Across the Area

Tail of three therapy dogs

HEART with handler Cpl. A. Zmija of the Garden Grove Police Department (GGPD photo).

Three tails are better than one.

The Garden Grove Police Department has added a third therapy dog its lineup of the Paws4Students team.

Heart, a 5-year-old English Labrador, together with handler Corporal A. Zmija, will serve students in West Garden Grove. They’ll join “veteran” canine emotional support dogs Nellie and Misha.

All have gone through specialized training to be able to provide social-emotional support for students dealing with anxiety, de-escalation support for students experiencing heighted emotions or behavior, and other instances of trauma or tragedy when students need additional social-emotional support.

Mix it up at the Embassy Suites

The Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce will hold a mixer on Wednesday, Jan. 18 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Anaheim South, 11767 Harbor Blvd.

To RSVP, call (714) 638-7950 or send an e-mail to .

Local students are honored

Ten local students have been named to the fall 2022 Presidents’  List at Southern New Hampshire in Manchester. To be honored, a student mist be a full-time student and  have a minimum grade point average  of 3.7. 

They are:

•  Garden Grove: Michelle Thomas, Steven Mai, Ada Romero

  • Huntington Beach: Farrah Larson, Ashley Andersen, Gina LaBarber, Jade Alaniz, Noah Iida
  • Westminster: Long Ta, Jasmine Alpuerto.

Success rewarded at the WSD


The Westminster Educational Leadership Association, comprised of leaders from the Westminster School District, recently honored students at all grade levels (K-8) who gave succeeded against all odds, beyond expectations or simply won the hearts of administrators and other educators.

The Every Student Succeeding award were presented on Jan. 12 to one pupil from each school.

Get ready to run … real far

The 27th Annual Surf City Marathon and Half-Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Feb.5 along Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach.

Road closures and detours will be in place to allow for the runners to progress safely. They will include parts of PCH, Seapoint Street, Garfield Street, Edwards Street, Goldenwest Street and Central Park Drive.

For more details, go to

Korean American Day celebrated

The Garden Grove City Council recently celebrated Korean American Day with a resolution and plaque to the Korean American Federation of Orange County. The first Korean immigrants came to the U.S. in 1903.

Garden Grove is home to a large Korean American community and business district, located primarily along Garden Grove Boulevard between Brookhurst and Magnolia streets. There is also a Sister City relationship with Anyang in South Korea.

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