Thumbs up to Capo's by Giuseppe Gallo owner Cher Martin for her work this week on a fundraiser for the family of the late Matthew Harkenrider, 26. He was killed in a car crash this month. The event, which gave a portion of sales to the cause, was a big success, with more than 400 people helping out. Martin told The Bee's Bethany Clough they raised $6,800-$7,000.
Thumbs up to the 42 Fresno police officers honored this week for acts of heroism and exceptional performance. Among them were two medals of valor, the highest commendation for extreme courage, presented to officers Chris Ramos and Trevor Shipman. They were honored for attempting to save a paralyzed man inside a burning house before learning the man had escaped.
Thumbs up to the Building Neighborhood Capacity Program for sponsoring a walk around southwest Fresno to identify safety issues. Abandoned homes and insufficient lighting were major concerns because it makes people afraid to take neighborhood walks during the evenings. City Council Member Oliver Baines and Maria Licalda, who orchestrated the walk, were among those discussing possible solutions to burned-out lighting, abandoned homes and overgrown trees. Now, let's see some action.
Thumbs up to Visalians for being ranked the safest drivers in California, according to Allstate insurance company's list of safest driving cities in the United States. This week the company released its annual America's Best Drivers Report, ranking 200 cities for safest drivers based on claims data. Fresno ranked No. 5 in the state, following Rancho Cucamonga, Salinas, Lancaster and Visalia.
Thumbs up to Operation Homefront of California for giving more than 220 military kids free backpacks full of school supplies in an event at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The estimated value: nearly $5,000.
Thumbs up to Reading and Beyond for donating a Winnebago to the Fresno County Public Library for use in the library's new Digi-Bus mobile learning plan. When children cannot get to the books, it is great to take books to children.