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Five things to know this Monday morning:
1.) Yoli’s Mexican Kitchen, located at Gallatin Road and Lakewood Boulevard, was named the top Mexican restaurant in the Sabor De La Americas culinary contest.
Yoli’s earned second place honors overall, behind three-time champion El Rocoto, a Peruvian restaurant in Gardena. Gloria’s Restaurant in Huntington Park was also a finalist.
“We had lots of fun participating in this contest,” said Oscar Aguallo, head chef at Yoli’s Mexican Kitchen. “Thank you to everyone who voted for us and made us one of the three finalists. We have a wonderful team at Yoli’s who works hard every day to bring you the best service possible. Second place is not bad, but we will return next year and try to take the title away from Jorge at Rocoto. Congratulations to Gloria’s and to El Rocoto.”
2.) A military media site photographed Downey native Cpl. Eric Plascencia as part of a story on flight training at the Naval Air Facility in El Centro. Plascencia graduated from Downey High in 2009. Story.
3.) Downey High School was ranked No. 4 nationally for its Dig Pink fundraising in 2013, officials announced last week. Downey High students and faculty raised $11,000 for the Side-Out Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for breast cancer research through the sport of volleyball.
Naperville Central High School (Naperville, Ill.) was the top fundraising school overall, collecting $36,400.
4.) A vintage photograph was found in the parking lot of a Lakewood CVS over the weekend, and there is an effort to return it to its owner. The back of the photo has the name “Otto Semonsen.” ABC-7
5.) “Simba,” a 4-year-old male Pomeranian, is SEAACA’s Pet of the Week. Simba is missing a front leg and while it’s unknown if he was injured or born with a deformity, it doesn’t hamper his desire to cuddle and play in the sun.
Simba is already neutered and ready for a home. To see him in person, visit SEAACA during animal viewing hours and reference ID No. 15-01101.