Around Town: Fountain Valley Mayor Patrick Harper plans State of the City address

Incoming Mayor Patrick Harper receives a ceremonial gavel from Michael Vo during a transition meeting in December.
Fountain Valley Mayor Patrick Harper, shown at right as he accepted a ceremonial gavel in December from the outgoing mayor, Michael Vo, will give the State of the City Address at noon Tuesday at the city’s senior center.
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Fountain Valley Mayor Patrick Harper will give the State of the City Address on Tuesday.

The event is set for noon at the Center at Founders Village, the city’s senior center located at 17967 Bushard St. Harper will share his goals for the year ahead.

Additional speakers are expected to include City Manager Rob Houston, Police Chief Matt Sheppard and Community Services Director Rob Frizzelle.

Thurston Middle School to participate in Great Kindness Challenge

Laguna Beach’s Thurston Middle School will join schools around the world in participating in the Great Kindness Challenge for 2022.

Last year, the weeklong promotion of goodwill incorporated close to 17 million students and saw over 843 million acts of kindness performed, according to a news release from the Laguna Beach Unified School District.

Schools receive a checklist with acts of kindness to be completed throughout the week. The dates for the Great Kindness Challenge will be Jan. 24 through 28.

“Activities like Kindness Challenges help us highlight the importance of how we should treat one another every day,” Thurston Middle School principal Joe Vidal said in a prepared statement. “The more we engage and reflect, the more it becomes woven into the fabric of our school community. A big thank you to our community for continuing to model kind acts and uplift others when in need.”

Thurston Middle School will have several kindness-themed activities going on during lunch in the week ahead, including kindness grams, a photo booth, coloring, and the Great Wall of Kindness. Students will also be encouraged to sit next to someone new, providing an opportunity to make a new friend.

Two new members seated on Newport Bay Conservancy board

The Newport Bay Conservancy announced Sunday the addition of two new members to its board: Mario Cuevas and Susie Onate. Board members are elected by the organization’s membership every November at the annual meeting to serve two-year terms. They can be elected for a subsequent term.

“The membership is excited to have Mario and Susie join us for the next two years,” Newport Bay Conservancy Board President Kim Bick said in a statement. “These two board members will bring their unique perspectives and talents to the table to help the conservancy achieve its goals.”

Chadwick arraignment in murder of wife postponed a second time

An arraignment hearing scheduled for Peter Chadwick, 57, who is accused of murdering his 46-year-old wife, Quee Choo Lim Chadwick, in their Newport Coast home in 2012 over a dispute about a possible divorce and related financial issues, has been delayed from Jan. 20 to Wednesday, Jan. 26 due to his exposure to COVID-19.

It was the second week in a row Chadwick’s hearing had to be rescheduled for the same reason.

Chadwick was initially arrested on suspicion of the crime in 2012 but disappeared in 2015 while out on bail. He was later found in Mexico and arrested in 2019. He is expected to plead guilty.

— Daily Pilot Staff