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Carol Chang
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January 05, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Chelsea Froom

Ben Parker Elementary School’s Jonathan Gillentine, a preschool inclusion teacher, was named to the national board for Professional Teaching Standards. He will co-chair the group and monitor its literacy standards. About 500 applied for the post ... It comes down this week, but just keep in mind that the city’s tall, stately Christmas tree was born and raised in ‘Nalo country (Green Thumb nursery) ...

One thing’s for sure about the Marines: They know how to entertain a young crowd. In its partnership renewal this semester with Puohala Elementary, for example, Lt. Col. Patrick Owens led the keiki in a spirited “ooh-rah” lesson in the crowded cafeteria ... For Rainbow Warriors basketball coach Gib Arnold, there’s more to life than the hard-wood courts, according to the UH magazine Malamalama. That’s why the gang - wife Lisa and their five kids - are all up and at the breakfast table by 5 a.m. in their Kailua home, so they can see Dad before he heads in town for work ...

Kailua’s Chelsea Froom (Mills College 2004) has earned distinction as an honor graduate of Air Force Reserve basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas ... Kaneohe artist Wayne Takazono has new classes starting next Monday at Kaneohe Atrium and at Pacific Buddhist Academy (554-4600) ...

Gene Coley

And Kailua artist Warren Stenberg‘s works are on view in Island Impressions, a show at the Louis Pohl Gallery downtown through Jan. 28 (521-1812) ... Who says there’s nothing for free? Smokers get free nicotine patches and lozenges at Castle

Medical Center’s Breathe Free Stop Smoking program, which starts Jan. 4 (263-5400) ... Kaneohe resident Gene Coley has joined Coldwell Banker Pacific Properties’Windward office as a Realtor-associate. The former Navy and Aloha Airlines pilot is now firmly on land, and enjoys woodworking when he’s not selling homes ...

Le Jardin Middle School students toured the USS Chung-Hoon at Pearl Harbor last month, thanks to classmate Peter Orlich‘s dad, who happens to be executive officer on the guided-missile destroyer ... Eric Tevaga (Kahuku 1996, BYUH 2005) has graduated from Army basic training at Fort Benning, Ga.

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