Rob Mendez

21 Jul 19
My everyday journey to health & happiness

So I’ve had numerous times I’ve wanted to write & just get side tracked or honestly just lazy. Today though I want to celebrate & share my sister & I’s accomplishment. Last 2 years we’ve completed the OSU trifit challenge, raising $ for heart center at OSU. We’ve signed up for the “challenge” (Olympic length […]

21 Jul 19
Does God Exist? Today

There is a growing belief in our world today that there are situations in which euthanasia should be used to eliminate people who have a severe handicap. We are not talking “pull the plug” cases, but handicaps due to injuries or birth defects. As the father of a child who was born blind, mentally challenged, […]

20 Jul 19

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19 Jul 19
Press Telegram
What a fantastic Fourth of July celebration – kicked off by the “Big Bang on the Bay” on July 3 by John Morris, the majordomo of Boathouse on the Bay. What a great extravaganza. The celebration had everything the 1,350 excited party-goers could ask for: great eats, an airshow (organized by Dennis Lord and Wings Over Long Beach), music and spectacular fireworks donated by Curtin Maritime. The event brought in an estimated 95,000 in net proceeds, which will go to principal charity Children Today, as well as Autism Partnership Foundation, Nowell Family Foundation, Captain Rosa Memorial Scholarship and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Auxiliary. Seen at the Scene: Mayor Robert Garcia and Matthew Mendez, John and Judy Morris, Theresa Bixby, Bonnie Lowenthal and Evan Braude, Bruce MacRae, Barbara and Ned Gaylord, Al and Heather Moro, Charles and Terese Parkin, Jerry Bloeser and Jane Netherton, Craig Dougherty and Jayne Lastusky, Josh Lowenthal, Michael and Melody Chun, Megan and Andy Kerr, Marsha Naify, Mary Sophiea, Sumer Temple, Dennis Lord, Dave Ursini, Martin and Kelly Curtin, Herlinda Chico. Rancho Los Alamitos Annual Cottonwood Award Rancho Los Alamitos hosted its eighth Annual Cottonwood Award Luncheon on May 30, with more than 420 community and business leaders, educators and residents attending. The event celebrated those who have shown significant leadership in enhancing, promoting and supporting Rancho Los Alamitos. Julie Bartolotto, Barbara Bixby Blackwell and Jean Bixby Smith at the Rancho Los Alamitos Annual Cottonwood Award. (Courtesy photo) This year’s recipient of the Cottonwood Award was Steve Goodling, president and CEO of the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. The award was presented by Mayor Robert Garcia, who praised Goodling for his support of the Rancho and the cultural communities of Long Beach. Special recognition was also given to Jean Bixby Smith and Barbara Bixby Blackwell of Rancho Los Cerritos for the significant impact they and the Rancho have made to Long Beach. Funds raised by the event help support the educational programs that the Rancho provides for children, families and visitors to the site. Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places twice. The Rancho has a continuous history stretching back more than 1,500 years and reflecting the many people who have called it home – from the first people, the Tongva Native American people, to the farmers of the mid-20th century. The 7.5 acre site includes 4 acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933) and a restored barnyard of the early 20th century working rancho. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”] Seen at the Scene: Mayor Robert Garcia, Charlie and Terese Parkin, Pat West, Steve Goodling, Julie Bartolotto Jean Bixby Smith, Barbara Blackwell, Jerry and Gail Miller, John and Liz Hancock, Jeffrey Green, Frank Suryan, Mario and Gloria Cordero, Bonnie Lowenthal, Laura Doud, Doug Haubert, Rob Bellevue and Margaret Farwell Smith, Walt and Linda Florie, Doug and Freda Otto, Marlene Temple, Cyrus Parker-Jeannette, Al and Heather Moro, and Henry Walker. The Long Beach Public Library Foundation celebrates Grape Expectations The Long Beach Public Library Foundation celebrated the 16th annual Grape Expectations gala late last month in support of literacy and education. More than 300 guests enjoyed premier silent and live auctions. Attendees ate gourmet foods, with wine pairings expertly chosen by Randy Kemner of The Wine Country. The exciting evening raised more than $180,000 to support Library Foundation work on behalf of the city’s 12 public libraries. Jennifer Silver (right) and Dr. Bill Younglove present Kate Azar (center), California Association of Teachers of English 2019 Award of Merit. (Courtesy photo) Dinner at sunset in the sculpture garden of the Museum of Latin American Art featured live music by contemporary Bossa Nova singer Caro Pierotto and her band. The evening began with a silent auction, with wine tasting reception and delicious bites from several local eateries in the Balboa Room. President of the Foundation Board Barbara Schwerin presented Tiffany Rau, representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation, with the 2019 Library Leadership Award. Library Foundation founder Margaret Durnin (with Dr. Charles Durnin) honored Victor and Patricia McCarty with the 2019 Durnin Family Award for their dedication to libraries and literacy. The California Association of Teachers of English presented the 2019 Award of Merit to the foundation in recognition of the Dictionary Days program; Jennifer Silver and Bill Younglove presented that award. Foundation Executive Director Kate Azar accepted the award and dedicated it to the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation for their support of the program. The touching story of a Cambodian library volunteer, Sanghak Kan, was shared. He expressed his appreciation for the Family Learning Center and Summer Reading Programs, which meant so much to him and his family, who volunteer weekends. This prompted 70 guests to raise their bid paddles to donate. Event sponsors included the Durnins, Edison International, Marathon Petroleum Corporation, the Port of Long Beach and Windes. Seen and the Scene: Councilmembers Suzie Price and Roberto Uranga, City Prosecutor Doug Haubert, Uduak-Joe Ntuk, Harbor Commissioner Bonnie Lowenthal, Transit Board Chairwoman Colleen Bentley, Board of Water Commission President Gloria Cordero and Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero, Event Committee Chairman Sean Reilly, and event volunteers Mary Hancock Hinds, Mary Lamo-Putnam, Russ Parsons, Barbara Schwerin, Jeffrey Toelsin and Sharon Weissman. News of social events with charitable purposes may be sent to Shirley Wild at or by fax to (562) 594-9668. Please include a contact phone number. Send high-resolution jpeg photos, by attachment, to and include group name and identification of individuals from left. Call Shirley at (562) 594-9468 for more information. Sign up for The Localist, our daily email newsletter with handpicked stories relevant to where you live. Subscribe here.
18 Jul 19
HS Insider

I love a good game and a good story, and there were plenty of both at the 2019 ESPY Awards.  The 27th ESPYS was held at Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on July 10. I traveled from Boston to LA for the prestigious ceremony that honors the best of the best in sports. Before […]

18 Jul 19
The Curmudgeon

Last night, I watched a rerun of the 2019 ESPY awards. As usual, there were some really inspirational stories: Jim Calhoun (married 53 years? What a fossil), Bill Russell winning the Arthur Ashe award for courage, Marine Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, who lost a leg to an IED, winning the Pat Tillman award for service, and […]

18 Jul 19
Discover Your Treasure

“The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for” – Fyodor Dostoyevsky. No Limbs, No Limits The story of coach Rob Mendez is one of focus, determination, and courage. Last week at the annual ESPN’s ESPY awards, he received an award for overcoming great obstacles through perseverance and […]

18 Jul 19
Stories of Joy

Rob Mendez is the Junior Varsity Football Coach at Prospect High School in Saratoga, CA.  At last week’s ESPY Awards he received the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.  That award is given in memory of Jim Valvano, the college basketball coach and broadcaster.  Perseverance.  That’s something Coach Mendez certainly possesses.  He’s teaching his players far more […]

16 Jul 19
Livin' the Dream

As you may know, I am Catholic. I take pride in my religion and I love God more than you could ever imagine. He has done so much for me and I am so thankful for everything God continues to do for my family and I. I listen to a radio station that helps me […]

15 Jul 19
News Directory

Chicago – On a variety of athletes, Rob Mendez stands out. His virtue, not his perseverance. Not his moves, but his mentality. Mendez is a football coach who was born without arms and legs and never ran the ball, caught it or threw it. He learned football from video games. "I am not a disabled […]

13 Jul 19
Nouvelles Du Monde

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