she’s done for Santa Fe Springs,” Trujillo said.“Everybody loves Betty” said Vernava, 75, another longtime friend and president of the Santa Fe Springs Women’s Club. “She is Santa Fe Springs.”[email protected](562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityAs of Thursday, Putnam, 77, who suffered severe head trauma in a fall last month from a 6-foot ladder, is breathing on her own and is able to sit up for short periods of time, said longtime family friend May Sharp.“The family is discussing a transfer to Presbyterian \[Intercommunity\] Hospital to start rehab in the near future,” she said.Putnam, who took the fall while trying to take down a wasp’s nest in a constituent’s back yard, is still in the critical care unit at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood.“She can’t speak clearly yet,” Sharp said, “but she is doing a lot better.”Sharp, 75, is one of a core group of volunteers who have given support to the Putnam family, including caring for Marvin, 90, who needs dialysis three times a week.
Pictured at the launch of the Naomh Conaill 5K on Wednesday night were Martin Doherty, Kieran Kennedy (official sponsor), Martin Regan (Senior team manager) and players, Daragh Gallagher, Charles Mc Guinness and John O Malley.COMMUNITY NOTICE: The annual Naomh Conaill 5k was launched last week and this year the Club are delighted to announce Kennedy’s Bar and Restaurant as the main sponsor. Kieran Kennedy attended the launch and was happy to sponsor such a worthwhile event, “We’re delighted to sponsor the 5k this year”, he said. “Each year the numbers participating are growing and this year we expect a huge crowd. I suppose it does show how important exercise has become to people nowadays”.Martin Regan local senior manager also attended the launch and who will have his team at the starting tape on the evening. “I think it’s great to have an evening like this as a change from your normal training routine” Martin said. “Already there’s a few of the lads laying down challenges to each other so it’s fair to say they’ll be a few side-bets”. One of the local senior players, Daragh Gallagher, is also looking forward to the event. Daragh said “It doesn’t matter whether you want to better your time or just get out for a stroll, it’s all about participating”.The 5k takes place on Thursday 16th July @ 7pm at the Naomh Conaill GAA clubhouse in Glenties. Registration is from 6pm.There is ample parking and full changing/shower facilities. Tea and refreshments will be served immediately after the run/walk. Entry fee is €8 for adults and €3 for under 16’s.COMMUNITY NOTICE: KENNEDY’S BAR SPONSORS NAOMH CONAILL 5K was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Kennedy’s BarlaunchedNaomh Conaill 5KNoticesSport