Across the Area

A very airy Cinco de Mayo

BALLOON FIGURES help celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Main Street in Garden Grove.

We’re a day late here at The Tribune taking note of Cinco de Mayo, which celebrates the 1862 Battle of Puebla in which Mexican forces defeated an invading French army.

But the folks at Happiness is a Balloon on Main Street (between Garden Grove Boulevard and Acacia Parkway, west of Euclid Street) in downtown Garden Grove were more than equal to the task by creating this display of inflated south-of-the-border musicians and a dancer.

“Happiness” is a business recently opened in the city’s original central business district offering a unique array of inflated figures of all kinds and shapes. Viva Mexico!

Stacey Middle School is “distinguished school”

The California Department of Education has awarded Stacey Middle School in Huntington Beach the 2021 California Distinguished School award. It’s only one of 100 middle schools and high schools in the state to win this honor, and one of only 10 schools in Orange County to receive this recognition. Stacey is part of the Westminster School District, which serves most of Westminster and parts of adjacent communities.

DUI checkpoint is planned in HB on Friday

A DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint is set for Huntington Beach.

Don’t drink and drive ever … but especially don’t do it in Huntington Beach on Friday, May 7. The HBPD will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint at an undisclosed location within city limits between 6 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday.

Such checkpoints are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, along with checking drivers for proper licensing.

In 2020 HBPD officers arrested over 700 people for driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs.

GGUSD employees of the month are honored

Employees of the Month for the Garden Grove Unified School District are Kelly Hughes, secretary at Excelsior Elementary School and Duc Dang, math teacher at Lake Intermediate School.

The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove and portions of adjacent communities.

May 12 Westminster City Council meet cancelled

The regular meeting of the Westminster City Council scheduled for Wednesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. has been cancelled “due to anticipated lack of business/items on the agenda.

Local college students receive honors

College and university students from the West Orange County area are being honored for their academic performance. They include:

  • Rebecka Stewart of Garden Grove has been inducted into the Epsilon Kappa Epsilon (EKE) honor society at Biola University in La Mirada. She was one of 33 students in the school’s spring 2021 class to be so honored. Only 5 percent of the graduating class is invited into the society.
  • Arsh Pathan of Westminster has been named to the dean’s list for the winter term at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande.
  • Kevin McCarthy of Huntington Beach has been initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the University of Michigan.

David Hubbard is WSD Teacher of Year


David Hubbard, a kindergarten and first grade teacher at Hayden Elementary School in Midway City has been named Teacher of the Year for the Westminster School District. In addition to his work in the classroom, Hubbard is recognized for collaboration with his peers  to seek solutions and solve problems to help students and staff/

He has also been selected as a semi-finalist for the 2022 Orange County Teacher of the Year honor.

Thuy Tran gets helping hand from Honda

Truy Tran, a math teacher at Bell Intermediate School in Garden Grove, recently got a surprise visit from the Helpful Honda Guys for Teacher Appreciation Week. She received a refrigerator, stove, washer and dryer which she can use to teach her special needs students life skills.

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