Thumbs up to Lori D. Clanton for organizing a sock and shoe drive for the Syrian refugee children in the El Dorado Park neighborhood, many of whom will start school Monday. Folks who want to purchase shoes and/or socks for the children ages 3-15 may drop them off at Wesley United Methodist Church near the playground on Sunday from 11:45-noon. The church is located at 1343 E. Barstow Ave, Fresno, CA 93710.
It is also possible to donate to the church’s neighborhood charity fund, with a notation on the memo line that it is for the Syrian families. Fresno Interdenominational Refugee Ministries can funnel donations to the Syrian families as well. Send checks or take donations to 1940 N. Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93703 or donate online by credit card through the website, firminc.org. The office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thumbs down to the thoughtless drivers who speed through school zones, for they shall be greeted by red lights, sirens and traffic tickets. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer is reminding drivers that Fresno Unified Schools will open Monday and enforcement will take place at all Fresno area elementary, middle, and high schools (over 90 in all). Beginning Aug. 21, officers will monitor Clovis Unified Schools that are in the city limits of Fresno.
Expect officers to aggressively enforce all school related traffic violations. School zone speed limits are 25 mph, while children are present, and the chief encourages everyone to watch for crossing guards and children walking to and from school. If you need a reminder, put a sticky note on the dash with the chief’s motto “No Recess for Safety.”
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Thumbs up to the winners of the new-product awards at the Fresno Food Expo. Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Company was given the Buyer’s Choice Award for its Half Dome California Wheat beer. The brew beat out 10 other products for creativity, presentation, packaging and marketability. Second- and third-place awards were given to Enzo Olive Oil’s Enzo Fresno Chili Crush and Busseto Foods’ California PartyPack-Wine Trail Edition.
The People’s Choice Award, determined by the public through online voting, was given to The Brioche Lady for its Purple Yam Brioche. The new Cold Brew Coffee Milk from Rosa Brothers Milk Company and Lanna Coffee Co. took second place in the category. The third-place prize was given to Sun-Maid’s Sour Strawberry Flavored Golden Raisins.
Enzo Olive Oil was also honored with the Fred Ruiz Entrepreneurial Award, which recognizes exemplary leadership, entrepreneurial spirit and community stewardship. The recognition comes with a year’s worth of mentoring and advice from Ruiz Food Products founder Fred Ruiz and a team of food industry professionals.
Thumbs up to the Borba family, who were honored at the Ag One Community Salute, an event that raised $850,000 for student and program support for the Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Fresno State. Proceeds from the July 14 event at the Fresno Convention Center came from sponsors and ticket sales toward the Ag One – Ross Borba Sr. Family endowment.
The event’s 18th edition was the first to honor a family and spotlighted third-generation member Tina Borba and her son Ross Jr. and son Mark and his wife Peggy Brown-Borba. The audience of nearly 900, which included family, friends, industry members and Fresno State officials, recognized the Borbas for their agricultural industry leadership and health and education philanthropy
Borba Farms, Inc. was established in 1976, but its Central Valley roots date to the early 1900s when A.J. Borba started a family dairy near Hardwick with 40 cows and 120 acres, then moved it to Riverdale in the 1940s. Today’s 9,000-acre operation grows almonds, tomatoes, garlic, melons, lettuce, wheat and cotton, and includes Rancho Vista del Rio horse ranch near Fresno. You can view a tribute to the family on YouTube at http://bit.ly/2vulhr5.
The award, one of six presented this year by the nonprofit Before Columbus Foundation, is given for outstanding contributions to diversity in American literature “without restriction or bias with regards to race, sex, creed, cultural origin, size of press or ad budget, or genre.”
Amazon.com describes the book as a collection of stories capturing the lives of Muslim women and men across myriad geographies and circumstances.