Thumbs up to Nick Farid of Fresno for buying The Downtown Club, which closed in February because of declining membership after 50 years. Farid plans to retain the name and have the restaurant open and serving lunch by October. Unlike the original Downtown Club, the new one will be open to the public.
Thumbs up to Bette Peterson of Clovis. She donated $10,000 to the League of Women Voters of Fresno for 10 scholarships for Fresno State and Fresno City College students with strong academics, financial need and interests in government, natural resources or social policy issues. Peterson, a children's book publisher, also donated $10,000 for scholarships in 2012.
Thumbs up to Kenneth Abrahamian of Fresno for finally receiving the five medals he earned during World War II. Abrahamian, a Navy machinist mate 3rd class, received the Philippine Liberation Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the WWII Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the Navy Good Conduct Medal and the American Campaign Medal during a ceremony Tuesday at the Legion of Valor Museum.
Thumbs down to Casa de Campo LLC of Saratoga. After letting the Fresno Inn deteriorate, the motel owner tried to force out residents with false claims that they were being evicted because of high-speed rail construction or under a closure plan approved by city officials. The motel is on Parkway Drive near Clinton Avenue.