Their 22-member, all-volunteer team is comprised of surgeons, doctors, nurses and technicians from the United States, Australia, Fiji and New Zealand. To date they have given 25,213 complete eye exams and dispensed 22,360 pairs of eyeglasses. A total of 2,115 eye surgeries have been performed.
More information about the Beeve Foundation can be found at www. fijiforsight.org.
Locals honored by state Assembly Michael
and Karen Villalpando
of La Cañada Flintridge, publishers of the Park Labrea News and Beverly Press, were honored last month by 42nd District Assembly member Mike Feuer (D-West Hollywood) as owners of his district's Small Business of the Year.
The couple have owned and operated the publications since 1990. The weekly papers have a circulation of more than 13,000 households in the communities of Park Labrea, Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, the Fairfax District and West Hollywood.
Feuer stated during the May 25 ceremony that he was pleased to honor the newspapers. "In this era of shrinking media outlets and 'soundbyte' news stories, the Villalpandos continue to provide thoughtful, robust coverage of local events and issues," he said.
The Villalpandos have resided locally for 18 years with their two daughters, Emily, 18, and Rebecca, 15, both students at La Cañada High School.
Flintridge Prep grad retires from Army Lt. Col. Bruce E. Griggs
, a 1982 graduate of Flintridge Preparatory School in La Cañada, has retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service.
At his retirement ceremony, Griggs was decorated with the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Order of St. George Medallion.
Prior to his retirement, he served as chief of student liaison operations at the George C. Marshall Center at Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany.