NEIGHBORS OF VALENCIA OLYMPIAN CHEER HIM ON.Byline: Sherry sherry [from Jérez], naturally dry fortified wine, pale amber to brown in tint. The term sherry originally referred to wines made from grapes grown in the region of Jérez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain; today it may refer to any of the Joe Crosby Daily News Staff Writer
Residents of Robindale Place said goodbye Thursday to neighbor and Olympian Mark Crear Mark Crear (born November 2, 1968 in San Francisco, California) is a double Olympic medalist in the 110 m hurdles from the United States. In 1996 he was second behind Allen Johnson. Four years later he came in third, behind Anier Garcia and silver medalist Terrence Trammell. the only way they knew how: with love, well wishes and plenty of colorful banners reading ``Go for the Gold'' and ``Run Mark Run
Today Crear, 27, leaves for Atlanta, with his wife and 12-day-old daughter, to compete in the 110-meter high hurdles. Eager to see him do well, neighbors decorated dec·o·rate
tr.v. dec·o·rat·ed, dec·o·rat·ing, dec·o·rates
1. To furnish, provide, or adorn with something ornamental; embellish.
2. their houses Wednesday night with banners and American flags before gathering outside Crear's house to chant chant, general name for one-voiced, unaccompanied, liturgical music. Usually it refers to the liturgical melodies of the Byzantine, Russian Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches and is analogous to cantillation in Jewish liturgical music, Qur'anic chanting , ``USA, USA.''
``I'm really honored hon·or
1. High respect, as that shown for special merit; esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate.
a. Good name; reputation.
b. ,'' he said Thursday. ``I've never had this kind of support. It makes me want to win that much more.''
Residents said the farewell Farewell
Auld Lang Syne
closing song of New Year’s Eve. [Music: Leach, 91]
(last rites) anointing at the hour of death, sacrament of Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church. party exemplifies their close-knit street, where families hold block parties and dine at one another's houses.
``It just shows we care,'' said Sadie Williams, who came up with the idea to hold a farewell party for Crear. ``We have such a great place.''
Timie MacLeod Mac·leod , John James Rickard 1876-1935.
British physiologist. He shared a 1923 Nobel Prize for the discovery and successful clinical application of insulin. , who also made a poster for Crear, said she wants to continue the tradition of hospitality she grew up with in Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, .
``On my street, everybody got together,'' she said. ``We're trying to keep that. The more block parties we do, the better friends we become.''
Crear, last year's top-ranked 110-meter hurdler, has developed a following among his neighbors, who call themselves ``The Robindale Fan Club.''
``We watch every time he's been at a trial, every race he's run,'' said Don Spiller Sr., whose garage sported a banner reading ``Run Mark Run!''
Neighbors said Crear's commitment to family and sports makes him an ideal role model for children and adults alike.
``He's so great,'' Williams said. ``He's dedicated not only to his sport but to his family. It's just nice to see a man so well rounded. He's a great neighbor, a great family man. He's just a nice person.''
On Sunday, his family and neighbors will watch Crear compete in the preliminary heat. Crear said the high expectations of his friends and family add pressure to do well, but he's more than ready.
``I'm just happy,'' he said. ``I have a big heart. It just makes me feel good that everybody else has a good heart.''
Photo: (1--Color) Olympic hurdler Mark Crear knows thatcome Sunday, his Robindale Place neighbors will be cheering.
(2--Color) Sadie Williams and Timie MacLeod hang a banner as an Olympic send-off for Mark Crear.
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