Thank you to Amparo Vasquez and Voncile King for all of their hard work putting together the annual Carlsbad Community Volunteer Network volunteer dinner Thursday night. Voncile, who brings her incredible talent to events across Carlsbad, had a chance Thursday to sing this week at an event she also helped organize. The Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard and the Jammers helped with the event, while food was prepared by Carlsbad Municipal Schools. Special thanks to CCVN’s advisory board – Jim Grantner, Dora Cota, Julia Williams, Liz Gordy and Janice Potts.
It became very clear over the past few years just how vital our volunteers are to our community. During the height of the COVID-19 shutdown, it was organizations such as the San Jose meal site, Jonah’s House, the Carlsbad Community Kitchen and the Oasis Food Pantry who helped make sure all of our residents – many of who could not leave their own homes – were being fed. All of these organizations are members of the CCVN.
Our community partners with CCVN also includes the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce, the CMC Auxiliary and Chaplains, the Carlsbad Museum, the Carlsbad Outreach Center, Carlsbad Transitional Housing, the Carlsbad Veterans Honor Guard, the Cat’s Meow, Christmas Anonymous, the Hope Center, the Living Desert, North Mesa Senior Center, San Jose Church Caring Hands, the San Jose Senior Center, San Jose Line Dancers and the San Jose Senior Center Quilters. These outstanding volunteers all received very well deserved recognition this week.
Thank you to West Funeral Home, San Jose Catholic Church, city workers and, of course, members of the Granger family, who all helped make Jay Granger’s funeral service on Thursday a very special one. During the service, hundreds of current and former workers lined up to place pins on a jacket honoring Jay. It was a very good way to recognize the long-term impact Jay had on so many people. Jay is going to be greatly missed, but the difference he made in the lives of so many people will last for a very long time.
Two more Carlsbad High School athletes have signed letters of intent to compete at the college level. Jake Fuentes is going to be competing at Western Wyoming, while Matthew Najar is going to be wrestling for Ottawa University. We understand that several more signings are on the horizon. Congratulations to all of these outstanding student athletes.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway