Accolades: New Eagle Scoutsw, award winning realtor & employee of the month
by TP staff
Jul 14, 2014 | 2134 views | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brothers become Eagle Scouts

One Tracy family claims the 109th and 111th Eagle Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 505. Evan Gardner, 18, a recent graduate of Tracy High School, and Drew Gardner, 16, a rising junior at West High School, have both achieved Boy Scouting’s highest rank.

Evan Gardner created a DVD to teach flag etiquette to local fifth-graders and built three red oak containers to collect American flags for proper retirement. Members of the community can drop off worn, faded and tattered flags in the containers at City Hall, 333 Civic Center Plaza, at the Tracy Chamber of Commerce, 223 E. 10th St., or at the city’s Boyd Service Center, 520 N. Tracy Blvd. He participated in the Agricultural-Scientific Academy at Tracy High and will pursue a psychology major at San Jose State University starting this fall.

Drew Gardner built storage shelving and created an inventory system for costumes at Kimball High School’s Jaguar Theatre. He also designed and bought 2,000 labels for the costumes and taught Kimball drama students how to sew them in. He is enrolled in the Space & Engineering Academy at West High.

Realtor recognized among top individuals in nation

Ron Cedillo, broker and owner of Home Buyers Realty in Tracy, is No. 185 among The Thousand Top Real Estate Professionals nationwide for 2014. He is No. 10 in California.

To earn his place on the list, Cedillo completed 156 transaction sides — either buying or selling — in 2013. He works primarily in Tracy, Mountain House, Manteca and Lathrop.

The Thousand is compiled annually by Real Trends, a Denver-based real estate communications company, and advertised in the Wall Street Journal. To read more, go to www.thethousandreal

Firefighter named city employee of the month

The City of Tracy announced Wednesday that fire Capt. Thomas Baldocchi was selected as the employee of the month for July.

Baldocchi began with the Tracy Rural Fire Department in 1996 and stayed when it merged with the Tracy Fire Department in 1999. He was promoted to captain in January.

Among the reasons for his selection were his experience as training coordinator for five new firefighters in 2013, his development of training material for probationary firefighters and his oversight of the department’s apparatus program.

Baldocchi is involved in 4-H and is president of the Knightsen Elementary School Board in Knightsen, where he lives with his wife and two sons.

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