San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Flamingo/Potrero News

Our sincerest condolences go to Esteban Peraza, Kay Dodge and their family for the tragic, unexpected death of their 33-year-old nephew, Luis Ortiz, who attempted to halt a drug deal gone awry in the area on Dec. 16. Luis was the assistant manager at Finca Casagua in Portegolpe and had a great many friends. He is survived by his four children. The funeral was held Dec. 18.

A new pharmacy, Farmacia El Cruce, has opened at the López commercial center in Flamingo, next to Banco de Costa Rica’s new location. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The owner, Dr. Andrea Gutiérrez, will be running the business and will give injections, take blood pressure, and offer consultations and, of course, medicines. For more information, call 2654-5642.

Surfside resident Gary Leeds celebrated a milestone birthday in style with a group of his closest friends, who came to his home to share in a Hawaiian luau-style pig feast. Friends brought side dishes and desserts to complement the meal. His mother, Lucille, and her friend of 40 years, Kathy, came from the U.S. state of Oregon to be with Gary on his special day.

Our deepest sympathies go to the family of Luis Alejandro Alvarez, whose father, Mario Alvarez, died of cancer Dec. 17 at the age of 78. He leaves behind two sons and a daughter. The funeral was held Dec. 18 in San José.

Surfside/Potrero homeowners Kenny, Terry and Chelsea Randel from Pleasanton, California, split their time between Costa Rica and the United States. On one of their last trips to the area, 18-year-old Chelsea went to the Potrero school with friends to donate a computer. Then, she decided she wanted to do a service project for the school and decided to collect children’s books in English for the students.

At first her project included only the Potrero school, but as she shared her vision with others, she got more and more donations, collecting almost 800 books. She set up a library checkout system, including directions in Spanish on how to use it, for six schools in Potrero, Brasilito, Matapalo, Santa Rosa, Villarreal and La Garita.

Working through the nonprofit CEPIA, with Sandrine Tcherniack as her contact, Chelsea spent more than 80 hours organizing the project from home. Then the fun part began: visiting the schools.

“It was a of of work, but seeing the kids’ reactions as they looked at the books made it well worth the time,” she said.

Chelsea speaks a little Spanish, and did a great job communicating with the teachers  and directors at the school. Thanks, Chelsea, for all your hard work to help our local communities.

–Babe Hopkins

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