Boy helps clean up the neighborhood

DANNY NEESON

“I heard from my Nana that there was going to be a neighborhood cleanup. I wanted to do it.  I wanted to help the neighborhood. It was fun!  We cleaned up around the trees and then put new sand in the planters.”

Occupation: Student, Presidio Hill School

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The first grader volunteered with the Community Clean Team , which recently visited his neighborhood, the Inner Sunset. Community Clean, a program of Project Connect,  helps residents clean up their streets, sidewalks and parks.

MARCO DIONYSOS

“I stumbled into bartending and never looked back. …. classic cocktails are my passion. A favorite to make is the Chartreuse Swizzle because of its fun, unique, Caribbean approach to a classic, French herbal liqueur.”

Occupation: Bartender

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The self-proclaimed “cocktail geek” is the head bartender at Michael Mina's newest venture, Clock Bar, the San Francisco chef's first cocktail-themed establishment located in the Westin St. Francis Hotel on Union Square. 

STEFAN JOHNSON

“Food should be a basic human right — regardless of circumstance — and our ability to provide it to our citizens is directly related to our success as a society. We can feed our neighbors if we care to.”

Occupation: Corporate financial services

Home: San Francisco

Achievement: The organizer founded the nonprofit The Feed People Project, which  uses donations from sponsors to make nutritious soup, which then is supplied to local drop-in shelters to supplement existing offerings.

JUAN GONZALES

“As El Tecolote celebrates 38 years of service to San Francisco's Latino community, it has been a gratifying journey for me personally knowing that the newspaper has continued to champion for the rights of our people and to meet their information needs.”

Occupation: Editor, El Tecolote; journalism teacher

Home: Daly City

Achievement: The founder of El Tecolote bilingual newspaper in 1970 in San Francisco's Mission District has taught journalism since 1970 and is the chairman of the journalism department at City College of San Francisco. He also is project director for “Voices for Justice: The Enduring Legacy of the Latino Press in the U.S.,” a film, companion book and Web site documenting the 200-year history of Latino journalism.

Birds in flight

Pigeons taking flight don't always spark the most artistic visions for residents and visitors, but for artists Dorka Keehn and Brian Goggin, The City's controversial vermin have inspired what stands to be the country's first permanent solar-powered public art installation.

The sculpture, titled “Language of the Birds,” will be installed over a 10-day period, beginning Oct. 20, at the corner of Broadway and Columbus Avenue in North Beach.

Once completed, passers-by will behold a flock of 23 sculpted and illuminated books, reminiscent of pigeons in flight from the plaza. Appearing to be in motion, the books have flown open creating various wing positions with the pages and bindings.

The project's chief scientist David Shearer will work to have LED lights encrusted in the books to will create an array of patterns.

The artwork is funded by the San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco Department of Public Works and private donors, and powered by solar panels mounted on the roof of Lawrence Ferlinghetti's iconic City Lights bookstore.

The sculpture's official unveiling will occur at the beginning of November.

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