Okay, so not all heroes leap from tall buildings in a single bound nor don leotards, nor vibrant capes. Most heroes are just average citizens doing good deeds. Small things, that become big things from a single gesture of kindness.
Sadly on the evening of August 5, the neighborhood Castro elementary school, the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy was burglarized, ransacked and vandalized. According to Principal Tracy Peoples, the Main Office, Principal’s Office, Student Art Room and Teacher’s Resource Room along with nearby hallways were completely trashed with paint thrown over everything, files and papers dumped, medical supplies breached, stamps, school supplies and some office furniture destroyed. Additionally, 12 FLIP video cameras for students were stolen along with Principal Peoples’ school laptop. Damage estimates are not yet in, but surely more than $5,000. Needless to say, the first day of school was terribly overshadowed by this awful event.
Thanks to the Castro merchants, organizations, residents and particularly, Mark McHale, of Herth Real Estate, whom had launched a fundraising campaign to help offset the lost supplies and damage. Thru Mark’s efforts, Herth Real Estate was able to raise more than $16,000 for the Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy in just a few short weeks! This incredible amount of support spread even further and the school has received more than $20,000 at this point! Way to go Mark for being one of our local Castro community heroes! If you would like to make a donation securely on-line, you can do so directly to the school’s PayPal site – www.harveymilk.com
There are actually more dogs in San Francisco than children! The city boasts over 120,000 dogs with only 110,000 children, (the lowest ratio of children in any major U.S city).
Not only are these furry friends, loving, caring companions (dogs), but also provide safety in our community. Now take Chelsey, my adorable little neighbor with a BIG bark. Chelsey is a frisky girl who’s always on the Castro beat with owner, Bern. She’s a great watch dog yet will stop at nothing to get free treats! Such a smart little cookie. Her t-shirt says it all, “Hand over the treats and no one gets hurt!” Needless to say, the Castro neighborhood is one of the safest in the city!
In light of the Kremlin’s aggressive anti-gay laws and actions, Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender communities worldwide are urged to stop drinking Russian vodka to protest these actions. Recently signs have been posted in the Castro neighborhood announcing today’s rally at the Russian Consulate in San Francisco to protest such uncivil rights to all LGBT citizens. Hold the Vodka, please!