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Read “That Rock Don’t Roll”

SPORTSWRITER Don Alexander becomes a novelist with “That Rock Don’t Roll.”  No, he doesn’t use a typewriter … anymore (Pexels/Suzie Hazelwood).

Journalists don’t retire … they just write books.

Don Alexander, for many years a local celebrity for his weekly sports column in the old Garden Grove Journal, and his electronic career as a sportscaster on local cable TV, has written a novel that combines football, music, humor, romance, murder and a lot of local references.

In addition to his sportswriting and sportscasting enterprises, Don also taught mass communications classes at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

The title is “That Rock Don’t Roll,” a favorite expression of Blake Brennon, the book’s star reporter-detective.

It’s published by Archway Publishing and is available through in hardcover, paperback and Kindle formats.

We will be reviewing it in coming days.

The Westminster School District has announced its Teacher of the Year and school sites Teacher of the Year.

The WSD top teacher is Dr. David Hubbard of Hayden Elementary. He’s also the teacher of the year from that school.

Other school site top educators are:

  • Anderson: Christie Rogers
  • Clegg: Poppy Payne
  • DeMille: Patty Pelton
  • Eastwood: Wendy Obsorn
  • Finley: Janet Rainey
  • Fryberger: Elizabeth Clarke
  • Meairs: Pam Estrada
  • Schmitt: Joanne Roh
  • Schroeder: Aimee Ickes
  • Sequoia: Alice Reed
  • Willmore: Juan Cortez
  • Johnson Middle: Patricia Klug
  • Stacey Middle: Manuel Cota
  • Warner Middle: Trinh Le

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Garden Grove has recognized employees with 10 years of service. They are:

  • Denise Webster
  • Denisse Mercado Castro
  • Diana Quezada
  • Irene Macias
  • Jorge Wade
  • Sarah Brown
  • Sarah Pham.

Colleges and universities are honoring these scholars from the West Orange County area. They include:

  • Kelsey West of Huntington Beach has been named to the dean’s list at Emerson College in Boston. She’s majoring in creative writing;
  • Ryane Bradbury of Huntington Beach has been named to the dean’s list at Simpson University in Redding. Ryane is majoring in psychology.

DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoints are planned for Huntington Beach and Anaheim (Shutterstock).

DUI/Driver’s License checkpoints will be conducted overnight March 19-20 (Friday to Saturday) in Anaheim and Huntington Beach.

Anaheim’s will be on Katella Avenue at Douglas Street from 6 p.m. Friday to midnight. In Huntington Beach, the checkpoint will be at an undisclosed location in the city from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.

Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/drug impairment as well as checking drivers for proper licensing.

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