Monthly Archives: February 2015

A cultural crash course

Want to learn more about Vietnamese culture?

On the heels of the Tet Festival and Parade (the festival was held in Garden Grove), columnist Tony Cheong, who writes “Tony on the Town,” gives readers a primer on Tet, the Vietnamese celebration of the Lunar New Year.

You’ll learn about foods, decor, greetings and other traditions. See her column on Page 2 of this week’s Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades

Well done, Officer Starnes

The must read of the week: Garden Grove police officer Charles Starnes was honored by the City Council last week for delivering and saving a baby.

After Starnes helped deliver the baby (there was no time to get to a hospital), he noticed the baby wasn’t breathing, so he cleared his air passages, turn him over and patted his back until he started  breathing and turned from blue to pink.

The little guy is about 20 inches long and about 7 pounds. His name? Jackson.

Read about it in Wednesday’s print edition of the Orange County News on Wednesday or later in the week on this website.

–Brady Rhoades

Fellas, get on the ball!

Memo to men: If you haven’t bought your ladies those flowers and those chocolates (or that ring), you better get on the ball.

Also, write her a love note (keep it clean)! Further, send it to with a picture of you and your lovely lady and I’ll post it on this website.

Heck, I might even print it in the paper. How’d that work for your family scrapbook?

–Brady Rhoades

GG students overcome challenges

Here’s a disturbing statistic, as reported by GG School Board President George West: About 70 percent of students in the district live below the poverty line.

Here’s the good news: the district still thrives. Many schools have been Blue Ribbon Schools and won the Distinguished School Award in recent years.

But the poverty? That has to change. The question is: How?

–Brady Rhoades