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Carol Chang
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May 11, 2011 - MidWeek The Islander
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Laura Kay Rand

Castle High freshman Cedric “Speedy” Petty Jr. came in first overall at the Honolulu 5K for Kids race May 1 in downtown Honolulu. That means there were nearly 1,000 runners behind him. Way to go, Cedric ... Kahaluu attorney Crystal Rose is the new board chairman of Central Pacific Financial Corp. as well as for Central Pacific Bank. Crystal also is a law firm partner, and board member for Hawaiian Airlines and several community groups. Can’t find help? Ask a busy person ...

In his final case before transferring from Chicago to Hawaii, FBI special agent Tom Simon helped bring racketeering charges against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Tom is now a vigilant investigator of fraud and other white-collar crimes in the Islands. Next week he’ll share what he knows with the Kailua Chamber of Commerce (see calendar) ...

Kailua’s Laura Kay Rand is the new development director for Salvation Army’s Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, set to open later this year on 15 acres in Kapolei with a dorm, fitness center, classrooms, gym, computer labs and much more.

M. Chesney-Lind

She previously worked with Goodwill Industries ... Avid surfer Isaiah Helekunihi Walker and assistant history professor at BYUH decided to combine his interests by writing a book on the history of Hawaii surfing and local surfers’ impact on Hawaii’s history. He’ll be at the college’s Aloha Center at 11 a.m. Thursday to autograph copies (see calendar) ...

Meda Chesney-Lind of Kaaawa has earned the 2010 Prevention for a Safer Society Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency for her latest book, Fighting for Girls: New Perspectives on Gender and Violence. A women’s studies professor at UH Manoa, Meda also is scheduled to deliver the commencement address at her alma mater, Whitman College ...

April’s favorite check-out items at Hawaii libraries: Toys by James Patterson (him again!) and the Korean drama on DVD, Iris ... Missing some local art? Much of it has gone into town for the Windward Artists Guild’s 51st annual juried open exhibition May 2-27 at Pauahi Tower Mezzanine Gallery (263-3108)

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