What’s in a name?

first_imgMendez said she was unaware of Zamora’s efforts to have the park named after her but was flattered nonetheless. “She didn’t say boo to me,” said Mendez, who attended Grandparents Day at Orr Elementary on Wednesday. “But that’s wonderful. I’ve been living in this place for some 50 years, and it’s very special to me.” However, before the park can be renamed, Superintendent Phillip Perez said board policy requires the district to first convene a committee to take suggestions for renaming the park. Later this summer, the committee will make a recommendation to the board, he said. “We will put together a plan to determine who will be involved as members on the committee, then establish a process and timeline for renaming the park,” Perez said. “And that will involve soliciting suggested names from the public and the Orr community.” NORWALK – Local school district officials have convened an advisory committee charged with considering renaming Orr Park. Little Lake City School District school board member Hilda Zamora launched the idea when she suggested at a recent meeting that the park be renamed in honor former board member Sara Mendez. Mendez, 85, spent decades on the school board. Her children and grandchildren have attended Orr Elementary School. Her son, Mike Mendez, is a Norwalk City Council member. The school and the playground, which are named after land owner and Norwalk founder William Orr, is used both by the school and by the city, which operates it as a public park during non-school hours. The Little Lake City district owns the park and has the authority to rename it, he said. But the city operates the park during non-school hours and is currently upgrading it to make it more useful and appealing. Zamora said she thought it only fitting to name the park after Mendez because of her work on the school board and in the Orr community. “As much as she’s given to other schools, Orr has been her main school, the one she has dedicated herself to,” Zamora said. “I’m hoping they can put it in her name, and I’d rather have it done now than later.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton handed five-place grid penalty in Austria

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s hopes of starting the Austrian Grand Prix from pole position for the third year in a row on Sunday have been dashed by a gearbox change that triggered an automatic five place grid penalty.The drop means the Mercedes driver, second in the championship behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, cannot equal Michael Schumacher’s pole position record of 68 at his home British Grand Prix next week.The triple world champion, who is currently on 66 poles and won in Austria last year, will have to wait until Hungary at the end of the month at the earliest.He had been favourite to take the top slot at the scenic Red Bull Ring after dominating Friday’s two free practice sessions with Vettel second fastest.Qualifying is on Saturday after a final practice and Hamilton will be hoping that he is fastest to minimise the drop and that Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas is second to deny Vettel the top slot.A Mercedes team spokesman said the gearbox problem resulted from the previous race in Azerbaijan, where Hamilton started on pole but finished fifth after having to pit to fix a loose headrest.Formula One regulations stipulate that gearboxes must last six races unless a driver fails to finish for whatever reason.The Formula One technical delegate said in a statement he had been informed by Mercedes last Tuesday that the gearbox was damaged and needed changing, a detail the team had kept secret.Hamilton, who had told reporters earlier that pole was the goal, is 14 points behind Vettel after eight of 20 races. Both drivers have won three races.advertisementThe pair clashed in Baku when Vettel drove into the back of the Mercedes while they were behind the safety car and then banged wheels angrily after pulling alongside.Vettel, who finished fourth in Baku, apologised for the incident of “road rage” — and for claiming that Hamilton ‘brake-tested’ him — after a hearing in Paris on Monday.Mercedes ruled out that contact as the cause of the gearbox problems.last_img read more