Bouquets and Brickbats: Tony Cipolla admired, will be missed

As a reporter and news anchor, KSBY’s Tony Cipolla has been a class act for 20 years, so it’s no surprise to see the outpouring of community support for him — or the obvious frustration that more wasn’t done to keep him here.

We, too, have admired Tony not just for his on-air work, but also for his behind-the-scenes involvement in local communities, including his participation in many fundraising efforts.

One final note: We’ve received many reader comments on this issue, and not a one had anything negative to say about Tony. That’s impressive.

We toss Tony Cipolla a big best-of-luck bouquet as he prepares for the next stage of his career, whatever or wherever that may be.

Pitch in for the Gulf Coast

A Cambria couple is helping to mop up the oily mess in the Gulf Coast — one strand at a time. Andrew and Ingrid Turrey, who own Pacific Hair in Cambria, are organizing a drive to collect hair used inside the booms that soak up oil. Hair also is woven into mats that absorb oil once it hits shore.

The Turreys are inviting other Central Coast salons — as well as pet groomers — to donate hair to this good cause. The couple also is collecting pantyhose to be used for the booms.

And how’s this for a hair-raising event? The Turreys are sponsoring a June 5 cut-a-thon at their salon, to raise funds —and hair — for the cause. For details, call 927-3301 or go to Facebook.com and search for Pacific Hair.

The hair drive is a great way to help an area that’s facing devastating losses from this ecological disaster. We offer a short-and-chic bouquet to the Turreys, who have their heads — and their hearts — in the right place.

Farmers Market frustration

Without knowing more about Round 2 of the downtown Farmers Market brouhaha, we aren’t going to plow our way in with a brickbat. But we share Councilman Andrew Carter’s frustration over the fact that three-and-a-half months of mediation have failed to resolve an ongoing dispute between the Downtown Association and the farmers. We’ll haul a bushel of cabbage roses to market and toss liberal handfuls of petals to both sides if this gets resolved, posthaste.