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Stepped-up holiday search for DUI drivers

GARDEN GROVE police will be extra alert for DUI drivers this holiday season

GARDEN GROVE police will be extra alert for DUI drivers this holiday season

This holiday season, Garden Grove police will be out looking for drunk and drugged drivers as part of a special year-end “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement mobilization.

LogoforNewsBriefs“Beginning Dec.16 and continuing into the New Year, you will see stepped up enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Chief Todd Elgin “We want to keep our roads safe for holiday travelers, so we will have zero tolerance for drunk or drugged driving.”

As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming17-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. Garden Grove Police Department is conducting a DUI multiple DUI operations throughout the holiday season.

EXTENDED HOURS FOR WESTMINSTER PARKS

The City of Westminster’s Parks and Playgrounds Program will be extending hours during winter break at Bolsa Chica, Liberty, and Sigler parks. Park hours will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning Monday, Dec. 19 through Friday, Dec. 30, weekdays only. This is a free, supervised, drop-in recreational program for elementary school aged children. As a drop-in program, participants DO NOT sign-in or out and may come and go. Activities will include arts and crafts, games, sports, and much more.

BOLSA CHICA, 13660 University St., Park Phone (714) 865-6568

LIBERTY PARK, 13900 Monroe, Park Phone (714) 412-2617

SIGLER PARK, 7200 Plaza, Park Phone (714) 715-0262

For further information, contact the Westminster Community Services and Recreation Department at (714) 895-2860 or checkout our website at http://www.westminster-ca.gov.

TOYS AND GIFTS FOR MOTEL KIDS

The Garden Grove Unified School District Food Services Department will serve happiness and joy as they deliver toys and gifts, in partnership with Project Dignity, to homeless children on the morning of Dec. 17.

GGUSDlogoThe Food Services Department has been collecting toys and working closely with Project Dignity for the past 16 years. Each Saturday before Christmas morning, GGUSD employees and staff from Project Dignity, fill up several vans with donated toys and caravan to area motels to distribute to homeless children and their families.  Once the children select their gift, grandparents who are living in the motels, are given the opportunity to choose a toy for their grandchildren.

Toy donations from GGUSD employees and community members will be accepted through Dec. 15 at the Food Services Office, 10331 Stanford Ave. in Garden Grove.

Project Dignity is a non-profit organization that provides a variety of services to low income homeless families living in residential motels in Orange County.

NO PILINGS FOR NEW SUNSET BEACH HOMES?

HB color logo letters3A proposed zoning map amendment which would eliminate the requirement that new homes built on the beachfront in Sunset Beach be constructed on pilings or caissons foundation will go before the Huntington Beach Planning Commission when it meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 2000 Main St.

Also on the agenda is an entitlement plan amendment allowing student enrollment at the Pegasus School to be increased from 565 to 595 pupils. The school is located at 19682 Lexington Lane.

MARINERS ADOPTING KIDS FOR HOLIDAY

Pacifica High School students will adopt more than 300 preschool and kindergarten students for a morning of holiday fun as part of its beloved, annual Adopt-A-Child event on Wednesday, Dec. 14.  Pacifica High School’s gymnasium will be transformed into Santa’s Village from 9 to 11 a.m. and students will enjoy wish list crafts, cookie decorating, and photographs with Santa Claus.

For more than 25 years, Pacifica High School in Garden Grove has hosted its Adopt-A-Child program pairing high school seniors with elementary students from low-income families.  This year’s event will serve students from Woodbury, Riverdale, Eisenhower, and Lawrence elementary schools.

The senior class, school clubs, and ASB transform the gym into Santa’s Village, and even the maintenance staff joins in on the fun becoming Santa’s helpers for the day as they help put together toys for the children.  During the event, high school students provide holiday gifts to each of the adopted preschool and kindergarten students.

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