THIS IS HOW SHE ROLLS ... Cinthya Guzman's vision of donating skateboards to her peers in East Palo Alto became a reality on May 15 with the help of Thiebaut Method, a nonprofit that works with middle school students on social good projects. The eighth grader created flyers and distributed them to the community in an effort to gather skateboard decks, wheels, hardware and monetary donations. Her donors included Skateworks, Atlas Skates and Society Skates. Along the way, she gained computer skills and confidence in presenting her project to people. She also partnered with leaders such as East Palo Alto City Council member Antonio Lopez and helped other students apply for a skateboard. Cinthya's three-month project culminated with a giveaway of 62 boards, more than double her initial goal, during an event last weekend at the skatepark near Bell Park and the YMCA.
A CALL FOR HELP ... Palo Alto residents unleashed fury on the social networking site Nextdoor this month after a person at Mitchell Park witnessed a man allegedly beating a German shepherd-type dog in the dog-run area. The man was observed striking the dog on the back as many as 20 times with a plastic-like leash or strap on April 30 at about 8:10 a.m. The dog, all the while, was screaming in pain, according to the resident who posted an image. The man was not seen hitting the dog in the photo. He was talking to another man who had a German shepherd as well. The dog, which is black, has tan fur on its front legs up to the knees and tan rear legs. The reporting party said she yelled at the man and then called Palo Alto police. Officers investigated but did not find the man or dog, department spokesperson Lt. Con Maloney said. Residents remain determined to find and protect the dog. As of this week, hundreds have posted comments on Nextdoor and some residents said they plan to meet with Palo Alto Mayor Tom DuBois later this week. Palo Alto Animal Control officers and the Police Department are investigating the case. Anyone who has information about the incident or who sees the man and dog is asked to call Maloney at 650-329-2637.