• Alan Cohen Chosen as Good Old Days Parade Grand Marshal

    Traditionally the Pacific Grove Rotary Club selects a prominent individual who has served the community well to be its Grand Marshal for the Rotary Good Old Days Parade, to be held this year on Saturday, April 11 at 10 a.m. sharp. So it comes as no surprise that the Rotary has selected Alan Cohen as this year’s Grand Marshal.

    If you have lived in Pacific Grove for a few years you have certainly interfaced with Alan Cohen.

    alan copyThis native New Yorker from the Bronx has lived here for more than 30 years.

    After serving in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict in which he earned the Purple Heart, he moved out West. Alan was elected to the PG City Council twice and served eight years before being termed out.

    Alan has been a local businessman owning a small plumbing business, serving up breakfast at the Lighthouse Cafe (now Holly’s), and operating a copy and business center.

    Alan also has served as chairperson in the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. He has been a major force in the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID), working tirelessly to energize local business on Lighthouse Avenue. Alan has brought back Chautauqua Days, a multi-cultural event with music, lectures, and craft expositions.  This is in the tradition of the Chautauqua Movement originating and still going strong in Western New York.

    For many years Alan has been the co-chair of Good Old Days, bringing in bands, crafts, food vendors and thousands of visitors to our City.

    He has also served the Rotary Auto Rally in many capacities to include traffic control (if you are from New York, you know traffic!). Alan is also a graduate of the Citizens’ Police Academy.

    Alan Cohen has been the voice of the small business person correctly linking the fate of our city of homes with a vibrant business community. His body of work for public service in PG is quite impressive. He lives in Pacific Grove with his wife, Marge.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on March 6, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News

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