According to new research, St. Augustine, Florida may well have well over a hundred years on Boston and New York, holding its first St Patrick’s Day celebration in 1600 and its first parade in 1601. Documents reveal that spring festivities which included a feast day of San Patricio (St. Patrick) were held in the year 1600 in St. Augustine, Florida. St. Patrick’s Day parade, 1762, in New York City, featured Irish soldiers serving in the English military. This parade became an annual event.

Numerous St. Patrick’s Day Parades are being cancelled in the U.S. and Ireland over the fear of spreading the coronavirus, including the Dublin, Boston and the New York parades. Almost 10% of the population claimed Irish ancestry in 2018.

Clarification: Last week’s Here and There item that Chino Hills residents pay zero adoption fees if they adopt their dogs from the Inland Valley Humane Society should have read that the adopted dog must come from Chino Hills. City officials said the dog must either be a stray that was picked up in Chino Hills or have been surrendered by an owner in Chino Hills.  

Associated Chino Teachers is asking school board candidates who would like an endorsement by the union in the November election to pick up a questionnaire packet from the Chino union office. Board members Andrew Cruz and James Na are seeking reelection, and Irene Hernandez-Blair, the only one of the three who had previously received the union’s endorsement, has announced she will not run. Former union president Don Bridge, previously endorsed by the union twice but unsuccessful in his bid for the board seat, is expected to announce his candidacy soon. 

The ninth annual “Spotlight on Careers” held recently at Woodcrest Junior High included State Superintendent Tony Thurmond as one of 22 speakers sharing their educational and career experiences with students. This was Mr. Thurmond’s second year as a participant. He was invited by his friend Dolores Wiarco, a library and media assistant.

A marketing class at Cal Poly Pomona recently partnered with the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce, to offer ideas on enhancing the Chamber’s online presence. “We are taking their comments to build a stronger online presence for the businesses we represent in the Chino Valley,” Chamber President Zeb Welborn said. 

The Chino Hills City Council has rescheduled its Tuesday, May 26 city council meeting to Wednesday, May 27 to attend the graduation ceremonies at Ayala and Chino Hills high schools. All five council members have attended both graduation ceremonies for more than a decade and want to keep the tradition going. 

George Butler, who was active in Los Serranos with his late wife Joyce Butler in the early 2000s, was remembered by the Chino Hills city council Tuesday when the meeting was adjourned in his memory. He died Feb. 28. Mr. and Mrs. Butler established Supporting Our Area Residents (SOAR) that assisted elderly residents with household improvements, were involved with Caring for the Hills, and were community heroes in 2007 for the L.A. County Fair.

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