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By Tasion Kwamilele The Coronado Neighborhood Council will host its Annual Scholarship Banquet and Roasting ceremony on Oct. 22, honoring promising college students and distinguished community leaders. Last year, the neighborhood council awarded $11,000 in scholarships to students who displayed academic excellence and a commitment to purse higher education. The top student received $3,000. Joe Fisher, president of the neighborhood council, is hoping they will be able to award at least the same amount in scholarships this year. “We enjoy supporting our youth. This year, we received 16 applications. Three of those students are directly from the Coronado neighborhood, and the rest are from surrounding Richmond communities,” said Fisher. The theme of this year’s event, “Honoring, Roasting, and Toasting,” is meant to make the festivities more enjoyable. The council selected Pullman Neighborhood President Naomi Williams and Richmond City Manager Bill Lindsay selected to be the community leaders who are honored. Williams, who retired from the Social Security Administration, has committed herself to serving the community. She is co-founder of the Crescent Park Apartments and played an important role in seeing that Fire Station #64 and a library were built in the Crescent Park area. She was appointed by the mayor and later elected for two additional terms to serve as chair of the Police Commission. “This is an honor, and I am extremely grateful for it,” she said. “I am not nervous about what might be said – it probably will make us all laugh. It is just great to see the achievements of our children.” Lindsay, the other honoree, is a graduate of Yale and UC Berkeley and has been committed to civil service for over 25 years. He has served as Administrative Service Director for San Ramon, City Manager of Orinda and has worked in Richmond as City Manager since 2005. He was able to restore Richmond’s credit rating from suspended in 2004 to “A” by 2007. Most importantly, he has taken the initiative to work alongside the neighborhood councils to understand and support them. “These people are known, so the community has no problem coming out to celebrate these community leaders as well as encourage and motivate our children to continue succeeding,” said Fisher. “We are also thankful to all our donors for their commitment. Companies such as Chevron and Mechanics Bank have supported our endeavors for the past 20 years, and we are extremely grateful.” For information about the upcoming event, call Joe Fisher at (510) 236-8204.