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Two Central Coast school employees have been honored by San Luis Obispo County’s Classified School Employee Association.

Cynthia “Cindy” Gustafson and Phyllis Comstock represented their respective school districts as the local union’s Employee of the Year for 2010.

Gustafson works in the food-service division at Coast Union High School. A longtime Cambria resident, she has worked at the Coast Unified School District since 1994.

Comstock, a longtime Atascadero Unified School District employee, is currently the district’s administrative secretary for Student Intervention Services.

The two women’s names have been submitted to the California Department of Education to represent the county at the state level for 2011. They’ll learn sometime later this month if they have been selected for the statewide honor.

Winners will be honored in Sacramento by the state Education Department and event sponsors during Classified School Employee Week, May 16-20.

— Kathe Tanner

San Luis Obispo

The Rotary Club of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa is offering grants of $500 to $5,000 to organizations that benefit local youth.

Programs can be countywide, but must have a presence within the city of San Luis Obispo.

The application deadline is April 15, and details are available at http://giving.rotarydetolosa.org.

Last year, more than $15,000 in grants was given out to organizations including the San Luis Obispo County Arts Council, the Food Bank Coalition of San Luis Obispo County, the San Luis Obispo County Literacy Council, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jack’s Helping Hand and the San Luis Obispo County YMCA.

— Julia Hickey

Paso Robles

Disabled-access projects and nonprofit groups that help the homeless and ‘at-risk’ teens in the North County are among those who could receive thousands in federal Community Development Block Grants this year, thanks to the Paso Robles City Council.

The council recently approved grants of:

$65,000 to replace 2,000 feet of deteriorating sidewalk in the Turtle Creek neighborhood on the east side of town with a new disabled access concrete sidewalk;

$75,000 to install disabled access ramps and handrails at the intersection of 36th and Oak streets; and

$63,200 to install lighted crosswalks at 34th and Oak streets; along 24th Street at the Paso Robles Event Center livestock gate; and at 13th and Park streets.

Funding would also go to the following groups that aid people in need in the North County:

$11,614 to Transitional Food and Shelter Inc.;

$5,400 each to the El Camino Homeless Organization and the Christ Kitchen Homeless Ministry;

$2,200 each to the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County’s Teen Academic Parenting Program, the Literacy Council and Big Brothers and Sisters of San Luis Obispo County;

$4,700 to Lifestyles Recovery Center;

$4,500 to the Boys and Girls Club of North County; and

$2,300 each to the Senior Nutrition Program of San Luis Obispo County and the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County’s Senior Health Screening Program.

The federal funds, from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, must be spent on subsidized housing, anti-poverty programs and infrastructure development.

The city each year receives applications from community groups for the funding. In fall 2010, the city received 17 applications for the money.

— Tonya Strickland

Grover Beach

Anne McCracken, legislative ambassador for the American Cancer Society, will speak to the South County Democratic Club at 7 p.m. Wednesday, about a proposed cancer treatment initiative.

According to McCracken, the initiative is designed to bring cancer screening to more people.

An Arroyo Grande resident, cancer survivor and member of the Arroyo Grande Valley Kiwanis Club, McCracken has lived in this area for 38 years.

The meeting will take place at the Grover Beach Community Center, 12th Street and Trouville Avenue. A social time at 6:30 p.m. will precede the business session and program.

— Bob Cuddy