first_imgThere was huge excitement in Letterkenny’s Cottage Bar over the weekend following a surprise engagement.Champagne flowed as Aoife McGonigle celebrated her engagement to Shane McGlade.Aoife, the daughter of the very young looking Martin and Theresa McGonigle, got the shock of her life recently went Shane went down on bended knee. He picked the very romantic setting of the Trevi Fountain in Rome as the backdrop to the romantic gesture.And of course Aoife said yes!The happy couple were surrounded by family and friends including Aoife’s aunt Tricia and uncle Packie McGinley as they toasted the engagement.There was just one downside to the evening though. Aunt Tricia still cant decide if she is going to wear a hat or not!Plenty of time before that small detail.Congratulations to all from   CHAMPAGNE FLOWS AS AOIFE SAYS YES! was last modified: February 20th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Aoife McGonigleengagementShane McGladeThe Cottage Barlast_img read more

Six receive Arabian service awards

first_imgWOODLAND HILLS – Six political and civic leaders were honored Thursday by retired California Supreme Court Justice Armand Arabian during his seventh annual luncheon recognizing public service. Arabian, a longtime San Fernando Valley resident who was among the nation’s best-known and most-influential jurists, recognized the recipients during a luncheon at the Hilton Woodland Hills. “We like to honor people who go above and beyond the call of duty, who make a difference in the community,” said Rickey M. Gelb, co-founder of the prestigious Justice Armand Arabian Leaders In Public Service Award. David Fleming, a lawyer and longtime San Fernando Valley civic leader, was honored for his work with former Mayor Richard Riordan – who dubbed Fleming “Mr. San Fernando Valley” – in launching a City Charter reform effort that was approved by voters in 1999. Two $1,000 scholarships also were awarded. One scholarship went to Vassiliki Iliadis, a political science major at University of Southern California and former Louisville High School student body president. The other award went to Shivam Shodhan, a Virginia Commonwealth University student preparing for medical school, who also headed an honors math society while at Faith Baptist High School. Since 2000, the annual luncheon has honored 35 Valley-area people and others from the region and state who have made significant contributions to the community.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleCity Councilwoman Wendy Greuel was honored for her efforts fighting for the Valley’s “fair share” of city services and her work to ease traffic gridlock as chairwoman of the council’s Transportation Committee. George Moss, chairman of the Encino-based commercial real estate firm Moss Group, was singled out for his many years of service including helping to establish the city’s department of Environmental Quality under former Mayor Sam Yorty and his current work as a transportation commissioner. Thomas Oliver, Pierce College’s vice president of college development, was recognized for his work with the college’s foundation and its enterprise operation – focusing on economic development, agricultural programs and community outreach – and for contributing to the school’s growing enrollment and budget. Former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp was honored for his distinguished career in public service, including as Los Angeles County district attorney from 1975 until 1983. In that role, he was responsible for new initiatives including a victims’ assistance program and special teams to deal with child abuse. Judge Joseph Wapner was honored for more than three decades of judicial work, including his most recognizable role on the “People’s Court” TV show that ran from 1981 to 1993. last_img read more