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Get your strawberry shoes and “Stomp”

THE 2017 STRAWBERRY STOMP follows the path of the Strawberry Festival in Garden Grove on May 27 (City of Garden Grove photo).

Walkers and runners are invited to put their best foot forward during the Strawberry Stomp 5K, which coincides with the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, on Saturday, May 27. The certified course is 3.1 miles and begins on Historic Main Street at 8 a.m. The route is similar to the Strawberry Festival Parade, which begins right after the 5K, at 10 a.m., on 9th and Chapman Streets.

All 5K participants will receive an exclusive Strawberry Stomp 5K T-shirt, a finisher medal, and snacks. Medals for the top three finishers in division categories will be awarded during the medal ceremony at the end of the race.

Participants are encouraged to engage in a strawberry costume contest at the beginning of the event, at 7:45 a.m. The person with the best strawberry costume will win a prize.  All proceeds will go towards the Sister City Association of Garden Grove, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the knowledge and understanding between the people of Garden Grove and Anyang, South Korea.

TYLER DIEP, Westminster Councilmember and mayor pro team (RPOC photo).


Westminster City Councilman Tyler Diep has been named Orange County City Council Member of the Year by the Republican Party of Orange County. The announcement was made Friday at the party’s 1st annual Elected Officials Awards Reception.

“At a time when many cities are undergoing significant fiscal challenges, Westminster Mayor Pro Tem Tyler Diep’s clear vision for getting the City of Westminster back on track financially is courageous and a model for what other cities can be doing to shore up their finances,” said Chairman Fred Whitaker.

Diep was first elected to the council in 2008, and then returned to office in 2014.


Los Amigos High School student Daniel Felipe’s exceptional work at the CVS Store in Santa Ana earned him special recognition this week.  Felipe was named the 2017 CVS Student Award of Excellence winner in the Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) WorkAbility I Program which provides vocational skills for students with special needs.

During a special ceremony held at CVS, Store Manager Travis Galvan praised Felipe’s work and said he looks forward to offering him a full-time job at the completion of his WorkAbility program.  CVS Workforce Initiatives Manager Lisa Dowd presented Felipe with a check for a $200 scholarship.

CVS district and store managers, along with WorkAbility employees, teachers, and family members attended the ceremony to celebrate Felipe’s accomplishment.

This honor is awarded to one student each year from thousands of students in 68 school districts across Los Angeles and Orange counties.  In Garden Grove Unified School District, approximately 130 high school students are placed in paid training through the WorkAbility I Program that partners with over 50 businesses in the community.




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