Thumbs up to Fresno broadcast journalists Stephanie Booroojian and Kevin Mahan at KSEE 24 and KGPE 47 for their in-depth multimedia report “The Valley’s Armenia.” This prize-winning multi-media series of stories paints a compelling story of the Valley’s attachment to the nation of Armenia and how these people have contributed to our regional success.
In a difficult economy for media companies, the commitment of the organization to such a project is a significant contribution to this extraordinary international relationship.
Thumbs up to Carson Petersen, 18, for being adopted into the Tex Petersen family recently in Fresno County Superior Court. An adoption like Carson’s is rare, The Bee’s Carmen George reported. He is the first adult in foster care to be adopted this year in Fresno County. Statewide, only 15 of 12,025 adults in foster care were adopted last year in California.
Their story is so heartwarming that the details have spread across the nation and garned the attention of national TV. Carson finally has a forever family after spending most of his life bouncing from home to home in the foster care system because of abuse, homelessness, addiction and death. Congratulations, everyone! We cannot wait to see those holiday pictures.
Thumbs down to the Apple-impersonating scammers flooding the area with phone calls. The Central Valley Better Business Bureau warns that if you get a purported call from the Apple store in Fresno, hang up or better yet, don’t answer. In this iPhone scam, the bad guys are impersonating employees at the Apple store in Fashion Fair Mall to get your iPhone serial number.
Scammers claim your iCloud has been compromised and you must provide them with the serial number of your phone immediately. After, they direct you to call back on a toll-free number they provide. If you hang up or argue that you don’t own any Apple products, the scammers will keep calling you and Fresno residents have reported calls as much as 12 times a day.
Thumbs up to former Clovis East High School standout Bryson DeChambeau for winning the John Deere Classic in Illinois. The 23-year-old DeChambeau birdied four of the final six holes at TPC Deere Run for a 6-under 65 and an 18-under 266 total, according to the Associated Press. DeChambeau became the 10th first-time winner on the Professional Golfers Association Tour this season.
Thumbs up to the City of Clovis and Habitat for Humanity for providing three families with new homes within a year. The recipients, who received the news with laughter and tears, are the Xiong Lee, Mher Karapetyan and Walipor Yang families. The homes are a dream come true for these low-income folks, but they are not a give-away. The families must commit to 500 hours of work for Habitat to qualify for a loan. We look forward to those housewarming parties.
Habitat also is celebrating a wrap-up on a big fund-raising project. Karen and Greg Musson of Gar Tootelian Inc. contributed a dollar-for-dollar donation match to purchase seven lots in Reedley for a new subdivision. The happy ending was $125,000.
Thumbs up to the award-winning Center for Advanced Research and Technology, which provides career technical education for high school students in Fresno and Clovis, for securing a permanent charter. The school, known as CART, will no longer have to seek state approval every five years to continue operating. Less paperwork is almost always a good idea!
Even better, that accomplishment was secured with bipartisan legislation pushed by local elected officials and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown this month. Assembly Bill 760, was introduced by Assemblymen Joaquin Arambula, D-Fresno, and Jim Patterson, R-Fresno. Good work from the locals, now let’s see more of it.
Thumbs up to Sandra Villines, Monique Jacques and Nelva Vallardares, three women with local connections, for finishing the July 10-12 STYR Labs Badwater 135, a 135-mile ultramarathon starting at Badwater Basin 280 feet below sea level and ending at Whitney Portal. Juan Esparza Loera of Vida en el Valle reports that only 75 of 95 starters finished the race, which includes more than 14,000 feet in combined elevation.