U.S. Air Force
Local Airman Graduates with Honor: Air Force Airman Izaiah Ortega graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Ortega earned distinction as an honor graduate. He is the son of Vanessa L. May-Fanene and Neil Fanene of San Ramon, and a 2012 graduate of California High School in San Ramon.
Heroes: At the recent Red, Blue and Gold Banquet organized by the Tri Valley Knights of Columbus, the Knights recognized the outstanding performance of heroes from Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore who keep our homes and communities safe. The recipients of outstanding service awards were:
Engineer David Nguyen, Alameda County Fire Department
Deputy Brandon Dennington, Alameda County Sheriff's Department
Officer Sam Radovich, California Highway Patrol
Cpl. Shawn Welch, Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office
Detective Anthony Perry, Danville Police Department
Officer Eric Chaloner, Dublin Police Services
Fire Capt. Daniel Moyles, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department
Officer Matt Williams, Livermore Police Department
Officer Matt Lengel, Pleasanton Police Department
Officer Jim Mahoney, San Ramon Police Department
Capt. Eric Falkenstrom, San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District
As an added benefit, the Knights donated $2,000 to the 100 Clubs of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. These nonprofit organizations provide immediate financial relief to the families of officers who die in the line of duty. They also provide college scholarships to the children of these officers.
Tri-Valley Students Win High School Writing Contest: The California Writers Club, Tri-Valley Branch, held its "My Story, My Vision" high school writing contest for Tri-Valley high school students in grades nine through 11. Students expressed themselves in essay, poetry and/or short story fiction. The runners-up are awarded cash prizes, and the first-place winners also receive a free one-year membership to the CWC Tri-Valley Branch. Winners are:
1st -- "Star by Star" by Annie Chen, Dougherty High, Grade 11
2nd -- "The Little Theatre" by Hannah Keihi, Dublin High, Grade 11
1st -- "Skeleton" by Megan Chin, Livermore Valley Charter, Grade 10
2nd -- "Brew" by Maya Lyubomirsky, Foothill High, Grade 11
3rd -- "The Meaning of Life" by Maya Lyubomirsky, Foothill High, Grade 11
"I Walked On" by Jessica Heimann, Monte Vista, Grade 10
"Paper Paved Streets" by Sophia Elkihel, Livermore Valley Charter, Grade 10
"The Red Fruit of Summer" by Christina Ge, Foothill High, Grade 10
"So Falls the Rain" by Nabeel Mamoon, California High, Grade 10
Short Story Fiction
1st -- "Life is a Paradigm" by Jhinuk Barman, Monte Vista, Grade 10
2nd -- "Burning Film" by Tomi Tunrarebi, Monte Vista, Grade 10
3rd -- "The Grocery List" by Jacob Smith, Monte Vista, Grade 10
Longtime Community Organizers Welcomed to Board: The ValleyCare Health System Charitable Foundation board of trustees recently welcomed Pleasanton residents Joyce and Bob Shapiro to serve on the foundation board as board members and co-chairs.
Both have served numerous community organizations over the year. Joyce owned and operated the Gingham Corner gift shop for 10 years in downtown Pleasanton and was the first woman planning commissioner. She helped to organize the Pleasanton Downtown Association, was president of the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce, has been the Leadership Pleasanton Program Director and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Firehouse Arts Center. Joyce has won numerous awards including the Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen's Award, Mayor's Award, Community of Character Award and the state of California Local Hero Award.
Bob has served as director for the Chamber of Commerce, served as chair of the Chamber's foundation board and served on the board of directors for the YMCA, the Las Positas College Foundation and Uncle Credit Union. He has also received these awards for his community involvement: the city of Pleasanton Mayor's Award, Community of Character Foundation Award, Martin Luther King Jr. Business Legacy Award and the state of California Local Hero Award.
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