College salutes professor
MiraCosta College’s Mathematics professor Mohammed Rajah, who has donated more than $100,000 to fund student scholarships since his tenure at MiraCosta College began in 1975, has been named the college’s Philanthropist of the Year. Rajah is a staunch believer in financially supporting scholarships and campus programs.
Kenneth R. Ames, a tax advisory partner with White Nelson Diehl Evans, has received a National Service to Youth Award from the California Boys & Girls Club of America for his 10 years of service on the Carlsbad Club’s Board of Directors. In conjunction with the award, he received a Certificate of Recognition from the city of Carlsbad.
Scouts help out
Girl Scouts in San Marcos Troop 4642 assisted Vallecitos Water District, handing out free fat trappers, small containers housing multiple disposable bags to store used cooking grease, to keep residents from pouring cooking grease down the drain and ultimately preventing sewer spills. The excess fats, oils and grease enter the sewer system and form blockages. Over time, these blockages can cause sewer spills, which can pollute our creeks, lakes and beaches. The scouts will receive a special Vallecitos Water District patch for their uniform and recognition from the District’s Board of Directors.
Student magazine wins
Pacific Ridge School’s student-run magazine Global Vantage, a print and online magazine run collaboratively by students from Pacific Ridge School, Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (Kibera, Kenya), and Canyon Crest Academy, was awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s Edmund J. Sullivan award, given to student journalists who pursue innovative ways to present the truth on behalf of their audiences.
Marines dig in
April 15, San Diego Botanic Garden got help from the Civil Affairs Detachment, I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF) from Camp Pendleton in digging a trench to install new cable lines. The 12-person I MEF Civil Affairs Detachment unit volunteered their time for the whole day to complete this project.
Local takes manager spot
Total Woman Gym + Spa, for women welcomes Liberty Harper as the new general manager for its Encinitas location, as of April 15. A fitness trainer and new mother, Harper has been a resident of Encinitas for 20 years, Harper recalls one of her first jobs as a high school student working the front desk of Total Women’s Gym and Spa in San Diego.