Tuesday morning report, Aug. 23

Five things to know this Tuesday morning: 

1.) The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Here is the agenda

The most interesting item on the agenda is a scheduled discussion on fireworks in Downey. Councilman Roger Brossmer has floated the idea of prohibiting all fireworks in Downey, a motion that would require approval from Downey voters. 

2.) Downey-Florence Seventh day Adventist Church has announced plans for an "open house worship service" on Saturday, Sept. 24. 

"The idea is to bring awareness on how faith positively impacts our community," said Pastor Cary Fisher. "We are also going to have a special prayer for the Downey police officers with a donation to their association." 

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. 

3.) The Downey Newcomers Club is taking a bus trip to Pala Casino on Wednesday, Sept. 28. 

Cost is $10; call Nancy Anna at (562) 806-1782 to reserve a seat. 

4.) Here are photos from last Saturday's Gangs Out of Downey barbecue and backpack giveaway, courtesy of John Zander. 

Being a GOOD board member I'm biased, but it was an awesome event. Hopefully it becomes an annual tradition. 

5.) Melanie Dip, general manager of the Olive Garden in Downey, has achieved parent company Darden Restaurants’ Diamond Club status.

She joins a group of top-performing general managers recognized this year for their commitment to delivering guest experiences at the highest level, "while making a difference in the lives of guests, team members and in their community."
Melanie joins an elite group of 42 general managers honored out of the 800+ in the country. And this is the second time she’s received the award.

“Melanie embodies our belief at Olive Garden that everyone who walks through our doors should be treated like family—from our guests to our team members,” said Dave George, President of Olive Garden. “She demonstrates outstanding leadership of her restaurant as well as passion for the Downey community, and I am proud to have her represent Olive Garden.”