Samuel B. Taylor was formally installed Friday as an Orange County Superior Court judge. Taylor was appointed Jan. 31 by Gov. George Deukmejian to the seat vacated by Judge Walter W. Charamza, who retired last Oct. 31. Taylor, 53, has been a judge on the Central Municipal Court bench since 1973.
Shirley Commons Long was appointed 2nd Supervisorial District representative to the Orange County Community Housing Corp., a nonprofit, public-benefit corporation that provides housing and related services to low-income families. Long has extensive background in housing and real estate and is active with the Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley Board of Realtors.
Rabbi Henry Front has been reappointed as 2nd Supervisorial District representative to the Orange County Human Relations Commission. Front, of Temple Beth David in Westminster, has been a member of the commission since 1982. The commission promotes measures to eliminate prejudice, intolerance and discrimination against individuals because of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, handicap or cultural background.
Norman E. Watson, former Orange Coast Community College chancellor, was recognized for his outstanding contribution to education by the Orange County Department of Education. Watson was cited for his nearly 40 years of service to Orange County public education.
The "Vernelle Fox" award was presented to Dr. Joseph Zuska by the California Society for the Treatment of Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependencies. The award, named after a distinguished physician and past president of the society, is given to individuals who have shown leadership and contributed to the fields of alcohol abuse and drug dependencies. Zuska, a resident of Los Alamitos, is the founder of the U.S. Armed Forces' first alcoholism treatment program at Long Beach Naval Hospital; the program began in 1965. He is a member on the board of directors for the National Council on Alcoholism of Orange County and past president of the American Society on Alcoholism.