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Student Takes a Bow for Entry in NASSCO’s Naming Contest

As part of its Maritime Month celebration, General Dynamics NASSCO invited local K-8 students residing or attending school in the Greater Logan Heights community to name the company’s newest tugboat. The tug received its new name and was christened at a special ceremony at NASSCO’s shipyard recently in Barrio Logan.

The name “Blue Fin” was selected among a variety of entries received. The idea was submitted by Edgar Cordoba who attends King Chavez Academy of Excellence in Barrio Logan Cordoba was given the opportunity to officially name the tug, and Bonnie Fanelli, the wife of 43-year NASSCO employee and assistant dockmaster Tom Fanelli, christened the tug. The event was complete with a ride on the new tug for the contest winner and his family.

The name “Blue Fin” is very significant to NASSCO. In the 1940s, when San Diego’s tuna industry was at its peak, NASSCO was one of the largest tuna boat manufacturers in the region. Today, bluefin tuna can be found directly off San Diego’s coastline, and are highly sought after by local fishermen.

The company’s main shipyard in San Diego has been part of the Barrio Logan/Greater Logan Heights community since 1944 when it first moved to its current location on Harbor Drive and 28th Street, as National Iron Works.

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Three San Diego firms are ranked in Engineering News-Record’s 2017 Top 200 Environmental Firms. The publication annually ranks by revenue the global firms focused on environmental projects in the area of professional planning and design environmental consulting, construction, engineering and remediation. The San Diego firms are: Kleinfelder, No. 67, a San Diego-based engineering and construction firm reporting $138.1 million in revenue; Dudek, No. 100, an Encinitas-based environmental services consulting firm reporting $83.2 million in revenue and at No. 106 J.R. Filanc Construction Co. Inc., an Escondido-based construction firm reporting $75.5 million in revenue.

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Jewish Family Service of San Diego has launched its latest senior transportation service, On the Go: Navigator, which connects older adults with on-demand ride-sharing services like Lyft and Uber without the use of a smartphone, and remotely monitors each ride to ensure safety.

Navigator services are available for seniors aged 60 or older — regardless of faith or background — who are registered with JFS’ On the Go network.

Upon calling to arrange a ride, a receptionist will book the driver through one of the top two ride-sharing services and coordinate door-to-door assistance. Details about the confirmed ride will also be provided, including the driver’s name, type of vehicle, license plate number and pick up time. The receptionist will monitor the drive in real-time, making sure everything goes smoothly from pickup to drop off.

“The Navigator program helps bridge the gap between technology and the older adults in our community who do not have the ability to access ride-sharing services themselves,” said JFS CEO Michael Hopkins. “These rides are also a more affordable alternative to taxis, and can help provide peace of mind to caregivers, ensuring that their loved ones arrive safely to their desired destination.”

The programs provide transportation and access to various activities such as local outings, religious events, shopping centers and health-care appointments, among many others. To learn more, sign up for rides or volunteer, visit jfssd.org/onthego.

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Autism Speaks announced that its ninth class of Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows. Selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants, the list of this year’s eight investigators included Maya Reiter of San Diego State University. The recipients will pursue two-year autism research projects under the mentorship of leading scientists in the field. The 2017 class brings the number of Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows to 71 — making it the largest and arguably most consequential fellowship program in the field of autism research. Reiter, under the mentorship of Ralph-Axel Müller, a professor in the department of psychology at San Diego State University and the a professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego will use noninvasive brain imaging techniques to assess the risk for challenges in mental health and daily living among adolescents affected by autism. Her goal is to guide the development of more-effective programs for supporting a successful transition to adulthood.

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