Three local schools to be honored

STAFF, DISTRICT and civic leaders cut the ribbon to celebrate the recent launching of Finley School in Westminster as a computer magnet facility. Finley is one of three schools being honored by the Westminster City Council on Wednesday night (Orange County Tribune photo).

A special presentation recognizing the 60-year anniversary of three local elementary schools will be featured at Wednesday’s meeting of the Westminster City Council.

Honored will be Finley, Schimitt and Webber schools, all part of the Westminster School District, which services most of Westminster, as well as Midway City and portions of Huntington Beach.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing for the development of a 70-stall parking lot to serve the Huntington Westminster Senior Living facility at California Avenue and Wyoming Street.

The council meets in its chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. at 7 p.m.

Tragic conclusion of mystery disappearance

A Westminster woman and her companion died as a result of a murder-suicide in Joshua Tree National Park, officials in San Bernardino County announced on Friday.

The bodies of Rachel Nguyen, 20, of Westminster, and Joseph Orbeso, 22, of Lakewood were found on Oct. 15. An autopsy revealed that both had been shot.

Detectives believe that Orbeso shot Nguyen, then killed himself. Their bodies were found in an embrace and were recovered Monday.

The couple disappeared on July 27 while on a hike and a wide-ranging search was initiated. While the deaths are under investigation, some published reports suggest that the couple was out of food and water, and that the shootings have may have been done to avert a slow death.

Holiday activities at the mall

An evening of trick-or-treating is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 31 at Westminster Mall. Kids ages 6 to 12 are invited to make the rounds of participating stores to get candy from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. and play nickel carnival games at the lower level Macy’s court.

Families are invited to attend in costume, but those 13 and over may not wear masks. The event is sponsored by the City of Westminster and Westminster Mall. For more information, call (714) 895-2860 or go to www.westminster-ca.gov . The mall is located on Bolsa Avenue at Golden West Street.



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