SLO County Roundup


The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rename two prominent areas of Stadium Park to honor longtime community advocate Marjorie Mackey.

The main trail leading into the park and the bowl area will be named after Mackey to honor her memory and contributions to the community.

Mackey, who died May 22 at 88, was a former councilwoman and an outspoken advocate for Atascadero’s rural ambience. She dedicated almost 50 years of community service to Atascadero in various ways.

Two signs will be placed at each location in Stadium Park to honor Mackey.

The signs, which could cost up to $1,200, will be paid for with community donations.

— AnnMarie Cornejo

Cal Poly

About 65 students spent some time before their Thanksgiving break putting together gift boxes to be sent to needy children around the world.

The volunteer work, organized by Cal Poly’s Junior Greek Council, was performed through the program Operation Christmas Child organized by the international, Christian nonprofit organization Samaritan’s Purse.

The Cal Poly group wrote letters and sent about 45 boxes that included toy race cars, socks, underwear, hair clips, dolls, books, Play-Doh and hard candy.

Several Cal Poly fraternities, including new pledges, participated.

Student organizer Audrey Egan said this is the first year that Cal Poly fraternities have gotten involved in the Operation Christmas Child program. The group hopes to expand participation next year.

The Junior Greek Council participates in philanthropic activities, including book drives and forums for high school seniors.

Egan hopes to see the number of philanthropic efforts grow in the future.

For more information about the Council, contact Egan at 949-370-3036 or at aegan@calpoly.edu.

— Nick Wilson