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Hello everyone. I hope your New Years' is off to a wonderful start.

Speaking of wonderful starts, a handful of McCarty Metro subscribers have joined me in losing weight and being more healthy in 2016. I am so proud of them. So far, as a group, we have lost over 40 pounds, have shared tips, advice and supported each other to live a healthier lifestyle. Feel free to hop in. The water's fine. The challenge goes until June 1. You can check The McCarty Metro Biggest Loser link at the bottom of each page.

We are also wrapping up the McCarty Metro Pigskin Pickem challenge. We had 30 people participate this year, trying to be the best at picking the winning NFL teams each week. Our game will culminate at the end of the Super Bowl on 2/7 and our champion will be announced. Thank you to all that played this season.

My brothers and I had our annual trek to Las Vegas after the Christmas holidays. Rick, Larry, Jerry and Steve joined me and fellow subscriber Robert for a long weekend in sin city. We had a blast. Can't wait until next year.

Margaret and I also celebrated her birthday by taking a Royal Caribbean cruise from Tampa, Florida to Mexico, and back. We had stops in Cozumel and Costa Maya. The weather was great, the food was great, and we had just a wonderful time. We met some fun people on the ship, and the crew was fantastic. Unfortunately, as soon as we got back home.... The snow came (my apologies to the east coast).

UHY Care's is sponsoring the annual Dan McCarty Texas Holdem event on February 23rd. I am really looking forward to the event, and being able to see some old friends, all while raising money for such a wonderful local charity like UHY Cares!. If you don't have plans for that evening, why not come out and have some fun. No card playing experience is necessary, and I'll be hanging out in the losers lounge soon enough. Check out all the information on our DMGC Texas Holdem page.

When preparing this page each month, I try to think of a great story which offers inspiration to me and hopefully our readers, and I call it "My Final Thought". This month, I didn't have to look too far, as one of my biggest inspirations was born less than two years after me. Jerry McCarty is a great guy and has been a joy to be around all these years. We have always had each other's back, whether known as Little Guys, Tabo & Jabo, Banana Splits members, R.A.D.A.R. organizers, disc jockeys, and fellow Cockroaches.  I was torn up when I heard the news from Jerry in December. After getting his diagnosis, Jerry has worked hard to come out on top, all while still putting others first, spreading his humor and still making others feel important and good about themselves. Even though distance-wise, we are apart, I hope he knows I still have has back. I am 100% sure with his phenomenal strength, the strength and love from Kathlene, Dana and Evan, and the strength, support, and prayers from the rest of his family, his friends, and all the readers here on the McCarty Metro, Jerry will still be on top in his (Jerry's) world, writing is tweets, doing his radio show, helping the community, writing Peanut and Jocko potty jokes, and Cockroach tunes (not necessarily in that order) for a long, long... long time. Here is a recent article about Jer from the Santa Clarita Valley News this past month...


Valencia resident Jerry McCarty is as passionate about volunteering at the William S. Hart Union High School District as he is about the manufacturing industry.

“I love showing them that manufacturing is an option,” McCarty said of working with Hart district students. “Schools usually direct kids to go to college, and I just think manufacturing is an alternative way where they can make good money or decide to go to college after starting their careers.”

The 54-year-old chief operating officer for SMTCLA, an advanced technology machines manufacturing company that has an office in Valencia, said he particularly gets a kick out of showing students how to operate the $80,000 machine his firm donated to Saugus High School. It’s the same machine that’s used by Apple to make iPhones and iPads.

“Kids today have really good ideas, and I want to show them how their ideas can come true,” McCarty said in a phone interview Friday.

It’s his passion and love for mentoring that led officials with the Hart district to honor McCarty at a board meeting this week for his years of contributions, particularly with his involvement in the district’s Advance Technologies Pathway, a manufacturing program for students in the school district.

McCarty said that he was touched by all the kind words and certificates he received, but became very emotional when students from Valencia High School discussed their cancer fundraiser with the board before he was recognized.

McCarty was diagnosed with spinal cancer recently and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

“I’ve lost all my hair and 30 pounds,” he said. “It’s tough. And I have to admit I’ve seen other people go through it, but I didn’t know it was going to be this much pain. It’s just really tough. I just want to beat this thing.”

But McCarty said he is not giving up.

“You know, I’m still working,” he said. “I also travel a lot for work so that keeps me going. Also, there’s my wife and kids. And I play basketball a lot.”

For a couple of years, McCarty has provided equipment and volunteered as a guest speaker for the district’s annual Manufacturing Day at College of the Canyons.

“Last year, I got a chance to speak to the kids and show them how to use the same machines that our high-profile clients use,” McCarty said. “I showed them what Jay Leno makes with his machines and what will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas makes with the machines. They enjoyed it.”

Hart district board member Joe Messina spoke highly of McCarty’s efforts during this week’s recognition and said the district was lucky to have him as a source.

“I’ve known Jerry for five to six years,” Messina said. “We’ve been blessed to have him at our school district. He has a passion for the kids. He understands them and knows that this trade will help them get a great job in something they love to do.”

Here's to my brother and best friend, Jerry McCarty... Cheers!



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