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Sunrise Rotary Club wheels in some hope

Monterey >> In a few weeks members of the Monterey Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club will be joining a Modesto nonprofit to deliver hundreds of wheelchairs to poverty-stricken children in Vera Cruz, Mexico.

“These are children who are severely disabled with conditions such as spina bifida and cerebral palsy,” said Mike Djubasak, immediate Rotary past-president and one of roughly 20 crew members who will be traveling to Vera Cruz.

Panetta Institute recognizes local volunteers

Seaside >> A little more than 160 volunteers from the Monterey County Reads program were honored at a recognition ceremony on Friday.

Representatives from 34 elementary schools and five high schools in Monterey County gathered inside the University Center Ballroom at CSU Monterey Bay.

The volunteers received certificates of recognition along with special pins.

Liza Horvath, Senior Advocate: Are prenups out of style?

Q: Our daughter is getting married in April and, while she is not wealthy, she owns her own business and is buying a condo. Her fianc#xe9; is just starting out in terms of financial stability. I suggested a prenuptial agreement but she said they are out of style and no one does them anymore. I hate to be a pessimist but I am worried she may lose her assets if they divorce.

Carmel: Planning a coastal park

Carmel >> Members of the public gathered earlier this week to discuss plans for a new state park at Point Lobos Ranch, Hatton Canyon, Carmel River State Beach and Point Lobos Ridge, as well as proposed changes for Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

California State Parks held the meeting to answer questions and discuss the general plan and draft environmental impact report, which will be available for public review and comment through Oct.

Monterey County civil grand jury report on animal control supports consolidation of Salinas, county shelters

Monterey >> Salinas and Monterey County are the only public agencies that provide mid- to long-term shelter, adoption and euthanasia services for pets and other animals. Both are within 200 feet of each other off Hitchcock Road in southwest Salinas and the two facilities are being considered for consolidation.

Seaside's Village Project puts spotlight on suicide and the underserved

Seaside >> In honor of National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Week, local mental health professionals will be hosting a panel discussion Saturday that addresses the prevention of suicide in underserved populations.

Titled “Suicide: It Ain’t Just a White Thing,” the presentation will address the stigma of suicide and issues that leave the African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American and LGBTQ populations more vulnerable than others.

Protesters gather for Joe Arpaio speech in Carmel

Carmel VALLEY >> Former Phoenix metro Sheriff Joe Arpaio spoke to a group of about 200 people at an event held by a local Republican group at Palo Corona Regional Park on Thursday as about 300 protesters held signs, told stories, sang and chanted outside.

In addition to speeches from activists and political representatives, a mariachi band performed and Big Sur Taco truck served food.