Thumbs up, thumbs down

The Fresno BeeJuly 13, 2013 

Thumbs up to the Marjaree Mason Center, Darius Assemi of Granville Homes, the Domus Mitis Foundation and Clovis Soroptimists for teaming up to open a domestic violence shelter in Clovis. Monday's grand opening of the 4,000-square foot facility culminated a 10-year effort by executive director Pam Kallsen to provide a safe haven for battered women and children in Clovis. Granville built the facility, Domus Mitis provided a $180,000 grant for a playground and the Soroptimists donated furnishings.

Thumbs up to Forkner Elementary School in Fresno and Clovis Recycling for their support of the Ronald McDonald House near Children's Hospital Central California. Forkner students collected 285 pounds of pop tabs from beverage and food cans to win a six-county competition. The pop tabs are cashed in for money, which is matched by Clovis Recycling. The funds help families that cannot afford the $15 per night fee to stay at Ronald McDonald House while their children are hospitalized or receiving treatment.

Thumbs down to McFarland-based Etchegaray Farms LLC, which, according to state officials, was violating several of California's heat-illness prevention rules. Work was temporarily stopped this week at the company's farms after Cal/OSHA ordered Etchegaray to provide access to shade and training on emergency procedures. A 37-year-old farmworker, Juan Ochoa, died after collapsing in 106-degree heat on July 12 while checking equipment at an Etchegaray orchard east of Delano.

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