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Articles by Laurie Hanson

Seal Beach Police Chief Joe Stilinovich hopes to engage Seal Beach and the surrounding communities to help raise more than $150,000 for the Youth Center’s 2016 Community Support Campaign. Training for campaigners is on March 15 at 6 p.m., at Spaghettini in Seal Beach.

“I’m super excited about the campaign this year!” said Stilinovich. “By being a part of this program, I feel we are really engaging Seal Beach for the Youth Center, maybe for the first time, and bringing that community on board to do great things.”

Parents experience peace of mind with top-rated non-profit The Youth Center’s After School Program (ASP) in Los Alamitos, which has been making a difference in the local community for school age children for the last 64 years. Children ages 5 to 17 years old have a home away from home once school is out for homework help and activities including indoor/outdoor basketball, arts & crafts, pool, air hockey, foosball, games and Snack Shackall while under the watchful eyes of The Youth Center staff.

Top rated non-profit The Youth Center in Los Alamitos received the prestigious Safety 1stAward designation in January for their 2015 Summer Camp, as one of 59 camps and clubs throughout the country from the Markel Corporation, a leader in innovative insurance solutions for commercial customers and individuals. Each year, Markel’s Safety 1st program recognizes policyholders who have shown an exceptional commitment to the safety of their employees and customers.

Preparing teens for effective leaders in their local communities and lives beyond school, the Youth Center will be having their 3rd Annual Leadership Academy from July 7 to July 23 at the nationally top-rated non-profit’s location in Los Alamitos.

It’s anchors away for the Youth Center’s nautical themed Community Support Campaign’s four team fundraising captains who reported raising $55,695 in their first week of the fundraiser on April 7 at the El Dorado Bar and Grill in Long Beach.  The non-profit based in Los Alamitos is off to a solid start in their goal of raising $125,000 by the end of April.

“We’re off to a great start,” said campaign chairman and "Captain" Scott Newton.  “In one week, we’ve done a really good job.”

Those who knew Sandra Kyung Lee describe her as outgoing and active, with a loving spirit. She was a professional musician, a mother, a wife, a daughter and an artist. But to her husband Charles, she was simply “Butterfly.”

In June, Sandra succumbed to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis after a three-year battle, at the age of 42, leaving behind a husband and three small children. Charles called her “Nabi,” the Korean word for butterfly.

Cypress resident, Elsie “Florence” Archuletta will celebrate her 103rd birthday on April 26, and has seen a lot come and go in her lifetime.

Born the second oldest into a family of 10 children in Oakland in 1910, a year when Halley’s Comet appeared and Archuletta lived beyond the 79 years to see it make a second appearance in 1986. As a child, she lived through the beginning of World War I and passage of the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, along with Babe Ruth making his major league debut in 1914.

She’s fast, daring and beautiful. Kelsey Hubert, 11, of Los Alamitos races dragsters and is entering the LA/Anaheim Miss Pre-Teen Pageant as a semi-finalist on March 3.

The Lee Elementary school student loves to go fast in her junior dragster and has won numerous awards since she began racing at 8 ½ years-old.

A bubbly and vibrant 5th grader who loves science and doodling cartoons, Hubert was recently accepted in her first beauty pageant. She will be judged on formal and casual wear, interviews with judges, and for personality.

Los Alamitos Race Course officials are in preliminary meetings this month with the city of Cypress to expand the track and barn area to accommodate thoroughbred racing set possibly for early next year.

“It’s a 50-50 percent chance that Los Al will host thoroughbred racing. We’ll know quite a bit more in the next 30 days as to if this will move forward,” Track Consultant Brad McKinzie said.

“We don’t’ know even if we are going to apply for permits. This project is still a proposal,” McKinzie said.

Oak Middle School in Los Alamitos is the home of skating champion, Karolina Calhoun, 13, who recently took gold in the national competition for the Juvenile Girls Division at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Nebraska on Jan. 26.  The 7th grader had won 10 out of 12 championships this last year including competitions in Burbank, LaJolla, and Arizona as well the country’s sectional competition in Provo, Utah.