Donations cool firefighters

Members of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club have donated five commercial ice machines valued at more than $37,000 to the San Diego Fire Department.

“I am overwhelmed with this donation,” said Battalion Chief David Pilkerton of the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. “I was hoping to somehow get an ice machine for Battalion Headquarters 5, at Eastgate Mall, so that my crews in University City, La Jolla and Del Mar could drive by and fill up the coolers in their rigs. Now crews throughout San Diego will have cold drinks for hydration during and after incidents, especially during our wildfire season and elevated temperatures.”

Rotarians Steuart Brown and Allan Galgut of the club’s Community Service Committee contacted Rob Cogel of United Refrigeration, a distributor of Manitowoc Ice Machines, who successfully secured the 700-pound ice machines.

Program looks at bilingual ed

Fred Genesee, a professor from McGill University in Montreal, will present a lecture on “The Benefits of Bilingualism and Bilingual Education: Communication, Cognitive, and Cultural Advantages,” at the San Diego French-American school at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 23.

Genesee is an internationally recognized researcher in the areas of second language acquisition, immersion and two-way immersion education programs, and bilingualism. He is currently involved in a national study of a number of two-way immersion programs in the U.S.

Journalist Joyce Fitzgerald will moderate. Anyone with questions can e-mail her in advance at

The school is at 6550 Soledad Mountain Road. The event is free but reservations are required. Contact Veronique Rahmati at

or at (858) 456-2807 ext. 304.