Wednesday, January 31, 2007

That's Cold, Brother


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Baily Cervetto, 7, catches his brother, Dawson, 8, by surprise as the two play in the snow outside their grandmother's house in East Toledo on Tuesday.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Magnet for Musicians

Magnet for Musicians Audio Slideshow


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Naomi Guy, the Associate Concertmaster for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, practices on her Joseph Albani 1709 violin.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Naomi and her husband, Gabe Sobieski, the Principal Percussion for the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, live in a house in Toledo's Old West End.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Gabe works on his scales while playing the bells in his basement practice space.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Gabe turns on CNN or the Food Network to help pass the time during his hour of practice on a rubber pad to maintain his snare drum chops.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG The Toledo Symphony Orchestra performs at the Peristyle at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Friday Night City Basketball

Friday Night Basketball Slideshow


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Libbey Cowboys Anthony Brown, left, and Lance Jones scream after Jones scored late in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys' 76-73 win over Scott.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Scott forward Chris Wyse, left, and Libbey Cowboys forward Brad Sandridge battle for a rebound during the first quarter of Libbey's 76-73 upset of the previously undefeated Bulldogs on Friday night.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Waite freshman forward Natasha Howard pulls down one of her 20 rebounds in the fourth quarter of
the Lady Indian's 46-28 victory over St. Ursula on Friday night.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Waite's Stephanie Keaton, left, has the ball knocked away by St. Ursula's Taylor Leach in the first period of Waite's 46-28 victory at Savage Hall on Friday night.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Notre Dame v Central


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Notre Dame's Patrice Lalor goes up in a crowd of Central defenders last night in a City League game at the Sullivan Center. She scored 19 points and grabbed six rebounds as the Eagles improved to 11-2, 6-1 in the City.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Sunday in Toledo


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG On Sunday afternoon congregants young and old welcomed Temple B'nai Israel's Torah scrolls, carried under chuppahs, or pieces of cloth meant to symbolize a home, that were brought from the temple's old location on Kenwood Boulevard in Toledo to its new home behind the Jewish Community Center on Sylvania Avenue in Sylvania.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Toledo Storm right wing Jamie Tardif knocks home the first goal of the Storm's eventual 3-0 victory over the Johnstown Chiefs on Sunday afternoon in Toledo.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Sean Downs, 25, of Toledo, uses a credit card to clean off the back window of his 1972 Volkswagon Super Beetle on Summit Street on Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

Words and photographs that tell the stories of grandparents who have stepped into the role of parent once again.

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ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Maxine Thompson, 73, looks over an exam at the end of the dining room table during her nightly examination of homework and tests of the five grandchildren of whom she takes care. Completing the night's work at the dining room table on a recent evening are, clockwise from bottom left, Jasmine Brown, 14, Akiya Thompson, 12, and Aaron Allen, 10.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR The daily responsibilities of being a parent are shouldered by Maxine Thompson, 73, for the five grandchildren that she takes care of in her home in West Peoria including ten-year old Aaron Allen, shown here shooting indoor hoops with his cousin Jaden Jackson, 4.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Maxine Thompson consoles her grandson Jaden Jackson, 4, after he told her that he could not beat his older cousin Aaron Allen, 10, at basketball, "I'm 73 years old and I'm still trying to win," Maxine told him, "So don't ever say that you can't win."


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Vera Zentko hugs her grandson Zach, 8, in their Peoria living room on a recent afternoon as his cousin Jayme Zentko, 10, looks on. Zach has lived with his grandparents Vera and Norman, left, for almost his entire life and was formally adopted by them at age five.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Zach Zentko, 8, gives his father Matt Zenkto a hug before he heads out to his own house which abuts the back of his parent's home in West Peoria. Though his father lives next door, Zach has lived in his grandparents' home for most of his life and became their child legally in 2001 after the family decided together that his grandparent's home would be a more stable environment for him to be raised.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Zach Zentko, 8, right, hugs his cousin Jayme Zentko, 10, on the trampoline on his dad's property which abuts the house where he lives with his legal guardians, his grandparents, Vera and Norman Zentko. The Zentkos live on the same street as two of their children and babysit for most of their grandchildren, "If we need anybody, they're there, but if they need anybody, we're here too," said Norman.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Keira Blackorby, 3, chats with her grandmother Elizabeth Stacey, 49, as her cousin Katie Blackorby, 8, and brother Nieko Blackorby, 2, watch tv from the couch. Elizabeth plays the role of mom and grandmom for her daughter Jamie's children while she serves a prison sentence for drug-related offences.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Elizabeth Stacey, 49, of Peoria, sits on the windowsill of her rent subsidized apartment in the Village Green complex with her grandson Nieko Blackorby who is 2. "We sit up here most days," Elizabeth said, "watching the kids play in the snow or waiting for people to come home.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Elizabeth Stacey, 49, changes the diapers of her grandson Nieko Blackorby, 2, in her rent subsidized apartment in Peoria's Village Green complex. The Department of Children and Family Services became involved with Elizabeth's daughter, now serving a prison sentence for drug-related offenses, while she was pregnant with Nieko. Elizabeth is the legal guardian of three of her daughter's children in addition to raising two of her own children.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Scott v. Findlay


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Scott Bulldogs forward Chris Wyse throws down a dunk off of an alley-oop from teammate Kenny Hairston during his team's 67-54 win over the Findlay Trojans Tuesday night in Toledo.


THE BLADE/ERIC SUMBERG Bulldogs guards Irmon Young (14) and Hakeem Greer force Findlay Trojans forward Jesse Wohl to pass out of traffic during the first half of Scott's 67-54 victory over previously the previously undefeated Trojans Tuesday night in Toledo.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Fare Thee Well, Peoria. Onward, Toledo

Today I set out from Peoria, my internship completed, and head to Toledo, Ohio to begin anew as the photo intern at The Blade on Monday.


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR A view of Peoria on New Year's Day 2007 from Fondulac Road in East Peoria.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Pekin v Dunlap


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Dunlap's Alex Heinzmann breaks for the open court as Pekin's Jamie King grabs him to stop the fast break during the third quarter of Dunlap's 51-36 Mid-Illini win at Pekin on Friday night.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Head First into the New Year

The faces, costumes and the shock of the Polar Ice Plunge at the East Peoria Boat Club on New Years Day.


The Frat Boys


The Full Monty


The Couple that Plays Together


The Gorilla in the Mist


The Queen

New Years for Kids


ERIC SUMBERG/JOURNAL STAR Kaily Whittles, 3, held on for dear life as the grown ups danced to "YMCA" for the benefit of their children at East Peoria's Festival of Lights Celebration '07 on Sunday evening. Boogying down were, from left, Tom Utley, Veronica Utley, Tonia Whittles, Tom Whittles and Russ Tabb.