St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the United States.
With a plethora of Irish immigrants—and many, many more St. Paddy’s Day well-wishers, the holiday is heavily celebrated by most Americans with friendly pinches, bangers n’ mash, and green beer galore. Sadly, all this merry-making can lead to dangerous driving conditions as partygoers head home.
In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18) nationwide. The selfish act of drinking and driving can rip people from their friends and loved ones forever.
For this reason, Garden GrovePolice Department is working to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving. Even one drink can be one too many. If you’re heading out for the Irish festivities, plan ahead and remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
Garden Grove Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during the hours of 6 p.m. and 4 a.m
“Walk the Way of the Cross” on March 30
The annual Walk the Way of the Cross draws over 100 people from Garden Grove’s Christian community celebrating Good Friday. Participants are invited to take a turn carrying a wooden cross in remembrance of the journey Jesus made to his crucifixion.
The walk will start at noon on Friday, March 30, at St. Anselm Episcopal Church, 13091 Galway. Following a short service focused on the first three Stations of the Cross, participants will travel the route through town to St. Columban Catholic Church, 10801 Stanford.
After a brief service, the participants continue to First United Methodist Church, 12741 Main Street. Then the participants are invited to walk north to First Presbyterian Church, 11832 Euclid for a final brief service at 2:30 pm. Each service will include music, prayer and reflections on the Stations of the Cross. The event will conclude at 3 pm.
“This is a wonderful and meaningful tradition of an ecumenical event sponsored by churches in Garden Grove,” according to Rev. Cynthia Cochran-Carney, Pastor at First Presbyterian Church and one of the coordinators of the walk this year. “At a time when people seem very divided in our country, we come together to worship, to walk, and to pray that we may work side by side in our community. It gives me great hope that these four congregations and faith leaders of different traditions come together in unity as we seek to follow Christ.”
The public is invited to participate. For more information about the walk and a map of the route, see www.fpcgg.org or call (714) 534-2269.
Good times coming for OVSD
Find out which Ocean View School District middle schoolers have to say about the roots of their optimism. On Monday, March 12, more than a dozen middle school Oratorical Contest participants will compete for first place, including Mesa View eight-grader Matthew Quach, the two-time champion.
The Surf City Optimist-OVSD Oratorical Contest will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the OVSD board room, 17200 Pinehurst Lane, Huntington Beach.
Natural gas fueling station ready
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on March 5 for the new compressed natural gas fueling station of the Huntington Beach Union High School District. Members of the HBUHSD Board of Trustees, district leadership and representations of AECOM Technical Services were on hand for the ceremony celebrating the installation of a 24-unit station for the fueling of district buses.
The new system will provide energy savings costs of over $2.5 million over 10 years with environmental benefits of diverting 12 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The HBUHSD serves Huntington Beach and parts of Fountain Valley and Westminster.
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