Sunday, May 20, 2018

Remembering the legacy of Harvey Hall, Bakersfield has its own version of a royal wedding and someone was caught cheating in the La Cresta area

Monday, May 21, 2018

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 * ... RIP HARVEY: We lost Harvey Hall this weekend, and with it a bit of Bakersfield history. Everyone has their own story of the former mayor, but all of them have one thing in common: his
love for this community and his big heart. Harvey's lesson for me? Wake up every day and be thankful for what you have, embrace your community even with all its flaws, and love your neighbor. This is his legacy, and he left us all in a better place because of it.

 * ... ROYAL MARRIAGE BAKO STYLE: Did you know that Bakersfield had its own form of a royal wedding right here at home this weekend? That's what friends of Matt Munoz and Miranda Whitworth were calling it with the popular pair tied the knot before friends at the Kern County Museum. Matt is the marketing director for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (he is also the lead singer in the wildly popular band Mento Buru) while Miranda works in marketing for Kern Medical. Congrats to these two who make this a special place to call home.

 * ... SPOTTED ON FACEBOOK: "You can't please everybody. You are not a taco."

 * ... MEA CULPA: I goofed last week in saying that district attorney candidate Cynthia Zimmer was represented by Cathy Abernathy's Western Pacific Research. In fact, Zimmer is using the Sacramento-based Meridian Pacific Political Consulting, a highly regarding consultant known for its tough tactics to win elections.

 * ... MOVING UP: Congratulations to Amy Radditz who has taken a job with OneLegacy, an organization dedicated to saving and healing lives through organ, eye and tissue donation. She will join the organization as a Donation Development Coordinator. Radditz has served six years with CASA as a resource development manager.

 * ... ACHIEVER: And add Alex Shelbourne to your list of local young people making their mark in the world. The Bakersfield High graduate is now entering New York University as a sophomore and was recently appointed to the board of the Tisch New Theater. The TNT has become the premiere student theatre organization at NYU.  It has established itself as an avenue for students to work in all facets of the theatre: performance, management, direction, production, and other technical and design aspects. Alex is the son of Jeff and Sarah Shelbourne. His mother is CEO of Optimal Health Services.

 * ... CHEATING HUSBAND: Well now, check out these posters that appeared in the La Cresta area this weekend. Looks like someone is cheating.

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