Danville Express

Living - October 27, 2006

Of note

'Boomerang' is best

Willard Carmel of Danville received the Best of Show award at the third San Ramon Arts Walk and Festival last month for his sculpture "Boomerang," a large wall sculpture. Twenty adults were recognized for high quality work in 10 categories by the San Ramon Arts Foundation. Winners received cash prizes and a gift from AT&T, a major underwriter of the event.

Turkey giveaway

Azzulina, a European and Mediterranean-focused home furnishing and accessories retailer in Danville Livery, will donate 500 turkeys to the needy in Contra Costa County in time for the Thanksgiving holiday, using Safeway gift certificates. Nonprofit groups, churches and individuals are eligible for the turkey giveaway, and should e-mail carol@azzulina.com, or telephone 820-5900 to submit a request. In addition, Azzulina owner Susan Saul will use 10 percent of sales from Oct. 18-Nov. 18 to supply additional turkeys. She will promote the event at a Holiday Open House on Oct. 28-29.

"I am fortunate to have a growing business in Contra Costa County and want to give back to my community," said Saul.

Pretty sneaky

Three hundred pairs of sneakers were collected at the East Bay Athletic League cross country meet Oct. 18 at Monte Vista High School, which will be shipped to One World Running, a 20-year charity that sorts, washes and ships the shoes to various developing countries. The next collection date is Nov. 4 at Shadow Cliffs for the EBAL championships in Pleasanton. The goal is to collect 1,000 pairs.

One World Running, formerly Shoes for Africa, was started in 1986 after sports journalist Mike Sandrock returned from a coaching and racing trip to Cameroon and saw that many of the local runners ran barefoot.

Monte Vista High news

Seventeen students from Monte Vista High School have been named Commended Students in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program: Emily Anciaux, John Appel, Jonathan Chien, Christine Danner, Armand Domalewski, Alexa Egeck, Nicholas Elya, Liane Fang, Andrew Finch, Meredith House, Andrew Jones, David Makieve, Chelsea Snyder, Benjamin Theriault, Ian Whitfield, Jasminia Xie and Constance Yee. Commended Students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition by taking the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The speech and debate program at Monte Vista, under the direction of David Matley, achieved 300 degrees or more last year placing it in the top 1 percent of National Forensic League chapters nationwide and qualifying it for the National Forensic League Societe' De 300. The National Forensic League commended Matley for his energy and commitment to a large program which reaches out to provide forensic opportunities to a wide variety of students. The attainment of 300 degrees is an accomplishment that all members of the MV squad can share.


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