Across the Area

Watering rules, bus victories and city spirit

WATERING RESTRICTIONS go into effect on April 1 in Huntington Beach (Flickr/Michael Moll).

April showers are supposed to being May flowers, but those sprouts may have to do without the contributions of your sprinklers. Summer watering rules go into effect on Saturday, April 1 through Tuesday, Oct. 31 in Huntington Beach.

Outdoor watering will be limited to three days per week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and irrigation is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Watering sessions are limited to no more than 10 minutes per sprinkler station.

For more information, go to or call (714) 536-5922.


The Garden Grove Unified School Districthosted the 57th annual “School Bus Safety Roadeo” on March 11, a safe driving competition among bus drivers from across the state. GGUSD bus drivers earned 11 of the 23 awards presented in various categories, and were cheered on by GGUSD employees, administrators, and board members.

BUS DRIVERS from the GGUSD won many honors in a recent competition.

GGUSD’s team of David Hernandez, Jose Navarro, and Kimberly Daily took home second place among teams competing from Orange County while Rosa Del Rio, Rosie Obregon and Shannon Lauricella earned third place in the same category.  GGUSD also took home best represented.  For individual drivers in Orange County, Rosa Del Rio earned second place and David Hernandez earned fifth place.

In the novice category for brand new bus drivers who have held their initial certification for less than 18 months, Crystal Brown won first place and Rhonda Szucs won second place.  In individual events in the novice category, Julia Camacho scored highest on the written test, Rhonda Szucs had the best right turn, Crystal Brown won for the offset alley category and Gabriella D’Angelo won for best parallel parking performance. GGUSD’s numerous wins in the novice category are a reflection of how well the training program is run by our bus driver training team.


The “Spirit of Westminster” awards luncheon of the Westminster Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, March 30 at the Rose Center’s Crystal Ballroom 14140 All American Way, from noon to 1:15 p.m. Check-in will start at 11:15 a.m.

Honored will be selected employees of the City of Westminster, Midway City Sanitary District, Orange County Fire Authority and the California Highway Patrol.

Individual tickets are $35 with an RSVP by March 20; an extra $10 after. The last day to register to March 28. To register or for more information, call (714) 898-9648.


Garden Grove Unified School District’s 30th annual Elementary School Spelling Bee trophy was awarded to Patton Elementary School fifth grader Brandon Tran on Wednesday, March 15.

Tran correctly spelled the deciding word, mnemonic, to become the top speller among students from 43 elementary schools in GGUSD. Jeremy Nguyen from Sunnyside Elementary School took second place, and Tommy Nguyen from Allen Elementary School took third place.

The first place trophy was awarded by Board of Education President Lan Nguyen, Trustee Teri Rocco, Superintendent Gabriela Mafi, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Sara Wescott, and Patton Elementary School Principal Jennifer Carter.

Each of the district’s 43 elementary schools entered their top speller after they held their school spelling bees in January.

GGUSD Board President Lan Nguyen, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education Sara Wescott, Superintendent Dr. Gabriela Mafi, Board of Education Trustee Teri Rocco and Patton Elementary School Principal Jennifer Carter congratulate student Brandon Tran on winning first place in the district’s 30th annual Elementary School Spelling Bee.







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