At least 11 new families move to city after fires
Administrative specialist Tammy Omundson, whose job entails tracking all water accounts for residents and businesses in Cloverdale, recently sent a report to City Manager Paul Cayler with the following update.
“It was Thursday, Oct. 12, that we had our first new residents to Cloverdale who were victims of the Santa Rosa area fire disaster. We ended up with three new families that day. Since then, we have had eight more families open utility accounts that I am aware of. So, 11 new families to our City, unfortunately due to losing their homes, but they are happy to have found somewhere to live.
“Every single one that I have spoken with has been friendly, even with their current circumstance. I hope they feel welcome here. It helps us to remember to be kind to everyone we meet because we never know what people are going through.”
Police officers group backs wrestling team
The Cloverdale Police Officers Association (CPOA) is strongly supporting efforts by local residents Mike Toninato and Mitchell Williams to bring a wrestling team to town.
Wrestling teaches kids great life skills, said a CPOA spokesperson, such as patience, hard work, problem-solving and how working as one they achieve more. Their hope is to see a wrestling team on all school levels from middle school to high school.
Donations, payable to the Eagle Pride Boosters Club, can be forwarded to the CPOA, P.O. Box 672, Cloverdale CA 95425, for delivery.
New divisions added for Citrus Fair royalty
Along with crowning a new Citrus Fair Queen — now expanded to include ages 15-19 — the 2018 Cloverdale Citrus Fair is opening two other divisions, Junior Princess for ages 6-10 and Junior Miss Princess for ages 11-14.
Since only the first 10 contestants can be accepted in each of the two new divisions, those wanting to sign up should do so soon either calling 707-894-3992 or stopping by the Citrus Fair office at 1 Citrus Fair Drive.
Project seeks to boost bilingual mental health
The Healthcare Foundation of Northern Sonoma County launched “The Mental Health Pipeline Project,” with the goal of providing added bilingual mental health professionals in the north county.
Foundation board chair Barbara Grasseschi said in a press release: “The lack of enough bilingual and bicultural mental health specialists... in our region was the number one challenge we heard from service providers.”
After the fires, those professionals became even more necessary. According to Debbie Mason, CEO of the Healthcare Foundation, “The lack of timely access to mental health professionals was a near crisis situation even prior to the fires, and now, since, will be an even greater issue as folks need help with post-traumatic stress, depression, anger and more caused by the fires.”
The Healthcare foundation held listening sessions during the summer, as well as hosting local visioning sessions with the community.
The organization is seeking additional support from donors.
Current partners in the project include UC San Francisco, Sonoma State University and Alliance Medical Center.