News briefs: South Lake Tahoe births, grants and more
Avery Joseph Alexandrovich was born Dec. 13 to Andrew Alexandrovich and Sarah Pierron of South Lake Tahoe.
Jace Lovell Triggs was born Dec. 19 to Carson and Fawne Triggs of South Lake Tahoe.
SUPPORT A CAUSE WITH CANDY
See’s Candy Store, which supports the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League, will be open until Dec. 24. It is a local, last-minute gift option and all proceeds support our neighbors struggling with cancer. The store is located in the Raley’s Shopping Center, three stores down from Starbucks. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
ROTARY APPROVES COMMUNITY GRANTS
Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe’s board approved three community grants.
Drug Store Project: Tahoe Youth and Family Services was awarded a $1,000 grant to continue its annual youth drug awareness and avoidance program in 2016. This program is designed to reduce future drug experimentation/use/abuse and increase student knowledge about the dangers of drug and alcohol use.
Sierra House Elementary Fifth Grade Nature Bridge Request: An award of up to $1,500 was made for three classrooms of fifth graders to attend educational programs at the Nature Bridge at the Marin Highlands in 2016 to learn science in a completely new natural environment. Eighty-one fifth-grade students will be part of this field science trip.
H.E.R.O. Scholarship Fund, Inc.: The Board awarded $2,000 to the successful H.E.R.O. Scholarship Fund that was set up 18 years ago as an anonymous donation for students who have overcome seriously difficult obstacles to graduate high school or community college and continue their education.
“Our service organization is proud of the work of community groups to serve our youth and people in need, and to fund local projects that benefit South Lake Tahoe and the South Shore,” said Rotary president David Jinkens. “We are grateful as well for our residents, friends of Rotary and business owners and operators who generously support our fundraising activities that make these grants possible.”
Learn more at http://www.sltrotary.org.
BARTON WOMEN’S HEALTH EXPANDS, ADDS NEW PHYSICIAN
Barton Health has expanded their OB-GYN practice with the addition of Dr. Lisa Carbonell. She is an obstetrician and gynecologist who studied medicine at the University of Puerto Rico. She completed her residency at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona, and is currently in the board certification process. Carbonell is fluent in both English and Spanish.
Dr. Carbonell will see patients on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 2175 South Ave. and at the Barton Community Health Center’s OB-GYN on Tuesdays at their new location, 2209 South Ave. Both physician offices are located in South Lake Tahoe. New patients are welcome.
Learn more about Barton’s services for women’s health at http://www.bartonhealth.org/women. New and existing patients can call and schedule an appointment for Barton Women’s Health at 530-543-5711 or Barton Community Health Center’s OB-GYN at 530-543-5467.
COMMEMORATIVE BOOK HONORS CITY’S FIRST 50 YEARS
In honor of its 50th anniversary, the City of South Lake Tahoe created a commemorative 123-page book chronicling its first 50 years of incorporation. The book is titled “A Small Town with a Big View” and is available for purchase at City Hall (1901 Airport Rd.) during regular business hours. The book costs $25 — cash or check is accepted.
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE FIRE RESCUE ADDS STAFF
The South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue added 12 new emergency medical services (EMS) Specialists on Dec. 14. The increase in staffing now features South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue as the only fire department in the Tahoe basin to have three firefighters on each engine at all times and two EMS specialists in the ambulance.
A study by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) shows the size of firefighting crews has a substantial effect on the fire services’ ability to protect lives and property in residential fires. The City of South Lake Tahoe has taken steps to improve its fire and life safety delivery system by increasing the staffing on paramedic engines from two to three.
The ambulances had previously been posted at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue stations 1 and 3 — as of Dec. 14, both ambulances are now posted at South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue Station 2, which is located at 2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across the street from South Tahoe Middle School in the middle of town.
Since moving to Station 2, the average ambulance response time inside the city has been reduced by 40 seconds. In the event of a medical emergency inside city limits, a fire engine or ambulance typically arrives within five minutes of calling 911.
TAHOE YOGA SHALA GRAND OPENING
South Lake Tahoe’s Mountain Yoga is now Tahoe Yoga Shala. The Shala will inaugurate its “grand opening” with an open house on Saturday, Jan. 16.
All regularly scheduled yoga classes at the Shala will be free on Jan. 16 from noon to 3 p.m.